Don’t look now, but the Seahawks might be turning into a playoff contender before our very eyes.
After a 19-9 win over Arizona, they are again tied atop the so far middling NFC West — and they suddenly might have figured out how to play defense.
The West has no standout team. With San Francisco and Los Angeles also 3-3, the division is up for grabs. So, if the Hawks have indeed discovered the secret sauce on defense, it could be a fun, competitive ride from here on out.
Continue reading If defense flipped a permanent switch, Hawks are a playoff contender
The NFL is a transient industry. Nothing has illustrated that more than the past two weeks of blockbuster trade after blockbuster trade amid the standard free agency movement.
But even Justin Coleman and Quinton Jefferson have to be surprised by the total lack of familiarity with Seattle’s defensive personnel as they come back to Seattle after three years playing for other teams.
They are reunited with exactly one defender: Poona Ford, who was an undrafted rookie when Jefferson and Coleman were key players for Seattle in 2018.
Continue reading Jefferson & Coleman return to entirely different roster
Clint Hurtt was not kidding when he said the Seahawks’ defense would be different in 2022.
After he was promoted to coordinator, he said, “The 3-4 system is something that I’ve really embraced and obviously Vic Fangio is a big influence. … There’s going to be some element of that. I will say we’re going to be multiple. …
“You have to adjust along the way,” he said, “and sometimes that means you have to adjust your scheme. That’s where we’re going into a transition right now.”
That transition has been very clear in the personnel moves the Seahawks have made in the first week of free agency. Gone are Carlos Dunlap, Kerry Hyder and Benson Mayowa – replaced by Uchenna Nwosu and former Seahawk Quinton Jefferson.
Continue reading Hurtt’s talk of 3-4 foreshadowed recent moves in front seven
As good as Pete Carroll’s Seahawks have been at home in September (15-0 after the ugly win over Cincinnati last week), they have been inversely successful on the road.
They are 3-13 on the road in the first month, 1-11 in the first two weeks and 1-8 in the first road game each season under Carroll.
If the Seahawks are going to end a five-year losing streak in road openers and win for the first time since their championship season, they are going to need to do well early in the 10 a.m. PT start in Pittsburgh.
Continue reading Can Hawks end rocky road streak?
Cliff Avril was placed on injured reserve. He said he is not retiring and might be back this season.
Jeremy Lane probably won’t play in New York, but Michael Bennett “looks like he’s ready to go.”
Quinton Jefferson is expected to play with a cast. Projected inactives: Jordan Roos, Isaiah Battle, Luke Joeckel, Jeremy Lane, Tedric Thompson, C.J. Prosise, Garrison Smith.
Here are five areas where the Seahawks need to improve ASAP.
The Seahawks are going to “take our time” with Cliff Avril’s neck injury.
Rees Odhiambo is expected to play just a week after a scary chest injury landed him in the hospital overnight.
Marcus Smith has suddenly become a very important player.
Malik McDowell suffered a “really bad concussion” in his ATV accident in July, Pete Carroll said. McDowell will be examined in a couple of weeks, and Carroll still has not ruled out the team’s top pick playing this season.
It’s finally time. For most of the wannabe Seahawks anyway.
The Seahawks kick off their 2016 preseason Saturday in Kansas City (1:30 pm PT), and Pete Carroll and his coaches will take the next step in evaluating these guys.
“There (are) so many things to see, so many areas to watch,” he said Friday. “For the coaches, so many exciting guys that see challenge for the first time in a game situation and we’ll start making sense of this thing. This is one huge opportunity to do that.”
Continue reading Hawks at Kansas City: What we’re watching
Jimmy Graham and Thomas Rawls are expected to start on PUP.
A few storylines to watch, from the P-I.
Players and positions to watch, from The Seattle Times.
This is Russell Wilson’s offense now.
A quick look at the entire offense entering camp.
John Schneider explains why the offensive line has no marquee players.
Moving Garry Gilliam to left tackle is a big leap of faith.
Michael Bennett makes his case to be paid more: “I haven’t missed a game in three years.”
Can a helicopter pilot be a jet-setter? He can when he’s Russell Wilson.
The Seahawks’ top stars did their bit for NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” opener. The Seahawks will be on NBC four times next season.
The rookies heard words of wisdom from Walter Jones, Marcus Trufant and other former Seahawks.
Pete Carroll listed six areas of major competition for training camp. According to the Seahawks.com poll, fans are most looking forward to seeing how the offensive line and running back play out.
John Boyle of Seahawks.com offered 10 takeaways from offseason workouts.
The Seahawks worked on pursuit this offseason, and Bob Condotta hypothesizes that Carroll is trying to get his team to force more turnovers.
Pete Carroll told 710 ESPN this offseason feels like a “rebirth” after a “very challenging” 2015 offseason.
The Seahawks added five players from the minicamp and released A.J. Francis, Mohammed Seisay and three others.
Justin Britt is working at center as the coaches try to figure out what their line is going to look like. Don’t put much stock in it though.
Bob Condotta reviews the draft picks after the minicamp.
Rookie DTs Jarran Reed and Quinton Jefferson want to “wreak havoc any way we can.”
Trevone Boykin tops the list of the P-I’s six minicamp takeaways.
Boykin, a mini-Wilson, plans to “stay in his hip pocket.”
The running backs top six takeaways from Seahawks.com.