Sounds like a Seahawks fan tried to give the Panthers a taste of what it feels like to be playing in the early morning. Not cool.
The Panthers always come along at a critical point for the Seahawks.
Even former Seahawk Kevin Norwood — now a Panther — thinks this game is pivotal.
Dave Boling thinks the Seahawks will use Carolina as a springboard again.
Tight ends are still a problem for Seattle — and Greg Olsen is coming to town.
Rob Rang has three key matchups, including Olsen vs. Kam Chancellor and Kevin Pierre-Louis.
John Schneider already has made two trades this preseason, acquiring Mohammed Seisay and sending out Kevin Norwood.
Those were the 11th and 12th trades he has made in the preseason since he arrived in 2010 — and he is looking at possibly making more in the next week.
Before the Seahawks beat Oakland in the final preseason game Thursday, Schneider told Steve Raible the Hawks are talking to other teams about potential deals.
“We have five or six guys we’re concentrating on tonight,” he said, “and comparing those guys to other players that are out there that we’re talking to other teams about.”
Continue reading Schneider: ‘We’re talking to clubs’ about trades
Kam Chancellor was among those interviewed by precocious 10-year-old Isabella for NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.” But will he even be there when the Hawks play Green Bay on “SNF” in Week 2?
Jason Cole of Bleacher Report thinks the Hawks will extend Chancellor by a year so they can pay him more this year. That goes against most opinions on the Hawks’ thinking.
Bruce Irvin is conflicted about Chancellor’s holdout: “We need Kam, but Kam deserves his money.”
Irvin also has advice for fellow Seahawks draft gamble Frank Clark.
Chargers QB Philip Rivers said he didn’t think anything about his minor scuffle with Clark last weekend.
Tom Cable said this group of linemen — Russell Okung, Justin Britt, Drew Nowak, J.R. Sweezy, Garry Gilliam — could turn out to be the best he has had. Not sure that would say too much.
Nowak grew up a Packers fan in Wisconsin, so Week 2 in Green Bay will be “surreal.”
The call to Fred Jackson proves the Seahawks clearly still don’t trust Christine Michael as the No. 2 back.
Kevin Norwood is ready to play in Carolina, where he is being coached by one-time Seahawks WR Ricky Proehl.
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
Some observations from Day 7 of camp from those who were there (and other features):
Kam Chancellor is still very plugged in to the Seahawks, coaching DeShawn Shead from afar, Gregg Bell of The News Tribune writes.
Larry Stone of The Seattle Times wonders how Chancellor and the Seahawks can both come out of this without looking bad.
Earl Thomas and Jesse Williams still have not participated in team drills, per Brady Henderson of 710 ESPN.
Kevin Norwood and Dion Bailey stood out to John Boyle of Seahawks.com.
Mohammed Seisay’s response to being traded from Detroit to Seattle: “What? Me? Traded?”
Good news from Justin Britt: “It’s just night and day compared to last year.”
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John Schneider loves draft picks, and he clearly was looking forward to getting four more last week in the compensatory awards.
It was the first time the Seahawks have ever received four comps, and it means the Hawks will enter the draft with more picks (11) than any NFL team. No big surprise there: The Hawks have drafted a league-high 48 players since Schneider arrived in 2010 — never leaving the selection meeting with fewer than nine.
This year, the Hawks are in the perfect draft position for Schneider: No first-round pick and five in the fourth and fifth stanzas, plus three in the sixth.
Everyone knows Schneider has been average in the first round, while earning a great reputation in the middle rounds. So, thanks to the Jimmy Graham-Max Unger deal and losing a few free agents in 2014, this draft is in his wheelhouse.
His reputation as a mid-round star is only half legit, though. While he has found two superstars in the fifth round, the fourth round actually has been his worst — with misses on four of seven players and only one starter (K.J. Wright) discovered.
He can reverse that trend this year though, if receiver Kevin Norwood, linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis and defensive lineman Cassius Marsh take big steps and Schneider makes some good picks with his three fourths on May 2.
Here’s a look at how Schneider has done through his first five years:
Continue reading Grading Schneider’s draft picks
Wide receiver Paul Richardson’s torn ACL is bad news, especially because the rookie had emerged as a key contributor, but the Seahawks have the depth to withstand it.
Richardson’s loss is Kevin Norwood’s gain as the other rookie, who was inactive Saturday against Carolina, figures to play vs. Green Bay next Sunday and in the Super Bowl.
Continue reading With Richardson out, it’s Norwood’s turn
It was easy to fall into the trap thinking: The Seahawks’ offense had put up 35 points against a tough Arizona defense, so they should be able to score two or three touchdowns against the St. Louis Rams, right?
Not so fast.
Russell Wilson and company moved the ball pretty well at times, amassing 354 yards, but they turned the ball over twice and otherwise shot themselves in the foot as they were blanked on the scoreboard in the first half for the first time since 2011. They needed some help from the defense in the second half, too.
A week after rushing for 267 yards on 34 carries, the Hawks tallied just 132 on the same number of runs vs. St. Louis. And Wilson, who was sacked just once and hit a mere four times by Arizona, was sacked three times and hit seven by the Rams, not including a big hit he took on a first-half run.
So, it appears the Arizona game was an anomaly, and the true Seattle offense remains the one that struggles to sustain drives and score touchdowns. In three of the six wins to close the season, the Hawks scored just one offensive touchdown.
But Pete Carroll is not concerned, especially when the Hawks faced Arizona’s No. 5 scoring defense, San Francisco’s No. 10 scoring defense and St. Louis’ red-hot unit, which ranked second to Seattle in points allowed since Week 9 thanks to consecutive shutouts of Oakland and Washington.
Continue reading There’s still hope for inconsistent offense
Russell Wilson clearly had one of his best performances of the season Sunday against Arizona, playing a very efficient game in the face of adversity.
According to ESPN, only 13 passers in NFL history had better ratings than Wilson’s 121.6 when being sacked seven times or more. Wilson was pretty calm in the face of the blitzing Arizona defense, hitting 11 of 13 passes for 153 yards in pressure situations.
But he still missed several opportunities and shared plenty of blame for the seven sacks.
Field Gulls put together screen shots and GIFs of each Seattle play that ended in a sack. After seeing those and rewatching the game, the fact is Wilson probably could have avoided at least four of the sacks if he had made quicker decisions and trusted his receivers a bit more.
Continue reading Despite great game, Wilson shares blame
Because the Seahawks won the Super Bowl last season, it is easy to forget that half of their roster is comprised of players with less than three years of experience.
Starters Russell Wilson, Bobby Wagner, Bruce Irvin, J.R. Sweezy and Jermaine Kearse are only in their third seasons, and 21 more of the 53 players on the roster have not yet played three seasons. Eleven others are in just their fourth seasons.
The Seahawks barely used any of their rookies in 2013, relying largely on veterans — and that’s a loose term, considering some of them had just one or two years of experience.
So, coming into this season, the Hawks in effect had almost two full rookie classes. And the questions were: Would any of the remaining 2013 rookies step up to replace departed free agents and would the 2014 class redshirt as most of the 2013 class did?
Due to injuries and one big trade, the answers are yes and no, as many young players have stepped forward in recent weeks.
Continue reading This year, Hawks have needed the young guys