April 23, 2014 at 10:40 PM
For those who may have wondered why Seattle has just one scheduled home prime time game --- the season opener against Green Bay on Sept. 4 --- Pro Football Talk tonight has what it says may be the answer.
Citing a league source, PFT says the NFL was wary of Seattle's recent track record of home blowouts, which has made some games uncompetitive in the second half and led to declining TV ratings as the games wore on.
As the story notes, Seattle's last three home prime time games were blowouts --- 29-3 over the 49ers and 34-7 over the Saints in 2013 and 42-13 over the 49ers at the end of the 2012 season.
Seattle has four prime time games in 2014, but after the Green Bay contest, the other three are on the road --- at Washington, at San Francisco and at Arizona.
April 23, 2014 at 8:12 PM
Seattle senior personnel executive Scot McCloughan is leaving the team for personal reasons, a league source has confirmed.
Here's a story from when McCloughan was hired with background on his duties with the team, which included assisting GM John Schneider in what was described as being "all aspects of building the roster.''
The news first broke tonight in a series of Tweets from Jason La Confora of CBSSports.com, who also put the news into national perspective:
Here's a story from January detailing how McCloughan turned down an opportunity to interview to become GM of the Dolphins.
McCloughan was previously the GM of the 49ers and also worked with Seattle as director of college scouting from 2000-2005.
As La Confora's Tweets noted, he is regarded as one of the better personnel men in the NFL, so his loss will be felt.
April 23, 2014 at 5:57 PM
Okay, so Seattle's 2014 regular season schedule has been announced. Here it is, with some quick thoughts of my own:
Thursday, Sept. 4: Green Bay Packers 5:30 p.m. NBC
Comment: Aaron Rodgers and one of the glamor teams in the NFL is a pretty good combination for the night the Seahawks will also honor the Super Bowl title.
Sunday Sept. 14: at San Diego Chargers 1:05 p.m. FOX
Comment: Could be a sneaky tough game against a team that got better as last year wore on and after what is sure to be an emotional game against the Packers. But the extra few days of rest will help.
Sunday Sept. 21: Denver Broncos 1:25 p.m. CBS
Comment: Super Bowl rematch and the Broncos will undoubtedly want to put on a better showing than they did in February.
Sunday Sept. 28: Bye Week
Comment: Earliest bye week for Seattle since 2008.
Monday Oct. 6: at Washington Redskins 5:30 p.m. ESPN
Comment: Seahawks will have 15 days to prepare for this one, same as they did before Monday nighter last year against New Orleans. That turned out pretty well.
Sunday Oct. 12: Dallas Cowboys 1:25 p.m. FOX
Comment: Only second regular-season visit by Cowboys to Seattle since 2005. Seattle won last meeting at CLink 27-7 in 2012.
Sunday Oct. 19: at St. Louis Rams 10:00 a.m. FOX
Comment: Seahawks needed goal-line stand to escape with a win in St. Louis last year but have won seven of last nine there.
Sunday Oct. 26: at Carolina Panthers 10:00 a.m. FOX
Comment: In a quirk of the schedule, this is the third straight year Seahawks will travel to Charlotte. Have won the last two, but each in close games.
Sunday Nov. 2: Oakland Raiders 1:25 p.m. CBS
Comment: First regular-season visit by the Raiders since 2006 and only the second since Seattle moved out of AFC West following 2001 season.
Sunday Nov. 9: New York Giants 1:25 p.m. FOX
Comment: After brother Peyton visits in week three, Eli follows a little later looking for a better performance than last year, when Seahawks beat Giants 23-0 in New Jersey.
Sunday Nov. 16: at Kansas City Chiefs 10:00 a.m. FOX
Comment: By this time. we'll know if Chiefs' rise a year ago was a sign of a long-term return to being good or just a flash in the pan.
Sunday Nov. 23: Arizona Cardinals 1:05 p.m. FOX
Comment: No chance of Seattle looking past this one to the 49ers a few days later after the way the Cardinals pushed the Seahawks around at CenturyLink last year in becoming the only visitor to win there since 2011.
Thursday Nov. 27: at San Francisco 49ers 5:30 p.m. NBC
Comment: Seattle visits 49ers in Thanksgiving night prime time affair. Fourth Thanksgiving game in team history.
Sunday Dec. 7: at Philadelphia Eagles 1:25 p.m. FOX
Comment: Intriguing matchup of Seattle defense against Chip Kelly's offense. Kelly beat Pete Carroll 47-20 in 2009 in their only collegiate meeting when Kelly was at Oregon and Carroll at USC.
Sunday Dec. 14: San Francisco 49ers 1:25 p.m. FOX
Comment: What are maybe the most intense rivals in the NFL will play for second time in 18 days following Thanksgiving game in the Bay Area.
Sunday Dec. 21: at Arizona Cardinals 5:30 p.m. NBC
Comment: For second straight year, Seattle will play its final regular season road game at the site of the Super Bowl.
Sunday Dec. 28: St. Louis Rams 1:25 p.m. FOX
Comment: Third straight year and fourth in the last five Seattle ends its season with a home game against the Rams. All have been critical to division or playoff hopes and this one could be, as well.
April 23, 2014 at 4:58 PM
April 23, 2014 at 3:31 PM
Report: Packers will play Seahawks to open season; and reports of Seahawks at 49ers for Thanksgiving
To get back to scheduling news, it appears that the Green Bay Packers will be the opponent when Seattle opens defense of its Super Bowl title on Thursday, Sept. 4 at CenturyLink Field.
Here's a Tweet from Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:
Green Bay had become the logical opponent for the Seahawks in what is the traditional Thursday opener for a defending Super Bowl champ as a few schedules began to leak and other possible foes became accounted for with other games. San Francisco, Dallas, Denver and the New York Giants --- also all slated to play at Seattle this season --- have already been reported to have games scheduled on the opening weekend.
The entire schedule will be released around 5 p.m.
UPDATE --- There is also continuing speculation that the Seahawks will play at San Francisco on Thanksgiving night. We'll find out for sure soon.
April 23, 2014 at 3:05 PM
Marcus Trufant, who started 125 games in a Seattle career that lasted from 2003-12, has signed a contract with the team so he can then officially retire as a Seahawk on Thursday.
Trufant, a cornerback, was a first-round pick in 2003 out of Washington State and immediately moved into the starting lineup, playing a key role on the 2005 team that advanced to the franchise's first Super Bowl.
Trufant was named a captain of the 2011 team, made the Pro Bowl in 2007 and was the team's Man of the Year in 2006, among other honors.
A graduate of Wilson High in Tacoma, Trufant was in camp with the Jacksonsville Jaguars last year but cut before the season, playing all 136 games of his career as a Seahawk.
The team will hold a press conference with Trufant tomorrow at 11 a.m.
April 23, 2014 at 2:22 PM
Quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife, Ashton, have filed for divorce, he revealed in a statement released through the team Wednesday.
They were married in January, 2012.
The statement reads:
"I have made the difficult decision to file for divorce. Clearly, decisions like these don’t come easy. Ashton and I respectfully ask for prayers, understanding and privacy during this difficult time. Moving forward, I will have no further comment on this personal matter.''
April 23, 2014 at 2:12 PM
A few schedules leak --- Seahawks to host Giants Nov. 9, and Broncos appear eliminated as opening game opponent
Well, while the NFL is planning to unveil the 2014 regular season schedule tonight at 5 p.m., a few schedules have begun to leak out.
That includes the New York Giants' schedule, which shows them playing at Seattle on Nov. 9.
Also, there have been several Tweets that Denver will host Indianapolis for its opening game:
That would eliminate a Super Bowl rematch of the Broncos and Seattle on Thursday, Sept. 4, when the Seahawks are set to host the first game of the season, an honor given to the defending Super Bowl champs.
There's also been some increasing speculation that the 49ers might host a game Thanksgiving night at their new stadium:
You wonder if the Seahawks might be the opponent for that one.