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Potential Holdout Looms
On Friday, July 25, 2015, the Seattle Seahawks will officially begin the most important training camp in franchise history. I say most important because nothing is harder in sports than defending a championship.
Marshawn Lynch is entering the third year of a four-year contract he signed in March 2012. He is set to make $5 million this season with another $1.5 million available through bonuses. He ranks as the sixth-highest paid player in base salary for the 2014 season.
Marshawn Lynch stiff arming his own organization? (Photo: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Adrian Peterson tops the list with $11.75 million while Jamaal Charles is second with $8.3 million in the final year of his contract.
LeSean McCoy’s contract is where it gets interesting. Yes, he has a higher base salary (by $650,000) than Lynch, but his contract gave the Eagles cap relief during the 2012 and 2013 season, earning just $3.615 million total. Meanwhile, Marshawn has enjoyed his $11 million over the same period. For those keeping track at home, that’s: McCoy with $11.265 over the last three seasons (including 2014), Lynch with $16 million.
Matt Forte is in the same boat as McCoy. . .more
Seahawks add talent
During the second day of the draft Seattle filled it’s two biggest needs. Their first pick (45th overall) they selected a wide receiver with the ability to stretch the field in Paul Richardson.
Later in the 2nd round they filled the void left by the departure of Breno Giacomini when they selected tackle Justin Britt.
I initially thought they might be looking to slide Britt inside to left guard due to his versatility and stiff hips, however, Tom Cable said that he will be competing for the starting right take position vacated by Breno. One thing is for sure, Justin will replace his nastiness.
Those two picks gave the Seahawks the luxury of selecting players that best fit their scheme regardless of position throughout the remainder of the draft.
Seattle acquired the 8th pick in the 4th round (108 overall) from Minnesota and selected defensive endCassius Marsh. Marsh is a nasty player who the Seahawks view as a young Michael Bennett type player.
At the combine he weighed only 252 pounds but has been known to fluctuate depending on what role his teams needs him to play.
In order to rush the passer from an interior position he will need to get his weight back up into the 270s, at minimum. I see no reason to think that he won’t be able to reach that mark easily once he starts an NFLworkout and nutrition regimen.
After trading down from the 111th pick to add another 6th round pick the Seahawks selected their second receiver of the draft, Kevin Norwood.
Kevin gives them a lot of hope. First, his name is Kevin, not some variation of Chris. Second he is widely viewed as one of the top prospects once a play breaks down.
Let the games begin
Before the announcement of the schedule I was willing to bet money that the Seattle Seahawks would host the Denver Broncos to open the NFL season. Week two, in an unusual move, I expect the Seahawks to travel to San Francisco to open Levi Stadium against the 49ers.
In all actuality the Seahawks will host the Broncos in week 3 and will not play in Levi Stadium until Thanksgiving.
The NFL missed a golden opportunity to place the Super Bowl Champion in 2 epic match-ups to start the season. If I’m being honest it’s a very disappointing NFL Schedule for Seattle in 2014.
The Seahawks got a dealt an awful hand by the schedule makers this season.
When analyzing a schedule I like to take the approach of breaking the season up into four quarters.
The Seahawks kickoff the NFL season on September 4, when they hosting the Green Bay Packers ( as stated above it should have been the Broncos).
The game does have added interest as the Packers were the last defending Super Bowl Champion to win the NFL Kickoff Game.
The Seahawks kickoff the NFL season on September 4
Ten days later the Seahawks travel to Southern California to play the San Diego Super Chargers before heeding back home in a Super Bowl XLVIII rematch with Payton Manning and the Denver Broncos.
Unfortunately the Seahawks drew the short end of the stick when they were handed a week 4 bye. Week 4 is the first week in the NFL schedule with a bye.
The Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams join Seattle with a poor bye draw while the 49ers don’t have theirs until week 8.
That is quite a break for San Fran.
The Seahawks end their 1st quarter in Maryland against the Redskins.
Early prediction: Seahawks open the season 3-1
I guarantee Tony Romo was not happy when he looked at week 7 (Seahawks 6th game) and saw that he had to travel up to Seattle to play in CenturyLink Field.
An evening in Super Bowl Boulevard
The day after my arrival
Where does Bruce fit?
Well Bruce Irvin definitely fits on the teams 53 man roster, that is for sure.
For now the Seahawks have a one week roster exemption to get Irvin into playing shape. Pete Carroll and the coaching staff will evaluate him this week in practice to see if Bruce is ready to play.
If he is, which I fully expect, they will need to start thinking about who they are going to release.
I suspect that player will be Benson Mayowa. After breaking out in the preseason Mayowa has been quiet during the regular season. Benson’s most notable play came in week 1 when he missed a tackle on Cam Newton that would have been a sack.
The most telling sign might be that Mayowa was inactive during the Seahawks matchup against the Texans on Sunday.
Truth be told, Seattle has a plethora of defensive ends who can rush the passer. All of which are more capable and better players than Mayowa at this point in their careers. That doesn’t mean I want this to be the end of Mayowa in Seattle.
Seahawks 4-0 for 1st time
After the game I was having a conversation about dramatic victories the Seahawks have had in the recent years. I threw out the fact that the Bears game was the turning point of last season. It was also Russell Wilson‘s coming out party as he grew from the Seahawks starting quarterback to a household name.
Because of those reasons I said it was the most dramatic.
After the conversation though I might have to lean towards this game being a more important come from behind victory.
Yes, that was a great moment for Wilson and the 2012 Seattle Seahawks but Sunday’s victory over the Texans was as historical as it was dramatic. Of course we don’t know what the season will bring but it has been a great start!
We are not talking about historical as far as the NFL is concerned, however, it sure was historical for the franchise. For the first time in 38 seasons the Seahawks are 4-0.
It won’t be an easy task to be 5-0 after next week but for now we can bask in the victory that was.
I have to admit I did not expect the game to go into overtime, especially how lop-sided it looked as far into the game as halfway through the third quarter. I did however expect a close game with a spectacular finish.
In my “Seahawks blueprints to victory” piece I wrote:
I look for a close game where the Seahawks are trailing until late in the 4th quarter. That is when Russell Wilson leads the team down the field and scores the game winning touchdown with less than six minutes left on the clock. Seattle win 24-21
Because of that I felt pretty confident going into the second half despite trailing by 17 points.
Huge impact play by Smith forcing the Tate fumble.
Seahawks go for 4-0
Game in and game out the Seattle Seahawks‘ biggest obstacle will be themselves. I don’t know what it is about this team, whether it’s over-confidence or Pete Carroll’s preaching about not being able to lose a game in the 1st quarter, but they always start slow.
No matter the cause, Sunday the habitual slow start will be compounded by a 10:00 AM Pacific start time.
Somehow, Seattle must find a way to weather the early storm while keeping Houston close going into the second half of the game.
To accomplish this, the Seahawks must find a way to slow down the Texans’ passing attack. Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins are ranked 17th and 20th respectively in receiving yards. The Houston wide-out duo is averaging nearly 10 first downs per game; however, that could all change Sunday when they face the league’s best secondary, the Legion of Boom.
Andre Johnson returned to practice on Thursday after missing time in last week’s game when a cornerback’s knee landed on his shin.
Even if Andre is at 100 percent Richard Sherman is more than capable of matching up against the large, physical receiver.
The Seahawks must lock down Andre Johnson on Saturday.
To be honest. . . More
Seahawks beat Jaguars 45-17
The score seems like a pretty decisive victory but to be honest the game was not even that close. After jumping out to a two touchdown lead by early in the second quarter the Seahawks played a fairly vanilla game, both offensively and defensively.
Zach Miller‘s first touchdown of two in the game was anything but vanilla. When Zach threw what appeared to be a typical Seahawks chop block everyone, including myself, thought he was nothing more than a blocker on the play.
The way he popped back up to his feet and became wide open in the end zone was completely by design, hats off to Darrell Bevell for the design and call.
That play will set up plays in the future
Teams will see what Miller did on film which will cause the outside rusher to hesitate before they crash down on the line. In situations where the Seahawks only need little yardage any hesitation can be the difference in a positive outcome versus a negative one.
It was evident early on that the Seahawks intended to win the game but Pete Carroll and his team had no intentions on embarrassing their former defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.
Despite the loss Jacksonville can hang their hat on the fact that they scored 7 more points against theSeahawks defense than the Panthers and 49ers did combined. Quarterback Chad Henne threw for twice as many yards than Colin Kaepernick did last week and nearly twice as many as Cam Newton had against the Legion of Boom in week 1.
Offensively the Seahawks seemed to be able to move the ball at will gaining a season high 479 yards of total offense.
Wilson after a punter?
Russell Wilson tied a career high with 4 touchdown passes in less than 3 quarters of work Sunday. Unfortunately he threw a pass slightly behind Golden Tate and the pass bounced off his hand leading to Wilson’s second interception in as many games.
Wilson had a nice day. 4 TD passes.
A play that really bothered me was when Russell was trying to avoid. . .More
Seahawks keys to success
Lets face it, the Seattle Seahawks are head and shoulders a better team than the Jacksonville Jaguars. That doesn’t mean the Jaguars cannot come up to Seattle and steal a victory in front of the 12th man while ending the longest active home winning streak in the NFL.
Coming off of a decisive win against a team that is one of the best in the league, like the Seahawks did last week, and following it up with a game against one of the worst teams in the league leaves the door wide open for the dreaded “trap game.”
You probably know by now that Richard Sherman has teamed with Peter King to produce a Monday Morning Quarterback article.
This week Sherman wrote about the topic of avoiding a let down performance. Richard gave a glimpse into his thought process and that of his teammates.
Easier said than done . . .
The Seahawks have a great chance to show that they can practice the principles that Sherman preaches in his article. If Seattle can play Seahawks football then the game should be a very decisive victory. More. . .