12. Justin Forsett, worried he’s going to lose his starting job, sends Marshawn Lynch a big bag of some of the finest northwest weed and plants a gun in Lynch’s car.
11. Matt Hasselbeck invites Charlie Whitehurst over for dinner and then coats the front steps in oil, in hopes the heir apparent slips and injures himself.
10. Chester Pitts spends the bye week in the trainer’s room after he strains his back unpacking his suitcase for the umpteenth time.
9. Julius Jones updates his resume and finally signs up for LinkedIn.
8. John Schneider takes a break from constantly revamping the roster to finally update his fantasy football team.
7. Pete Carroll ignores the criticism over his trick plays and draws up 24 more for their upcoming game against the Bears. Get ready for the Statue of Liberty, double reverse, halfback pass.
6. The Seahawks coaching staff runs through a handful of offensive line lineups in a dozen games of Madden NFL 11to figure out who they’re going to start against Chicago.
5. Now that he’s back with the Seahawks, Craig Terrill gets his band back together and plays the Muckelshoot Casino.
4. John Schneider consoles the GM for the Arizona Cardinals over the phone. There’s clearly a request to trade any of Seattle’s quarterbacks, but Schneider can’t make out which one because of all the sobbing and blubbering.
3. Pete Carroll looks over 49ers Coach Mike Singletary’s application to become the Seahawk’s linebacker coach for next season.
2. Punter Jon Ryan works with a speed coach in hopes of being called on again for a boneheaded fake field goal.
1. Former Seahawks Coach Jim Mora practices making regrettable comments in the mirror prior to appearing on an upcoming radio broadcast.
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According to Jay Glazer via Twitter, the Seahawks have acquired running back Marshawn Lynch from the Buffalo Bills.
Breaking news: I’m reporting seattle has traded for bills rb marshawn lynch for 4th in 2011 and cond pick 2012. Great move for ‘hawks
Jason La Canfora, Adam Schefter, and several other media sources are reporting a similar deal. The Seattle Seahawks have not officially confirmed the trade.
According to other reports, Julius Jones will be released to make room for Marshawn Lynch on the 53-man roster.
UPDATE: According to Adam Schefter, Buffalo will receive a 2011 fourth-round pick and a 2012 conditional pick. The conditional pick is believed to be a sixth-round pick that could become a fifth-round pick based on Marshawn Lynch’s performance.
Julius Jones will be carrying the football again this season for Seattle after all. And regardless of what happened over the weekend, Jordan Babineaux will be back, too.
As the roster continues to shuffle only days before the opener, the Seahawks have opted to retain both Jones and Babineaux for the upcoming season. Both players have agreed to restructure their contracts to remain with the football team.
Many fans are happy that Big Play Babs will return for another season, but there isn’t quite as much excitement for the return of Jones. Many observers have been critical of Jones, who will continue to split carries with Justin Forsett and Leon Washington.
Jones shows some promise in a zone-blocking scheme, and excels in pass protection in obvious passing situations. He doesn’t have a flashy style of running like Leon Washington, but he adds quality depth to Seattle’s backfield. He doesn’t possess pass-catching skills or the ability to run through traffic like Justin Forsett, but he brings veteran leadership and consistency to a young group of backs.
Just like everyone else, I don’t want Julius Jones to take carries away from Forsett or Washington. I’d prefer him as a situational backup and occasional runner.
But with a restructured deal, I don’t see a problem retaining Jones for at least another year and additional, quality depth is developed.
For Jordan Babineaux, I feel the same way. He should be much more effective in situational roles than he was as a starting safety last season. With new talent in the defensive backfield, Babineaux will likely be limited to nickel packages and sporadic relief for starters. He can play multiple positions for the Seahawks and will allow the team to show several different looks on defense.
The only negative to bringing back Babineaux (with a restructured deal) is cutting another player to create space on the roster.
To make room for the addition of Babineaux, the Seahawks released veteran defensive tackle Craig Terrill. Terrill had been with the team for six seasons, always contributing as a third or fourth option in a rotation of defensive linemen. Terrill proved his worth as a backup three-technique; not a great player, but valuable depth in the trenches.
Terrill should find another home soon in the National Football League; the way the Seahawks have been shuffling the roster, it wouldn’t be crazy to see him back in Seattle in a few days.
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On Saturday, the Seahawks trimmed their roster down to 53 players. As it turns out, the initial cuts were only the beginning for John Schneider and the Seattle Seahawks.
On Sunday, the Seahawks continued to churn and trim their roster, cutting several veterans and signing players released by other teams around the league.
Here is a quick list of who the Seahawks released yesterday:
Jordan Babineaux had been with the Seahawks since 2004 after signing with the team as an undrafted free agent. For most of his career, Babineaux excelled as the third cornerback in nickel packages; his ability to make timely plays earned him the nickname Big Play Babs. Last season, Babineaux started all 16 games for the Seahawks as a safety. He will be remembered most for the game-saving tackle made on Tony Romo following a fumbled snap in the 2007 NFL Playoffs.
Kevin Ellison, who played for Pete Carroll at the University of Southern California, was acquired by the Seahawks after being released by the San Diego Chargers following an off-field indiscretion. As a rookie in 2009, Ellison started 9 games at safety for the Chargers. Ellison is a former sixth-round pick who most expected to be cut the day before.
Julius Jones is definitely not a fan favorite, but he has lasted several years in Seattle despite regime turnover and fan criticism. Jones started 24 games for the Seahawks in two seasons after leaving Dallas as a free agent in 2007. In Seattle, Jones rushed for 1,361 yards and averaged just over 4.0 yards per carry. Nothing is confirmed yet, but several reports say Jones will be released. If he is on the roster after Monday, his base salary of $2.45 million in 2010 becomes guaranteed.
Owen Schmitt, the Runaway Beer Truck, was selected in the fifth round of the 2008 draft by Seattle. Known to prefer a smash-mouth brand of football, Schmitt will probably be remembered most for striking his own head with a helmet prior to a game last season. Schmitt has only started twice in two seasons and never lived up to his potential as a fullback in the NFL.
Steve Vallos was selected in the seventh round of the 2007 draft by Seattle. In two seasons with the team, Vallos has started 8 games and proved his value with impressive versatility on the offensive line. He looked capable while starting in place of injured Chris Spencer and also played elsewhere along the interior offensive line.
Kevin Vickerson was acquired as part of the deal that also sent LenDale White to Seattle last April. Vickerson looked decent as a nose tackle during the preseason, capable of backing up starter Colin Cole. The Seahawks obviously considered Vickerson expendable and will look to add depth elsewhere.
Mansfield Wrotto spent most of the exhibition season starting at left tackle in place of injured Russell Okung and keeping Matt Hasselbeck upright. As a reward, the Seahawks sent Wrotto packing as more questions continue to develop regarding the offensive line. Wrotto was originally a fourth-round selection in 2007 – Seattle used the pick acquired from the Darrell Jackson trade to draft him – and has started 5 games in three seasons. Prior to playing tackle in several exhibition games, Wrotto spent most of his time as an offensive guard.
In addition to a number of cuts, the Seahawks also added a handful of players. More additions are expected as the Seahawks continue to change the 53-man roster less than a week before the season opener.
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Looked a lot better at left tackle than anyone expected. Although Wrotto had help, he did an effective job of neutralizing arguably the best pass rusher in the NFL. I barely remember hearing Jared Allen’s name. Outside of a false start, Wrotto had as good of a game as possible. Grade: A-
Was 9/17 for 138. No picks and no touchdowns. 94 of Hasselbeck’s yards came on 2 plays both of which were perfectly thrown balls to Branch(42) and Williams (52) hitting them in stride and allowing them to pick up extra yards. Matt nearly threw 2 interceptions. One on a slant route to Deion Branch early in the game and another which would have been a pick had Houshmandzadeh not it batted down to the turf. Hasselbeck didn’t look great, but he didn’t look bad either. He was good. Grade: C+
The Running Game
Struggled mustering a mere 42 yards between L Washington (2.6 avg.), J Jones(3), and J Forsett(3.3). As a group they averaged only 3 ypc. No single back stood out among the pack which was a little disappointing. Grade: D
Mike Williams was just trying to stick with a team at the beginning of training camp. Now he is making a strong move to crack the starting lineup based on his preseason numbers. Mike Williams has 149 yard, and his plays are the type that ignite an offense and create momentum. His size makes him a prime target in the redzone evidenced in the Vikings game when he was one and a half feet away from a touchdown on a fade route. Even without his 51td from Whitehurst, Williams would still lead all Seahawk receivers. He has definately separated himself from the pack, but still has a lot to prove based on his past. So far so good. Grade: B+
Golden Tate, who many thought would be the number 2 wideout, has only 60 yards, 47 in the Vikings game, and seems to have fallen out of favor with the coaching staff as a result of poorly run routes. He better tighten up his game, as he seems to have already fallen out of the starting lineup. Grade: C-
Houshmandzadeh has 95 total yards and has looked ok. He had embarrassing drop in the second half of the Vikings game which could not have been a better thrown ball, however, he did break up what would have been a sure pick allowing Mare to later kick a 38 yd Field Goal. Grade C+
Okay, so I’m sure the Seahawks have more promising prospects than only Justin Forsett. But considering the criteria used to rank the top prospects, he is the only talented player who is also eligible.
According to Football Outsiders via ESPN.com, Justin Forsett ranks ninth on a list of the top twenty-five prospects in the National Football League.
To be eligible, prospects must meet the following criteria:
- Be in the second, third, or fourth year of their pro career
- Have been drafted in rounds three to seven or signed as an undrafted free agent
- Have started fewer than five career games in the NFL
- Still on their rookie contract
Given these conditions, players like Aaron Curry, Charlie Whitehurst, or David Hawthorne are not eligible.
Forsett, entering his third NFL season, has only started two games, both last season with the Seahawks. He was drafted in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft following an impressive career at California.
From Bill Barnwell of Football Outsiders:
Given a chance to carry the ball last year while Rome burned around him, Forsett put up an 18.2 percent DVOA, fourth-beat among qualifying backs. The DVOA of the other Seattle backs wasn’t as pretty: Julius Jones was at minus-6.2 percent, and the remains of what used to be Edgerrin James mustered a whopping minus-30.2 percent. Forsett was also the team’s best receiver out of the backfield. With investments along the offensive line and a guaranteed lack of Seneca Wallace at quarterback, Forsett should remain one of the league’s most efficient and quietly effective backs in 2010. Professionals personnel note: Seahawks GM Tim Ruskell tried to give Forsett away, waiving him after selecting him in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft but got Forsett back after the Colts picked him up and couldn’t find a consistent roster spot.
Prospects on Seattle’s roster who were eligible but missed the cut include Deon Butler, Nick Reed, Red Bryant, and a handful of lesser players.
For about a half-decade, the Seahawks did not need to worry about finding someone capable of running the football. Between 2001 and 2005, Shaun Alexander averaged 1,770 total yards of offense and nearly 20 touchdowns per season.
Regardless of how you feel about Shaun Alexander, you can’t deny his production.
Unfortunately, the Seahawks have not had a consistent threat at running back since Shaun Alexander’s demise. Maurice Morris, Julius Jones, T.J. Duckett, and several others have been unable to excite fans or intimidate opposing defenses.
The Seattle Seahawks never found a replacement for Alexander. Until now.
Justin Forsett could be the next big thing in Seattle. Maybe not an MVP-caliber back, but definitely productive and dynamic.
According to Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times, Forsett is one of ten players who could be primed for a breakout season in the NFL:
Forsett, in his third season out of Cal, is everything LenDale White wasn’t — undersized, dedicated, productive, and an instant Pete Carroll favorite.
The Seahawks had the league’s 26th-ranked running game last season, but they might have been much more effective had they put the ball in Forsett’s hands. The 5-foot-8, 194-pound back averaged 5.4 yards in 114 carries with four touchdowns, and caught 41 balls out of the backfield. He was far more explosive than Julius Jones, who was limited to fewer than 50 yards in more than half of his starts last season.
Forsett was impressive in limited action last season, and several fans were disappointed he wasn’t given more of an opportunity. With a crowded backfield heading into training camp, however, Forsett could be stuck in a limited role again this season.
But if Farmer is accurate in his assessment and Forsett has become an “instant Pete Carroll favorite,” is it possible he could shoot up the depth chart and receive a majority of carries in Seattle?
Of course, the additional workload would be warranted. Not only was Forsett impressive last season, according to ProFootballFocus.com, he was the most “elusive” back in the National Football League. Ahead of backs like Jonathan Stewart, Pierre Thomas, Ray Rice, and Adrian Peterson, Forsett was by far the most elusive:
The toughest back to bring down in 2009 by our study was Forsett… Forsett was noticeably shifty and tough as a runner and receiver, and it will be interesting to see where he fits in 2010, with Seattle having added LenDale White and Leon Washington in the offseason.
I’m not sure Forsett is a prototypical workhorse, but he could become Seattle’s first option at running back. If Forsett earns the majority of touches in Seattle, he could experience a breakout season.
Farmer’s assessment has me even more excited for training camp.
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Two running backs will be selected to represent the NFC West. Feel free to share your opinion, and don’t forget to vote!
Arizona Cardinals: Tim Hightower
Hightower came out of nowhere in 2008 to become Arizona’s talented, multi-purpose battering ram for their already dynamic offense. At his best near the goal line, Hightower has amassed 18 rushing touchdowns in only two NFL seasons. He has lost carries to other backs on the team, but Hightower remains impressive. Last season, he totaled 1,026 all-purpose yards (598 rushing, 428 receiving) and scored 8 touchdowns.
Arizona Cardinals: Beanie Wells
The second-year pro out of Ohio State had a very impressive rookie campaign and will look to find more success as his role continues to expand in Arizona. In his first season, Wells ran for 793 yards and 7 touchdowns on 176 carries. While he struggled at times to hold onto the football, Wells progressed throughout the season and looked strong into the postseason.
San Francisco 49ers: Frank Gore
Gore has consistently been one of the better backs in the NFC since he was drafted in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft. In five seasons, Gore has rushed for 5,561 yards (1,112 yards per season on average) and 32 touchdowns. He is a dynamic, all-purpose running back who has been the best offensive player in San Francisco since Terrell Owens left town. And it doesn’t hurt to mention that since 2006, Gore averages 111.75 yards per game against the Seahawks, including two efforts over two hundred yards.
Seattle Seahawks: Justin Forsett
Justin Forsett hasn’t secured a starting spot just yet, but he is probably the most promising and productive back on Seattle’s roster. He’ll likely split carries with a plethora of other backs competing for time, but Forsett will produce when given an opportunity. Last season, despite only starting two games, Forsett rushed for 619 yards and 4 touchdowns on only 114 carries. He also contributed in the passing game, catching 41 balls for 350 yards and a touchdown.
St. Louis Rams: Steven Jackson
The St. Louis Rams haven’t won the NFC West since 2003, but Steven Jackson is definitely not to blame for their hardship. Jackson, like Frank Gore, has been one of the better running backs around the league since the Rams drafted him in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft. Despite playing on a poor Rams team, Jackson has rushed for over one thousand yards every year since his rookie campaign, including 1,416 yards last season. He is also versatile and has shown the ability to contribute in the passing game – in 2006, Jackson caught 90 passes for 806 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Shaun Dolence’s take:
I would love to pick a running back from Seattle here, but I’m going to have to look past my biases for a moment. A backfield featuring Steve Jackson and Frank Gore is only reality for fantasy football players; on the field, this two-headed monster would carve up opposing defenses through the air and on the ground. A tandem of Jackson and Gore immediately gives the NFC West one of the more intimidating backfields in the National Football League.
Beanie Wells, Tim Hightower, Justin Forsett, and other backs around the division are nice. Steven Jackson and Frank Gore, however, are dynamic backs on another level. Either Jackson or Gore alone could carry an entire offense on their back.
Andrew Auger’s take:
I mean, shouldn’t it be obvious for even the casual fan here?
In no particular order, because both bring a different skill set to their knack for carving up defenses, I have to go with Steven Jackson and Frank Gore.
Unlike quarterback, this duo gives the NFC West arguably the best tandem out of any division in the league.
Both are focal points for their respective offenses, and both have good offensive lines paving the way for them. Gore is aided by the recent addition of first rounders Mike Iupati and Anthony Davis. Jackson benefits from being a stud on a crappy team.
I echo Shaun with his take on Forsett and Wells, both are quality starters who are poised for breakout campaigns in 2010.
Neither should be confused for elite status though.
And Hawks fans, doesn’t it just twinge a bit that Steven Jackson was selected directly after their selection of Marcus Tubbs at No. 23?
“wants to kick Bob Whitsitt”
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