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Instant Analysis: Russell Wilson shows he's human in Seahawks ugly loss to Ravens

Instant Analysis: Russell Wilson shows he's human in Seahawks ugly loss to Ravens

The Seattle Seahawks (5-2) fell flat against the Baltimore Ravens (5-2), losing 30-16 on a dreary Sunday at CenturyLink Field.

The Week 7 defeat marked Seattle's second home loss of the season. Lamar Jackson gashed Seattle's defense with his legs, and the Seahawks offense couldn't find any consistent momentum. Here are three immediate takeaways.

1. Russell Wilson, at least for one day, shows us he's human

Wilson's interception-less streak is no more as he threw an awful pick in the second quarter. Wilson floated a pass into the right flat toward Jaron Brown. Marcus Peters jumped the throw and ran 67 yards uncontested for an easy pick-six. Outside of a somewhat incredible, somewhat lucky 8-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett, Wilson and the entire offense struggled throughout. Wilson finished with 241 passing yards, one touchdown and one pick. He completed less than 50% of his passes (20-of-41). Chris Carson ran for just 65 yards on 21 carries.

Seattle was a garbage time field goal away from getting shutout in the second half.

2. Still no Seahawks pass rush

There's not a ton to say other than the Seahawks pass rush continues to struggle mightily. Seattle got a sack (Brandon Jackson) in the fourth quarter that was due to Jackson slipping on the CenturyLink Field turf. Other than that, the Seahawks were blanked. Seattle's defense now has just 11 sacks through seven games. The return of Jarran Reed didn't help much, either. Reed had just two tackles in his first game back from a six-game suspension.

3. Lamar Jackson showcases play-making ability

Jackson had two electrifying scrambles that highlighted his day: a 28-yard run on 3rd-and-8 and a 30-yarder on a separete 3rd-and-8 situation. The latter was a clutch pickup in the fourth quarter with the Ravens up by seven points. He didn't do much through the air -- just 143 yards -- as drops plauged the Ravens passing game. But Jackson went off as a runner with 119 yards and a score. He scored on an 8-yard touchdown run on 4th-and-2 to break a 13-13 tie. Jackson is one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL and was in total control of this game. Even when the Seahawks got pressure, Jackson calmly avoided any oncoming defenders and escaped with relative ease.

Odds and ends

- Pete Carroll had a few more curious decisions. He challenged a no call, trying to get defensive pass interference in the first half to no avail. It didn't end up costing the Seahawks, but it seemed like a fruitless challenge from the jump. Carroll later opted not to go for it on 4th-and-3 from the Ravens 35-yard line in the third quarter. Jason Myers missed the ensuing 53-yard field goal.

- DK Metcalf fumbled after making a short catch in the fourth quarter. Marlon Humphrey picked up the loose ball and ran it back 18 yards for a Ravens touchdown to put the game on ice.

Seahawks sign, reunite with DE Benson Mayowa

Seahawks sign, reunite with DE Benson Mayowa

While we still wait to find out whether or not the Seahawks are able to land a top-tier pass rusher, Seattle continues to target familiar faces in the secondary wave of edge rushers.

On Wednesday, Seattle signed former 2013 undrafted free agent Benson Mayowa. This move comes two weeks after the Seahawks reunited with Bruce Irvin. According to Tom Pelissero, Mayowa will make a fully guaranteed $3 million in 2020 with incentives that could get him up to $4 million.

Mayowa won a Super Bowl with the Seahawks in 2013 but appeared in just two games. He's since played for the Raiders from 2014-15, the Cowboys from 16-17, the Cardinals in 2018 and the Raiders once again in 2019. His posted 6.0 sacks with Dallas in 2016 and is coming off a career-high 7.0 sacks with Oakland last season.

He joins an edge rush rotation currently led by Irvin, followed by Shaquem Griffin and Rasheem Green. While Seattle still obviously needs an elite player above Irvin, the depth on the roster is starting to fill out nicely.


Cliff Avril reminisces about the greatness of the ‘Legion of Boom’

Cliff Avril reminisces about the greatness of the ‘Legion of Boom’

It’s pretty wild to look back to 2013, especially now when the Seahawks are once again in the market for elite pass rushers. Seattle is in desperate need of landing Jadeveon Clowney, Everson Griffen or Markus Golden via free agency or trading for Matt Judon or Yannick Ngakoue.

Plenty of Seahawks fans are holding out hope that the team can acquire two of the aforementioned names. That feels like a bit of a pipe dream, even though there’s precedent for such blockbuster moves in Seattle.

The Seahawks signed Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett on back-to-back days in 2013. Here’s the nutty part (and why it makes replicating such moves so challenging), Seattle did so for a mere $11.3 million combined – $6.5 for Avril and $4.8 for Bennett.

Avril and Bennett, that year’s two top free agent pass rushers, joined the defense that led the league in scoring in 2012. So it’s no surprise that led the NFL in scoring for the following three seasons (2013-15) as well. Seattle allowed 10 points or less in a ridiculous 21 separate games (playoffs included) during that span. The “Legion of Boom” era will forever remain one of the most vaunted defenses in NFL history.

Avril, the latest guest on the Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast, discussed what it was like to join a defense that loaded. He recalled the first moment he had that “oh damn we’re gonna be so good” feeling.

“You know what’s crazy? My first practice I go out there and I’m watching these guys,” Avril began. “The music is bumping. I see Earl. I see Kam. I see Sherm. All these guys are on 1,000, meaning they’re everywhere all across the field, going as if it’s a game. I’m sitting there thinking these young dudes were going to get burnt out. I’m like, ‘How are y’all practicing like this?’ But at that moment was when I realized, ‘Oh, no, this is just why they are so good. This is why some of these guys are going to end up going to the Hall of Fame.’

“For me, honestly, when I was watching practice, when I was watching film – it just boiled down to, ‘Where do I fit into this scenario? These guys are great. How am I going to put my footprint on games.’ Honestly that’s how I got so good at the sack-fumbles. Those guys were getting turnovers and they were scoring off of it.”

Avril had six sack-fumbles in 2013 and two were returned for touchdowns as he played a crucial role in Seattle’s first ever Super Bowl-winning season.

“It was all about trying to find out how you fit into this puzzle of greatness,” Avril said.

From 2013-17, Avril appeared in 64 games for the Seahawks and posted 16 passes defended, 14 forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, 88 quarterback hits, 30 tackles for loss and 34.5 sacks.

Seahawks to work with season ticket holders amid coronavirus outbreak

Seahawks to work with season ticket holders amid coronavirus outbreak

If you are a Seattle Seahawks season ticket holder, here’s a bit of positive news. 

Per Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times, the Seahawks have said they will work with season ticket holders who may have been impacted by COVID-19. 

The team’s website lists a final renewal payment of June 15 for 2020 season tickets, however a team spokesman said the Seahawks “are working with each season ticket holder to accommodate those who need personalized payment plans, which includes deferment.”

The Seahawks now have a section on the site where 12s can find information on ways to help those impacted by COVID-19. 

This is an uncertain and sometimes unnerving time for our city, our region and our world,” the site says. “As a community of Pacific Northwesterners and 12s, it’s an important time to work together and help.

As of now, there have been no announced changes to the 2020 NFL season. The NFL Draft is expected to go on as scheduled, despite the NFL shutting down all team facilities and discontinuing all physicals during the ongoing crisis. 

Since 2003, the Seahawks have sold out every regular season game at CenturyLink Field.

Report: Jadeveon Clowney lowers his asking price to $17-18 million

Report: Jadeveon Clowney lowers his asking price to $17-18 million

Hey everyone, Joe Fann here with your daily Jadeveon Clowney update.

Sarcasm aside, ESPN's Dianna Russini checked in on Wednesday with a potentially significant report that Clowney has lowered his asking price from $20 million APY to $17-18 million.

There's still no telling how big the gap is between what Clowney wants and what the Seahawks have offered thus far, but this should make it easier for both sides to potentially meet in the middle. Although sacks don't tell the full story of Clowney's 2019 season, it became very evident that no team was willing to pay $20 million for a player with 3.5 sacks and a checkered injury history.

But while it was wise for Clowney to lower his asking price, it would also be smart for the Seahawks to get closer to meeting his new demands. Clowney is an elite player at a position of dire need, and it doesn't make sense for Seattle to play a game of chicken over a few million dollars. It's as simple as this: the Seahawks desperately need Clowney at this juncture, and they shouldn't continue to risk losing him to another team.

The Titans in-house insider Jim Wyatt reported on Wednesday that Tennessee has confirmed interest in Clowney. GM Jon Robinson confirmed as much on a conference call with reporters. The Titans interest was assumed when they traded Jurrell Casey to the Denver Broncos, opening up a sizeable amount of cap space. EA Sports also accidentally included Clowney in a Titans jersey in a Madden promo last week.

Obviously EA doesn't have any inside info on where Clowney is headed, but it is an obvious reminder that the pass rusher's return to Seattle isn't a certainty.

Phillip Dorsett calls Russell Wilson ‘the best deep ball thrower in the NFL’

Phillip Dorsett calls Russell Wilson ‘the best deep ball thrower in the NFL’

Phillip Dorsett knows Russell Wilson’s off-script Houdini magic is something special. 

It’s why the new Seattle Seahawks wide receiver, who ran a 4.33 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine in 2015, is looking forward to catching balls from arguably the best downfield passer in Wilson this season. 

“I personally believe he’s the best deep ball thrower in the NFL,” Dorsett told Chuck Powell and Bucky Jacobsen of Sports Radio 950 KJR. “You can see it week in and week out with DK [Metcalf] and Tyler [Lockett]. I’ve been sitting back, taking advantage of the NFL Game Pass (being) free so I’ve just been watching games and you can see it every possession.”

Dorsett said he’s watched several Seahawks games and is impressed by Wilson’s late-game heroics. 

“His deep ball ability and then the way he plays. You can just see it. He’s a magician,” Dorsett said. “I feel like honestly, he doesn’t get as much credit as he deserves. He’s a great quarterback and the way he does what he does under the center back there is amazing. He’s a magician. He’s Houdini and he can make every throw.

“It’s a blessing that I get to play with him, and I can’t wait to get there and work him.” 

Wilson conjured up several last-minute miracles last season. The Seahawks tied an NFL record with 10 wins last season by a one-score margin, but not even Wilson could deliver magic in the frozen tundra in the Divisional Round against the Green Bay Packers. 

Dorsett, alongside receiving threats Lockett and Metcalf, will give Wilson another speedy weapon at his disposal. He will compete for the No. 3 spot against David Moore, John Ursua, and Malik Turner this spring. 

The 5-foot-10 wideout started 14 games for New England last season, catching 29 passes for 397 yards from Tom Brady and tacked on a career-high five touchdowns. Dorsett has 124 career receptions for 1,634 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Seahawks’ Weekly Challenge: Meditation with Seahawks Dancer Maggie

Seahawks’ Weekly Challenge: Meditation with Seahawks Dancer Maggie

Training the mind is equally as important as training the body. It doesn’t matter if you are on the field or off the field, an athlete or not, mental health is vital for everyone. 

With the #stayhome initiative in full force due to the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health is as important as ever.

The Seattle Seahawks and sports psychologist Dr. Michael Gervais are releasing weekly challenges to sharpen the mind during this tough time.

My job with the Seattle Seahawks is to train their minds. To be mentally strong. To help them be their very best together. — Dr. Michael Gervais

On Wednesday, Dr. Gervais released this week’s weekly challenge: meditation to sharpen the mind during this time. He had a little help from Seahawks Dancer Maggie in this week’s lesson on meditation. 

The two study breathing, taking slow deep breaths and focusing on enjoying the exhale. Then, the focus switches to color and how it affects the mind during meditation.

It’s a very interesting study to say the least.

You can listen to the full meditation routine below:

You can also follow along with Dr. Gervais' work with his Compete to Create campaign along with Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll.

We really have found a way to put our curriculum together in a way to create an educational platform where we can help people find their best. We’ve realized that we really do have a mentality and an approach and a philosophy that we can share with people. That’s really what Compete to Create has become. -- Pete Carroll

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Russell Wilson’s stepson Future shows off his quarterback skills


Russell Wilson’s stepson Future shows off his quarterback skills

The ongoing COVID-19 quarantine has given families a little extra time to spend with one another. Russell Wilson is certainly taking advantage of that. 

In a video shared to Twitter on Tuesday, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback got in a sweat sesh in with his stepson Future. The duo almost looks identical in the gym, but just wait until you see Future’s skills on the football field. 

“Bonding Time! #HardWork w/ Future Fun ballin’ today! The Best Teammate!” Wilson tweeted.

What can you say? It runs in the family. 

Future is only five years old, but he’s already proven to be quite the athlete, and dancer. In a TikTok video shared by Ciara, Future and his mom team up for the “Hit Yo Groove” dance challenge. 

Nothing passes the time like some quarantined dancing.  

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While the Wilsons have been spending a lot of quality time with family, they’ve continued to find ways to give back to the community. The couple announced Tuesday that they have partnered up with Wheels Up on an initiative that has a goal of providing 10 million meals to those in need.

They’ve also donated 1 million meals through Food Lifeline, a group that distributes to over 300 food banks, shelters and programs through Western Washington. 

“We want to encourage everyone out there to join us in whatever way that you can, big or small,” Ciara said. “Everything makes a difference, everything we do together makes a difference."

Shaquill & Shaquem Griffin's agent, Buddy Baker, loses parents to coronavirus

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Shaquill & Shaquem Griffin's agent, Buddy Baker, loses parents to coronavirus

Buddy Baker’s parents were married 51-plus years and healthy individuals when they contracted COVID-19. 

On Sunday, they passed away six minutes apart. 

It’s a heartbreaking story with a tragic ending, but the NFL sports agent feels he needs to act now and help others.  

“We usually look for a positive thing to be an inspiration,” Baker said. “We hope that what’s happened to us and our family inspires others to start needing and unifying with each other to make the right choice and the challenging choice.

“It’s going to take all of us getting together and deciding we’re going to stop the spread of this virus.”

Watch his full message below: 

Baker, the president and CEO of Exclusive Sports Group, LLC, represents dozens of NFL stars, including Shaquem and Shaquill Griffin. He also serves as agent to former Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin. 

Baldwin shared Baker's powerful message in a post on Twitter. 

We are sending lots of well-wishes to Baker and his family during this difficult time. 

Buzz: Everson Griffen has interest in signing with the Seahawks

Buzz: Everson Griffen has interest in signing with the Seahawks

You, me and everybody else in Seattle is sick of the pass rush merry-go-round that continues to spin while we sit at our respective homes in quarantine.

Each day we get a new rumor or report to keep fueling the fire of whether or not Jadeveon Clowney, Everson Griffen, Yannick Ngakoue or Matt Judon might eventually be members of the Seahawks.

On Tuesday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press had some interesting thoughts on Griffen. The former Vikings pass rusher posted 8.0 sacks in 2019 and is now looking for a new team in free agency. According to Tomasson, Griffen "definitely has interest" in signing with Seattle. Joining the Seahawks would allow him to reunite with Pete Carroll, who coached him in college at USC.

The interesting note is that, according to Tomasson, Seattle's interest in Griffen hinges on whether or not the team is able to re-sign Clowney. Should that be the case, it would indicate that Seattle is only in the market for one marquee free agent pass rusher. That wouldn't necessarily close the door on a trade for Judon or Ngakoue, though. It could be that the Seahawks are hoping to land one of Griffen/Clowney and one of Ngakoue/Judon. Seattle cleared a little more than $5 million in cap space on Tuesday by cutting Ed Dickson and Tedric Thompson. They could save another $8.5 million by cutting Justin Britt. They could also get creative and create cap space by restructuring contracts. Point being, Seattle could find a way to land two of the aforementioned players should they want to.

It all remains speculation at this point outside of the obvious fact that Seattle is in grave need for a top-tier pass rusher to pair with Jarran Reed and Bruce Irvin (among others). John Schneider and Pete Carroll know this fact. The wait continues to see which player(s) they're able to land.