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Monthly Archives: April 2010

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Walter Jones Day

Many thanks to a tremendous Hall of Famer to be.

Walter Jones may be the greatest Seahawks player of all time. Yes, including Steve Largent. Jones played arguably the second most important offensive position better than anyone in history. In 12 seasons, he gave up only 23 sacks and called for holding only 9 times. Mike Holmgren said he was the best offensive player he ever coached. That includes players named Joe Montana, Brett Favre, Steve Young and Jerry Rice.

The Hawks did right by retiring his jersey number immediately. Next up…Big Walt raising the 12th Man flag to open the season against San Francisco, right?

Thanks to #71.

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Personal Fouls Committed by NFL Teams – Penalties?

The big news of the day is Miami Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland committed a stupid and in the real world, a fire-able offense. Michael Silver of Yahoo Sports broke the story that Ireland asked Oklahoma State WR Dez Bryant (later drafted by Dallas) in his pre-draft interview if his mother was a prostitute.  Last time I checked, a question like this asked to a prospective employee is against EEOC guidelines and just plain stupid.

In the same pre-draft interviews conducted by NFL teams, Stanford RB Tobey Gerhart (later drafted by Minnesota) was asked if as a white running back, he felt “entitled.”

And what about last year, when Oakland Raiders coach Tom Cable punched out one if his assistant coaches breaking his jaw? Cable was never charged, but was clearly exonerated by the league with little due-diligence done.

How is it that Ben Roethlisberger gets a 6-game suspension for stupid acts that he was never charged with? Plaxico Burress is in jail for shooting himself in the leg. Don’t even get me started on Pacman Jones.

Don’t get me wrong, I think all the players got what they deserved. But what is this double-standard? At what point does NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell start holding team executives, management, and coaches to the same standards. Bill Belichek cheated and got one game. C’mon Roger, it’s time to level the playing field. Ireland needs to be penalized…hard. Whoever made the comment to Gerhart needs to be called out. It’s time to “protect the shield” across the board.

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Silent Bats Now More than a Coincidence

Felix Hernandez, Cliff Lee, Doug Pfister, Triple-R, Jason Vargas…

All pitchers range from excellent to pretty good. The way the Mariner bats are going, they will all have to be flawless. Last night, King Felix lost his first game of the season after only giving up 2 earned runs in 7 innings – his 18th straight “quality start.” By the way, I still don’t know what that means, but he’s got a great run going. The M’s didn’t even score their one measly run until the 9th inning against a terrible Kansas City team.

Here’s the bottom line – Trader Jack needs to get something going on the offense and soon. We aren’t too far behind yet in the West, and can’t afford to get there. Our pitching is definitely good enough. We need offense. Milton Bradley was starting to heat up until he was injured, but now we are back to square one with him. Chone Figgins has been a huge disappointment so far. This is much more than just a dry stretch. Outside of a handful of games, the team is lucky to pull together 3 runs. If they are going to make a run in 2010, then they need to add some pop. And soon…

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Are You Kidding Me? Hawks Explode with Draft and Trades

Pete Carroll and John Schneider – You have my attention!

This team didn’t do a heck of a lot in the off-season leading in to the draft other than disperse with players that didn’t fit this organization anymore (Rob Sims, Deion Grant, Daryl Tapp), trade for a backup QB that nobody heard of,  and lose their best playmaker (Nate Burleson). The last 3 days have changed everything.


– Picked up the Left Tackle of the future to replace Walter Jones. Russell Okung is exactly what the doctor, and Matt Hasselbeck ordered.

– Drafted a new starting safety from Texas who will be a playmaker in the defensive backfield. Earl Thomas is an excellent pickup for the defense.

– Replaced Burleson with Notre Dame’s Golden Tate. This is a guy who can make plays after catching the ball, and be a special teams stud.

– Drafted a cornerback, defensive end, safety, and tight end to add competition and depth.


– Traded for RB LenDale White from Tennessee. This reunites White with his USC coach, Carroll. White was a decent back in the league before Chris Johnson exploded on the scene. This is potentially a huge pickup and worth the risk for mid-round picks.

– Picked up an exciting playmaker in Leon Washington. Yes, he’s recovering from a injury, but the potential again is huge. You give up very little for the chance that this guy could be the same player he was for the Jets.

– Traded for DE Kevin Vickerson. I know nothing of him, but we do need D-Line help.

You may have seen the end of Julius Jones behind #8, especially if Washington can return. Justin Forsett won’t have to carry all the load which is a good thing for him.

Let’s be crazy for just a second.  Close your eyes and imagine a healthy Hasselbeck; a revamped and improved O-Line due to Okung and Alex Gibbs’s coaching; a RB corp featuring White, Washington, and Forsett; a WR corp with Housh, an improved Deion Branch (remember we’re being crazy here); an improved Deion Butler, and Golden Tate; and even a slightly better defense…

The NFC West is up for grabs. I’m not talking Super Bowl. I’m talking NFC West. With health and luck, well you never know!

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Good Day for the Hawks

Well, I’m glad I amended my picks right before the draft. The Hawks did very well picking up “Big Daddy” Russell Okung from Oklahoma State, and safety, Earl Thomas from Texas. Two big needs and two stud players. Now they need to get signed, into camp on time, and be coached up.

Before that though, the Hawks brass has more work. This is just the start. Great teams are built in the draft and getting diamonds in every round is what needs to happen now. The success of this season and the coming ones will hinge not on the truly no-brainer picks they made on Thursday, bit on the tougher ones they make from here on in.

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NFL Draft Day – Dan’s Big Board for Seahawks

I love the NFL Draft. I remember being a teenager in the mid-1980’s and getting up at 5:00 am on a Tuesday morning to turn on ESPN to watch the draft live. Chris Berman, Tom Jackson, and even Mel Kiper Jr. were all there. Now, it’s on Prime Time. Unfortunately for me, I can’t watch it live due to a school board meeting. It fgure the year the Hawks have two picks in the first 14, I’m stuck discussing budget in a middle school library. My daughter will be texting me (I raised her right).

‘m not going to pretend I know more than Todd McShay and the aforementioned Mel Kiper on who goes where. However, I do have my druthers on who the Seahawks pick. Here is my "Big Bard" for them (just in case Pete Carroll is reading my Tweets):

1 – Russell Okung OT – The best of the left tackles. He can step in immediately and fill Walter Jones’s shoes (ot at least break them in). If he’s gone…

2 – Trent Williams OT – The next best tackle, but still worthy of this high a pick. Another guy who ca fill a tremendous need. #8 will be happy with either. If they are both gone…

3 – Eric Berry S – This guy sounds like Kenny Easley reincarnated. Everyone I hear talk about him says he can’t miss playmaker on defense. We only have two safeties, so also a huge need.

With the 6th pick, I can’t imagine all three are gone. If they are, someone has fallen and probably a great pick at this spot.

As far as the #14 selection, here are a few names I would love to see if available. If Berry is selected, it must be the next level of tackles. If a tackle went, then one of the others…

– CJ Spiller RB, Derek Morgan DE, Anthony Davis OT, Bryan Bulaga OT, Dez White WR

If two of these names surface by around 6:30 this evening and include taking care of the o-line, I’m a happy guy. And of course, that’s all that matters right?

My best guess goes like this – #6 Eric Berry and #14 Anthony Johnson. Why? Because I think the top 2 tackles will be off the board; Kansas City will take one of them leaving Eric Berry available.

What do you think?

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A Gentleman’s Game

Last week, the PGA Tour event was held at Hilton Head, SC and Jim Furyk took the championship. The image to the right his him shaking hands with runner-up Brian Davis. Furyk won the tournament in sudden-death when Davis called a penalty…on himself.

Davis ticked a loose reed on the backswing of his second shot. Nobody saw it but him. He immediately knew it was a violation and called a two-stroke penalty on himself. That penalty cost him the tournament. Furyk is a multiple champion; Brian Davis has never won a tour event.

Integrity is what you do when nobody else is looking. Davis could have gone on without saying anything and may have won the tournament. However, in his words, he said he wouldn’t have been able to live with himself.

You learn a lot about someone on the golf course. Davis showed he has integrity. He’s the type of person you want playing on your team, in your fox hole, or in your business.

The ones that do end up the true victors in the end…just like Brian Davis.

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Paying It Forward

I listened to Ndamukong Suh on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike yesterday. This dude is probably the best player in the draft and maybe the sharpest. He graduated from Nebraska with an engineering degree and now announced that he is donating $2.6M back to Nebraska for scholarships for engineering students and athletes. He is well spoken, bright, and well-rounded.

Just the kind of guy any team would want on their team. Too bad he won’t be around by the 6th pick for the Hawks…

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Seahawks Now Playing with the Williams Boys

Step back in time about 6 years. Had you heard that the Seattle Seahawks had just signed (in the same day) Washington WR Reggie Williams and USC product Mike Williams, you would have been ecstatic. It would have been a dream come true for the Seahawks Nation and Matt Hasselbeck, right? Well Seahawks Nation, your dream has come true. But now 6 years later, it’s barely front page news in the sports section.

Both WR’s recently signed contracts to attend training camp in July. Their efforts at last week’s mini-camp gave them that opportunity.  For both of them, it could be their final chance.

Six years ago, these guys were the cream of the WR crop coming out of college. Reggie Williams was the 9th overall pick in the 2004 draft by Jacksonville. I watched the guy play at Washington. He was a freak. Great athleticism and speed. Lots of yards after catch. A “can’t miss” player. Mike Williams (no relation) came out the next year leaving USC early. He was the 10th overall pick by the Detroit Lions. M-Williams was the quintessential big WR. He was exactly the right guy to be the “go to guy” for any teams passing game. What happened?

To be honest, I’m not sure. Bad decisions and injuries plagued Reggie. I’m not sure what the problem with Mike was, but he never came close to realizing his potential. Neither played in 2009.

Reggie earned a shot at mini camp probably because of his local ties to Lakes HS and the U-Dub. Mike got the chance due to his ties with new Hawks coach Pete Carroll being his coach in Los Angeles. Both were signed and will have an opportunity to make this team. Both would have to be considered long shots.

But, in a perfect scenario, can you close your eyes an envision both of the Williams boys finding the 80% of the skill they once had and bringing it to Qwest Field? If they both pan out (I know, I know, it’s a lng shot) the Hawks will have taken a significant step forward into being able to move the ball forward in their passing game. And Matt Hasselbeck will indeed then be thrilled.

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