Tuesday, October 8, 2013 @ 9:21am
By Brady Henderson
The Seahawks had scored all of 10 points in the first quarters of their first four games before matching that total with a field goal and a touchdown on their their first two drives of Sunday's loss to Indianapolis.
While Seattle might have fixed its slow-start problem, another offensive issue remains.
The Seahawks converted just two of 12 third-down chances, continuing a season-long trend for an offense that has had a hard time sustaining drives. Seattle is 20 for 65 on third down this season, which equates to a 30.8 percent conversaion rate that ranks 27th in the NFL.
Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby share additional thoughts on the Seahawks' third-down struggles in the video above.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 @ 2:30pm
The Mariners want to bring back Kendrys Morales and the veteran slugger wants to return. The price just has to be right.
That was the word from general manager Jack Zduriencik, who told 710 ESPN Seattle's "Bob and Groz" on Tuesday that the Mariners will make Morales a qualifying offer with the hope of keeping the 30-year-old designated hitter in Seattle at least through next season.
Kendrys Morales was arguably Seattle's best hitter in 2013, leading the team with a .277 batting average and 80 RBIs. (AP)
"But I know Kendrys likes it here. I think he would like to come back here – he made that very clear to me. But we just have to see where we end up at. I want to do something but I don't want to do something foolish just to do it."
Morales, acquired in a trade with the Angels last offseason, led the Mariners in average (.277), RBIs (80) and hits (167) and was second on the team with 23 home runs in 156 games. He was one of only three Mariners with more than 60 RBIs and one of three everyday players to hit .260 or above.
Zduriencik said the Mariners will "absolutely" make Morales a one-year qualifying offer, which would entitle the team to a first-round pick should he decline and sign elsewhere. Zduriencik estimated that the price for qualifying offers – which is determined by MLB based on the averages of the top salaries – will be around $13.5-14 million. He also estimated that the draft pick Seattle would receive should Morales turn down the qualifying offer would be around No. 29 overall. Signing Morales to a multi-year deal is also a possibility.
"I want to bring Kendrys Morales back here. What makes reasonable sense?" Zduriencik said. "He's a nice player, he's a piece who we haven't had and I'd like to keep that piece, but again, I'm not going to be crazy and do something that's gonna tie this franchise's hands for a number of years."
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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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