Grading the Hawks' 2010 Draft: Round 6

Round 6, Pick 16 (#185 Overall):

Anthony McCoy.

In the sixth round, the Hawks picked TE Anthony McCoy.  The 6'5, 260lb USC product came at a bargain in the sixth round and I think he could be a major steal.  Originally given a second or third round grade by most draft scouts, he fell because he failed a drug test just prior to the Combine, testing positive for marijuana. This isn't a big deal to me, it shows lack of judgment, sure, but really, it could be worse.

So the guy smoked some weed.  We got him in the sixth round instead of the second.  Sweet, as far as I'm concerned.  As far as Pete's concerned, I think we're on the same page.  No big deal, according to Matt Taibbi (seriously, pretty funny).  Of all the guys that the Hawks took in this draft, I feel like McCoy gets overlooked and sort of forgotten the most.  He did miss a large part of the season on the IR (knee), but I really like his potential.

We Want Fullbacks Back

I'll be honest, it bothered me when the Seahawks let Leonard Weaver walk.  He was maybe my favorite player at the time.  And before that, Mack Strong (best football name ever, ... well except Dick Butkus.. actually that's just the best name ever, football or anything) was maybe my favorite player.  I just like watching Fullbacks rumble and tumble and light people up.  Not only that, I think they're pretty important to the offense.  

So it bothered me even more when the Seahawks decided to basically just not have a Fullback.  I was never that high on Owen Schmitt... he was a decent player, never really showed the flashes of brilliance that Leonard Weaver did, but he was good enough.  I wasn't super bothered when they let him walk.  The Hawks' line were being coached by Alex Gibbs, and In Alex We Trusted.  Until he decided to retire right before the season started, thus hamstringing our entire offense.  We traded Rob Sims because of Alex Gibbs.  For a 5th round pick and a guy that now plays for the Omaha Nighthawks in the UFL.  Sims would be pretty nice right now at guard.  But that's neither here nor there.  The point being:  we basically let all of our Fullbacks go, and what was left, Quinton Ganther, didn't really pan out.  (Weaver went on to become a Pro-Bowler, Schmitt is now starting for Philly... great)

Why isn't anybody talking about Brandon Stokley?

For a piece I wrote on Brandon Stokley, check out Seahawk Addicts.  A great site for Hawks fans that you probably already know all about.


Seahawks Sign RB Chris Henry

Yesterday I was trying to figure out who the Seahawks might sign/draft to provide some depth at RB in the case that Leon Washington signs elsewhere.  Well, I may have my answer.  Henry, a 2nd rd (50th overall) pick out of Arizona in 2007, spent most of the season last year on the Seahawks practice squad.

He was drafted so high in 2007 mainly because he showed impressive athleticism at the Combine (which he was barely invited to in the first place, after an innocuous college career, only rushing 255 times for 859 yards and 8 TDs in his 3 year stint there).  At 6'0, 230, He ran the 40 in 4.4 seconds, which tied him for first in the running backs group, and finished in the top 5 in almost every category: 4.14 short shuttle (3rd), a 11.51 long shuttle (2nd), a 6.96 three cone (5th), a 10′7″ broad jump (1st -T).  He's got good quickness, evidenced by his 10 yrd split of 1.51 sec during his 40, second for all running backs and better than that one guy Adrian Peterson.

Grading the Seahawks 2010 Draft: Round 7 cont...

Round 7, pick 29 (#236 Overall):

Dexter Davis

With their first pick of the seventh round, the Hawks took a flier on the undersized, but fast and athletic Defensive End out of Arizona State.  At 6'1", 245, he doesn't fit the normal body type of a speed rush defensive end, but what he lacks in size, he makes up for in speed.  At the combine, he ran a 4.62 40, which was best among all DEs. While many thought in the NFL he'd make the move to OLB, it was originally thought that he was being drafted to come in to eventually play the "elephant" position in the Hawks 4-3 defense, which is essentially a stand up defensive end that roves around and rushes the passer.  (kind of like a OLB, so it sort of makes sense)


For a good read on Earl Thomas and the impact his family has made on his life, check out this link.  Earl is going to be a superstar in the NFL, in my opinion.  The Hawks got a steal at #14, and he'll continue to get better and better.

Champ Bailey re-signed with the Broncos yesterday to a 4-year, $40 million contract.  This could have significant implications for the Hawks.  Many people had/have the Broncos choosing CB Patrick Peterson with the 2nd overall pick, which some draftniks thought could be too high to select a Corner.  Now that they have Bailey locked in for the next few years, they may look to bolster their defensive line instead.  This will mean Peterson will fall and will mean there's a domino effect resulting in more top level Corners available at #25.  Some guys on the minds of Seahawk fans are Nebraska's Prince Amukamara (almost a lock to be taken in the top 15), Colorado's Jimmy Smith, Texas' Aaron Williams, and Miami's Brandon Harris.  With the issues the Hawks had in the secondary last year, many analysts have them choosing a top-flight CB in Round 1.

Eric Williams talks about who the Seahawks may be concentrating on at this week's NFL Combine.

Rob Staton of Seahawks Draft Blog breaks down the format and schedule of the NFL Combine.

In Case You Missed It - The Kevin Calabro Show

Yesterday's 4 o'clock segmenton The Kevin Calabro show was excellent.  First, they caught up with The Professor, John Clayton.  Clayton broke down the Seahawks needs in detail, and he talked about what the Hawks might do in Free Agency and the Draft.  Clayton is one of the most in-the-know guys in the business so if you're a Hawks fan you will want to listen to this.

After Clayton was done, Mel Kiper joined the show for the first time ever.  He broke down what he thought the Hawks might do in the 1st round and what might happen to Jake Locker, among other things. 

All in all, a great listen.  When I got home from my afternoon commute I sat there in my car listening to the rest of it, typically a good sign that they're bringing some quality commentary.

Getting to Know Your Coaches: Quality Control Coach Robert Saleh

The Hawks recently brought Robert Saleh in as quality control coach.  Saleh comes in from the Houston Texans, where last year he served as Assistant Linebackers Coach.  After an atrocious year on defense, the Texans wholesale fired their defensive coaching staff and Saleh was one of the victims.

The Quality Control coach is basically an entry-level coaching position in the NFL and will probably have no visible impact on the team this year.  However, Quality Control coaches provide a lot of the grunt work necessary for the coaching staff to function.

Many great head coaches started out in the trenches, doing the gopher work and the adminstrative crap that inevitably piles up but position coaches have no time to work on.  Jon Gruden started out in Mike Holmgren's coaching staff as the Quality Control coach, and for a great piece on his start, check out this link.


A note if you're just finding this blog.

Which, of course, you are.  Since I just started it.  Two weeks ago.  I aim to provide daily (or so) commentary and analysis on the Seahawks.  Right now, because it's the offseason, I'm concentrating on the types of players the Hawks could bring in to improve their team through the draft and free-agency. I've been doing a lot of profiles on potential FA acquisitions to be had, mostly to start discussion and to outline the types of needs the Hawks have.

In addition to that, I try to provide links for Hawks fans to check out, and mix in a few player profiles for the less-known Seahawks waiting in the wings.  I'll be doing a position by position overview once I have the chance to look at some game tape, and a pick-by-pick look at the '09 Draft as well.

Hit me up if you have requests for specific topics.

I Want The Raiders' Backfield: Part 1

Not that I don't love Beastmode and Forsett.  I do.  But if Leon Washington leaves I'd love to see the Hawks bring in a solid third RB, and the first guy that comes to my mind is Free-Agent Michael Bush.

He was just busted for DUI, which means he'll likely come at a cheaper price than he was originally hoping for going into his offseason of free-agency.  This could be key, considering the Hawks will most likely not spend much on a RB at this point.  Because of his arrest, he may have to serve a suspension, which may make him less desirable to other teams as well. It remains to be seen, but with Lynch and Forsett in the backfield already, the Seahawks have the luxury of having their 3rd running back miss a few games if need be.

McGahee Released by Ravens

Willis McGahee will reportedly be released by the Ravens this offseason.  One of the league's best backs at finding the endzone, McGahee has scored 20 TDs in the last two years.  He's a tough, hardnosed runner, but he became too expensive as a secondary back for the Ravens, who have Ray Rice as their feature back.

McGahee is turning 30 this year; he's no spring chicken by NFL running back standards.  He does have some gas left in the tank though, and will provide a solid backup option for any team that he decides to play for.

Is Running Back a Need?

One question I have been asking myself this offseason is whether the Seahawks will try and make any moves at RB.  For the sake of argument, I'm going to assume that Leon Washington takes his considerable talents somewhere where he'll get more touches on offense.  If that's the case, Seattle will need to bolster their depth at that position.

I'm going to take a look at the Running Back position in the next few posts and break down what guys are out there.

Seahawks sign two

The Seahawks announced today that they have signed DB Roy Lewis and WR Isaiah Stanback to contracts for the 2011 season.  I like these moves; they are role-playing guys but locking them in is important.

Roy Lewis is a nickel and dime 3rd down package guy that brings solid depth to the Hawks secondary.  Playing in that role he recorded 26 tackles, 1 sack, and a forced fumble in the 2010 season.  The University of Washington product was a special teams captain and Seahawks Man of the Year this past season and his presence in the locker room and on the field will be a big boost for the Hawks.


Educate yourself on the type of Defense that the Seahawks run.
A short explanation of the 4-3 Leo defense can be found here.  This is a good read if you're not familiar with line gaps, terminology pertaining to defensive positions, etc.  Once you've read that and you're ready to bite off a much bigger piece, see below.

A much longer explanation, by Pete Carroll, on his defensive philosophy.  A good read; hard-core Seahawks fans will want to check it out.  In great detail, Pete explains his defense, the type of players you want at each position, and so forth.  It's a little thick, but very interesting, none the less.  For a truncated version of that article, check out 17 Power's explanation.  A very good read.

Read a few good articles about the Seahawks' defensive line:
Clare Farnsworth breaks down the need to bolster our depth at Defensive Line.  Some good quotes from Red Bryant and others, and also some looks at who the Hawks might be targeting in the draft.

Clare Farnsworth also put together a good piece on Red Bryant.  Bryant, although he played well at the LEO position early in the year before getting injured, plans on being that much better next season.

Doug Farrar reviews the Hawks' defensive line, it's strengths, weakenesses, and possible targets from the Draft.

Where will Matt Hasselbeck end up?  Can you imagine him in another team's jersey?
Tim Hasselbeck talks up his brother.
Brock Huard explains why he thinks Hasselbeck could be close to signing with the Seahawks.

Watch the Seahawks beat the Saints again... the entire game.  What else do you have to do today? Work?

Grading the Seahawks' 2010 Draft: Round 7.

Round 7, pick 38 (compensatory selection): #245 Overall.

Jameson Konz
Seattle took a flier on WR/TE/Athlete Jameson Konz with their final draft pick.  The Uniontown, Ohio native measured in at 6'3" 235, runs a 40 in 4.38 seconds, and has a 46" vert.  And those numbers, really, are the main reasons he was chosen.  He is a freakish athlete.  To be that big, fast, agile (6.93 3 cone drill), and to have a 46" verticle jump is pretty rare.  He also benched 225 lbs 27 times - better than some linemen can boast.  So he's got strenght to go with quicks.

Like Antonio Gates, Josh Cribbs, and James Harrison, Konz played his college ball at Kent State.  He played linebacker the first three years of his collegiate career. When he was a Senior, he was moved to Tight End, but he hurt his ankle, redshirted, and returned for another year.  His senior year he played in-line Tight End about a third of the time and lined up at H-Back the rest. He caught 21 passes for 298 yards and a pair of TDs. His numbers most likely would have been significantly better had he not been injured his redshirted (first) senior year: he would have been catching passes from his then QB teammate/roommate and current New England Patriot Julian Edelman. The next year, Edelman was drafted and Konz was catching passes from a true freshman, (16 TD to 16 INT). Not terrible stats for a guy in a shaky offense that was playing on defense the three years prior. 


Seahawks, Waiting in the Wings: WR Dominique Edison

During this offseason, I'm finding it fun to try and guess who might be the next Hawks' Mike Williams. Everyone knows the story by now; Mike was brought in off his couch for a tryout, made the team, and basically became the Seahawks' most productive receiver.  Not bad for a guy NO ONE had thought would even be on the team.  Any team.

When the Hawks' futures contracts were revealed last month, one guy in particular strikes me as having a chance to make the 53 man roster:  WR Dominique Edison.  At 6'2", 205, and blazing 4.34 40 speed, he definitely fits the profile as an outside deep threat in Pete Carroll's system.  He is a project guy though, coming out of Steven F. Austin University, a small Division I school in the Southland Conference.  At SFAU, Edison had good career numbers, catching 182 passes for 2,697 yrds and 28 touchdowns.  Despite his performance there, I would guess that reason he didn't get as many looks in the draft is probably due to him playing at a lower level with lower competition and less fanfare.  That being said, he definitely has the physical tools to compete, and he wouldn't be the first small school project to make it big in the NFL (read: Pierre Garcon, Marques Colston).

A Little Optimism

By Kyle Schmotzer
Don’t overlook the passion.

Laying in bed, sitting at a stop light, killing time at work or having a “talk”. We all replay in our heads, Matt Hasselbeck sliding into the end zone, ball raised over his head. We dream of Marshawn Lynch stiff arming guys for the next five years. But most of all we fantasize about hoisting the Lombardi trophy, with one finger in the air for all those “haters” that never believed (not that it mattered anyway).

And until this year we have all been longing for a reason. A reason to believe it is all possible, and now it is. What has happened to the Seattle Seahawks in the last 15 months gives us all hope. And isn’t that all we really want?

We have seen the turnover that never needed to happen but had to happen. What the heck do you mean by that?….I mean, Seattle never needed to change. We have always loved our Hawks, supported them no matter what and paid to see them. But to be a champion? It had to happen, and now! We all believe in the coach that had a “bad” first go in the NFL, moved to college and exploded, and now is the ra ra guy that limps up and down the sideline chest bumping and high fiving players. He is the guy that we HAD to have to make this team different. Different then all the other Seahawk teams that never could be tough enough, strong enough or fast enough.

We have a WR in Mike Williams that left football for 2 years. Nobody cared or gave him another chance and now we all drool over what he brings to the team. We have a running back that looks, well, scary (to my kids). But more importantly runs with passion. Every time he runs I think of Shaun Alexander. No matter how good he was he never ran with that toughness that we all see now. We have a Safety that is fast, real fast. He gives us hope in a position that has been in limbo for a long time.

Yes we limped into the playoffs this year BUT. Look what happens when a 7-9 team makes the playoffs. A team that “should have never been there,” the laughing stock of the NFL. Well we all know what happened. Imagine, just imagine what would happen with a few more moves, a draft and some ra ra. That’s right, magic! Magic can happen, and yes its magic because Seattle could never win a championship. Right? Well its time, maybe not this year, maybe not next. But we have the hope and the reason to believe that it can happen. And will happen. Because we never stop believing in our team and we never over look the possibilities.


Seahawks, Waiting in the Wings: QB Nate Davis

Seattle signed QB Nate Davis to a futures contract back in early January and I remember being really excited about it.  As someone that actually really does enjoy the preseason (getting to see future star players get out there an compete is interesting, remember Forsett lighting it up a few years back?), I remember watching Davis with a lot of interest. 

Of course, last year, he was playing for the 49'ers so didn't get to a huge amount, but there seemed to be a lot of talk about his arm and his playmaking ability.    

The 6'2" 225 lb Ball State Quarterback entered the draft after his Junior year in 2009. A legendary character at Ball State, he led his team to a 12-0 start in '08 before they lost in the MAC championship to Buffalo.  For a great anecdotal look at his college career, check out an article by Slate Shale here.



Brock and Salk debate Franchise Tagging Brandon Mebane:  I've been profiling potential FA targets for the Hawks, but it's good to keep our eye on the prize, Brandon Mebane.

Mike Sando details what certain key Mock Drafts are having the NFC West Teams take:  Good overview and analysis on what people are talking about today. I'm sure tomorrow it will all be different.  Even though nobody did anything.

17 Power is one of my favorite new blogs:  Brandon Adams profiles a guy that I've been watching for a while now, Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pitt.  Although I kind of doubt that the Hawks go WR in the first round, he is a very intriguing prospect that has drawn comparisons to Calvin Johnson.  Read more here.

Field Gulls front paged a fanpost about possible avenues the Hawks may take on draft day.  Do they stay at #25 or do they try and trade down, possibly out of the 1st altogether.  In my opinion, #25 could have some value, due to the new 3-day format of the draft.  Once the first day is winding down, players unexpectedly still on the board may prompt teams to trade up in a hurry, before all the shuffling, trading, and whatnot happens during the night between rounds one and two.

Seahawks Draft Blog is my single favorite Seahawks' blog. Constant updates, intelligent commentary, and you can really tell that Rob Staton has put in the research.  Not only that, he appears to be British and so thus uses many s's instead of z's (realise, capitalise, etc), which makes him seem even smarter.  If you have any questions about what the Hawks may do in the draft, this would be the place to look first.  I highly recommend you checking out what he has to say.

Possible FA Targets: DE Charles Johnson

Guest Contributor:  Kyle Schmozter.
Charles Johnson, Carolina

Another tough Defensive End.  He had a breakout year in 2010 after playing behind Julius Peppers in 2009, racking up 11.5 sacks and 62 tackles. In his four years as a Panther he has 21.5 sacks with 4 forced fumbles. Aside from his huge year last year he has gotten better every year and has consistently put up good numbers as a pass rusher. He is a young (24) talented End that will be looked at by many teams this off season.

Possible FA Targets: DE Ray Edwards

Guest contributor: Kyle Schmotzer
Ray Edwards, Minnesota

Edwards has five years in the league, all with the Vikings. He has almost 30 sacks in those five years and has played in at least 12 games in every season. Edwards has not shied away from the idea of playing for the highest bidder, giving 31 other teams a shot at landing perhaps the best FA Defensive End on the market this year. He is young, tough and has proven to be consistent. Standing in the shadow of Jared Allen, he would (could be) a star on a line in desperate need of one.

Possible FA Targets: CB Nnamdi Asomugha - There's No Way We Go Get Nnamdi... right?

The premier free-agent in a very good free-agent class this year is the holy grail of Cornerbacks, Nnamdi Asomugha.  Kyle was just emailing me, asking for my odds on the actual chance we could land such a talent out here in Seattle and I figured I should try and break it down.

I think, on paper, the hawks have a decent chance: they are a 'contender', and they have very deep pockets with plenty of cap space to pay him big. The immediate impact that he would provide just makes me giddy...

Anyway, here's my take:


The QB Conundrum: Matt Hasselbeck

As I go about writing profiles for the possible FA/Trade targets at QB for the Seahawks, the natural question that comes to mind is this:  What about Matt Hasselbeck?

I have been writing these profiles based upon the assumption that Matt doesn't come back.  Now, is that likely? I really don't know. Based upon how he played in the playoffs and what Pete Carroll has said regarding the issue, it seems likely that they come to a deal.  However, not everything that Pete says, Pete does.  We all saw what happened in the offseason last year with the impressive overhaul of the roster, and learned that you can't particularly expect Carroll and Schneider to do the expected; read Lendale White.

A Note on the ongoing CBA issues and labor dispute

I just thought I'd throw a caveat out there that I am aware of the ongoing labor disagreement between the NFL Owners and the NFLPA.  I have no idea the length of time it will take to come to some sort of agreement, and am also aware that there is no free-agency period until that agreement happens.

I am writing with the assumption that the two sides will eventually work it out and the free-agency period will begin.  Call me an eternal optimist, but I think they will get it done.  I will continue to update the blog with potential Seahawk FA options, Draft options, and player profiling as if there will be no significant work stoppage, lockout, draft/combine boycotting, or the like this offseason.


Chargers Officially Franchise Vincent Jackson.  With the amount of money tied up with Jackson, it's unlikely they'll be able to sign both Malcolm Floyd and Legadu Naanee to long term contracts.  Keep an eye on this as the offseason progresses.  As soon as the new labor deal is worked out, teams will be in a footrace to sign the best available free-agents.

The Chiefs have hired Jim Zorn as their new QB Coach.  This takes him off the table as the next possible QB coach for the Hawks.  Instead, as it's been rumored for weeks, that responsibility will still most likely go to Carl Smith.  In the link, you will also see that Robert Saleh has been hired as the Hawks QC Coach, whatever that means.  I will be profiling each of the Hawks coaches in the coming weeks/months.

For an interesting writeup about the potential devastating impact an NFL lockout could have on the Hawks, check out this article, written by Brock Huard.  In a nutshell, the Hawks have done a great job of freeing up cap space by cutting players with big contracts, and renegotiating with older players with bloated salaries.  If the lockout occurs, they could stand to lose the most, as they would not be able to pursue any free agents until the dispute is resolved.

Danny O'Neil gives a good look at the Brandon Mebane and Will Herring Free Agency problem.  He debates whether the Hawks will look to Franchise Tag Mebane and lock him up for the year.  If he goes, Seattle will have a big hole to fill on the defensive line.  The next week or two will tell you what the Hawks have planned for both Mebane and Herring.

Yeah,... sooo

Legadu Naanee might have just gotten a little cheaper.


The QB Conundrum: Josh Johnson

First off let me start by saying that I don't think that the Seahawks will or should pursue Josh Johnson, or really any of the players that I've been profiling the last few days.  I am just throwing some names out there as possibilities.  I think that Josh Johnson's name has to be included on this list for a number of reasons.

First, it has been reported that Jim Harbaugh may be thinking about bringing Johnson to the Bay Area.  Johnson thrived under Harbaugh's tutelage at San Diego in 2007, passing for 2,988 yards, 43 TDs to JUST ONE INTERCEPTION. He also rushed for 726 yards and two TDs.  He ended the season with a NCAA all time best passer rating of 176.68.  It is believed that Harbaugh was a huge influence on his performance, so the idea of Johnson ending up having success with the Niners is frightening.

The QB Conundrum: Matt Flynn

A player that I could see come into the fold for the Seahawks is current Green Bay 2nd string QB Matt Flynn.

Flynn is an LSU product that led his team to the National Title in 2008 over the #1 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in a 38-24 drubbing.  Flynn was the game's MVP, throwing for 174 yards with 4 TD and only 1 INT.

He was taken in the '08 Draft by John Schneider's Green Bay Packers in the 7th round, with what was essentially a flier pick on the 5th year senior.  Subsequently, he beat out a much more highly touted '08 draft QB Brian Bohm (the Packers' 2nd rd pick) for the back up job behind Aaron Rodgers and got the opportunity to play in a few games in 2010 for the oft-concussed starting QB.  

The QB Conundrum: Kevin Kolb

Over the last couple of weeks, it's come out that Larry Fitzgerald wants the Cardinals to bring in a veteran QB.  If they don't make some sort of significant upgrade there, they stand to risk losing one of the best wide receivers in the NFL after this year.  He becomes a free agent after the 2011 season, and he has said over and over that he wants to be on a winner.

It came out in the last few days that he'd like Kevin Kolb to be their next signal caller.  Kolb has now reciprocated that interest.  Kolb has said for the last few months that he wants to start somewhere.  In my opinion, he is good enough to do so on a significant number of teams.  Arizona is certainly one of those teams. Will the Cards make the move?  As a Seahawks fan, I sure hope not.  The idea of a game-ready and game-tested QB to pair with Fitzgerald in the desert doesn't make me comfortable.  I don't think that the Cardinals are one key player away from becoming Superbowl contenders again, but it would definitely put them back on track to contend for the meagre NFC West title again.


Possible FA Targets: WR Malcolm Floyd/WR Legedu Naanee

I like Malcolm Floyd.  Not just because when he was healthy, he was killing it for my fantasy football team last year (sometimes).  He seems like a worker.  Not flashy, but does his job.

He fits the profile of a Carroll WR - rangy, 6'5", 225, and decently fast. However, he had the annoying habit of becoming invisible in a few games, or maybe more accurately he was inconsistent as the no.1 receiver on a team with Philip Rivers at the helm.  In week 2 he had three catches for 95 yards and score.  In week 3, against Seattle, he had 6 for 97 yrds and a TD.  The next week?  2 catches for 45 yards.  He went off in week 5 when he caught 8 passes for 215 yards and a TD.  The next week?  2 catches for 15 yards before he got hurt in the 4th quarter.  This lack of consistency could be the product of a number of things, but his numbers do tell us that he's capable of big games.  With Philip Rivers.  And as the number one receiver.  I'm not sold he'd be equally as effective in Seattle's offense.

Possible FA Targets: WR Jacoby Jones

Free Agent WR Jacoby Jones is an interesting prospect.  Although it could be argued that he is a clone of Ben Obomanu, I don't doubt that Schneider/Carroll will at least take a look at him.  Jones finished the 2010 season off on a strong note:  week 14, 5 catches for 52 yrds and a TD; week 15, 7 catches for 50 yrds; week 16, 5 catches for 115 yrds; week 17, 5 catches for 70 yrds.


Possible FA Targets: WR Sidney Rice

Sidney Rice becomes a free agent this offseason, and thus becomes a possible FA target for the Seahawks.

Although it remains to be seen if the Vikings will use their franchise tag on him as well, he has the potential to be a great fit for the Hawks.  If the Vikings don't Franchise him, they also have the option of Transition tagging him, which means courting teams will have to pay him a large amount over multiple years to sign him.  I am still not certain what type of GM John Schnieder is, with regards to Free Agent signings, but it will definitely be interesting to find out.

VJax to be Franchised

With Vincent Jackson expected to be franchised, that leaves one less potential Free Agent the Hawks may be wooing this offseason.

After courting Vincent Jackson and attempting a trade with the Chargers last offseason, it remains to be seen if the Seahawks will look to upgrade significantly at the WR position again this offseason.  With Jackson off of the table, there could be several players the Seahawks could be interested in.

I'll profile a few possible players the Hawks could pursue in Free Agency this offseason in the next few posts.

Season Retrospective

The 2010 season, in hindsight, was a wild success.  To me, you look at what you achieved:

We got new leadership, in John Schnieder and Pete Carroll, and had a good draft.  It seems obvious to me that two pillars of the Hawks future will be Earl Thomas and Russell Okung.  I will go into the rest of the 2010 draft a little later, but I'd say that overall, it was a resounding success.


I sift through the many different Seahawks blogs on a daily basis - looking for the latest scraps of information to come out of the VMAC, over the waiver wires, the NFL office, or wherever.  I check the twitterverse several many way too many times a day - I follow several hundred NFL beat reporters, commentators, draftniks, bloggers, etc etc and never get bored reading the most inane posts, however infinitesimally little relevance it may have to my Hawks.

I boast no inside knowledge of the Seahawks organization. However, what I can provide is my perspective on an obsessive search for anything I can find on what is going on with my favorite sports team.

After I found myself penning long winded emails detailing what I hope will happen this offseason to my buddy, I decided it might be more fun to create an outlet for this kind of thing, where more people can get involved.

I don't pretend to be an expert on anything that will follow in this blog. I am just giving my opinion and my take. That's it and that's all.