Seahawks Insider Blog

Morning links: Rating Seattle's runners

Pat Kirwan of the NFL Network ranks the best running backs in the league, and two Seattle Seahawks make an appearance on the list.

Marshawn Lynch comes in at No. 19 overall, and Justin Forsett also makes an appearance at No. 36.

Here’s what Kirwan had to say about Lynch: "Just look at the epic run he had in the playoffs last year and ask yourself how many players could duplicate that effort."

And on Forsett: "A situational player who is shifty. Coaches tell me he is underrated."

Clare Farnsworth of takes a look at the 1996 season, highlighted by then-owner Ken Behring trying to move the team to Southern Califorina.

ESPN’s John Clayton says Charlie Whitehurst is dropping the ball for not taking a leadership role in getting players together for offseason workouts.

Terry McCormick of the Nashville City Paper writes about Jake Locker’s first practice with his Tennessee Titan teammates. He also notes that Locker has been workout with Matt Hasselbeck at the University of Washington a couple times a week back in Seattle – and the two have forged a friendship. Hasselbeck is a potential candidate to land in Tennessee as a bridge quarterback to let Locker get ready.

Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf is recovering in a California hospital after having a benign tumor removed from his brain.

Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post offers a preview to Friday’s court proceedings between NFL owners and players the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, calling it sadly the most important date on the NFL calendar.

Somehow, the NFL is ahead of 2010’s pace for ticket sales.

The Sporting News offers 100 reasons to still love football during the lockout.

According to Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders, Seahawks safety Jordan Babineaux is among the league leaders in pass defeats.

Mike Tanier of Football Outsiders takes an interesting look at empty sets in third and short situations, and what the success rate is compared to more traditional formations. It’s worth a read if you’re looking to scratch your football itch this morning. But he doesn’t really identify the reason teams go to empty set – to get teams into a vanilla defense and better identify where the blitz is coming from.

And today’s report would not be complete without a link to our Ryan Divish getting some love from his hometown in Montana documenting his rise from the quaint hamlet of Havre, Mont. population 9,621, to Mariners beat writer, along with serving as an antagonizing yet humorous presence on this blog.

Take a look at the video below.