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.
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It took John Schneider almost six months into the league year to do it, but he pulled off the big bang we thought he would.
Every odd year since 2011, he has made a stunning signing or trade — and he obviously is hoping Sheldon Richardson turns out more like Jimmy Graham than Percy Harvin or Sidney Rice. Even if it’s for only one year.
The deal that sent Jermaine Kearse, a 2018 second-round pick and a seventh-rounder to the New York Jets for Richardson and a seventh is Seattle’s Big Bang Theory: Add a Young Sheldon and create a universe in which Seattle’s defense goes where no defense has gone before.
For one year anyway. This is almost surely just a one-year rental. And it works best that way.
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It made too much sense for them not to try: The Seahawks reportedly are shopping Jermaine Kearse.
The Seahawks don’t want to keep more than six receivers. Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett and Paul Richardson are the other veterans. Kasen Williams has played his way onto the team this preseason, and Amara Darboh, who has struggled with injuries, figures to stick because the Hawks won’t throw away a third-round pick this early. And Tanner McEvoy is a 6-foot-6 target who can throw passes and block kicks.
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Rees Odhiambo was “very solid” in his first game taking over for George Fant, Pete Carroll said.
Chris Carson looked very capable of being the starting running back, as we think he will at some point.
Jermaine Kearse had his best game of the preseason, after seemingly being pushed aside by Kasen Williams.
Austin Davis outplayed Trevone Boykin, but Carroll made it sound like that didn’t matter.
J.D. McKissic showed his versatility, and Bob Condotta continues to think he will make the team.
The running game looked the best yet.
Russell Wilson made a bad decision/throw on a near-pick, but he otherwise has had a great preseason.
David Bass continues to make a strong push for a roster spot.
Even as John Schneider extends core players and fills roster gaps this preseason, it is clear he is already looking intently toward the 2018 offseason.
With a bunch of players on one-year deals and half a dozen key extensions to consider next year, Schneider and contract expert Matt Thomas need to create as much financial flexibility as possible.
That explains why they used a rare (for Seattle) structure in Justin Britt’s three-year, $27 million deal: an option bonus.
Continue reading Britt’s deal shows eye toward 2018 contracts
The Seahawks are confident they will not repeat the disaster in Green Bay. Said Doug Baldwin: “It’s easier for us to get past, because we know that’s not normal.”
John Fassel and the Rams are trying to regroup after Jeff Fisher was fired.
Pete Carroll repeats the obvious: No, he is not interested in coaching the Rams.
Richard Sherman calls Thursday games a “poopfest” — and his graphic point is valid.
The Hawks are mostly healthy (not counting Earl Thomas, of course).
Russell Wilson picked a bad time to play like a rookie — or a second-year QB going against Arizona.
Wilson played one of the worst games of his career, right down there with his clunker vs. the Cardinals in December 2013, and the Hawks fell out of the No. 2 seed in the NFC with their 38-10 loss in Green Bay. It was the worst loss in the Wilson era — Seattle hadn’t been blown out like that since a 41-7 defeat to the New York Giants in 2010.
In many ways, his five-interception game was a carbon copy of the 2014 NFC title game, in which Wilson threw four picks and his receivers failed to catch the ball and created turnovers. The difference this time: Seattle’s defense did not bail out Wilson and his receivers and Wilson did not shake it off and rally his team to a fantastic comeback.
The only good thing about this one: The Super Bowl was not on the line this time. But the Hawks lost their grip on the No. 2 seed, taken over by Detroit for now.
Continue reading This one was all on Wilson
In 2014, the last time the Seahawks put together a Super Bowl run, their proving game came in Week 14 at the Philadelphia Eagles.
That game was more of a test for Seattle’s No. 1 defense, which had built its ranking on the backs of some bad offenses and faced a big test against the league’s fourth-ranked offense. The Hawks dominated Chip Kelly’s Eagles, winning 24-14, and did not lose again that season.
This Eagles game brought a different challenge: The league’s No. 3 scoring defense against Seattle’s rollercoaster offense.
The Seahawks were coming off two pretty decent offensive games against AFC East teams Buffalo and New England, but the Eagles’ front posed a much bigger challenge.
Just like the defense in 2014, the offense proved itself in fine fashion. The Hawks put up a season-high 439 yards in a 26-15 victory that featured a bevy of big plays, a fully healthy Russell Wilson, a much more explosive running game and a resilient offensive line.
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It was hard to know what to expect in New England. Vegas called the Hawks a touchdown underdog, and most analysts went with that in picking the Patriots in the Super Bowl XLIX rematch.
But the Seahawks bounced back off a short week against the bye-rested Pats and put together their best — though far from perfect — game of the season in a 31-24 upset that Doug Baldwin said evoked a “phenomenal emotional feeling in our locker room.”
That is the feeling that this team has made its typical Second Half Turn and is headed for something special again.
This was not a must-win for Seattle, from a standings standpoint. But it certainly was a big game for Seattle’s psyche — to get even for the XLIX debacle and to measure themselves against the AFC’s best team.
Continue reading Seahawks’ season takes the usual super turn with marquee win
The Seahawks’ defense has played stellar football almost all season — and it put together its greatest performance yet Sunday night in Arizona.
It was the third straight year in Glendale that the Seahawks gave up just six points. But, thanks to an almost totally inept offense, they were not able to put together the same 35-6 and 36-6 thrashings of the past two years — instead ending up with the first tie in team history and the lowest-scoring tie since 1972.
The offense has been directly responsible for all one and a half losses this season — with two of the worst performances since Russell Wilson arrived in 2012.
Continue reading Breaking down the offense’s breakdowns