Updated Sep 10, 2013 - 3:22 pm
Seattle Seahawks Blog
Thursday, December 12, 2013 @ 11:05am
By Brady Henderson
Bob Stelton, Dave Grosby and Dave Wyman are broadcasting live from Seahawks headquarters in Renton today for another edition of "The Huddle".
• Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com, noon
• Quarterback Russell Wilson (press conference), 12:25
• Safety Chris Maragos, 12:45
• Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano, 1
• Seahawks play-by-plan voice Steve Raible, 1:31
*Times and players are subject to change
Thursday, December 12, 2013 @ 8:11am
By Danny O'Neil
"Person of Interest" is a weekly feature in which we put the microscope on one player from the Seahawks' upcoming opponent. This week, it's New York's Eli Manning.
• Position: Franchise quarterback, habitual sloucher
• Height: 6-4
• Weight: 218
• Age: 32
• Experience: 10th season
He's a bona fide franchise quarterback with the pelts on the wall to prove it: two Super Bowl victories. Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger are the only other two active quarterbacks who can claim that.
Those credentials earn some long-term latitude, but they don't change the fact Manning has had a forgettable season. He has been picked off 20 times, which matches the second most in any of his 10 seasons since he was chosen No. 1 overall in 2004.
Manning has been picked off at least once in 10 of his team's 13 games this season. Just as telling: he has been sacked 33 times, which is already the most of any season in his NFL career.
The Giants average 88 yards rushing per game, which is second-fewest in the conference, and it means New York will likely have to throw into the teeth of Seattle's secondary.
You know what that means? Opportunities, and whether Seattle makes the most of those chances against a quarterback who has been picked off more often than any player in the league this season will be something to watch on Sunday.
"There's been multiple times where I've seen him stare down other guys," said Kam Chancellor, Seattle's starting strong safety. "I think – as defensive players – you can get a jump on receivers like that."
The Giants have committed 34 turnovers, which is most in the league. Twenty-three of those turnovers came in the first six games, however, when New York was 0-6. The Giants have committed 11 over the past seven, going 5-2 in that time.
Thursday, December 12, 2013 @ 7:53am
By Brady Henderson
Yep, you read that headline right.
The Texas Rangers chose Russell Wilson in the Triple-A portion of the Rule 5 draft on Thursday, selecting Seattle's quarterback out of the Colorado Rockies organization.
Don't worry, Seahawks fans, Wilson isn't switching professions. As Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News noted, he'll likely be asked to speak to some of the organization's young minor-league players at spring training. The Rangers paid a $12,000 fee to draft Wilson, who will be placed on the club's restricted list.
"At the end of the day, he obviously has a lot bigger things that he's working on right now," Rangers assistant general manager A.J. Preller said, according to the Associated Press, "and we don't want to interrupt with that aspect of it. But if at some point down the road he decides he wants to do baseball again, we felt like it would be a positive to have him with us."
Preller added: "You see him playing on Sunday. You here about the work ethic, the person. I think that's going to be a positive message for all of our players in our system."
A second baseman during his baseball days, Wilson was drafted by the Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 amateur draft out of North Carolina State. He was a .229 hitter with five home runs and 26 RBIs during two seasons of Double-A ball. He left the Rockies organization in 2011 when he transferred to Wisconsin, where he played one season before Seattle chose him in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 @ 3:46pm
By Danny O'Neil
RENTON – Percy Harvin's status hasn't changed on Seattle's official injury report over the past three weeks as he once again sat out practice Wednesday.
That's not exactly news as Harvin has yet to practice with the Seahawks since they returned from their bye in the final week of November. That doesn't mean Harvin's condition has remained the same, though, as he continues his recovery from hip surgery.
"It has fluctuated," coach Pete Carroll said of Harvin's condition. "It has gone back and forth where he's gotten close and then it got aggravated a little bit. It just hasn't quite got over the hump where he's really clear. He has a whole lot of new movement in that hip that he hasn't had before and he's trying to become accustomed to that."
Percy Harvin has not practiced since he make his Seahawks debut in Week 11. (AP)
Two things are most important from that answer:
1) Just because Harvin's recovery isn't progressing smoothly, that doesn't mean it isn't progressing. He is getting better. It's just that each time he appears to be nearing the point where he's declared good to go back to practice, something changes.
2) The nature of Harvin's soreness is not a new injury, but the new movement he's experiencing in his hip after surgery.
Of course, nothing Carroll said provided any insight into when Harvin will be back. His status will be determined week-to-week, Carroll said, and once he does start practicing again it will be day-to-day.
Harvin has not practiced since he made his Seahawks debut on Nov. 17, playing 16 offensive snaps against his former team, the Vikings, and returning one kickoff.
Harvin did not practice Wednesday, instead continuing to rehab. Carroll offered no estimate on whether Harvin would practice at all this week.
"We'll have to make sure that he's right," Carroll said. "So we're going to take our time."
Unger front and center
Center Max Unger sat out Wednesday's practice, but he took part in Seattle's walk-through, which is a strong sign the Seahawks are hoping he will be able to play Sunday.
Unger suffered a strained pectoral muscle, which forced him out of Sunday's game at San Francisco after three quarters.
Primary care for the secondary
Jeron Johnson is lost for the season after suffering a hamstring injury on Sunday, and while cornerback Perrish Cox was re-signed to take Johnson's spot on the 53-man roster, it's DeShawn Shead who will actually take Johnson's spot as the backup strong safety to Kam Chancellor.
Cox was with the team earlier this season, signed after Walter Thurmond's four-game suspension was announced, but was released after one day to make room for Shead.
• LB K.J. Wright underwent surgery on Wednesday in North Carolina to repair a broken bone in his foot. Carroll had previously indicated Wright would have a screw inserted into the foot and would need four to six weeks to recover.
• Also not practicing Wednesday: CB Richard Sherman (foot), TE Zach Miller (ribs), RB Marshawn Lynch (shoulder), LB Mike Morgan (knee), WR Doug Baldwin (neck), DE Chris Clemons (not injury related).
• CB Brandon Browner did not practice and is not expected to be available this week. In that case, he would miss his fourth consecutive game after suffering a strained groin.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 @ 2:22pm
By Danny O'Neil
Everything is there for the taking.
That statement is as true for the Seahawks' game on Sunday against the Giants as it for Seattle's playoff positioning. No team has committed more turnovers than the Giants this season, and no team is closer to clinching the top playoff seed than the Seahawks.
So it's all right there. Seattle must simply grab hold.
That hasn't been a problem for the Seahawks. At least not this season. They have 28 takeaways, tied for second-most of any team in the league in what is a fulfillment of one of coach Pete Carroll's primary directives for his team.
It's all about the ball. It's what he said as soon as he arrived as the Seahawks' coach, and it's a statistic that has served as a spectacularly accurate weathervane for this team's success in his four seasons.
Since Carroll became coach, the Seahawks are 25-2 when they have more takeaways than turnovers and 4-15 when they commit more turnovers than they have takeaways. When Seattle is even in turnover margin, it is fittingly close to .500: 7-8.
Over the past four games, no one in the league has taken better care of the ball than the Seahawks. Their only turnover in that time came on Russell Wilson's final pass attempt Sunday in San Francisco, a desperation heave that was picked off.
Turnovers also explain the Giants' success this season – or more accurately, the lack thereof. Eli Manning has been the gift who keeps on giving. At least he has been for opponents, who've picked him off 20 times, most in the league.
That's the kind of thing to whet the appetite of a Seattle defense that has had a harder time recently in taking the ball off opponents. Seattle forced two or more turnovers in each of its first eight games this season, but has done that only once in the last five.
That's just part of what makes this weekend's game such an incredible opportunity. The Seahawks can clinch the NFC West if they win at New York and the 49ers lose to Tampa Bay. However, even if San Francisco wins its final three regular-season games, the Seahawks will clinch both the NFC West and the top seed in the NFC playoffs by winning any two of their final three regular-season games.
It's all right there, for Seattle to take it. They've just got to grab hold and refuse to let go.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 @ 12:52pm
The commercial for Dr. Dre's headphone company Beats by Dre, aired during Sunday's game between the Hawks and Niners. It shows Kaepernick arriving on a team bus into enemy territory. Nothing says Seattle, but it's clear that's what's intended as rain falls and angry fans clad in Seahawks colors scream at the bus while waving signs ripping the QB.
One guy gives the middle finger to Kaepernick while others surround the bus and pelt it with debris. Another throws a beer cooler at the front window and cracks it. And at one point, a fan seems to be urinating on the side of the bus.
All the while, Kaepernick merely smiles and then puts on his headphones, drowning out the rabid crowd as he smugly saunters past them into the stadium.
A lot of Seattle fans are calling for a boycott of the company because of the spot. And the guy known as Seattle's biggest sports fan says he's furious at the way the 12th Man is being portrayed.
"How can they do this to Seahawks fans? We're not the bad guys of the league," says Big Lo, the big guy you always see at Seahawks games holding up a Sea-Fence sign, in an interview with KIRO Radio at Night.
Big Lo admits the 12th Man can get a bit "persnickety" with opposing fans, but insists they'd never do anything as dirty as portrayed in the commercial.
"It's just the fact that it depicts us as bad people. Our fans are not that way. Our fans are pretty positive for the most part," he says.
Clearly, not everyone agrees. And there's no doubt civilized Seattle is getting a reputation around the league. Breaking the Guinness World Record for crowd noise twice will do that to you.
"I think Seahawks fans, we see ourselves here in Seattle as an intelligent, laid back, friendly city. We're nice fans, we're just excited about the team," says KIRO Radio guest host Chris Cashman. "But I think we have gotten to a point where much of the country sees us as the villain."
There's little doubt, if the Kaepernick commercial is any indication. Even though Big Lo doesn't like being depicted in such a negative light, he admits he's OK with the 12th Man at least getting a bit of a reputation for rowdiness, especially since the team backs it up on the field.
"We've never been able to be a cocky team and I like this. I like the attitude these guys have," he says. "I think this is a team that is starting to get hated on because they're good, they're talented, and they're deep. And that's the best part of this."
Still, you can be certain Lo and a lot of other 12's won't be buying Beats by Dre this Christmas. If the 49ers come back to Seattle for a playoff game, it'll be interesting to see how Seahawks fans welcome Kaepernick and crew that time.
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."
|• Recap | Stats | Photos | Postgame interviews||• O'Neil: What We Learned||• O'Neil: Seahawks get an important reminder||• O'Neil: Should Seahawks have let 49ers score?||• 'The Pete Carroll Show': Wright to have surgery||• Henderson: Late-game lapse dooms Seahawks||• Henderson: Seahawks' penalties loom large|
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."
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 @ 8:42am
By 710Sports.com staff
Another edition of "Hawk Talk" with Danny O'Neil is set for its usual time -- Tuesday at 12:30.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.