(UPDATED with new details Sunday morning)
When word first came down that Seattle had acquired Jadeveon Clowney from Houston for a couple of backup defenders and a third-round pick, it was almost exactly the cheap price we had predicted Seattle would have to pay if the teams made a deal.
But then came the added cost: Cutting starting receiver Jaron Brown and Cassius Marsh. The latter wasn’t a big surprise because Marsh was suddenly a superfluous player, with Clowney and Ziggy Ansah both capable of playing the LEO spot.
But Brown’s release certainly was a stunner — as it left Seattle with injured David Moore, inexperienced Malik Turner and three rookies behind Tyler Lockett.
Continue reading Why Brown was cut and could return
Some observers think Seattle’s big move to add Sheldon Richardson is a sign that team brass thinks the Super Bowl window is closing.
Quite the contrary: The Richardson deal will help the Seahawks in the future as much as it helps them in the present.
We previously talked about Young Sheldon’s expected impact as a one-year Big Bang rental, but the deal also gives Seattle a lot of flexibility as John Schneider and Pete Carroll decide how to configure their roster for 2019 and beyond.
Continue reading Big trade will help Hawks keep window open
The bottom of the roster is going to change over the next week and beyond, but once the Seahawks finally announced their initial 53 (and the corrections that followed), a few things were immediately clear:
**They powered up their defensive line with former first-round picks Sheldon Richardson and Marcus Smith, who replaced Ahtyba Rubin and Cassius Marsh. But they have only eight linemen for now.
**They switched up at backup quarterback, going with the safer Austin Davis over the mercurial Trevone Boykin.
**They kept 10 offensive linemen for now, with undrafted guard Jordan Roos making it and the Hawks acquiring Isaiah Battle from Kansas City. That seems likely to change.
**Seattle upset a few people by not keeping local favorite Kasen Williams. He and Pierre Desir were initially listed as waived/injured, but the team apparently screwed up. Both were just waived — no injuries.
Continue reading Analysis of Seattle’s initial 53-man roster
John Schneider set such a high standard in his first three drafts, it would be nearly impossible to match. So it’s no surprise that he hasn’t.
According to an excellent study put together by The Washington Post using Pro Football Reference’s Approximate Value (AV) rating, Schneider’s 2012 draft was the best in 20 years — as measured against expected value (EV). And his 2011 draft was fourth on that list.
That clearly was an impossible level to sustain.
As Schneider joked Monday: “How come that doesn’t happen anymore? What’s your problem, dude?”
The problem was how far the Seahawks dipped for a couple of years. And the hope is the 2016 and 2017 draft classes will bring them out of the slump.
Continue reading Hawks’ drafts went from historic to subpar
The Seahawks are big underdogs in New England, where they will see how they stack up against their Super Bowl XLIX opponent.
Here’s a preview of Seahawks-Patriots.
Seahawks.com offers an in-depth look at why the Seahawks and Patriots are two of the NFL’s elite teams every year.
The Seahawks will see Malcolm Butler again, among other matchups.
Some more keys to the game.
C.J. Prosise could start for a hobbled Christine Michael.
Kam Chancellor will return after missing four games.
Michael Bennett will not play, which is good news to Tom Brady, who considers Bennett to be the best defender in the NFL.
Jeremy Lane is ready for a healthy rematch vs. the Patriots.
A revealing story about how Kevin Pierre-Louis has learned to manage his depression.
The upcoming game vs. Atlanta is surprisingly one of the best on Seattle’s remaining schedule.
Four stats that tell the Seahawks’ story so far.
What the media had to say about Seattle’s first quarter.
Germain Ifedi is “a real presence” on the offensive line.
Jimmy Graham’s return from a torn patellar tendon has been impressive.
Cassius Marsh was among those fined for a penalty in the Jets game.
Seahawks.com looks at Richard Sherman’s leadership skills.
Ricardo Lockette is raising awareness for spinal injuries.
“You can hardly tell anything is wrong with” Russell Wilson, Pete Carroll said.
Cliff Avril sent Wilson a message praising his toughness.
The Seahawks have been in contact with Tarvaris Jackson. They also signed Jake Heaps to the practice squad.
Thomas Rawls and Jimmy Graham are going to get more playing time.
Cassius Marsh rebounded from a big mistake to have his best game as a pro.
Seattle’s running game stumbled in the opener.
Here’s everything Pete Carroll said in his Monday media session.
The Seahawks will wear all-neon green for the “Color Rush” Thursday night game in Week 15.
Marshawn Lynch went “Running Wild with Bear Grylls.”
Now that we’ve gotten our first look at the Seahawks in a game situation, let’s take an educated look at the position battles.
Trevone Boykin got most of the chances in Kansas City, and — while he struggled with accuracy and some first-game rookie jitters — he took some big steps in those four quarters. Largely because he is a Russell Wilson clone, he seems like the coaches’ favorite — and he did little to make fans think the coaches are wrong.
Christine Michael, a question mark after the Hawks drafted three backs, now seems to have secured a spot. With Thomas Rawls out, Michael is the No. 1 back — and he is running like it. Alex Collins has shown enough that he seems like a lock as well. C.J. Prosise has some proving to do to get off the bubble, but his third-round status means the Hawks are going to give him every chance — if he can get healthy.
Continue reading Roster status after first preseason game
Russell Wilson and the Seattle offense are getting lots of credit for a 17-play drive that yielded the winning field goal in Dallas — the first time in four chances this season Wilson has led a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime.
But let’s not let one very inefficient winning drive confuse the facts: This is the worst offense the Seahawks have had with Wilson at quarterback.
The Seahawks scored just once in the skintight 13-12 win in Dallas — the fourth time in eight games they have tallied one TD on offense. In the four other games, they have scored just two TDs. They have yet to score three touchdowns in a game.
In fact, they are the only offense in the league not to put up a TD trifecta. New England has done it in all seven. Arizona has done it five times. Even Oakland has done it four times and Jacksonville three.
Pete Carroll likes to say “it can’t be pretty and perfect all the time” or some silly copout like that, but does it really have to be so ugly and imperfect every damn game? The answer, Pete, is no. No, it doesn’t. If you knew anything about offense, you would have figured that out by now.
Continue reading This is Seattle’s worst offense under Wilson
John Schneider has been hailed for his ability to find mid-round diamonds in the rough, but his track record in the fourth round certainly hasn’t been responsible for that reputation.
The trade of Kevin Norwood is the latest example. And, if rookie Terry Poole is let go this week as well, Schneider’s Round 4 record will take yet another hit.
Obviously, the fourth round is a bit of a crap shoot, but teams should hit on at least half of those picks. Since Schneider took over the Seahawks in 2010, the league average on successful fourth-rounders has been between 55 and 60 percent (not counting this year, of course).
But the fourth round has been Schneider’s worst — based on typical expectations. In his six drafts, Schneider has selected a league-high 12 players in the fourth. Of the 10 drafted before this year, just four remain — and only two have really done much to help the Hawks.
Continue reading Another fourth-round flunkout for Schneider