Good afternoon. Here’s what was “out there” about the Seahawks for today, May 23, and also over the weekend:
Eric Williams of the New Tribune checks in with strength and conditioning coach Chris Carlisle, whose domain has been very quiet this offseason. Says Carlisle, “I hate not being around the athletes and not being able to work with them. But instead, I’ve spent time reading, researching and figuring out how to do it better at this level than it’s been done before. And that kind of carries on what Pete (Carroll) talks about.”
ESPN’s John Clayton lists the Seahawks re-signing QB Matt Hasselbeck among the Top 10 biggest deals that need to get done once the work stoppage is over. Clayton has the Hasselbeck-back-to-the-Seahawks move at No. 3, offering, “Hasselbeck is aging but managed to get Pete Carroll a playoff win last season, and the Seahawks are more than a quarterback away from 10 wins. Giving up draft picks in a trade for a signal-caller would rob Carroll of the chance to draft key players for the long term, so bringing Hasselbeck back is the best option for Seattle.”
Even with Carroll and GM John Schneider determined to get younger as they move into their second season together, it’s difficult to disagree that re-signing Hasselbeck is the right move.
Mike Sando, also at ESPN.com, also weighs in on the Seahawks’ QB situation, with only backup Charlie Whitehurst under contract. Sando explains why Whitehurst didn’t get a longer look in his first season with the team and also points out that the dynamic has changed for this season with the additions of offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and line coach Tom Cable. Says Sando: “Seattle wants to develop its identity around the running game, taking pressure off the quarterback.”
Sando also has delusional storylines for each NFC West team from the 2010 season. For the Seahawks, he offers: “Alex Gibbs’ addition as offensive line coach will help Seattle build an identity through the running game.” That never happened, of course, because Gibbs retired the weekend before the season opener and injuries again decimated the line.
Vinnie Iyer of Sporting News Today looks at the cornerbacks who will be available once free agency begins, as well as the in-needed teams. He links the Seahawks with the Steelers’ Ike Taylor, who is 6 feet 2, but also 31. Offers Iyer: “They are sorely lacking physicality and speed, and should consider going after Taylor.”
Iyer also points out that the Seahawks used fifth- and sixth-round picks in the recent NFL Draft to select two corners – Stanford’s Richard Sherman and Clemson’s Byron Maxwell. But he forgot last year’s fourth-round pick: Walter Thurmond. The former University of Oregon corner has the size (5-11, 190) and speed Carroll wants to feature in the secondary, and will challenge for a starting job.
Peter King doesn’t have anything Seahawks in his “Monday Morning Quarterback” at SI.com, but it’s a good read anyway – as always.
And with the lockout entering its 69th day, here’s your daily dose of rhetoric: The players likening the league to a “cartel” in their latest court filing. You can read about it in this report from the Associated Press that was carried on several websites.
The owners, meanwhile, are gathering today in Indianapolis for their annual spring meeting. Player safety is on the agenda, in addition to you-know-what.