Saturday, April 18, 2015

COVER STORY: Reading John Schneider's Draft Future Through His Past


John Schneider has made a career of flummoxing the draft pundits. That is because they predict his moves based on what other NFL teams do. This story breaks down how Schneider has approached his five drafts in Seattle, and how that may foreshadow what is to come.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Seahawks Must Follow 49ers Blueprint


Weeks and months have passed since the Seahawks fell a yard short of back-to-back Lombardi trophies. Time is said to heal all wounds, but time will never change the outcome of that game. What time can offer is an opportunity for redemption. Pete Carroll and John Schneider are chasing the sunrise, doing everything they can to keep ascension and opportunity on their side. One championship would be below the standard they have set. History tells us that their ability to keep the Sun from setting on their ambitions is inextricably linked to how well they draft after their first ring.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Breaking The Silence


It has been nearly four weeks since I last posted here. That is easily the longest drought for me on HawkBlogger.com in years. I love the offseason. It is when I can take my time to do deep and unique analysis that the regular season pace makes more challenging. The site actually had a record-setting traffic month after the Seahawks lost the Super Bowl. Walking away from that was tough, but I have another love that also happens to pay the bills, and it needed all my attention. Many of you have asked what I do for a living and how in the world I write this blog and hold a full-time job. Here is where I reveal all, and introduce you to a new app that can make any blogger look like a star.

Monday, March 16, 2015

2014 Seahawks Free Agency to Date

Written By Matthew Heuett

 After everything that's happened in the last week, it seemed like a good idea to start off this one with a quick recap of how things stand (as of this moment, anyway) with the Seahawks and their own free agents.  A few of these signings technically occurred just prior to the official start of free agency, but I'm going to go ahead and include them here for the sake of completeness.  One other relatively small but vitally important group that deserves a quick mention here are the players who would be free agents right now had John Schneider not been so proactive during the 2014 season in extending their contracts (note: ages shown in parentheses will be the player's age at the start of the 2015 season):



Sunday, March 15, 2015

Updated Seahawks Free Agency Big Board


Things move fast in the first week of free agency. See just how fast by looking at the few players left on my big board:

Where's the Beef?


A football roster is like a human body. The quarterback is the brain, the running back is the heart, and the secondary responds nimbly to stimuli like a nervous system. It is, however, the offensive and defensive lines that form the spine. Seattle has done nothing to strengthen their backbone this offseason. They are weaker on the offensive line for the moment, but it is their lack of attention to the defensive line that could haunt them in 2016 and beyond.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Who the %!&$ is Jimmy?



I sat down at dinner next to my thirteen-year-old son and immediately started talking about the Seahawks trade for Jimmy Graham. We had texted earlier and I shared that I was not a fan of the deal. Now, he wanted to know why. First, I told him I don't like Graham as a player. He is soft. He comes across as arrogant and self-centered, and my experience is that players like that do not come through when the game gets tough and usually are quick to blame others. I also do not like the idea of trading Pro Bowl lineman for a skill player. Football is a game of strength and skill, but strength trumps finesse. Give me a team that can beat down an opponent over one that can run away from them every time and three times on Super Bowl Sunday. Finally, I did not like giving up a first-round pick in addition to the starting lineman. Sixty-two players will be selected before the Seahawks make their first selection in what will be a pivotal 2015 draft. My son looked at me, and said, "Yeah, but we got one of the best tight ends in history." Yes we did. Now what?

Graham Trade is High-Risk, High-Reward for Seattle

Twenty-four hours ago, if I had told you the Seahawks will kick off free agency by trading Max Unger and a 1st-round pick to the Saints in exchange for Jimmy Graham and a fourth-round pick, you probably would've told me to stop sharing my weird dreams with you.

But as weird as it sounds, it happened. And should we be all that surprised? We know the Seahawks' front office has never backed down from making controversial decisions in the name of making the team better. But trading Unger? A cornerstone of the offense? Russell Wilson's field general? No way.

Well, yes way. Now that it's been a few hours and the new reality has sunk in, I actually like this deal significantly more than I did when it was first announced.

Good Riddance To Julius Thomas


Seattle added a tight end to their roster via free agency, but it was not the name many folks were clamoring for. Anthony McCoy, he of the thread-bare achilles tendons, is back for another go-around with the Seahawks. There will be no press conferences to announce the deal. Meanwhile, Julius Thomas will sit in front of Jacksonville cameras in the next day or so smiling after inking a megadeal with the Jaguars. He was a player some fans were excited about adding to the Seahawks. I am among the few who are happy the Seahawks kept their powder dry.

Cary Williams and Will Blackmon Are Smart Additions For Seattle


Making a big splash in free agency is fun. Big names. Big money. Big expectations. The thrill of the hunt causes many fans and media to forget that there is only one cardinal sin in building a championship roster, and that is overspending on a free agent. 'Tis better to have loved and lost a free agent than to sign him at a cap-crippling rate. John Schneider has taken a measured and disciplined approach to the start of this free agency period. Letting Byron Maxwell go for a massive payday in Philadelphia and signing two affordable veterans is exactly what the team needed.
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