Tag:Seattle Seahawks
Posted on: June 29, 2010 8:32 pm

Will Vincent Jackson be traded?

Could WR Vincent Jackson be on his way out of San Diego? Kevin Acee of the Union-Tribune , after talking to sources, writes that it’s a possibility.

From the article:

No one is predicting he will shipped off soon, and it does not appear other teams have been officially notified the Pro Bowl receiver is on the trading block. But several sources confirmed the Chargers talked with the Seattle Seahawks earlier this month and have made it known Jackson will remain available.

The Seahawks maintain interest, as do “several other teams,” according to one source. Among those teams, sources said, are the Washington Redskins. It is not known whether the Redskins have spoken to the Chargers regarding Jackson.

You’ll recall that Jackson and LT Marcus McNeill didn’t sign their restricted free agent offers, and GM A.J. Smith has given the indication that he’s ready to move on without them. Whichever team signs Jackson, though, better make sure it can offer plenty of money.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 25, 2010 9:10 am

Golden Tate and Top Pot Doughnuts Saga

One of the more interesting and humorous stories of the offseason was Seahawks second round pick Golden Tate’s run-in with Bellevue, WA authorities at Top Pot Doughnuts earlier this offseason. Tate was issued a stern warning for trespassing after he snuck into the shop after hours. The shop is located on the ground level of the building in which Tate lives; around 3:00 a.m., Tate and a buddy slipped through a back door that residents can access (the employee was cleaning up and leaves the back door open).

Tate was apologetic afterwards but also offered up a very honest excuse: he was craving the maple bars.

"When I got here, that was one of the first things I had," Tate said. "They're irresistible. It was a foolish mistake that won't happen again, but if you ever want some maple bars, that's the place to go."

The Seahawks already have a partnership with Top Pot, selling the doughnuts at Qwest Field.
Coach Pete Carroll echoed the sentiments.

"No, I'm not disappointed at a guy being at a doughnut shop at 3 in the morning when they got maple bars like Top Pot has," Carroll said.

"However, under the circumstances, I think they were closed or something like that, trying to close, or whatever," the coach said. "That's definitely wrong. We've talked about it, addressed it. He's remorseful and all that. I do understand the lure of the maple bars."

Now, Top Pot Doughnuts is capitalizing on the publicity. According to the Seattle Post Intelligence, the company is releasing a new ad campaign: “Irresistible….but please wait utill we’re open.”

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 24, 2010 11:32 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2010 11:46 pm

Carroll kinda like Babe Ruth

Add Pete Carroll as your coach and executive vice president in charge of the personnel decisions and bring on a new general manager in John Schneider, and you can expect quite a bit of turnover. More than quite a bit, actually. Call it a ton of turnover.

The Seattle Times Danny O’Neil has crunched the numbers for the Seahawks, and the results are spectacular. Seattle has made five trades, selected eight rookies in the NFL Draft, and on Thursday, after signing DL Jonathan Lewis, he became the 60th player acquired by the Seahawks this offseason. That’s a Babe Ruthian effort.

There are 80 players on the roster heading into training camp; 44 of them weren’t there before Carroll took over the team in mid-January. As O’Neil writes:

That overhaul isn't quite as severe toward the top of the pecking order. Of the 22 starters in Seattle's regular-season finale against Tennessee last season, 17 of them remain on the Seahawks roster.

It's not just the depth that has changed, but the message. Roles are no longer as clear-cut and defined.

There's an open competition at running back, and a free-for-all for someone to lay claim to the role as the No. 1 wide receiver. While Matt Hasselbeck remains the starting quarterback, the fact that Seattle's first significant move was to bring in Charlie Whitehurst, whom Seattle sees as a potential starter down the road, sent a clear message: The previous pecking order wasn't being thrown out the window, but it wasn't written in stone, either. Players would earn spots.

Carroll might not be done yet either.

"We're going to keep bringing guys in and keep making moves," Carroll said. “Keep pushing the envelope as much as we can to keep getting faster and keep getting guys with special qualities is what we're looking for all the time."

--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 23, 2010 8:25 pm

Whitehurst fails to impress, then impresses

When Seattle traded a 2010 second-round pick and a 2011 third-round pick to San Diego for a 2010 third-round selection and career backup QB Charlie Whitehurst (and agreed to pay him about $5 million a year to make him the signal-caller of the future), it was a surprise.

Consider: Whitehurst has spent his four years in the NFL as a backup to Chargers QB Philip Rivers, and he’s made exactly zero passing attempts in a regular-season game. He’s not shown that he’s a high-level NFL QB who eventually can replace Matt Hasselbeck. He’s not shown he’s better than J.P. Losman, who spent last year in the UFL before signing with Seattle but was a starter for most of his five seasons in Buffalo.

Yes, Whitehurst is tall and athletic. Yes, he has a big-time arm. Yes, Seattle’s coaches and front office personnel say they see a big upside to him – coach Pete Carroll has even hinted that he could compete with Hasselbeck for the starting role. But honestly, I was never that impressed with him when I saw him live a few times during his years at Clemson (less than 60 percent completion percentage during his career and 49 touchdowns to 46 interceptions). 

So, I ask: if he wasn't that spectacular in the ACC, how's he going to be the Seahawks QB of the future?

During Seattle’s mini-camp this week, Whitehurst had mixed results.

In a Tacoma News-Tribune blog post from Eric D. Williams on Tuesday, he wrote that Losman is “far closer to being a game-ready productive quarterback than Whitehurst.” Williams cites Losman’s arm and his experience. Whitehurst has the arm as well; just not the experience.

Yet, in a blog post today for the Seattle Times , Danny O’Neil wrote that, on the final day of mini-camp, Whitehurst looked as impressive as he’s been since he put on a Seattle uniform.

So, who knows? We ask you this, though. Will the guy making $5 million be the third-string QB? Or will it be the guy making $630,000?

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 23, 2010 12:01 pm

Can Leon Washington Be Ready Come Training Camp?

Former Jet Leon Washington is looking to bounce back from a gruesome compound leg fracture that ended his ’09 season last October. The Seahawks traded for Washington knowing that his successful recovery was no guarantee, but should it happen, the team would have an electrifying kick and punt returner, as well as one of the game’s most elusive third-down backs.

So how is the recovery going? According to the Seattle Times’s Danny O’Neil, Washington was on the field with a helmet at minicamp but was not seen partaking in any team drills or seven-on-seven activities. However, Pete Carroll is optimistic.

"We really do (expect him back for training camp)," Carroll said. "He's in great shape for this time. He's ahead of schedule right now. So with his ability to get out here and just get on the field with us, and another month yet, we'll still be very careful in the first couple weeks of camp in transition back in -- we won't rush that -- but we're very hopeful and everything looks like he's going to be fine."

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 8:33 pm

Washington back at practice

For the first time since suffering a compound fracture of his tibia and fibula last year while playing for the Jets, requiring a metal rod to be inserted in his leg, Seahawks RB Leon Washington, was on the field in a helmet for practice today.

Coach Pete Carroll told reporters he thinks Washington is ahead of schedule, and though the team will continue to be careful with him, he could be ready to compete by the start of training camp.

Just practicing was heaven for Washington, he told the team’s official web site .

“It felt good,” Washington told seahawks.com. “All I can say is that it’s a blessing. This was a long time coming. I’ve been looking forward to this day since last October. I felt like a little kid playing Pop Warner football again.”

On Tuesday, Washington worked out in individual, non-contact drills, and he plans to practice again Wednesday.

It’ll be interesting to see how the Seahawks use Washington, who split carries with Thomas Jones last season. There was a question whether Washington’s career would be over after suffering the injury, and it doesn’t seem likely he’ll have the same ability as when he was a rushing, receiving and a Pro Bowl-caliber kick returning threat who made good use of his speed and quickness.

Plus, the Seahawks already have Julius Jones and Justin Forsett – neither of whom have rathad their leg bone break through their skin anytime recently – in the backfield. Then again, both were rather mediocre last year, and if Washington can retain much of his speed, he could make an impact.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 10:38 am

Noteworthy Addition to Front Office in Seattle

Mike Sando of ESPN.com is reporting the former 49ers GM Scot McCloughan is expected to be hired to the Seattle Seahawks front office. An announcement could come later this week. McCloughan, 39, had a mysterious departure in San Francisco just weeks before the NFL Draft earlier this year.

Seahawks GM John Schneider does not have final say on personnel decisions – Pete Carroll does – but he oversees the front office. Schneider said, "(Getting McCloughan) is huge for us because Scot is one of the most respected personnel people in the league. He played a critical role in helping the Seahawks become a Super Bowl team (in 2005) and did a great job in rebuilding the 49ers over the last few years."

Schneider is referring to McCloughan’s role as Seattle’s college scouting director, which was the position he held prior to joining the 49ers. Schneider and McCloughan entered the league together in the 90s as part of Ron Wolf’s staff in Green Bay.

--Andy Benoit

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