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

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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


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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.