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It's not too often that the people who write the stories can become the story. But once in awhile, you recognize and appreciate the persons that act as a faithful conduit for the information and insight you avidly consume.
In the Seahawks fan cyber-universe, Mike Sando is widely regarded as being among the best in the business. Not being content with delivering regular stories in Tacoma's fish wrap, he has used his blog to become the motherload of bright, honest and deep Seahawks information. Maybe Seth from Seattlest put it best, describing Sando as a 'Seahawks Monster':
"This man covers the Seahawks like Cookie Monster eats cookies. Sando's got Seahawks crumbs flying out of his mouth, cascading down his front, like C.M., he probably has his own Seahawks covering song...or movie.
I tend to agree. I can't think of anyone that even comes close.
Which leads me to another worry -- will someone this effective stay in this position? I can't help but think of the ESPN.com's Senior NFL Writer, John Clayton. Although he got his start covering the Steelers in Pennsylvania, it was his work at the same company, the Tacoma News-Tribune, that became his springboard to a career on the national stage.
Will Sando follow suit? Recent developments make me wonder. For example, ESPN2's Cold Pizza has been spending the recent offeason taking a five minute look at an NFL team each day. Who do they call on to be the Resident Seahawks Guru? Who else.
In case you missed it:
Sure, he was a stiffer than The Watchdog at a petting zoo, but he was good for his first try.
But why does this feel like he's getting ready to ride off into the sunset? He just cleaned up this town. Now it seems like he is getting ready to hop on his white horse and find his next big adventure, ala Clayton.
Add to this his recent blog entry regarding the rare and special access given to him at the NFL combine, it appears the national stage is ready and waiting for him.
I bet he's here one more season. After that, we'll have a huge empty cookie jar in Seahawks land.
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1) Indianapolis Colts - SuperBowl XLI champs. Nowhere to go but down.
2) New England Patriots - 2 first round picks after a re-building year that took them to the AFC Championship game.
3) New Orleans Saints - Last off-season saved the Saints franchise in New Orleans. Thanks Houston.
4) Baltimore Ravens - Stifling defense, but an offense that depends too heavily on McNair.
5) San Diego Chargers - The best team in the NFL. Too bad the owner and GM are idiots.
6) Chicago Bears - Pushed their DC out the door, can't re-sign Lovie and don't have a QB. Aside from that, all is well.
7) Jacksonville Jaguars - A QB away from something magical.
8) San Francisco 49ers - Beat Seattle twice, but with Turner heading to the Land of Oz, the offense may stumble.
9) Seattle Seahawks - Two Josh Brown FGs away from being 1-5 in their division. One and five.
10) Carolina Panthers - Getting older, window is closed.
11) Kansas City Chiefs - Solid D, strong running game and a great TE. Weak at WR and questionable at QB.
12) St. Louis Rams - Linehan has to lower the boom on stupid penalties. And stop the run.
13) New York Jets - Eric Man'Genius' caught lightning in a bottle. I'm wondering if he can screw down the cap before it gets out?
14) Dallas Cowboys - Jerrah hired himself a puppet. This is the first step along the walk of ineptitude.
15) Cincinatti Bengals - On paper, a powerhouse. Too bad the paper has been filed with the rest of the court documents. Ended the season with more arrests than wins.
16) Pittsburgh Steelers - Getting older, in cap hell, and Jerry Porter might want a raise.
17) Philadelphia Eagles - McNabb will be back for the start of the season. Taking Garcia out drops the Eagles 4 spots.
18) Denver Broncos - An unimpressive debut for Cutler, and now, because of tragedy, they need to find a corner in the draft.
19) Green Bay Packers - Favre is coming back. Lombardi isn't.
20) New York Giants - Weak everywhere, except left tackle. Oh, yeah, they released Petitgout. Now, weak everywhere.
21) Atlanta Falcons - Fired Mora, kept Vick. Owner is obviously confused.
22) Minnesota Vikings - Lost Mike Tomlin (DC) to the Steelers and Tavaris Jackson could be their starting QB. Enough said.
23) Arizona Cardinals - Leinert makes the O-line better than it is. Now that they've got a real coach, the light at the end of the tunnel might not be the front of an oncoming train.
24) Tennessee Titans - Young is what Vick was supposed to be.
25) Washington Redskins - With a thin free-agent market this year, the 'Skins might have to try to get players through the draft. Of course, they've got no money to sign them, but they'll figure that out. Really.
26) Buffalo Bills - Now that Levy has a year under his belt, maybe he can coax Flutie back.
27) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Releasing Chris Sims, one organ at a time.
28) Miami Dolphins - Joey Harrington is at the top of the depth chart!??!?
29) Detroit Lions - I almost feel sorry for their fans. But, then they cheered for the Steelers.
30) Houston Texans - Passed up Leinert, Young and Cutler last year for David Carr. I thought they knew football in Texas?
31) Cleveland Browns - Poor coaching, no QB, no O-line, terrible defense (but, when your on the field that often, who wouldn't be?). But still, they are better than the Raiders.
32) Oakland Raiders - Don't worry Raider fans, Al Davis couldn't live that much longer, could he?
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By The Watchdog
What do Mike Martz and Norv Turner have in common? They both can do outstanding things for any NFL teams offensive attack - that's no-brainer number one. The other screaming no-brainer is they should never be given the keys to the whole show again -ever.
Tell that to the San Diego Chargers, or rather, explain it to their long suffering fans.
The hiring of Norv Turner as the new Charger HC is mind-boggling at best. His eight year totals at the helm of the Redskins and Raiders are a discouraging 58-82-1. But this time the Chargers are not the only losers. The 49ers will suffer because of this as well.
Norv Turner is once again headed for disaster when he should have stayed put doing the thing he does best, namely, backing up a good Head Coach in Mike Nolan. That's his calling, and he's very good at developing young offensive talent. A look at the 49ers resurgence over the last couple of years is testimony of that.
At the same time, one look at his last attempt to fit in the big chair reveals a Raider team that is still in shambles largely due to his inability to motivate and control an entire team rather than just the offense.
I'm don't have my crystal ball back from the shop yet, but in this case I don't think I need much more than my seven brain cells to see the fall-out from this debacle.
The 49ers lose a key building block for their puzzle. The Chargers will lose their hard-earned progress and end up on the wrong side of .500 within two years, and the fans will lose their minds in San Diego and form a lynch-mob for Turner.
Yes friends I predict that being a Chargers fan is going to suck immensely over the next few years.
Can you say "Raiders South?"
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49er fans a wee bit pissed off.So are Charger fans.
By albaNY Hawker
In honor of President’s Day, since we don’t have anyone on the roster named Washington or Lincoln, we should take a moment of appreciation for the Seahawks Commander and Chief, Tim Ruskell.
A little over two years ago, the Seahawks organization was in a major turmoil, when they finally impeached an unpopular and clueless member of the Front (could it be oval?) Office named Bob Whitsett. Kind of like the final days of the Nixon administration.
Enter Tim Ruskell, a relatively unknown commodity (well, to everyone except for Deuces) and Seahawks nation didn’t know whether to expect another bumbling product of the Peter Principle, like Gerry Ford, or an skilled communicator and effective leader like Ronald Regan.
The answer came when the Seahawks trickled-down all the way to the Super Bowl.
And as excited and impressed as Seahawks fans were about their new President and GM during that Super Bowl run, the second year of the Ruskell administration was quietly more impressive, although it didn’t generate quite the same approval ratings across the board.
Losing Steve Hutchinson at the beginning of the 2006 campaign was a little like getting caught with his pants down, although Mr. Ruskell spared us the indignity of a beret-wearing chubby intern with a soiled dress. There are also no indications that Mrs. Ruskell aspires to run the Seahawks herself some day, even amid reports seeking an entry-level position with the New York franchise.
But the Seahawks faithful again started Trusting In Tim as he adeptly worked the roster, as starter after starter was lost to injury, and his signature high-motor, quality character guys stepped up and nearly willed Seattle back to the NFC Championship game.
With the first significant changeover on the Seahawks coaching staff, the depth and breadth of Tim Ruskell’s fingerprint continues to expand, and hopefully Bruce DeHaven and Jim Mora will contribute to the organization in the same way as the free agent pickups and Ruskell-era draft selections have contributed to the team.
So as we enjoy this Holiday, usually monopolized by car dealers and white sales, let us all pause on the eve of free agency and the draft, and all say Hail to the Chief!