Seahawk GM John Schneider learned from the best in the business Ron Wolf and Ted Thompson during his eight years at Green Bay. Ted Thompson’s board focuses on value. The Seahawks approach modifies the Green Bay approach slightly with strong influences from Pete Carroll and his focus on roster upgrades and competition. The Green Bay model focuses on building through the draft with younger players and through high-volume drafting gained through trade-downs. Thompson and Schneider seek to get at least 9 to 10 draft picks in each draft. Besides trade-downs, another way to accumulate draft picks is to procure compensatory picks by letting go of more free agents leave than one signs...Read More
If you haven’t been following the Te’o drama, let me give you a quick recap. The Manti Te’o and Lennay Kekua (picture to the left) love affair became a national romance story that supposedly ended in the fatal death of Lennay Kekua on September 12. That was until reporters figured out that Lennay Kekua was not a real person. Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, pretending to be a female named Lennay Kekua, developed a crazy “crush” on Manti Te’o and began a phone-based long distance relationship based solely on deception, including stealing Facebook photos from Diane O’Meara (the real girl in the photos) and convincingly disguising himself as a female through voice impersonation. “He (Te’o) had no involvement,” Tuiasosopo said. “He did not know anything...Read More
In 2010, the Seattle Seahawks went after Stephen Williams as a priority target in the undrafted free agent period, but ended up losing out to the Arizona Cardinals. In December, Williams injured his right Achilles’ tendon and was cut by the Cardinals, and John Schneider recently signed him to a two-year $1.2 million futures contract worth $555,000 in 2013 and $645,000 in 2014. “We got him,” Schneider was recently quoted as saying.
“It’s insane. It’s an absolute crime,” Cardinal’s Bertrand Berry said back in 2010 when asked how NFL teams failed to draft Williams. In the same 2010 interview, Larry Fitzgerald said that Williams may eventually replace him as the #1 receiver on the Cardinal offense. ”That’s a good thing to hear coming from a guy like that (Fitzgerald),” Williams said...Read More
Every year, we see some high character player that overcomes their physical and athletic limitations to exceed expectations in the NFL, including the likes of Lofa Tatupu, Matt Hasselback, Russell Wilson, Tom Brady, and Joe Montana. The question of character becomes confusing though at the NFL level. Former Seattle Seahawks GM Tim Ruskell filtered draft selections based on the criteria of high character, but his choir boy philosophy never panned out. Football is a sport that demands the “dirtbag” and “tough guy” types- you want the Fight Club street fighter type over the valedictorian type. Ruskell picked role model softies like Lawrence Jackson (the pontificator), David Greene, Chris Spencer, Kelly Jennings, Rob Sims, and Mike Teel.
What are the intangibles that seem to pay-off at...Read More
The Seahawk fans are dedicated, addictive, and borderline crazy with our quest for Hawk knowledge. I spent the entire month of March and April reading Rob Staton’s Seahawks Draft Blog, Rob Rang’s blog, and anything discussing the Draft. Why are we (the fans) so crazy about the Draft? Here’s my theory. The Draft is a mourning period for the 12th Man, as we suffer from a lack of Super Bowl wins. If the Seattle Seahawks won a Super Bowl, the 12th Man could at least live in the delusional glory days of that special run. Being deprived of Super Bowl wins, we default to the Draft.
In Seattle, the Seahawks have become an eleven month sport. In March and April, the fans religiously follow the Draft. In May, we follow the second tier of free agents...Read More
The Seattle Seahawks will face a tough match-up next sunday in an early morning East Coast game. The Falcons are not the same team that consistently lost in the playoffs over the last 3 years, as the offensive and defensive coordinators are much better.
The Legend of Boom will have the challenge of covering the “Big Three” of Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez. White and Jones both passed the 1,000-yard mark, with Gonzalez only 70 yards shy of it. Gonzalez plans to retire this year and is extra motivated to win a Super Bowl. We all know about the “Big Three,” but the match-up to watch is the “sure-handed” Harry Douglas versus Marcus Trufant. I expect the Falcons to go after the struggling Trufant with Douglas who has been hot lately...Read More
Give this Seattle Seahawk’s team some credit. They were getting blown out early and found a way to battle back from adversity. It was spectacular and historic. The Redskins in the first quarter fed off of the crowd energy and seemed to be punching the Seahawks right in the mouth. It felt like the Seahawks were going to get blown out, and it seemed like RG3 and Alfred Morris were unstoppable. The Skins jumped out to a 14 – 0 lead, but these Seahawks know how to close. Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch out-gained their heavy weight opponent 352 to 76 in the final three quarters. After the Skins ran for 61 yards in the first quarter, they were held to only 43 yards for the rest for the game.
It was nerve racking for me that our kicker was hurt in such a close game.
The national pundits will...Read More
The NFL has been built for parity. The Offensive and Defensive coordinators, coaches and players are so good that they eventually find ways to stop the “unfair advantages” of their opponents. The 2012 Seattle Seahawks developed a scheme that lead to a dominant 150 to 30 point advantage over their opponents over a three game stretch. This sort of statistical dominance has not been seen since the 1940 Chicago Bears modified the “T formation” and put the quarterback under center (as opposed to working out of a formation called the single wing) and motioning the running back as a receiver.
In 1933, the NFL legalized forward-passes from anywhere behind the line of scrimmage...Read More
In the National Football League, champions are built from strong leadership. Recent studies from the London School of Economics show that no one is born a leader. Using IQ and personality tests, the researchers found no significant underlying traits that defined “leaders” from “non-leaders.” Leaders simply make a clear decision to lead. From the first day of Training Camp, Russell Wilson decided to lead. What makes this young rookie a leader?
Leaders are hearty with approbation and lavish with praise. They do not criticize, condemn or complain.
During a bad snap by Max Unger (#60) and one blown assignment by Paul McQuistan (#67), David Vobora (#58) of the Rams comes rushing in and knocks Russell Wilson down for a sack...Read More