Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle delves into Seattle’s growing dislike for Jim Harbaugh on the heels of recent comments made by Seahawks receiver Golden Tate. The Notre Dame product said he’d like to give the San Francisco head coach the Sean Lee treatment during an interview with Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby last week.
O’Neil: “Our city has had enemies, plenty of them from Ken Behring and his attempt to hijack the Seahawks on down to Los Angeles to that venti drip of coffee baron who sold our NBA team – and at least a little bit of his soul – to some carpetbaggers from Oklahoma, to a certain vertically challenged basketball commissioner who did everything but rent the moving vans to send the Sonics east. Alex Rodriguez inspired more than a decade of hostility when he left for all that money in Texas while Bill Leavy remains despised in this city after the officiating mistakes that marred Seattle's Super Bowl loss to Pittsburgh.
But those are villains as opposed to rivals, and the fact that we waste more time hating them than they spent worrying about us makes it all the more aggravating.
And that's why this increasing antagonism with the 49ers in general and their coach in particular is so compelling: Seattle finally has a dance partner in the rivalry business.”
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee writes that the animus toward Harbaugh is nothing new – folks have wanted to take a shot at the San Francisco head coach for decades.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com takes a closer look at Seattle’s situation at quarterback, with Russell Wilson solidifying the position for the first time in three seasons.
Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. believes Christine Michael – the No. 3 running back on Seattle’s depth chart – will be a top 10 runner in the league by 2016. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this. Williamson: “The selection of Michael seemed like an odd one, but Marshawn Lynch, with his extremely violent running style, probably isn't going to last long in this league. Michael is a first-round caliber talent, but has a lot of questions off the field. Expect Pete Carroll and company to harness Michael's great talent by bringing him along slowly. By 2016, he will be a total stud and a true every-down running back. Ignoring their extenuating circumstances, Lattimore and Michael are the most talented all-around running backs from this latest draft class.”
Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports challenges our football knowledge with a 20-question test on the 2012 NFL season.
Adam Rink of NFL.com puts CenturyLink Field atop his list of must-see stadiums in the NFL.
ESPN’s Bill Williamson writes that NFL analyst Ron Jaworski ranks Matt Flynn as the worst quarterback in the league, pointing out his lack of arm strength.
Writing for ESPN, Matt Bowen breaks down how to stop Robert Griffin III and Washington’s read option. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this.
Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com highlights the Honey Badger in his Finding the Fits series focusing on the Arizona Cardinals.