According to our own John McGrath of the Tacoma News Tribune, when the NFL released the regular-season schedule on Tuesday, they should have written in pencil because of the ongoing labor dispute between owners and players.
McGrath also writes the Seattle Seahawks will need a lot of luck in 2011, with four of their first six games away from home, including three teams that beat them handily last year.
It’s possible the Seahawks could break training camp with more depth and talent than the 7-9 team, which took best-of-show honors last season in the kennel club otherwise known as the NFC West, and still limp into their Oct. 16 bye date with a losing record through five games.
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And if they stumble out of the gate at San Francisco, a 1-4 start isn’t out of the question.
The remainder of the schedule will be highlighted by the Seahawks’ return to prime time: a Dec. 1 Thursday night game against the Eagles, followed by a Dec. 12 Monday night game against the Rams – both at Qwest Field.
If there’s a heart of the artichoke to the 2011 schedule, it’s those back-to-back opportunities for the 12th Man to make a difference on national TV, with 10 days between the games for fans to soothe their vocal cords.
Michael Irvin of the NFL Network says in this video that he believes Seattle can repeat as NFC West champions.
Mike Sando of ESPN breaks down Seattle’s schedule here.
Jim Moore of Seattlepi.com catches up with Matt Hasselbeck at former head coach Jim Mora’s charity bowling event. Hasselbeck remains hopeful he can get a deal done that keeps him in Seattle, but is really unsure of where he’ll wind up in 2011. Moore also quotes Hasselbeck wanting at least a two-year minimum deal. Moore also catches up with Chris Spener and Kelly Jennings.
Christian Caple of Seattlepi.com reports that according to a source Washington linebacker Mason Foster visited with the Seahawks on Tuesday.
Wes Bunting of the National Football Post offers some Day 3 diamonds in the rough in this year’s draft.
According to Brad Biggs of the National Football Post, Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallet cancelled an early morning meeting in March with Carolina in Charlotte after reportedly being seen out late on the town the night before.