The Sporting News puts the Seattle Seahawks in its cross hairs in this team report heading into this week's camp. Here's what an anonymous source had to say about this year's team.
"I think they've gone backward. They got Aaron Curry in this year's draft – that'll help them. And I think they got a heck of a center in the second round in Max Unger. But I don't know, I think they're a middle-of-the-road team. They just haven't been making a lot of good moves the last few years. The first-round picks have been average.
"They've had their day in the NFC West, but some of their core guys are getting old. Walter Jones is getting old. Matt Hasselbeck is getting old. It would shock me if they became another elite team. They're down for a reason. Now I know they had a ton of injuries last year, but this all started a couple years ago.
"When Shaun Alexander was having those great years, they were very good. But all of a sudden he started losing it, and their drafts weren't great, and they've fallen back to the pack. The running game's key."
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From Peter King of Sport Illustrated's Monday Morning Quarterback Column.
"I'm not worried about my back at all. The only thing my back cannot do is sit in a three-hour run-game-install meeting without getting up and moving around. Of the things I'm worried about -- new coach, new offense, some new teammates -- I can promise you that health is not one of them." -- Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.
ESPN's Mike Sando talks to Bryan Pittman's agent, who says the long snapper recently released by the Seahwks injured a finger on his right hand while moving his belongings into his new home, and will be out for four weeks.
The Seahawks haven't played a game, but they moved up from 22nd to 18th in ESPN's latest power rankings.
Clark Judge of CBS Sports labels the battle for Seattle's starting fullback job between Owen Schmitt and Justin Griffith one of his positions battles to watch in the NFC West.
Seattle's offensive line ranks 17th overall in this positional analysis put together by Fox Sports.
Brian McIntye of NorthwestFootball.net breaks down the contract options for Seattle's two draft picks yet to be signed in Aaron Curry and Max Unger.
Scot Eklund of NortwestFootball.net transcribes an interview ESPN's John Clayton had with Seahawks TE John Carlson over the weekend.
Pro Football Weekly reports despite Owen Schmitt's DUI Charge, which he later pleaded down to a lesser charge of reckless driving, that team sources say he still is penciled in as the starting fullback.