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It appears to be Ugo Amadi time for the Seahawks

It appears to be Ugo Amadi time for the Seahawks

On Monday, Pete Carroll explained that starting nickel cornerback Jamar Taylor was in a "competitive situation."

Less than 48 hours later, Taylor has been waived by the Seattle Seahawks in order to make room for Ed Dickson. The veteran tight end was activated from Injured Reserve on Wednesday morning.

Dickson's return is notable given Luke Willson's hamstring injury, but the bigger story here is that Seattle will have a new starting nickel cornerback moving forward.

Ugo Amadi is the obvious name that comes to mind. The rookie fourth-round pick started Week 1 at nickel but had been replaced by Taylor since. It now appears that he's made enough progress to win the job back.

“He’s doing really well,” Carroll said of Amadi on Monday. “He’s been a playmaker on special teams throughout. His opportunities will continue to come about because he’s been so consistent in everything he’s doing. He hasn’t done anything that isn’t good.

“I’m anxious for him to contribute more. He’s been with us long enough that it’s time for him to get some more opportunities.”

Amadi has been practicing primarily at nickel while getting a few reps at safety as well, according to Carroll. Given that Taylor struggled in recent weeks, most notably against the 49ers in Week 10, it makes sense for this move to be made now.

Seattle goes on the road in Week 12 to play the Philadelphia Eagles, a team that lacks standout receivers with DeSean Jackson on IR and Alshon Jeffery nursing an ankle injury. On paper, it's a nice matchup for Amadi to get his feet wet and knock the rust off as he gets back into the swing of things. Depending on the matchup, Akeem King may also see some time at nickel against bigger slot receivers a la Larry Fitzgerald.

Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner will sit out of Pro Bowl

Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner will sit out of Pro Bowl

The Seattle Seahawks will now have just two players in the 2020 Pro Bowl game on Sunday.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and his staff will coach the NFC roster, but one of his players will be at home resting. In an interview with NFL Network's Omar Ruiz at the NFL’s Huddle for 100 event, Carroll confirmed All-Pro linebacker Bobby Wagner will not participate in Sunday’s game.

“Bobby’s OK,” Carroll said of Wagner’s ailing knee injury. “Bobby had something he didn’t really know he had. He found out in the exit interviews that he had a little problem with his knee that needs rest. I don’t think he has to do anything for it, but he has to miss this game.”

That means just two Seahawks will participate on the Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida: Quarterback Russell Wilson and cornerback Shaquille Griffin. 

Wilson will make his fifth appearance in the NFL’s All-Star game and also participate in the Skills Competition.

“Russell did have a great season,” Carroll said. “From the start all the way to the finish of it, all the way to final game, the final opportunity, he was battling. He’s such a great competitor. It’s just come through. He’s just continued to grow as a player. This was his best year I think.”

Griffin will play in his first Pro Bowl after being named to the NFC squad as a replacement for Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore.

“He’s really improved in the three years he’s been with us,” Carroll said of Griffin. “He’s a fantastic player for us now and it’s great that he gets recognized to be part of this.”

Carroll also shared his thoughts on coaching in the Pro Bowl for the first time, as well as the two possible rule changes the league will experiment with during this weekend’s Pro Bowl. Listen to his full interview with Ruiz here. 

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson named Pro Football Focus' 2019 MVP

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson named Pro Football Focus' 2019 MVP

Russell Wilson isn't likely to win the NFL's MVP Award. That honor is almost assuredly going to Lamar Jackson.

But if Pro Football Focus had its way, it would be Wilson receiving the award. Thus, PFF has named the Seahawks quarterback their 2019 MVP.

Wilson led PFF's WAR metric by a significant margin. His rating of 4.08 was at least a full point higher than the four next closest players: Patrick Mahomes (2.96), Dak Prescott (2.40), Aaron Rodgers (2.38) and Jackson (2.29). It's worth noting that Mahomes missed two games with a knee injury, but even with those extra snaps he still wouldn't have passed Wilson's PFF WAR rating. In addition, Wilson's 91.2 PFF grade for the season was tied with Drew Brees for second-best among QBs. Only Ryan Tannehill was higher, and he didn't play until Week 7.

"This season, the data points to the fact that no player added greater value to their team than Russell Wilson did for the Seattle Seahawks," PFF's Sam Monson wrote.

Wilson finished the season with 4,110 passing yards, 41 passing touchdowns and just five interceptions. He added 342 yards and three more scores as a runner.

There were three main contributors to Wilson edging the other MVP candidates in PFF's eyes.

The first is the notion that Wilson overcame Seattle failing to cater to his skill set whereas the Ravens revamped their entire offense to fit what Jackson does best. That's both from a schematic and from a game management standpoint.

The second is Wilson carried the Seahawks despite playing behind a far inferior offensive line. Duane Brown, who notably missed four games, was Seattle's highest-graded offensive lineman (76.3). Joey Hunt was next closest at 62.2. By comparison, the Ravens didn't have an offensive lineman graded below 63.0.

Finally, PFF credited Wilson for his ability to play at a high level in games where the Seahawks trailed, oftentimes by large margins. Jackson had the benefit of playing with a comfortable lead in most of Baltimore's games.

"When you try and see the entire board, Wilson dealt with much more adversity than Jackson did and was significantly ahead in terms of PFF WAR," Monson wrote. "So, Russell Wilson wins the award for a season in which there were two outstanding candidates."


Is backing up Russell Wilson what’s next for Marcus Mariota? It could be...

Is backing up Russell Wilson what’s next for Marcus Mariota? It could be...

Is there any shine left on Marcus Mariota’s star? 

That’s what we’re going to find out this offseason as Mariota is set to become an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins in March. The former No. 2 overall pick in 2015 has fallen from the pedestal of the Titans franchise QB to a signal-caller whose future is a gigantic question mark.  

Mariota was benched after six games (2-4) in 2019 in favor of Ryan Tannehill, a fellow first-round flameout… or so we thought. Tannehill sparked a turnaround in Tennessee and led the Titans to a 9-7 record and a Wild Card berth in the postseason. The Titans magic continued through the Wild Card Round against the Patriots and the Divisional Round against the top-seeded Ravens – two stunning upsets. Tennessee lost on Sunday to the Chiefs in the Divisional Round, and the Titans must now decide what they want to do at quarterback in 2020. 

The one thing that feels evident is that it won’t be Mariota.  

The former Oregon Duck has a 29-32 record in 61 games as a starter with 13,207 passing yards, 76 touchdowns and 44 interceptions. The highlight of his five seasons in Tennessee was a playoff win against the Chiefs in 2017.  

Now, he’ll presumably pursue an opportunity to compete for a starting job elsewhere. Here is a list of teams that could potentially sign Mariota in such a capacity: Dolphins, Chargers (if Rivers leaves), Colts, Bears and Panthers.  

There’s no guarantee any of those clubs will view Mariota as the stopgap QB they want running the show in 2020. Should all of them pass, Mariota would then be relegated to taking a backup job (or even competing for a backup job). That won’t be a problem. 

On that note, the Seattle Seahawks will be in the market for a backup quarterback as Geno Smith is also scheduled to be a free agent. Mariota’s mobility and experience as a starter could potentially be a perfect fit behind Russell Wilson. From Seattle’s standpoint, the Seahawks could do much worse for an insurance policy should Wilson miss a game for the first time in his career. 

There’s potential that Mariota would welcome a return to the Pacific Northwest. Seattle is about as close to the quarterback’s home of Hawaii as you can get in the NFL, and he’s already familiar with the region from his college days. 

This scenario is purely speculation at this point, but it’s not one that can be ruled out. 

Seahawks CB Shaquill Griffin named to first Pro Bowl

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Seahawks CB Shaquill Griffin named to first Pro Bowl

Shaquill Griffin is Pro Bowl bound.

Griffin became the Seahawks first defensive back since Richard Sherman in 2017 to be named to the Pro Bowl. He was initially an alternate, but was moved up the roster on Monday. The Seahawks confirmed Tuesday that Griffin will replace Marshon Lattimore, who will not participate due to injury. 

Griffin’s first Pro Bowl appearance will be a coming home of sorts. The Seahawks cornerback will be returning to Orlando, where his alma mater University of Central Florida is located. UCF sent out this tweet in support of Griffin on Monday morning:

In 2019, Griffin had a 55.9 completion percentage when targeted and was third in the NFL with 14 pass breakups. He allowed just three touchdowns and had 407 air yards allowed, 141 yards after the catch.

The 24-year-old spent the offseason honing his craft and perfecting his diet. He dropped down to 194 pounds, a loss of 12 pounds, by eating smaller meals with lean proteins. The extra work appears to have paid off. 

“He’s had a terrific season,” Carroll said of Griffin in early December. “He’s been productive. He’s been consistent. He’s been really active. It’s a whole step forward from where he was last year. He’s playing lie he was capable of playing. I really hope that this would’ve been year two. I think last year, he and I both realized it, didn’t set it up the right way in the way we approached it. He fixed that this offseason and you can tell the results. He’s been consistently on it. He’s been fast, flying the whole time, the whole season. He’s been really aggressive and wanting to challenge everything. He’s had a great season.”

Griffin will join quarterback Russell Wilson and linebacker Bobby Wagner as the third Pro Bowl selection for the Seahawks this season. 

These impressions of Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson are spot on

These impressions of Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson are spot on

If you're not following Andrew Hawkins on social media, you're missing out!

The former NFL wide receiver who played six seasons in the NFL, three with the Cincinnati Bengals and three with the Cleveland Browns, is now with the NFL Network as a host and multi-platform contributor. 

In his role, Hawkins hosts a variety of content on NFL Media’s digital and social channels, including new show formats and other engaging VOD content. The two-time Sports Emmy Award nominee also appears on various NFL Network shows such as NFL Total Access and Good Morning Football.

And if there's one thing Hawkins knows about the NFL, it's that the league has a lot of unique characters. 

In recent years, all professional sports leagues have stepped their fashion game up.

Game day arrival fits have become a major trend.

Some athletes try extra hard and have stylists. Others choose to go the opposite route and dress for comfort. And some use props or try to be extra goofy to garner attention. 

Hawkins took all of those figures and released a parody video, which includes two Seahawks.

Hawk parodies Cam Newton's arrival look. A non-existent Andrew Luck. Daniel Jones and Eli Manning, too.

But his impersonation of Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson are spot on. 

In the video, Hawkins is seen walking, stroking a large, feathered chicken head mask before he eventually attacks the camera. Awesome!

Then, a depiction of Russell Wilson's look pre-Ciara and post-Ciara, where Hawkins is dressed nerdy to being dressed in the freshest of fits. 

Bravo, Hawk! So good...

Déjà vu: Richard Sherman seals Super Bowl berth with an interception


Déjà vu: Richard Sherman seals Super Bowl berth with an interception

The match-up is set! The Kansas City Chiefs will meet with San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl Super Bowl LIV. 

Kansas City defeated Tennessee earlier in the day Sunday to clinch the AFC, leaving the winner of the 49ers and Packers in the NFC to battle it out. 

From the jump, it wasn't even close. 

San Francisco steamrolled their way past Green Bay, despite a late surge from the Packers. 

But, inside of the two minute warning and no timeouts, Aaron Rodgers, with the ball on the 49ers 38-yard line, let it fly.

With the game coming to a close, to clinch an NFC Championship and a Super Bowl berth, where have we seen this before?!

It was 6 years to the day.

Now, Sherman didn't actually catch the pass, but he might as well have.

And then, who could forget the postgame interview...

Things didn't go quite the same way with Sherman and Andrews this time around.

Sherman, who was drafted in the fifth round by the Seahawks, was in Seattle from 2011-2017. He ruptured his Achilles in 2017 and was eventually released by Seattle on March 9th of 2018. He signed a three-year deal with the 49ers the following day and now finds himself punching a ticket to Miami and Super Bowl LVI. 

“People want to hate me,” he said earlier in the week. “They want to treat me like a villain... They just never want to give me credit.”

“They always want to make an excuse for why I’m great.”

Sherman continues to prove it time and time again, just now in different colors. 

Russell Wilson: Not playing in NFC Championship Game "makes me sick"

Russell Wilson: Not playing in NFC Championship Game "makes me sick"

The Seattle Seahawks were fighting for the playoff lives just one week ago. 

Inside of two minutes, Aaron Rodgers dropped back to pass, connecting with tight end Jimmy Graham in what was a controversial third down conversion to ice the game for the Green Bay Packers. Achieving that yard of gain effectively punched Green Bay's ticket to the NFC Championship game vs. the San Francisco 49ers. 

And all Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson could do in that moment was watch. 

Final score: 28-23 Packers. 

In that game Wilson, who flashed MVP-like brilliance throughout the season, finished the game 21/31, 277 yards and a touchdown. He rushed for 64 more yards. 

He left it all out on the field. The entire team did. 

But just like that, season over. 

Seattle was faced with the reality that there was nothing left for them to do but clean out their lockers, which happened last Monday. 

The offseason began, and the work towards next season, for some, began immediately. 

Coping with that new reality can be tough, especially for the competitor that is Russell Wilson.

"Not playing tomorrow makes me sick... wish I was playing tomorrow fighting for the Championship."

Instead, the 49ers will host the Packers at Levi's Stadium at 3:40pm for a chance to advance to the Super Bowl.

Despite Seattle's consistency in making the playoffs, the Seahawks have been unable to advance to the NFC Championship round or Super Bowl since their back-to-back Super Bowl appearances in 2013 and 2014.

They were bounced from the playoffs in the Divisional Round three times (2015, 2016, 2019) and suffered a first-round loss a year ago to the Dallas Cowboys.

“A lot of people think that we overachieved," Wilson said. "I think we underachieved, in my opinion, because I think the goal should be always winning the Super Bowl. That’s got to be our standard. That’s got to be our focus."

“The reality is that we’ve been very, very good for the past eight years or so, and to go to the playoffs seven of the eight, and to do all those things are special, special things, to go to two Super Bowls, to win one. We’ve got to capture that throughout the whole entire season going into next year. We’ve got to find ways to get better. We’ve got to find ways to get past just the first or second round of the playoffs and get to the final push. That’s the reality. I know that’s why I play the game. I know that’s why a lot of guys in this locker room try to play the game (is) for that. We’ve got to find ways to get better and we’ll try to do everything we can to figure that out.”

Wilson does have a lot to be proud of in his 2019 campaign, though, finishing with 4110 yard passing, with 31 touchdowns against five interceptions. He also rushed in three more touchdowns on 342 total yards.

He'll just have to wait impatiently until the 2020 campaign begins.

Steve Shimko leaves Seahawks, will Pete Carroll’s son, Brennan, be next?

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Steve Shimko leaves Seahawks, will Pete Carroll’s son, Brennan, be next?

The Seattle Seahawks could soon have some coaching vacancies to fill this offseason. 

According to Bruce Feldman of FS1 and The Athletic, Pete Carroll’s son, Brennan Carroll, has emerged as a candidate for the vacant head coaching position at Hawaii. Former coach Nick Rolovich has since departed to Pullman as Washington State’s new head coach.

Carroll joined his father’s coaching staff after serving as a recruiting coordinator at USC and Miami. With the Trojans, Carroll spent time with the offense, special teams and tight ends. Carroll begin his coaching tenure at Miami in 2010, as coach of the tight ends and recruiting coordinator. When Mario Cristobal, now head coach of Oregon, joined Miami’s staff, Carroll moved to wide receivers coach.

He’s currently an assistant offensive line coach for Seattle, meaning a head coaching gig in Hawaii would be quite the leap for the 40-year-old. 

Seahawks assistant quarterbacks coach Steve Shimko was named as Boston College’s tight ends coach on Friday. Shimko joined Pete Carroll’s staff in 2018 and helped tutor Russell Wilson to an MVP like season. Wilson finished with 4,110 yards and 31 touchdowns and just five interceptions in 2019.

Clowney, Reed make Pro Football Focus' list of top 50 upcoming free agents


Clowney, Reed make Pro Football Focus' list of top 50 upcoming free agents

Free agency is still about two months away, but that didn't stop Pro Football Focus from coming up with an early list of the top 50 impending free agents. The list will undoubtedly change as players re-sign with their current club or get the franchise tag.

Two Seahawks players made the cut: Jadeveon Clowney and Jarran Reed. You can find the full list here.

Clowney came in at No. 7:

"Clowney put up an 88.0 overall grade in 2018 — the highest mark of his career — and he followed up with an 87.3 grade after a trade to the Seahawks despite seeing his sack total drop from nine to three. Clowney has the 11th-best overall grade among all edge defenders since 2017, including the third-best mark against the run (91.3), but his pass-rush grade of 83.9 ranks just 25th among that same group. Pass-rushers earn massive contracts for their ability to get after the quarterback, but Clowney has always been good, not great, in that department. The price tag may be too high for many teams, but Clowney brings top run defense and solid pass-rush to the table, though his game has never really lived up to his draft hype and he’s never matched the production of other dominant edge defenders."

Reed just made the list at spot No. 49:

"Suspension derailed Jarran Reed’s career, but before that, he was coming into 2019 on the back of a career year with the Seattle Seahawks. Reed is a solid player across the board, whose 11 sacks two years ago may have flattered his pass-rushing a little. Perhaps suited to more of a rotational role on defense, he isn’t bad at any one aspect of defensive line play, but he's not spectacular either, which ultimately may see him slip through the cracks of free agency until the later waves when the big names have been cleaned up."