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Seattle Seahawks' 2019 preseason schedule announced

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Seattle Seahawks' 2019 preseason schedule announced

The NFL has announced preseason schedules with the Seattle Seahawks will begin exhibition play at home against Denver at CenturyLink Field. 

Some specific dates and times have yet to be finalized. 

SEAHAWKS PRESEASON SCHEDULE

Week/Day      Date                Opponent                              Time (PT)        TV

Week 1            Aug. 8-11        Denver Broncos                    TBD                  Q13 FOX

Wk 2/Sunday  Aug. 18           at Minnesota Vikings             5:00 p.m.          FOX

Week 3            Aug. 22-25      at Los Angeles Chargers       TBD                  Q13 FOX

Wk 4/Thurs.    Aug. 29           Oakland Raiders                    TBD                  Q13 FOX

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This will be the 14th consecutive season that Seattle closes the preseason against the Oakland Raiders.

Single-game ticket information for preseason and regular season games will be announced following the regular season schedule announcement later this month.

Seattle's 2019 regular opponents consists of home and away games against NFC West Division rivals Arizona, San Francisco, the Los Angeles Rams. Other home opponents are New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Baltimore, Cincinnati and Minnesota. Seattle's other road games will be played at Atlanta, Carolina, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. 

Pete Carroll: Russell Wilson shared wishes for more up-tempo offense in 2020

Pete Carroll: Russell Wilson shared wishes for more up-tempo offense in 2020

INDIANAPOLIS – Russell Wilson made headlines during Super Bowl week when he told Mike Florio and Chris Simms about his desires to run more up-tempo offense in 2020.

“I mean we’ve always been really good at two-minute [offense],” the Seahawks QB said on PFT Live in Miami. “We’ve always been really good in those end-of-the-half (situations), those not always hurry-up situations, but those up-tempo situations (and) moments. And the reality is this: I think the defense gets tired, first thing.”

Wilson also referenced Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs' high-powered offense as the gold standard of a team trying to score as many points as possible. The comments came on the heels of Seattle's disappointing playoff defeat to the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Round despite a furious second-half comeback.

Wilson apparently shared those exact sentiments with Pete Carroll as well. Carroll met with reporters at the NFL Combine on Tuesday and mentioned the conversation without divulging too many details.

“We’ve been talking about that for years. We’ve been in and out of tempo throughout, and so you’ll see what happens,” Carroll said.

He later added ambiguously: “There’s a lot of really cool things happening on offense.”

In Carroll’s view, Wilson is playing the “best he’s ever been” and given he came out healthy at the end of the season, it provides the QB with another opportunity to take a step forward heading into 2020. Wilson is coming off of a season in which he was a legit MVP candidate for most of the year while accumulating 4,110 passing yards, 31 touchdowns and a career-low five interceptions.

Carroll anticipates Wilson benefitting from the return of TE Will Dissly (Achilles, anticipated back for Week 1) and RB Rashaad Penny (knee, expected back early in the 2020 regular season) as well as the addition of TE Greg Olsen.

Both Schneider and Carroll referenced Wilson’s connection with Olsen and how the two hatched the plan to join forces in Seattle.

“(Olsen) was a really important get for us to be solid at the tight end spot,” Carroll said. “That’s another step in solidifying a 6-5-plus target to catch the football, run routes, understands the game, which really compliments Russell’s mentality.”

Carroll knows there’s plenty of accountability that falls on the shoulders of the coaching staff as well. He opted for continuity on his staff, keeping most of the group intact including all three coordinators. The benefit of having such little turnover is the chance to thoroughly self-scout what went right and what went awry in 2019.

He referred to the last few months as an opportunity to make tweaks and be the “master scientists” working to make comprehensive improvements. That process will continue in the weeks and months remaining in the offseason.

“It’s a really exciting time for us because it’s really the creative time of it,” Carroll said. “It’s an assessment of our players, who we can add, how we can fit things together, how we can take advantage of things we learned last year, things we don’t want to do – it’s just on going.”

The biggest issue with the Seahawks offense was its inconsistency early in games. Seattle scored a combined three first half points in Week 17 against the 49ers and in the Divisional Round against the Packers, both games the Seahawks lost narrowly in the final minutes.

Is more up-tempo the answer? It’s likely not that simple, but it could be part of the solution. Regardless, Carroll understands that improvement is paramount.

“It should be better. There’s no question that everybody feels like that, and so I’m looking forward to that,” he said.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is a ‘natural recruiter’ when it comes to NFL free agency

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is a ‘natural recruiter’ when it comes to NFL free agency

INDIANAPOLIS – Russell Wilson made headlines earlier this offseason by saying the Seahawks need more superstars. The quote was mostly innocuous. It’s obvious that Seattle, and every other team for that matter, could use more game-changing talent.

“We all want superstars,” GM John Schneider said on Tuesday from the NFL Combine. “We all want great players. I stay awake at night and my gut turns all the time thinking about how we can improve every aspect of our football operation. We’re doing it non-stop.”

But the sentiment remains that Wilson has been more outspoken this offseason compared to years past. He also shared during Super Bowl week that he wants to run more up-tempo next season.

Apparently Wilson’s comments in the media haven’t come as any surprise to the Seahawks. Their quarterback has always been willing to share his opinions, particularly as it pertains to free agency. In fact, it sounds like Wilson is one step shy of handing Schneider a wish list of players he’d like Seattle to sign.

“He’s just the ultimate competitor,” Schneider said. “He’s always talking about players with me. He’s like ‘What do you think of this guy? What do you think of that guy? This guy is a good player. I’d love to play with that guy someday.’ You know what I mean? Stuff like that. He’s always into it.”

Wilson also serves as the Seahawks primary recruiting coordinator. He and Greg Olsen spoke at length during Super Bowl week in Miami and came away with the mutual desire of joining forces. Wilson relayed that to the front office, and Schneider took things from there.

“We got on (Olsen) as quickly as we could,” the GM said. “We brought him in and had a great visit with him. (He’s) a great guy and is going to help that room a bunch.”

Schneider and Pete Carroll fully embrace Wilson’s input. Even when Wilson isn’t directly involved in a potential signing, he’s used as a carrot to lure players to the Pacific Northwest. Remember that Jadeveon Clowney, like Olsen, was sold on the Seahawks due in large part to Wilson’s presence.

“He’s a competitor. He loves it,” Schneider said of Wilson’s eagerness to be involved in the process. “He’s got a lot of relationships and works out with a lot of different guys. He knows a lot of people. He’s a natural recruiter. Look at our games this year, why wouldn’t you want to play with a guy like that, right?” … “He’s a pretty inspirational dude.”

Luckily for Wilson, his Seahawks still have north of $50 million in cap space to spend in free agency. The quarterback is sure to give his opinion on how he’d like that money to be spent.

John Schneider, Seahawks to meet with Jadeveon Clowney’s agent at NFL Combine

John Schneider, Seahawks to meet with Jadeveon Clowney’s agent at NFL Combine

INDIANAPOLIS – Jadeveon Clowney’s future remains uncertain as we’re still weeks away from the start of the new league year on March 18. One thing that hasn’t changed is the Seahawks' desire to keep the star pass rusher in Seattle.

John Schneider spoke to reporters from the NFL Combine on Tuesday and reiterated what Pete Carroll said at the end of the 2019 season.

“We’d love to have him back, obviously,” Schneider said. “He loved the culture. He loves the coaching staff. He loves the chefs. He loves our equipment guys. He’s a really fun guy. He was a blast to be around, and I hope we can continue that.”

Schneider confirmed that the team will meet with Clowney’s agent Bus Cook this week in Indianapolis. That’s not big news in and of itself given that the Seahawks will meet with several agents in the coming days.

What is notable is that Schneider shared that Seattle will ask Clowney to give the Seahawks the option to match any offer he receives elsewhere.

“Yeah absolutely,” the Seahawks GM said.

Schneider and Clowney “had a great talk” on move out day back in January. There’s clearly a mutual interest in getting a deal done, and Schneider hopes that gives Seattle a leg up in free agency.

“You’d like to think so,” he said. “We know his body. We know how to take care of him, and then also, the stadium we play in.”

Schneider referenced CenturyLink Field being a pass-rusher friendly stadium. Apparently that was a big sell years back when luring Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril to Seattle. The noise gives edge players a legit advantage.

“To have that noise, the real good pass rushers know it and they have that snap anticipation,” Schneider said.

The impending free agent had successful surgery shortly after the season to repair the core muscle injury that hindered him for much of 2019. For that reason, health won’t play a part in negotiations, Schneider said. Neither will production, or lack thereof in Clowney’s case.

Clowney posted just 3.5 sacks, a career low, but we all know the eye test told a different story. Schneider called him “super productive” and essentially confirmed what Ian Rapoport told NBC Sports Northwest back at the Super Bowl: That Clowney is going to get paid like he had 20 sacks.

For that reason, the price tag to keep Clowney is sure to be north of $20 million annually. The familiarity makes keeping Clowney a more ideal fit than other top dollar pass rushers like Everson Griffin and Yannick Ngakoue. Seattle has the money to make it happen. The wait continues as to whether or not the Seahawks will pull the trigger.

Greg Olsen will wear No. 88 for Seattle Seahawks, donate to charity to get it

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Greg Olsen will wear No. 88 for Seattle Seahawks, donate to charity to get it

Tight end Greg Olsen will suit up in a Seattle Seahawks uniform next season and he'll do it in a number he's all too familiar with. 

Seahawks GM John Schneider revealed that Olsen would wear No. 88 next season, a number previously worn by fellow tight end Will Dissly. 

Schneider told reporters at the NFL Combine that the two struck a deal and Olsen would pay an undisclosed amount to a charity of Dissly's choice. 

Olsen has worn No. 88 since joining the Carolina Panthers in 2011. Previously, Olsen wore No. 82 at Miami and in his first three seasons in the NFL with the Chicago Bears. 

Luke Wilson, who is a free agent, wore No. 82 for the Seahawks last season. 

The three-time Pro-Bowler signed with the Seattle Seahawks last week on a one-year, $7 million deal. 

The two-time All-Pro has registered 718 receptions for 8,444 yards and 59 touchdowns. 

No word yet on which charity the money is going to or what number Dissly, who the Seahawks hope will be back in Week 1 after suffering a season-ending Achilles injury last season, will wear.

Two intriguing defensive line prospects Seahawks fans should keep tabs on

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Two intriguing defensive line prospects Seahawks fans should keep tabs on

INDIANAPOLIS -- The 2020 NFL Combine is underway from the Indiana Convention Center and prospects are beginning to churn through their media sessions. Workouts won’t begin until later in the week as that portion of the Combine has been moved to primetime.

Bleacher Report’s senior draft analyst Matt Miller joined the Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast to preview what’s to come over the next several days in Indianapolis. Several mock drafts are currently projecting Seattle to take a defensive lineman in the first round for a second-consecutive draft.

Seahawks fans, understandably, give some pause to that notion given L.J. Collier’s underwhelming rookie season. But Collier’s lack of production in 2019 only emphasizes Seattle’s need along the defensive line.

There’s a chance that both Jadeveon Clowney and Jarran Reed move on to other teams in free agency. Now, the Seahawks would surely sign a veteran or two to replace them, but it’s not a guarantee that John Schneider and Pete Carroll opt to break the bank on a defensive lineman.

Should that be the case, Miller provided a few prospects that could be in play with the Seahawks No. 27 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft – one on the interior and one on the edge.

1. Marlon Davidson, DT, Auburn

Poona Ford has proven to be a fantastic run-stuffing defensive tackle, but he doesn’t offer much as a pass rusher. Ford has just a .5 sack in 26 career games. That’s what made he and Reed such great complimentary pieces given Reed’s ability as a pass rusher.

Davidson, who posted 11.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks in 2019, could be a suitable replacement.

“He dominated the couple days at the Senior Bowl before he got hurt,” Miller said. “He dominated for Auburn this past year. He’s 6-3, 297 pounds and he plays violent football. It’s easy to fall in love with him and think that he could step in right away and make a pretty big impact.”

2. Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State

Blue chip edge rushers don’t escape the top 10 in the draft, which makes any option at No. 27 largely a project player. It all comes down to determining which tools project to develop in the years down the road.

According to Miller, Gross-Matos has the highest upside of any pass rusher who might still be on the board at the end of the first round. The former Nittany Lion racked up a ridiculous 34.5 tackles for loss and 17 sacks over his last two collegiate seasons.

“I think he’s the one I’d be most excited about,” Miller said. “There’s a lot of raw potential there. I interviewed him at the Super Bowl for my podcast ‘Stick to Football.’ He’s impressive in person. He’s 6-5, he’s probably going to be close to 265-270 pounds.

“But he has speed. He’s got big long arms and big hands. He’s able to get offensive linemen off of his frame. You've got watch him play Iowa, and Iowa has very good offensive lineman, and he dominated those guys. With Gross-Matos, you’re getting more of a Day 1 impact. Because of that, he’s a guy who might not be there at No. 27.”

Russell Wilson cutting his hair has social media conflicted

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Russell Wilson cutting his hair has social media conflicted

Monday night was a night full of a historical performance from Sabrina Ionescu, the No. 3 Oregon women's basketball team defeating the No. 4 Stanford Cardinal on the road, Steph Curry and Russell Wilson watching greatness unfold, oh yeah, and Wilson's haircut. 

A haircut got all the buzz on social media.

Russell and Ciara were in attendence to support his younger sister Anna Wilson, who is a current senior on the Stanford Cardinal women's basketball team who was celebrating her senior night vs. the Ducks.

For someone who was growing his hair out long enough to fasten it back into man bun, it was suddenly gone. Back to his short hair.

But this begged the real question... do you like the fresh cut?

Social media seems conflicted:

Which Russell Wilson do you prefer?

Russell Wilson, Ciara, Stephen Curry witness Sabrina Inonescu make history

Russell Wilson, Ciara, Stephen Curry witness Sabrina Inonescu make history

There were a few familiar faces in Maples Pavilion for No. 3 Oregon women's basketball at No. 4 Stanford.

On a night where Oregon senior Sabrina Ionescu became the first player in the NCAA to reach 2,000 career points, 1,000 career assists and 1,000 career rebounds, she did so in front of elite company.

NBA star Stephen Curry, a fellow California-native and close friend to Ionescu, was there with his wife Ayesha to witness history being made. 

Curry was also in Berkeley last Friday and took his two daughters to the Ducks take on Cal and to watch Ionescu in action.

The Curry's were down in Los Angeles along with Ionescu on Monday morning to celebrate the life of their dear friends Kobe and Gigi Bryant.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Ciara were there supporting his younger sister Anna Wilson, a senior guard on the Stanford Cardinal who was celebrating her senior night.

So much greatness in one photo!

Greg Olsen couldn't pass up opportunity to sign with Seahawks

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Greg Olsen couldn't pass up opportunity to sign with Seahawks

Greg Olsen had several options upon his release from the Carolina Panthers: He could retire from football and pursue his broadcast career or he could suit up in a uniform, join a contender, and give it a go one more time. 

The three-time Pro Bowler had visits with the Washington Redskins and Buffalo Bills, before arriving in Seattle to meet with the Seahawks, his eventual choice.

"It was just too good of an opportunity to pass up," Olsen told Seahawks.com. "Their track record of success, consistency of winning. I've played in this city many times, and just the fanbase, the excitement, that stadium is one of the more unique venues in all of sports. And obviously Coach (Pete) Carroll, playing with somebody like Russell (Wilson), it just checks so many boxes I was looking for, and I'm confident I can just come in and do my part and help try to put (us) over the edge."

The veteran tight end signed his one-year deal reportedly worth $7 million with $5.5 million in guaranteed money on Monday.

For Olsen, the opportunity to play alongside quarterback Russell Wilson and under head coach Pete Carroll is something special. But at 34, Olsen is also determined to add Super Bowl champion to his lengthy list of accomplishments.

"I’ve seen you guys from the other side of the field, numerous times over the last few years,” Olsen told fans in the video above. “I’m glad to join you guys and try to bring the Super Bowl back to Seattle.”

And hopefully Olsen will get his opportunity to play for a championship in 2020. The Seahawks have been in the playoffs eight times in 10 seasons, and are coming off an 11-5 season that ended in a loss to the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Round. Hampered by injuries at the tight end position, Olsen will have the opportunity to make an impact immediately as one of Russell Wilson's top targets. 

If you haven’t been to an XFL Seattle Dragons game yet, you need to, & here’s why

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If you haven’t been to an XFL Seattle Dragons game yet, you need to, & here’s why

We’re three weeks into the XFL’s inaugural season, and most of the country is still trying to figure out how they feel about it. Even the most casual football fan has undoubtedly monitored the league’s progress, at least peripherally, and has maybe even caught a few quarters of a game on TV.

But let me say this very clearly: If you haven’t been to a game yet, you need to.

I share that having just attended my first Seattle Dragons game last Saturday. I went as a fan rather than media in order to fully embrace the XFL experience.

Let’s start with the football itself. I was pleasantly surprised by the overall level of play as well as the XFL’s rule innovations. The new kickoff, the running clock and the absence of PATs are a nice change of pace at a minimum, if not an overall improvement compared to the NFL.

The players in the league range from former NFLers and fringe NFLers to college standouts at a minimum. There’s a speed and physicality to each game that checks a crucial box when going through your own eye test.

The biggest deficiency league wide, and especially with the Dragons, is quarterback play. There aren’t 32 franchise quarterbacks in the world, let alone eight extra to play in the XFL. That’s why the first three weeks have been dominated by defense while offenses, passing games in particular, are clearly a step behind.

That alone shouldn’t deter anyone from attending a game. I compare it to the early days of an NFL training camp, where a defense usually has a leg up on the offense out of the gate. There’s enough coaching experience and acumen in the XFL to make necessary adjustments.

In Seattle, there’s an added bonus of enjoying a gameday at CenturyLink Field. Despite a 1-2 start, the Dragons are off to a booming start from a business perspective. The team is leading the league in TV ratings and more than 50,000 fans have attended the first two games combined.

“We are excited about the support we've gotten so far, and this is just the beginning,” team president Ryan Gustafson told NBC Sports Northwest. “We knew the novelty of our first game ever would draw interest, but to have over 22,000 in attendance a week later shows how loyal the fans of Seattle really are. Gameday is just different in Seattle - in Seattle, we're loud and proud, and win or lose, we will continue to do everything we can to create a world-class experience for our fans.”

Gustafson urged that this is just the beginning for the Dragons. The team is actively working to make consistent improvements to the gameday experience as it receives feedback from fans and finds out what does and doesn’t work.

Here are some other notable draws that should entice you to attending one of the Dragons final three games this season. Your next opportunity is Sunday March 15 against the L.A. Wildcats.

- The Dragons have leaned into their "bringing the fire" mantra. That begins with the lighting of a cauldron akin to the Seahawks 12th man flag. A local legend lights the cauldron prior to kickoff for each game. Steve Largent and Brock Huard are the two who have done so thus far.

- The team gave away 25,000 orange towels at the first game and continue to urge fans to bring those and waive in key moments. Due to the demand, the team has ordered more towels and will sell them at the pro shop for only $5. Potentially doing another giveaway is on the table as well, but nothing is set in stone just yet.

- Affordability is one of the main selling points. Season tickets start at only $20 per ticket, and tickets for a single game start at only $24.  The team also has group tickets starting at only $18 for friends/family outings, youth sports organizations, companies, or any other groups. Given the exorbitant prices for Seahawks tickets, and to a lesser degree the Sounders, the cost alone should make Dragons games a draw for any football fan.

- In addition to the modest price of tickets, the Dragons have focused on ensuring other aspects of gameday are affordable. Parking for season ticket members is only $20 per game for the CenturyLink Field garage or north lot.

- There are some food and drink deals as well, notably a set of $20 value packages. You’ll also be able to find unique concession items with Dragon-related themes.

The moral of the story is that Dragons games are enticing for everyone from the diehard who can’t get enough football to the casual fan who is looking for fun and affordable weekend plans. Take your family or go with your friends and enjoy a few beers. Regardless, I promise you won’t regret going to a game. I know I didn’t.