Voting for the second-round of Dave Dameshek’s bracket to determine the Greatest Uniform in NFL History is now live over at NFL.com/greatestuni
The Seahawks’ current jerseys and 1976 throwback digs were featured when Dameshek unveiled the competition earlier this week, but by way of fan vote only the club’s new jersey made it out of the bracket’s first-round. The Seahawks’ College Navy, Action Green & Wolf Grey garb is now matched up against the current uniforms of the New York Giants.
In that first-round, the team’s current jerseys (a No. 6 seed) beat out the current jerseys of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 11) in round one, more than doubling up on the Bucs by a final vote count of 51,937 to 25,689. Seattle’s throwback unis (No. 10) couldn’t quite cut it against the throwback digs of the Chicago Bears (No. 7), as they fell by a final vote count of 31,850 to 25,391.
Voting for round two ends on Tuesday, July 9 at 3 p.m. PT. A quick glance at the bracket shows the Seahawks holding a slight edge in votes over the Giants at the moment, so head on over there and make sure it stays that way.
The nominees are in, and Russell Wilson is up for the Breakthrough Athlete of the Year after taking the Seattle Seahawks to the playoffs as a rookie. He goes up against San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick who took the 49ers to the Super Bowl, Johnny “Football” Manziel of Texas A&M who was the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, as well as two Los Angeles Major League Baseball players in Yaseil Puig of the Dodgers and Mike Trout of the Angels.
Voting ends at the start of The ESPYS awards show on July 17 at 6 p.m. PT from Los Angeles.
Wilson led the Seahawks to the third-best record (11-5) in club history during the regular season and the franchise’s first road playoff victory since 1983. Individually, Wilson tied Peyton Manning’s 15-year-old NFL rookie record with 26 touchdown passes and then added three more in two playoff games. He also ran for more yards (489) than any QB in franchise history during the regular season and had another 127 rushing yards in the wild-card win over the Redskins and the two-point loss to the Atlanta Falcons in the divisional playoff game. He finished third in voting for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year behind the Redskins’ Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts, the quarterbacks who were the first two picks overall in last year’s draft.
The best aspect of Wilson’s game? He only seemed to get better as the season progressed – with the proof being provided by his four-TD pass game against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 16; the fourth-quarter and overtime drives of 97 and 80 yards that he led in a Week 13 win over the Bears in Chicago; his 92-yard, three-TD rushing effort against the Buffalo Bills in Week 15; and his season-best 136.3 passer rating in the regular-season finale against the St. Louis Rams.
In the playoffs, Wilson rallied the Seahawks from a 14-0 deficit to beat the Redskins, 24-14, and then directed three fourth-quarter TD drives – running for one score and passing for another – against the Falcons to give the Seahawks a 28-27 lead with 31 seconds to play.
And Wilson accomplished all this after sharing reps with Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Flynn through training camp and the preseason.
RENTON, WASH. - High schools from all over the northwest, Idaho and Montana converged on the Seahawks Headquarters at Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Wash., this past weekend for the NFL High School Player Development Seahawks Regional 7-on-7 Tournament. The Bearcats of Monroe High School (Monroe, Wash.) outlasted all other teams in the region and will represent the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL’s National 7-on-7 Tournament in Cleveland, Ohio, this July.
To participate in the non-contact 7-on-7 competition, all high school football players must first complete the HSPD character development program. As an extension of the HSPD program, the all-expense paid National tournament will include character development sessions as well.
For the second-consecutive time in the national tournament’s history, which began in 2007, all 32 teams will have a regional representative. The Seattle Seahawks won the national title in 2008 when Skyline High School (Bellevue, Wash.) finished the tournament with a perfect 11-0 record.
- 2007: 9 NFL Teams were represented in the tournament held in Houston, TX
- 2008: 16 NFL Teams were represented in the tournament held in New Orleans, LA
- 2009: 16 NFL Teams were represented in the tournament held in Minneapolis, MN
- 2010: 22 NFL Teams were represented in the tournament held in Tampa, FL
- 2011: 22 NFL Teams were represented in the tournament held in Cleveland, OH
- 2012: All 32 NFL Teams were represented in the tournament held in Indianapolis, IN. The inaugural Lineman Leadership Program took place, in which 6 NFL teams were represented.
- 2013: All 32 NFL Teams will be represented in the tournament held in Cleveland, OH
More information can be found at: http://www.nflhspd.com/7-on-7/overview
Danny O’Neil and Brock Huard of 710Sports.com discuss just how far the Seahawks’ offensive line has come over the last few years
Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” for today, Monday, June 24, about your Seattle Seahawks:
Danny O’Neil of 710Sports.com takes a close look at the club’s linebacker position.
We have the podcast from quarterback Russell Wilson’s Saturday conversation with John Clayton on 710Sports.com’s John Clayton Show embedded for you below:
NFL.com Around the League writer Gregg Rosenthal ranks wide receiver Percy Harvin as the best slot wideout in the League.
NFC West blogger Mike Sando of ESPN.com checks in on the defensive secondary of each team in the division, calling the Seahawks foursome of Brandon Browner, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, and Kam Chancellor arguably the best in the NFL.
Sando also has his list projecting the top 10 quarterbacks for 2016 and three of the four quarterbacks in the division made the cut. Seahawks signal caller Russell Wilson landed at No. 3 on his list, the San Francisco 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick at No. 5, and the St. Louis Rams’ Sam Bradford at No. 10. It’s an ESPN Insider feature, but here is Sando’s snippet on Wilson, “Wilson has shown he can succeed from within the pocket as a shorter quarterback. He finished his rookie season with a 21-8 ratio of TDs to INTs from inside the pocket and a 5-2 ratio outside it. Wilson led the NFL in both passer rating (120.3) and Total QBR (83.9) over the final eight games of the 2012 season. More scrambler than pure runner, Wilson avoided big hits even though he held the ball longer than any quarterback (4.1 seconds before the throw on average). He will be tougher to defend with Percy Harvin drawing attention from opposing defenses.”
Here at Seahawks.com, Clare Farnsworth chats up some of the Seahawks rookies on the team’s offseason program, which finally came to a close for the first-year players last week.
And we also have photos from the weekend’s Family Football Fest get together at CenturyLink Field.
Seahawks wide receivers Doug Baldwin (left) and Golden Tate (right) will be among the many USA fans in attendance tonight for the other football played at CenturyLink Field. Seattle hosts Panama in the city’s first World Cup Qualifier in 37 years tonight at 7:00 pm PT on ESPN.
Pete Carroll and the Seahawks opened minicamp today, which will run consecutively through Thursday, but even in his post practice press conference he couldn’t contain his excitement for fellow head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and the US Men’s National Team.
The United States is in the middle of a stretch of three World Cup Qualifiers having beaten Jamaica in a dramatic 2-1 stoppage-time victory with local Seattle Sounders FC product, Brad Evans, scoring the winning goal. Their next match will be in Salt Lake City, Utah, as they face Honduras on June 18.
As a play on the way Russell Wilson finishes every interview, Coach Carroll finished his press conference today in poignant fashion:
Ryan and Janna (pronounced Yanna) Willmaser didn’t initially intend to have a Seahawks-themed wedding, but several of their photos from that day could fool you into thinking that was the case.
“Janna liked a nice spring green and black for the wedding colors, so when we were out shopping for the guys shirts, naturally the lime green kept pulling me in,” said Ryan. “I guess the human mind gravitates toward what it thinks about most.”
For Ryan, high up on that list of what he thinks about most is the Seahawks. He’s been a season-ticket holder since 2005 and is a member of the “12th Army” – a close-knit collective of Seahawks tailgaters whose gameday gas-guzzler we told you all about last season.
“It is more of an obsession and way of life for me,” said Ryan. “But when it comes to support, she gives me 100 percent. Janna is on her third year as a season-ticket holder and is fully invested – heart and soul.”
The Willmaser’s, who have been together now for four-and-a-half years, held their wedding last weekend at Wine & Roses Country Estate in Auburn, Wash. It was a traditional style ceremony held inside an old country barn, with family and friends lining the aisle and several attendees overlooking the ceremony from the balcony above. The pair even mentioned their love for the Hawks when taking their wedding vows.
“I asked her if she would vow to always love the Seahawks and she replied with the promise to always root for the Hawks,” said Ryan. “We got a good laugh out of everyone in attendance.”
Outside of the lime green shirts, Ryan said he wanted to outfit his groomsmen with something unique that would align with his and Janna’s Seahawks fanaticism. They wanted the gift to be something that they could use over and over again.
“Our first thought was customized Seahawks jerseys,” Ryan said.
So Ryan and Janna did just that. Each of the groomsmen received a personalized Seahawks jersey freshly embroidered with their favorite number and last name or nick name.
“Since we had this unique gift we had to get pictures in them as well and it was only right to include the 12th Man flag, too,” Ryan said. “We have used that flag to take pictures all over the country in front of different monuments or simply fly from our hotel balcony in different cities.”
What’s next for this happy couple? Well, they’ve decided not to take an immediate honeymoon. Instead, they’ll delay that expedition until February 2014, as the two plan a trip to New York City.
“We heard that there is a big football game being played there around that time,” Ryan said.” And we fully expect the boys in blue to be representing the NFC.”
By Huy Nguyen, Seahawks.com Contributor
On this day in history – June 6, 1944 – 12,000 planes along with more than 7,000 amphibious assault vessels all carrying nearly 160,000 Allied troops across the English Channel invaded Nazi-occupied France as part of Operation Overlord to liberate Europe from Nazi occupation. Lieutenant Colonel Lynn “Buck” Compton, then a first lieutenant in Easy Company of the 101st Airborne paratroopers, was part of the invasion force that jumped out of C-47s behind enemy lines into Normandy, France.
You may recognize Easy Company from the 2001 HBO series “Band of Brothers” and this ‘Day of Days’ chronicled with startling imagery in the second episode. To see a surreal portrayal of Lt. Compton’s character, as played by actor Neal McDonough, check out episode seven – ‘The Breaking Point’ chronicling Easy Company’s time in the Ardennes forest shortly after the Battle of the Bulge. These two episodes will be my evening viewing tonight as we remember the bloody beginning of the end of World War II. Today we celebrate the courageous lives of the men and women, many of whom did not get to see D-Day plus 1, but whose sacrifice – from small to ultimate – made D-Day plus 25,185 possible. Thank you Lt. Col. Compton.
On November 7, 2010 during the Military Appreciation game against the New York Giants at CenturyLink Field, Lt. Colonel Compton raised the 12th Man flag. Following the raising and this interview with Compton, Seahawks.com web host Tony Ventrella offered this piece about his encounter.
Lt. Col. Compton died at his home in Burlington, Wash. on February 26, 2012. He was 90 years young but only 23 when he dropped in to Normandy.
The Seahawks have announced that their final session of Organized Team Activities will be held today, June 5, at 11:45 a.m. The team’s final OTA workout was originally scheduled for tomorrow, June 6.
Because of the switch, today’s practice is now open to the media and we’ll provide a camp wrap at the end of today’s session here on Seahawks.com. Check back this afternoon for the latest from our Insiders Clare Farnsworth and Tony Ventrella.
The NFL has made its decisions, and the 50th and 51st Super Bowls will be held in the San Francisco Bay Area and Houston.
Team owners voted in Boston today for the championship games that will be played in 2016 and 2017.
The 2016 game, or Super Bowl L, will be played at the 49ers’ new stadium in Santa Clara that is schedule to open in time for the 2014 season.
“We’re just excited that the owners voted for the Bay Area to host Super Bowl L,” 49ers CEO Jed York told the NFL Network. “It’s an awesome, awesome thing that they’ve allowed us to host one of the biggest games; the golden anniversary in the Golden State. We’re just really, really excited.”
Houston, meanwhile, was awarded the 2017 title game, or Super Bowl LI. Houston also hosted the Super Bowl in 2004.
“We had a wonderful time in 2004,” Texans founder, chairman and CEO Robert McNair told the NFL Network. “We love having the NFL in Houston and celebrating the Super Bowl. I think we are even better prepared this time. It is just going to be a wonderful celebration. We just look forward to having people from all over the world come to Houston.”
The Super Bowl will be played in East Rutherford, N.J., in the stadium shared by the Giants and Jets, in 2014. The 2015 game will be played at the home stadium of the Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz.
The NFL Draft is over, and so are the rookie minicamps that followed. It’s a good time to touch base with each of the four teams in the NFC West, which ESPN.com division blogger Mike Sando has done.
Here’s his bottom-line take on the Seahawks, as well as their NFC West rivals, and a link to his more in-depth analysis:
Seattle – “The Seahawks appear better on paper for the moves they made this offseason, and they were already pretty good.”
San Francisco – “The 49ers are still the team to beat the NFC West. They are still good enough to win the division and compete for the Super Bowl. It’s just that the road out of the division is more treacherous these days.”
St. Louis – “What went right outweighs what went wrong. I was reaching to find items in the latter category and resisted adding a note about the team being unable to keep (Steven) Jackson at a reduced salary. My feeling was that the Rams valued Jackson, but they were also ready to move forward with younger players. The Rams have made the NFL’s youngest roster even younger, so there are some short-term uncertainties surrounding this team. However, the longer-range plan is proceeding on schedule.”
Arizona – “The Cardinals are better at quarterback. They are younger throughout their roster. They are in position to improve.”
The 2013 NFL Draft was completed on Saturday night, after seven rounds had been conducted and 254 players were selected over three days. So the first mock draft for 2014 couldn’t be far off, right?
Rob Rang at NFLDraftScout.com has done just that, and he has the Seahawks drafting from the 26th spot in the first round and selecting BYU outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy.
Dane Brugler, Rang’s mock-mate, has the Seahawks going for Tennessee inside linebacker A.J. Johnson.
Their top pick overall? Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, to the Gus Bradley-coached Jaguars.
Now that the 2014 NFL Draft already has been conducted, complements of Chris Burke at SI.com, let’s move on to the 2014 NFL playoffs.
Exercise No. 2 in the horse-way-before-the-cart category comes from NFL.com, where readers already have voted the Seahawks into a wild-card spot – did anyone happen to catch how they did in the Sept. 15 home opener against the 49ers?
Spoiler alert: It’s the Seahawks against the Redskins in a rematch of last season’s wild-card game won by the Seahawks. The 49ers and Buccaneers are matched in the other NFC wild-card game, with the Packers and Falcons getting the first-round byes.
Voting runs through Thursday, so why not play along?
The post-draft power rankings are out at ESPN.com, and guess who remains at No. 1?
It’s the Seahawks, obviously, because they also held the top spot in the website’s pre-draft rankings.
Says NFC West blogger Mike Sando, “The Seahawks used the draft to get stronger at defensive tackle and, surprisingly, running back.”
Sitting at No. 2 are the division rival 49ers – the two-time defending NFC West champion and 2012 NFC champion 49ers, who also had a strong draft. Offered Sando: “The 49ers stocked up on draft choices for the future, but they also found an immediate starter in safety Eric Reid.”
We’ve already asked coach Pete Carroll how he plans to handle these heightened expectations for a team that used the chip-on-the-shoulder motivation – individually and collection – so well in going 11-5 during the 2012 regular season, won the franchise’s first road playoff game since 1983 and came within 31 seconds of advancing to the NFC Championship game.
“It’s really crucial that we handle it well,” Carroll said. “That reality, it’s really important to own that. … As the praise comes, we handle it with humility. You understand it and treat it like it’s no big deal.”
The NFL today released the offseason workout program dates for each of the League’s 32 teams, including rookie minicamp dates for the 11 drafted Seahawks and nine more that agreed to terms as undrafted rookie free agents.
Each club’s official, voluntary nine-week offseason program is conducted in three phases:
Phase One consists of the first two weeks of the program with activities limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only. The Seahawks started this phase back on April 15 and recently concluded on April 26.
Phase Two consists of the next three weeks of the program. On-field workouts may include individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice conducted on a “separates” basis. No live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted. The Seahawks started this phase today.
Phase Three consists of the next four weeks of the program. Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of organized team practice activity, or “OTAs”. No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permissible. For the Seahawks, this phase is set to start on May 20 and run through June 14.
Here’s a look at the team’s minicamp and OTA workout dates:
Rookie Minicamp: May 10-12
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 20-21, May 23, May 28-29, May 31, June 3-6
Mandatory Minicamp: June 11-13
These dates are tentative and subject to change.
As soon as the 2013 NFL Draft came to a close, the undrafted rookie free agent frenzy began.
Less than four hours after the conclusion of this afternoon’s seventh round, the Seahawks announced they had agreed to terms with nine undrafted rookie free agents:
Pos. Player College
WR Matt Austin Utah State
T Alvin Bailey Arkansas
DE Kenneth Boatright Southern Illinois
LB Ramon Buchanan Miami
LB John Lotulelei UNLV
SS Ray Polk Colorado
G Jordon Roussos Bowling Green
RB Dominique Whaley Oklahoma
LB Craig Wilkins Old Dominion