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Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times takes a first look at the Chargers and compares the stats of Seattle and San Diego. The Hawks have not played a real game in San Diego since 2002, the first year they moved from the AFC West to the NFC West.

Hawk Blogger Brian Nemhauser interviews Darren Woodson, a star safety on the Dallas Cowboys’ dynasty in the early 1990s, and finds out what Woodson thinks of Seattle’s chances of pulling off the Big D.

Brandon Mebane, the longest-tenured Seahawk, gets well-deserved kudos from coaches and teammates in this piece by Jayson Jenks of The Seattle Times.

Odd — but pretty interesting — story from SBNation about how Pete Carroll’s team is so good at inventing new football scores.

Carroll topped 1 million Twitter followers, apparently trailing only one player on his team and only one coach in America.

Mitch Quesada of 12th Man Rising passes along Michael Robinson’s anecdote about veteran Seahawks wanting to bench Russell Wilson for Matt Flynn after the season-opening loss in 2012.

Condotta has an FYI look at what all of the recently departed Seahawks did last weekend. Remember, these free agents figure to net the Hawks four draft picks next year.

 

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Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times answers questions about everything from the NFC West to Bruce Irvin to whether Russell Wilson is really Seattle’s franchise quarterback.

See what else they are discussing at the Times’ Seahawks forum.

Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN answers questions about everything from young defensive linemen to Irvin to Cooper Helfet.

Find out what they are talking about at the Hawk Shack.

See the hot topics over at SeahawkBlue.

See what the folks at Seahawks.net have to say.

What plays are they calling at Seahawks Huddle?

What’s got them fired up on Reddit?

 

Rodgers to Sherman: ‘I hope you get some work’

Hawks vs Packers Sherman all aloneGreen Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers joked to Richard Sherman about not throwing his way during the game last Thursday.

“I think I said, ‘I hope you get some work this year,'” Rodgers said on his radio show. “By that point, I knew that we hadn’t really looked to his side or thrown to his side, and I just said that to him, and I think we kind of laughed about it and went on the way.”

A lot was made about whether Sherman should be moved around rather than play exclusively on the left side, but the weekend’s games showed other top cornerbacks, such as Arizona’s Patrick Peterson and New England’s Darrelle Revis, playing one side of the field as well.

Sherman has been criticized — by Peterson and Revis, among others — for playing the left side only and not shadowing the opponent’s top receiver, so he had a response to seeing them playing it straight, too.

Continue reading Rodgers to Sherman: ‘I hope you get some work’

Lynch and Miller sure don’t look like they’re on the way out

Lynch and Miller vs PackersThe futures of Marshawn Lynch and Zach Miller were hotly debated all offseason, with many concluding that their salaries and age (both are 28) would preclude either from remaining with the Hawks beyond 2014 — or, in Miller’s case, even in 2014.

After their stellar play in the season opener last week, though, it is easy to see both returning next year.

Most people tend to think Lynch’s Beast Mode has an expiration date and he will switch to Least Mode very soon.

Continue reading Lynch and Miller sure don’t look like they’re on the way out

Hawks sign cornerback

Josh ThomasOf the five cornerbacks who reportedly worked out for the Seahawks on Monday, the team chose former Carolina starter Josh Thomas.

A fifth-round pick in 2011, he played in 38 games for the Panthers, starting 10. Thomas (5 feet 11 and 185 pounds) began last season as a starter but was bumped out by rookie Melvin White after four games. He was released on final cuts two weekends ago.

He replaces Jeremy Lane, who was placed on injured reserve Monday with a groin injury and will miss at least half the season.

Thomas will step in behind starters Richard Sherman and Byron Maxwell and nickel corner Marcus Burley, who was acquired in a trade on Aug. 30.

Thomas was picked over four others who reportedly worked out Monday, including rookie speedster Keith Lewis and fourth-year player Mike Harris.

Lane hits short-term IR, Hawks work out five CBs

Jeremy LaneThe Seahawks have placed cornerback Jeremy Lane on injured reserve, designating him for return, which means he will be out at least eight weeks with the groin injury he aggravated in the season opener last Thursday.

The Seahawks have begun a search for his replacement, reportedly working out undrafted rookie Keith Lewis and fourth-year player Mike Harris among five cornerbacks on Monday.

The Seahawks also announced the signing of offensive lineman Andrew McDonald, who has a unique tale, and a couple of practice squad moves.

Continue reading Lane hits short-term IR, Hawks work out five CBs

Market for Maxwell is set, but will Hawks want to pay $5 million a year?

Hawks vs Packers MaxwellWhen Byron Maxwell finally made the Packers pay by picking off a pass from Aaron Rodgers in the opener Thursday, the immediate thought was: If teams keep throwing at him like that, he will end up in the Pro Bowl alongside Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor.

Teammate Michael Bennett added another thought, quipping to reporters, “All they’re doing is driving Maxwell’s price up.”

And now we have an idea of the price after Pittsburgh gave cornerback Cortez Allen a five-year deal worth $26 million this weekend.

Continue reading Market for Maxwell is set, but will Hawks want to pay $5 million a year?

Reports: Seahawks add OL, looking for CB

Last week, we pointed out that the Hawks were playing Crazy 8s with their receivers and offensive linemen — going heavy with the former and light with the latter.

Well, they apparently have fixed that imbalance by replacing receiver Phil Bates with offensive lineman Andrew McDonald, who was released by Carolina in final cuts.

The signing was reported by his agent and, if McDonald is on the 53-man roster, means the Hawks now have nine linemen — the number they should have.

Continue reading Reports: Seahawks add OL, looking for CB

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Danny Kelly of FieldGulls puts together one of his great GIF breakdowns, showing the effect Percy Harvin had vs. Green Bay (and will have all season, assuming good health).

Greg Cosell of Shutdown Corner talks about the deception principles at work in Seattle’s offense.

Jerry Brewer of The Seattle Times says Marshawn Lynch was “noticeably quicker than he’s been during his four years in Seattle.”

Doug Miller of Sports on Earth looks at the sports turnaround in long-suffering Seattle.

Clare Farnsworth puts the spotlight on rookie right tackle Justin Britt after his first NFL start. And Britt tells The News Tribune the game was slower than practice.