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  1. No doubt this will be our first real test this season. I respect the Falcons and what they've done so far but I still think we'll win a close game. Let's say 24-20 Seahawks.
  2. 49ers scored 2 TDs in last 8 minutes when we were up 37-3...
  3. I think you forgot Kevin Williams, who was playing 3-tech in the first part of the season and then moved over to 1-tech after Brandon Mebane's injury. As for Jesse Williams, he was drafted in 2013 as a possible Red Bryant replacement at 5-tech (and he could possibly also be playing 3-tech), but he hasn't played a snap in his first two seasons because of bad knees. He was also diagnosed with a papillary type 2 cancer in May and had to undergo a kidney surgery but he was already cleared to practice two weeks or so ago. I really root for the kid and hope he can stay healthy and make a roster this season. If not in Seattle, hopefully he'll get a chance somewhere else. He was with us twice but didn't play any regular season game. First he signed in December 2011 after he was cut by the Patriots. Then he was two years in Oakland. Second, he was with us in 2014 preseason (so Quinn knows him and Adams knows the system), but didn't make 53-roster and then played last season with the Jets.
  4. I don't think there are or will be any problems between them. Quinn takes his coaches with consesus from Carroll (he's known for always supporting his coaches to move up in their careers if possible) and Schofield was a free agent, so he could signed anywhere. And it's media who are producing (mostly false or overblown) rumours and PC and DQ can't do much about that. I think it's mostly fans and sometimes players (which I can understand to some extent, but eventually they'll all have to learn a business side of the NFL) who take all of this too personally ("they didn't pick up my option, so they don't appreciate me" kind of thinking), but for coaches and GMs it's just a business, which can be cruel, but that's how things are also working in real world.
  5. Sorry, but I always laugh at comments like this. From posts like this I read everywhere it seems like we are the the first and only team in the history who has to sign our QB to a 20M+ contract. We have one of the best GMs in the league who knows for at least the last two years we'll have to pay Russell some day and they have a plan for that. There are all kind of rumours out there but there are just that - rumours, so I don't even read or worry about them. Nobody knows exactly how negotiations are going on, but eventually they will get a deal done. And I don't believe it will be a record contract. Atlanta is coming to Seattle in 2016, if this site is correct. http://www.fbschedules.com/nfl/seattle-seahawks.php I'm already looking forward to the game. Hopefully it will be a season opener next year. How exactly did we insult him? He's a good player, but only a 7th or 8th best player on our defense and not worth 7,5M per year. If he thinks he's worth that money, he should just shut his mouth and have a career year and get his big contract next offseason, whether in Atlanta or somewhere else. After we extended K.J. Wright and with knowing that Bobby Wagner is more important to our defense (both are also 2 or 3 years younger than Irvin) it should be clear to Irvin that we won't pick up his 5th year option. We also didn't pick up 5th year option of James Carpenter last year and let him walk this season, so it's not like Irvin was some kind of exception.
  6. He won't get that. Agree. As mentioned before, we'll get a comp. pick, probably a 4th rounder if Irvin signs somewhere in the range of 5-7M/year which I expect is what he'll get in free agency. So it wouldn't make a sense for us to trade him for anything less than that. Sorry about multiple posts, I didn't know there is a limit to only 3 quotes per post before I started to reply.
  7. I don't think situation is really that bad for us in 2016 and forward. We'll get rid of Harvin's dead money ($7,2M) and it's also very possible that Beast Mode will retire after this season which will give us another $6,5M. I could also see us letting DT Brandon Mebane go. He's one of my favourite players and one of only two still left from pre-Carroll era (other one is punter John Ryan), but he'll be 31 after this season and we did take similar approach with both Chris Clemons and Red Bryant last year. Also, don't forget that cap is supposed to go up to around $160M in 2016. I won't say who is the best player between them because it's hard to compare players from different positions, but in terms of importance for our defense I agree with that. I would probably put Wagner in front of Sherman a year or two ago, but now when we lost a lot of CB depth I think it would be harder to replace Sherm than Wagner (I talk about losing them to injuries not letting them go, because both will stay for a forseeable future). And Earl Thomas is a unique player, not only in our defense, but league wide there is nobody who can fully replace him. Don't forget about Kam Chancellor when talking about attitude. He's usually the one who sets tone early in the games. .
  8. I can't be surprised by any move that our front office do anymore, but I don't think we'll trade Bruce Irvin before the start of training camp. I think if anything was to happen, it would already before or during the draft. It's just a guess and I could be way off but I have a strong feeling we were trying to trade Irvin to Atlanta to move up in the second round (a switch of picks in 2nd round and maybe some mid/late round picks) to get in a position to draft Dorial Green-Beckham. I watched live video of Seahawks war room and our GM John Schneider was on the phone for a long time. As soon as DGB was off the board two spots before the Falcons he hung up the phone. It's just a wild speculation from my side as he could be talking to any of the other 30 teams and I don't know if Dan Quinn was willing to possibly lose Jalen Colilns to get Irvin, but I could really see this trade happen. Of course now we'll never know. As John Schneider admited himself, he is "crazy" about compensatory picks. He'll only sign players who were released by their previous teams (like Cary Williams) or re-sign our own free agents, so we won't lose any compensatory picks that way. Also, in our current cap situation it's not very likely we'll be after "big name" players in first 2-3 days of free agency anyway. I could see this happen at trade deadline like last year with Percy Harvin trade. Of course Irvin situation is different. I think he's immature and not the smartest guy on the earth but I don't think he'll really be a locker room cancer when the season start. Pete Carroll will probably want to see what we have in Kevin Pierre-Louis (who I believe will take over at WLB with K.J. Wright moving over to SLB - his versatility is one of the main reasons we extended him and not Irvin - if we trade Irvin) before we make a decision to trade Irvin. But I think they would still prefer to keep him for a season and then let him walk and get a comp. pick. Bobby Wagner is priority #2 right after Wilson and I believe he'll be extended this offseason. I think they already have a contract for him in place, but are waiting to see how Russell Wilson situation will develop over the next few weeks. For Russell Okung I think we'll take a wait and see approach. He's good (but not great) when healthy but has injury problems and didn't play 16 games in any of his 5 seasons. If he can stay healthy and play on a high level this season, he'll be re-signed, if not, I can see them letting him walk. If he does re-sign, his cap hit for 2015 is already $7,3M and I don't expect him to get much more. If he wants $10M+ I don't think he'll get it in Seattle.
  9. Sack number is the easiest way to judge players performance, but not the only one and coaches are looking for much more than just sack numbers when evaluating players impact on the team. There are also TFL and "almost sacks". Imagine a situation where player A pressure QB right into player B, who then gets a credit for the sack, but it's obvious play wouldn't happen without player A. I think Dan Quinn would be more than pleased if Beasley only has 6 sacks, but he can regularly get into QBs faces and forced them into making quick and possibly bad throws, which can result in interceptions. In other words: turnovers are more important for Quinn's defense than sacks. If Beasley can help his team to create turnovers, he'll get his job done, no matter how many sacks he has. I also believe DQ prefers to have 4 or 5 players with 5-7 sacks each then one 15 sacks player and if he gets injured, your pass rush (and probably whole defense) would collapse. Just imagine Texans defense without J.J. Watt. Yes, I know he's the best defensive player in the league and probably not a fair example, but you can't rely just on one player, no matter how good he is (QB is obviously an exception, because there are not even 32 good starting QBs in the league, let alone enough capable backups if your starter goes down).
  10. I think there are teams that use this measurement (Seahawks obviously and some other teams probably as well), but most of the outside people that follow the draft or combine are probably not so interested in them as much as in height, weight, 40 yard time,,... Here is an article about wingspan http://seahawksdraftblog.com/wingspan-and-will-the-seahawks-go-cornerback-in-round-two If you are interested, Collins has a 78 inch wingspan.
  11. Another criteria is arm length. All of the Seahawks drafted CBs had 32-inch arms. This might be more of a Pete Carroll than Dan Quinn thing, but still one thing to consider for you in future drafts. From the above listed players you drafted Collins, we get Tye Smith and Gus Bradley takes James Sample for the Jags (he's a safety though). There are no informations about Akeem King's arms on his draft profile on nfl.com and I think he wasn't at combine, so I don't know if he also falls into that 32-inch arms criteria.
  12. I'm not a Jaguars fan but I've been following them over the last two seasons since Gus Bradley is there. They did a complete rebuilding (I'd say around 80-90% roster turnover and it will probably be more this season) since the beginning of 2013 season, so I don't think it's fair to judge Bradley only by his W/L record. But if they don't get at least 6 or 7 wins this season (which I think they can do), his seat could get hot at the end of the season. I think their defense (especially D-Line, where they added some more experienced players) was solid in the second half of last season, but they had to play too much because of the young offense inability to stay on the field. They started Bortles alongside with 5 or 6 other rookies on offense and it showed with a lot of 3&outs and interceptions (Bortles also had two or three pick 6). I still believe they have a young team with a lot of potential and they also had a great draft (and signed Julius Thomas in free agency; if he can stay healthy, he'll be a great target for Bortles), so they should improve. In the end it probably all depends on how Bortles will develop, because this is a QB driven league. I think he has all the intangibles to be at least a good QB, but time will tell. I think Dan Quinn walked into a lot better situation (he already has his QB, two great WRs, CB,...) than Bradley in Jacksonville two seasons ago (his best player was probably Paul Posluzny, who is a solid, but not a top 10 LB in the league), so I expect him to get better results sooner. I liked them both, but I consider Quinn a better DC in his time in Seattle and now I think he'll also be a better HC. I like players you drafted last week, but Quinn will need at least another draft (or maybe some big splash in free agency next year?) to get players he wants for his defense long-term. Most of the players you signed this offseason are short term solutions until he can find younger, better and cheaper (although you didn't overpaid anyone) replacements for them. Until then he'll get the best out of the players he has.
  13. It's possible, but I don't think it's very likely for two reasons. First, Dan Quinn is much better at coaching and developing DL players than secondary. I'm not saying he or his staff can't or won't develop your secondary, but Quinn is a DL guy first. And second, after our recent success more teams are trying to get bigger at cornerbacks, so it's harder to find a Richard Sherman or Byron Maxwell in the later rounds now than 3 or 4 years ago. Yes, Earl Thomas (1st) and Kam Chancellor (5th round) were drafted in 2010, when Quinn was our DL coach, so he didn't work with them close. Richard Sherman (5th) and Byron Maxwell (6th) were both drafted in 2011. At that time Quinn was a DC at Florida. When he came back to Seattle in 2013, ET, Kam and Sherm were all already All-Pro and Pro Bowl players. I won't say they didn't learn anything from Quinn over the last two seasons, but I think their development has more to do with Pete Carroll and Kris Richard (I don't know the exact impact of your new DB coach Marquand Manuel, who was assistant DB coach with us, but he learned from both Carroll and Richard, so this can only be a good thing). I can give Quinn a bit of credit for Maxwell though, because he got a starter role after injury and then suspension of Brandon Browner in last 5 games of 2013 season.
  14. I'm not a fan of trading future 1st round picks, because you don't know at which spot you'll draft. I loved Sammy Watkins last year, but I didn't like Buffalo's trade to get him in so deep WR class (luckily for other teams they traded with Cleveland, who will most likely use that 1st rounder this year on another bust). They should stay where they were and take Beckham Jr. This year is a deep DE class and I think Dan Quinn can find his pass rusher without trading up. And if Leonard Williams is there at #3 for the Jaguars I don't think Gus Bradley would even consider a trade. If not, he'll probably also like Fowler enough to draft him. But anything can happen. It will be an interesting and unpredictable draft from #2 spot down for sure.
  15. You can't go wrong with another former UW cornerback, can you? Lol. Seriously though, Chris Petersen denied all rumours about Peters choking assistant coach during practice but it's true he had some clashes with coaches. Peters also takes the responsibility for his dismissal from school and he knows he made mistakes. He'll certainly fall on some teams draft boards and teams that are interested in him, will do their homework about his off the field red flags. As UW fan I was dissapointed in his actions, but I still like Peters and believe team that will take a risk and draft him, will get a great player. If he falls to the 3rd round (I don't think he will) I wouldn't mind the Seahawks to draft him. I'd also consider him at #63, but we'll probably go with OL or WR there. As for the Falcons, I think Dan Quinn and Marquand Manuel would love to have Peters, but you probably have bigger needs on other positions.
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