Seattle Seahawks News: Regular Season and Preseason Updates
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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