Dave Boling of The News Tribune takes a closer look at year two of Seattle Seahawks head coach Peter Carroll's rebuilding effort and notices one thing – the massive changes haven’t necessarily subsided.
“Carroll predicted at the end of last season that he expected the heavy roster churn to subside. But 24 players on the roster are new this season.‘I know … it seems much different than last year (but) we’re much more settled on the roster,’ Carroll said. ‘This is a bunch of guys that are going to be with us through the long haul. Last year, I didn’t know that. We were just learning about our team and trying to figure out who was out there and who could help us.
‘But I feel very confident that there won’t be a lot of moves from this point forward and we’re strongly committed to the guys that we’ve chosen. … We’ve got young guys that we’re developing that we know have a high upside. We’re not going to be switching and changing. That time is gone.’
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“Oh … OK.
“Hey, aside from the emotion of losing some longtime fan favorites, few could argue that serious housecleaning was necessary. Speed and strength were needed; if youth is a part of it, so be it.”
Dave Wyman of 710 Seattle predicts some Seahawks who will finish among the top 100 players after this season. The Seahawks had no player in the NFL Networks top 100 list this year.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com points to two players that Carroll said were surprises of training camp – Brandon Browner and Dominique Byrd.
More Farnsworth: He takes a look at Sunday’s contest against San Francisco.
Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald continues his series of Seahawks players and the games of their lives with former Seattle receiver Daryl Turner. But the story really is a closer look at the talented Turner’s 25-year battle with drug and alcohol addition. Probably the best read this morning.
Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times discusses the uncertainty of how the Seahawks will distribute the ball in the passing game among targets like Sidney Rice, Mike Williams and Zach Miller – all players who have caught at least 60 balls in one season. Seattle face a similar situation in 2009 with T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Nate Burleson, Deion Branch and John Carlson. They’ll figure it out.
ESPN’s Mike Sando takes a closer look at NFL team’s roster churn since 2009. Not surprisingly, the Seahawks have had the most turnover during that time period.
Don Banks of Sports Illustrated predicts Charlie Whitehurst will be the starting quarterback in Seattle’s by season’s end, and Jake Locker the starter in Tennessee.
And we know how much everyone around here likes NFL power rankings. So here we go.
The National Football Post’s group of panelists likes the Rams to win the NFC West.San Francisco 49ersEric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle profiles a rejuvenated running back Frank Gore.
Gwen Knapp of the San Francisco Chronicle takes a look at the highs and lows for quarterback Alex Smith in a Niners’ uniform.
More Branch: San Francisco safety Donte Whitner is ready to match up against Seattle tight end Zach Miller this week.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com writes that the Niners have some injury issues in the defensive backfield, and Michael Crabtree is questionable for Sunday because of a foot injury.