Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Report: Hawks Sign Braylon Edwards

I guess the WR position is not as settled as I thought. This should make things interesting. Who knows how much he has left in the tank, especially after being hurt so much over the last few years.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Position Analysis: WR

Roster spots available: 5 or 6 (most likely 5).

Locks: Sidney Rice, Doug Baldwin, Golden Tate.

Looking Good: Ben Obomanu, Ricardo Lockette.

Longer Odds: Deon Butler, Chris Durham, Antonio Bryant, et. al.

While the competition to win the starting position across from Sidney Rice intensifies, the roster spots are more nailed down than one would think. I don't see Butler, Bryant or Durham making the team unless they keep a sixth receiver or someone gets hurt.

Tate appears committed this season to becoming a professional instead of relying upon his pure athleticism. He worked out with Larry Fitzgerald in the off-season which should have taught him a thing or two about being a pro.

Lockette is hard to overlook because of his speed and size. He maybe raw, but he is making plays in camp. Hopefully these efforts will translate during exhibition games.

Obomanu is steady. He may have limited upside but he can be counted on. QBs know where to find him. He plays special teams.

These three receivers all bring different qualities to the position. Maybe they will work well in a rotation?

Overall, if Rice is healthy and Baldwin does what he did last year, the team will be ahead of where they were in 2011. Mike Williams didn't give the Hawks much last year opposite Rice, so hopefully someone will step up to provide the offense with another weapon.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Breaking News: Sea Gal Granny Panty Update

I wrote last summer that the Sea Gal uniforms were sorely in need of an update. Well...it happened. Good bye Granny Panties, hello new look Sea Gals! Welcome to the 1990s!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

5 Things to Watch for in Training Camp

Welcome to Camp Carroll 3.0. Here are a few things I am interested in this summer:

1) Who will play quarterback this season? This one is obvious but also the most important. If the team is going to take another step forward this year, better QB play is essential–especially in the last 4 minutes of each half.

2) The competition at receiver. Consistent and improved play for the WRs is also important for overall offensive growth. Yes the Seahawks want to be a running offense, but this is a passing league, so a running game alone is not enough. Who will emerge across from Sidney Rice? Will Rice's shoulders hold up? Will the Hawks actually utilize one or bath of their tight ends in the passing game? Will Doug Baldwin have a sophomore slump? Will Golden Tate finally figure it out? Can Ricardo Lockette demonstrate the tools to play regularly?

3) Will the O–line contine to develop? This unit made huge strides from game 1 to game 16 last year. Will the contine to get better? Will Moffitt be ready to go at RG? Can Okung stay healthy? Who will start at LG...Duece Lutui, McQuistan, or someone else? Will Carpenter play this year? And Where?

4) Who replaces the Heater? Can Bobby Wagner step right in at Mike? Will KJ Wright end up switching to the middle? What about Barrett Ruud, does he have anything left in the tank? Will the Hawks play more 5-2 this year, and if so, who will be the two LBs on the field?

5) Who will be the biggest surprise to make the team? Every year someone off the street proves that they should have been drafted. Will the Hawks be able to find this year's Doug Baldwin or Brandon Browner? Has the team gotten deeper so that rookies will make less of an impact?

Friday, July 27, 2012

Why the Offense Should Improve

"Hi, I'm Larry; this is my brother Darrell,
and this is my other brother 
2012 will be the first year in 4, that the team will not be learning a new system and new terminology in training camp. The parade of Offensive Coordinators has taken its toll in Seattle as offenses need confidence and continuity. Having to learn a new system every year has not helped a young team. Here is the list of Coordinators:

2008—Gil Haskell
2009—Greg Knapp
2010—Jeremy Bates
2011—Darrell Bevell
2012—Darrell Bevell

Hopefully the Hawks will be able to hit the ground running this week by building upon what they accomplished last yearinstead of having to start from square one.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

And So It Begins

Season tickets arrived today, so let's get this thing started!

 Hawk And Roll!

Lovin' The CBA

This might be a really geeky topic, but in a typical season under prior CBAs draft picks would be threatening lengthy hold outs as training camp approaches. Devoted fans like us would be pacing the halls waiting for news that our 4th round pick just signed his deal. Forget about our 1st rounder--as that deal is weeks away.

Fast forward to 2012 where all pick were signed before rookie camp. I feel my blood-pressure dropping. Not only were all rookie deals done, but Seattle has extended two key players who would have become free agents this winter.

The front office has put the Hawks in a position to become a winner by locking up the core of the team for multiple years. We as fans know that top players will be given new deals that do not break the bank. With some leadership under center, this should be a winning formula.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Schneider Totals his BMW

It's true. Big Mike Williams (BMW) was cut today by the Seahawks. I didn't think that he was likely to make the final roster, but I did think he would get the chance to prove himself in camp.

It is clear that Pete and John want young, fast players. BMW is a possession receiver who got little separation and used his height and width to make catches. The addition of Kellen Winslow hurt BMW's chances as he is a similar type of player (at a different position).

The Hawks need a speedy receiver across from Rice this year. Tate, Butler, Lockette and Durham should all be given chances to win the job. I omit Obomanu from the list as he is a known quantity and while he adds depth and can play special teams, he isn't a game changer by any means.

After BMW's release, there are still 12 receivers on the roster with 5 or 6 spots available in total. Assuming Rice, Baldwin and Tate are locks, that leaves 2 to 3 spots for 9 guys. It will be one of the more interesting positions to watch this August.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Simple Math

Lower prices = More people.
Mike Florio has a nice piece on fan retention: