Wednesday, October 2, 2013 @ 12:44pm
Having hired two managers during his tenure with the Mariners, Jack Zduriencik says he's confident that the third time will be the charm.
But will he have a hard time convincing that person to come to Seattle given his own contract uncertainty beyond next season? The question was raised once reports surfaced that Zduriencik was returning to the Mariners in 2014 on a one-year deal, the thought being that potential replacements for Eric Wedge would be reluctant to take the job knowing the team could after one season have a new general manager who may be inclined to hire his own skipper.
Zduriencik says he believes those concerns are "tremendously overblown."
"I can tell you from the travels this year I have had numerous amounts of general managers as well as other managers come over, coaches come over, and tell me how impressed they are with this group of players, that they can really see that the worm is turning, if you will, and that, boy oh boy, that's a great group of guys for somebody to get their hands on -- before anything happened this weekend -- and, 'You guys have done a great job, we know what's in your system.' They've seen these young pitchers come up there and cut their teeth in September," Zduriencik said.
"I don't think it's going to be a tough sell in any way, shape or form. And in fact if you had my cell phone and my email address over the last three or four days I think you would agree with me because I have gotten so many calls from agents, directly from some people recommending other people. Obviously, you can't tamper with anybody -- we're not going to do that -- but there are ways to let people know that we're interested. And there are some great candidates out there that are going to have a lot of interest."
Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby aren't buying it, and they explain why in the video below.
You can listen to Tuesday's show here.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 @ 9:27am
By Brady Henderson
While the exact order is up for debate, few would disagree that the Seahawks and Broncos have looked like the NFL's two best teams through three weeks. Each is off to a 3-0 start and is in the rare position of standing to get deeper as the season progresses as defensive starters return from injuries or suspensions.
You know where we're going here.
The fact that each team looks like the cream of its respective conference makes it awfully tempting to imagine them meeting in the Super Bowl. In the video below, Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby put the cart about four months before the Bronco and discuss the possibility of a Seattle-Denver Super Bowl matchup.
You can listen to Tuesday's show here.
Monday, September 23, 2013 @ 3:51pm
Bobby Wagner finished seventh in the NFL in tackles last season with 140 and added a pair of sacks and three interceptions while playing middle linebacker on the league's best scoring defense.
And to think he was a rookie, swimming in a sea in information as he transitioned from a relatively simple defense at Utah State to being Seattle's man in the middle.
Consider him miles ahead of where he was mentally at this point a year ago.
"It's a lot different. My head last year was probably all over this place," Wagner told "Bob and Groz" on 710 ESPN Seattle on Monday. "This year it's more calmed down. I see stuff a lot clearer, stuff that I didn't see last year. The game's beginning to slow down. I'm beginning to make the plays and all the stuff that I want to do."
Wagner had a diving interception on a pass he tipped and led the Seahawks with nine tackles in their Week 3 win over Jacksonville.
In the video below, Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby share additional thoughts on Wagner's big game and the development he's showing in his second season.
Friday, September 20, 2013 @ 3:03pm
It's been eight and a half months since Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons tore the ACL and meniscus in his left knee during Seattle's wildcard game against Washington.
That Clemons is set to make his 2013 debut on Sunday is another example of how much quicker players are returning from reconstructive knee surgeries that previously came with longer rehabilitation timetables. It's also a boon for a defense that has allowed just 10 points through two games and now has the services of a player who totaled 33.5 sacks over the last three seasons.
Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby share additional thoughts on Clemons' return in the video below.
You can listen to Friday's show here.
Friday, September 20, 2013 @ 12:14pm
Here are the rules for the "Bob and Groz" drinking game*.
Each of the following words/phrases is good for one drink.
When Bob says: "Alright" or "Exactly right" or "How 'bout that?" or when he references the video stream.
When Groz says: "Uhhh" or "supposebly"
When John Clayton says: "Let's put it this way" or "But also, too"
When Michael Grey is a smart aleck.
When Dave Wyman sounds like a crusty old man.
Today's additional words: "Russell Okung".
*We are not suggesting any drink in particular.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 @ 5:26pm
The Seahawks would prefer that Breno Giacomini eliminate the personal-foul issue that has plagued him the last two seasons without losing the edge that defines him as a right tackle.
So far so good.
Seattle's Breno Giacomini committed four personal-foul penalties in 2012. (AP)
"I'm just trying to play smarter this year, stay away from the stupid penalties," Giacomini told "The Huddle" on 710 ESPN Seattle Wednesday. "Holding and all that, that's going to happen, but those personal fouls really cost us last year. So I got two out of four back so far; hopefully I can double that."
Four of the 12 penalties assessed against Giacomini last year were personal fouls, two of them coming in an early-season loss to St. Louis. Both of those penalties – which coach Pete Carroll said afterward were "big factors in the game" – were the result of late hits, Giacomini throwing blocks either as the whistle was being blown or just after.
It's a fine line between aggressive play and that which results in a costly penalty. And while Giacomini appears to have found the proper balance, Carroll emphasized that it's still a work in progress.
"He's been on both sides of the line, and he's been on one side a lot more than he's been on the side he is presently operating at," Carroll told reporters Wednesday. "He's working really hard, he doesn't want to be the error repeater and the guy that continues to be an issue for us, so he's learning. It's just time and experience and the ability to be poised and make good decisions in the face of somebody slugging you right in the mouth."
That's happened twice this season, first in Week 1 when Giacomini took a left hand to the facemask from Carolina's Frank Alexander. It happened again Sunday night when San Francisco's Aldon Smith did the same thing – albeit much more subtly. Seattle had come up short on third down, but the penalty on Smith extended a drive that resulted in another Seahawks touchdown.
"He's going to make guys mad, he's going to get after them, he's going to be physical and persistent and he's going to bother people," Carroll said of Giacomini. "That brings that out in some guys sometimes. It used to bring it out in him. Hopefully we're beyond that. We'll see. We're going to take this one game at a time with Breno."
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Tuesday, September 17, 2013 @ 4:57pm
By 710Sports.com staff
An injured big toe could present a big problem for the Seahawks.
Coach Pete Carroll didn't offer much information Monday on the toe injury left tackle Russell Okung sustained Sunday, though Carroll could not rule out the possibility that it could be season ending.
In the video below, Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby discuss what losing Okung for an extended period of time would mean for Seattle.
You can listen to Tuesday's show here.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 @ 11:36am
The Seahawks' offseason addition of Cliff Avril made perfect sense for both parties.
Avril, having hit free agency only to find that the market for his services was softer than he anticipated, signed a two-year deal that allowed him to play half his games in the NFL's loudest stadium, an environment that gives Seattle's pass rushers an advantage over opposing offensive tackles. So, in theory, he could rack up sacks for two seasons then hit the market at age 28 in better position to cash in.
And while Avril missed Seattle's season opener because of a hamstring injury, his debut on Sunday showed why he and the Seahawks were a perfect match. While Seahawks fans set a Guinness world record for crowd noise, Avril turned in one of the biggest plays of Seattle's 29-3 win over San Francisco – a strip-sack of quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
"I haven't been in an environment like that in the NFL – maybe in college – but I haven't been in anything like that in the NFL," Avril told "Bob and Groz" on 710 ESPN Seattle Monday. "To have that kind of noise and that crowd behind you on defense, it was a great feeling. I think it definitely gave us an advantage."
In the video below, Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby share more thoughts on Avril's Seahawks debut.
You can listen to Monday's show here.
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- December 4, 2013 - Hour: 3Cover Two - two big NFL stories outside of Seattle. Plus - the best audio from Jim Harbaugh's confe