Now you know why John Schneider doesn’t pay big money in free agency very
often: It usually
isn’t worth it.
The release of Cary Williams this week was the latest example. It was the second straight year the Seahawks have gotten rid of a highly paid veteran addition during the season — and they probably set a record with this one, dumping Williams just 12 games into a three-year, $18 million contract.
A year ago, the Seahawks traded Percy Harvin — the pouting malcontent who for a time had poisoned the Seattle locker room.
Since he took over in 2010, Schneider has acquired nine big-contract veterans — defined as making $5 million a year or more — and six of them have not been worth it.
Continue reading Big-money acquisitions haven’t paid off
The Seahawks are pretty upset that they let one get away in St. Louis.
“The way we look at it is we never should have lost that game,” Pete Carroll said. “We had plenty of chances and opportunities to really take the game in command and (we) didn’t seize those opportunities as we came down to the end of the football game in the fourth quarter and in overtime. We had chances on both sides of the ball and we didn’t finish the way we needed to, so they get a great win, and we go home and try to regroup, get right and play better.
“When you have games when you get plus turnover ratio, you score on defense, score in the kicking game, any one of those three factors generally wins games for you,” Carroll said. “We had all of those — time of possession, all kinds of stuff.”
Continue reading Carroll: ‘We never should have lost’
Nothing about Seattle’s season-opening loss in St. Louis should have surprised anyone. And no one should be worried that the Seahawks can’t make the Super Bowl again — even if they lose in Green Bay next week, too.
As expected Sunday, Seattle’s reworked offensive line struggled against one of the NFL’s very best defensive lines, the secondary gave up some big plays and special teams made a big gaffe — all leading to a 34-31 overtime loss.
None of that should have shocked anyone. The only surprise was that the score was as high as it was in an opener featuring two stud defenses. (Of course, Tyler Lockett and Tavon Austin each returned a punt for a touchdown to beef up the score.)
Continue reading Nothing in that loss was surprising, and there’s no reason to worry
Seattle’s reshaped offensive line faces a Ram-tough challenge in the opener.
Rob Rang offers three key matchups, and two of them are up front.
An insider’s look at the Rams, plus the matchup in a nutshell.
Earl Thomas tries to bait the Rams into throwing his way.
Why is it no surprise that Tharold Simon suddenly appeared on the injury report?
There will be plenty of room at Edward Jones Dome for Seahawks fans on Sunday as the Rams apparently are losing support amid owner Stan Kroenke’s attempt to move the team to L.A.
Linebacker Nick Moody was signed to the practice squad — for now. Mike Morgan might return next week; so, if the Hawks are considering adding Moody to the 53-man roster, the top candidates for release appear to be David King, Kristjan Sokoli, Will Tukuafu and Steven Terrell.
The Seahawks entered their second preseason game with a lot of questions on the offensive line and secondary and came out with some mixed answers in a 14-13 loss to the Chiefs in Kansas City.
They also showed what Jimmy Graham will do for them, saw more from Tyler Lockett and got another great game from their No. 1 front seven on defense.
With Justin Britt moving from right tackle to left guard and Garry Gilliam stepping in at right tackle, the offensive line performed much better than it had in the opener vs. Denver, which got seven sacks.
Wilson was not sacked as he completed 9 of 15 passes for 78 yards. But the first offense really struggled again to run the ball and could not get into the end zone. Robert Turbin ran for a mere four yards on six carries, and Christine Michael ran for 27 on 10 attempts (and also busted a running play by going the wrong way). It wasn’t any better than the first game, when the Seahawks totaled just 89 yards on 24 attempts.
Pete Carroll said he liked the pass protection but added, “We’re not running the ball as well as we would like at this time. … That might change once No. 24 (Marshawn Lynch) gets in there.”
He said the offensive line “did not get the movement we need.” He also confirmed that free-agent guard Evan Mathis is coming to Seattle for a physical Saturday.
Continue reading Mixed results from offense, secondary as front seven dominates
Some observations from the first two days of camp from those who were there:
Field Gulls focused on the Legion of Boom, with new corner Cary Williams and without the starting safeties.
For Day 2, The Seattle Times guys kept a close eye on the offensive line.
John Boyle of Seahawks.com says the Seahawks are bigger and deeper at receiver.
OC Darrell Bevell says Tyler Lockett will “be a big factor at wide receiver” (as we have always thought).
Hawk Blogger Brian Nemhauser noticed the receivers, too.
Gregg Bell of The News Tribune says players support Kam Chancellor in his holdout.
Brandon Mebane, 30, says he feels more like 24 or 25 as he comes back from a bad hamstring injury.
The latest in Russell Wilson talks: The Hawks reportedly have offered a deal worth $21 million per year but paying less than $20 million in 2015.
Field Gulls said the Hawks offered $54 million guaranteed last month. Former Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren, who once was John Schneider’s boss, apparently has heard the Hawks’ offer, too, and thinks it is “very fair” and Wilson should take it. Easy for him to say, of course.
The gossip queens went wild over Mike Sando’s QB survey, which placed Wilson eighth or something. We couldn’t care less. (And no, it has no impact on his contract situation.)
Meanwhile, Wilson is working on his boxing in San Diego ahead of training camp starting Friday.
Word also came that the Seahawks are closing in on a deal with Bobby Wagner.
Ricardo Lockette wrote that he refuses to watch a replay of the ill-fated pass at the end of the Super Bowl. But he said Wilson told him, “We’re going to get back there; and, if we’re in that same position again, I’m going to throw you the ball again. We’re going to get it done. I trust you.”
Tom Cable says four guys are competing at center — the position “that certainly has the most uncertainty.”
Among the Seattle Times’ impressions from Tuesday, Tyler Lockett and the players’ overall speed impressed special teams coach Brian Schneider.
Derrick Coleman says this special-teams group is the best the Hawks have had since he has been there.
Richard Sherman had a couple of great retorts for his critics on Tuesday.
Cary Williams explains why he prefers Pete Carroll’s Seahawks to Chip Kelly’s Eagles.
Anthony McCoy reminded everyone he is still around and has the talent to make the team after missing the past two seasons with Achilles injuries.
Marshawn Lynch is putting a little Beast Mode into “Call of Duty.” Lynch said, “I’ve been in the Super Bowl, movies, music videos, Madden. But to have your own character in Duty is, I mean, it’s almost like you arrived.”
Holdout Michael Bennett said he wants to be paid like the top seven players at his position, which would mean $10 million a year.
Russell Wilson’s agent, Mark Rodgers, talked to 710 ESPN about contract negotiations.
Danny Kelly of Field Gulls wrote about the detailed technique Pete Carroll’s staff teaches cornerbacks. As we wrote a couple of years ago, the Pete Carroll Secondary School has been in session for 30 years.
Cary Williams appears to fit right in with the Legion of Boom. The Hawks think the 30-year-old’s best football will come in Seattle.
Field Gulls rounded up some radio interviews by Jordan Hill, Luke Willson and Jermaine Kearse.
K.J. Wright talked to 710 ESPN about new LBs coach Lofa Tatupu and new DC Kris Richard (recall that both of those guys played for Carroll at USC).
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” fan Bobby Wagner was voted by NFL peers as the 69th best player in the league, per NFL Network. Michael Bennett was No. 90. Six other Seahawks will be listed higher.
Kam Chancellor and Carroll think the Hawks are Super focused in the wake of the crushing end to last season.
Matt Bowen and Chris Simms of Bleacher Report look at Jimmy Graham and Tyler Lockett — Seattle’s two awesome new weapons.
Wilson was a guest speaker at Rodgers’ daughter’s graduation.
For the second time in three years, the Seahawks stole the headlines on the first day of free agency, trading Max Unger and a first-round pick to the Saints for Jimmy Graham and a fourth.
Just days after signing his new contract, Marshawn Lynch purportedly found himself in the middle of a street brawl — and wisely extricated himself.
Lots of former Seattle cornerbacks are getting paid by other teams, Bob Condotta points out. It’s because they come from the Pete Carroll Secondary School.
The Seahawks added their own corner, Cary Williams. Here’s a breakdown from Doug Farrar. And here’s one from Field Gulls.