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Seahawks Mailbag: All-Time Memorabilia, Realistic Expectations For Byron Murphy II & More

You had Seahawks questions; we have answers.


The Seahawks are in the midst of their voluntary offseason workout program, Pearl Jam is in town for a couple of shows, which is like catnip for sportswriters of a certain age (old like me), and now it's time for a Seahawks mailbag. As Crash Davis says in the comedy classic, Bull Durham, "We’re dealing with a lot of (stuff)."

So let's dive into the questions, shall we? As always thanks to everyone who asked questions this week, and apologies if I didn't get to yours this time around. And remember, the mailbag is always open for submissions at

@michaelpherman asks, "In honor of Pearl Jam and Eddie Vedder's tremendous baseball collection, what three items from Seahawks history would you like to have to display in your home. Lombardi Trophy and other trophies are off limits."

A: First off, if you didn't know about Eddie Vedder's love for baseball and his impressive memorabilia collection, check out this video with Vedder showing it off to Bill Simmons.

As for this question, there are so many different great choices, making it very hard to narrow it down to three. I'm going to assume a Super Bowl ring falls under the category of trophies and not pick that, so my three choices, in no particular order, would be:

The ball from "The Tip," arguably the single most important play in franchise history. We're talking, of course, about Richard Sherman's pass breakup that landed in the arms of linebacker Malcolm Smith for the game-clinching interception in Seattle's NFC Championship game victory over the 49ers, two weeks before the Seahawks won their first Super Bowl title. Seattle's Super Bowl win turned into a three-hour celebration for Seahawks fans thanks to the lopsided nature of the game, but the NFC Championship game was a tense heavyweight fight that went down to the wire, and Sherman's tip was the deciding play in one of the most significant games in team history. I also considered the ball from Marshawn Lynch's Beast Quake run, but it turns out Matt Hasselbeck’s daughter already has that.

Next, I'll go with Paul Allen's guitar that he played at the party celebrating Referendum 48 passing by a narrow margin, paving the way for what is now known as Lumen Field to be built, and for Allen to finalize his purchase of the team. With the Seahawks becoming one of the league's model franchises under Allen, and later his sister, Jody Allen, it might be hard for younger fans to remember that the 90s were a bleak time for the franchise, both in terms of on-field results, and most notably with the team nearly relocating to Southern California. If Allen hadn't stepped up to save the team, and if that vote had failed, the Seahawks would have left, so that June day in 1997 was massive, and what better way to remember that monumental occasion than by hanging a cool electric guitar on the wall? Talk about a conversation starter.

Lastly, I'll go with the jacket Chuck Knox was wearing for Seattle's upset playoff win in Miami in 1983. That was a big moment in Seahawks history as they advanced to the AFC championship game in what was the first trip to the postseason for the franchise, plus it's just a really sweet jacket. I mean, look at that thing.

@JimSwain37 asks, "Any chance of seeing the throwback uniforms in Week 1 against the old AFC West rival Broncos?"

A: I don't know what the schedule is for wearing throwbacks in 2024, and in fact I'm not even sure if the team has decided what uniform combinations will be worn throughout the season yet. But what we do know is that those gorgeous throwbacks will definitely be used again this season at some point, and while, again, I don't know when that'll happen, an opener against an AFC West opponent would be pretty cool, so you have my vote… not that my vote counts for much on decisions like this.

@seattlejoseph7 asks, "Do you honestly believe Byron Murphy has a chance of being anywhere close to as good as Aaron Donald was? I'd be ecstatic if he was in between Cortez Kennedy and Jacob Green."

A: Well, considering that Kennedy is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and won an NFL Defensive Player of the Year award, and that Green is in the Seahawks Ring of Honor for a career that included multiple Pro Bowl selections and 115.5 career sacks, the Seahawks would sign up for something in the middle of those two in a heartbeat.

As for the Donald comparisons, that's a name that has been mentioned with Murphy in large part because like the former Rams standout, Murphy is considered a bit undersized for an NFL interior lineman, but possesses rare athleticism and explosiveness for that spot. While the comparison is more about physical traits than anyone saying "Byron Murphy II is the next Aaron Donald" it is also a comparison the Seahawks first-round pick embraces. And why shouldn't an NFL rookie, and a top pick in particular, head into his professional career striving for greatness. That's the type of confidence and attitude teams love from a player. All of that being said, it's a little unfair to discuss any rookie and say he should/will be the next Aaron Donald, a player who won three Defensive Player of the Year awards and was an eight-time first-team All-Pro. Donald, who is a lock to end up in the Hall of Fame when he's eligible, will go down as one of the best defensive players in league history, regardless of position, so again, saddling any rookie with those kinds of expectations just isn't reasonable.

Murphy expects greatness out of himself, and he does indeed look at Donald as the model for the type of player he wants to be, but for now, let's just enjoy watching what Murphy becomes as an NFL player and worry about his legacy many, many years from now.

@WasEinHumburg asks, "What will Max Pircher's role be with the Seahawks?"

A: If you're not familiar with Pircher, he is an offensive tackle from Italy who the Seahawks signed this offseason. Pircher is part of the league's International Player Pathway program, meaning he doesn't count towards the 90-man roster, so that should help him stick around through training camp and could also help him land on the practice squad, with teams getting an extra spot during the season for international players. Beyond that, it's way too soon to know if he can carve out a role for himself on the 53-man roster having not yet seen the team go through a padded practice, let alone a preseason game. At 6-foot-8, 325 pounds, Pircher certainly brings intriguing size to the position, and he has been on the practice squads of the Rams and Lions over the past three seasons, so he already has some decent NFL experience, practice-wise at least, at only 24 years old. Again, let's see how he looks in padded practices and preseason games before we start projecting his future, but the IPP program does give him a path to sticking around with Seattle even if he doesn't make the 53-man roster.

@johnnykdrama asks, "Are we going to see Dre'Mont Jones at edge?"

A: I'm guessing this question might have to do with an Instagram post that Jones’ trainer shared, which shows Jones doing drills and explains he'll be playing some outside linebacker this season. And yes, I do think Jones will play on the edge some this year, but of course the question then becomes, how much edge? Part of the reason the Seahawks liked Jones as a free agent last year is his versatility, and after the Seahawks acquired Leonard Williams in a midseason trade, Jones did play outside some after primarily being an interior lineman prior to the trade. So with Williams coming back, and with the Seahawks adding an interior lineman, Byron Murphy II, with their first-round pick, it stands to reason that the Seahawks could again look to use Jones outside at least some of the time. I don't necessarily think that means he'll be a full-time outside linebacker like Uchenna Nwosu, but taking advantage of Jones' versatility seems like something new Seahawks coach Mike Macdonald is interested in doing. Macdonald has on a few times mentioned liking versatility in his defense, including on the defensive line, so it seems likely we'll see a player like Jones moving around some this season. Just how much, however, remains to be seen.

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