Seattle Seahawks News: Regular Season and Preseason Updates
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4/17/14: Seahawks wide receiver Ridcardo Lockette, along with San Francisco 49er's WR Quinton Patten and star QB Colin Kaepernick are in the middle of one of this offseason's ugliest police investigations. According to a Miami Police Department report, the three are suspects in an investigation that is 'sexual in nature' and involves an former girlfriend of Kaepernick. No charges have been filed and the police claim that there is no evidence of assault at this time. The teams have issued standard-issue statements about being aware of the report, but nothing substantial. It will be interesting to watch how the NFL reacts to the incident and investigation, seeing as how the league can (and has previously) punished players even without an arrest.
4/10/14: Seahawks' star cornerback and unofficial spokespiece Richard Sherman was being loud again. Sherman authored an article supporting his childhood friend DeSean Jackson after the Eagles cut Jackson. The move came hours after a published article that DJax had ties to gang members. Sherman called out the Eagles for dumping a guy that allegedly had unsavory connections but got in no trouble but keeping a player who made racial threats while drunk on video (Riley Cooper). Only the Eagles know the real reason for Jackson's release, but it may have had something to do with the team not wanting to pay him $10.5 million next season.
4/3/14: Winning the Super Bowl is incredibly difficult. Repeating is even tougher. Most teams tend to lose several players after winning the championship, whether they be starters or key fill-ins looking to start and make big money. It is no exception in Seattle this offseason, and that means they need developing players to step up. The Seahawks have drafted exceptionally well in the last several years, finding key players deep in the draft. Now they need cornerback Tharold Simon to step up. Simon missed his rookie season last year with injury, but the Hawks have lost a lot of depth in the secondary, so this is his big chance.
3/27/14: Aside from so many of the players the Seahawks relied upon to win the Super Bowl in February leaving via free agency, and many of them ending up in Jacksonville (former Seattle defensive coordinator) one of the more interesting Seahawk-related stories is is Adam Muema. Muema left the Combine early, claiming a higher power told him to do so and that Seattle would draft him. Then he went missing for four days. Now, he skipped his pro day (at San Diego State University). Devine intervention or not, it is tough to believe that Seattle would draft him at this point.
3/20/14: There was a lot of talk in Seattle after the Seahawks won the Super Bowl that this could be a dynasty team. That may still happen, but, like many championship teams, their roster has been depleted by defections. The Seahawks have lost players such as Golden Tate, Chris Clemmons, and several others to free agency. They have kept stalwarts such as Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch and Richard Sherman - who are all under contract. However, it is not just the stars that win titles. Football is a team game and it is not unreasonable to think that other NFC teams are catching up with the Seahawks due to roster turnover.
3/13/14: The Seahawks may be among the losers this season since the NFL announced the salary cap would be at $133 million. Seattle was able to take a couple of experienced players (on the defensive side) last offseason and sign them to one or two year contracts. They probably did not expect the salary cap to jump as much as it did. Now those players, most notably defensive lineman Cliff Avril, are looking at big paydays elsewhere - either now or next season. At the same time, and while they may lose some players, it would seem to be a fair trade for them considering they won the Super Bowl.
3/6/14: The Seahawks must be fretting internally about starting QB Russell Wilson. Wilson is not taking his vacation now, he is down at Texas Rangers' spring training. Wilson played minor league ball for two years before going back to football with Wisconsin. He was drafted in baseball by the Rockies and the Rangers acquired his rights via Rule 5. But don't fear, Seattle fans. Rangers' manager Ron Washington says there is 'no chance' that Wilson will swing the bat. He probably would not make the team, but he must be enjoying his chance at playing two sports.
2/27/14: Baltimore Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome (probably the best GM in the business) pointed out that Super Bowl teams are at a disadvantage the following year because they are essentially five weeks behind everyone else in terms of free agency and evaluating talent for the draft. It is a good problem to have, and much better than the alternative of not even making the playoffs, still it is a problem. The Seahawks are going through that right now, but if you are going to make a Super Bowl and have that problem, this was the year to do it. The Draft has been pushed back two week to early May, so Seattle has a bit of a chance to make up ground in their offseason moves.
2/20/14: Seahawks Russell Wilson is getting some love from top QB prospect Johnny Manziel. Johnny Football is grateful to Wilson for winning the Super Bowl and putting aside a lot of long-standing reservations about six foot tall QBs. The prototypical standard is a minimum of about 6'3 for QBs. Manziel and Russell are about 6'0 (as is Drew Brees). Manziel will not be ending up in Seattle and will not have to battle Wilson for the starting QB job, but there is a good chance that the two will square off against each other at some point in the next few years, and a man's height will not mean a thing.
2/13/14: It has not even been two weeks since the Seahawks won the Super Bowl, but they are already talking about a repeat. Of all the teams that have won the championship in the past few years, they probably have the best claim to that prediction. The team has most players under contract for next season, including key pieces such as QB Russell Wilson and cornerback Richard Sherman. They may run into trouble with salary cap constraints a year from now, but as it stands, the Seahawks are the champions and that is how it will stay until further notice.
2/6/14: The Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl 43-8 over the Denver Broncos last Sunday, and the city is celebrating. The defense was the star of this game, as they earned a safety, a pick six, and a few interceptions and a fumble recovery on the way. The Seahawks claim to have figured out Denver QB Peyton Manning's hand signals and were able to completely shut down the best offense in the NFL. The game was never really close and Seattle is the early favorite to repeat next year. They are not losing many guys, so most of the team will return in tact.
1/30/14: Just a few more days until the Super Bowl. The Seahawks will be playing in their second championship game, while the Broncos will be playing in their sixth. Seattle features the league's best defense and Denver has the NFL's most prolific offense. A lot has been made of cornerback Richard Sherman's rant following the NFC Championship Game, but the Broncos are giving him nothing but respect. Sherman may be the best cornerback in the league, and it will be a lot of fun to watch him cover the Bronco's receivers and battle with legendary QB Peyton Manning.
1/23/14: Seattle beat their arch rival, the San Francisco 49ers, in the NFC Championship Game to earn the right to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. Seattle started off a bit slow and allowed the 49ers to take the lead into half-time. However, the Seahawks stormed back in the second half to take the lead for good. That included a touchdown on 4th and 8 when they took a timeout instead of kicking a long field goal. Seattle made the Super Bowl eight years ago but lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers. This time, the game is outdoors in New Jersey and the Seahawks will face Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.
1/16/14: As expected, the Seattle Seahawks are moving on to the NFC Conference Championship Game this week. The Seahawks took care of business against the visiting New Orleans Saints with a dominant defense and a powerful rushing attack. It also helped that the weather was miserable - 45 MPH gust of wind and a steady rain - and that help negate the Saints potent aerial game. The Seahawks have been the best team in the NFC all season, so it is no real surprise that they are hosting the Conference Championship Game - leaving them just 60 minutes from reaching the Super Bowl.
1/9/14: It took the weekend to sort everything out, but the Seahawks now have their opponent for this weekend. They will host the Saints this weekend in a rematch from a couple of years ago. The last time they met in the playoffs, the Saints were heavy favorites over the then 7-9 Seahawks, who made the playoffs because the NFC West was so bad. Seattle won that game. The Saints advanced by going into Philadelphia and beating the Eagles with stout defense and a tough running game - things that the team is not known for. New Orleans has learned a few tricks over the past couple of years and this should be a very good game.
1/2/14: Seattle earned the first overall seed in the NFC with a 13-3 record. The Seahawks lost only one game at home, a Week 16 loss to Arizona. Through two seasons, QB Russell Wilson has only lost that one game at home. Seattle shines at home with the '12th Man', and they will have homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. The team is off this week and simply waiting for the winner of San Francisco and Green Bay. On a side note, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell is being courted by several teams in search of a new head coach.
12/26/13: Seattle's home winning steak was snapped last Sunday as a determined Arizona Cardinals team came in and beat the Seahawks 17-10. Seattle had a 14 game unbeaten streak at home, though they still will be in the playoffs. Should the Seahawks beat St. Louis this weekend, they can secure home field throughout the postseason (excluding the Super Bowl in New York/New Jersey). But this past game was really about the Cardinals' defense rising to the challenge and shutting down the Seattle offense. It is really just a bump in the road, as the Seahawks are favored to win the Super Bowl this season.
12/19/13: The Seahawks made short work of the host New York Giants last Sunday, winning 23-0 and scoring in all four quarters. The win was their sixth on the road this season (a franchise best) and was a nice rebound after losing to the rival San Francisco 49ers a week earlier. Offenses were not on display in this game. QB Russell Wilson threw for only 206 yards and a touchdown, and ran for 50 more. RB Marshawn Lynch had only 47 yards on the ground and a score, but it was plenty to knock off the reeling Giants. Seattle (12-2) plays their final two games at home - against Arizona in Week 16 and St. Louis in Week 17.
12/12/13: Seattle clinched a playoff spot before they got to San Francisco last week. But that did not mean they did not want to beat the 49ers. The two organizations have developed the best rivalry in the NFL right now (sorry Baltimore and Pittsburgh). Seattle took San Francisco to task in the first meeting, but the 49ers got their revenge by winning this game 19-17. Defense carried the day for both teams. Neither Colin Kaepernick nor Russell Wilson eclipsed 200 yards passing on the day. In the end, a fourth quarter field goal won the game for the 49ers.
12/5/13: There is a new question now, actually two new questions - Can anyone beat Seattle at home and is QB Russell Wilson an MVP candidate? If you saw the Seahawks and Saints game on Monday Night, then the answers are No and Yes. The Seahawks earned their 11th victory of the season and solidified a playoff spot - the first team to do so. They dominated the Saints and kept Drew Brees under 200 yards for the first time in 43 games (two shy of the record owned by Dan Fouts). Seattle has a tough matchup this Sunday, another grudge match against San Francisco on the road.
11/28/13: Seattle is on top of the NFL. They had their bye in Week 12, allowing them to get a bit healthier for the stretch run. The Seahawks will easily make the playoffs and will likely win the NFC West. The team currently sits at 10-1 with a four game lead over the 49ers and Cardinals - and they have beaten both teams already this season. Seattle is much better at home than on the road, so getting homefield advantage throughout the playoffs is very important. The Seahawks return in Week 13 to host the NFC South leading New Orleans Saints (9-2) on Monday night.
11/21/13: There are still five games left to play, but the Seahawks have all but secured the NFC West crown for this season. The Seahawks finished Sunday with a relatively easy 41-20 win over the hapless Minnesota Vikings, improving to 10-1 on the season. Seattle had three interceptions on the day and forced Christian Ponder to the bench in the second half. The Seahawks have to play their way through the NFC West again, but at this point, it looks like they are on cruise control and headed back to the playoffs. Time for the team to take a well earned break as they have a bye in Week 12.
11/14/13: The Seahawks traveled to Atlanta looking, as many experts called it, for revenge for last season's playoff beating. Of course, beating a lowly team in the regular season is not payback in the least for a playoff loss, but it is as close as the Seahawks can get for now. Seattle did lay a beating on the Falcons in a 33-10 win. Russell Wilson threw for nearly 300 yards and two touchdowns while Marshawn Lynch added 145 yards on the ground and another TD. Seattle remained on top of the NFC West with an 8-1 record and host the Vikings (2-7) this Sunday.
11/7/13: On paper, the Seahawks game (at home) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers should have been a blowout. Seattle has lost one time and Tampa has not won at all. However, the Bucs raced out to a 21 point lead before the Seahawks decided to show up and stake their claim as one of the best teams in the league. Seattle won 27-24 in overtime, but it was probably not what they expected or wanted. It was the second time in a row that they were pushed to the limit by an inferior team - leaving many to wonder if Seattle can hold their grip for the rest of the season. Seattle (8-1) leads the NFC West by two games still and plays the Falcons (2-6) in Atlanta this Sunday.
10/31/13: The Seahawks did not so much beat the St. Louis Rams on Monday Night Football as survived. The Seahawks offense was basically ineffective all night except for two plays - one being an 80 yard touchdown. The Rams defense was the story as both defensive ends, Robert Quinn and Chris Long, had three sacks apiece. Seattle's defense made their own big play at the end of the game, making a goal-line stop to keep St. Louis from winning as time expired. Seattle is 7-1 and in control of the NFC West. The Seahawks host the 0-7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Sunday.
10/24/13: The Seahawks drew the Thursday Night game last week - a road trip to face Arizona. Seattle has not been nearly as good on the road as they have been at home, most recently dropping a game at Indianapolis. However, they came out ready against the Cardinals, winning 34-22. QB Russell Wilson threw for only 235 yards but did toss three TD passes in the win. The win puts the Seahawks at an impressive 6-1 and clearly on top of the NFC West. Seattle has another primetime showdown in Week 8 when they travel to St. Louis for the Monday Night Game.
10/17/13: The Seahawks were able to outlast the Tennessee Titans 20-13, bolstering their record to 5-1 on the season. The Titans actually held a 10-7 lead at halftime and were tied at 10 apiece after three quarters. The Seahawks, however, just do not lose at home. Marshawn Lynch had two touchdowns on the day to go with 77 yards rushing. QB Russell Wilson completed 23 of 31 passes for 257 yards and no touchdown, but the team did enough for the win. They are a game up on the 49ers in the division. It will be a short week as the Seahawks head to Arizona (3-3) for the Thursday Night Game.
10/10/13: The Seattle Seahawks fell from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 34-28 loss at Indianapolis. It is no secret that the Seahawks are a completely different team on the road than at home. They struggled with both Carolina and Houston on the road while no one has been competitive with them at home. Seattle allowed the Colts to rally with a 61 yard return for touchdown on a blocked field goal. Both Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch ran for 102 yards, but that was just not enough to overcome the Colts. The loss allowed the rest of the NFC West to inch closer in the division standings. The Seahawks (4-1) return home this Sunday to host the Tennessee Titans (3-2).
10/3/13: The Seahawks passed their toughest test of the season, outlasting the Houston Texans, on the road, 23-20. Seattle is almost unbeatable at home, but can be shaky on the road. They rallied from an early deficit and their defense scored a pick-six to tie the game at 20-20 in the fourth quarter. The defense held the Houston scoreless for two overtime possessions before Steven Hauschka kicked the winning 45 yard field goal in the extra frame. The Seahawks go on the road again this week when they face the 3-1 Colts in Indianapolis on Sunday afternoon.
9/26/13: Seattle continues to show they are in the elite class of teams this season after dismantling Jacksonville 45-17 at home. The Seahawks were giving 19.5 points according to the spread, and even that was not enough. QB Russell Wilson threw for four touchdowns and 202 yards in an easy win. At 3-0, Seattle is already separating themselves from the rest of the NFC West, who are all at 1-2. The road gets tougher from here though. The Seahawks leave their home and head to Houston to take on the Texans (2-1) in an early Sunday afternoon game in Week 4.
9/19/13: The Seattle Seahawks established themselves as the leader in the NFC West by dismantling the rival San Francisco 49ers in the most anticipated game of Week 2. The 29-3 win puts the Seahawks in the driver seat, meaning every other NFC West team must play catch-up. Seattle is now 2-0 and looks like they are on a mission to get to the Super Bowl this season. The Seahawks had the luxury of playing this game at home, which is where they will stay when hosting the 0-2 Jacksonville Jaguars this Sunday. The early line on the game is a mammoth 20 point, which actually may be reasonable.
9/12/13: The Seattle defense should be commended for keeping the team in a game they probably should have lost. The Seahawks opened the season on the road against the Carolina Panthers and escaped with a 12-7 victory that easily could have gone the other way. Carolina led 7-5 late in the game before the Seahawks managed their only touchdown, which secured the win. The road gets tougher now. Seattle returns home for a Sunday night game against their arch rival, the San Francisco 49ers, in a can't miss game for any football fan. Incidentally, the QB of the losing team has to shave an eyebrow.
9/4/13: It is always strange to see a once-hyped college quarterback and early round draft pick bounce around from team to team without really catching on anywhere. Such is the case with Brady Quinn. He was considered one of the better quarterbacks in the 2007 draft, and was a first round pick of the Cleveland Browns. He never showed that he had the skill set to play in the NFL and was competing for a backup spot with Tavaris Jackson in Seattle. It looks like Jackson won the job, though he has never shown that he could be the starter in his time in the league. Seattle better hope Russell Wilson stays healthy this year.
8/29/13: No question that the Seahawks think that this is their year. They fell in the NFC divisional round at Atlanta last year, but expect to get that far and further this time around. The Seahawks have been in an arms race with their nemesis the San Francisco 49ers, and that should continue throughout the year. What it will come down to is not the defense - which already looks to be in mid-season form. It will be the ability for QB Russell Wilson to find and connect with a relatively weak receiving corps. If they can replicate their late season wonders from last season, then they can win the NFC West.
8/22/13: QB Russell Wilson overcame a lot of pressure and adversity to claim the starting job last training camp. Now he has the pressure of high expectations for a team that many believe will contend for the Super Bowl. He is without his two best receivers, Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin. That puts a lot of pressure on Golden Tate. Tate was a high draft pick a few years ago, but never really developed. He will have to assume the lead of the number one WR this season to keep the team competitive in the best division in all of the NFL.
8/15/13: The Seattle Seahawks are expected to be not just an NFC West contender this season, but a Super Bowl contender. They received bad news with Percy Harvin being out at least most of the season, and fellow WR Sidney Rice being in Europe for a medical procedure. Enter Golden Tate. The former Notre Dame star will finally get his chance to show that he is an NFL receiver this season So for those guys looking for a sleeper on their fantasy team, look at Tate in the late rounds. He may pleasantly surprise without Harvin or Rice competing for catches.
8/8/13: Trades between Seattle and Minnesota never seem to work out well for the Seahawks - maybe they should quit making deals. Two years ago, the Seahawks traded for QB Tavaris Jackson. That failed. This season they traded their first round pick for WR Percy Harvin. Harvin now has a torn labrum and is getting surgery. He will be out most of the season, if not all. The Seahawks now need to find a number one receiver for QB Russell Wilson. In the NFC West division, they may just be out of time and out of luck.
8/1/13: The Seahawks really thought they were just a top end wide receiver away from being the team to beat in the NFC West. So they traded their first round pick in the 2013 draft to Minnesota to acquire disgruntled wide receiver Percy Harvin. Now the Seahawks have place Harving on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, apparently with a labrum tear (hip). If it is serious enough, Harvin could miss the entire season. Seattle signed Harvin to a six year, $67 million contract with $25.5 million in guarantees after acquiring him, so this could be a devastating financial and competitive hit to them.
7/25/13: Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is getting a lot of love from the bandwagon community. His jersey ranked second in sales in the second quarter for all NFL players. Unfortunately for Wilson, arch rival Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers ranked first (no, his jersey did not come with a Miami Dolphins hat). At least the Seahawks and their fans can attack the moral high ground that 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh has taken for his team in recent weeks- the 49ers just traded for Eric Wright, who was arrested for suspicion of DUI on July 12.
7/18/13: Seahawks' left tackle Russell Okung may just be crazy. He spent some of his down time in Spain running with the bulls in Pamplona. This type of risky behavior typically is outside the bounds of normal contract clauses on unsafe activities. However, the Seahawks apparently knew about it and did not have any problem with his outing. While one may question the sanity of a person wanting to risk a goring, it is far more perplexing that the team even let him get on the airplane - Okung is a franchise tackle that is not easily replaced, and a bull is stronger than any NFL player.
7/11/13: Seattle's star cornerback Richard Sherman said in an interview this past week that he no longer has a relationship with his college coach. His college coach at Stanford is now the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, and in case it went unnoticed, there is a lot of bad blood between the NFC rivals. It would really be hard to imagine a situation where he could have a relationship with the head coach of another team, aside from a post-game hug. However, some media outlets are making it out to be a bigger deal than it is to fuel the rivalry. That is not needed, the only thing that is needed is for the teams to play.
7/4/13: One big key for the Seahawks, and really for every team (looking at you Chicago and Arizona) is to keep their QB upright. The Seahawks have done a decent job in pass protection, but they could always be better. They are fortunate to have Russell Wilson in the QB position, and he is very mobile. But the Seahawks selected James Carpenter in the first round in 2011. The offensive lineman could be a beast, but has been injured for half of his career (1 6 games). If he can get healthy - then stay healthy, the Seahawks may have enough protection against the angry NFC defensive lines.
6/27/13: More bad blood brewing between the Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers, which is fun for the rest of us to watch. We have seen accusations of cheating, contests of which QB throws a faster pitch, and now Seahawks WR Golden Tate wants to give 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh the 'Sean Lee Treatment'. Last year, Tate applied an illegal blindside block on Lee, and got a $21,000 fine. It is very interesting to watch how these two teams continually attack each other. It will be more interesting if their little competition distracts them next season and the Rams take the NFC West.
6/20/13: The ongoing feud between the Seahawks and division rival San Francisco 49ers may be coming to a standstill. Earlier in the week, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh threw a verbal jab by saying that anyone who cheats cannot win. That may have been a reference to the Seahawks, who have the most PED suspensions over the past few years - since Pete Carroll took over. Carroll did not take the bait and just complemented the 49ers' organization. That is not the fun for the fans, but it probably the smart response - no need to bring up more distractions.
6/13/13: John Schneider was named GM of the Seahawks in 2010. The team has continually been a contender in the NFC West, and is again expected to be among the top teams in the league this season. However, six Seattle players have been suspended for PED use in that time (one overturned on appeal), leading many to believe a lax culture or lack of institutional responsibility for the spree. Schneider essentially threw his players under the bus by saying that these are young men who made mistakes. Head coach Pete Carrol, in light of the notoriety, now says that the organization is doing more to educate their players and keep them out of trouble. Good luck with that.
6/6/13: Several Seahawk players have been involved with PED troubles in recent times, which leads some to beg the question of is head coach Pete Carroll part of the problem. Carroll fled USC just as the NCAA was starting to punish his operation, and now scandal seems to be prevalent at the NFL level. The team has had five PED suspensions over the past three years, and some may suggest that Carroll's relaxed style and friendship with the players does not deter usage. The problem is so bad that team players called a meeting to discuss the issue. It also could be just a coincidence, but skeptical minds will always question.
5/30/13: The Seahawks efforts to build the team and compete for a number of years may be crashing. Several players have been linked to adderal or other similar drugs and will be facing suspensions. New defensive tackle Cliff Avril is suffering from a foot injury, and their core piece to the running game, Marshawn Lynch, may be facing suspension and jail time for drinking and driving charges. While the team has made the playoffs for the past three years and is considered a contender for the Super Bowl this season, they may not be able to get out of their own way and get through the early part of the season.
5/23/13: No team has faced more positive tests for banned performance enhancing drugs over the past two years than the Seattle Seahawks. The most recent is second year defensive end Bruce Irvin. There are no reports of what was the drug in question, but three of the six were for adderal, and the language in Irvin's report was similar. He will be suspended for the first four games of the next seasonl. Additionally, Chris Clemmons is still out with a torn ACL and may not be ready for the start of the season. So all the moves to keep up with the 49ers may be for nothing, as San Francisco obviously has the inside track at this point.
5/16/13: After the arms race between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks, it would seem that there are not many holes to fill for either team. However, Seattle has some weaknesses that they still can address before the season starts. Probably the biggest hole is right tackle. Eric Winston could be a solution there. And while the secondary is pretty strong, the team could use another linebacker. While the 49ers may not have an all-pro receiving corps, there are other teams in the division - so they need to be concerned with Larry Fitzgerald of the Cardinals and now Tavon Austin of the Rams.
5/9/13: There is no doubt that the NFC West should be one of the best divisions in the NFL this season. After a decade of being a laughingstock doormat, all four teams are loaded and could win almost any other division. Although, an interesting sidenote is that in the past 12 years each division member has been to the Super Bowl (and all lost). But the brewing rivalry between the 49ers and Seahawks is the most intriguing. Seattle had more holes to fill, but acquired Percy Harvin, Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett. As much press as San Francisco and Seattle are getting, it is important to remember that the Rams and Cardinals can win this division as well.
5/2/13: A rather quiet draft weekend for Seattle. The big offseason moves were trading away backup Matt Flynn (and his huge contract) to the Raiders, and trading their first round pick to the Vikings for Percy Harvin. As such, they did not select until late in the second round. They took Texas A&M running back Christine Michaels there, and added defensive tackles Jordan Hill (Penn St. third round, 25th pick) and Jesse Williams (Alabama, fifth round, 4th pick). The Seahawks are pretty stacked going into the season, and it will be fun to see how the rejuvenated NFC West shakes out.
4/25/13: The Seahawks are showing that they are willing to spend big to get impact players. In fact, they traded away their first round pick to Minnesota to get wide receiver Percy Harvin. That means that the Seahawks do not have a pick on the first night of drafting, and have to wait until pick number 56 to make a selection. Of course, the team could always make a trade and move up - especially since it is pretty difficult to handicap who will be available at number 56. But that is unlikely, as the Seahawks feel they have their team fairly complete.
4/18/13: The Seattle Seahawks are embroiled in a developing rivalry with the San Francisco 49ers right now. The two teams are considered the class of the NFC West (that is not a joke anymore, especially since the Rams and the Cardinals should be competitive). But the coaches have been rivals for a few years when Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was at USC and 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh was at Stanford. They both made the playoffs last year and either could have ended up in the Super Bowl. Both have tough defenses and emerging offenses. All of this leads to a potentially great battle for the NFC West crown.
4/11/13: Don't expect Seattle to make many big splashes in the draft coming up. The way it stands right now, the team does not pick until late in the second round (56th overall). There is always the chance that the team makes some trades to move up and grab someone, but that is pure speculation at this point. However, for those die hard draft fans that love both the Seahawks and the seventh round, then this is your year. Seattle holds five seventh round selections this year. It could just be that the next Greg McElroy is right there for the taking with the 242nd pick.
4/4/13: Everyone and their brother knew that the Seahawks would not be able to keep backup QB Matt Flynn. Flynn had one great game for the Packers in week 17 of the 2011 season, so Seattle signed him to a huge contract. Then the Seahawks drafted Russell Wilson who won the starting QB job. Flynn never touched the field. Seattle traded him to the QB starved Oakland Raiders for late round picks. Flynn may well end up starting in Oakland, who parted ways with Carson Palmer after he refused to take a pay cut to remain with the team.
3/28/13: Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is taking advantage of his role as the team leader by organizing workouts with his receivers. Wilson did not have that luxury a year ago - for one thing he was still in college. But he was not expected to be the starter when he was drafted, but earned that right throughout training camp last summer. Many of his receivers may not be known outside the Pacific Northwest, but the Seahawks' latest acquisition - Percy Harvin - is one of the best wide outs in the NFL, and may finally be happy with the Seahawks.
3/21/13: Does the Percy Harvin trade flip the favorites in the NFC West? Maybe not alone, but the 49ers have lost several key components to their team, including Dashon Goldson and Alex Smith. The Seahawks paid a steep price to land a guy with a perpetual bad attitude and migraine headaches. He may prove to be a migraine for Seattle as well. Harvin immediately becomes QB Russell Wilson's number one target, but how long until he starts complaining that he does not get the ball enough? This is a high risk gamble for Seattle, but they are so close, it is probably worth the risk.
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3/14/13: Seattle does not mind paying big. While it is true that the team did not have a true number one receiver, and their entire receiving corps is really a weakness of the club, they may have paid too much. Seattle and the Vikings finalized a trade that sent wide receiver Percy Harvin to the Seahawks in exchange for a first and seventh round pick this April and a mid-round pick next year. Consider this, though, San Francisco traded QB Alex Smith - who has taken a team to the NFC Championship Game - for a second round pick. Maybe the Vikings are just trying to get even for the Tony Dorsett trade.
3/7/13: Questions surrounding Seattle concern mostly their offense. Will Russell Wilson regress in his second year? Will the team bring in a big time receiver? And what to do with Matt Flynn? Teams now have tape on Wilson, but he has shown to be a great young QB. He certainly would benefit from a true number one receiver, and Greg Jennings and Mike Wallace should be available. They may elect to keep Flynn and pay his enormous salary for another year. It is always good to have a quality back up in the NFL - just as San Francisco.
2/21/13: Many people laughed when the Seahawks acquired Tavaris Jackson to be their starting quarterback in 2011. They were right to do so. Then the Seahawks paid big money to land Matt Flynn, who had one start to his name. Another foolish move. Then they struck gold by drafting Russell Wilson. Jackson is long gone, and may actually be the best free agent on the market. But Flynn and his big contract are still in Seattle, so the team has to decide what to do with him. They would love to trade him, but his contract may be too big for that - there is a good chance he gets cut and signs on as a starter somewhere else.
2/14/13: Seattle was one of the feel-good stories of the 2012 NFL season. They surprised everyone late in preseason by naming rookie Russell Wilson to the starting QB position rather than Matt Flynn. Flynn had one exceptional game with the Packers at the end of the 2011 season (setting a Green Bay record with six touchdown passes against Detroit). The Seahawks signed him to a lucrative contract expecting him to be the starter. But Wilson played earned the job instead, and steadily improved throughout the season and made the playoffs. Now Seattle must decide what to do with Flynn who costs a lot of money.
2/7/13: Heading into the offseason, the Seattle Seahawks do not have the same needs that say Kansas City or Tennessee have. After all, they did make the wild card in the NFC, were a half game out of winning the NFC West, won a road playoff game, and have a franchise quarterback to build around. That does not mean they are perfect. The Seahawks two biggest needs are on defensive line and wide receiver. The D-line may be built through the draft. WRs are available in free agency, such as Mike Wallace or Greg Jennings. Also, the team could trade backup QB Matt Flynn to any number of QB-starved teams.
1/31/13: Here is some interesting media speculation. Seattle could try to trade backup quarterback Matt Flynn for Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis. The trade makes sense on paper: The Seahawks are paying Flynn a fortune to carry a clipboard and are not about to make him a starter after Russell Wilson's All-Pro rookie season. Revis is costing the Jets a fortune and desperately needs a QB. Seattle could use Revis' services (who couldn't). New Jets General Manager John Idzik came from Seattle and knows the front office well. Again, this is all speculation, but there is some logic behind it.
1/24/13: Gus Bradley, the architect of Seattle's nasty defense for the past four years, is leaving the Emerald City to take the head coaching job in Jacksonville. Bradley had served as the defensive coordinator under both Jim Mora and Pete Carroll, and masterminded one of the top defensive units in the NFL. Jags fans who wanted a big name hire like John Gruden or Bill Cower may be disappointed, but Bradley is the only head coach hire that brings a defensive background. The Jags were among the worst defensive units in the league and certainly need some defensive leadership next season.
1/17/13: Seattle's "Season of Destiny" (or "Season of Improbable Luck") came to a crashing halt in Atlanta on Sunday. The Falcons led 20-0 at halftime, then 27-7, before the Seahawks came storming back. Rookie QB Russell Wilson led Seattle down the field in an effecient drive, that was capped off with a Marshon Lynch touchdown with 34 seconds remaining - giving Seattle a 28-27 lead. But Atlanta was not finished, and promptly marched downfield. Matt Bryant hit a 49 yard field goal with eight seconds remaining, giving the Falcons a 30-28 victory. Atlanta will host San Francisco this weekend in the NFC Championship Game.
/10/13: Seattle continued to received gifts, much as they have all season, in their win over the Redskins in the Wild Card Round. Washington opened up a quick 14-0 lead, but star QB Robert Griffin III re-injured his knee in the first quarter. He remained in the game but was largely ineffective. He was finally forced out of the game in the third quarter. Without their best player, Washington could not keep up with Seattle, who came back to win. Seattle is the only non-division champion to advance to the Divisional round, and will play at Atlanta this weekend.
1/3/13: Seattle scored a late touchdown and was able to hold off St. Louis in their regular season finale. They already had a playoff spot secured, but were not able to win the NFC West - due to a victory by San Francisco over Arizona on the same day. The Seahawks have the fifth seed and will travel to Washington to face the Redskins in the Divisional round. It will be the first time in modern NFL history that two rookie quarterbacks will meet in a playoff game, namely Russell Wilson of Seattle and Robert Griffin III for Washington.
12/27/12: Seattle's is known for their defense, but their offense has really come together well in the past few weeks - highlighted by a 42-13 trouncing of the rival San Francisco 49ers in Week 16. Seattle raced out to a 21-0 lead and never looked back. Rookie QB Russell Wilson threw four TDs and the defense did not allow San Francisco much to work with throughout the cold and rainy night. The win puts the Seahawks in the playoffs, likely as the No. 5 seed. Seattle can win the NFC West with a victory at home over the Rams and a loss by the 49ers to the Cardinals.
12/20/12: Seahawks rookie QB Russell Wilson has silenced the critics with an outstanding campaign, and really showed off his worth against the Bills in Toronto. Wilson ran for 92 yards and three touchdowns and threw for another 204 and a score as Seattle destroyed the Bills 50-17. It was the second consecutive week the Seahawks have dropped 50-plus points on an opponent. Seattle's playoff hopes are still in tact, and they currently hold a wild card spot with a 9-5 record. San Francisco clinched the NFC West, but the two teams will face off thisweekend with playoff implications on the line.
12/13/12: The Seahawks simply embarrassed the Arizona Cardinals in the most lopsided game of the year - a 58-0 blowout. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was pulled early in the second half, allowing Matt Flynn the chance to audition for a new team…again. Seattle's defense forced eight turnovers. Both Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin rushed for over 100 yards, and Lynch added three touchdowns. Seattle has an outside shot at the division crown, but will likely be a wild card team. Though anything can happen as the 49ers must travel to New England this weekend. Next up: at Buffalo.
12/6/12: Seattle looked anemic and lost against the Bears vaunted defense for most of the day at Soldier Field. But the Seahawks tied up the game in the fourth quarter and scored a dramatic overtime victory against Chicago last Sunday, 23-17. Russell Willson was 23-27 passing, with 293 yards and two TDs, while Marshawn Lynch ran for 87 yards and a score. Seattle is now 7-5 , trailing the San Francisco 49er's by 1.5 games heading into week 14. This week's matchup pits the Seahawks at home against the Arizona Cardinals - a good chance to score a division win against a team without a legitimate quarterback.
10/4/12: The Seattle Seahawks are regrouping after a disappointing 19-13 loss against the St. Louis Rams last week. In the game the Seattle offense failed to move the ball consistently which had some fans and media beginning to wonder out loud if the Seahawks should think about benching rookie quarterback Russell Wilson. Wilson was 17-25 for 160 yards and three interceptions. The Seahawks, through four games, have one of the worst passing offenses in the league. They will take that poor passing offense on the road again this week as they travel to Carolina to take on Cam Newton and the Panthers.
9/27/12: The Seattle Seahawks found themselves in the center of a national controversy this week as they beat the Green Bay Packers 14-12 on Monday Night Football. Trailing 12-7 quarterback Russell Wilson heaved a hail mary pass into the end zone where wide receiver Golden Tate wrestled for the ball with Green Bay defensive players. The replacement referees ruled that it was a ?simultaneous catch? in which case Tate is awarded possession and thus a touchdown. The replays did not seem to confirm that ruling but the play was allowed to stand. The outrage sparked by this apparent blown call resulted in the NFL and the regular officials coming to an agreement.
9/23/12 ? The Seattle Seahawks sacked Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers eight times in the first half and Russell Wilson threw two touchdowns to give the Seahawks a 14-12 win over the heavily favored Green Bay Packers. With time expiring and the Seahawks down 12-7, Wilson threw a ball into the endzone that seemed to be intercepted by Packers safety M.D. Jennings but receiver Golden Tate was able to have enough of the ball for the officials to rule it a touchdown. The Seahawks defense was able to smother the highly touted Green Bay offense holding them to 2 field goals and one rushing touchdown. They also held last year?s NFL MVP, Rodgers, to only 223 yards of passing without a touchdown pass. The Seahawks improve to 2-1 on the year.
8/16/12: Pete Carroll announced this week that his Seattle Seahawks would use the same quarterback rotation in their preseason game against Denver this weekend. Matt Flynn will again start the first half and rookie Russell Wilson will take over in the second half. This means that for the second straight game incumbent quarterback Tarvaris Jackson will not see any game action. Carroll is insisting that Jackson is still in the running for the starting position but the fact that two games will have gone buy without him seeing the field seems to indicate he is out of the running. The only question left seems to be whether Jackson will be traded or released.
7/26/12: The Seattle Seahawks attained some roster unity this week as they signed defensive end Chris Clemons to a multi-year contract extension. Clemons had been unhappy with his contract and held out on all of the team's off season activities. With training camp starting in the next week the potential for a nasty hold out was looming. Clemons has led the Seahawks in sacks the past two seasons and is a key component to their pass rush. The Seahawks also inked center Max Unger to a contract extension to help solidify their offensive line, which has been a problem in the past few seasons.
5/3/12: The Seattle Seahawks surprised everyone again at the NFL draft this past week. They selected defensive end Bruce Irvin from West Virginia with the 15th overall pick. They had traded down to get Irvin, whom many felt was a reach. Irvin has had some trouble in his past but also has tremendous upside and could cause some damage for the Seahawks this upcoming season. They raised more eyebrows when they selected Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson in the third round. This was a surprise since they seem to have a bit of a log jam of quarterbacks on the roster now.
4/26/12: The Seattle Seahawks have been busy preparing for the NFL Draft this week and there is a great deal of speculation as to who they will select with the 12th pick overall. Many feel that they will try and improve their pass rush by picking up South Carolina's Melvin Ingram or North Carolina's Quinton Coples. They could also be interested in Stanford Guard David DeCastro to bolster their offensive line. Don't be surprised however if general manager John Schneider trades his pick down to stock pile picks later in the draft. The Seahawks surprised the pundits last year and could easily do it again.
Seattle Seahawks Tickets - Team History
Established in 1976, the Seattle Seahawks have called CenturyLink Field home since 2002. Though they've never won a Super Bowl, they made the playoffs 6 times in the past decade, representing the NFC in the Super Bowl in 2005. Second year head coach Pete Carroll has mandated that resigning free agent quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is the team's top offseason priority, and though Seahawks fans have a love-hate relationship with the veteran QB, most would agree with Carroll's position.
Seattle Seahawks Tickets - 2011 Season Info
They may have stumbled into the playoffs in 2010 as the only team to ever make the postseason with a losing record, but they certainly made noise upon their entrance. Marshawn Lynch's now legendary 67-yard touchdown run, and the accompanying stadium eruption that literally shook the Seattle ground propelled the team to an unlikely 41-36 victory over the defending champion New Orleans Saints. In possibly the weakest division in the NFL, the Seahawks will contend this year. Carroll has whipped wide receiver Mike Williams, whom he coached at USC, into NFL shape, and at 6-foot-5, Williams is a daunting presence on one side of the field. Former Notre Dame standout receiver Golden Tate was ineffective in his rookie year, but has good hands and should play off of the developing Williams well. On defense, the Seahawks do everything well. Defensive ends Chris Clemons and Raheem Brock pressure the quarterback, and middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu, another of Carroll's boys at USC, is certainly above average at his position. Outside linebacker Aaron Curry is working towards solidifying his high draft status three years ago, and is a freak athlete with the potential to turn into the Seahawks' poor-man's version of the DeMarcus Ware-type linebacker that is sweeping the NFL. Carroll made noise when he passed on former prot?g? Taylor Mays to select Earl Thomas in the 2010 draft, but Thomas is proving his head coach made a wise decision.
Seattle Seahawks Tickets - 2011 Schedule
Seattle wastes no time in getting to a division rivalry, visiting the 49ers in Week 1. This clash between the two best teams in the division is softened by the fact that it's the first game of the season, but is an important matchup nonetheless. Seattle plays at CenturyLink for the first time in Week 3, facing an Arizona squad still recovering from the retirement of Kurt Warner after the 2009 season.
Seattle Seahawks Tickets - The Players
The Matt Hasselbeck era is over in Seattle but the problem is there is no real plan. The Seahawks signed Tarvaris Jackson and currently have Charlie Whitehurst as their starter. Hopefully Marshawn Lynch and Leon Washington can create a strong ground game for the new QB. The receiver core lacks a star but is overall pretty solid. Mike Williams and Golden Tate will be good choices anywhere on the field. Pete Carrol has a lot of work with both sides of the ball. He does have a leader at the LB position in Aaron Curry. He's a star in the making and could be the anchor for a defense.
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