Dave Boling of The News Tribune catches up with former Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy to talk to him about the possibility of making the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his third opportunity this season.
"Kennedy is a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame on the strength of his eight Pro Bowl appearances and his Defensive Player of the Year honor in 1992.
"But whether he is announced as an inductee Saturday or in some subsequent year, he is deserving of inclusion if only for the uncompromising excellence with which he played when so few were watching and so little was at stake.
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"At times he might shrug off a double-team and then flatten a fullback before deflating a ballcarrier for a loss. Or he would hustle his 300-plus pounds 80 yards downfield chasing an opponent. That it was futile didn’t mean it wasn’t worth the effort to Kennedy.
He explained: “We might be getting beat late in a game, but like I used to tell (linebacker) Terry Wooden, ‘Let’s not let that other team put on this film and see anybody quitting over here.’ There was pride in that.”
Jason Whitlock of Fox Sports argues that Kennedy is a very good player but not deserving of a place in the Hall of Fame.
Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that Seahawks assistant line coach Mike Phair is headed to Chicago to join the Bears staff as the defensive line coach, becoming the seventh coach to leave Pete Carroll’s staff.
Doug Farrar of Sportspressnw.com takes a look at Seattle’s running backs in this personnel review.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com takes a look at Seattle’s receivers’ percentage of targets vs. receptions. Brandon Stokley led the team in that category, finishing with a reception 74 percent of the time he was targeted.
Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports reports that the NFLPA opposes the use of franchise tags when there is no longer a CBA in place.
Chad Reuter of NFLDraftscout.com provides 11 snubs not invited to the NFL scouting combine who could surprise.