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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!

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Michael Robinson- An Inspiring Leader

Michael Robinson is a true leader for the Seattle Seahawks and plays with passion and energy every time he steps onto the football field. He has come a long way throughout his football career, and going to the Super Bowl is something that has made him teary eyed and for good reason. After the Seahawks beat the 49ers in the NFC Championship game, Robinson showed his excitement with tears streaming down his face. It is something truly inspiring to see Robinson accomplish so much.mikerob[1]

Michael Robinson actually played quarterback at Penn State. He got drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 4th round of the 2006 NFL draft and they decided to switch Robinson to running back in his rookie year. He was successful in the position change rushing for 116 yards in his first season. Midway through the 2008 season the 49ers switched Robinson to full back and once again he took the change of position in stride.

Robinson was released by San Francisco at the end of the 2010 preseason. He was signed a couple days later, by his current team the Seattle Seahawks. Robinson has had a huge impact on the Seahawks. He has provided a young team with excellent leadership, and one way you see this leadership in action is his inspiring pre game talks. Fans can see the respect that Robinson has in the locker room and his humor by viewing his show on YouTube called the “Real Rob Report.”

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Before the 2013 season, Robinson was released by the Seahawks during the final cuts. The reason being, Robinson’s liver and kidneys nearly failed and he had to spend numerous days in the hospital. He lost 30 pounds, dropping from 245 pounds all the way down to 212 pounds. Thankfully Robinson became fully healthy about a month and a half after being cut and the Seahawks were fortunate to be able to sign him again. Seattle Seahawks fans were very excited to have him back and he stepped in right away without missing a beat. He has been a dependable blocker and a big contributor to yet another successful season by Marshawn Lynch.

The Super Bowl is coming up and it’s a huge game for the Seattle Seahawks organization. The Hawks are a young team, but we can count on Michael Robinson to provide inspiring leadership that will lead the Seahawks to success. Robinson has come a long way, especially this season, and winning the Super Bowl would be a dream come true.

Go Hawks!!!

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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!

The Impact of the 12th Man

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis weekend I was able to go to my first Seattle Seahawks playoff game. I got to the stadium nice and early and went as close as I could to the field where the Seahawks were warming up. I was able to cheer on the Seahawks players and shake backup center Lemuel Jeanpierre and famous rapper Macklemore’s hand. I was even fortunate enough to take a picture with Mr. and Mrs. Seahawk. It was a great day and it made me realize how much of an impact that we as Seahawks fans, better known as the 12th man, have on each game.

The 12th man has a huge impact in many ways. First off, the Seahawks players get a lot of encouragement before the game. I mean, who wouldn’t want to play football when you have people wanting your autograph, a high five or even a simple hand shake. The Seahawks players also have fans snapping pictures of them and yelling phrases such as, “Golden Tate, you da man!” It’s like the good feeling when you have friends and family waiting for your arrival at the airport. The Seattle Seahawks know that their fans will be at the stadium early, no matter what the weather is like. The 12th man has commitment and they love their team. Fans that come early to encourage the Seahawks give the players an extra boost and pump them up to play their best.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA<NFL players have a ton of pressure that comes with the job. But, something I saw on Saturday was the fun that fans bring to the players. There was Golden Tate playing catch with the fans in the stands. And then you had Doug Baldwin pumping up the crowd. You even had KJ Wright grinning from ear to ear, letting his mind wander away from being slowed down from his injury, for the moment. You had the defensive line dancing to a song on the loud speaker and loving the crowd atmosphere. Cliff Avril was quoted in his press conference today talking about the joy of playing at Century Link Field. “This place is unreal. It’s a blast (to play here).” The 12th man is loved by the Seahawks players and a big reason is because we help them have fun. And, when you have fun at your job, you maximize your potential.

And then we have the obvious, Seahawks fans make the opposing offensive players lives more difficult with all the sound that is made. It’s harder for opposing teams to communicate and to think clearly. It’s easier to get flustered when the stadium is so loud. The 12th man wreck their vocal cords in order to make a difference in the game. My voice is still recovering from Saturday, but it was definitely worth it. The Seahawks defensive ends can also get a better jump off the line when the crowd noise is in full effect. It is nationally known that the 12th man are the loudest fans in the NFL. They have caused numerous earthquakes and have produced the most false starts in the NFL since 2005.

Hawks fans also help out the Seahawks organization by making Seattle an attractive place to play. Free agents know that the 12th man is very supportive of their team and that the Seattle Seahawks love playing in front of their fans. Just like Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett, many more free agents will settle for less money in order to play in Seattle. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA>

The 12th man is a big part of the Seattle Seahawks success. The Seahawks have lost only one game at home in the past two years. The fans bring lots of noise and encouragement every home game. This coming Sunday will be even louder in Century Link Field, as Seahawks fans know what the stakes are. If they win, the Seahawks are headed to New York for the Super Bowl. So drink your beer, coffee and water and continue to make an impact in the Seahawks season. Go Hawks!!!

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The Seattle Seahawks Wide Receivers

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The Seattle Seahawks have one of the best wide receiver groups in the NFL. They all play with a chip on their shoulder and make clutch catches. They are sometimes overlooked by other NFL writers, but Seahawks fans know that we have a receiving crew that will give us a chance to win every single game.

Let’s start with Golden Tate. The Seattle Seahawks drafted Tate in the year of 2010 in the second round. Golden Tate played his college ball at Notre Dame and made a lot of plays during his college career. Tate is a playmaker at both the receiver position and when returning punts. When he has the ball in his hands, Seahawks fans know something exciting is going to happen. He ended the season with his best game as a pro with 8 catches for 129 yards and 1 touchdown. As we enter the playoffs Golden Tate will be a difference maker and will make a lot of plays that will give the Hawks momentum throughout the game.

Next up we got ‘Angry Doug’ Baldwin. Baldwin was signed by the Seahawks after going undrafted in 2011. Baldwin played his college ball at Stanford and was teammates with Richard Sherman and Andrew Luck. And, he was coached by current San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh. In his rookie season Baldwin played fantastic, he had 51 receptions for 788 yards and 4 touchdowns. Not bad for an undrafted rookie. The next season his yards dipped a bit, but this season he has played very well. Doug Baldwin plays like he’s angry and has a huge chip on his shoulder. He plays like he has something to prove and Seahawks fans love his attitude.

Jermaine Kearse has been a pleasant surprise this year. Kearse is a local boy and played at the University of Washington. He was singed as an undrafted free agent by the Seattle Seahawks. In only his second season, Kearse has stepped up and played like someone who has someone to prove, just like Baldwin. This season he has caught 22 passes for 346 yards and 4 touchdowns. Kearse has become one of Wilson’s favorite deep threats. He has also had a huge impact on special teams. Jermaine Kearse is a classy individual and Seattle loves to cheer for him. He consistently makes big catches and will be a great player for the Seattle Seahawks for many years.

New Orleans Saints v Seattle SeahawksRicardo Lockette has also been a solid contributor to the Seahawks offense and special teams. He is famous for his HUGE hit in the St. Louis game, where he used his ‘hit stick’ on the punt returner. He played college football at a small university, Fort Valley State. Lockette was signed by the Seahawks in 2011 and, after bouncing around a few organizations, he arrived back to the Seattle Seahawks this year and hasn’t looked back since. Having a good receiver at the bottom of the depth chart is huge for a football team that plans on winning the Super Bowl. Lockette brings great depth to the Seahawks receiver group.

l3Y1n.AuSt.5[1]And, finally, we have the one and only Percy Harvin. After only playing against the Vikings this season, and making one spectacular catch and an amazing return, he was shut down for the rest of the regular season. But, now after almost being placed on the IR, Harvin is going to play and will be a difference maker. Harvin has lightning speed and will make life more difficult for the Saints. Having his impact will also open up space for Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin. Watch out for Percy Harvin in the game tomorrow. If Harvin returns a kickoff for a touchdown, Seahawks fans will go nuts and cause an earthquake once again.

All of these receivers play with a chip on their shoulder and play like they have something to prove. They also have an amazing quarterback in Russell Wilson, who throws accurate passes for the recivers to catch. Seahawks fans should be excited for the kind of passion and energy that this receiving group brings. Hopefully they will all have a big day on Saturday and will help the Seahawks beat the Saints.

Go Hawks!!!

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Part 2

Seahawks fans also have something to feel good about on the defensive side of the ball. Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman are arguably the top two defensive players in the NFL. Either one of these players could receive the Defensive Player of the Year Award.

The Seahawks organization made a great decision when they drafted Thomas as the 14th pick in the 2010 draft. Expectations from Seahawks fans came from comparisons to Ed Reed, the fact that he attended the University of Texas, and was rated as the number 2 safety in the draft. He exceeded expectations and has given Seahawks fans something to cheer about. Thomas will continue to fly around the field making spectacular plays and will keep making the Seahawks defense a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks.

Richard Sherman has a very loud mouth, but he backs up every word and has had a spectacular year. This season he leads the Seahawks, and also the NFL, with 8 interceptions. The Seahawks got a bargain when they selected Sherman in the fifth round of the 2011 draft. Richard Sherman has quickly become a fan favorite and a villain to other teams. Richard Sherman leads the exciting brand of football that the Seahawks defense plays, and will continue to lead the Seahawks for many more years.

Both of these players are very smart, confident and, at times, cocky. But, in every game this year they have backed up all their talk. They have achieved greatness already in their young careers. Thomas and Sherman keep improving every single game, and if they continue to compete and stay healthy, then by the time they are done playing they will be known as the best ever at their positions.

NFC West Champs!!!

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Will the Seattle Seahawks 2013/2014 defense go down as the best in history?

If you have followed the Seahawks this season, then you would hear the statement that they want to be the best ever. Russell Wilson wants to be the best quarterback to ever play. Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman want to be perfect in everything they do. Perfection is what they search for, but that is what makes this team and defense special.

A great defense starts upfront with the defense line. With the free agent upgrades of Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett the defense has been even better than last year. Chris Clemons has come back from his ACL injury quite nicely and is still contributing well at the age of 32. The inside has been very productive from many different players. Tony McDaniel and Brandon Mebane have led the charge inside. Clinton McDonald has been a pleasant surprise as well. After being cut earlier in the year and then being resigned, he came back with a chip on his shoulder and has had the best year of his career. With these three players being so productive and Bennett being able to play inside as well as outside, Jordan Hill has been able to come through this season slowly and has been inactive for more than half the games. But, when he has been in games has played very well for a rookie.

Now we move to the youthful and athletic linebackers that the Seahawks have. Going into his second year, Bobby Wagner has left off where he finished off in his rookie year. He leads this group of talented linebackers. KJ Wright has been playing amazing and showed off his talents by shutting down Jimmy Graham and Darren Sproles in the blowout win vs the Saints. Bruce Irvin has played well as the LEO end and outside linebacker position. The productivity isn’t noticed in the stats, but he has played solid both on the run and the pass. Providing excellent depth is Malcom Smith, Heath Farwell and O’Brien Schofield. Especially with KJ Wright out for 4-6 weeks with a broken bone in his foot, Smith has stepped up to the challenge and has not missed a beat. Farwell has been excellent on special teams, as well as Schofield.

And finally the flashiest and most well-known position group all across the NFL is the secondary, also known as the L.O.B (Legion of Boom). This is of course led by the vocal Richard Sherman and the arguably best free safety in the league Earl Thomas. It is then complimented by the hard hitting safety Kam Chancellor. On the other side of the cornerback position, Brandon Browner, now injured and facing suspension has become the forgotten man with Byron Maxwell playing so well. The depth in the LOB is very strong. Walter Thurmond and Jeremy Lane do not miss a beat when they get on the field. At safety replacing Jeron Johnson who has battled hamstring problems this year is Deshawn Shead and on the other side is Chris Maragos. The second string is noticeable in special teams providing great kick and punt coverage. In fact the Seahawks have only allowed 19 punt return yards this entire season.

So the question is asked and will be continued to be asked. Is this the best defense in NFL history? I would have to say no, not yet. A Superbowl would help the argument and a special season next year would help this case. But, excellence needs to be continued throughout many years. And with the caliber of the starters and the deep depth at each position it is possible that in a few years this defense could be something that is written down in the history books as the best ever. But, as of now let’s enjoy watching this defense dominate and frustrate opposing offenses as they try to lead this team to a Super Bowl.

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