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Posted on: July 25, 2010 2:52 pm
 

LenDale White's phone has been silent

Former Titans running back LenDale White was recently a guest on Petros and Money on Fox Sports Radio. White was released by the Seattle Seahawks soon after being acquired in a Draft Day trade. He reportedly failed a drug test, though some who cover the Seahawks have said work ethic and attitude were the driving factors in his departure.

White was asked whether he has heard from any teams – NFL or non-NFL:

“I haven’t got any calls from [the CFL or UFL]. Nobody’s called me, but I’m preparing to play in the NFL and that’s what I’m going to keep continuing to work on. That’s the highest league that we have. I’m not taking any shots or disrespecting any other leagues, but it’s the National Football League that everybody wants to play in. I’m preparing to play for a team this year in the NFL.”

-- Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 30, 2010 4:11 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2010 4:34 pm
 

Where will Carroll lead Seattle?

Seattle has been the supposed landing places of a few high-end free agents this offseason. And why not? Head coach Pete Carroll hasn’t been shy about adding new players and subtracting the ones he hasn’t wanted (even if they played for him at USC). First, Bills RB Marshawn Lynch was heading to the northwest. That didn’t happen. Now, the Seahawks apparently are interested in obtaining the services of San Diego WR Vincent Jackson.

Even if Seattle doesn’t pull in another top-notch free agent before the season starts, never fear. Carroll seems to know exactly what he’s doing. Or, at the very least, what he wants.

As we discussed here , Carroll’s roster hasn’t been a safe haven for anybody in the Seattle locker room. Since he took the job in January, he’s acquired 60 players, and of the 80 players heading to training camp, 44 of them weren’t on the roster pre-Carroll. I’m always wary of a team which gives its coach the absolute final say over the personnel that plays for him, but apparently, Seattle thinks it’s a good idea. And Carroll hasn't been shy about using his power.

But just because there’s been significant turnover, that doesn’t mean this year's Seattle squad will make anyone forget about its 2009 debacle (the 5-11 record, the firing of then-coach Jim Mora after only one season). Aging veteran QB Matt Hasselbeck struggled, the top running back Julius Jones was unimpressive, and the offense never found an effective No. 1 receiver (T.J. Houshmandzadeh, the team leader in receptions, is not meant to be a No. 1 guy).
Pete Carroll, right, jogging with L. Tatupu (Associated Press)
The defense was abysmal as well, allowing 24.4 points and 356.4 yards per game. The Seahawks couldn’t stop the pass, probably because they couldn’t figure out a way to rush the opposing quarterback.

Seattle isn’t that far removed from playoff runs from 2003-2007 and a Super Bowl appearance at the end of the 2005 season. But it feels like forever ago, doesn’t it?

So, what will change? Obviously, Carroll, who was slightly better than a .500 coach in his previous dalliances in the NFL but who’s coming off so much success at USC, feels like the roster needed to be remade. But you have to question some of his moves.

He brought in former USC RB LenDale White briefly before the team released him, and I don’t understand the love – and the big contract – for career backup QB Charlie Whitehurst. I don’t like the fact WR Nate Burleson and the top-three pass rushers from last year are gone. In fact, I thought it was unfair Mora got the boot after one season.

That said, I liked the Seahawks 2010 draft class. Carroll found a starting LT in Russell Okung who can replace Walter Jones, a FS in Earl Thomas that has good speed and cover skills, and a quick threat in WR Golden Tate,

Sure, a huge roster turnover doesn’t usually mean a team is poised for a breakthrough season, and people around the league don’t seem to have high hopes for this year’s squad. Also consider the offensive system, which will rely on making formation shifts to confuse the defense, is going through a wholesale change. But get the new guys some seasoning, maybe get Whitehurst some playing time, maybe have second-day draft picks like TE Anthony McCoy and CB Walter Thurmond surprise some people, and maybe, the Seahawks can be a threat in the next few years. Maybe Carroll can replicate his success from USC in Seattle. Maybe.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 23, 2010 9:27 pm
 

LenDale White speaks (again)

It wasn’t an out-and-out rip job, but on Wednesday, former Titans/Seahawks WB LenDale White let it be known that Seattle coach Pete Carroll – also White’s coach at USC – wasn’t exactly up front with him before the team released him at the beginning of this month.

White, who also admitted recently to smoking marijuana, made a long appearance on a Nashville radio show today, and Fanhouse’s Clay Travis , one of the hosts, has some of the highlights.

On how he was surprised by his release: "I was shocked. I'm still shocked. I would figure if there was a problem or anything needed to be said or done, that my old coach would grab me to the side and whisper something in my ear and tell me step it up or do something different. I would figure that."

On how he found out: "Thursday (the day before the release) when I was leaving practice, Pete Carroll hugged me and told me everything was going well. I thought everything was fine. I went to Vegas, just having fun for Memorial Day weekend and then I get a call Friday morning telling me they're going in another option. I never really got an explanation."

Read the rest of the article or listen to the radio show interview - if only to find out for whom White turned to comfort after his release. Yes, Carroll and White didn’t have the greatest relationship at USC, but it’s surprising Carroll would treat him like this. If, of course, it’s true.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 16, 2010 9:49 pm
 

LenDale White on Pot, Pete Carroll

LenDale White admits he smokes marijuana. You know, the drug that can make a person lazy and slow? White was recently cut from the Seattle Seahawks after reportedly failing a drug test. In his first interview since then, he said, “I did it, so it is my fault. I smoked marijuana; that is all I have ever done. That’s all I do, that’s it. I smoke. I don’t care about any other drugs, but it’s marijuana. … But I have changed. I am a good man. Unfortunately the stuff that I did in my recent past caught up to me in the present and it’s affecting my future.’’

White said he was not given a reson for his release. When asked about Pete Carroll, he replied, "Pete Carroll? The same Pete Carroll who ran out on ’SC? I have no comment on Pete. I better wait ’til I’m on a team one day before I say anything.’’


White doesn’t have the burst or speed to be an everydown back, but he could be of interest to a team looking for a good goal-line runner. He scored seven touchdowns in 2007 and 15 touchdowns in 2008.

Posted on: June 16, 2010 9:46 pm
 

LenDale White on Pot Use and Immediate Future

LenDale White admits he smokes marijuana. You know, the drug that can make a person lazy and slow? White was recently cut from the Seattle Seahawks after reportedly failing a drug test. In his first interview since then, he said, “I did it, so it is my fault. I smoked marijuana; that is all I have ever done. That’s all I do, that’s it. I smoke. I don’t care about any other drugs, but it’s marijuana. … But I have changed. I am a good man. Unfortunately the stuff that I did in my recent past caught up to me in the present and it’s affecting my future.’’

White doesn’t have the burst or speed to be an everydown back, but he could be of interest to a team looking for a good goal-line runner. He scored seven touchdowns in 2007 and 15 touchdowns in 2008.

--Andy Benoit

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