The Seahawks were way too young on the offensive line in 2016, and they went through far too many running backs. Those were both major contributing factors to their failure to go beyond the divisional round for the second straight year.
Their solution: Bring in a bunch of flawed veteran linemen and backs.
They reportedly are going to sign Luke Joeckel, a former No. 2 overall draft pick who is coming off a bad knee injury. They also apparently are planning to host T.J. Lang, a 29-year-old guard coming off hip surgery; Jamaal Charles, an explosive back who can’t stay on the field; Eddie Lacy, a punishing runner who can’t control his weight; and Latavius Murray, a part-time player for Oakland.
These are the kind of guys the Hawks have to check out, because they don’t want to overspend on so-called first-tier free agents. But will any of them be worth even a discounted price?
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A year ago, the Seahawks needed a new left tackle to replace the departing Russell Okung. Most people (probably even George Fant) would say they didn’t find one, which is why there is a lot of speculation about them checking into the several veteran tackles being let go.
But, unless one of those guys wants to come to Seattle on a cheap deal, don’t expect the Seahawks to add one. They had the chance last year to pursue Kelvin Beachum or Ryan Clady, but neither has been very healthy — which explains why both are available once again and why the Hawks wouldn’t pay either one much money.
Perhaps more intriguing is Branden Albert, if the Jaguars don’t acquire the 32-year-old from Miami to replace Beachum. But, even if Miami were to release him, he probably would end up with a richer deal than the Hawks would want to offer.
Okung also is expected to be free again — Denver not exercising the option in his contract March 8 — but it’s hard to see him returning to Seattle after the Hawks didn’t make much effort to keep him last year.
Continue reading Don’t expect Hawks to spend much on a tackle
The Richard Sherman-Julio Jones matchup is the one everyone will be keeping an eye on. (We hope Kris Richard learned a lesson from last time.)
Gene Steratore, who tries not to get in the way, will ref the game. He was the ref for the excellent Seahawks-Patriots game earlier this season.
Jones will be curious to find out how Steratore’s crew plans to call the game.
C.J. Prosise is unlikely to return or this game.
Will the Seahawks use Jimmy Graham in the red zone more in this game?
Even before injuries robbed them of their main return man and long snapper, Seattle’s special teams had turned into a major mess this year.
Tyler Ott can’t be much worse than Nolan Frese (on IR with an ankle injury), but did the Seahawks create a potentially bigger mess by adding Devin Hester?
Clearly uninterested in making Richard Sherman return punts in the postseason, they took a gamble on the 34-year-old former All-Pro returner, who apparently fumbled five times in 12 games before Baltimore cut him Dec. 13.
It’s a bit of a desperation move, and Seattle has to hope Hester is not nearly as mistake-prone as he was in Baltimore.
Continue reading Will Ott & Hester make special teams better?
Apparently Pete Carroll was right: That dud in Tampa in Week 12 was an exception to the Seahawks’ new rule.
Their explosion in a prime-time payback game vs. Carolina was their third season-best performance in the past four weeks.
In the 40-7 blowout, they set season highs for points and rushing (240) and total (534) yards as Thomas Rawls and Tyler Lockett showed what they can do when healthy.
On a night Marshawn Lynch showed up on the sideline, Rawls had his best game of the season: 106 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries.
Continue reading Hawks return to setting season highs
The Seahawks made some interesting moves Tuesday, waiving Christine Michael and Sealver Siliga, promoting fan favorite Troymaine Pope and signing an interesting D-tackle, John Jenkins.
Michael simply never earned the trust of the coaches (and still had that entitled attitude that goes counter to Pete Carroll’s mantra).
Thomas Rawls is finally ready to roll again (which explains the timing of Michael’s release).
Earl Thomas apparently punctured Rob Gronkowski’s lung on that big hit, but both players have a lot of respect for each other.
Lots of people going gaga over Kam Chancellor’s return.
The defense is in recovery mode after its marathon performance.
Bradley Sowell will miss a few weeks, and Thomas Rawls is close to returning. Quinton Jefferson was placed on IR.
The Seahawks’ offense hasn’t proven anything this season — and probably won’t until Rawls returns.
Some think the Seahawks need to try to acquire a cup o’ Joe at left tackle.
A trade for Thomas or Staley is not likely.
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
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.
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’