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Charlie Whitehurst: The Future Of The Seahawks?

While the Tennessee Titans were worried about their rookie Stafon Johnson, Seattle stood across the field and watched as their team barged through to a victory. The preseason games have provided a look at a lot of players and if the numbers are correct, NFL fans are anxious to see the actual season get underway. Fortunately for Seattle, the end result was rewarding. Charlie Whitehurst did everything that was expected of him on the field and managed to set a few records along the way.

This upcoming superstar quarterback threw for almost 215 yards and appeared to be thankful for the opportunity and the ability. Seattle’s quarterback indicated that this was far and away the best preseason game he had played in his five years in the NFL. The quarterback ended up in Seattle two seasons ago via a trade that gave him $8 million dollars. Charlie Whitehurst led the Seahawks to a 20-18 win in the preseason match against Tennessee and will now prepare for the next team on the ladder.

Two touchdown passes put the game out of reach for the Titans and first year coach Pete Carroll couldn’t have been any more excited. Seattle starter Matt Hasslebeck played before handing over the reigns to someone else for the rest of the game. The popularity surrounding the Seahawks quarterback and their back up should put their fans in an extremely happy place. Charlie Whitehurst has proven he is no shabby apple and folks better wake up and take note of his skills.

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Camp Confidential: Seattle Seahawks

Elevated speakers pump out PG-13 lyrics and hip-hop beats all through Seattle Seahawks practice.

“I’m fresh, I’m fly, I’m always high,” boasts rapper Lloyd Banks of G-Unit fame, “got ya b—-es waving at me when I roll by.”

Later, it’s a song from Usher creating the visuals: “Honey got a booty like pow, pow, pow.”

And this from another rapper, Akon: “I’m the boss, it only takes one call for a driver to hit you up and drop you off and that’s all. Guess what? I won’t be takin’ that fall. Homie, I got cake, that’s what I’m payin’ them for.”

Thirty-six-year-old safety Lawyer Milloy, the second-oldest player on the team behind kicker Olindo Mare, grooves on the sideline during a break for the first-team defense. His head coach and the Seahawks’ unofficial hype man, Pete Carroll, runs a spirited practice a few yards away. Afterward, I ask Milloy bluntly whether it’s credible for a 58-year-old white guy from Marin County to like G-Unit. Milloy laughs. He played for Carroll in New England more than a decade ago and he jumped at the chance to play for him again.

“The thing about a leader, the leader has to understand and know the people that he is leading,” Milloy explains. “[Carroll] is willing to step into our world a little bit and that’s the sign of a good leader, man — somebody that will get up there and rock to the music. He might not listen to the lyrics, but he can find the beat.”

In theory, anyway.

“I’m not saying he’s always on beat,” Milloy says, “but, you know, it’s just good to see that our leader is out in front. Everything he wants us to do, he’s leading by example.”

The big question upon Carroll’s hiring was whether his enthusiastic style would translate from USC to the NFL. Carroll isn’t running from his reputation as a rah-rah coach. He’s embracing it and winning over players, at least so far, with an approach to training camp that represents a 180-degree turn from the tough camp Jim Mora ran last summer. Mora’s own conditioning level was such that his resting heart rate was 41 and doctors couldn’t make a stress test tough enough to bring his rate to peak levels. If he could achieve such fitness, shouldn’t professional athletes half his age? The team worked harder during camp than anyone imagined. In retrospect, it’s possible the 2009 Seahawks never quit on Mora so much as they ran out of gas.

Carroll has given players full days without practice. Two-a-days ended after about a week. There have been no three-hour practices.

“Best training camp I’ve ever been involved with,” 10th-year receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh said. “We go harder than any training camp I’ve ever been in when we’re out there. Everything is fast, fast, fast. But he’s giving us ample rest and I’m not used to that. It’s very, very different, and I think it’s good because we took a conditioning test and everybody passed it very easily. That showed everybody was in shape. So now it’s just, work on your craft.”

NFL Preseason Preview – Tennessee (0-0) at Seattle (0-0)

The Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans will begin 2010 on Saturday night the same way they ended 2009 – by playing each other at Qwest Field.

The teams will be back in uniform for the first time since the Titans prevailed by a 17-13 margin in a Jan. 3 battle that was the culmination of a disappointing season for both teams.
It was last year’s poor 5-11 campaign that prompted the Seahawks to fire head coach Jim Mora after just one year, bringing in legendary USC head coach Pete Carroll to take his place. Carroll, who went 33-31 in previous NFL stints with the Jets (1994) and Patriots (1997-99), presided over major offseason changes in the hopes of building Seattle back into an NFC West contender.

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Which Seahawks Will Rush for a 1000 Yards?

Justin Forsett

Justin Forsett/ Sleeper Pick

Justin Forsett:
Forsett was one of very few pleasant surprises for the Seahawks last year and stood out in contrast to under-performing Julius Jones.Forsett has a chance to battle Leon Washington for the starting RB spot. Forsett has shown he can be a dynamic force, but now he has to convince a new coach of his value to the team. Once he carves out his niche, he should see plenty of action and has a legitimate chance to claim the number one role.

Leon Washington:
Washington is an interesting addition. The Seahawks took a risk in trading for Washington, given the severity of the leg injury that shortened his 2009 season and had many thinking his career was over. Healthy, Washington is a versatile playmaker who would be a welcome addition to the Seattle backfield mix, but there’s no guarantee he’ll ever return to form. He suffered a compound leg fracture — that’s where the bone actually breaks through the skin — against the Raiders last year; breaking both his tibia and his fibula. He’s running already and has a few months to get back into form. Playing with a metal rod in his leg, it’s hard to imagine he’ll be the same force he was before the injury.

Julius Jones:
Still not an ideal feature back. Unfortunately, that role won’t include much scoring. Jones split playing time fairly evenly with Forsett last season,will likely look to split the backfield duties 60/40 with Forsett doing most of the heavy lifting and Jones playing the Warrick Dunn role. Jones will have a decent chance to crack 1,000 yards rushing this season, but don’t expect more than a handful of touchdowns.

So weighing in what Seahawks running back will rush for a thousands yards Justin Forsett.

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Did Seahawks really win the contract with Okung?

Show me the Money!!!!

If the reported contract numbers and Pete Carroll are telling the truth, the Seahawks won the six-day game of chicken against Russell Okung’s agent.

Okung’s deal has been reported as a six-year contract worth up to $58 million, with about $30 million guaranteed.

If it is indeed a straight six-year deal, with no option for Okung to void the sixth year, the Seahawks definitely won—getting the left tackle for six years at a slightly below-market average of $5 million per year in guaranteed money.

And, if that’s the case, there’s no way this should have dragged on a week into camp.

“This could have been done sooner,” Carroll told reporters. “We stood very strong. I really think (General Manager) John (Schneider) did a great job of hanging in there and holding the line where we wanted to.”

The holdup was first thought to be length of deal, with agent Peter Schaffer understandably wanting five years.

Then came informed speculation that Schaffer wanted Okung to be paid a premium for a sixth year and/or be paid more than safety Eric Berry, who was drafted one spot ahead of Okung.

But, on the surface, it does not appear he got any of that.

The only way this deal makes sense for Schaffer and Okung is if the sixth year is voidable based on Okung’s performance.

Otherwise, the Seahawks got Okung for the amount of time they wanted and for less guaranteed money than they should have had to pay.

No. 4 pick Trent Williams, also an offensive tackle, and No. 5 pick Berry each signed six-year deals worth $60 million. No. 7 pick Joe Haden, a cornerback, got $50 million over five years. So, Okung’s $9.67 million per season in the overall deal is perfectly in the ballpark.

But, as with all NFL contracts, the overall value is really just for show. In the NFL, it’s all about guaranteed money. Players usually get that money within the first three years through various bonuses; but, for slotting purposes, the best way to compare guaranteed money is to break it down by year.

Williams received $36.75 million in guarantees, an average of about $6.1 million per year, while Berry got $34 million, an average of $5.67 million. Haden received $26 million, or $5.2 million per year. All fall into proper slotting order.

However, if Okung’s $30 million over six years is correct, Schaffer certainly did not get the sixth-year premium he allegedly was looking for, because Okung’s guaranteed cash averages $5 million per year—less than Haden’s.

If the sixth year can be voided, the guaranteed money would break down to about $6 million per year—which would achieve Schaffer’s reported goal of surpassing Berry’s contract. But, according to Carroll, it doesn’t sound like Schneider gave in on that.

It’s quite possible that Schaffer was concerned only with the total values, getting bonus money between Haden’s $26 million and Berry’s $34 million in a deal that averaged about $10 million per year in the total package.

But if that’s all he wanted, there’s absolutely no way this should have gone on as long as it did.

The complete details will trickle out eventually, and then we’ll all know what the holdup was and be better able to judge this deal.

In the meantime, the Seahawks’ offensive line just got better than it has been in three years.

Hasselbeck calls Bill Leavy a “stand-up guy”

A day after apologizing for his mistakes officiating Super Bowl XL, Bill Leavy was still in Seattle on Saturday, working Seahawks practice with his crew.

Percy Allen of the Seattle Times writes that some team officials commended Leavy for his honesty, while others had no comment.  It remains a touchy subject, but quarterback Matt Hasselbeck appreciated Leavy’s words.

“I think all of the officials we have in the NFL are stand-up guys and Leavy is no different,” Hasselbeck said.

Hasselbeck pointed out that he regrets some games and understands the human element in officiating. More importantly, he didn’t hold Leavy responsible for the final result.

“We lost the game,” Hasselbeck said.  “Like I said Bill Leavy like all of our officials is a stand-up guy. It’s a long time ago. We lost the game.”

Five years later, Hasselbeck admits how hard it has been to move on from that game.

“It was probably a good thing that we talked because like Seahawks fans, I myself have had to sort of get to the point where I could kind of get past everything.”

Seahawks strike deal with No. 6 overall pick Russell Okung; no NFL holdouts left

The Seattle Seahawks came to terms with sixth overall pick Russell Okung, the last remaining first-round holdout, on Friday, ESPN and the Seattle Times reported.

Okung, an offensive tackle, agreed to a deal worth $48.5 million with more than $29 million guaranteed (maximum value of $58 million), ESPN reported.

His deal came hours after ninth overall selection C.J. Spiller reached a deal with the Buffalo Bills.

Okung is expected to fill the left tackle position for the Seahawks, who lost longtime Pro Bowler Walter Jones to retirement in the offseason.