Tag:Seattle Seahawks
Posted on: July 16, 2010 8:16 pm

Leroy Hill suspended only 1 game

In a rare case of an NFL player getting off easy, the Seattle Times L. Hillis reporting that Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill has been suspended by the NFL for one game in 2010. In April, Hill pleaded guilty to misdemeanor drug possession in Georgia. The league suspended him under the substance abuse policy guidelines.
What makes Hill’s punishment light is that he is still facing an assault charge in Issaquah Municipal Court, which is currently progressing toward trial. His next court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday. This would potentially make Hill a multi-offender of the league’s conduct policy. It’s surprising the NFL didn’t wait to gather more data before handing down this suspension.

Hill’s status with the Seahawks was up in the air, in part because in, addition to off-field problems, he hasn’t lived up to his big contract. But with only a one-game suspension, expect the sixth-year pro to remain on the roster as the team’s top utility backup linebacker.

--Andy Benoit

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Category: NFL
Posted on: July 16, 2010 7:13 pm

Did Pete Carroll tamper?

Very rarely does an NFL head coach speak at length about potential interest in another team’s player. Main reason being, it usually classifies as tampering. Take a look at what Pete Carroll said about Albert Haynesworth on Washington DC’s 106.7 The Fan and decide for yourself if he crossed the line. P. Carroll (US Presswire)

"It sends up some immediate flags. You've got some questions now. You want to know why. But for me, I'm not going to make a decision, declaration on something like that without knowing the player, hearing the situation and gathering as much as you can. You don't ever really know the story until you dig in, and so therefore I don't.

"We were interested in the thought of him because he's such a fantastic player, but if he wants to play the game. And you have to figure out where's the love of the game in all of this because where does this all fit in? Because if you're getting a guy, regardless of what you're playing him, if his heart isn't in it 1,000 percent and he wants to be great and part of a great team, you need to get another guy.

"It just depends, and I would look deep into it and we started the process because maybe they weren't being able to come to a deal and they were going to make him available, but it didn't work out that way."

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reminded everyone of the NFL’s anti-tampering rule:

"Any public or private statement of interest, qualified or unqualified, in another club's player to that player's agent or representative, or to a member of the news media, is a violation of this Anti-Tampering Policy. (Example of a prohibited comment: 'He's an excellent player, and we'd very much like to have him if he were available, but another club holds his rights.')"

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 9, 2010 11:24 am

Browns snag a veteran receiver

It’s rare to get back-to-back Browns stories, but here we go: the Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that the Browns have signed 14-year veteran wide receiver Bobby Engram. The former Bear and, most notably, former Seahawk, signed a one-year deal. Engram was an integral part of new Browns president Mike Holmgren’s offense in Seattle. The Plain Deal writes:B. Engram (US Presswire)

Engram played in Seattle from 2001-2008 and had his most productive NFL season in 2007 with 94 catches for 1,147 yards and six touchdowns.

Originally selected out of Penn State by Chicago in the second round (52nd overall) of the 1996 draft, Engram has started 113 of the 176 games during his 14-year NFL career and has 650 career receptions for 7,751 receiving yards and 35 touchdowns.

It’s possible Engram could start for opposite second-year pro Mohammed Massaquoi. Return ace Josh Cribbs is tentatively slated for the No. 2 role, but Cribbs is more equipped to be a specialist off the bench. Another second-year pro, Brian Robiskie, has had a great offseason but obviously brings little experience to the table.

--Andy Benoit 

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Posted on: July 6, 2010 8:24 pm
Edited on: July 6, 2010 8:27 pm

Russell, Leaf or the Boz?

J. Russell on the bench (Getty) While reading Andy’s post Monday night on JaMarcus Russell, where Andy called him “arguably the biggest bust in NFL history,” I wondered who else could qualify for such an impressive title.

I say we break down the numbers and figure out who really was the biggest bust. A few names pop out almost immediately: Russell, Brian Bosworth, and, of course, Ryan Leaf. Who will wear the crown? Who can be considered the biggest NFL disappointment of all time? Let’s check the scoreboard.

QB JaMarcus Russell , drafted No. 1 by the Raiders in 2007 – completed 52 percent of his passes for 18 TDs and 23 INTs, 7-18 as a starter – signed a six-year, $61 million contract with $32 million guaranteed:

Arguments For: He was undisciplined. He was lackadaisical. He was too heavy. He was indifferent. He was a disaster. He's also very rich in spite of all that.

Arguments Against: He played only two full seasons. Maybe he was just about to come into his own?

Brian Bosworth , drafted No. 1 by the Seahawks in the 1987 supplemental draft – played 24 games in three years and recorded four sacks – signed a 10-year, $11 million contract, then the highest in rookie and team history:

Arguments For: He was a Butkus Award winner, and he had huge hype after finishing his college career at Oklahoma. He had the posters, he had the nickname (The Boz) and he had the look. Evidently, he didn’t have quite as much talent, and steroids robbed him of a long career, forcing an early retirement. Plus, his haircut was indefensible, even it was totally 1980s.

Arguments Against: Seattle should have known it was taking a risk in drafting him. He was a known steroid user – he was suspended for the 1987 Orange Bowl – and he had an outlandish personality that could B. Bosworth and his hair (Getty) cause him to flame out suddenly. Some of the blame can be placed with the Seahawks.

Ryan Leaf
, drafted No. 2 overall by the Chargers in 1988 – completed 48 percent of his passes for 14 touchdowns and 36 interceptions, 4-17 as a starter – signed a four-year, $31 million contract with $11 million guaranteed:

  Arguments For:
As you might remember, there was a real debate about whether he or Peyton Manning should be taken with the top spot. Obviously, Leaf’s pro statistics speak for themselves, but you have to remember what the Chargers traded to the Cardinals for the chance to move from No. 3 in the Draft order to No. 2 – two first-round picks, a second-round pick and Eric Metcalf, a three-time Pro Bowler. Plus, Leaf was a jerk.

Arguments Against: Really, I’ve got nothing.

So, who’s the biggest bust? I give the nod to Leaf, but it’s close between him and Russell. Like, really close. Russell, though, still has a chance for redemption. Bosworth, to me, gets off easy on this argument, mostly because he provided the world the movie, “Stone Cold.”

On a side note, Russell’s arrest is no laughing matter. Here’s Alex Marvez of foxsports.com with a different take on the Russell arrest – a little bit of sympathy for somebody who perhaps has shown signs of being an addict.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 5, 2010 11:34 am

Quinton Ganther arrested on suspicion of DUI

Seahawks RB Quinton Ganther was arrested early Saturday morning in California on suspicion of DUI. The Seattle Times has the story.

The Seahawks released the following statement: "We are aware of the situation, and in the process of gathering information. No further comment at this time."

--Josh Katzowitz

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Category: NFL
Posted on: July 2, 2010 4:48 pm

A very candid Matt Hasselbeck

Alex Marvez of FOX Sports has an excellent feature piece on Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck today. Hasselbeck speaks candidly about the Seahawks’ struggles last season, his role on the team and, most notably, the presence of Charlie Whitehurst. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll essentially gave two higher round draft picks and $8 million over two years to acquire Whitehurst, making him either an overpaid backup or, as many believe, an underpaid heir apparent to Hasselbeck.

Here’s an excerpt from Marvez’s article:

“It wasn’t just for Charlie. It was for Matt,” Carroll said of the trade that cost Seattle a 2011 third-round draft pick and 20 spots of positioning in this year’s second round. “Charlie has such a good arm and throws such a pretty ball. They have competed matching throws from the time we started working. That’s a cool thing. I think it has added to Matt’s game. He’s had to be on every day because Charlie is nipping at his heels every day. That was the whole idea.”

Hasselbeck has started for Seattle since 2001, a streak with one team matched only by New England’s Tom Brady and Indianapolis’ Peyton Manning among active quarterbacks. That also marked the last year Hasselbeck faced strong competition for the job.
Hasselbeck doesn’t reflect fondly upon that experience involving Trent Dilfer.

“Trent had just won the Super Bowl (in Baltimore). We weren’t very good and I wasn’t playing very good,” said Hasselbeck, who was getting his first extensive NFL action since spending his first three seasons as a Green Bay reserve. “Fans were chanting ‘Dilfer!’ It didn’t help that he was waving the towel getting everybody up and doing that. It definitely hurt me a little.”

Hasselbeck’s relationship with Whitehurst and third-stringer J.P. Losman is far less contentious. The trio has worked diligently under new quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch, who has kept long meetings light through use of such teaching tools as pop-up quizzes and Jeopardy-style games.

“It’s sort of felt like summer camp,” Hasselbeck said. “It’s been fun.”

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 2, 2010 10:04 am
Edited on: July 2, 2010 11:48 am

Bobby Taylor on the comeback trail

B. Taylor makes an interception in a 2000 game (Getty). Former Eagles CB Bobby Taylor – who hasn’t taken the field since 2004 – wants to return to the game, Brad Biggs of the National Football Post reports today.

The Eagles drafted Taylor in the second round of the 1995 Draft, and he had a nice career, making the Pro Bowl in 2002. He tallied 19 career interceptions, and he spent a year in Seattle before the Seahawks released him during training camp in 2005.

As Biggs reports, Taylor has been working out in Houston, and apparently, he’s in excellent shape. He’s looking to return as either a third or a fourth CB, but he also is willing to play a little backup safety.

Teams might have an interest in taking a look at him, but it’s hard to see him sticking in the league again. After all, it’s been a half-decade since he last played. How could he keep his skills from eroding if he hasn’t played in five years? It seems rather unlikely.

--Josh Katzowitz

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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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