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Seattle Seahawks schedule with far-too-early predictions

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Seattle Seahawks schedule with far-too-early predictions

Seattle's 2019 schedule is out. Here are some highlights. 

Home and away: Seattle begins the season with the first 10 games alternating home and away starting with Cincinnati at home in Week 1 and ending with a game at San Francisco in Week 10. That game is followed with a game at Philadelphia the in Week 11. Seattle has one other consecutive weeks of road games and they have Week 14 at the Los Angeles Rams and Week 15 at Carolina. 

Closing strong: Seattle could be in good shape if it enters the final two weeks of the season in must-win situations to reach the postseason. Seattle closes with games at home against San Francisco in Week 16 and Arizona in Week 17.  The 49ers were 4-12 last year and the Cardinals were 3-13. Of course, that was last season. And, last season, the 49ers defeated Seattle at home.

Working the night shift: The Seahawks have a great national following and the networks love to put them on in prime time. Seattle is scheduled to play five night games starting with a Thursday night during Week 5 on Oct. 3 at home against NFC West Division rival, the Los Angeles Rams. Seattle's next night game appearance comes Week 10 on a Monday night on Nov. 11 at San Francisco. On Sunday, Nov. 24, the Seahawks will play a Week 12 game at Philadelphia on NBC.  The following week on Monday, Dec. 2, Seattle plays at home against Minnesota in a Week 13 matchup. The list of night games ends Week 14 in a Sunday night game on Dec. 8 at the Los Angeles Rams on NBC. 

Playoff rivals: Seattle will play five games against teams that reached the NFL playoffs last season. Two against the Rams, at Philadelphia and at home against Baltimore and New Orleans. 

Here is a quick look at each game on the schedule along with a far-too-soon, meaningless, I'll-deny-I-ever-made-it prediction for each game:

Week 1

Date: Sunday, Sept. 8.

Opponent: Cincinnati Bengals

Time/Network: 1:05 p.m., CBS

Analysis: Seattle eases into the schedule with a home game against a team that went 6-10 last season. However, the Bengals began the year 4-1 before falling to pieces. 

Result: Seattle victory (1-0)

 

Week 2

Date: Sunday, Sept. 15. 

Opponent: at Pittsburgh Steelers

Time/Network: 10 a.m., FOX

Analysis: The Steelers were in the playoff hunt all of last season and have rid themselves of two headaches, running back Le'Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown. They also rid themselves of two amazing players.

Result: Seattle victory (2-0)

 

Week 3

Date: Sunday, Sept. 22.

Opponent: vs. New Orleans Saints. 

Time/Network: 1:25 p.m., CBS

Analysis: The Saints were a Super Bowl contender last season and got robbed in the NFC Championship game. But don't expect them to be dominant again. 

Result: Seattle victory (3-0).

 

Week 4

Date: Sunday, Sept. 29.

Opponent: at Arizona Cardinals

Time/Network: 1:05 p.m., FOX

Analysis: The Cardinals will have new coach and maybe a new quarterback. Not a recipe for success. 

Result: Seattle victory (4-0).

 

Week 5

Date: Thursday, Oct. 3

Opponent: vs. Los Angeles Rams

Time/Network: 5:20 p.m., FOX/NFL Network

Analysis: Seattle lost two very close games to the Rams last season and they should play two more close games again this year. 

Result: Seattle victory (5-0).

 

Week 6

Date: Sunday, Oct. 13.

Opponent: at Cleveland Browns

Time/Network: 10 a.m., FOX

Analysis: Everyone is going crazy for the Browns and they should be very exciting to watch this season. 

Result: Seattle loss (5-1).

 

Week 7

Date: Sunday, Oct. 20

Opponent: vs. Baltimore Ravens

Time/Network: 1:25 p.m., FOX

Analysis: Quarterback Lamar Jackson with his limited passing abilities are not rolling into Seattle to get a win. 

Result: Seattle victory (6-1). 

 

Week 8

Date: Sunday, Oct. 27

Opponent: at Atlanta Falcons

Time/Network: 10 a.m., FOX

Analysis: The Falcons were one of the bigger disappointments in the league last year and could be set for a major rebound.

Result: Seattle loss (6-2). 

 

Week 9

Date: Sunday, Nov. 3

Opponent: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Time/Network: 1:05 p.m., FOX

Analysis: New coach Bruce Arians, who used to coach Arizona, knows Seattle well. But not well enough. 

Result: Seattle victory (7-2).

 

Week 10

Date: Monday, Nov. 11

Opponent: at San Francisco 49ers

Time/Network: 5:15 p.m., ESPN

Analysis: The 49ers will be a threat this season with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo back in the huddle. 

Result: Seattle loss (7-3). 

 

Week 11

Bye. Nov. 17.

 

Week 12

Date: Sunday, Nov. 24

Opponent: at Philadelphia Eagles

Time/Network: 5:20 p.m., NBC

Analysis: The Eagles will finally find out if they can depend on quarterback Carson Wentz and should know the answer to that by this point in the season. Tough road game. 

Result: Seattle loss (7-4).

 

Week 13

Date: Monday, Dec. 2

Opponent: vs. Minnesota Vikings

Time/Network: 5:15 p.m., ESPN

Analysis: Rematch of last season's prime time clash that Seattle rolled in. It happens again. 

Result: Seattle victory (8-4).  

 

Week 14

Date: Sunday, Dec. 8

Opponent: at Los Angeles Rams

Time/Network: 5:20 p.m., NBC

Analysis: The Rams remain the class of the division until proven otherwise. 

Result: Seattle loss (8-5).

 

Week 15

Date: Sunday, Dec. 15

Opponent: at Carolina Panthers

Time/Network: 10 a.m., FOX

Analysis: Seattle made a beliver out of many by winning a great game at Carolina last season and helped send the Panthers into a tailspin right out of playoff contention. Not this time. 

Result: Seattle loses (8-6).

 

Week 16

Date: Sunday, Dec. 22

Opponent: vs. Arizona Cardinals

Time/Network: 1:25 p.m., FOX

Analysis: Seattle rights the ship against a struggling Cardinals team that will begin wondering why exactly they hired Kliff Kingsbury (that's not fair, but again, this is way too early for predictions). 

Result: Seattle victory (9-6).

 

Week 17

Date: Sunday, Dec. 29

Opponent: vs. San Francisco 49ers

Time/Network: 1:25 p.m., FOX

Analysis: Seattle will need a win to have a chance at reaching the playoffs and will get it. 

Result: Seattle victory (10-6). 

 

SEATTLE'S PRESEASON SCHEDULE

Week 1: 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 8 vs Denver Broncos

Week 2: 5 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 18 at Minnesota Vikings, FOX

Week 3: 7 p.m., Saturday Aug. 24 at Los Angeles Chargers

Week 4: 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 29 vs Oakland Raiders, FOX

 

Seahawks CB Quinton Dunbar hires new representation in armed robbery case

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Seahawks CB Quinton Dunbar hires new representation in armed robbery case

Quinton Dunbar's case has taken another turn. On Monday, it came out that Dunbar has hired new representation to take on his case. Dunbar and his former attorney Michael Grieco have parted ways.

"We agreed that new counsel would allow for continued advocacy of Mr. Dunbar's innocence without any collateral distractions," Grieco said in a statement to the Seattle Times.

This news comes in the wake of a report over the weekend that Grieco allegedly orchestrated a payoff of the four victims and one witness who provided sworn statements to the Miramar Police Department that Dunbar and Giants corner DeAndre Baker were involved in an armed robbery. Those five individuals recanted their statements to the police and signed sworn affidavits with Grieco that cleared Dunbar of any wrongdoing.

Given that Grieco is now implicated in potential witness tampering, it makes sense that Dunbar needed new representation due to a potential conflict of interest in court. The corner's new attorneys have already filed a discovery request so that they can get up to speed with all of the evidence that has already been collected.

We've been waiting to see whether or not the prosecution decides to take these charges to trial. Dunbar is currently charged with four counts of armed robbery with a firearm.

The Seahawks seem set to stand pat and let the process play out before making any sort of decision to cut Dunbar. Seattle traded a fifth-round pick for the corner this offseason, and he's expected to start opposite Shaquill Griffin in 2020. Cutting Dunbar would save the Seahawks $3.4 million.

It's also possible that Dunbar gets placed on the Commissioner's Exempt List while the charges get sorted out.

"The matter remains under review," the league office said in a statement to NBC Sports Northwest. "We have no further comment at this time."

Quinton Dunbar's lawyer denies claim that he paid witnesses

Quinton Dunbar's lawyer denies claim that he paid witnesses

The Quinton Dunbar era as a Seattle Seahawk has been quite the rollercoaster and he has yet to even suit up for the team.

Now, it's looking increasingly unlikely that ever happens.

Dunbar is currently facing charges for armed robbery from an event on May 13 in Miramar, Fla. The Miramar Police had one witness and four victims sign sworn statements saying that Dunbar, as well as Giants corner DeAndre Baker, led an armed robbery at a party. However, when those five individuals later recanted their entire story and signed sworn affidavits with Dunbar's attorney Michael Grieco stating that Dunbar had no involvement in the incident, it appeared like Dunbar would be cleared.

Then came Friday's news where the New York Daily News presented evidence, in the form of video footage and Instagram direct messages, that Dunbar and Baker paid off those five people to switch their story. A search warrant suggests the witnesses were paid $55,000.

[RELATED]: Report: Seahawks CB Quinton Dunbar paid witnesses to change their story

Now, one day later, Michael Grieco issued a statement to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times denying the claim that the players paid the witnesses to change their stories.

“Law enforcement, both local and federal, was advised from day one and beyond that the alleged ‘victims’ in this case were actively extorting Baker and Dunbar,” said Grieco. “These men fabricated a robbery story after waiting an hour to call police and then immediately began contacting the players demanding money.

“My office obtained accurate and truthful affidavits consistent with the independent witness and my client’s account. These ‘victims’ are seasoned career criminals who have been arrested and/or convicted of crimes ranging from conspiracy to commit murder, to human trafficking, to filing a false police report. Mr. Dunbar took and passed a polygraph confirming that he did not participate or witness any robbery.”

If the report from the New York Daily News is true, then Grieco faces potential criminal jeopardy along with possible disciplinary action from the bar association of the states in which he’s licensed to practice law. Video evidence reportedly shows the witnesses in Grieco’s office with him present when the payments allegedly were made.

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times].

Over the last three days, Dunbar hired Michael D. Weinstein as co-council, but NBC Sports Northwest was told that hire wasn't any indication that this was going to trial. On Friday morning, Dunbar was granted permission to travel to Seattle later this month when the Seahawks open training camp on July 28. Whether or not the prosecution will take this to trial or drop charges remains to be seen, however, it would be shocking if this doesn't go to trial now. 

Seattle traded a fifth-round pick for Dunbar this offseason as the corner was expected to beat out Tre Flowers to start opposite Shaquill Griffin.

Report: Seahawks CB Quinton Dunbar paid witnesses to change their story

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Report: Seahawks CB Quinton Dunbar paid witnesses to change their story

All of a sudden Quinton Dunbar's future in the NFL has become much more uncertain.

Dunbar is currently facing charges for armed robbery from an event on May 13 in Miramar, Fla. The Miramar Police had one witness and four victims sign sworn statements saying that Dunbar, as well as Giants corner DeAndre Baker, led an armed robbery at a party. Those five individuals later recanted their entire story and signed sworn affidavits with Dunbar's attorney Michael Grieco stating that Dunbar had no involvement in the incident.

Now, in a report put out by the New York Daily news, there is evidence that Dunbar and Baker paid off those five people to switch their story. The evidence includes video footage and instagram direct messages.

Witness Dominic Johnson oversaw the payoff that allegedly took place at Grieco's office on May 15.

Over the last two days, Dunbar hired Michael D. Weinstein as co-council, but NBC Sports Northwest was told that hire wasn't any indication that this was going to trial. On Friday morning, Dunbar was granted permission to travel to Seattle later this month when the Seahawks open training camp on July 28. Everyone is still waiting to find out whether or not the prosecution will take this to trial or drop charges. At one point it seemed like Dunbar was likely to be in the clear. Now it would be shocking if this didn't go to trial.

If there is any truth to the NYDN's report, Dunbar's NFL career will be the least of his worries. A trial, and potentially significant jail time, will feel like a certainty at that point.

Seattle traded a fifth-round pick for Dunbar this offseason as the corner was expected to beat out Tre Flowers to start opposite Shaquill Griffin.

Colin Cowherd blasts Seahawks for not supporting Russell Wilson like they should

Colin Cowherd blasts Seahawks for not supporting Russell Wilson like they should

Recently, ESPN polled more than NFL 50 executives – general managers, coaches and scouts, to put together player rankings of 11 different NFL positions. 

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes landed ahead of Seahawks QB Russell Wilson in the top spot. Wilson, however, remained right behind him at No. 2 overall.

This week on his show, ‘The Herd’ on Fox Sports Radio, Colin Cowherd gave his thoughts on the NFL Executive QB poll. He discussed both Wilson and Mahomes and explained why he thinks the Kansas City Chiefs have set up Mahomes in a much better way to succeed than the Seattle Seahawks have done for Wilson.

“Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson are one and two -- that’s the good news, they got that right,” Cowherd stated.

But, the marketing, the promotion, the support, and the Seahawks offensive line are not adding up to put Wilson in the best situation possible, according to Cowherd.

If you don’t get support in any business, it doesn’t matter how great you are, you could be a great surgeon, you need a good Chief of Staff, you need good equipment, you need good nurses, you need good support –financial support… The difference from Mahomes and Wilson, and they are the two best quarterbacks, is one guys is being supported philosophically with weapons, with coaching, and schemes every day – the other guy is saving a deteriorating franchise.   -- Colin Cowherd on The Herd

Seattle certainly values Wilson though. The Seahawks made him the league’s richest player at the time back in April of last year.

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times].

[RELATED]: Colin Cowherd’s take on Seahawks fearing 49ers is bogus  

Cowherd as a Grayland, Washington native, Eastern Washington alum and former Portland KGW sports anchor, has presented his case several times that he believes Seattle doesn’t show the same kind of respect toward their franchise quarterback that other teams have shown to their star QBs.

[RELATED]: Is Russell Wilson sending subliminal message to Seahawks with Antonio Brown? 

[RELATED]: Why the NFL should give the players a chance to opt out of 2020 season

Why the NFL should give the players a chance to opt out of 2020 season

Why the NFL should give the players a chance to opt out of 2020 season

Seems like each day is a new adjustment trying to bring back sports with the coronavirus pandemic still calling the shots.

The NFL cancelled weeks 1 and 4 of the preseason (but talks of cancelling all of preseason are still on the table).

The Big Ten Conference cancelled all non-conference games impacting all of collegiate football.

Minor league baseball has officially cancelled its season.

It is a domino effect.

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin, who is back with the Seahawks after agreeing to a one-year deal, posed an interesting question on July 8:

Irvin is not the first player, and likely won’t be the last, to question the legitimacy of full-contact sports amidst the coronavirus pandemic. It’s not like football is a non-contact or individual sport either. It’s exactly the opposite. 

The NBA gave the players the right to sit out of the resumption of the season in Orlando, Florida at the end of this month, so the NFL should offer that same right to its players.

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times].

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll told 710 ESPN radio in Seattle on Friday morning that he would be in favor of pushing back the start of training camps if necessary.

The NFL and NFLPA are continuously negotiating on what training camps will look like: will there be fans and how many? What specific drills will teams be allowed to run? There is talk of no scrimmaging or 11-on-11 drills. What?

On Thursday, the NFL announced that even jersey-swapping following games will be forbidden.

This begs the question, what quality of product will the NFL produce with these limitations? Is it worth it to push through it all and still play the game? Or should the season just be pushed back all together with an attempt to make it a full product when the time is right?

What do you think?

Listen to the full Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast here.

The Seattle Seahawks have inquired about Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams

The Seattle Seahawks have inquired about Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams

Will Jamal Adams trade in his emerald green New York Jets jersey for a chance to play with the Seattle Seahawks in the Emerald City?

The Pro Bowl safety requested a trade from the Jets back in June and listed his preferred destinations: Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks.

According to reports, the Seahawks are interested too.

A league source confirmed the reports to Jake Heaps, a head coach of Russell Wilson’s QB academy as well as 710 ESPN radio host and Sports Illustrated’s Corbin Smith, that the Seahawks have indeed inquired about the availability of Adams.

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times].

Russell Wilson did say he wanted more superstars and a defensive stud would most definitely fit his wishes.

Our Seahawks Insider Joe Fann said this back in June:

“A trade for Adams wouldn’t come cheap. In just three seasons (he was drafted sixth overall in 2017), Adams has made two Pro Bowls and was named All-Pro in 2019. He has 12 career sacks, 28 tackles for loss and six forced fumbles.”

And posted this poll on Twitter to Seahawks fans:

Fann added, “The Seahawks have more than enough cap space to acquire Adams. They have about $14 million in the bank with Adams carrying a $7 million cap number in 2020. There’s a chance that Adams would want a new contract immediately, but Seattle could potentially convince him to play out this season on his current deal and promise a lucrative extension next offseason. Either way, that should be a deterrent in Seattle’s interest in Adams as Shaquill Griffin is the likely lone big contract on the franchise's horizon.”

[RELATED]: Trading for Jamal Adams would give Seahawks potential Legion of Boom 2.0

Seattle rookie Darrell Taylor, who was selected by the Seahawks in the second round (No. 48 overall) of the 2020 NFL Draft, is also trying to bring Adams to the Emerald City.

There are a few ‘superstar’ names in the NFL being thrown around the Seahawks organization. Seattle and free agent Jadeveon Clowney have yet to reach an agreement if they plan to do so; Russell Wilson has been seen working out with Pro Bowl wide receiver Antonio Brown; and then there is Adams.

The watch continues…

Listen to the full Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast here.

Quinton Dunbar cleared to report for Seahawks training camp

Quinton Dunbar cleared to report for Seahawks training camp

In light of all the events surrounding corner Quinton Dunbar, news relating to football was announced on Friday morning.

According to reports, Dunbar has been cleared to report for Seahawks training camp starting on July 28.

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times].

Here is the full statement from Daniel Wallach, a gaming attorney and sports betting legal expert.

Mr. Dunbar is currently a member of the Seattle Seahawks football organization and is required to attend training camp in the state of Washington, as he and his teammates are preparing for the upcoming 2020 NFL season. In-person camp is set to commence in the last week of July. As a contracted professional football player, Mr. Dunbar is required to attend training camp and all OTA’s (Organized Training Activities). Th Seahawks training facility is located as the Virginia Mason Athletic Center (VMAC) in Renton, Washington, a suburb of Seattle.

This doesn’t mean that Dunbar’s case has been cleared. The prosecution is still deciding whether or not to take it to trial. The latest update on Dunbar’s case is that he added a second attorney to his legal team on Wednesday.

Hypothetically speaking, should Dunbar’s case and charges be cleared, here’s what Seattle’s secondary could look like in the future:
CB Dunbar, CB Shaquill Griffin, safety Quandre Diggs and free safety Bradley McDougald. Not to forget the depth behind them: Tre Flowers, Neiko Thorpe, Ugo Amadi, and Marquise Blair.

Let’s also not forget that the Seahawks have inquired about Pro-Bowl safety Jamal Adams.

[RELATED]: Trading for Jamal Adams would give Seahawks potential Legion of Boom 2.0

That would be quite the secondary...

Listen to the full Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast here.

Yay or nay: The Seahawks will beat the 49ers twice in 2020

Yay or nay: The Seahawks will beat the 49ers twice in 2020

It’s time for part two of our bold prediction series as we continue to preview the Seahawks 2020 season. Each of the five takes in this series were submitted by fans and provide excellent topics for discussion with training camp approaching.

Part 1: Russell Wilson will win his first MVP award in 2020.

Part 2: The Seahawks will beat the 49ers twice this season.

It’s safe to say that Seahawks-49ers has reemerged as one of the league’s top rivalries. Last year’s bouts featured an overtime thriller in Santa Clara and an NFC West Championship Game that was decided by a literal inch at CenturyLink Field.

Seattle will host San Francisco in Week 8 this season and then travel to Levi’s Stadium to close out the year. Bob Condotta and I discussed whether or not we think the Seahawks have the chance to sweep the 49ers in both of those contests.

Condotta: Nay

“That could be difficult to do. These divisional games are going to be tough. The NFC West is rightly being called the best division in football by a lot of people going into the season. That’s not me saying the 49ers are better than the Seahawks or will finish ahead of the Seahawks, but if I had to take this specific bet, I’d probably say no on that.”

Fann: Nay

When I went through and made a game-by-game prediction earlier this offseason, I had the Seahawks splitting every divisional matchup: winning all three games at home and losing all three games on the road.

Seattle went 3-3 in the division last year, and the division has only gotten better. The Rams still can’t be counted out, and the Cardinals appear to be way ahead of their rebuild timeline. As for San Francisco, it’s really impressive how the 49ers kept the status quo this offseason. They remain a Super Bowl favorite despite having a roster that was getting too expensive. Seamlessly transitioning from DeForest Buckner, Emmanuel Sanders and Joe Staley to Javon Kinlaw, Brandon Aiyuk and Trent Williams is as good as they could have expected.

All eyes remain on the 49ers as to whether they’re able to get a deal done with superstar tight end George Kittle, but once that box is checked, it will have been a very productive offseason in the Bay Area.

Richard Sherman reveals the coaching differences between Pete Carroll and Kyle Shanahan

Richard Sherman reveals the coaching differences between Pete Carroll and Kyle Shanahan

There are many similarities and differences between Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan.

Both currently dominate the NFC West division of the NFL. They both have experience coaching in the Super Bowl (Carroll having won one). One is an offensive mind and the other is a defensive mind. 

But there is one person that ties the two together, and that is cornerback Richard Sherman.

The 32-year-old Pro Bowler and nine-year veteran was drafted by Carroll and the Seahawks in the fifth round (No. 154 overall) in the 2011 NFL Draft. After a successful seven years in Seattle, Sherman negotiated his own contract and signed as a free agent with the 49ers in 2018. 

Both Carroll and Shanahan took Sherman to a Super Bowl.

In an article from Jim Trotter of NFL.com, eight NFL players shared what they think are the most valuable traits of an NFL coach.

Those eight players are: Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff; New York Jets running back Frank Gore; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce; Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Jack Conklin; Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman Calais Campbell; New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis; and San Francisco 49ers corner Richard Sherman.

The three qualities Sherman looks for in a head coach are:

1. PHILOSOPHY/HONESTY

(Carroll) has a way of coaching, a way of talking to his coaches, a way of having his coaches talk to his players. They don’t do the whole rah-rah, curse-you-out style. He would never hire a coach like that.  — Richard Sherman on Pete Carroll Sherman

Kyle is similar in that he has a philosophy of the best man plays. He doesn’t care about your draft position or any of that. He’s more of a straight shooter than Pete. Pete has a way of making sure everybody feels good, making sure he pushes buttons with certain players and not pushing buttons on other players. Kyle is different. He’s one size fits all. — Richard Sherman on Kyle Shanahan

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times].

2. KNOWLEDGE OF THE GAME

Kyle is one of the best offensive minds we’ve ever had in this game. That comes into it. With Pete, it’s the Cover 3 he brought to the league. It seems so simple, but nobody can run it like we ran it. The way both of them implement what they do — they talk to others on a personal level, then have the great coaches around them who believe in their philosophy. — Richard Sherman

It’s been known around the league that Sherman is one of the smartest to play the game. His defensive mind and technique is why quarterbacks rarely throw to the left side of the field. Having a coach that can mirror that only makes Sherman better is why he is still so successful in his ninth year in the league.

Let’s also not forget to mention the Legion of Boom, which will go down as one of the greatest secondaries in NFL history.

3. STAFF ASSEMBLY

Kyle's guys have been with him since he's been an assistant or a graduate assistant. How you pick the staff is a big part of their success. That's what makes the team great. It's not just the head coach; the head coach gets all the credit, but it's the pieces he puts around him because they still have to deliver his message, and they deliver it on a day-to-day basis. We might sit in a meeting with the head coach for 30 minutes a day, but I sit in meetings with the assistants for five to six hours a day. So the staff is critical. — Richard Sherman

Shanahan is in his first stint as a head coach in the NFL after spending the previous two seasons as offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons. Carroll has been the head coach in Seattle since 2010. 

Should the 2020 NFL regular season begin on time, the Seahawks and 49ers are schedule to face off on Sunday, Nov. 1 in Seattle, WA and then again on Sunday, Jan. 3 in Santa Clara, CA.