In Adam Schein of Fox Sports’ annual NFL organization rankings, the Seattle Seahawks came in at No. 12 overall, up from No. 20 last year. Here’s what Schein had to say about the Seahawks:
“The facilities are state of the art. The home-field advantage with the “12th man” is significant. Coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider inherited a total mess. They were super-active last season, bringing in different combinations of players, leading to a street free-agent gem like Mike Williams. Hiring Tom Cable to coach the offensive line was a great move. Seattle, finally, has a good structure in place.”
There appears to be reasons for optimism in the ongoing dispute between NFL owners and players. First, we had Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune’s report of a secret meeting between power brokers on both sides in Chicago.
And according to Mike Freeman of CBS Sports, actual progress took place in those talks, leaving one high-ranking member of the players’ side believing a deal could be reached in the next two or three weeks.
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Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post weighs in on today’s court proceedings between NFL players and owners, which begins at 8 a.m. Pacific time in St. Louis in front of a three-member panel of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Seahawks offensive tackle Ray Willis talks with KJR’s Dave Mahler in this audio link.
According to Dan Arkush of Pro Football Weekly, Lawyer Milloy still has not decided if he will return to the field in 2011.
According to Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders, Kentwan Balmer had one of the worst run stop rates among defensive linemen last season.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com takes a look back at the 1986 season.
Adam Rink of NFL.com examines the Madden cover curse, which apparently succeeded with former Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander after his electrifying 2005 season. Alexander appeared on the 2006 cover.
John Czarnecki of Fox Sports offers an interesting take on the new rules that will be implemented this season to try and curb illegal hits. He says the rules add more confusion and are taking away some of the physicality of the game.
“Everyone associated with the NFL wants a clean game, but the ultimate attraction of football is the speed of the game and the obvious physicality of its players. Fans love it when Harrison and fellow linebacker Lamar Woodley forcefully put a running back on his back. It’s why hockey fans cheer when there’s a clean check along the boards. Like Harrison says, if you are expecting a love tap from him, you are better off playing two-handed touch in a community park.”
Chad Reuter of CBS Sports offers a list of 12 seniors NFL scouts will be watching in the upcoming college football season.
Check out Walter Thurmond’s video promo for Adidas below. You think Phil Knight will allow him back in Eugene?