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Thursday Round-Up: Schedule analysis; Richard Sherman named one of world's most influential people

Posted Apr 24, 2014

A morning link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks

Good morning, 12s.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Thursday, April 24  - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Seahawks Schedule Released

The Seahawks learned their 2014 schedule yesterday and they'll play host to the Green Bay Packers in primetime in what will be the very first game of the NFL season on Thursday, Sept. 4 at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks are scheduled to play three more primetime games after the Week 1 opener, including a Thanksgiving bout at the home of the NFC West rival San Francisco 49ers.

Peter King of TheMMQB.com offers a behind the scenes look at how the NFL schedule was put together. King explains how the Seahawks avoided a rather unfavorable road trip - the runner-up schedule saw Seattle playing three straight road games, and a road game after a Monday night road game.

On the schedule-that-almost-was, King writes, "Anyplace east of Spokane is far from Seattle, obviously. But this schedule would have been a killer. First a 1,787-mile flight to St. Louis, and back after the game. Then a 2,311-mile flight to Baltimore-Washington Airport, and back after the game. Then a 1,407-mile flight to Kansas City, and back after the game. That’s 11,010 air miles in 15 days … unless, of course, the Seahawks spent a week in the Midwest or East to minimize one of the back-and-forths. Commissioner Roger Goodell is the final approver-in-chief of the schedule, and I wondered whether he’d have approved one that had the Super Bowl champion with such a brutal 15-day stretch."

John Clayton of ESPN.com tells us about five games he's looking forward to most in 2014, and the Seahawks show up twice on his list - Week 14's home game against the San Francisco 49ers and Week 3's Super Bowl XLVIII rematch against the Denver Broncos.

Terry Blount of ESPN.com has his analysis of the Seahawks schedule, believing the team has a good chance to pile up some early victories when they play three of their first five games at home.

Danny O'Neil of 710Sports.com says the Seahawks will need to harness a finishing touch in 2014, as they play five of their final six games against NFC West opponents.

Ross Tucker of The Sporting News looks at the NFL's schedule release from a players perspective, noting the first thing they look for isn't who they're playing first, or when they're playing in primetime. It's the bye week, which comes as early as possible for the Seahawks this year in Week 4.

'Time' Names Richard Sherman One Of World's 100 Most Influential People

'Time' magazine has dubbed Seahawks All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman one of the world's 100 most influential people for the Stanford graduate's willingness to speak his mind both on and off the football field.

Time's Sean Gregory writes, "At a time when most pro athletes flee social questions, Sherman tackles them head on. And he backs it up on the field too, leading the Seahawks to their first Super Bowl win. So keep talking, Sherm. We have much more to learn."

Marcus Trufant To Retire As A Seahawk Today

Former Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant has re-signed in Seattle with the intention of retiring in Seahawks blue and green. A press conference with Trufant is scheduled for 11 a.m. that we'll carry live right here on Seahawks.com.

Seahawks Shifting Draft Strategy?

Mike Sando of ESPN.com has his latest Insider feature examining teams for draft-day clues. Sando says the Seahawks have drafted a League-high 23 defensive players since head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider took over in 2010, but wonders if that trend could be changing.

Sando writes, "The Seahawks, after using 14 of 19 selections for defense over the 2011 and 2012 drafts, used six of 11 choices for offense last year -- after shipping their first-rounder to Minnesota as part of the Harvin deal. Seattle has only six selections in the 2014 draft, but its third-rounder and seventh-rounder already have been used to acquire offensive players (Harvin and Terrelle Pryor). That offensive emphasis would ideally continue as the team tries to balance its roster."

Just Visiting

The Seahawks hosted 19 "local" draft-eligible players for a workout on Wednesday at Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Highlighting the list of NFL hopefuls were University of Washington quarterback Keith Price and running back Bishop Sankey, as well as Oregon State University defensive lineman Scott Crichton.

More From Around The Web

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson joined SiriusXM Blitz on Wednesday to talk about the addition of quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

The Associated Press recaps a speaking engagement by cornerback Richard Sherman at the Harvard Business School.

And Pat Kirwan of CBSSports.com has built the NFL's best over-30 team, where Seahawks punter Jon Ryan (age 32) earns a mention.

Did I miss anything you think is worthy of inclusion? Let me know on Twitter @TonyDrovetto

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