Friday, June 27, 2014

The Path Back To The Top: The 2010 Green Bay Packers

[Note: Fixes have been made so that this story can be read on Windows phones/tablets and scrolling should be fixed on desktops]

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Tharold Simon Pressing For Snaps

Tharold Simon made a lot of noise with his long-awaited debut on the practice field. Everyone that saw him play was impressed by the potential that he displayed. The obvious question that follows is how and when might he see the field? The answer may not be what you expected.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Next Seahawk To Sign

Michael Bennett. Check. Earl Thomas. Check. Richard Sherman. Check. Doug Baldwin. Check. The prevailing wisdom is that the Seahawks are done signing players to new deals after a wildly productive off-season. I don't believe that to be true. John Schneider is trying to sign one more player to an extension. The questions are: who might it be, and who should it be?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Seahawks News That Caught My Attention

The Seahawks have completed OTAs and mini-camp. We now wait for the end of July for the beginning of training camp. Starved for meaningful football news to read, these are often the times sites will turn something small into a story. At the risk of crossing that line, there were a few Seahawks tidbits that came out this week I believe were rather significant, and have implications for what battles will transpire heading into camp.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Kevin Williams: A Luxury Addition For Seattle

The Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks boasted the best defense in the NFL last season, and one of the best in NFL history. They reached that peak by throwing wave after wave of top-shelf talent at opponents. Some of that depth was lost this off-season, opening opportunities for younger players to emerge, but John Schneider and Pete Carroll never turn down a chance to strengthen their roster. They buoyed one of the most important and most uncertain areas of the team when free agent DT Kevin Williams agreed to a deal.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Retire Mode?

Rumors started spreading on Twitter that Marshawn Lynch may be considering retirement. Like so many rumors on Twitter, digging a bit deeper shows there is far more smoke than fire. Lynch was reported as saying he would consider retirement after the Super Bowl if the Seahawks won. That is old news. The new "news" is that an unnamed source has said, "I could see him walking away." Hardly a scoop. But since the topic has been broached, let's explore the likelihood of this scenario is, and what impact it might have on the Seahawks.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Christine Michael Flashes Explosion

The hype train is gaining steam on Christine Michael after the comments from Pete Carroll and Darrell Bevell. Those who have read this blog for a while know I see Michael as a Pro Bowl player once he gets enough carries if he can stay healthy. Coaches have talked about his explosive ability. What fans may not know is what that can mean in real terms.

Lethal Combinations

Individuals tend to get the glory, but it is often the combination of talents from multiple players that allow any single player to stand out. Richard Sherman is an All-Pro corner who can seal the edge of the field as well as anyone in the game, but when Earl Thomas is added to the mix to take away the post route and Kam Chancellor is there to assassinate the middle of the field, Sherman's star rises even higher. There were a number of these combinatory headaches for Seahawks opponents last year, including a pair that were custom-ordered. Cliff Avril blazed an arch around the outside of opposing tackles while Michael Bennett was a ball of butcher knives slashing up the middle. The resulting offensive line carnage left many-a-quarterback twitchy and terrorized. There are some new combinations, particularly on offense, that I am looking forward to come training camp. The first of which may prove an unsolvable riddle for defensive coordinators.