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On the plus side, the Seahawks have also said Get The Fuck In to some
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GONE is Matt Leinart. Of course, since he was never here to begin with, this makes no sense. Still, he’s decided to stay in Houston, presumably because he’s decided it’s better to go full retard than to go to a team with your former head coach and no defined starter at his very position of employment. What does that say about a guy’s heart? I mean, assuming these rumors were true and the Seahawks were truly trying to sign this guy, where are your nuts at, guy?
Matt Schaub is the man in Houston. He’s proven himself and they’ve proven they’re married to him by way of what it took to get him there in the first place. The Seahawks, meanwhile, have two suck-asses at quarterback. Regardless of the fact that we’ve invested draft picks and millions into Whitehurst, regardless of the fact that we hired Jackson’s offensive coordinator (i.e. regardless of the fact that it appears both have a leg up over a theoretical Matt Leinart), neither of those guys have established themselves as starting quarterbacks in this league. Therefore, you’re looking at a strict 3-way competition with the best of the worst earning that starting job come September.
Leinart just chose an automatic 2nd string quarterback job over the potential for a 1st string job. Somebody get that guy a tampon, stat. For his vagina! Because he a little girl! Ho-ho!
GONE is Will Herring. He’s signing with New Orleans. I lamented this for about 10 seconds until I realized that backup linebackers are a dime a dozen and we drafted a couple more a few months ago. Herring was good, worthy of being a starter SOMEWHERE, and he was aces as a special teams coverage man. I hope the Saints let him start because I have a feeling he’ll dominate for many years to come.
GONE is Olindo Mare. He goes to Carolina. What is it with Carolina stealing all our fucking kickers? I didn’t even know John Kasay had retired … and apparently he didn’t know that either. That’s too bad, I guess. Since I no longer have any delusions of competing for even a crappy NFC West, I’m not going to sweat this Olindo Mare move. We should just sign the best undrafted free agent kicker out there and give him a shot for a year; what harm could it do? Better than picking up some old fuck off the scrap heap.
GONE is Brandon Stokley. Again, another move I’m not going to sweat. It’s not like we’ll have Hasselbeck around; buying a possession receiver for the likes of Jackson or Whitehurst just seems like a waste of funds. Unless the possession receiver has Go-Go Gadget arms to reach all the overthrown balls tossed in their general vicinity, I don’t see the point.
HERE is Robert Gallery! This is pretty exciting. The lone bright spot in this whole week of disappointment, we’ve got our O-Line set for at least the next 3 seasons. What ISN’T there to like? He’s experienced, he’s good, he’s familiar with Tom Cable’s system, he’s a veteran presence for these young guys on the line to grow up around, AND it’s only a 3-year deal. Not that teams are necessarily bound by contract years, this is still a good thing all around. I’ll probably have more good things to say about this as the season approaches, but it’s new and fresh now so I thought I’d mention it.
So, what’s next?
Part of me thinks it’s ominous that we don’t have Brandon Mebane signed yet, but I just need to calm down a bit. He’s GOING to test free agency, that’s just something I’m gonna have to get used to. Doesn’t mean he’s going to sign elsewhere, but it does mean his price will go up accordingly. He’s one of the better, younger D-linemen out there on the market; he deserves to get his money now. I just hope Schneider is a little flexible with his negotiating. I have a feeling he’s got a firm offer on the table and it’s going to be dwarfed by the open market. I guess we’ll see.
Also, still no word on a cornerback. It’s still early, none of the big studs have found a home yet (in other words, the market won’t be set until Nnamdi Asomugha signs), and who knows? The Seahawks could very well be comfortable going with Trufant, Thurmond, and the rookies. At the very least, though, I wish they’d get Big Play Babs back in here (if, indeed, they’re not going to make a bigger splash in the cornerback market).
Man, can’t wait for Day 3. At this rate, I’m going to be writing one of these recaps every day through the weekend!
Again, for your information, I’m robbing this idea from Seahawks.com. I thought a fan-voted poll was interesting and was curious how spot-on they were. I also wanted to see if I could pick a Blue & Green Dream Second Team … but eventually lost interest in trying to find the NEXT five best offensive linemen.
Also, for your information, I’m getting all forthcoming stats and information from this site. Right or wrong, LEROY JENKINS!
The fans certainly got our Devensive Ends correct. Jacob Green had 97.5 official sacks (though, unofficially he had well over 100, since sacks weren’t an official stat until 1982). Michael Sinclair is Number 2 on our list with 73.5 sacks. Sinclair played for some tremendous defenses who racked up an ungodly amount of pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
After those two, if I were putting together a Second team, long-time Jacob Green teammate Jeff Bryant would be first on my list. He had 63 sacks, good for #3 on the list. After that, I’d have to bypass all the DTs and OLBs on our total sacks list. I’d also bypass the HELL out of Patrick Kerney and probably go with Sinclair teammate Phillip Daniels. He was here for a brief period (not NEARLY as brief and injury-plagued as Kerney), but he was a beast opposite Sinclair. Mostly, he was a casualty of the salary cap; he got a better deal from the Chicago Bears and continued with a solid NFL career.
Defensive Tackle is probably our best overall position on the team. Should-be Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy (and reason why our defense changed from the 3-4 we had throughout the 80s to the 4-3 we’ve employed to this day) is paired up with longtime fan-favorite (and ultimate field goal blocking specialist) Joe Nash. I can’t say ENOUGH good things about these two guys. If Largent is my favorite all-time football player, then Cortez is my favorite all-time defensive player. I’ve loved that guy since the moment he joined this team; cemented by his Defensive Player Of The Year Award in 1992 (the only bright spot in our very worst season as a franchise). Tez ended up 4th on our all-time sacks list with 58, in SPITE of constant double and sometimes triple-teams! If he played anywhere else, he’d be in the Hall of Fame by now. Since he played for the Seahawks (and since we were so bad in that stretch from 1990 to 2000), he’s finding it a struggle. The NFL should be ashamed if this class act doesn’t get in, that’s all I’m going to say about that.
Not for nothin’, but Joe Nash is 6th on our sacks list. He played from 1982 thru 1996 and somewhere in that stretch he had the team record for consecutive games played (since broken by steady offensive lineman Chris Gray).
As for the Second Team, I couldn’t have more quality guys to choose from. Don’t forget who drafted Sam Adams before he went on to glory in Baltimore. Don’t forget John Randle made an immediate impact in his brief stint with the team. Don’t forget about Rocky Bernard, who was absolutely INTEGRAL in our Super Bowl run! And I know it’s early, but if Mebane re-signs, we’re likely to see him as well climb this ladder of elite DTs. I know I have to choose two here, and I’m telling you right now, Rocky Bernard IS one of them! That brings us to Adams and Randle. I know we had Randle at the tail-end of his Hall of Fame career, but he was still playing at a very high level. Then again, Sam Adams would REALLY be the stout, run-stuffing nose tackle type my Second Team would need. Fuck, this is hard. And, I’m not gonna lie to you, it’s kinda bullshit! I mean, hell, what NFL team doesn’t have at LEAST a 3-man Defensive Tackle rotation? I’ll keep Adams and Bernard in there on 1st down; then swap out Adams for Randle on 3rd down when we need QB pressure! Done and done.
OK, so Linebacker is where things are getting a little hairy. The Website picked 4 linebackers, I guess a nod to the 3-4 defense we used to play. If I were going to pick just 3 linebackers, then I’d have to say the fans are right on with their choices of Lofa Tatupu, Chad Brown, and Rufus Porter. Lofa’s a born leader and a destructive influence in the middle for other teams. Rufus, remember, was a sack master coming off the edge for us. And Chad Brown, surprise surprise, is our leading overall tackler at the position.*
* I should point out here that Pro Football Reference for some reason didn’t keep good track of tackle numbers. For instance, the 4th linebacker fans chose – Fredd Young, who played with us from ’84 – ’87 – doesn’t have ANY tackles. I find that hard to believe.
Look, I don’t remember much, if anything, of Fredd Young’s Seahawks career. I remember his 1988 Topps football card, and I remember him going to the Indianapolis Colts that very same year. Apparently, he was a Pro Bowler; I dunno. He IS a name I recognize, which is more than I can say for the slim pickin’s I have for Second Team Linebacker.
Off the bat, my instincts tell me Terry Wooden is a guy I should have. I remember him as a steady, non-flashy kind of guy who wouldn’t miss many tackles (indeed, he’s #5 on our all-time list). On the other side, I guess we’d have to look at #6, Tony Woods. He played fewer seasons, but managed to put up some decent numbers. And, if I had to go MLB, I guess I’d look at Dave Wyman? #14 on all-time tackles list, I guess he’s a warm body. Honorable Mention to Julian Peterson, who was a casualty of a regime change and a first round draft pick. If memory serves, he was just cut by the Lions, which has to be a slap to the face of a very good career. But, I wasn’t all that broken up about his leaving in the first place; he did little to really WOW us here. Few more sacks couldn’t have hurt.
As for the Cornerbacks, I have nothing to add here. Marcus Trufant and Dave Brown are our starters, with Shawn Springs as a nickel back. I won’t dignify this position with selecting a second team.
Same kinda goes for Safeties; how am I EVER going to get anywhere NEAR the quality of Strong Safety Kenny Easley and Free Safety Eugene Robinson? I guess Robert Blackmon should probably get an honorable mention here, but I can’t even remember if he was a Safety or a Corner and I’m too lazy and indifferent to look online and confirm!
Rounding off our All Time Seahawks Team, we have the Special Teams.
Kicker – Norm Johnson, Punter – Rick Tuten, Kick-Off Returner Steve Broussard, Punt Returner Nate Burleson.
Can’t argue with ol’ Norm, so I’ll make my Second Team choice Josh Brown over Todd Peterson. Brown was Mr. Automatic while he was here, and the only reason we despise him so much for going to a division rival is because he’s the best kicker in the division.
You know what’s cool about the Kicker position, though? We’ve almost NEVER had a bad kicker in my lifetime. We had Norm from ’82 thru ’90, then an all-NFL great John Kasay from ’91 thru ’94 (before he decided to play closer to home in Carolina), then Peterson from ’95 thru ’99, then just a bit of a down spell with Rian Lindell from 2000 thru ’02, then back with Josh Brown from ’03 thru ’07 and Olindo Mare’s prowess ever since. All in all, a very strong position for us.
Rick Bootin’ Tuten is by FAR our best punter, during a period where all we DID was punt! I’ll take the ageless wonder Jeff Feagles for my Second Team.
Indeed, Steve Broussard DID have the most kickoff return yards in franchise history, but I’m going another direction here altogether: Leon Washington. Yes yes, I know, how can I have a problem with John Carlson being the Top Tight End having been here only 3 seasons, while saying Leon is our best kickoff returner after just 1? Well, I’ll tell ya! Do you know what our franchise record was for most kickoff returns for a touchdown was before 2010? 1, a record tied by 8 other guys. INCLUDING Mr. Broussard over his 165 returns in four seasons. Leon had 3, all in one year! And, among guys with 50 or more returns, Leon is tops in average yards per return with 25.6 (Broussard, meanwhile, averaged 2 yards fewer per return).
And yes, Nate has our record for most punt return yardage, but there are a couple guys I like more. Charlie Rogers is #3 on our list, but he had a higher per-return average. I think, though, if I’m picking MY Second Team, then I’m going with Joey Galloway. He has our team record of 4 punt return touchdowns and was ALWAYS a huge threat to take it to the house. Anyone who saw his return against Jacksonville will testify that Galloway was an absolute monster in the open field.
Overall, though, I think the fans did a good job on this list. 11 guys from the New Era of great Seahawks teams in the ’00s, 15 guys from the Golden Age of good Seahawks teams in the ’80s, and 3 guys from our underachieving ’90s teams.