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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.



August 22, 2014 at 1:28 PM

NFL announces fan information for 2014 NFL kickoff

This is all straight from the NFL:

NFL ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR FANS TO ATTEND

"2014 NFL KICKOFF PRESENTED BY XBOX"

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4

EVENT TO FEATURE PERFORMANCES BY PHARRELL WILLIAMS

SEATTLE'S OWN SOUNDGARDEN TO KICK OFF EVENT

The National Football League announced today event information for "2014 NFL KICKOFF PRESENTED BY XBOX" Thursday, September 4 at CenturyLink Field's North Lot in Seattle.Activities will begin around 2:30 p.m. PT.

Seattle-natives and Grammy Award-winning band SOUNDGARDEN and Grammy Award-winning singer, song-writer and producer PHARRELL WILLIAMS will perform live. A screening of "AMERICA'S GAME: 2013 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS" will begin at approximately 2:30 p.m. PT to kick off the event.

The event is free and open to the public rain or shine. Seahawks ticket holders are encouraged to arrive early and watch the concert from inside the stadium. Fans may check out Seahawks.com/Kickoff for more information. Guests planning to attend the event should follow @NFL345 on Twitter for the most up-to-date concert details.

This year marks the 13th consecutive Kickoff celebration to start the season and the 10th time the NFL has saluted the Super Bowl champions with the opening game in their stadium on a Thursday in primetime.

Simulcast coverage of the 60-minute pregame show from Seattle will air from 7:30 - 8:30 PM ET on NBC and NFL Network. The pregame show will feature a performance by Pharrell Williams and television's most-watched studio show, NBC's Football Night in America, live on-site in Seattle with its full team -- BOB COSTAS, DAN PATRICK, JOSH ELLIOTT, Super Bowl-winning head coach TONY DUNGY, two-time Super Bowl winner RODNEY HARRISON, and two-time Super Bowl winner and Super Bowl XL MVP HINES WARD, along with NFL Insiders MIKE FLORIO and PETER KING. The live pregame broadcast also will be available via NFL Mobile from Verizon.

The show leads into the season opener between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field (NBC, NBCSports.com, Westwood One Radio Sports, 8:30 PM ET). Award-winning singer and actress ARIANA GRANDE will sing the National Anthem inside CenturyLink Field.

The City of Seattle and the NFL released the following information to help make the event enjoyable, accessible, and safe:

PROHIBITED ITEMS

To ensure public safety and security, the following items are prohibited: weapons, alcohol, food, beverages, all glass containers, fireworks, all chairs, tents of any kind, barbecue grills of any kind, umbrellas, blankets of any kind, cameras with lens over 12", obstructive signs, bags larger than 12"x6"x12" and animals other than service animals.

All attendees are subject to search, and prohibited items may not be abandoned at security checkpoints. Please allow adequate time to pass through security checkpoints before activities begin.

ENTRY LOCATION - GENERAL PUBLIC & SEAHAWKS TICKET HOLDERS

General Public

Guests can enter the concert site from 2nd Avenue and South King Street and may watch the performances from the North Lot. The entrances will open to the public beginning at 2:30 pm PT on Thursday, Sept. 4.

Guests may view the concert from the general public viewing areas.Access to the general public viewing areas is first come, first served.Fans do not need tickets to attend the free concert.

Seahawks Ticket Holders

Seahawks ticket holders are encouraged to arrive early and watch the concert from inside the stadium, including: North Plaza, Touchdown City or on the in-stadium video boards. Stadium gates will open at 2:30 p.m. for Seahawks fans attending the game.

TRANSPORTATION

Guests are encouraged to use public transportation and should arrive early to enjoy game day activities and avoid any traffic or parking delays.

ADA

 

The disabled drop-off zone is located off the intersection of Railroad Way S. at Occidental Avenue (across from The Pro Shop at CenturyLink Field), from the North via 1st Ave. South. Drivers may drop off passengers next to the stadium prior to the concert. ADA Access to the concert site is located off of Occidental Avenue, at the SW corner of the North Lot.

ROAD CLOSURES

For the latest road closure information visit Seahawks.com/Kickoff.

Post-Concert

Immediately following the concert, all attendees who do not have a ticket to the game will be directed to exit at 2nd Avenue and South King Street, the same location as entry. The Seahawks vs. Packers game will not be broadcast from the concert site at the conclusion of the event. Fans are encouraged to watch the game at local Seattle establishments.

Cell Phone Advisory

During special events cell phone networks can become overloaded making it difficult for someone to reach the 911 Dispatch Center during an emergency. Fans are encouraged to limit routine use of the cell system during the concert, and in particular the sending or receiving of videos. Should an emergency occur, fans are advised to use their phone to call 911, but use text messaging for routine communication.

August 22, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Poll: What do you most hope to see in the Seahawks-Bears game?

August 22, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Seahawks-Bears Live Game Chat

We'll kick it off at 5:30 p.m.

August 22, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Seahawks Daily Top 10: Getting ready for a visit from Da Bears

Time to for the 10 to get you set for a visit tonight from the Chicago Bears.

1, Here's my game preview with six things to watch tonight.

2, Seahawks.com offers keys to the game via video.

3, Here are depth charts for the Seahawks and Bears.

4, ESPN with some things to watch from the Seattle side and the Bears' side.

5, NFL.com says to keep an eye on Christine Michael tonight.

6, One Bear to watch tonight is Jared Allen, who got away Seattle's pursuit during free agency. He's sounded pretty happy in Chicago.

7, Here's what the Seahawks will be listening to pre-game.

8, The Chicago Tribune with some things to watch tonight and lots of Bears coverage here from the Sun-Times.

9, KJR-AM's Curtis Crabtree takes a shot at projecting the Seahawks' final 53-man roster (I'll update mine over the weekend).

10, Finally, I hope these guys are watching the game somewhere tonight:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIXYAXwvC44

August 21, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Seattle Seahawks players to watch against the Chicago Bears

Here are our weekly players to watch for the Seahawks. First, Jayson Jenks picks his three players to keep an eye on against the Chicago Bears:

1, Running back Christine Michael. Bold choice here, I know, but Michael continues to show flashes of explosiveness and potential while mixing in moments of mental lapses and mistakes (he’s fumbled twice this preseason). Coach Pete Carroll called him the “most improved” player this season, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a ways to go.

2, Safety Kam Chancellor. Chancellor should play this week, and more than anything it will be worth watching how he moves and hits after having offseason hip surgery. Chancellor has been practicing with the Seahawks for a couple weeks now, so he should be ready to go.

3, Defensive lineman Kevin Williams. Williams, the veteran defensive lineman who joined the Seahawks as a free agent this offseason, has played prominently at defensive tackle so far when the Seahawks use their nickel package. Williams is a good bet to make the roster at this point, but how the Seahawks use him is still worth keeping an eye on. Will he give them a similar look that Clinton McDonald did as a third-down rusher from his defensive tackle position?

And three from Bob Condotta:

1, Offensive tackle Justin Britt: I think the battle is over and Britt is the starting right tackle to begin the season. Still, he, uh, bears watching in this one to see how he does against a good pass rusher in Chicago's Lamarr Houston, one of the team's big free agent pickups. Britt has impressed coaches with his quick thinking and ability to adjust in-game, as well as his physical prowess on the edge. But it's a pretty key spot Britt is being entrusted with, and we should get a good, long look tonight at how he holds up against a revamped Bears front with starters likely to play at least the first half.

2, Linebacker Korey Toomer: Toomer was one of the stars of the spring, showing all the athleticism that compelled the team to take him in the fifth round in 2012 out of Idaho.  But as has unfortunately happened often with Toomer, the injury bug again hit and a hamstring injury has held him out of training camp until this week. Carroll was pretty frank Thursday about Toomer's situation, saying it was time for him to show what he can do. Expect to see Toomer quite a bit. As the team's website has reported, Mike Morgan has been limited this week in practice and while Malcolm Smith may be back, there sh0uld be enough reps to get Toomer some quality action in this one.

3, DT Jordan Hill: The second-year player from Penn State was off to a nice start in camp, then had a groin injury set him back for a while. He returned to play last week against San Diego and is healthy now. He's one of several young players on the line --- Greg Scuggs, Benson Mayowa, Cassius Marsh being others --- the team needs to step up to fill some of the depth roles up front and going against a pretty good Chicago offense should be a good test. Here's what defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said about Hill earlier this week:  "Definitely has gotten stronger. I think he was set back by some of the injuries he had last year. We’re counting on Jordan, can he be a factor in this nickel group, that’s where we’re looking at him first. That competition is still underway inside, and it may take us a few more games to figure that out, but he’s certainly in the mix with hose guys. We’ve been pleased with him so far.”

 

August 21, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Video: Previewing Friday's Seahawks-Bears game

First, in case you missed it earlier, here's a picture of the banner that since June has graced the indoor facility at the VMAC. Today was the first time the team had a practice open to the media indoors:

https://twitter.com/bcondotta/status/502516855983337472

Also, here's a video preview of Friday's game against the Bears:

August 21, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Seahawks practice notes: Lynch, Chancellor, Okung, Unger among those who could play Friday; Walters to sit it out

The Seahawks are off the field following their Thursday walk-through in preparation for the third preseason game of the year Friday night against the Chicago Bears at CenturyLink Field.,

And it sounds like a number of regulars could make their preseson debut.

Head coach Pete Carroll indicated that running back Marshawn Lynch, safety Kam Chancellor and offensive linemen Max Unger and Russell Okung will all play. He also indicated linebacker Malcolm Smith might be able to play, as well.

One who won't see action is receiver Bryan Walters, who had two punt returns for 33 yards last week  and seemed to be making a legit run at that job. But Walters hurt his ribs against the Chargers and Carroll said the Seahawks will "have to hold him out.''

Asked about Lynch, who played two plays last week without getting a carry, Carroll said: "It's time for him to get some carries and get involved a little bit. Really, I could not be more pleased with the conditioning level that he's had, the consistency of practice and his preparation has been great. So he will be ready to go and I know he is looking forward to that, too.''

Asked about getting the starting offensive line some work together in the game, Carroll said: "It is really important. It's been obvious on the practice field, just the language that they share,. the communication, the sense for one another. It makes a big difference in this position more than any other position in the game, and it's great to see it out there. If we get everybody out there some it would be good in this ball game. But we continue to practice together, which is really good.''

Asked about Chancellor, Carroll said "he's ready to play some football. May get out there.''

One player who will also see action is linebacker Korey Toomer, who was one of the breakout players of the spring but did not practice until this week due to a hamstring injury. Asked if it's important for Toomer, a fifth-round pick in 2012 who has yet to play,

"Yeah, time is running out,'' Carroll said. "We haven;t had a chance to see him. He had a really good off-season, but unfortunately he has not been able to get enough back-to-back time to establish where he is on the roster and all of that.  So more than some other guys, he has a lot to show. So hopefully he will get some good opportunities.''

Asked what he'd like to see of the starters, Carroll said: "We just want guys to play, get more playtime just to get adapted to the new season again. So as we stage it, this is the game they will play the most. So it's really just that. Other than  it's consistency. We'd like to see us come back and play football again and take care of the ball like we always do and just see if we keep growing.''

And in a few other notes. ...

--- Carroll also said that Christine Michael "is the most improved player on our team. He's come a long ways in so many ways. He just needs to keep playing and showing and competing and showing that he's growing as a football player.''

--- Carroll said Earl Thomas will again be the first one to return punts against the Bears. "He's practiced really hard at it,'' Carroll said. "A bunch of guys have. We are ready to do whatever we need to do. He will get out there first again in this game and get a couple of shots.''

--- Carroll said DT Jimmy Staten, out with a hamstring injury, is "making progress. We are just hoping that he can come can get back out next week so he can get some play time. It's going to be kind of a race to get there. It's just been really unfortunate. He just hasn't had a chance yet. Did really well, came in great, showed some glimpses of what he could be and hopefully we will get him some play time (soon).''

--- WR Kevin Norwood is also "progressing really well,'' Carroll said, adding that "next week is the week that possibly he could get out there and get going again. Like Jimmy, it will be a race to get him back out there because the week will be short again.''

--- Carroll said they are aiming to get Bruce Irvin back in the next week or two, though it sounds more likely to be the week prior to the Green Bay game. He also said they are hoping to get Bobby Wagner back next week.

--- DT Michael Brooks is having surgery on his knee today, Carroll said, and LB Horace Miller is out indefinitely with a knee sprain. Carroll said Miller is still on crutches.

--- And asked about the team having a few skirmishes in practice of late, Carroll said "we are working on our retaliation skills.''

You can watch some of what Carroll said below:

August 21, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Seahawks-Bears game could feature some Bennett-on-Bennett crime

Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett says there are two people he talks with every day --- his wife, and his brother, Martellus Benett.

Friday, he won't have to worry about calling Martellus, though, as the two will be on the same field when the Seahawks host the Chicago Bears.

Martellus Bennett, 27, is entering his seventh season in the NFL as a tight end. Michael Bennett, re-signed by Seattle in the off-season, is about a year-and-a-half older.

By Michael Bennett's reckoning, the game will be the fourth time the two have played against each other in the NFL.

The last came two years ago when Michael Bennett was with Tampa Bay and Martellus Bennett with the Giants.

The record doesn't show that Michael Bennett had to tackle Martellus in that game.

But Michael Bennett (above making a tackle against the 49ers last season in a John Lok photo) says he has had to tackle Martellus before.

"I just tackle him, get him down the right way,'' he said, then laughed. "I've got my niece to look after.''

Of playing against his brother, Michael Bennett said: "It's going to be fun. It's one of those things where you are going against your brother. You want to whup him. You want to beat him. And hopefully nobody gets hurt.''

Michael Bennett said the two have always been competitive, noting they shared the same bed growing up.

The two almost became teammates this off-season as Michael Bennett seriously considered signing with the Bears before deciding to stay with the Seahawks.

They remain partners in an NFL Network TV show, though, called Bro-to-Bro.

"We'd compete about who gets the bed first, stuff like that,'' he said.

Michael Bennett says he expects the show to start back up in the fall.

"I think a lot of people liked it,'' he said. "Hopefully they give us more time. We got about 10 minutes before. I feel like we should have a 15-minute show at least.''

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