Saturday, May 23, 2015

Seahawks Five-Year Roster Outlook Updated

The handy five year roster outlook has been updated with contract status and ages of most of the key members of the Seahawks roster. Be sure to take a look and bookmark it for future reference.

You can always find it along the top of my site, or you can access it by clicking here.
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Seahawks Spotlight: Jordan Hill

Five players had 14.5 sacks or more in the NFL last season. Jordan Hill would join their ranks in 2015 if he can sustain the pace he set over the last six games of 2014 when he recorded 5.5 sacks. Only Sam Adams, Cortez Kennedy and Brandon Mebane recorded more sacks (7.5) than Hill (7.0) as Seahawk defensive tackles over their first two years in the league. Expectations have been raised for a player who was clearly missed during the playoff run last season.

Seahawks Spotlight: Cassius Marsh

Cliff Avril went down late in the Super Bowl and his absence made it difficult for the Seahawks to get pressure on Tom Brady as he led the Patriots comeback. Two years prior, Chris Clemons went down against the Redskins and the Seahawks were short-handed in edge rushers against Matt Ryan in another heart-breaking playoff loss. Lesson learned. A team can never have enough pass rushers. One of the hidden hopes to add to the Seahawks pass rush in 2015 comes from a player drafted in 2014. Cassius Marsh flashed in rookie mini camp and throughout training camp. His development this year will have a significant impact on the Seahawks ability to get after the quarterback.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Quick Brady Backer Rant

This whole debate swirling around Tom Brady that has now shifted to Roger Goodell continues to focus on all the wrong things. It does not matter if the crime Brady committed had a minor outcome on the game against Indianapolis. Brady thought it was serious enough to conspire and bribe attendants to do it. He thought it was important enough to check in a few times on game day to make sure it was going to be done. The fact that it was done in the penultimate game of the NFL season, with so much on the line, dramatically amplifies the severity of the violation. Had the Patriots barely beaten the Colts that day, and maybe even had a critical fumble by Indy that helped decide the outcome, the whole conversation around Brady's wrongdoing would be different. That is ludicrous. Brady had intent to impact the outcome of the AFC Championship game using means that he clearly knew were underhanded and against the rules. It does not matter if his cheating proved unnecessary or even irrelevant.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Cardinals, Rams, and 49ers Still Trail Seahawks In NFC West

The San Francisco 49ers were tied for third-best odds to win the Super Bowl at this time last year. Jeff Fisher and the St. Louis Rams were tied for twenty-first with 50/1 odds. The latest post-draft odds have the 49ers at 50/1 and ranked twenty-first, and the Rams are ranked thirteenth (35/1). Some things have really changed. And some things stayed the same—Seattle, was the favorite last year at 6/1, and remains the favorite at 6/1 this year. A quick tour around football's toughest division shows why the Seahawks are favorites to win their third straight NFC West crown.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Thursday Musings: Russell, Frank, and Tom

Wow. There is a lot to talk about regarding the NFL and the Seahawks. I could take each topic as a separate post, but let's just knock them all out right here, right now. First up, the negotiations between our quarterback and the front office are nowhere close to complete.

PODCAST: Interview With Mina Kimes, Senior Writer/Columnist At ESPN The Magazine

There has been a lot of discussion about the Seahawks selection of Frank Clark, and a number of investigative reports that have come out since the selection was made. I invited Mina Kimes, a Senior Writer and Columnist for ESPN The Magazine and unabashed Seahawks fan on the show to discuss her reactions to the story, both as an accomplished investigative journalist and as a fan.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Choose Patience And Information Over Impulse With Frank Clark

Domestic violence cases are among the most difficult to prosecute. Victims often recant their statements or become unwilling to testify against their abuser. Juries struggle to rationalize convicting a man when the woman he was charged with beating chooses to remain in the relationship. It is a tragic and complex problem that is getting much-needed attention in recent years. The challenge, though, extends beyond convicting the guilty. As we become more educated about the terrible domestic violence problem in our society, it becomes increasingly difficult to trust the legal outcome. In fact, most people assume that a man who is arrested, but not convicted, is likely guilty of the act. How we get to the truth and to just outcome in cases where the victims understandably do not stand up for themselves is maddeningly tedious and time consuming. While most people are rushing to take sides on the case of new Seahawks draft pick, Frank Clark, the truth appears to be far more complex than we may want to admit.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Jumping To Conclusions Based On Seahawks Draft Picks

Every draft choice comes chock full of implications. It could mean a veteran player's time is coming to an end, or a free agent signing is imminent. We could wait a while longer to understand more of John Schneider's master plan, or we could just have some fun now jumping to unfounded conclusions. Let's do that.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

The Morning After: 2015 Seahawks Draft Complete

There have been two Seahawks drafts that had me bubbling with excitement the day after they finished. The first, in 2010, was pretty straight-forward with two first round picks to kick things off. Seattle tacked on a household name in Golden Tate, but what got me more excited were the high ceiling risks the team took in Walter Thurmond III and this massive safety who hit like a ton of bricks named Kam Chancellor. Even Jameson Konz in the seventh round felt like the perfect high risk, high reward player to take that late. Getting excited about the 2012 draft was also easy. Bruce Irvin was a surprise, but he jumped off the screen watching his rush the passer, and Russell Wilson was a guy I had fallen in love with. Players like Bobby Wagner and Robert Turbin had curb appeal as well. This year's draft feels more like the 2011, 2013, and 2014 classes. Each of those drafts produced at least one starter, but Seattle needs more top-shelf talent from this year's rookie class if they want to extend their championship window.