Monday in Hawkville: Marshawn, makeup and roster moves

Posted Aug 19, 2013

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Aug. 19, when the players lifted, attended meetings and had a late afternoon walkthrough but did not practice.

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Aug. 19, when the players lifted, attended meetings and had a late afternoon walkthrough but did not practice:



“This is the type of group I would have loved to play with.”

Jacob Green, the franchise’s all-time leader in sacks and a member of the Ring of Honor, on the 2013 edition of the Seahawks

Say what? A new commercial for the Madden 25 video game features Marshawn Lynch, the Seahawks’ leading rusher, and Arian Foster of the Houston Texans as their fathers – Darian Foster and Marshawn Lynch Sr.

Also involved are a bear, a series of flaming tires and ample makeup to turn the sons into their factious fathers.

Rather than trying to explain it, take a look for yourself (above).


The Seahawks added needed depth on their defensive line by trading for 6-foor-2, 280-pound Brian Sanford and signing 6-3, 335-pound rookie Dewayne Cherrington.

Sanford was acquired from the Cleveland Browns for offensive lineman John Moffitt, a third-round draft choice in 2011 who had started games at guard as a rookie and last season.

Sanford joined the Browns as a rookie free agent in 2010. He has appeared in six games the past three seasons, when he also spent time on the practice squad.

Cherrington had been signed by the New England Patriots in May, but was released in June. To clear a spot on the 90-man roster, kicker Carson Wiggs was released. Wiggs had been competing with incumbent Steven Hauschka.

The Seahawks already had 16 defensive linemen on the roster, but one day last week nine sat out practice because of injuries – including sack leader Chris Clemons, who remains on PUP while completing his rehab from knee surgery; free-agent addition Cliff Avril, who returned to practice late last week after missing most of training camp with a hamstring issue; and Bruce Irvin, who led all NFL rookies with eight sacks last season but has been sidelined with a groin injury.


Jermaine Kearse is the preseason’s leading scorer among non-kickers with 18 points on two touchdown receptions and that 107-yard kickoff return against the Broncos on Saturday night.

Jon Ryan has the best punting average in the league (56.1), but his net average (36.3) ranks 31st.


The Seahawks’ home opener drew a 22.6 rating, the highest for a preseason game since Paul Allen purchased the team in 1998; and a 46 share.

Those numbers are up from the preseason opener in San Diego against the Chargers (21.4 and 40) and way up last year’s second preseason game (13.2 and 30).


Tarvaris Jackson remains the NFL’s top-rated passer after two preseason games at 156.3. Jackson has completed 12 of 16 passes for 221 yards, with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Russell Wilson ranks No. 9 at 120.1, as he has completed 10 of 18 passes for 150 yards, with two TD passes and no interceptions.

But Jackson has been even more efficient in the fourth quarter, with a league-best rating of 158.3 – as he was 6 of 6 for 76 yards and two TDs in his fourth-quarter stint against the Chargers in the opener. And he’s No. 3 on third downs with a 143.8 rating – three completions in five attempts for 76 yards and a TD.

Rookie free agent Benson Mayowa is one of two players in the league with 2.5 sacks, half a sack off the league-lead. Stephen Williams in sixth in receiving yards (128, on four receptions for a 32-yard average).

As a team, the Seahawks are plus-6 in turnover differential to rank second in the league. They’re also No. 5 in average yards allowed (260.5) and No. 11 in average yards (350.0).


Center Max Unger and cornerback Richard Sherman, who were voted All-Pro last season, have landed spots on the Sporting News Preseason All-Pro team.

In selecting the Seahawks’ duo, Vinnie Iyer had this to say:

Unger: “There’s nothing odd about the Seahawks’ couple of offensive line anchors. While Russell Okung holds down the left side at tackle, Unger is the powerful middle man. In addition to taking care of Russell Wilson on every snap, Unger moves obstacles in their mauling running game.”

Sherman: “Sherman talks a very good game, but he plays an even better one. He has the attitude needed not to back down from big, No. 1 receivers, and has the hands and hip-flipping to stay with them downfield. He’s the best player on Seattle’s league-best secondary.”


For a guy from Fort Hood, Texas, who entered the NFL in 1978 as a first-round draft choice by the Cincinnati Bengals, Blair Bush is about as Seattle as it gets. He played at the University of Washington, came to the Seahawks in a 1983 trade and still lives in Seattle.

Saturday night, Bush, now 56, raised the 12th Man Flag above the south end zone prior to the Seahawks’ preseason home opener against the Broncos at CenturyLink Field – which sits on the site of the Kingdome, the stadium Bush played in during his six-season stint with the Seahawks.

“It was fun, that was a fun time,” Bush said Monday, before teeing off at the Seahawks Rumble at the Ridge charity golf event that kicked off the activities for this week’s Boeing Classic at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.

Bush cracked a smile before adding, “That was a long time ago (when I played with the Seahawks). I was joking around with my wife and some people we brought to the game that when I got to the U-Dub in 1974, 30 years earlier would have been guys that fought in World War II. So the generational change is staggering. It doesn’t feel that way for me, but to the current players it’s like, ‘Who’s that old guy up there?’ ”

That “old guy up there” remains an integral part of franchise history in this 30th anniversary of the first Seahawks team to advance to the playoffs because he was a pivotal performer on that 1983 club.


The players will practice for the first time this week as they begin preparing for Friday night’s third preseason game against the Packers in Green Bay.