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Seahawks, Broncos, and the worst Super Bowl of all-time

Seahawks, Broncos, and the worst Super Bowl of all-time

Super Bowl LIV is just about a week away and it should be one for the ages. 

The high powered offense of the Kansas City Chiefs takes on the no-nonsense defense of the San Francisco 49ers. 

It's the classic unstoppable force meets the immovable object scenario. Something has got to give. 

How will it all play out? We will find out next Sunday. 

Until then, we have 53 years of classic Super Bowls to reminisce about. 

Some good. Some not so good. 

Seahawks fans, they've had both. 

USA Today recently ranked all the Super Bowls, and Seattle's Super Bowl XLVIII matchup against the Broncos ranks as the worst Super Bowl of all-time. 

Said USA Today,  "The chasm between pre-game expectations and eventual outcome may have been the widest in the game’s history. Seattle's Legion of Boom defense stifled a Peyton Manning-led offense that had scored a league-record 606 points."

This game was as one-sided as they get. 

The tone was set from the jump, with the Seahawks forcing a safety on the first play from scrimmage. 

From there on, the Seahawks dominated from sideline to sideline. 

With 2:58 left in the third quarter, the Seahawks scored another touchdown to take a 36-0 lead. It was all over but the crying for the Broncos. 

The Broncos were a two-point favorite but ended up losing to the Seahawks 43-8.

The game tied the third-largest margin of victory in Super Bowl history and was the largest margin of victory for a Super Bowl underdog. 

The game was ranked so low simply because it didn't even come close to living up to the pregame hype. 

However, for Seattle Seahawks fans it is the greatest Super Bowl of all-time. Of the three Super Bowls the team has played in, Super Bowl XLVIII is the only one the Seahawks have won. 

So where do the other two rank on USA Today's list?

- Super Bowl XL: Rank: 33 - Said USA Today, "Steelers 21, Seahawks 10: Pittsburgh joined the club of five-time Lombardi Trophy winners as RB Jerome Bettis ended his career in style in Detroit (his hometown) and Roethlisberger, 23, became the youngest quarterback to win the game despite forgettable numbers and amid controversial officiating that hurt Seattle."

- Super Bowl XLIX: Rank 3 -  Said USA Today, "Patriots 28, Seattle Seahawks 24: It will forever be remembered for Russell Wilson’s goal-line interception with the game hanging in the balance when the Seahawks could have given the ball to bruising RB Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch. The loss likely denied Seattle's shot at a dynasty while burnishing the Patriot Way. Brady won a record-tying third MVP award as he and Belichick collected their fourth title together but first in a decade. "

[SEE THE FULL LIST HERE]

For a trip down memory lane, let's rewatch the worst (best if you're a Seahawks fan) Super Bowl of all-time. 

Highlights from the Seattle Seahawks first preseason game

Highlights from the Seattle Seahawks first preseason game

There was plenty to like from the Seattle Sehawks first preseason game. You can check out Seahawks Insider Joe Fann's 3 Takeaways right here

Then enjoy some highlights from the game, including this first gem of a run from former Oregon Duck Royce Freeman:

NFL Draft Galore: Four Oregon Ducks find great fits in NFL

NFL Draft Galore: Four Oregon Ducks find great fits in NFL

The 2019 NFL Draft is over and four Ducks became ProDucks. As expected, all four Oregon players were drafted in the mid-to-late rounds. This is the most Ducks drafted since 2015, when NFL teams selected five Ducks, with second overall pick Marcus Mariota leading the way. Before the draft, there were 19 active Ducks on NFL rosters.

Ugo Amadi was the first Duck off the board by the Seattle Seahawks and drafted in the fourth round at No.132 overall.

READ: Here is why the Lombardi Trophy winner is a perfect fit for the *new* Legion of Boom.

READ: Also, it appears Amadi became a father today.

Next, the Denver Broncos selected Justin Hollins in the fifth round, No. 156 overall.

READ: Hollins will compete to be Denver's third pass rusher beside future Hall of Fame linebacker Von Miller and former first round pick Bradley Chubb.

The third Duck off the board was wide receiver Dillon Mitchell, who is ready to make the NFL world 'eat their words'.

READ: The Vikings drafted Mitchell in 7th round with a need for a No. 3 receiver

With picks dwindling, the Dallas Cowboys, starving for pass-rushers, drafted Jalen Jelks with the 241st pick. 

READ: Jelks, a relentless edge rusher eager to improve, is the newest Cowboy

Jelks and Mitchell went later in the draft than expected. Some teams struggled with where Jelks fits from a position standpoint because he is a bit of a “tweener”, plus a lackluster NFL Combine performance added to late selection. In the case of Mitchell, the UO single season receiving yards record holder, had to compete against a 2019 receivers group full of incredible, large athletes who excel in contested catches.

Because of Mitchell's slide, many poised the question, would it have been smarter for the reciever to return to Oregon for his senior season? It'd be hard to replicate his break out junior season and another year of stats would not have improved his NFL projections much. Striking while the iron was hot and not risking injury still seems like the smarter play for a receiver who didn't have much to gain as an NFL prospect by returning. 

Two more Ducks signed as free agents; Kano Dillon with the Washington Redskins and Tony Brooks-James with the Atlanta Hawks.

The majority of Oregon’s top NFL prospects came back for their senior season: quarterback Justin Herbert, offensive linemen Calvin Throckmorton, Jake Hansen, Shane Lemieux and linebacker Travis Dye. By the way, Herbert already is the talk of the town. The league is licking its lips at Herbert, the 6-foot-6, 235-pound passer with the powerful right arm and sneaky fast wheels.

A total of 30 Pac-12 players were drafted to the NFL this year

Denver drafts "freak of nature" Justin Hollins in fifth round, No. 156 overall

Denver drafts "freak of nature" Justin Hollins in fifth round, No. 156 overall

Denver selected Justin Hollins in Round 5, No. 156 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft. Hollins' four-year contract is projected to be worth $2,826,892 with a $306,892 signing bonus, according to OverTheCap.com. Here is what the Broncos are getting with the ProDuck and how Hollins fits the team’s needs.

TEAM NEEDS  Denver needs reinforcements on their defense and looked to the draft to fill in depth at the linebacker position. Hollins will compete to be the third pass rusher beside future Hall of Fame linebacker Von Miller and former first round pick Bradley Chubb. The Broncos may have just found their next aggressive edge rusher in Hollins; his height, speed and long arms could create plenty of havoc in the NFL. Over the last four months, a lot of anticipation and excitement has surrounded the intriguing, 6-foot-5, 250-pound ultra athletic prospect who has been pegged to have untapped potential. 

YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW THAT After a strong showing during the practices leading up to the East-West Shrine Game, he delivered an eye catching performance as a linebacker that earned him Defensive MVP honors. Hollins demonstrated he could play outside linebacker in either the 4-3 or the 3-4 at the next level by totaling 10 tackles, two sacks and three for loss against the elite competition.

AT OREGON his teammates referred to him as a “freak of nature”. Hollins started his career at Oregon as a defensive lineman before moving to linebacker as a junior, where he tore it up. He totaled eight forced fumbles in 2017 and 2018, good for the most in the nation over that span. An Associated Press Pac-12 All-Conference first team choice, he finished his senior year leading the Pac-12 conference with five forced fumbles and stuffing the stat sheet with 64 tackles, a team-high 14.5 for loss, 6.5 sacks, one interception and seven pass breakups.

STRENGTHS Hollins’ speed and ability to read plays set him apart from the rest. At the NFL Combine, Hollins had one of the best workouts among edge rushers; running the 40-yard dash in 4.50 seconds, 2nd highest of the 19 edge players to run. Hollins has a knack for strip sacks and has a sudden inside move in the pass rush that has proven to be dangerous.

NEEDS TO WORK ON Can Hollins perform well in coverage in the NFL? It’s a legit question and something that he plans on working to improve on. Another concern is play with more of aggressive demeanor and not to disappear during stretches of a game.

QUOTE "Sometimes I get caught playing high," Hollins told NBC Sports NW. "Like when I'm tired I tend to stand up a little bit more instead of bending at my hips and my knees to keep my leverage. That's my main weakness. But I'm working on it everyday.

FUN FACT Hollins has been working out at Mamba Sports in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Athletic Gaines in Los Angeles, Calif., where had a chance to meet Mamba's co-owner, former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant.

BEST SOCIAL POST “Forever Friday mood” is definitely a fitting caption for this video of Hollins and teammates dancing on the sidelines.

 

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Seahawks sign Paxton Lynch as potential backup behind Russell Wilson

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Seahawks sign Paxton Lynch as potential backup behind Russell Wilson

The Seattle Seahawks now have a new option at backup quarterback. 

According to the official NFL transactions wire, the Seahawks have signed Paxton Lynch to a reserve/future deal, as previously reported by Ian Furness of Sports Radio KJR

Lynch was selected by the Denver Broncos in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft via a pick acquired from the Seahawks. That pick, coincidentally, came in full circle on Thursday, as the Seahawks traded the pick used on Lynch to lock up offensive lineman Germain Ifedi and tight end Nick Vannett in 2016. 

While in Denver, Lynch started four times and went 79-of-128 for 792 yards for four touchdowns and four interceptions, before being waived by the Broncos in September. He remained unsigned last season, making him eligible to sign a futures contract with the Seahawks before the start of free agency in March. 

The 24-year-old will compete for Seattle's backup quarterback role behind veteran signal caller Russell Wilson. 

Brett Hundley, who previously held the backup role behind the six-time Pro Bowler in 2018, did not take an offensive snap all season long. He is expected to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Seattle's other backup option, Alex McGough, signed with Jacksonville on Wednesday after spending a year on Seattle’s practice squad. McGough’s contract expired earlier this week making him a free agent. 

Scoop Podcast with Chad Doing: A passionate fan who loves Nurk, MLB to PDX, and Calvin Klein

Scoop Podcast with Chad Doing: A passionate fan who loves Nurk, MLB to PDX, and Calvin Klein

Hold on to your butts!!!

(I imagine this week’s Scoop Podcast guest enjoys Jurassic Park and that line just seems so fitting).

This week’s Trail Blazers guest is one of the biggest Blazers fans I know and I’m very fortunate to get to work beside him in the media.

Chad Doing from Rip City Radio joins me for a fun-filled half hour.  

We start the podcast off with a bang after I find out how his mom would describe him as a sports fan -- The word 'emotional' did get brought up. 

And, of course we talk about his love for Bosnian Beast, Jusuf Nurkic.

Plus, does Chad think Portland can support more pro sports teams? What about Major League Baseball? One thing is for sure. He's down with the idea of spending a nice summer day at the ballpark on the river!

Also, it’s time to get the lowdown on how Chad first got started in Sports Talk Radio.  

I should also probably apologize to Travis Demers for trying to get an embarrassing story about him out of Chad!

And then there’s this --- Why is Chad’s face on fire?? And, he enjoys when his face is burning? Say what?

Plus, calling Calvin Klein, Chad might be looking for a sponsorship….

Check out all of that and more on this week's Scoop Podcast below!


Brandon Marshall could determine Seattle's fate

Brandon Marshall could determine Seattle's fate

If Seattle wide receiver Brandon Marshall remains healthy for most of the season and gives the team 80 percent of what he has been during his 12-year career, the Seahawks have a strong chance of returning to the playoffs after a one-year absence. 

If Marshall can't become a major contributor, Seattle won't have enough offensive firepower to overcome other deficiencies and reach .500. 

Of course, this is an opinion and not fact. But the addition of Marshall has always evoked thoughts of what could be should quarterback Russell Wilson add such a potent receiving target to the starting duo of Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett. 

"Think about how many catches he’s had (959), he’s a true superstar, he can make all the plays," Wilson said of the six-time Pro Bowler. "I think he loves the game, too."

Marshall's passion for the game allowed him to work his way back from a serious ankle injury that cost him 11 games last season with the New York Giants and at age 34 made it appear that his career was all but done. But after months of rehabilitating and easing his way back into action, Marshall is good to go for the regular season, which begins Sunday at his old stomping grounds in Denver. 

"It took him a while to get in shape, so we just had to postpone the evaluation on him, but his intent has always been there," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. "His smarts, his willingness, all of that has always been there and then when his body came into good shape and he settled down – he’s still showing us all of the things that he can do."

Marshall began his career in Denver as a fourth-round pick in 2006. He had three 1,000-yard efforts in four seasons with the Broncos and said he is looking forward to returning Sunday for the first time since Denver traded him to Miami in 2010. 

"It’s fun going back, that’s where I started, and it’s a first-class organization – it’s a special place,” Marshall told reporters.

Marshall's early bouts with mental health issues, coupled with off-the-field distractions, led to him being viewed at as an attitude problem. That led to him bouncing around the league to Miami, Chicago, the New York Jets, and most recently the New York Giants. But Marshall took control of his mental health issues years ago and became one of the first professional athletes to publicly address his problem and help create public awareness. 

It appeared that his career would end last year in New York until the Seahawks took a flyer on him with a modest one-year, $1.1 million contract. The trick for Marshall was to get healthy and back into shape. Now, he and the Seahawks believe he is close enough to his old self that expectations are high. Maybe being named NFL Comeback Player of the Year is in his near future.  

"Definitely had to overcome a lot of obstacles but that is the goal," Marshall said. "That’s my mindset. It’s a long season. Last week was the first week where I felt like 100%. Now it’s just, knocking the rust off and getting in game shape."

Marshall is motivated by not going out with a 154-yard season a year ago while coming off of 788 with the Jets in 2016. The year prior, Marshall caught 109 passes for 1,502 yards and 14 touchdowns with the Jets. However, there can be a huge difference between performing at 31, his age in 2015, and at age 34. 

"I’m still trying to prove myself to not only the world, but also most importantly my teammates and my coaches here," he said. "On paper, it’s a 34-year old receiver with two down years so every day I go out there, I remind myself I want to prove to #3 (Russell Wilson) what type of receiver I am and what he has out there, and (offensive coordinator) coach Schotty (Brian Schottenheimer) the same thing.”

Marshall shouldn't be expected to add a ninth 1,000-yard season to his career stat sheet. But gaining the needed 62.5 receiving yards per game over 16 outings is not completely beyond the realm of possibility, if he remains healthy. 

"We’re excited to include him in the offense," Carroll said. "We have some thoughts that we’re trying to make him look really good – that’s the idea."

If all goes well, Seattle's running game will be vastly improved and Marshall will add a dimension to the passing game as tall, reliable target on third down and in the red zone. Only then could Seattle have a legitimate chance of returning to the postseason. If Marshall can't deliver, the offense won't be able to overcome the shortcomings on defense to get the job done. Marshall believes he is on a potential playoff team. 

"We have the makeup," he said. " We have the leadership and the coaching staff and the locker room and we have the work ethic, but as you guys know, any given Sunday (anything can happen)."

Will Seahawks regret selecting Rashaad Penny over Royce Freeman?

Will Seahawks regret selecting Rashaad Penny over Royce Freeman?

Seattle set out last offseason to add a running back to the roster after quarterback Russell Wilson led the team in rushing.

The Seahawks ended up selecting Rashaad Penny out of San Diego State in the first round, but not after taking a long look at Oregon's Royce Freeman

“We evaluated him thoroughly," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said of Freeman. "We thought he was a really good player. It was a great draft for running backs this year, so we went all the way through the numbers and he was right there."

Freeman ultimately went to Denver in the third round with the 71st overall pick. Seattle took Penny with the 27th overall pick after trading down, sending the 18th pick to Green Bay and acquiring picks in the third and sixth rounds.

So far, Freeman has made more noise than Penny, if we're reading anything into the preseason. Oregon's all-time leading rusher (5,621 yards on 947 carries) rushed for 84 yards on 15 carries and scored a rushing touchdown in all three Denver preseason appearances. Penny carried the ball eight times for 16 yards in the Seahawks' opener and then missed the rest of the preseason with a broken finger. 

On Sunday, Seattle will get an up-close look at Freeman when both teams open the season in Denver. Although most NFL Draft prognosticators had Penny ranked  ahead of Freeman, there is no denying that Freeman would have been a good fit for the Seahawks. He has some Marshawn Lynch in him. Punishing, with enough speed to finish off runs. 

It's altogether conceivable that down the line, Seattle could regret not targeting Freeman and maybe trading down again to snag him and some additional picks along the way. It's also quite likely that Penny will turn out to be the better all-around back. 

Freeman won the starting job in Denver over Devontae Booker and earned the trust of coach Vance Joseph. Even before Penny got injured it appeared that he wouldn't surpass former seventh-round pick Chris Carson as the starter. So, as for now, Seattle has spent a first-round selection on a guy that hasn't beaten out a guy barely drafted at all and one that rushed for just 206 yards last season before suffering a fractured leg. 

Denver, on the other hand, is very excited about Freeman's potential to become a true lead back. 

"He can carry the load from a physical standpoint and a mental standpoint," Joseph told reporters this week.  

Seattle is preparing to see the 235-pound back coming straight at them. 

"You just understand that he's a bigger back and that he's going to try to lower his shoulders," Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner said.

Denver figures to remain a run-dominant team, even after the acquisition of former Minnesota quarterback Case Keenum. That means Freeman could be headed toward gaining 1,000 yards should he remain healthy. 

"That's what he showed at Oregon," Joseph said. "He had a lot of work. He stayed healthy through the work. That's always an issue for most young backs. Can they carry the load for 16 weeks?"

Joseph added that Freeman won't actually have to carry all of the burden in Denver's backfield. Joseph said that Booker would likely be the third-down back and that there is a package of plays for Phillip Lindsay. 

Another question regarding rookie quarterbacks is: Can they do their part in protecting the quarterback? Joseph believes Freeman will excel in that area. 

"He's shown the IQ and the maturity to be a great pass pro guy on third downs, especially," Joseph said.

Carroll saw the same traits. 

"Big, strong, tough, really good pass blocker in college," Carroll said. "Probably the best pass blocker in college football last year."

But he and general manager John Schneider ultimately saw more in Penny. 

What Penny gives Seattle that Freeman could not is big-play speed. Penny ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine. Freeman ran a 4.54. 

Seattle already as a ground-and-pound back in Carson, who has shown Seattle that he can grind out tough yards with little space to maneuver.

"Chris Carson is a beast, let me just say that," Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin said. "Chris Carson is a beast. I can’t say enough about Chris Carson. The mindset that he has, the ability that he has, he’s unbelievable. 

Adding Penny gives Seattle's running game another dimension, plus, he can return kick offs, something Freeman is not equipped to do.

In the short term, Freeman could end up looking like a steal for Denver while Penny operates as Carson's backup. In time, however, it is likely that Penny will develop into Seattle's lead running back. Either way, for Seattle, the combination of Carson-Penny makes more sense than Carson-Freeman would have. 

"He’s a really good player," Carroll said of Freeman.

He just wasn't exactly the right player for Seattle.

What They're Saying: Chatter from the Broncos on Seattle

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What They're Saying: Chatter from the Broncos on Seattle

The pre-season is finished. The 53-man roster is set. Finally, the NFL football regular season begins. 

What a test to kickoff the regular season for Seattle. The Seahawks will travel to the mile-high city of the Denver Broncos to take on former Oregon Ducks running back Royce Freeman, who got the nod at starting running back for the Broncos this Sunday. How will the Seahawks o-line hold up against Denvers's Bradley Chubb and Von Miller? What about the flip side of Seattle rookie LB Shaquem Griffin, who is starting this week, vs. Broncos running back Royce Freeman? And how about the return of veteran safety Earl Thomas?

Let's take a look at what Broncos fans, players, and coaches are saying about the matchup vs. Seattle:

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Game information:

Seattle Seahawks @ Denver Broncos, 1:25 PM (PT), Sunday, September 9th, Line: DEN -3.0.

 

 

REPORT: Royce Freeman named Denver's starting running back

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REPORT: Royce Freeman named Denver's starting running back

Denver will name former Oregon running back Royce Freeman as its starter for the season opener Sunday against Seattle at Mile High Stadium, according to the Denver Post.   

Freeman, Oregon's all-time leading rusher, finished the regular season with 84 yards rushing in three games and scored a touchdown in each game. Denver's third-round pick last spring beat out Devontae Booker, who last season rushed for 299 yards as the backup to C.J. Anderson (1,007), now in Carolina.

[RELATED: All Royce Freeman does is score touchdowns]

Freeman, should he remain healthy, will have a strong rookie season playing for a team that will rely heavily on its running game and defense. The Broncos upgraded the quarterback position with the signing of free agent Case Keenum (Minnesota) to keep defenses honest. 

During the preseason, Freeman demonstrated good vision even when facing more congested boxes brought about by pro-style offenses as opposed to the spread he played in for four seasons at Oregon. He also showed that his 235-pound body is not going to be easy for NFL defenders to deal with, and that he has enoug speed to finish off touchdown runs.