The one-year deal Seattle gave WR Brandon Marshall in May includes only $90,000 guaranteed, which is reflective of his age (34) and uncertain health as he comes off surgeries on his ankle and toe. The Seahawks' ideal scenario would have the 6-foot-5 Marshall getting back to full speed before the season and giving Russell Wilson the big target he lost when Jimmy Graham left in free agency. But if Marshall isn't progressing as well as hoped and/or if the Seahawks decide there's more value in keeping a younger receiver instead, they could move on relatively painlessly before the season begins.
Coach Pete Carroll said that Marshall was being cautious due to a hamstring issue and that the team expects he’ll be ready to start a fuller workload once camp opens this summer.
Carroll was quoted as saying they are just making sure Marshall doesn't have a setback, but as the story pointed out, Marshall missed most of last season with an ankle injury and had toe surgery to repair a lingering problem during his ankle recovery.
Chris Carson has been the most impressive of any running back this summer, and general manager John Schneider has said that at times, Carson looks like the best player on the field. After adding 10 pounds of muscle, Carson was the first name head coach Pete Carroll mentioned when asked which player impressed him the most in terms of the shape he was in when he reported back for offseason work. It'll make for an interesting battle for the starting job.
Seattle spent a first-round pick on RB Rashaad Penny, and it's universally accepted that you cannot truly evaluate RBs until they are in full pads in training camp and the preseason. It's hard to imagine Penny doesn't get a sizable portion of the backfield touches in this offense, given the draft capital spent on him. Carroll has also praised Penny's pass protection, crucial given how bad the offensive line has been. However, this at least puts Carson on our radar as a late-round flier in drafts if Penny struggles. He's a name to monitor this preseason.
Seattle wideout Tyler Lockett stated that he was somewhere between 75 and 80 percent last season after coming off of a leg injury, but is now fully healthy.
This would explain why Seattle was okay with letting Paul Richardson go in free agency, and bringing in only the aged Brandon Marshall to replace him. Lockett was a force to be reckoned with to start his career as a receiver and returner, but took a step back in 2017. If he is truly fully healthy, he should be a steal as the No. 59 wide receiver off the board in fantasy drafts.
Sunday, June 10, 2018, 11:03am
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said last week that he was expecting safety Earl Thomas to be at the team’s mandatory minicamp when it starts on Tuesday, but Thomas has other plans.
In a post to Twitter on Sunday, Thomas announced that he will not attend the team’s minicamp. Thomas suggested he won’t be at training camp either unless the team gives him a new contract.
“I will not be attending the upcoming minicamp or any team activities until my contract situation is resolved. I want everyone especially the 12s to know that I want to remain a Seahawk for the rest of my career but I also believe that based on my production over the last 8 years that I’ve earned the right to have this taken care of as soon as possible. I want to have certainty in regards to the upcoming years of my career. I’m going to continue to work my craft and put in work so that I can add to the team and give us the best chance to win. I hope my teammates understand where I’m coming from I believe this is the right thing to do.”
After losing WR Paul Richardson to Washington and TE Jimmy Graham to Green Bay, the Seahawks were in the market for pass-catching help. It seems they settled on Brandon Marshall to bring reinforcements. Marshall signed as a free agent with the New York Giants last offseason, but his season was cut short after only five games—in which he caught 18-of-33 targets for 154 yards and zero touchdowns.
Richardson and Graham accounted for a combined 175 targets last season, meaning there may be an opportunity for Marshall to be involved in the Seahawks' passing game. With Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett still around, it's likely Marshall will be the third-best option in the passing game, if he's fully healthy.
Cliff Avril is no longer a Seattle Seahawk after the team released the veteran defensive end with a failed physical designation. In five seasons with the Seahawks, he recorded 35 sacks and forced 14 fumbles. The recently turned 32-year-old suffered a season-ending neck injury in 2017, so it might be a while until a team signs him.
Graham has never quite lived up the monster numbers he put up in New Orleans (catching 85 or more passes in four of his five seasons, with three seasons of 10 or more touchdowns), but he has been a decent fantasy tight in his last two seasons as a Seahawk—finishing as a top-six scoring fantasy tight end both seasons.
Now he gets to play with Aaron Rodgers on a Packers team that needs help at tight end—Richard Rodgers led Packers tight ends in catches (18) and yards last season (203), while the position accounted for two total touchdowns.
Richardson was the No. 39 scoring fantasy receiver in PPR leagues last season, where he alternated as the No. 2 WR in Seattle's offense with Tyler Lockett behind Doug Baldwin. He set career-highs in targets (80), catches (44), yards (703), and touchdowns (6) last season, and will now look to become one of QB Alex Smith's top targets.
The changes to the Seattle Seahawks' coaching staff continued Monday, with the team expected to hire Ken Norton Jr. as defensive coordinator and Mike Solari as offensive line coach, sources told ESPN.
Norton is replacing Kris Richard, who isn't expected to return to Seattle, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Richard has served on the team's coaching staff for the past eight seasons, including the past three as defensive coordinator. Earlier reports indicated Richard wasn't expected to return.
Norton was the defensive coordinator for the Raiders for the last three years and his teams finished 20th or worse in points scored and yards allowed in all three seasons.
Schottenheimer has nine years of experience as an offensive coordinator. In those nine seasons, his offenses have finished inside the top 20 in total yards two times (Jets in 2008 and 2010).
Mike McCarthy’s search to fill his vacant defensive coordinator’s job ended suddenly after nine days when the Green Bay Packers coach chose former Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine to succeed Dom Capers.
McCarthy had interest in Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, but it appears Fangio is going to stick with the Bears. He also asked for permission to speak with Los Angeles Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, but never got to interview him. Bradley agreed to return to the Chargers Tuesday night.
Along the way to his head-coaching job, Pettine was part of some of the NFL’s top defenses. From ’09-12, the Jets ranked 1st, 3rd, 5th and 8th in overall defense. Ryan received most of the credit for the Jets’ great defenses, but a Cleveland.com story said that Ryan turned over much of the responsibility of the defense to Pettine after the 2009 season.
In 2013, after Pettine went to Buffalo, the Bills ranked 10th in defense.
As the story mentioned, Pettine's defenses in New York and Buffalo all ranked top 10 in yards allowed, though they were 20th in points allowed in three straight seasons (two in New York and one in Buffalo). There may be some growing pains along the way, but this looks like a good hire for Green Bay.
Darrell Bevell fired as offensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks after seven seasons, per sources.
Bevell's offenses finished in the top 15 in yards gained in each of the last four seasons. They also finished in the top 11 in six of his seven seasons in Seattle. Over the past two seasons, the Seahawks have morphed from a run-heavy team to a pass-heavy team, due in no small part to the emergence of Russell Wilson and the loss of Marshawn Lynch.
Pete Carroll wants to add to the running back position.
That was my big takeaway from his two media appearances today — firstly with Brock and Salk on 710 ESPN and then with reporters in his usual press conference.
“We have a real formula (for) how we win” stated Carroll. “We’ve been unable the last two years to incorporate a major aspect of that… (it) is to run the football the way we want to run.”
In the story, Carroll mentioned the above four names and "whoever else can be part of that thing." So it's unclear if they feel they have to guys to run the ball or need to add someone significant. Carson did look good in the limited time we saw him this year, but can he be the long-term answer? Carroll also said the O-line could have been better. This will be a situation to watch in the offseason.
“I can’t say it,” Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin said, via the Seattle Times. “My job is to protect the team right now, and I’m doing a poor job of that. How can I say this? It’s not playcalling. It’s not playcalling. We go into a game knowing what the defense is going to give us, the situations we’re going to be in. We don’t execute as a team. Offensively, that’s what we’ve seen countless time and time again that we do not execute the way we should. And that’s on us as players. You guys can blame (OC Darrell Bevell) all you want to, but the truth of the matter us, Bev is not the problem. Probably already said too much.”
The story said Baldwin hinted big changes are coming. As the story also said, lack of a running game was a problem this year. We had a report today that said TE Jimmy Graham is unlikely to return, at least in the opinion of a Seattle Times writer who follows the team.
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