8 of 11 defensive starters for Seattle have made the Pro Bowl.
That doesn't include Frank Clark who had 10 sacks last year.
We are still but hopeful we can grow. Ok glad you appreciate our little corner of positivity or st least constructivrness. I'm
particularly glad because about a year ago when we first started toying with the idea of creating a website to go with out podcast one of the things I was really focused on was creating a place that sort of mirrored Seahawk philosophy. We don't feel compelled to pander to a bunch of mindless negativity. We want to talk football and Seahawks, and even bad news can be discussed with an even keel.
Problem with "next year " is we used some of next years money to pay for this year. Every contract we renegotiated to turn base salary from this year into bonus money is more money that counts against the cap NEXT year. And we have a ton of players whose contracts are up. Next year there will be a player or two we want to keep but have to let go because we restricted this year to get Sheldon Richardson and whomever else (I feel like there is at least one other player we restructured contracts for but can't remember). Our window isn't closing but there are definite signs we were more all in for THIS year than usual.
It's a shame how it's ending up because there is opportunity there for sure this year.
I want some serious rethinking of the coaching staff and some serious honest player evaluations. Is everyone earning their contract?
A little worried about how much this will cut into batting practice...
7 sacks and an INT last season so he's adjusted to his situation I would think.
Second day of training camp had a similar vibe to the first day, with slightly better weather courtesy of a nice breeze off the lake.
I arrived even earlier than yesterday because mysteriously there was no traffic on the Accursed 167 North.
As yesterday, the crowd wasnt as big as in some years past. People arriving at 10am in the past wouldnt have a decent place to sit, but today late arrivals were still finding good locations with enough space to even put down a chair. Really, to me thats better. I think I prefer being there when it feels "smaller".
On to the practice.. will make specific player notes, then general practice/team type notes, then just some random things.
FIrst thing I should note is that yesterday and today the players practiced in helmets but no pads at all, not even shells. Sunday will be the first practice in pads.
Chris Carson got the 1st carries today and man does he look so good so far. He is bigger and faster. He looks a bit like Good Rawls.
Penny took a lot of first team snaps as well. Didnt have any "ooooohhhh" moments like his catch yesterday but he looked good, and runs so smooth.
Mike Davis, Prosise and McKissic all were used a lot and you get the sense when cuts are made there are going to be some real hard choices.
Brandon Marshall participated in some team drills today and made a real nice catch on a slant where he got himself open in the first 4 steps off the line and had the CB boxed out.
Austin Davis was skipped in a couple different drills but in a late drill he took reps ahead of McGough.
The safety positions are being treated more interchangably than in the past and all kinds of combos are being tried. The roster may list someone as a SS or a FS but that has little to do with where they might play right now. McDougal is super solid but I had the impression he is best suited to be the number back up at both positions. He is supposed to be fast and when he took over for Kam last year he proved better in coverage..but there just seems to be a lack of dynamic play making ability there.
T2 (Tedric Thomspon), Hill and even CB Mike Tyson played a lot in Earl's spot. None of them looked spectacular. T2 is maybe my favorite.
Austin Davis had a good pass to Mike Davis , and the running back seems to sense he is in a tenuous position and is giving it his all. He has been in this position most of his career so count him out at your peril.
Austin later had a good pass in a tight window to Lockett who dove for the catch. This play was most notable to me for showing how up tempo practice is.. Lockett laid out for catch, made a good one..and sort of lay there for a moment.. both to recover and let us take in how awesome the play was. Baldwin came over IMMEDIATELY to get him off the field so the next rep could happen FAST.
Highlight of the day, and it wasnt a super highight, was probably a catch by WR Moore against CB Akeem King. Moore had a good practice.
McGough is trying hard. Yesterday I failed to mention he messed up a cadence at one point and just STOPPED.. today there was another issue. Its possible it wasnt his fault, but if it wasnt it meant 3 other players messed up so odds are it was McGough. He called a play in the huddle and the receivers really had no idea where to line up. The coaching staff tried to get them lined up but it was too late and the play was "canceled" and Wilson took a rep next instead.
TE Vannett sees theyve brought in Dickson.. drafted Dissly.. and isnt conceding anything. He made some good catches today, and is dialed in. Hard to evaluate the blocking but he looks real comfortable.
Ifedi had 1 maybe 2 false start penalties.
Marcus Johnson and Cyril Grayson both had good days.. and Grayson is still McGough's go to guy so far..which is interesting as small speedsters arent usually the type that become back up or rookie QBs favorite target.
That was it as far as real player notes go.. a lot of drills today werent conducive to learning or seeing anything..including about 15 minutes of stretching...
General Team notes:
As I talked about earlier, the tempo and energy is so high. Reps come quick, breaks between drills are kept short, players encourage each other to get to the next rep.
Lots of penalties today..maybe not unexpected. Interesting thing.. if you commit a pre snap penalty, you lose your rep to the next man up.
Lots of safety blitzes today.. at least 2 would have been sacks.
Its hard to see the QBs sometimes because they always practice on the far side, but there continue to be lots of screens being worked on and few formations I havent seen much of in the past.
Good to see real teaching going on..often the NFL coaching is just telling players to do things right and assuming they know what that is.. but Seahawk coaches are RIGHT THERE. The OC was right in there with the QBs, and Ken Norton Jr personally was helping players with their handwork in a DL handwork drill.
And just the Random:
There was a person wearing a Lockett jersey.. the name and number were correct but it was a Colts jersey. Not sure what that is about.
Now, I have been known to wear pink or purple dress shirts myself..but there was a fan wearing a pink, sparkly , bedazzled Wilson jersey today. Not sure what THAT was about.
Sat next to 2 very nice gentlemen. They had a weird conversation though.. So, the Seahawks DC is Ken Norton Jr. and most people know his dad was Ken Norton the boxer , who once beat Muhammed Ali. The 2 gentlemen somehow halfway through the day started calling Ken Norton Jr. by a new name.. George Foreman Jr..... and then started discussing his father.. George Foreman.. and trying to figure out if he was still alive. It was ..weird.
SO that is my report on day 2. Again, any questions and I will try to answer.
Next practice is Sunday and I will be there with @sammyc521 !
Day 4 started out not as hot, but quickly got hotter than previous days, both in temperature and action on the field.
Sadly, today most of the action ended up being on the far field and I had chosen a seat further down the berm so I didnt have an ideal angle for some things.
Here are my notes and observations, in the usual order: player specific first, then team and scheme notes, then general and random things.
For reference.. todays practice was helmets no pads..which means once again its hard to tell some things. This must drive coaches crazy.
First off.. some players didnt participate: Baldwin is the most noticeable. Second day in a row and his left leg is wrapped. Caleb Scott.. sporting jerey #10 didnt participate. Hes already a fringe player and missing a day is going to make his position even more tenuous..especially with 15 receivers on the squad. Moore was in active and that is too bad because he was starting to flash.
Brandon Marshall spent the first half of practice catching for QB drills rather than doing the rather more intense WR vs CB drills.. but he still took it seriously. When he dropped a pass in front of the crowd at one point, he dropped and did push ups then asked for another over the shoulder pass, which he handily caught.. His drop had elicited a reaction from the crowd so he appealed, and got applause for his catch.. not in a douchey way, he was just playing around. Watching him today I changed my opinion..earlier I had thought if he made the team it would be a bad sign about the young WRs..but now I think I want to keep Marshall. He is a different guy than in his youth, and I dare say, a leader in how he carries himself and a valuable presence. I hope there is space for him.
McDougald played FS safety and Alexander SS today as the nominal starters. Not really my preferred combination but it didnt show any liabities. I didnt really see it as having much upside either.
T2 is quickly becoming my favorite. He nearly had another pick today. He is the biggest ball hawk in the DBs..he got burned today on one play but he flies around and is always around the ball.
Wagner and KJ are obviously the starters..today the 3rd LB position was rotated between Mingo and Martin.
There was a pretty interesting / telling drill with 1 DB vs 1 WR , being thrown to by the QBs. Some quick results:
Jaron Brown beat Akeem King handily. Havent seen much to indicate King is going to make it..
Lockett was the best player in the drill.
Marshall ran a slant and again boxed out the defender handily.
McEvoy isnt having a great camp and Mike Tyson blanketed him in this drill.
Tre Flowers committed PI on WR Johnson during the drill and STILL didnt prevent the catch.
During a later drill for the second day in a row Reynolds made impact plays including a fingertip grab for a td.
Wilson threw 2 INTs today in drills that were semi-realistic.. once by Byron Maxwell in the Red Zone and another when Shaquem Griffin baited him. Shaquem is proving to be a bargain as a 5th rounder. They will find ways to get him on the field..he is a play maker.
I promised to try to check out the Line today and I did my best..though it cost me looks at the offense.
In one on one and two on two drills I came away with the following notes:
Duane Brown beat Marcus Smith II over and over again.
Avery Young looked good vs 2nd and 3rd team DL.
Quinton Jefferson beat his man every time in these drills.
Jamarco Jones surprisingly held his own vs everyone, including KJ Wright.
Ethan Pocic played kind of chippy and I was somehow surprised at that. Green objected at one point but it didnt "escalate".
In 2 minute drills Prosise is the favored back. Austin Davis got first reps after Wilson and the drill just went NO where. Tomorrow I would bet McGough gets his place back. Wilson ended his 2 min drill with a 40 yard TD to Jaron Brown, who showed well today for the first time so far.
That was it for players..
There were designed QB draw plays being called today. Ive wanted those for years.
Solari is SUPER hands on in coaching up his linemen and is really expressive with it. Im not an OL guy by any means but I would say Solari's approach suits the talents of the group we have.
And my random stuff:
Not much weirdness to be found today.. mostly limited to:
they played the Imperial March during practice as one of the songs.. that was random.
the DJ played an awful cover of "Summertime" (original by Will Smith) by ..someone. Man, just play the original.
The two older women next to me spent the second half of practice talking about how their friend believes the End of Days is coming so didnt join them at Training Camp this year. Seriously.
Ok.. tomorrow hopefully practice is on the near side field. Tomorrow is the last day I can attend..Wednesday I fly back to Tokyo!
Get your questions or requests for things to watch in tonight!
Well... goddam it. I JUST finished a Seahawk complete draft based on our original 4 picks. Literally just clicked Submit and saw this. lol.
Prosise has the talent but he just doesnt have every down back appeal.. Not saying hes purely a 3rd down guy at all..but hes not going to get 12 carries a game.
I think through 6 games Lacy will have the most CARRIES.. by the end of the season Rawls will have overtaken him.
Totally agree, thats what I was alluding to during out podcast. Football practice isnt a knitting class, it isnt debate class, it isnt alter boy practice. Its a different culture and calling out mistakes in the heat of the moment like that isnt particularly rare and certainly doesnt have the same implications or consequences as it would in any non-sports type situation.
They hoped they could get Williams to the practice squad..though that seems a bit of a far fetched hope. Williams was a Sports Center fixture during preseason..
Talks about how strongly the Jets wanted Kearse.. and more. Good read to summarize, and if you have any lingering feelings about the Kasen cut it seems to help get over that. Im not up in arms or anything but I was disappointed, but just listening to Pete talk about (well..reading..but I read it in his voice!) helped me get over the last of the lingering negativity.
The touchdown drive as well.. 3 straight runs-- including one on 3rd down for a first.. followed by three straight play action plays that the 49ers for the first time all day actually had to respect...
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On Sirius Radio Pete Carroll said Cliff Avril is going to IR, and from the sounds of it, this injury could be career threatening. Obviously dont want to play around with spinal type injuries.
Hoping for the best for him as a human being obviously..
as a fan.. what does it mean? Obviously losing Avril in the past has cost whole games.
Maybe we have more depth and Clark can take up some of the slack now..?
I dont think its as big of a disaster as it has been in the past.. but its not good.