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Seahawks loss 27-24 Leon Washington: Impressive Seahawks Debut

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The Seahawks still impressive despite the lost. Leon Washington was looking very good running the ball.

Still need Work:

1.) Offense:

Matt Hassellbeck

look good he throw the ball and saw some great agility from him. Matt was on the same page as T.J was and it exciting the preseason seeing sign that they could return to prominent.

Leon Washington

Washington (leg) had four carries for 19 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown run, in Saturday’s preseason game against Green Bay. He also added one reception for six yards.

Recommendation:
It was Washington’s first game since suffering a broken leg last season. He looked at full strength on his touchdown run and showed a nice burst of speed. While he may have a third-down and kick-return role initially, he’ll be a nice late-round flier if he continues to look healthy.

Russel Okung

Sixth overall draft choice Russell Okung of Oklahoma State left the Seahawks’ second preseason game with an ankle injury on Saturday night.
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Seattle’s left offensive tackle, expected to replace the retired All-Pro Walter Jones, limped off and into the locker room after his team’s opening drive against Green Bay.

The team announced his return was doubtful. Seattle’s starters were expecting to play through the first half.

Mansfield Wrotto, normally a guard, replaced Okung. Seattle is already without backup tackle Ray Willis for an indefinite time because he is facing knee surgery.

The Seahawks gave Okung a six-year contract earlier this month that guarantees him more than $29 million and has a maximum value of $58 million.

2.) Defense:

Look still shaky They need to come out and fire of the ball and if tonight was any showing of the secoundary on the first drive then we are in trouble.

Marcus Trufant is looking like when he played in 2007 and a pro bowl striping the ball from Packers receiver and then stopping a run in the back field.

The Rest of the Story

The Seahawks’ second exhibition on Saturday began in the same dreary manner as the first one.

Their offensive starters fizzled on the opening drive while the defense surrendered a long touchdown drive in the early minutes.

Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young dinked and dunked and picked apart Seattle’s secondary last week en route to a 79-yard scoring drive.

This time Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers came out firing just as the Qwest Field fans were settling into their seats. Rodgers rolled right and spotted receiver Greg Jennings who raced behind the secondary and hauled in a 56-yard pass over rookie safety Earl Thomas.

Green Bay scored four plays later when Rodgers connected with fullback John Kuhn for a 1-yard score and the Packers earned a 27-24 exhibition victory Saturday night.

The Seahawks’ offense regained their footing on their second possession when quarterback Matt Hasselbeck capped a five-play, 49-yard drive with an 11-yard pass to Deion Branch in the end zone.

The drive was costly because prized rookie offensive tackle Russell Okung injured his ankle on the possession.

Still, the Seahawks coaching staff had to be pleased the first-string offense was able to score early. Midway through the second quarter at press time, Green Bay led 17-14.

In their first game under new coordinator Jeremy Bates, the Seahawks produced 321 yards in a 20-18 victory over the Tennessee Titans.

Seattle won the game, but Tennessee won the battle between the first-team units as the Titans took the opening drive 79 yards for a touchdown before their starters went to the sideline for good.

Meanwhile, the Seahawks offensive starters stumbled out of the gate and managed just three points on three possessions.

“We have a long ways to improve,” Bates said. “We got to keep working, we got to keep grinding. We’re far from where we need to be.

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“We got to play together. We got to get 11 guys on the same page. We still got three weeks to work things out and figure out who we are.”

Bates talked about being a balanced team and improving a running attack that ranked 26th in the NFL last season.

He also said the offensive starters needed to set the tone and that responsibility rests with Hasselbeck.

The Seahawks’ first-string offense followed the lead of their three-time Pro Bowl quarterback

“I probably lacked a lot of enthusiasm and energy when I was out there, which that’s something that I have to bring to the table,” he said. “It’s something we’ve had here at practice, but we have to transfer that to a preseason game, even if it’s just a preseason game. You still have to bring all that stuff.” Against Green Bay, Hasselbeck connected on 4 of 5 passes for 48 yards and a touchdown on two drives.

Seattle’s first-string defense received a stern test Saturday night against a passing attack that ranked seventh in the NFL last season. Rodgers threw for 159 yards and a touchdown on 12-for-13 passing in a quarter against Cleveland last week.

NFL Pre Season Week One In the Books

It’s here (and it’s about time)! The pro football season officially got moving over the weekend with a full slate of preseason action. Even though the games don’t count in the standings, there is plenty happening on the field and on the sidelines that have relevance for the regular season – and for next week.

For instance, the Seahawks failed to cover against Tennessee, but they did get a win for new Coach Pete Carroll while rolling up 322 yards. Carroll had hinted all week that he wanted to win in preseason and QB Charlie Whitehurst threw for 214 yards. Carroll bolted from the edge of the field to the bench in the second quarter to congratulate the defense following a three-and-out stop in the second quarter. He had a hug for Whitehurst for his first TD throw. Who says preseason is meaningless? Not the emotional Carroll.

Of note is that Seattle’s pass defense was shaky, a problem last season, and pass pressure is still the biggest question mark on Seattle’s defense. With Saturday’s victory, Seattle now has won its past six exhibition games. Seattle was undefeated in exhibition games last season, which didn’t do much to prevent the Seahawks’ 5-11 belly flop in the regular season.

The Patriots got a win over the Saints after building up a 24-7 lead. The offense has new looks – not just with personnel, but with a slight change of strategy. Last season the Patriots relied heavily on wide receivers Randy Moss and Wes Welker to carry the offense. QB Tom Brady went to the shotgun a lot, too. Sports Betting at the Sportsbook

What they showed in the preseason opener is that there appears to be a slight change in philosophy. Brady was far more under center than usual and they used 2 and even 3 tight ends at times. Part of that was that they drafted two potentially talented tight ends in Rob Grankowski and Aaron Hernandez, while adding veteran TE Alge Crumpler.

The Patriots were a weak red zone team last season and it’s clear they want to spread the football around more, possibly run more and use the tight ends in an attempt to bolster their red zone efficiency. In the preseason opener, they were 6 of 13 on third down and very strong in the red zone.

What team looked the worst? Let’s call it a tie with the Lions, Rams and Bills, three bottom feeders from last season. The Lions lost 23-7 at Pittsburgh, though there was room for optimism. Detroit outgained the Steelers and held Pittsburgh to 3.3 yards per rush. With the starting defensive line on the field, the Steelers offense gained 12 yards.

The Rams got flattened at home by the Vikings and the big story was not Sam Bradford but the St. Louis offensive line, which looks as bad as ever. Bradford’s NFL debut consisted of six completions in 13 attempts for 57 yards and a passer rating of 58.8. But the real story came in all the hits Bradford absorbed by the Minnesota pass rush. Bradford was sacked four times and hit at least three other times. “We had some issues up front,” Steve Spagnuolo said. So, what else is new?

The Buffalo Bills’ backfield took a major hit as running backs Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch were hurt early in the 42-17 preseason-opening loss to the Washington Redskins. Jackson is believed to have a broken left hand, while Lynch hobbled off with an injured ankle. Jackson’s injury is the most serious as head coach Chan Gailey said Jackson will miss the rest of the preseason. Gailey has been demanding a tough, physical game, and it’s taking a toll as they are loaded with injured players.

The final word of the weekend goes to the Kansas City Chiefs coaching staff, who punished receivers by sending them to the toilet. Kansas City coaches hauled a mobile outhouse onto the practice field and told pass catchers to go in, have a seat and close the door. The port-a-potty was used for a unique kind of pass-catching drill that players, suppressing a laugh, hailed as effective in developing some quick hand-eye coordination.

The Chiefs, you see, led the NFL in dropped passes a year ago. Assistant head coach Maurice Carthon, who introduced the Chiefs to the port-a-potty drill, stood about 10 feet away and shouted to another coach when to fling open the door. The second the door opened, Carthon fired the pass and it was on the player to hang on.”It teaches you hand-eye coordination,” rookie wide receiver Dexter McCluster said. So if they bounce the football to them would it be a one-hopper in the hopper? Just asking.

Seahawks sign Bears Adrian Peterson

The Seattle Seahawks signed running back Adrian Peterson on Thursday. But as he has heard every time he does anything in recent years, the accompanying line is … no, not THAT Adrian Peterson.

This Adrian Peterson is a 31-year-old running back who spent the last eight years with the Chicago Bears as a backup before becoming a free agent this offseason, as opposed to the Minnesota Vikings All-Pro running back of the same name.

The newest Seahawk was on the field Thursday afternoon wearing No. 42.

Wide receiver Matt Simon, signed just two days ago, was released to create a roster opening.

Peterson rushed just seven times for 51 yards for the Bears last year. In his career, he’s played 106 games with 1,283 yards rushing and eight touchdowns on 311 carries.

His best season was in 2007 when he rushed for 510 yards and also caught 51 passes for 420 yards.

Peterson joins a running back competition that already includes Justin Forsett, Julius Jones, Leon Washington, Quinton Ganther and Louis Rankin.

UPDATE (4:25 p.m.): Coach Pete Carroll said after practice that Peterson was brought in because the team is concerned about running back depth in Saturday’s game, largely because Rankin has been sidelined with a sore hamstring.

Carroll indicated Peterson, who practiced today without having even seen a playbook yet, would get some action in the preseason opener. Though the coach wasn’t giving any clues on how much the starters will play Saturday, my guess is Washington won’t play much — if at all — as he returns from last year’s broken leg.

The team won’t want to overuse Forsett or Jones in the preseason opener either, thus Peterson’s arrival.

Peterson said he was still living in Chicago just being patient and waiting for a call.

“It’s still early,” he said.

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.”

Breakdown of the Seattle Seahawks Starting Wideouts.

T.J Houshmandzadeh:

Seattle’s passing game wasn’t pretty last year, despite the high-priced addition of Houshmandzadeh who flirted with a 1,000 yard season. He gave the Seahawks some reliability at wideout, but only found the end zone three times. Those aren’t top WR numbers. Houshmandzadeh turns 33 this year and had off-season surgery for a sports hernia — an injury that has a way of re-appearing. Given the unsettled situation at QB, expect this former Bengal’s fantasy numbers to continue their decline.

Golden Tate:

Tate, taken 60th overall, could end up as the steal of the 2010 draft. He’s a tough, yet dynamic playmaker who helped make Jimmy Clausen a household name. The sensible move would be to phase Tate in opposite T.J. Houshmandzadeh as the team’s starting flanker. The Seahawks are likely to use Tate as the team’s utility man a-la Minnesota’s Percy Harvin in 2009. Tate can stretch the field at flanker, run routes out of the slot, return kicks and punts or even man the wildcat. Loaded with potential, this is a guy dynasty leaguers should be interested in.

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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.