12. Coach Carroll put a stash of maple bars in the end zone and Golden Tate only gets them if he scores. Luckily, this same deal does not apply for Mike Williams.
11. Last team to have LenDale White on their roster loses. Seahawks fan toast the win with shots of Patron at the Hawknest. Do they have a drink game-day drink special for that yet?
10. John Schneider picked up 11 love-starved Tim Tebow fans to put on the roster. When the Broncos put in Tim Tebow, nothing will keep these girls from their man, and the result will be horrifying.
9. Elvis has left the building. Elvis Dumervil would have been a nightmare sack-machine doling out punishment on Matt Hasselbeck, but he’s out with a torn pectoral muscle. Advantage Seattle.
8. The Broncos face the injury bug much as the Seahawks did last year. With health care costs rising, the Broncos are teetering on financial collapse.
7. The ghost of Mike Shanahan still haunts the hallways, switching Josh McDaniel’s X’s to O’s and sneaking in more plays for Tim Tebow.
6. Last week, the Broncos struggled to bring down the diminutive Maurice Jones-Drew. Justin Forsett is even smaller, so that must mean he’s going to run wild. Please fix your fantasy team accordingly.
5. A former AFC West rival, the Seahawks are preparing to go old school. There’s talk of bringing back Steve Largent as CEO, but the big surprise will be when they sign Kenny Easley to play strong safety and show Earl Thomas how it’s done, the cheers of Seahawks fans in Seattle could drown out the crowd Denver.
4. The Broncos have only one Husky on their team – Stanley Daniels. The Seahawks have two Huskies and one Cougar. Any former Husky and Cougar must be so sick of losing they will do everything they can to enter the win column.
3. Seahawks fans will infiltrate the stadium camouflaged in Broncos fan gear. After Kyle Orton’s first interception they’ll start chanting, “Put in Brady Quinn.” Josh McDaniels has always been a sucker for peer pressure (drafting Tim Tebow?), and he’ll follow through by putting in Quinn. The Seahawks secondary will pick six. That doesn’t mean an INT for a touchdown, that means six interceptions.
2. Kevin Vickerson wasn’t good enough for the Hawks, but he’s good enough for the Broncos. Advantage Seattle.
1. With age comes wisdom. Pete Carroll, Matt Hasselbeck, Olindo Mare and Lawyer Milloy are all older than Broncos Head Coach Josh McDaniels. That covers coaching, offense, defense and special teams. Too bad Baby Belichick.
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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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I think everyone was a little shocked when the Seahawks parted ways with running back LenDale White last week. After obtaining the former Trojan-standout on draft day, a lot of analysts assumed White would be a featured component of Seattle’s running attack.
White’s release proves this new regime, like its predecessors, considers character when making personnel decisions. White was facing a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, but the Seahawks reportedly knew about this when they acquired him in April.
It was White’s poor attitude and lack of commitment that triggered Seattle’s decision to move forward without him. According to several sources, White had problems “making meetings on time, appeared to have a sense of entitlement, and was not coachable.”
At least Seattle didn’t give up much to obtain White – dropping seven spots in the fourth round and nine spots in the sixth round was a bargain. And remember, Seattle also received defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson in the deal.
White’s release was shocking, but does it offer any foresight of what will happen to LeRoy Hill?
I don’t think LeRoy Hill is a bad influence in the team’s locker room. I don’t think he is a selfish player, at least on the field and as a teammate. But considering Hill’s large salary and his recent history of poor decision-making, is his departure from Seattle imminent?
Don’t kid yourself: the Seahawks didn’t ask LeRoy Hill to stay away from minicamps and OTAs because they wanted to give him an opportunity to “deal with personal issues.” Hill hasn’t been allowed to participate because if he shows up and suffers a season-long injury, the Seahawks will owe him his entire $6 million salary.
When Tim Ruskell re-signed LeRoy Hill, he brilliantly added (or at least approved) language that allows Seattle to void the contract if Hill is suspended, among other things. Remember, Ruskell was high on character and Hill had just been charged with marijuana possession following a traffic stop in Georgia.
With a four-game suspension looming, Seattle should have the opportunity to void Hill’s contract and part ways without penalty. Assuming, of course, Hill remains healthy and on Seattle’s roster until he is suspended.
It is unfortunate when Seattle loses out on potential talent because of immaturity and poor decision-making. LenDale White had an opportunity to be a factor in Seattle’s offense – there are better options, but White could have possibly resurrected his career under Pete Carroll.
LeRoy Hill is a talented linebacker who is probably worth his contract if he is actually on the field and healthy. Considering his lack of durability and imminent suspension, the Seahawks are better off moving forward without him. Fortunately, linebacker is a position of depth and there are several capable replacements waiting for an opportunity.
If the LenDale White was anything but a surprise, it was a forecast of how important unselfishness, maturity, and character is to the new front office. John Schneider and Pete Carroll are ready to win, but sometimes winning requires more than just talent.
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