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Thursday Round-Up: Pete Carroll, Seahawks eye back-to-back championships
Good morning, 12th Man. Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Thursday, March 27 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Robert Klemko of TheMMQB.com sums up the attitude and approach coach Pete Carroll is expecting of his club as they look to repeat as Super Bowl champions in 2014. Klemko writes: "Carroll’s feeling is this: If you demand the best out of your players every day, putting the emphasis on performance over winning, and players know their jobs are on the line if they don’t bring it, they’ll never get complacent."
Carroll goes on to tell Klemko, "We set a direction on having the greatest offseason of our lives, individually. That doesn’t mean you can't go out and have fun and live the life. You can work out and still be on the Tonight Show. The most important thing that will happen is if we can recapture the work ethic that made us what we are. Nothing else really matters. If a guy’s not having the best offseason of his life, he’s going to get beat out, I think. That’s kind of the way we roll.”
Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times explains why Seattle will be just fine without the 31-year-old pass rusher, as they continue to discover underrated talent in the draft and free agency.
Jayson Jenks of the Seattle Times reminds us what the Seahawks defensive line will look like moving forward without the addition of defensive end Jared Allen.
Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune believes defensive end Jared Allen would not have been worth the hit to the Seahawks' salary cap.
Fullback Michael Robinson joined Sports Radio 950 KJR AM's Dave "Softy" Mahler for a conversation on Wednesday afternoon, discussing his future in the League, the Real Rob Report, and his recent appearance on the soap opera The Young and the Restless. Robinson's talk with Softy is embedded for you below.
Doug Farrar of SI.com hands out free agency grades for every NFC team and the Seahawks pass with a C. On the mark, Farrar says, "Best addition: DE Michael Bennett; Biggest loss: WR Golden Tate. The Seahawks added so little in free agency that it makes sense to add Bennett to this list, because he was the one player the team desperately wanted to re-sign. They reached out to Jared Allen and were outbid by the Bears, took a pass on the free-agent guards (though it remains a position of severe need) and said good bye to several formerly great but recently flawed defenders in Chris Clemons, Red Bryant, Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond. Clearly, after making several big splashes with trades and in free agency last season, the Super Bowl champs are looking to the draft, and they have to save their pennies for the impending re-signings of quarterback Russell Wilson, cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Earl Thomas. Losing Tate to the Lions opens up a specific need that the team will have to address in the draft, because they can’t count on Percy Harvin making it through a full season healthy."
NFL.com Around the League writer Marc Sessler wraps up the Annual League Meeting from Orlando, Fla., shedding some light on what it was like behind the scenes.
Sessler and fellow NFL.com Around the League writer Gregg Rosenthal come together and share 24 takeaways from the final day of the NFL Annual Meeting.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says there is a "tremendous amount of interest" in increasing the number of playoff teams from 12 to 14 - a change that could come as early as the 2014 season.
Art Thiel of SportsPressNW.com details how the Seahawks' offseason moves forward after losing out on free agent defensive end Jared Allen to the Chicago Bears.
NFL.com has a couple of photo blogs worth a glance. The first features the Top 15 trades in NFL history and the Seahawks earn two mentions - one for dealing quarterback Rick Mirer to the Bears in exchange for a first-round draft pick (that became Shawn Springs), and another for acquiring eventual Hall of Fame wide receiver Steve Largent from the Houston Oilers for an eighth-round pick. Yeah, both of those trades worked out pretty well.
The second photo blog highlights the top compensatory draft picks in NFL history, with current Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith (seventh round, No. 242 overall in 2011) and former Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (sixth round, No. 187 overall in 1998) making the list.
Here at Seahawks.com, I take a look at several of the NFL's top free agents who will line up against the Seahawks in 2014.
And Digital Media Writer Clare Farnsworth recaps coach Pete Carroll's Wednesday morning meeting with the media at the NFL Annual Meeting and tells us what led to defensive end Jared Allen signing with the Chicago Bears over the Seahawks.
Did I miss anything you think is worthy of inclusion? Let me know on Twitter @TonyDrovetto