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Seahawks acquire cornerback Marcus Burley

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.

Marcus Burley.  Photo from Colts.com

Marcus Burley. Photo from Colts.com

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.

 

Marcus Burley.  Photo from Colts.com

Marcus Burley. Photo from Colts.com

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.

 

Go Seahawks!

 

Russell Wilson congratulates Robert Turbin after a touchdown.  Photo by Seahawks.com

Seahawks win with ease

Seahawks beat Chargers 41-14

 

The Seattle Seahawks’ 1st unit could do no wrong as they jumped out to a 24-0 lead before handing over the reigns to the backups.  Russell Wilson was in the zone and there was nothing the San Diego Chargers’ defense could do about it.

During the Seahawks opening 4 drives Wilson was 11/13 for 121 yards through the air and

Russell Wilson congratulates Robert Turbin after a touchdown.  Photo by Seahawks.com

Russell Wilson congratulates Robert Turbin after a touchdown. Photo by Seahawks.com

added another 31 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground.  Russell did a good job of spreading the ball around but his favorite target was Percy Harvin, who caught 4 passes for 31 yards.

Wilson wasn’t the only Seahawks’ offensive player to have a big day.  3rd year running back Robert Turbin had 81 yards, 3 more than the Chargers running backs combined, and a touchdown.  Most of those yards came on one run.  Zach Miller blocked a defensive back and sprung Turbin outside.  Robert used a Marshawn Lynch esque stiff arm to pick up about another 10 yards at the end of the run.  Unfortunately he averaged just 3.1 yards per carry the rest of the game.

Marshawn Lynch did see some game action, the first two offense plays, where he did some minor pass blocking/decoy work.

Terrelle Pryor runs in a 44 yards touchdown. Photo from Seahawks.com

Terrelle Pryor runs in a 44 yards touchdown. Photo from Seahawks.com

Terrelle Pryor was unable to do anything special with his arm but he looked like Colin Kaepernick with the ball in his hands.  Especially when he went running up the left sideline on the way to his was to a 44 yard touchdown.  His long strides eat up a lot of ground quickly in the open field.

James Carpenter saw his first live action this preseason and it started roughly.  On the opening drive he had miss communication with center Lemuel Jeanpierre and they let a free rusher through the line resulting in the only sack of Russell Wilson during the game. As a matter of fact, it was the only sack the Seahawks offensive line gave up all night.  After that, he was solid.

Fellow offensive lineman Justin Britt looked a lot better than he did last week.  He managed to clean up some of the mistakes he made during the first preseason game.  Justin did very well in his run blocking assignments but struggled a little bit in pass protection.  Chargers’ Melvin Ingram was able to force some pressure, on the quarterback, by using a combination of his speed and a bull rush which gave Britt fits.

Rookie linebacker Brock Coyle looked very good for his second preseason game.  There is no hope that Brock will beat out starting middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, but I’d say he has done enough to lock down the backup role heading into the regular season.  The young man is always around the ball whether it is a run or a pass.  That will take him far during his career.

The Seahawks defense made it tough for Chargers’ quarterbacks all night.  They ended up with 5 sacks, 9 quarterback hits and pressured them just about every time they dropped back to pass.

After the first unit defense left the game the secondary and linebackers struggled in coverage.  Rookie Kevin Pierre-Louis looked a bit lost at times.  A big factor is probably that he has missed a lot of time nursing an injury.  These next couple week will be crucial for him to catch up.

Tharold Simon had a 105 yard interception returned for a touchdown called back after a

Tharold Simon returns an interception for a touchdown.  Play would be called back by penalty.  Photo from Seahawks.com

Tharold Simon returns an interception for a touchdown. Play would be called back by penalty. Photo from Seahawks.com

questionable illegal contact penalty by him.  This came after dropping an interception shortly before.  The Chargers turned that into 7 points of their own.

On special teams Bryan Walters stood out returning punts as he looked considerably better than Earl Thomas.  The Seahawks need to find a replacement for Golden Tate who joined the Lions during the offseason.  Punter Jon Ryan was a little disappointed that he never had a chance to do more than just hold for kicks.

At the end of the day the score doesn’t matter, it’s the experience that does.  The young players got to feel the atmosphere in CenturyLink Field and the joy of winning.  As for the Chargers, at least they did better than the Broncos in the Super Bowl.

 

Go Seahawks!

Marshawn Lynch stiff arming the Seattle Seahawks?

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.

But…

Today, on the NFL Network, former Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson announced that Marshawn “Beastmode” Lynch is preparing to start camp as a hold out while he tries to renegotiate his contract.

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 only has three 100-yard rushing performances this season. (Photo: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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

Day 3 of the 2014 NFL Draft: Seahawks edition

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.

Cassius Marsh

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.

Kevin Norwood

After trading down from the 111th pick to add another 6th round pick the Seahawks selected their second receiver of the draft, Kevin Norwood.

Pete Carroll and John Schneider have not been very successful drafting 4th round receivers in the past but hope this pick turns out a lot better than Kris Durham or Chris Harper.

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.

More . . . 

2014 Seahawks schedule released

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.

First Quarter

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

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

Second Quarter

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.  

Read More. . . 

Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII photoblog: Day 2

An evening in Super Bowl Boulevard

 

Took a photo of these yesterday and they didn't turn out but they are so cool I had to go back and try it again.  I'd like to buy them but they aren't $200 cool to me.

Took a photo of these yesterday and they didn’t turn out but they are so cool I had to go back and try it again. I’d like to buy them but they aren’t $200 cool to me.

Ran into these two guys again today.  They must really like Macy's.

Ran into these two guys again today. They must really like Macy’s.

Marshawn Lynch running wild, I did have a little talk with him about the way he was handling the ball.  I said, "I know you're 'Bout that action boss' but you need to remember to hold the ball high and tight!"

Marshawn Lynch running wild, I did have a little talk with him about the way he was handling the ball. I said, “I know you’re ‘Bout that action boss’ but you need to remember to hold the ball high and tight!”

This gamer looked like he was taking the action a little too far when he started punching his girl friend.  He didn't really but in the photo it sure looks like he was going to.

This gamer looked like he was taking the action a little too far when he started punching his girl friend. He didn’t really but in the photo it sure looks like he was going to.

This is the Camaro that "Papa" John Schnatter paid $250,000 for.  This is the actual car that he drove when he founded the pizza chain.  No wonder he was able to get customers their pizza quickly.

This is the Camaro that “Papa” John Schnatter paid $250,000 for. This is the actual car that he drove when he founded the pizza chain. No wonder he was able to get customers their pizza quickly.

This is the souther stage of the NFL Network Super Bowl Boulavard.

This is the souther stage of the NFL Network Super Bowl Boulevard.

This is someone from KIRO but I don't know who.  Figured someone would know.

This is someone from KIRO but I don’t know who. Figured someone would know.

Having the Empire State Building lit up in orange did not make me a very happy Camper.  The Nation thinks the Bronco's will win.  Guess what?  They are wrong! Go Seahawks!

Having the Empire State Building lit up in orange did not make me a very happy Camper. The Nation thinks the Bronco’s will win. Guess what? They are wrong! Go Seahawks!

Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII photoblog: Day 1

The day after my arrival

 

Seahawks taking over Macy's on 34th Street!

Seahawks taking over Macy’s on 34th Street!

As you walked into the front door of Macy's on 34th street you were greater by a pale and faceless 12th man.
As I walked into the front door of Macy’s on 34th street I was greeted by a very pale and faceless 12th man, I question the company he’s keeping.

Jake Locker turned his back on the media.  Tomorrow I'm heading over to the league offices to inform them.

Jake Locker turned his back on the media. Tomorrow I’m heading over to the league offices to inform them.

Russell Wilson looks very focused.  I tried talking to him for 12 minutes but he never even looked at me.

Russell Wilson looks very focused. I tried talking to him for 12 minutes but he never even looked at me.

Ran into Russell Wilson upstairs and this time he just ran away from me.  Saw Peyton Manning up there too but he's not as mobil and I ran into him on accident and nearly knocked him over.  That is the most pressure Manning has seen all post season.

Ran into Russell Wilson upstairs and this time he just ran away from me. Saw a less mobil Peyton Manning up there too.  I accidentally ran into him and nearly knocked him over. That is the most pressure Manning has seen all post season.

Looks like I wasn't the only one Russell Wilson was avoiding today.

Looks like I wasn’t the only one Russell Wilson was avoiding today.

Things got a little tense in a Seahawks vs. Broncos standoff.  Don't worry guys, I got your back! Go Seahawks!

Things got a little tense in a Seahawks vs. Broncos standoff. Don’t worry guys, I got your back! Go Seahawks!

 

Divisional Playoffs: Saints vs Seahawks Gameday Weather

 

W is for Win… and WindyWindy

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

 

Seahawks 28

Saints 17

Week 17: Rams vs Seahawks Gameday Weather

The End is Near!

 

overcast… 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!

 

Go Hawks!

Seahawks 35

Rams 14

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Week 16: Cardinals vs Seahawks Gameday Weather

NFC West AND NFC Champs?

ShowersPerhaps! 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!

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GO HAWKS!

Seahawks 31

Cardinals 14

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