Friday, January 3, 2014 @ 6:01pm
By 710Sports.com staff
Seahawks defensive backs Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor are all members of the 2013 Associated Press NFL All-Pro team, which was announced Friday.
Marshawn Lynch is not, an unjust omission according to some who feel Seattle's running back was worthy of at least a second-team selection ahead of Packers rookie Eddie Lacy.
Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby, however, don't think Lynch was snubbed. They explain why in the video above.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 @ 9:23am
By Brent Stecker
With the NFC West title, a first-round bye and home-field advantage in the playoffs all locked up for the Seahawks, it would seem there isn't a worry in the world for the 12th Man.
After all, the Seahawks tied the franchise record with a 13-3 record, led the league in total defense, and are coming off a run of five straight games where they held their opponents under 20 points.
But despite Sunday's convincing 27-9 win at home over the St. Louis Rams, there is still one question surrounding the Seahawks, and it's a big one: Is the offense playing well enough for a Super Bowl run?
For a team that lost just three times all season, the Seahawks have sort of backed into the playoffs, as two of those three losses came in the final four weeks. And the defense certainly isn't responsible for either of those defeats – it allowed a combined 36 points in the losses to the 49ers and Cardinals, no small feat against a pair of double-digit win teams.
In those same two games, the Seahawks offense could only muster a combined 27 points as their third-down conversion rate took a giant hit. And that wasn't the only problem.
The running game, which ranks fourth in the league at 136.8 yards per game, turned sluggish down the stretch, as the Seahawks eclipsed their season average only once over the last four games. Of course, that also allowed opponents to key on quarterback Russell Wilson and the passing game, and as a result Wilson hasn't eclipsed 200 yards passing since a Dec. 2 win over the Saints.
So how distressing is the Seahawks' sputtering offense as the postseason begins? As 710 ESPN Seattle's "Bob and Groz" discuss in the video above, it's a warranted concern, though some moments from Sunday's win over the Rams could signal that the offense is ready for a postseason resurgence.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 @ 9:48am
By Brady Henderson
Richard Sherman says he doesn't mind it when long stretches of games will go by without opposing quarterbacks throwing anywhere near his direction.
It's more of a reality for the game's top cornerbacks, and it's what makes Sherman's 2013 season even more impressive. He's tied for the league lead in interceptions with six after picking off two Eli Manning passes in Sunday's win over the Giants
"I just want to do whatever I can to help my to team win and play good defense," he said. "If that means not getting the ball thrown at me, that's my job, that's helping the defense. Whenever I do get the ball thrown over there I have to take advantage of my opportunities and make big plays and help impact the game."
One of his interceptions Sunday came on a Hail Mary pass while the other was a result of Manning challenging Sherman deep down the sideline. That's not something that happens often, as Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby discuss in the video above.
Friday, December 13, 2013 @ 6:43pm
The Mariners' 2013 offseason has been one of bold moves.
Obviously the massive signing of Robinson Cano is the most noteworthy, but the addition of first baseman/outfielder Corey Hart on a one-year, $5 million, incentive-laden contract this week is deserving of attention.
Mariners' signing Corey Hart hit 30 home runs in his last season, but that was in 2012, as he missed the entire 2013 season with knee injuries. (AP)
That's mainly because of how Hart comes to Seattle. His last season was a strong one -- he hit .270 with 30 home runs and 83 RBIs -- but that was in 2012, because microfracture surgery on both of his knees held him out for the entirety of 2013.
Hart, 31, knows his injury history raises a lot of eyebrows, but as he told 710 ESPN Seattle's "Bob and Groz" on Friday, he's done a lot of work to get back into playing shape, and he's feeling as good as ever.
"I'm feeling great. I've been rehabbing constantly since obviously it happened," he said. "I've been basically full baseball activity the last month. Even though I missed a year, it's not like I'm coming off a bad year. My confidence is high and I'm excited to get back out there and show these fans they got a good player."
The 6-foot-6 Hart knew he had his work cut out for him convincing teams that he was worth pursuing after his surgeries.
"Being a free agent coming off an injury, I had to basically prove to all these teams that you're not getting an injured player. When you get me, you're gonna get me and I can go out there and play," he said.
One would expect Hart to be limited to first base or designated hitter duties considering his knee problems, but that doesn't appear to be the case.
"Initially I thought for sure I would just be either playing first or DH, but then my process started kinda getting stronger, and my body started feeling better," Hart said. "I lost 25 pounds -- that helped obviously my knees. Then I started running around, I started realizing that with the extra weight off and the shape that I was in, that I could actually go back out there.
"I started doing things in front of scouts, in front of teams that basically show that I'm ready to go out there if I need to go out there. I talked to (Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik), and I'm not sure where I'll be mostly, but they know if I need to play outfield, I can definitely go out there and play. Obviously I'm not gonna win a Gold Glove, but I can go out there and if the ball's at me I'm gonna catch it and I'll run it down."
Thursday, December 12, 2013 @ 1:54pm
Before Robinson Cano's introductory press conference, the Mariners' $240 million man spent a few minutes with 710 ESPN Seattle's "Bob and Groz".
The conversation can be heard here. Highlights are below.
Leaving the Yankees. Cano signed with the Yankees as an amateur free agent in 2001 and had been with the organization his entire career before signing with Seattle. He was asked if he could have ever imagined playing for a team while he was with New York. "Honestly, no," he said. "But like I said, this is life and this is a business. My dad and a lot of friends used to tell me that this is a business and anything could happen in this game."
Taking on a leadership role. Cano, 31, might have been the Yankees' best player during the latter portion of his tenure with the club. He was never the most established, though, and for that reason he said he typically deferred to older players like Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira. The most recent World Baseball Classic – which Cano and the Dominican Republic won – was his first chance to assume a leadership role. "This year I got a chance to be able to play on that team and take that role as the leader," he said, "and then able to win the championship, which has meant a lot not only to me but all the Dominicans in the whole world. It was more like a dream come true."
Friends with Felix. Cano said he spoke with Felix Hernandez before agreeing to the deal with the Mariners. "You know what? You're going to feel like family here, like home," Hernandez told Cano. "And that's what I'm looking for," Cano said. "Looking forward to being part of the team."
Hitting at Safeco Field. Cano has hit .309 with a .350 on-base percentage and an .837 OPS in 40 games at Safeco Field, averages that are similar to what he has posted throughout his career. "I love hitting here," he said. When asked about whether he noticed the altered dimensions after the fences were moved in last offseason, Cano said, "Yes, of course. If they move them in a little more it would be nice."
Getting to work. Cano said he is heading home Thursday night so he can begin his offseason training, which he typically begins in early December. "I don't like to miss days because I feel like every day that I miss, it's like I'm going backward," he said. "So I'm going back home to start working out again. It's almost January, so after that you don't have that much chance to get ready. I like to get ready, and I want to be 100 percent when I get to spring training."
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 @ 5:41pm
By 710Sports.com staff
In the video above, Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby share their thoughts on the story in The Seattle Times about purported dysfunction in the Mariners' front office after speaking with the author, Geoff Baker.
You can listen to Baker's conversation with "Bob and Groz" here.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 @ 12:03pm
By Brady Henderson
Most tight ends wouldn't prefer to be covered by Patrick Willis, perhaps the best linebacker in the NFL.
Then again, most tight ends aren't as fast as Seahawks rookie Luke Willson.
"I'm here to be kind of a stretch-the-field tight end," Willson told 710 ESPN Seattle's "Bob and Groz" on Monday, "and if you're going to put a linebacker on me, I should be able to win that matchup."
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On each play, Willson showed the speed that the Seahawks liked so much when they drafted him in the fifth round out of Rice even though he was coming off an underwhelming and injury-plagued senior season in which he caught all of nine passes in 11 games.
General manager John Schneider told 710 ESPN Seattle back in May that the Seahawks "really, really would have been disappointed" had they not come away from the draft with Willson. Sunday's game showed why.
"I think that's one of the things that I can bring to the team is [the ability to] stretch the field out a little bit," Willson said after the game, "and I was able to do that today."
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 @ 2:18pm
At 6-foot-5 and 298 pounds, J.R. Sweezy is easily the smallest member of the Seahawks' offensive line. But according to center Max Unger, Seattle's right guard is the biggest eater. And it's not even close.
No pre-Thanksgiving interview – especially one with an NFL offensive lineman – would be complete without a question about food. In this case, one's capacity to stuff his face with it. So when asked which of Seattle's offensive linemen would do the most damage if they all got together for a Thanksgiving dinner, Unger said Sweezy without hesitation.
"It's crazy. It has to be a medical condition because ... he's a D-lineman, I mean, he doesn't look like an O-lineman," Unger said of Sweezy, a college defensive tackle who's in his second season with the Seahawks, "and he eats, I'd say, three times as much as anybody.
"It's ridiculous. It's like a problem."
Seattle's offensive linemen won't be having Thanksgiving dinner together, but Unger said they're going to pool some money together and hand out turkeys in the Renton area.
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