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Steve Mariucci: Former Seahawks HC ‘Mike Holmgren is going to be a Hall of Famer’

Steve Mariucci: Former Seahawks HC ‘Mike Holmgren is going to be a Hall of Famer’

This year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame class caused a stir in Seattle. With the NFL honoring a special centennial class as part of the 100th season of professional football, there were a few surprise inductees. 

Former Steelers head coach Bill Cowher and former Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson were each given a spot in the 15-person class. That’s in addition to the five players inducted in the 2020 modern-era class. 

Cowher and Johnson’s inclusion had many Seahawks fans up in arms about Mike Holmgren being left out. Seattle’s former head coach from 1999-2008 has a resume that’s on par, if not more impressive than both Cowher and Johnson. 

Holmgren finished his career with a 174-122 record as a head coach. He won one Super Bowl as a head coach (XXXI with the Packers), won three NFC titles and won two additional rings as an offensive coordinator.  

By comparison, Cowher had a record of 161-99-1 with his lone Super Bowl win coming against Holmgren and the Seahawks in Super Bowl XL. Johnson posted an 89-68 record in just nine seasons as an NFL head coach, but he did win two rings with the Cowboys. 

It’s obvious that both Cowher and Johnson were aided by their television presence on CBS and FOX’s NFL coverage, respectively. The announcements of their induction into the Hall of Fame provided emotional moments on national television that were undoubtedly used to help publicize the centennial class.  

But enough with the cynicism. I don’t want to get in the business of diminishing another man’s accomplishments. However, the topic did allow for a fantastic conversation with former NFL head coach Steve Mariucci. The man known better as “Mooch” was the latest guest on the Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast. 

He understood the complaints of Seahawks fans and shared that other coaches like Mike Shanahan, Tom Flores and Don Coryell have similar cases. Still, he believes that Holmgren’s time in Canton, Ohio will come.  

“He will get in,” Mooch said. “Sometimes patience is a virtue.” 

Mariucci served as Holmgren’s quarterbacks coach for four seasons from 1992-95. Holmgren was one of Moock’s top mentors, and the two have maintained a friendship in the years since. 

“Mike Holmgren is going to be a Hall of Famer, it’s just a matter of time,” he said. “When this vote goes on year after year, they’re going to get a good coach in there. Mike Holmgren’s resume and what he’s accomplished in this league certainly says ‘Hall of Famer’ all over it.” 

As Mariucci noted, Holmgren’s legacy goes beyond his wins and Super Bowl rings. 

“He was one of the great offensive minds,” Mooch said. “He was a winner. Think of all the quarterbacks that he helped develop and made successful – from Joe Montana to Steve Young to Brett Favre to Matt Hasselbeck. Heck, he coached Steve Young in college at BYU. 

“Mike’s legacy is one of he was an innovator and a winner and gentleman.” 

Be sure to listen to the full podcast below for Mariucci’s favorite Holmgren stories and other memories of their time together in Green Bay. 

Seattle Seahawks take the crown with #QuarantineHaircuts challenge

Seattle Seahawks take the crown with #QuarantineHaircuts challenge

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and that is where the #QuarantineHaircuts challenge truly spawns from.

With a nationwide quarantine in place and barbershops and salons being closed down indefinitely, some people are taking matters into their own hands. Thus, the inception of the #QuarantineHaircuts challenge that is taking over social media right now.

Here are some examples if you were curious:

Some of these are pretty bad, but some people can’t stand to keep their hair longer than it needs to be. So, the job gets done either way.

The Seattle Seahawks saw this and decided to hop in on their own version of the #QuartineHaircuts challenge.. and it looks something like this.

You can already guess people wanted to chime in on how they thought the Seahawks did on this challenge.

It is safe to say the Seattle Seahawks take the crown with this new #QuarantineHaircuts challenge, at the moment. Look for more NFL teams to try their hand at this here soon.

For now, let's hope players decide to buzz it all off or let it grow. 

DK Metcalf to donate $50,000 to coronavirus relief efforts in Seattle, Oxford

DK Metcalf to donate $50,000 to coronavirus relief efforts in Seattle, Oxford

DK Metcalf is giving back to the communities that gave to him. 

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Seattle Seahawks wide receiver has donated $50,000 to COVID-19 relief efforts. $25,000 will go to Swedish Hospital in downtown Seattle and another $25,000 will help to feed those in the Oxford, Mississippi area. 

Metcalf grew up in Oxford, and eventually went on to play collegiate football at Ole Miss, which is located in his hometown. 

He recorded 67 receptions for 1,228 yards and 14 touchdowns with the Rebels before declaring for the NFL Draft in 2018. He was selected by the Seahawks in the second-round last year. During his rookie campaign, Metcalf exploded for 58 catches for 900 yards and seven touchdowns.

Metcalf joins Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson as Seattle players to publicly give back during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Wilson and his wife Ciara have stepped up with a number of charitable contributions of their own, including a donation of 1 million meals to those impacted by the coronavirus in the Seattle community.  

NFC West Roundup: The best division in football adds DeAndre Hopkins

NFC West Roundup: The best division in football adds DeAndre Hopkins

With the exception of the ongoing Jadeveon Clowney sweepstakes, NFL free agency has slowed as the league’s focus shifts toward the 2020 draft. It’s been a busy month in the NFC West with all three of the Seahawks division rivals having made significant moves.

The latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast touched on all of the latest headlines around the division. NBC Sports Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco, voice of the Rams J.B. Long and Cardinals insider Darren Urban all joined the show to provide intel on the teams they cover.

San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco had serious decisions to make with key players in search for new deals and the inability to pay everyone. The 49ers surprised everyone, trading DeForest Buckner to the Colts in exchange for the 13th-overall pick in 2020.

“The 49ers stated goal this offseason was to keep as much of the roster intact as possible,” Maiocco said. “Everybody, myself included, always thought DeForest Buckner was kind of a non-starter in terms of getting rid of him.”

Indianapolis handed Buckner a lucrative multi-year deal worth $21 million annually. San Francisco decided the pick and cap savings was the best course of action. The 49ers were able to lock up Arik Armstead, who had a breakout season in 2019 with 10 sacks, to a four-year deal worth $17 million per year.

Keep an eye on superstar tight end George Kittle, who is a candidate to hold out if he doesn’t get a new contract. Kittle should be in line for the richest tight end contract in NFL history worth around $12 million APY. Nobody could blame him for not wanting to play out his rookie contract and make just $2 million in 2020.

As for the draft, the Buckner deal gives the 49ers extra ammunition to retool and reload a roster that made the Super Bowl in 2019.

Many 49ers fans hope the team lands Alabama receiver Jerry Jeudy, but Maiocco thinks it would be wise for San Francisco to target a tackle. Joe Staley will be 36 by the time Week 1 arrives, and Maiocco isn’t positive he will play in 2020.

“Even if he does, at his age, they need to have their line of succession ready to go at left tackle,” Maiocco said.

Arizona Cardinals

I’m still trying to figure out how Arizona was able to land DeAndre Hopkins in exchange for David Johnson’s bloated contract and a measly second-round pick. And yet, here we are. The Cardinals showed promise in 2019 with Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury, evidenced by a decisive road victory over the Seahawks in Week 16.

The addition of Hopkins gives Arizona a potential juggernaut offense with Kenyan Drake, Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk and Murray.

“I think that’s the hope, obviously,” Urban said. “If you can get your team in a good position while your quarterback is on his rookie deal, you have a lot of flexibility on the roster. That’s kind of how they’ve approached this.”

Arizona also added defensive linemen Devon Kennard (7.0 sacks in 2019) and Jordan Phillips (9.5 sacks in 2019), as well as linebacker De’Vondre Campbell (129 tackles in 2019). Thanks to a productive free agency, the Cardinals have plenty of flexibility with the 8th-overall pick.

Don’t be surprised to see Arizona transition from rebuild to NFC West contenders in short order.

“They’re trying to ramp things up as quickly as possible,” Urban said. “Frankly, in this division, you better ramp up or you’re going to be left in the dust.”

Los Angeles Rams

Most of the Rams moves have been in-house re-signings or players moving on from Los Angeles.

Nickell Robey-Coleman, Cory Littleton, Dante Fowler Jr., Todd Gurley (cut) and Clay Matthews (cut) are all notable departures. The Rams were able to retain left tackle Andrew Whitworth and defensive lineman Michael Brockers.

“Let’s face it, they’re living by a pretty tight budget right now,” Long said. “Every incoming has to have an outbound at this point. The Rams have certainly lost some great players, and I would put Eric Weddle, who was named to the All-Decade Team and retired earlier this offseason, on that list as well.”

Per overthecap.com, the Rams have the least cap space in the entire league at less than half-a-million dollars. Shedding big contracts was crucial, although Los Angeles won’t reap the benefits until 2021. That’s when they’ll have to pay star corner Jalen Ramsey, who will undoubtedly expect record-setting money.

With Gurley no longer in the picture, the Rams will likely deploy a running back by committee approach in 2020. Darrell Henderson (2019 third-round pick) and Malcolm Brown (third-down back and special teams ace) are the in-house options. Long also expects the Rams to target a running back in the draft.

“I would be surprised if the Rams are done at running back this offseason,” Long said.

Many mock drafts have slated Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins to the Rams at pick No. 52 in the second round.

Los Angeles only has six picks in the 2020 draft, which means they’ll have to use each wisely.

NFL teams rehearsing virtual mock draft in preparation for 2020 NFL Draft

NFL teams rehearsing virtual mock draft in preparation for 2020 NFL Draft

This year’s NFL Draft is going to look a little different.

OK, a lot different. 

Players won’t grace the stage upon hearing their names called by their future team. 

Vegas is out.

Instead, this year, team owners, executives, and coaches are forced to conduct the draft in their homes as mandated by the NFL’s isolation guidelines brought upon by the coronavirus pandemic. Future prospects will be selected…on their couch. 

The three-day draft will still be televised, meaning there is little room for error for something to go wrong. The NFL has been testing internet connections and installing safeguards to make sure technology doesn’t go awry when teams are on the clock.

Now, they are looking at mock draft trials to ease some of those concerns. 

Per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, general managers around the league will partake in a hosted mock draft in preparation for the virtual 2020 NFL Draft. They want to ensure all 32 teams can operate in this unique environment to make things go as smooth as possible. 

Mike Garofolo of the NFL Network said the league also considered using “timeouts,” during the draft, in the case of technology issues. The NFL has since ruled out the need for draft timeouts but will use discretion to allow for more time if a major technological issue does indeed take place. 

Who would have thought 2020 would be the year the NFL would test mock drafts before the actual NFL Draft takes place? Fantasy league owners everywhere should be proud.   

Jimmy Fallon’s daughter crashes Russell Wilson, Ciara interview after losing tooth

Jimmy Fallon’s daughter crashes Russell Wilson, Ciara interview after losing tooth

Tooth be told, we all need content like this right now. 

While interviewing Russell Wilson and Ciara on “The Tonight Show” Tuesday evening, Jimmy Fallon’s adorable daughter, Winnie, crashed a live taping of the show and divulged this important announcement. 

“Wait, this is big news guys, just tell them what happened,” Fallon said.

“Daddy, I lost a tooth!” Winnie yelled in the background of Fallon’s video interview with the Wilsons.

“Hopefully the Tooth Fairy knows that this happened and will be visiting you tonight,” Fallon said back to his daughter. “Oh my gosh, I’m so proud of you buddy.”

The Wilsons, who are proud parents to two-year-old daughter Sienna and five-year-old son, Future, were genuinely excited for Winnie. Ciara wanted to know more about how it happened. 

“Mommy put a string around my tooth, and she tried to pull it out and then it worked,” the 6-year-old interview crasher said.

Even the Wilson’s could relate to this proud parenting moment. 

“Congratulations! The tooth fairy is coming tonight,” Ciara said. “Our son Future, when he lost his first tooth, his sister accidentally like bumped him…and the tooth, it popped up. We tried that string thing, too.”

Also on the show, Russell and Ciara shared how they are helping support those in need during the coronavirus pandemic. The couple announced they had donated 2 million masks via Wilson’s clothing label, Good Man Brand.

The heartwarming news comes just days after the Seattle Seahawks quarterback and pop star announced they were donating 1 million meals to the Seattle community. The. Wilsons also partnered with private aviation company, Wheels Up, to pledge 10 million meals for Feeding America.

Russell Wilson, Ciara join "The Tonight Show," announce donation of 2 million masks

Russell Wilson, Ciara join "The Tonight Show," announce donation of 2 million masks

Russell Wilson and Ciara are giving back... again. 

After donating 1 million meals to Feeding America in Seattle and pledging to reach 10 million meals through the “Meals Up” Wheels Up initiative, the Wilsons have decided to take their charitable contributions one step further. 

On "The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon" Tuesday, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback and pop star revealed they were able to donate more than millions of meals. 

The cool part has been during this situation is we were just able to help facilitate 2 million masks with Good Man Brand, in trying to partner with helping give these masks away. That happened actually yesterday. -- Russell Wilson

Wilson says his fashion label, Good Man Brand, will also donate 3 percent of every purchase to the Why Not You Foundation, which directly supports inner city education programs like Friends of the Children.

“If we’re going to call it Good Man Brand, then we have got to instill good in the world,” Wilson said. “Every time someone buys a shirt, pair of pants, we donate 3 percent of those proceeds go to the Why Not You Foundation, where we donate all of those proceeds to the Friends to the Children, which is a mentorship program.”

The Wilsons said they felt compelled to give back to those most deeply impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and their recent contributions will certainly benefit those in dire need. 

“I think the best way to overcome this is by love, by serving,” Wilson said. “It’s not necessarily just resources. It’s time and relationships and energy and mindset, and just keeping everybody together as much as possible.”

Russell and Ciara also revealed that they have already surpassed their goal of reaching 10 million meals for nonprofit Feeding America. NFL players like Tom Brady and JJ Watt have also helped support COVID-19 relief efforts through this initiative. 

Chances of Jadeveon Clowney returning to Seattle 'slim to none'

Chances of Jadeveon Clowney returning to Seattle 'slim to none'

All eyes for Seahawks fans have been on the free agency pursuit to re-sign edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney, who remains unsigned.

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo made an appearance on Puck's show with Seattle Sports Radio 950 KJR and provided an update on Seattle's pursuit of Clowney that may not be good news for fans hoping to retain him. 

The Seahawks had a really strong offer to him. I don't know how many different kinds of offers there were but I know there was a one-year offer, from what I'm told. You had me guess at it before and I think I guessed a little high. From my understanding it was in the $15 million range. He's still looking in his eyes at $20 million. I know the Browns are involved. I don't know how intimately involved they are but from the standpoint of the Seahawks trying to get him done, get him back, they felt like they couldn't wait anymore.

It's been long reported that Clowney was seeking a "market-setting" contract entering free agency but that type of money has not been offered to him yet. The longer Clowney has to wait, which some speculated could be until the beginning of training camp when teams can check him out with their own doctors. Due to COVID-19 limiting travel, teams cannot check out Clowney and have been hesitant to give him the money he's searching for after dealing with a core muscle injury for much of last season. It's not over until it's over, but Garafolo isn't optimistic.

I don't want to say that they're out on him because who knows what can happen. Clowney can change his mind and lower his price and who knows what. But I know that they had to move about to a couple of contingency plans with Benson Mayowa being one of them.

Last week Seattle signed former 2013 undrafted free agent Benson Mayowa, who will make a fully guaranteed $3 million in 2020 with incentives that could get him up to $4 million, according to Tom Pelissero.

Garafolo does say that the Seahawks did the best they could reasonably do to secure Clowney's re-signing. 

I don't know that he's going to be back in Seattle. I would say that the chances are slim to none right now that he'll be back there. They certainly did whatever they could, and if they didn't have the strongest offer they certainly had one that was extremely competitive. Nothing in the realm of what Clowney wants but nobody's living in that realm right now to be honest with you. 

After Seattle's season ended, Clowney did say he wanted to play for a contender going forward, which could help Seattle stay in the running.

“I just want to win,” Clowney said after the Seahawks loss to the Packers in January. "I'm trying to get to the Super Bowl by any means. That's what I'm looking for: Who's going to get me there? I ain't looking to get on no sorry team for no money. That ain't going to fly. I ain't gonna put my body through all of that just to lose no 16 games, go home with my check. I'd hate that, so that ain't what I'm doing.”

If Clowney will re-sign in Seattle, or go to another franchise remains to be seen, and at this point, all Seattle can do is wait to see if he changes his asking price. 

Seahawks guard D.J. Fluker wants to work at Microsoft post-football

Seahawks guard D.J. Fluker wants to work at Microsoft post-football

D.J. Fluker is one of the liveliest personalities on the Seahawks.

The 340-pound guard embodies the physicality and toughness of the Seahawks up front, but it’s his fun-loving charisma that makes him one of the team’s most beloved players.

On Twitter Tuesday, Fluker hosted a Q&A with the 12s. He answered questions on everything from his favorite meal to where he got his dance moves. Don’t think we forgot about his viral music video last season. 

Here’s a quick recap of some of his responses:

Fluker also revealed what career he'd like to pursue post-football. He hopes to put his degree at Alabama to work and use his years of experience to help people and businesses. 

“My passion, like after football, probably working at Microsoft, you know,” Fluker said. “I have good leadership skills, being able to interact people, I have good people skills as well.”

The late Paul Allen would approve. 

To hear more from Fluker, head on over to the Seahawks Twitter account to check out his responses. 

Will Dissly benefiting from yoga during rehab from torn Achilles

Will Dissly benefiting from yoga during rehab from torn Achilles

Will Dissly established himself as the Seattle Seahawks lead tight end in 2019. 

He was leading the team with a career-high four touchdowns before suffering what Seahawks coach Pete Carroll would call a “serious” Achilles injury against the Browns in Week 6. The setback ended the second-year tight end’s monster season. 

Now, six months into rehab, Dissly has provided fans with some updates on his road to recovery.

While participating in a tight end room video session on Monday night, his new teammate, veteran tight end Greg Olsen asked Dissly about his progress this offseason. 

The 23-year-old has been self-quarantining in Hermosa Beach, California and using yoga to rehab from his torn Achilles tendon. 

“I think everyone’s just kind of hunkering down really for a couple of weeks,” Dissly said. “I’m kind of doing every other day rehab, and then I hit a little in-home yoga, you know, trying to get right. At this point, we’re still far out. I’m just focused on my rehab, trying to maintain and stay sane during all this. The yoga definitely helps, been reading a lot, so it’s been good.” 

Dissly says he decided to move to Hermosa Beach to zone in on his rehab and offseason training.

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“[I] tore the Achilles last year and obviously rehab is important, so I just picked a really good physical therapist,” Dissly said. “I felt like trying to get out of the rain, this year sucked in Seattle. So many people are telling me how rainy it was in January, so I was just trying to find a better place, find a great rehab spot. Got hooked up with Jon Meyer, me and Penny been crushing it. He’s just wicked smart. So that was kind of the decision to move away from Seattle in the offseason.”

From his comments, it sounds like Dissly has been working out alongside Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny, who’s second season ended prematurely due to an ACL injury. Penny grew up in Norwalk, a short 30-minute drive from Hermosa Beach.

Dissly will once again look to solidify his role as one of Russell Wilson’s main targets again this season. He’ll face some stiff competition with Luke Willson and Jacob Hollister returning and the addition of Olsen this offseason. 

It will be an uphill battle for the Seahawks tight end, who will spend another offseason recovering from a season-ending injury. In 2018, he sustained a torn patellar tendon in his knee, but recovered quicker than expected. 

One thing's for certain: Dissly comeback season is in full force.