Seahawks trade 6th round pick to Colts
On a day when thousands of Seahawks fans waited impatiently to find out which players would make the teams initial 53 man roster the biggest surprise came when news broke that the Seattle Seahawks had traded their 6th round pick to the Indianapolis Colts for defensive back Marcus Burley.
Many fans were left thinking, “Marcus who?” I must admit, I was left gathering information.
So I decided to do what I do best, sit down and watch the young man play. I watched every snap he played this preseason and, to be honest, I am impressed.
Typically when you think about Seahawks’ defensive backs you think big, long and physical. Marcus Burley is only listed at 5’10″ 189 pounds. Once in a while they will make an exception (Walter Thurmond, Earl Thomas.) Now I’m not saying Marcus is at either players’ level, but it looks promising that he could be a contributor on this team.
He may lack size but he plays bigger than he is. Marcus is fast and physical. What I saw on film was him sticking running backs in the hole, stopping them dead in their tracks, as well as being a sure tackler out on the perimeter. I didn’t notice him shying away from contact at any point, unless it was to avoid an illegal block in the back penalty when he was on the punt return unit.
In coverage he does a nice job staying with his receiver. He is able to run down the field with them stride for stride. Even though he in’t tall he is quick enough to reach around receivers and swat the ball away.
At times his focus is on the receiver a bit too much which can hurt his recognition of draw plays.
I’ve seen a lot throw around about him being a nickel back, which he can certainly do, but don’t let his size fool you, Burley can play on the outside as well.
Marcus can play press and off man coverage. His speed allows his to stay in the receivers hip pocket while in press coverage and his sure tackling comes in handy during short completions if he’s playing off man. Yards after catch were virtually non existent against him.
The biggest question with him is why the Colts let him go? He was their backup at the nickel as well as outside. He looked like an important part of their depth and all they got was a 6th round pick from the Seahawks. The only thing I can figure out is that maybe they want a player with more experience or he didn’t fit the team chemistry.
So, who is Marcus Burley?
A poor man’s version of Walter Thurmond, in short. With some coaching who knows how high his ceiling is.
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
Mother Nature sure is making things easy for me today! We have two disturbances moving through the area, one Friday night through Saturday morning (early morning) and one Saturday evening through Sunday morning. Both systems are bringing in heavy rain and moderate to heavy winds for all day Saturday.
As far as the game is concern… remember when the Seahawks traveled to Carolina (I believe 2008?) and the game was a low scoring affair because neither kicker could kick into the wind? I believe we will have a repeat of that tomorrow! Your gameday weather will be almost exactly what you see when you venture on out and head toward the game: wind, wind and more wind with periods of heavy rain. Temps will also be dropping by the time the game starts. Right now at time of post (Friday night at 11pm), temps were in the upper 40’s to lower 50’s for most of Western Washington. Game time high expected to be around 45-47 degrees. As always, I’ll update this post with some “nowcasting” before the game starts and during the game if something big happens.
So dress warm, wear those loud shoes and loud gloves and be ready to shout louder than the howl of the wind! #GoHawks
The End is Near!
… and that is all we need to know! Seahawks will END the Rams year with a win, 2014 is near meaning 2013 comes to an end, Seahawks will win a NFC first place seed and end everyone else’s day when they realize they have to come to CLink through out the playoffs… yes indeed… the end is near!
But the fog is not! Today we will see fog turning to overcast with temps hovering between 40-44 degrees with no sun in sight… nor is there any precip in sight. Not that we care, the Seahawks will win in any type of weather and we will show up no matter what is forecasted!
So, dress warm (unless you carry around 2-5 cans of body paint… ahem 12th Hulk) and be ready to be as loud as the 12thman can be! See you in 2014!
NFC West AND NFC Champs?
Perhaps! Both can happen today with a win by Seattle! But first, they must battle the elements that we typically see in Seattle: WET. We will not see much in the way of heavy rain, or even light rain. In fact, we are looking clear of any moisture up in the atmosphere for the game. However, we will probably see moisture in the form of mist which will not show up on live radar. With that said, there is a system heading our way and showers are just now showing up south of Vancouver Island; I believe Seattle will be in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains.
Temps for the game will be slightly warmer than what we are normally accustomed to I expect to see around 49 degrees with temps already at 47 degrees at time of this post (8am Sunday). Winds will be from the south southwest but will be light: expect to see about 5-10mph winds.
So, dress for a win, stay warm and dry and enjoy the game!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!