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Weekend wrap: Seahawks lose their marbles -- but haven't we all?

Weekend wrap: Seahawks lose their marbles -- but haven't we all?

WEEKEND WRAP-UP -- A summary of what I had my eye on for the last couple of days.

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  • ARMY-NAVY FOOTBALL : Fun game. Love seeing those kids caring so much about who they are and what they're doing. And what they're doing is preparing to protect us for a good portion of their lives.
  • YANKEES MAKE TRADE FOR GIANCARLO STANTON: Derek Jeter sent his former team a very nice Christmas present. Obvious bottom line to that deal was the group Jeter represents did not have enough money to buy and operate the Miami Marlins. When you have to come in and practically give away your best player and one of the biggest gate attractions in baseball -- along with laying off some very long-tenured people in the front office -- you probably shouldn't have made the purchase in the first place. And oh yes -- I am NOT one of those people who think baseball's better when the Yankees are great again. Just the opposite for me. I grew up watching them dominate the game and am still sick of it.
  • THE SEAHAWKS LOST A GAME SUNDAY -- AND THEN LOST THEIR MARBLES: Michael Bennett deserves a suspension for seemingly trying to hurt another player. And, confidential to pro players, I don't care if fans are throwing beer at you (and they obviously shouldn't be doing that) just keep walking to the locker room. Do you think you can climb into the stands and beat somebody up? Does that really sound like a good idea? You can't win by doing that. Go tell a security guard and keep moving. It's harder to hit a moving target.
  • THAT GOT ME THINKING:  I think everyone has lost their marbles these days. Literally. I haven't seen a marble in decades. Do they still exist outside of grandpa's attic?
  • ALAN TRAMMELL AND JACK MORRIS GO INTO THE HALL OF FAME courtesy of the Modern Era Committee. I would have voted for Trammel but not Morris. I would've voted for Dale Murphy, too -- but you already knew that. Murph being left out again proves that you can keep people out of the Hall for reasons of character and/or integrity, but those qualities won't help you get into the Hall.
  • BAKER MAYFIELD WINS THE HEISMAN TROPHY:  I had a vote again this year and Mayfield got it. Was really impressed with his accuracy, especially on the deep ball. I had Bryce Love second and that's where he finished. I voted San Diego State's Rashaad Penny third and he finished fifth. If you never saw him play, you missed out. He's a very exciting running back. And by the way, I'm still one of the stubborn guys holding to the rules of Heisman voting -- not revealing my vote until after the winner is announced.
  • CARSON WENTZ OUT FOR THE SEASON WITH A TORN ACL:  NFL quarterbacks just have to figure it out -- stop with the unnecessary running. Know who you are. Instead of dropping your head and trying to power for an extra yard, hook slide. Duck and cover. Marcus Mariota, in the midst of his worst season as a pro, has been playing through injuries all season due to his penchant for running.  Just sit back and throw the ball until you're in the fourth quarter of a Super Bowl, guys.

John Schneider explains value of adding Eliot Wolf, Alonzo Highsmith to Seahawks front office

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John Schneider explains value of adding Eliot Wolf, Alonzo Highsmith to Seahawks front office

The Seahawks made two notable additions to their front office this week, bringing Eliot Wolf and Alonzo Highsmith on board to help out with the pre-draft process.

Wolf is the son of longtime Packers general manager Ron Wolf, and he was in Green Bay’s front office from 2004-17. He most recently served as the Browns assistant GM from 2018-19.

Highsmith is a former NFL fullback and professional boxer. He also spent time in Green Bay from 2012-17 as a senior personnel executive. Like Wolf, Highsmith had been with the Browns for the last two seasons as the VP of player personnel.

Those two will assist with player evaluations over the next two months.

“I worked with those guys in Green Bay for a number of years,” Schneider said. “I’ve known them both – shoot, I’ve known Eliot since he was like 5 years old. He was like a little brother. ‘Zo’ is like a big brother to me. It’s not a reflection on our staff at all and the job they’re doing because our staff is awesome. These guys were not in our last draft meetings, but they will be in our next meetings – the meetings closest to the draft. Having a pair of two experienced eyes – both of them have different connections in different ways, too. It’s pretty cool.”

There’s a possibility that both Highsmith and Wolf will be retained in full-time capacities, but that won’t be determined until after the draft.

“We’ll cross that bridge when we get there,” Schneider said.

The 2020 NFL Draft will take place in Las Vegas from April 23-25.

Why DK Metcalf went shirtless when meeting Pete Carroll for the first time

Why DK Metcalf went shirtless when meeting Pete Carroll for the first time

First impressions are everything. DK Metcalf knows this from experience. 

That’s why the Seattle Seahawks wide receiver made a bold move to impress his future coach, Pete Carroll, at last year’s NFL Scouting Combine. 

Metcalf decided to show off his impressive physique, walking into his first meeting with Carroll without a shirt. So, what did the then 67-year-old coach do in response? He took off his shirt too. 

The Seahawks later shared a video of the surreal scene: 

According to Metcalf, the idea to go topless wasn’t exactly his idea. It was Seahawks scout Aaron Hineline’s.

“They had a scout that was like my group leader, and he was like ‘When you come to our meeting, take your shirt off,’” Metcalf said in a recent episode of Pardon My Take. “And I was like no, I can’t do that, bro. And he was like ‘do it, he’s going to be fired up about it,’ so I said I’ll do it.

“I walked in with my shirt off and he took his shirt off. We were two shirtless men just hanging out.”

Carroll later revealed what he thought when Metcalf walked into the interview shirtless.  

"Well, I was surprised he came into our interview with his shirt off, “Carroll said. “And it kind of pissed me off, so I took my shirt off too ... not for long, though.”

Well, apparently the first impression stuck with Carroll. The Seahawks ended up drafting Metcalf in the second-round on April 26 and he went on to become one of Russell Wilson’s main targets in 2019.

In 15 starts, Metcalf caught 58 of his 100 targets for 900 yards along with seven touchdown receptions. He finished second in catches, third in receiving yards, and tied for the third-most touchdowns among all rookie receivers.

Throwback Thursday Seattle Seahawks NFL Combine edition

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Throwback Thursday Seattle Seahawks NFL Combine edition

The NFL Scouting Combine is a place to prove yourself. It's a place to show off that you're worthy of a multi-million dollar contract to play in the NFL. 

Here, nothing is off-limits and some crazy stuff happens. 

In-between 40-yard dashes, vertical and broad jumping tests and other various throwing and catching drills are interviews with NFL teams and their respective front offices and coaches. 

You want to make a good first impression. 

DK Metcalf did just that with the Seahawks when he entered the room shirtless, showing off his 2% body fat phyisque. 

Then, Pete Carroll surprised us all by doing the same. 

WATCH

"It kind of pissed me off, so I took my shirt off, too!" Pete Carroll joked later on. 

The Seahawks took Metcalf with the 64th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. He went on to have a very successful rookie campiagn. The Ole Miss WR recorded 58 catches for 900 yards and 15 touchdowns. 

Remember Russell Wilson's Combine?

The Wisconsin QB, who was being criticized left and right for his size, went into the NFL Combine and let his performance do the talking. 

Wilson had the best 40-yard dash, best 3-cone drill, best broad jump and best vertical jump of any quarterback. He waited until the third round to hear his named called in 2012, selected 75th overall by the Seahawks and the rest is history. To date, Wilson is a 7-time Pro-Bowler, a Super Bowl Champion and the highest paid player in the NFL. Not too shabby. 

Here's some of a YOUNG Marshawn Lynch back in 2007 running the 40-yard dash.

Tyler Lockett impressed, too! 

He ran the best 40-yard dash and had the best 3-cone drill out of the WRs and executed a near-perfect gauntlet drill. 

And remember when Shaqueem Griffin ran a faster 40-yard dash than Julio Jones, Ezekiel Elliott and Richard Sherman? 

This simulcam video proves it.

Who will be the next member of the Seattle Seahawks?

John Schneider remains confident in Seahawks 2019 first-round pick L.J. Collier

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John Schneider remains confident in Seahawks 2019 first-round pick L.J. Collier

INDIANAPOLIS – Both John Schneider and Pete Carroll referenced the Seahawks need to improve their pass rush in 2020. Only the Lions (23) had fewer sacks than the Seahawks (28) last season.

But while all of the focus is on bringing back Jadeveon Clowney or signing another high-profile edge rusher, Seattle is confident that there are a few in-house pieces that may be able to contribute. Rasheem Green and Shaquem Griffin are two names who are expected to be in the rotation.

The Seahawks are also banking on L.J. Collier being a factor. Seattle’s 2019 first-round pick was essentially red-shirted as a rookie. Collier appeared in 11 games and made three total tackles. He was a healthy scratch down the stretch of the season, including both of the Seahawks playoff games.

When asked about Collier, Schneider opted to take the glass-half full approach.

“We were lucky that we had him. We thought we were going to lose him for the season that day (in camp),” the GM said, referring to when Collier rolled his ankle on July 30. “We were lucky that we didn’t have to place him on IR. Obviously we would have liked to see him make a little bit more of a dent.”

Collier’s high-ankle sprain forced him to miss a little more than a month, and he was never able to get himself truly into the rotation on Seattle’s defensive line. That was surprising to many given the numerous injuries the team suffered at those spots. After practices during the regular season, Collier was often seen getting extra 1-on-1 reps against some of the team’s young offensive linemen, many of whom were on the practice squad.

The work was likely beneficial for Collier, but it was also a clear indication that he wouldn’t have a role on gamedays. That’s expected to change in Year 2. Schneider said he and Collier had an “awesome” meeting on move-out day back in January.

“He was really excited about next year and what that brings,” Schneider said. “We had traded Frank (Clark), so we were really excited to be able to acquire L.J., and then unfortunately he had that really funky ankle injury.”

Collier has the label of a “tweener,” which can be the kiss of death for a defensive lineman as it’s somewhat synonymous for not having a true home. Is he a defensive tackle? Is he an edge rusher? We still don’t know where Collier will fit best.

But Schneider remained steadfast that the Seahawks have a vision to get the most out of their former first-rounder.

“He’s a powerful rusher,” Schneider said. “He’s got great hands. He can rush inside. He can rush outside. He can rush at the five (technique). He can rush at the three (technique). He’s going to be… we’re excited.”

Collier took to Twitter on Tuesday evening to proclaim that he’s coming to prove all of his doubters wrong. Seahawks fans remain skeptical, but in Collier’s defense, it’s far too early to make a definitive determination after just one season, no matter how limited the returns have been.

Pete Carroll: Seahawks looking at 'a half dozen veteran edge rushers'

Pete Carroll: Seahawks looking at 'a half dozen veteran edge rushers'

As the Seahawks approach free agency, all eyes are on star edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney, who Seattle acquired last season. 

General manager John Schneider spoke to reporters at the NFL Combine on Tuesday, revealing that he plans to meet with Clowney's agent at the combine. He'll request Clowney give Seattle the opportunity to match any contract offer another team gives the former first-overall pick.

As Clowney enters free agency for the first time in his career, he's reportedly seeking a "market-setting" deal

[RELATED: Seahawks could make Jadeveon Clowney the NFL's highest-paid defensive player]

However, if Clowney proves to have a price tag too hefty for the Seahawks' price range, they will need to pivot.

In an interview on 710 ESPN Seattle, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Seattle has its sights set on "a half dozen veteran edge rushers."

Other notable defensive linemen entering free agency include Shaquil Barrett (Tamba Bay), D.J. Reader (Houston), Yannick Ngakoue (Jacksonville), Dante Fowler (Los Angeles Rams), Arik Armstead (San Francisco), and Matt Judon (Baltimore). 

Last week, the Seahawks were linked to Minnesota Vikings edge rusher Everson Griffin, who played under Carroll at USC and voided the last three years of his contract to become a free agent. Yet, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer reportedly met with Griffin's agent this week and expects to have him back in purple and gold, per Adam Schefter. 

The Seahawks could also decide to target pass rushers in the draft, including Auburn defensive tackle Marlon Davidson and Penn State edge rusher Yetur Gross-Matos.

[RELATED: Two intriguing defensive line prospects Seahawks fans should keep tabs on]

Free agency officially begins on March 18. 

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson comes out against NFL's new proposed CBA

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson comes out against NFL's new proposed CBA

Player representatives of the NFLPA voted to send the new proposed collective bargaining agreement (CBA) to full NFL membership for a final vote, as announced Tuesday evening. 

The 17-14 vote among representatives came in favor of the deal, but with one abstention: a simple majority of the rest of the league's 2,000 player union must now vote to accept the agreement. 

Russell Wilson, the league’s highest-paid player, has made it clear he will be voting against the proposal.

The Seattle Seahawks franchise quarterback took to Twitter to voice his opinion on the proposal, urging the NFL to put the players first. 

“The NBA and MLB are doing it right,” Wilson said. “Players come first. All NFL players deserve the same. We should not rush the next 10 years for today’s satisfaction. I VOTE NO.”

Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner retweeted Wilson’s post, and is said to have been a one of the league’s more vocal participants in the NFLPA’s Friday conference call. Per ESPN, Wagner challenged the five “yes” voters on the union’s executive committee to explain why they liked the deal.

Former Seahawk, now 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, along with Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers have also criticized the proposed new CBA. 

If approved, the new CBA will move to a 17-game season, which could begin as early as the 2021 season. One of the other controversial points in the new CBA is an increase in the total percentage of league revenue to 48.5 percent, up 1.5 percent from the current CBA of 47 percent. 

Seahawks players Tyler Lockett and Quandre Diggs vocalized their displeasure with this increase, calling for a 50-50 split.

As Seahawks Insider Joe Fann mentioned, lifetime healthcare is also noticeably absent from the proposed CBA.  

Owners are believed to want a new deal in place so that they can begin the negotiation process for new TV deals immediately. The new CBA could take effect prior to March 18, the start of the new league year, if it is agreed upon in the coming days.

No lifetime healthcare for NFL players: Why it wasn’t even on the table

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No lifetime healthcare for NFL players: Why it wasn’t even on the table

INDIANAPOLIS – A new collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the NFLPA is expected to become official in the coming weeks. All that’s left prior to ratification is a simple majority in a vote among the approximately 2,000 active NFL players.

I previously covered the major bullet points in the new deal, chief among them a 17-game season set to begin in 2021 and a $100,000 boost to all minimum contracts.

But noticeably absent from the proposed CBA is lifetime healthcare, or anything resembling an improvement to healthcare for former players. It turns out it was never even on the negotiating table.

Contrary to what you might expect, the reason for that had nothing to do with the owners. Instead, lifetime healthcare was never discussed because no insurance company would write the policy, a source told NBC Sports Northwest.

The NFLPA explored possible solutions ahead of negotiations and came up completely empty.

“That’s what we as a union found out when we searched for avenues to make it happen,” the source said. “No one would even give us a number.”

The current proposal has players divided. The executive council voted against the deal 7-4, but the reps from each team voted in favor 17-14 with one abstention. Those votes came after four hours of meetings between the NFL and NFLPA and another four hours of meetings among just the NFLPA.

Those who were hoping for more will likely have to settle for what’s currently been negotiated. A full player vote is expected in a few weeks once the union’s attorneys draft the document, per ESPN’s Dan Graziano.

NFL one step closer to a new CBA; 17-game season to begin in 2021

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NFL one step closer to a new CBA; 17-game season to begin in 2021

INDIANAPOLIS – After four hours of meetings between the NFL and the NFLPA on Tuesday evening from the NFL Combine, it appears that we’re close to seeing the ratification of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report the news in the early hours Wednesday morning.

The player reps from each team voted 17-14 in favor of the proposed deal with one abstention. Now the deal will need a simple majority in a vote among some 2,000 active NFL players. The new CBA would begin immediately and last through the 2030 season while wiping out the final remaining year on the current deal.

Here are the details you need to know:

-- A 17-game schedule will kick in for the 2021 season. There will be no extra bye week to compensate for the extra game, nor will every team play one neutral site game. Most teams will simply have an extra home or road game that will alternate each season.

-- The fourth preseason game would be eliminated, giving teams a full two weeks to prepare for Week 1.

-- The big kicker for a large percentage of players is a $100,000 boost to the minimum contracts across the league. Several fringe players and rookies will feel this benefit.

-- Players will receive 48% in the revenue split with that likely moving to 48.5% once the 17-game schedule begins.

-- The playoff format will likely take hold immediately. Although the NFL could have made this change without player approval, the league still wanted a new CBA before implementing such a change. Again, the proposal is a 14-team playoff that will remove the first-round bye for the No. 2 seed and add an extra Wild Card game in each conference.

-- Rosters will expand from 53 to 55 with gameday rosters moving from 46 to 48. Practice squads will also expand from 10 players to 12. That could prove to be a benefit for guys currently playing in the XFL who are eager for a shot (or another shot) at the NFL. It’s bad news overall for the XFL as their player pool gets smaller.

-- In addition, teams will have more flexibility to move practice squad players back-and-forth to and from the active roster without having to be placed on waivers.

-- Padded practices in training camp will be nearly cut in half, from 28 to 16. A five-day acclimation will come before any training camp practice. Players will also receive eight days off instead of five.

-- NFL owners are eager to get a deal done ASAP with broadcast negotiations coming in the near future. Those TV deals will be far easier to complete with the assurance of labor peace for another full decade.

Per ESPN’s Dan Graziano, the NFLPA’s full vote isn’t likely to happen for a few weeks. That vote seems to be a mere formality at this point.

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.