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Sep 25 13 11:42 AM

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Fresh Face on Defensive Line

The Seattle Seahawks made yet another trade yesterday. This time the pulled off a blockbuster deal to acquire the 3rd overall pick in the 2013 draft, LE Dion Jordan. This deal cost the Seahawks some major pieces though. Going to Miami in the deal are LT Russell Okung, WR Golden Tate, and the Seahawks 1st round pick in the 2014 draft. Owner Justin Hanson and head coach Pete Carroll were both pleased to be adding an athlete like Jordan to the defensive line. Hanson was quoted as saying "While we did have to give up some of our starters in this deal, we are confident that we made the right decision. Pete and I looked over our roster, and we both agreed that we had guys who could step up and take the places that were left vacant from the trade. Menelik Watson, who we just moved over to LT, has shown that he is worthy of being a starter, and he is eager to show the coaches and fans that he can do more than Okung at a fraction of the salary." The loss of Golden Tate at WR might seem like a big blow to the offense's production, until you hear how the coaching staff talks about WRs Harper, Baldwin, and Kearse. These young receivers now have the opportunity to step up and show what they can do. Giving up a 1st round pick in the draft is always hard for a team, but the Seahawks were able to get a 3rd round pick in each of the next two drafts to help make up for it. The fan base in Seattle will have some sleepless nights, leading up to the week 8 game against St. Louis, thinking of the possibilities of the pass rush that should be generated from Jordan and DEs Avril and Clemons along with ROLB Bruce Irvin. Coach Carroll mentioned that they would be toying with the positioning of each of those players. He said that you might see Irvin lined up next to or behind Jordan, or they may be on opposite sides of the line. The versatility is perhaps the most exciting part that Jordan brings to the defensive line. Not to be forgotten in this deal, Seattle also acquired WR Pruitt and ROLB Jelani Jenkins from Miami and sent ROLB Malcolm Smith and LE Michael Bennett. Hanson talked about how much the whole team liked ROLB Smith, but felt that Jenkins would be a better fit in the long run. Jenkins, a standout player at the University of Florida, is coming in to Seattle looking to make an impact in his rookie season.

A Growing Trend

This deal is just the latest in a number of deals Seattle has made that have brought in promising young talent. Earlier in the year, they dealt WR Percy Harvin and CB Antoine Winfield in order to get WR Stephen Hill and 1st rd pick CB Dee Miliner. Hill is leading the team in receptions and touchdowns. Miliner, the coaches say, could lead the league in interceptions, if he works on his catching. Another deal early in the year sent CB Brandon Browner, WR Sidney Rice, and the Seahawks 2014 2nd round pick to Kansas City for TE Travis Kelce, CB Sanders Commings, and RG Jon Asamoah. Kelce is just back from a week 1 injury, and is expected to be a big part of the offense. Asamoah is one of the best young guards in the league, and gives Marshawn Lynch more room to run. One benefit of all these deals is the fact that Seattle now has over 40 million in cap space. This will go a long way in helping them resign key players next year. Guys like Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman will need to be resigned, and Hanson said that the team is willing to pay them what they deserve.

The Season Ahead
How will all of these trades change the chemistry in the locker room? How will the young players perform this season? Seattle is currently 6-2 and 2nd in the NFC West. There have been bumps in the road, but the team says they expected that there would be. Check back later in the season for an update on the team's progress. And keep your eyes open for another trade until the deadline has passed.

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Oct 7 13 8:56 AM

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Finally Healthy
The Seahawks, who are on their bye week, get Bobby Wagner back this week. The young middle linebacker will try to use this extra week to get back into game shape and get ready to lead this defense once again. Seattle will no doubt be looking over the tape from the close win over Minnesota in week 11. Coach Pete Carroll said that they will be spending the majority of the bye week working on defense. He told reporters that he believed Bobby Wagner would be able to step right in and be an impact for the defensive squad. However, one player coming back won't fix all of the issues the Seahawks are having. The pass rush hasn't shown up much in the last few weeks. The coverage issues have resulted in OLB Bruce Irvin dropping back more to help. This seems to be a bad cycle, as some are attributing the coverage lapses to the lack of a pass rush, and others say that the coverage should be giving the pass rush more time to get to the QB. The next two weeks will be very important for the Seahawks, as they play New Orleans and San Francisco. These games could help decide the NFC West race and who will get home field advantage through the playoffs.

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Nov 13 13 1:46 PM

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Offseason Recap
After a disappointing exit from the playoffs, the Seattle Seahawks set out to fix some deficiencies that management saw at certain times last season. Seattle had plenty of cap room available during free agency, but everyone this reporter talked to said that they wouldn't be throwing money around due to the fact that they had a few big names to resign in the following season. The Seahawks were able to bring in some young talented guys, but missed on the big name they were really after. CB Vontae Davis decided to go elsewhere, even though reports say Seattle was offering as much or more than what Davis ultimately accepted. Owner, Justin Hanson, was looking at the silver lining after free agency, saying that the team might be better off not having signed Davis. "We got some guys that we were after, and we feel like we filled some holes without having to handicap ourselves financially. Would we have liked to get Davis, of course, but we are very excited to see what Dee Milliner can do in his second year in the league." Seattle was able to land a CB in free agency. Terry Hawthorne looks to come in and make an impact in nickle and dime packages. Other additions include: WR JT Conheeney, who coaches say with some development could be a starter at some point, and OLBs Aaron Maybin and John Simon. Conheeney and Simon were both on the Seahawks radar last year, but the team never really had the space for them on the roster.

Position Changes
Probably the biggest story for the Seahawks this offseason was the position changes that took place on a defensive squad that was ranked #1 last season. Coach Carroll said that there were several meetings held after the playoff loss to see what could be done to make this defense even better. Finally, everyone concluded that going to a 3-4 system would be the most beneficial. With DE Dion Jordan's speed, intelligence, and abilities in coverage, it was an easy decision to move him to OLB. This led to a shuffling of the other LBs, with Mario Harvey going to OLB, and KJ Wright and Jelani Jenkins going to MLB. After making these moves and getting Simon and Maybin from free agency, the Seahawks felt very strongly about their LB core. Another big change on defense came when CB Sanders Commings was moved to SS. This was a move that was talked about all year. The coaches felt that Commings' speed and zone coverage ability would make him a better fit at SS.

Trades
Of course Seattle was a player in offseason trades. However, they didn't really get active until right before the draft. Moving Commings to SS allowed the Seahawks to shop SS Chancellor. While they weren't really big on dealing him to a division rival, management said they couldn't pass up the opportunity to get the 4th overall pick in the draft. The next big deal came about because of the depth at LB. Seattle sent KJ Wright and DE Cliff Avril to Cleveland for a 1st round pick in the upcoming draft and a 3rd in the next years draft. There had been plenty of interest in Wright, and Seattle had questions on whether or not they could afford to resign Wright and Avril in the upcoming season. So they decided to pull the trigger on this deal and see what they could get with another pick in the 1st round. DE Brandon Mebane and WR Doug Baldwin were both involved in draft day trades that gave Seattle an extra 3rd and 4th round pick. By comparison, Seattle was probably quieter than normal when it comes to making trades, but they still managed to get some done.

Draft
Seattle's draft picks looked like this
1- DE Jake Whipkey
1- RB Martaze Belew
3- WR Chase Islas
3- DT Hosey Lovett
5- TE Chuck Unsell
5- CB Leland Defee - Cut
5- RB Davis Collins
7- DE Tres Forest

Whipkey was Seattle's top choice for the #4 pick. The trades and position changes before the draft had left them with some holes to fill at DE, and going to a 3-4, the coaches felt that getting a strong, young guy in who they could groom would be the best option. Getting Belew in the 1st was an example of taking the best guy available rather than drafting a need. Seahawk scouts had Belew marked as a difference maker and management decided to grab him while he was available. This gives Seattle good depth at the RB position, and Belew should be in line to get some touches in relief of Marshawn Lynch. WR Islas was another of those guys that the scouts really liked. His size and ability to catch the ball even in traffic made up for having lower speed than others in the draft. Probably the best thing about Islas, according to the coaches, is how well he performs in run blocking situations. Lovett, Unsell, Collins, and Forest are just backup guys for now. Unsell could see some game time due to his speed, but Seattle is pretty deep at TE and it might be hard for him to break through. CB Defee, while being good in coverage, was just too slow to make the team when time for cuts came. Seattle came out of the draft very excited with the talent they had acquired, and eager to get them out on the field.

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A New Season and A New Look
Seattle entered the new season with a different defensive scheme and some new faces at positions. Before their week 1 game with Cincinnati, the Seahawks worked out a deal with the Bengals for DE Chuck Gammie, in an effort to improve their defensive line. Seattle sent RB Christine Michael and a 2015 3rd round pick (via Cleveland) to the Bengals. Michael had fallen behind on the depth chart at RB. With rookie Belew stepping up and the improvements by return specialist Jeff Demps, Michael became expendable. Gammie has come in and started right away at LE ahead of Red Bryant. He only has 3 tackles so far, but the coaches expect him to get used to the scheme and make a bigger impact soon. In other roster news, WR Stephen Williams, a bottom of the depth chart guy, was released to make room for DE Alan Branch. Branch will be expected to mentor the young DEs and should see some time in the rotation on the defensive line.

A Good Start
After Seattle's first three games, the team sits at 3-0. Coaches and management are happy with the team's good start, but everyone is quick to mention that there are plenty of things that could be improved. It seems the team's switch to a 3-4 defense is taking some time to take full effect. The #1 defense from last year, is currently sitting at #27. Many are saying that it is just due to the new assignments and new players on defense. Four players are in a different position than last year, and the two DEs are rookies. The general consensus is that once this group comes together as a unit, watch out. The offense, however, has come out of the gate at full speed. The addition of Martaze Belew at RB seems to have sparked a fire in Marshawn Lynch that has him looking better than ever. QB Russell Wilson has also had a good start. He is making good decisions through the air and on the ground. He humbly attributes his good start to the protection from the offensive line and the good play of his receivers. Stay tuned to see how this season will turn out for the Seahawks.

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