Tuesday, June 07, 2005

You Make the Call

So it is official. Koren Robison was released by the Seahawks. Robinson was having a hard time in 04’ on the field with his consistency of dropped passes. The 2001 draft pick was chosen 9th overall that year and was supposed to one of the NFL elites at the wide receiver position but failed to live up to that. Although it wasn’t his on the field problems that caused him to get the boot, it was his off the field problems with alcohol.

Should we have let him go?

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

INSIDE DISH:

- from FOXSports.com

Tim Ruskell, the Seahawks new president of football operations, has made a habit of finding backup quarterbacks in the third round of the draft. It happened in Tampa in 2003, when the Buccaneers selected Chris Simms. It also happened in Atlanta last year, when the Falcons took Matt Schaub. This year, it was David Greene for the Seahawks. But don't expect coach Mike Holmgren to be satisfied with a rookie, no matter how good he might look in minicamps and training camp. The veteran free-agent cupboard is pretty bare right now, but the Seahawks will continue to shop for a backup to Matt Hasselbeck for two reasons. First, injuries forced Hasselbeck to miss two games last season and Trent Dilfer (now with the Browns) stepped in to win both. Also, the Seahawks beat Simms and Schaub last season.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Rebuilding Together

Members of the Seattle Seahawks along with Rebuilding Together (an organization established to assist families in need) have grouped together to rebuild and refurbish the home of someone in an unfortunate predicament. Tina, a single mom with 7 children, was who they chose to assist.

The Master Builders Association of Pierce County Remodelors along with the Seahawks’ Marcus Trufant, Jason Willis, Marcus Tubbs and Sean Locklear grouped together to dive into the project. They assisted in replacing the roof, replacing appliances, and so on.

“Giving of our time by extending a hand to help other's realize their own potential through volunteer service in our communities and schools is important. I volunteer because of a personal interest in the activity, the feeling of being needed, and I encourage and motivate others to volunteer."
- Marcus Trufant

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Seahawks in NFL Europe Week 7 Update

- from the official site of the Seattle Seahawks

CB B.J. Tucker (Amsterdam Admirals) :

Started and had one interception, his third of the year, and three passes defensed in Amsterdam’s 30-24 loss at Hamburg.

Season: Seven starts, 18 tackles (15 solo), three interceptions, six passes defensed and six special teams tackles. Named NFL Europe’s Defensive Player of the Week 1.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Koren Robinson

Koren Robinson has decided to finally come clean and go clean. After a season-ending suspension from play, Robinson has gone through rehabilitation of his own to get through his substance abuse problems. During 2002, Robinson was able to rack up 78 passes for 1,240 yards. Due to his personal problems, this was not the case for 2004. The Seahawks have made some safe moves during the last draft to avoid any further complications.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

MINICAMP MAYHEM:

- from FOXSports.com

Jerramy Stevens was the only tight end on the field when the Seahawks closed their first minicamp because incumbent starter Itula Mili decided not to participate in the "voluntary" portion, and promising No. 3 tight end Ryan Hannam needed arthroscopic surgery to correct a problem that was causing swelling in his surgically repaired right knee. Mili not only looked heavy during the three-day mandatory camp, but he was. He reportedly checked in at 290 pounds. Stevens, meanwhile, has dropped 12 pounds. Even more important, Stevens rarely dropped a pass while making plays in the passing game. . . .

Speaking of injuries, the inactivity of tackles Cedric Woodard (ankle) and Rashad Moore (shoulder), end Bryce Fisher (foot), cornerback Marcus Trufant (shoulder) and free safety Ken Hamlin (shoulder), who are rehabbing from surgeries, made it difficult to gage just how much the Seahawks have improved a defense that ranked No. 26 in the league last season. The secondary was so thin that rookie Junior Rosegreen, who was in as a free-agent tryout, worked with the No. 1 unit. He made the most of his opportunity, and the club signed Rosegreen.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Maurice Kelly


The Seahawks have hired former safety Maurice Kelly as Director of Player Development. Kelly was part of the Seahawks during 2000 and 2001, where he took on the position of safety. He recorded 26 tackles (19 solo) and one pass defensed during his time as a member of the team.

Now his duties with the franchise will consist of being an intermediary between the players and the front office. Along with this, Kelly will assist players into the change between playing in the majors and moving on after retirement.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

HARD TRUTH:

- from FOXSports.com

The Seahawks will miss Chad Brown more than you might expect a team could miss a soon-to-be 35-year-old linebacker. Sure, they signed Jamie Sharper to fill Brown's spot on the strong side, and Sharper is five years younger and has been ridiculously productive and durable in missing only one start in eight NFL seasons. But who replaces Brown as a pass-rusher in the nickel? That's the role the Seahawks wanted Brown to fill, at a greatly reduced salary ($1 million plus sack incentives, compared to the $4.2 million he was scheduled to make). The Seahawks will regret that they didn't sweeten the deal so Brown would have stayed.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Andre Dyson

The Seattle Seahawks have acquired cornerback Andre Dyson. Dyson has been with the Tennessee Titans for the last four years after being drafted in 2001. He began his football career in the University of Utah where he was a three year starter.

During his time in the NFL, Dyson has started in 60 games. He tallied up a career-high six interceptions last season and led the team with 40 tackles and 15 passes defensed.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

SCOUTING REPORT:

- from FOXSports.com

Darrell Jackson caught 87 passes last season to break Brian Blades' 10-year-old single-season club record, and with 1,199 receiving yards Jackson came within a half dozen broken tackles of doing the same to Steve Largent's 19-year-old mark in that category. But the offense needs even more from Jackson this season. Perhaps not in sheer numbers, but Jackson needs to become more consistent -- which starts with reducing the number of passes he has dropped the past two years. Most of Jackson's drops have come in clusters at midseason, and he has bounced back nicely each year. But this season, with the uncertainty over Koren Robinson's role with the team and who might step in to replace him if needed, Jackson becomes an even more vital cog to the passing game. He runs precise routes and has become adept at finding open spots when things break down for QB Matt Hasselbeck. Now, he needs to catch a higher percentage of the passes thrown his way, and do more with the ball after the catch.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Jamie Sharper

The Seattle Seahawks have signed on Jamie Sharper to a five-year deal. Both the Jaguars and the Bengals were looking at this hot of the press line-backer, but the Seahawks sealed it with the amount of $17.5 million.

Sharper, an 8-year veteran of the game, was originally drafted to the Baltimore Ravens. He has spent most of his time with the Ravens, but was moved to the Houston Texans back in 2002.

Sharper is a very well respected line backer and if you look at his stats it is very easy to see why. Good choice Seahawks.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Chike Okeafor

Chike Okeafor has been traded to the Arizona Cardinals on a five-year year, unrestricted deal. While with the Seahawks, Okeafor recorded a career-high 8.5 sacks and 53 tackles in the 2004 season.

Okeafor was originally drafted with the 49ers in 1999 and stayed with them for four years before moving to the Seahawks. During his two years with the Seahawks, Okeafor tallied up some good stats.

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Draft Buzz:

- from FOXSports.com

Think defense. The Seahawks are. The club has received an extra third-round compensatory pick and it is not out of the question that each of their first-day selections will be a defensive player. The most obvious needs are at linebacker, defensive end and cornerback. They need not only players capable of contributing immediately, but also depth. So, the Seahawks could go in any of those directions in any round, but it depends on the players that are available. Some that would be good fits are defensive ends Dan Cody (Oklahoma), Matt Roth (Iowa), Bill Swancutt (Oregon State) and David Pollack (Georgia), linebackers Darryl Blackstock (Virginia) and Barrett Ruud (Nebraska) and cornerbacks Carlos Rogers (Auburn) and Corey Webster (LSU). One thing to remember, which has become apparent in free agency: the new president of football operations wants high-character players, not characters.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Chad Brown Receives Ed Block Award

Chad Brown was awarded the 2004 Ed Block Courage Award. Brown received this at the 27th Annual Ed Block Courage Awards. The Courage Award is named after Ed Block, the longtime head athletic trainer of the Baltimore Colts, who was a pioneer in his profession and a respected humanitarian. Brown received this on March 8th in Baltimore.

Brown came to the Seahawks back in 1997. He received the award on the basis of displaying commitments to the principles of courage and sportsmanship, while serving as inspirations in their locker rooms and communities. The choice is made by the team of a player who has been a true inspiration in his own way to the team.

Brown is currently the fourth-leading tackler in franchise history.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Seahawks Auditions

It’s not time for players to audition their skills, but still the same level of importance…Well, close. The time has come for cheerleader auditioning. The ladies will be gathering to cheer their souls out and join the elite squad of beautiful, talented cheerleaders.

The judging will be based on dance ability, pizzazz and physical appearance. The audition will be held at Qwest Field – Wells Fargo Stagecoach Restaurant. The auditions span a preliminary, call-backs, and one final audition. Afterwards, the Seahawks will announce their prime candidates.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Defensive Adjustments

- from FOXSports.com

It isn't his scheme that coordinator Ray Rhodes needs to tweak, but the players who had problems performing in it last season. In searching for a reason why the Seahawks tumbled from a ranking of No. 8 at midseason to No. 26 by seasons end, look at the play of the linebackers. Injuries forced Rhodes to use too many players whose contributions should be limited to special teams. At one point, the "starters" were Solomon Bates and Isaiah Kacyvenski outside and Orlando Huff in the middle. That's why just-signed Kevin Bentley looms large in the Seahawks' plans, even though he wasn't even tendered a restricted free-agent offer by the Browns. Bentley could start on the strong side, allowing veteran Chad Brown to be used primarily on passing downs in his 13th NFL season. D.D. Lewis is expected to replace just-released Anthony Simmons on the weak side, and Niko Koutouvides should be more consistent in his second season in the middle. But there's still the problem of generating a better pass rush, which won't be easy with the departure of defensive end Chike Okeafor.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Kevin Bentley

The Seattle Seahawks have acquired Kevin Bentley from the Cleveland Browns. Bentley, who was a fourth-round draft pick for the Browns, has been in the NFL since 2002. He has been a versatile linebacker for the Browns, having the capability to jump around any of the three positions in the Browns 4-3 defense.

Notable Achievements:
  • 16 tackles at New England on Oct. 26, 2003
  • 1st career interception against Peyton Manning

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

HARD TRUTH:

- from FOXSports.com

In an offseason of obstacles for the Seahawks, none is bigger than finding a way to reduce the number of dropped passes. They have been among the league leaders the past two seasons, when drops cost them the opportunity to host a playoff game in 2003 and win one for the first time in 20 years last season. It's not just former first-round draft choice WR Koren Robinson, who is wrestling with personal demons and recently completed a 30-day stay in an alcohol rehab program. Leading WR Darrell Jackson also has struggled with midseason cases of the drops in each of the past two seasons and usually reliable No. 3 WR Bobby Engram had a couple of end-zone drops in game-winning situations last season. The coaches have tried concentration drills before and after practice, and the players have done pushups for drops in practice. But a better remedy must be found, because the Seahawks offense will never reach its full potential until the receivers reduce the number of dropped passes.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Seattle signs Walter Jones

-from the Official Site of the Seattle Seahawks

KIRKLAND - The Seattle Seahawks have signed All-Pro left tackle Walter Jones to a multi-year contract, the team announced Wednesday.

"It's a great feeling, I always wanted to stay in Seattle," said Jones, who signed the contract at home in Alabama. "My goal now is to help the team get to the next level, get to that big game, the Super Bowl."

"It's a big thing for the Seahawks," said Mike Reinfeldt on the signing. "He's been such a good player, five Pro Bowls, and he's such an integral part of what we do; and I hope getting him signed gives us some momentum with the other guys. Walter's a great player, he wants to be here, he's a good team guy, he's a good guy in the lockerroom, and hopefully it sends the message to the other players that keeping it together is important to everybody."

Jones completed his eighth season in 2004 and was named to his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl, fifth career, and earned Associated Press First-Team All-Pro honors for the second time in his career (2001).

The Seahawks named Jones their franchise player from 2002-04, spending each offseason unable to agree to a long-term deal until today.

"It feels kind of weird," said Jones on not facing another franchise tag. "You never know what's going to happen when the season is over, and I got the call yesterday that the deal was done, and I'm glad that it got taken care of."

Not having to use the franchise tag on Jones gives the Seahawks more leverage in some of the other free agent negotiations going on.

Originally selected by the Seahawks as the sixth overall pick in the 1997 draft, Jones has started all 122 career games played at left tackle.

And of course, this means a return to Cheney and training camp this summer for Walter.

"I'm going to have to ask some of the guys what to do once I get there, I haven't been there in so long," said Jones. "But I'm looking forward to it."

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Seahawks and Unrestricted Free Agents


The Seahawks need to watch out with their free agents. A great number of the players (17 to be exact), including 9 starters, will be entering unrestricted free agent status. This list includes quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, Alex Bannister, Walter Jones, and Shaun Alexander; all participants in the 2004 Pro Bowl.

So what are the Seahawks going to do? This has created a lot of possible drama. The team needs to have some of these players to stay behind or the upcoming year will truly prove detrimental to the franchise.

In order to bring a little peace around the office, the team has brought in Mike Reinfeldt. Reinfeldt was brought back as a consultant. He has worked with the Seahawks before.

“The important thing is we've got a lot of work to do in the next 30 days, a lot of players to sign and some cap issues we need to deal with. I think that's got to be the focus of the work at hand, everybody work together. So that's where we are and that's where we'll head.”
-Mike Reinfeldt

Sunday, January 23, 2005

FYI

I feel the Seahawks need to work on there depleted Linebacking core. With Chad Brown never playing an entire season due to injures, the rest of the team seems to do better with him in there and well he hasn't been in there to act as field General.

Well, Seattle defense was ranked 8th at the beginning of the season and end up being bottom of the barrel, and it showed against the Rams in the Wild Card loss.



Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Division Champs

So with a win this past Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, the Seattle Seahawks clinched a playoff with a 9-7 record to take sole possession of 1st place in a very weak NFC west Division.

Now the Seahawks will play host to the St. Louis Rams who squeaked in the playoffs at 8-8. I know that is pretty pathetic, but that is how the cards revieled themselfs.

One has to wonder why the NFC west was so bad this season? Well, no worries any more, the post-season is here. The road to the Super right now is through the Rams first. Good luck guys, go SEAHAWKS!