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Seattle Seahawks Position Battle: Left Guard

The left guard is one of the few positions on the Seahawks roster that has a bit of uncertainty. The Seahawks still have James Carpenter, who split the duties this year with FA Paul McQuistan. But, the position could use an upgrade from last year. One thing I know for sure is that there will be some serious competition during training camp at the left guard position. Here are the players that will be competing.

James Carpenter: Carpenter is going into the final year of his contract with the Seahawks. This may mean some extra motivation to have a good year. Carpenter has been solid for the Seahawks over the past few years, but not elite. James Carpenter is still only 24 years old and has the potential to become a full time starter. It will be interesting to see if he will step up this coming year and show that the coaches that he can start at left guard.

Michael Bowie: Bowie started in the Seahawks playoff game against the New Orleans Saints and did a very good job. He also started several games at right tackle when the injury bug hit the Seahawks offensive line. Right now the popular pick for replacing Breno Giacomini at right tackle is Michael Bowie. But, Alvin Bailey can also play right tackle. He played in many games for the Seahawks and played 16 snaps in Super Bowl as an extra blocker usually for run plays. If Michael Bowie doesn’t end up filling in at right tackle, then he would compete and have a very good chance to start at left guard.

Greg Van Roten: Van Roten has been on the Green Bay Packers roster for two years. In 2012 he was on the practice roster until week 5, when he was bumped up to the active roster and was the Packers backup center and guard. He also got a few snaps as an extra blocker in the Packers playoff game against Minnesota on Jan. 5 2013. Tom Cable does a great job at getting the best out of his offensive linemen and I believe that Van Roten in his third year in the NFL, will compete for a position at left guard for the Seahawks.

Stephen Schilling: The Seahawks latest FA grew up in Bellevue, Washington and has had some experience playing left guard for the San Diego Chargers. In 2011 during his rookie year he actually started two games. Since then he has gotten action in several games as a backup. Schilling went to the University of Michigan and was projected to go in the 4th-5th round in the draft. He ended up getting picked by the Chargers in the sixth round. Watch for Schilling to stand out during training camp. He is a kid with a lot of potential that hasn’t gotten a full opportunity yet.

Jared Smith: Smith was drafted in the seventh round last year. He played DT in college, but just like JR Sweezy the Seahawks coaching staff decided to change his position to offensive guard. He will provide depth to the position, but I wouldn’t expect Smith to challenge for the starting spot quiet yet. But, who knows… competition will bring the best out of any player and I will never say never to any player on the Seahawks roster as long as Pete Carroll is the coach and John Schneider is the GM.

Draft Pick: The Seahawks could decide to draft a player with their first round pick or maybe one of their mid-round picks. If they do decide to draft an offensive guard, I would expect that player to have the same success that Michael Bowie and Alvin Bailey did last year in their first year as a Seahawk. A popular pick for the Seahawks in mock drafts so far is guard out of UCLA Xavier Su’a-Filo.

Here is a good article on Greg Van Roten: http://www.thedp.com/article/2012/11/greg-van-roten-playing-on-packers-first-team

12 thoughts on the Seahawks Offseason

1. Re-signing Michael Bennett was Huge. He even took a bit less money to play for the Seahawks, and one of the main reasons was the 12th Man.

2. It’s sad to see Golden Tate leave and play for a different team. He did so much for the Seahawks. But, the Seahawks can’t afford to pay Tate big money. Especially given the fact that the Seahawks are a run first team. If Percy Harvin can stay healthy, this loss should not be a problem next year.

3. If Sidney Rice re-signs, then I think the Seahawks are set at WR. I don’t think they would need to draft a WR. I think the WR’s will have some serious competition come Training Camp. Lots of depth.

4. Henry Melton (Rated the #2 Free Agent at the DT position) is visiting the Seahawks. This would be a huge addition for the defense. Vance Walker DT is also visiting the Seahawks. He started for the Raiders last year.

5. Jermichael Finley would help stretch the defense and would give Russell Wilson a receiving TE. It would be nice to be able to keep Miller. Might have to restructure Zach Miller’s contract for that to happen.

6. We could use a veteran DE to replace Chris Clemons. Maybe Jared Allen. But, don’t forget that Bruce Irvin could be playing a lot of the DE/LEO position.

7. O’Brien Schofield’s contract didn’t work out with the Giants because of a failed physical. It would be great if the Seahawks could bring him back. Good special teams player and can also rush the passer.

8. Re-signing Tavaris Jackson was big. One of the best backup QB’s in the league. If RW ever goes down, Jackson can step up and play without losing too much.

9. Watch for these 12 players to have breakout seasons for the Seahawks next year: Gregg Scruggs, Jordan Hill, Bruce Irvin, DeShawn Shead, Benson Mayowa, Christine Michael, James Carpenter, JR Sweezy, Ricardo Lockette, Taylor Price, Chris Mathews, Michael Bowie

10. Adam Schefter and Ian Rapoport know everything about the NFL and Free Agency.

11. It would be nice if we can sign Doug Baldwin long term.

12. In Pete and John we trust. They have a plan that will make sense in a few weeks. I think they will be able to sign a few players for good prices. Players want to play for Pete Carroll and will take a bit less money to get a great opportunity to get a SB ring. Watch for a DT, WR and possibly a DE to get signed in the next couple weeks.

Go Hawks!

The Seattle Seahawks Punt Return Department

You know you have a pretty good team, when one of the Seahawks fans (my dad) biggest worry is the punt return department. Since Golden Tate has been signed by the Detroit Lions, the Seahawks need a new punt returner.

I predict that Taylor Price (recently signed) will return punts for the Seahawks.

I don’t see Harvin or Baldwin doing it. They haven’t returned punts in years past (pre-season and regular season) that I can remember. Kearse would be someone that could potentially be able to return punts though. He has returned kickoffs in years past so I wouldn’t be surprised if he is given a chance to be the punt returner.

Taylor Price is 6-1 200 and is just as fast, if not faster than Golden Tate. He is also a bit bigger. Price returned punts a bit in college. Taylor Price was actually rated 1 slot below Tate on the Seahawks draft board during the 2010 NFL draft.

And there is no way Lynch is returning punts. That would take Beast Mode to a another level though. Turbin won’t be either (biceps are too big.) But.. maybe Christine Michael who is the 3rd string RB could be able to return punts. He basically “red shirted” last year, but was drafted in the 2nd round in last years draft and has a lot of potential.

This could all change if the Seahawks draft a speedy WR in the 1st or 2nd round. But, I think if they draft a WR it will be a tall and physical player, not someone that will be returning punts.

So my money is on Taylor Price to have a great camp and to end up making the active roster. He would then take Golden Tate’s place in the punts return department for the Seattle Seahawks. And, if not Price, then I would have to predict either Kearse or Michael.

Celebrating a Successful Season- A 12th Man Reflection

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter cheering for the Seattle Seahawks since I was a young boy, I finally got to celebrate a Super Bowl win with my family and friends. Then, a few days later, I was able to celebrate the Seahawks first ever Super Bowl win with almost 1 million other Hawks fans. What a party!

After watching the Seahawks dominate the Broncos, I celebrated the win by staying up all night. I just couldn’t go to sleep; I was so dang excited. I watched tons of postgame interviews, celebrations, I watched the game again, played some Madden and enjoyed using social media to see the Seahawks tweet their excitement. Eventually my parents woke up, so I went upstairs and shared the special moment once again with them.

That next day I was the happiest man in the world and what did I decide to do? Well, I got myself a haircut and made sure to shave off that nasty playoff mustache. Sometime around 3pm my body shut down and I fell asleep. I woke up again at 9pm and stayed awake for another hour, just to make sure this wasn’t all a dream. And then I slept till 11 am. Those were two great days.

So once I woke up, I realized that the amount of people for the parade was estimated at 300,000. Prediction was a bit off, but it got the point across. I decided that I needed to make my way over to Seattle asap in order to make the best out of this experience. So I booked a hostel and headed on over to Seattle. My hostel was located right next to beautiful Pike Place Market. I scouted out the best spot on the parade route walking down 4th Avenue and around the stadium.

The 12's are awake bright and early

The 12’s are awake bright and early

It was a quick stop at the hostel, because when I was walking at 8pm I saw that people were already parking and setting up spots for the parade. I was at the hostel just long enough to shower and use their computer to tweet my excitement. I checked out of my hostel (it was a short stay) and drove over to Century Link Field. I paid for my great parking spot for an even better price, well at least until 4am when it became “Event Parking.” That is when I said good bye to my spending money. Before catching some sleep I made sure to secure a spot on the sidewalk. I had an extremely cold sleep in my car until 7am and then I walked two blocks to my parade spot. Lots of people were already lining up for the parade, so I had to pick up my bag and leave the sidewalk. There was going to be no comfortable seating for anyone. It was PACKED by about 10am. The 12th Man is truly a family, and we had to get comfortable and up close real quick.

I was waiting from 7am till about 2pm and eventually the players, coaches, cheerleaders and a whole ton of skittles came through. The wait and anticipation was all worth it. Getting to see the players up close and personal was very cool. I managed to stand in the 3rd row of the packed crowd. I cheered, started SEA!!! Hawks!!! chants, took pictures, chanted L.O.B., took some more pictures and truly enjoyed sharing the moment with the many 12th Man and the Seahawks players.

Luke Willson

Luke Willson is the man

Once everyone passed, I followed the players into the stadium. Well, not quite. I was able to get into the stadium parking lot and watch the rally on a nice big screen TV just outside Century Link. All the Seahawks players were introduced, speeches were spoken and fans were going wild.

After the show was done, I was in dire need of some water. I was exhausted! It had been a long day of standing and walking. Luckily, I found a place just outside the stadium where they were selling deep fried donuts or something like that. Anyways, all I wanted was some water. But, the line took about 30 minutes, and I froze my butt off. But, looking on the bright side of things: I eventually got my water and I got to talk to a fan that went to NY to watch the Super Bowl. He had a lot of great pictures and stories to share.

I finally headed back to my car, but on the way back there was a Fox reporter interviewing some fans and talking about the parade. So I made sure to photo bomb the news and I, in fact, did make it on TV. You can see me in the upper corner of the TV, yes I am now famous. My car eventually warmed me up and I could finally layer down. I could breathe!

On the drive home I was able to reflect on the Seattle Seahawks amazing season. What a great finish to a fantastic season. As a fan, the Seahawks have done more than just win games. They have changed people’s lives in a positive way. The Seahawks have given us all something to cheer about when life isn’t all high-fives and thumbs up. The Seattle Seahawks appreciate the 12th Man’s support just as much as we appreciate their play both on and off the field.

Doug Baldwin lovin the 12th Man

Doug Baldwin lovin the 12th Man

So, as the 12th Man slowly ventures from cloud 9 back to reality, we can reflect and remember the great moments we have all shared with each other. Through the ups and downs of life we can always remember the time that the Seattle Seahawks achieved greatness by winning the Super Bowl. We can remember the time that the Seattle Seahawks went down 4th Avenue holding up that Lombardi trophy in front of nearly 1 million fans. And finally, we can remember when this group of normal people used their athletic ability to positively change lives and show all of us that anything is possible. Would it be too much to anticipate another Super Bowl victory parade in the near future? Not according to Pete Carroll who said, “We’re just getting warmed up, if you know what I’m talking about.” Yes, you read that right. The Seattle Seahawks are just getting warmed up. Watch out NFL. Go Hawks!

12 Predictions for Super Bowl XLVIII

1. Doug Baldwin makes a clutch catch to convert on a third and long.
2. Percy Harvin returns a kick for a Touchdown.
3. Marshawn Lynch scores 2 TD’s.
4. Walter Thurmond intercepts a pass.
5. The 12th Man out numbers the Broncos fans at the Super Bowl.
6. Richard Sherman shuts down Demaryius Thomas.
7. The Seahawks D-line shuts down Moreno.
8. Golden Tate is the Seahawks leading reciever with 80 yards.
9. KJ Wright shuts down Julius Thomas.
10. Russell Wilson struggles in the first half, but finds some rhythm in the second half.
11. Golden Tate has a big punt return in the 4th quarter.
12. And finally… Seattle wins. 24 to 17.

Media Day

Well I won’t be at Media Day, but many more reporters from all over the world will be. There will be 17 Seahawks players that have there own podium to answer all sorts of questions. Marshawn Lynch won’t have a podium and is questionable to even show up. Do you think he needs to talk at Media Day? I don’t think so. The NFL can’t force him to do something he doesn’t want to do. Lynch is a team player and never has made his success in Seattle about himself. I encourage you to read Michael Silver’s article titled “Marshawn Lynch’s quiet power behind Seahawks’ Super run.” Here is the link: http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/story/0ap2000000318651/article/marshawn-lynchs-quiet-power-behind-seahawks-super-run

Here is my prediction for the Seahawks that will have there own podium to speak on tomorrow:

Offense: Russell Wilson, Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin, Golden Tate, Russell Okung, Max Unger, Michael Robinson, Zach Miller, Derrick Coleman

Defense: Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Bobby Wagner, Kam Chancellor, Brandon Mebane, Red Bryant

Soak all of this Super Bowl fun in. It’s great to see the Seattle Seahawks achieve so much this season! Maybe one day I will be one of the reporters at Media Day. Go Hawks!

O’Brien Schofield- An Unsung Hero

The Seattle Seahawks are going to the Super Bowl! That sounds so good. It has been a complete team effort the whole entire season and it has been great to see the Seahawks players make it so far. One particular player that I want you to take note of is outside linebacker O’Brien Schofield.

Schofield has played a big part in the Seattle Seahawks season. O’Brien went to school at the University of Wisconsin and was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the 4th round of the 2010 NFL draft. Schofield became a starter for the Cardinals in the 2012 season. But, to the Seahawks surprise he was released by the Arizona Cardinals on July 25, 2013. The Seahawks knew the talent that Schofield had and didn’t waste any time; they claimed him off waivers on July 27, 2013.

In preseason he impressed many with his athleticism when rushing the quarterback. A point of emphasis for the Seahawks in the offseason was improving the defensive line. More specifically, the Seahawks needed a better pass rush. Schofield was exactly what the Seattle Seahawks were looking for.

In the regular season, Schofield started 2 games and has had 1 very nice sack against Cam Newton. But, his real impact has come on special teams. Having someone as athletic and skilled as Schofield is important to have on the special teams unit, and is a reason why the Seattle Seahawks are such a complete team.

Schofield is also one of the more positive people I have heard on the team. On Seahawks.com they have a program called “All Access” where you can hear the players before and during the game. Schofield is a regular on the show, talking before the game, showing that he has the positive energy and passion that Pete Carroll wants.

In my opinion he could start on any other team, but this season the Seahawks have been fortunate to have someone like O’Brien to provide the excellent depth. Unfortunately, with the amazing talent on this Seahawks team, Schofield was inactive against the 49ers. As we inch closer to the Super Bowl, Seahawks fans can count on Schofield working his butt off in order to make it on the field. And, if that isn’t meant to be, we can still count on him to be on the sideline giving his team energy by his positive attitude and his passion for the game. I wish O’Brien Schofield the best, and I hope that he continues to play in a Seattle Seahawks uniform for many years to come. Go Hawks!