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  • Would you want Seattle to host the 2022 NFL Draft?
    by Matty F. Brown on May 23, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    On Wednesday, various NFL insiders reported the next few locations for the NFL Draft. In 2020, Roger Goodell will step up to the podium in Las Vegas. The commissioner will receive a 2021 chorus of boos in Cleveland. Finally, in 2023, the draft will take place in Kansas City. Future NFL Draft sites:2020: Las Vegas2021: Cleveland2022: TBD2023: Kansas City.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 22, 2019 NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announces that the #Browns and Cleveland will host the 2021 draft and Kansas City will host the 2023 draft. Expect a big city to host the draft in 2022, and obviously Las Vegas hosts next year.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 22, 2019 You’ll notice that the 2022 location for the NFL Draft has yet to be decided. This raises the question: would you want Seattle to host the draft? While Ian Rapaport thinks it will take place in a “big city,” the draft would be an exciting opportunity for the city of Seattle. Just one part of the team-building process, the glitzy glamor of the draft has seen its popularity soar and its marketability rise. It now being hosted in a different American city each year, as opposed to in Chicago annually, is testament to that. What the draft did for Tennessee’s image and economy was staggering. It is big business: the spending is rising; the viewership is rising; the attendance is rising. The 2019 NFL Draft was the biggest show in Music City. EVER. Check the stats via @visitmusiccity— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) May 22, 2019 (The full figures can be found here) Dealing with rowdy fans of other teams, also desperate for successful players, somewhat dwindles the attractiveness of having the grand event happen in your city. Yet, Seattle would be able to show its brilliance as a city to the nation and the 114 other countries the event is broadcast to. The local economy would boom. It hopefully wouldn’t rain. So: would you want Seattle to host the 2022 NFL Draft? Answer the poll below! […]

  • It’s all about perspective and expectations
    by John P. Gilbert on May 23, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    Fans of the Seattle Seahawks were largely blindsided earlier this month when the team released veteran wide receiver Doug Baldwin, one of the most beloved players on the roster by fans and most productive receivers in team history. That, of course, brings up the obvious questions about who will fill Baldwin’s shoes for the receiving corps, and which receivers will be tasked with replacing the lost production. It’s no secret that the team went heavy at receiver in the draft, adding DK Metcalf, Gary Jennings and John Ursua, and the excitement for those three players among fans is great. Optimism is nothing new for fans, who are expected to be hopeful for the future of fresh additions to the team, but should Seahawks fans be expecting more from this group than from third year players David Moore and Amara Darboh? It’s been more than two years since the Seahawks selected those two in the 2017 NFL Draft, but fans have cooled on them in spite of the flashes they have shown at times because of the holes in their games that have also been shown. Why is it that fans have greater optimism for players that have zero snaps of NFL game experience than players who have at least been in the system and have experience? Why is it, in spite of evidence that Darboh and Moore can at least hack it at a minimal level fans have turned their attention to the rookies? Is it because humans are inherently drawn to the new and shiny? Is it because research shows that negative outcomes are more impactful on the psyche than positive outcomes and fans now have two season of watching their hopes for Darboh and Moore not be fulfilled as they’d expected? Whether that is the actual reason behind why fans are more interested in the rookies than the guys who have been here for a couple of years or not, it brings me to the point about perspective and expectations. Fans expectations for Moore and Darboh appear to have been reset lower after two years worth of evidence regarding their skills and abilities on the field. This is not to say either of them is not good, just that receiver is a difficult position to play and takes time to learn. A third year breakout for receivers is not uncommon, and thus we come back to the idea of perspective. Similarly, many fans are excited about the prospect of Mike Iupati potentially taking over as the starter at left guard, in spite of his injury history. He’s new, so fans have hope that he can demonstrate the All Pro form he showed earlier in his career, and fans are willing to downplay the fact that he hasn’t played a full sixteen games in a season since Matt Flynn was the backup quarterback for the Seahawks. These hopes are founded in the perspective of a Seahawks fan whose never seen him miss a game for their team. In contrast, fans of the Arizona Cardinals fan who watched Iupati miss 25 games over the past four years and never suit up for every game in a season are more than happy to see him depart. And this brings things back to perspective, which is key for setting realistic expectations. For example, take a look at the following and see what jumps out most (Author’s note: You’ll need to open the tweet to see the full picture to understand the rest of what I’m about to talk about). #superbowl #SuperBowlWeekend #SuperBowlGameFace— BrandonSpikes55 (@brandonspikes55) February 3, 2019 That is a tweet that former New England Patriot Brandon Spikes, sent out on the morning of the Super Bowl back in February. Everyone I’ve ever shown that picture to instantly notices one thing, and that is who is in the picture with Spikes. Yes, that is indeed Aaron Hernandez, which immediately leads to the question of why Spikes would tweet a photo of himself with a convicted murderer to get ready for the Super Bowl matchup against the Los Angeles Rams? The answer to that again likely lies in perspective. The 2011 Super Bowl is the only Super Bowl for which Spikes played in. He was with the Buffalo Bills in 2014 and so his Super Bowl memories are from the Pats 2011 loss to the Eli Manning led New York Giants. In short, from his perspective, Super Bowl memories involve Aaron Hernandez, with whom he played not just for the Patriots, but in college with the Florida Gators where the two were teammates for three seasons. To hammer home my point about perspective, though, what jumped out of the picture to me had nothing to do with the teammate in the picture. Take a look at the shoes Spikes is wearing. For the overwhelming majority of fans reading this article, they’ll probably look at his shoes and shrug, but for me, those shoes jump out of the picture. Why? Because of my perspective. One look at those shoes and I know exactly what those shoes are. They’re Reebok Realflex. And they’re not Realflex 2.0 or 3.0, those are the originals, which just happen to be my favorite shoes of all time. I bought a pair in 2011 and instantly fell in love. Over the next year or so I picked up a couple more pairs, and in 2013 I found a half dozen pairs in my size at the Reebok store at the Premium Outlets South in Las Vegas and bought them all. In short, as OTAs wind down over the coming weeks and through training camp in July and August, remember to keep perspective in mind. The flashy new toys that were just recently added may not contribute as much as those who have been working hard while buried on the depth chart. The veteran who had bad injury luck with another team may continue to have bad injury luck with the Seahawks. In short, as fans we’re about to enter into the time of the year when hopes and expectations can begin to far outpace reality as news is hard to come by, but upside and dreams have an inexhaustible supply. […]

  • Century Links 5/23: What’s Your Ideal 53 Man Roster?
    by Brendan O'Leary on May 23, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Read! Sign up for the Seaside Joe newsletter!In addition to the great content you'll see on Field Gulls every day, sign up for a daily newsletter to come to your email every morning that will be a short and sweet post, thought, stat, quote, musing by Kenneth or one of his guests that requires little thought or commitment. Just a good way to bring a Seahawks companion to your morning of sippin' joe by the seaside. Seattle Seahawks: Predicting the starters for 2019The Seattle Seahawks have added a lot of new pieces to their roster through free agency and the draft which means we could see new starters in 2019. It’s now or never for Seahawks wide receiver Amara DarbohSeahawks wide receiver Amara Darboh drew praise from coach Pete Carroll after OTAs on Tuesday, but he has a long road to make the roster. Seahawks Sign Second-Round Pick DK MetcalfThe Seahawks signed receiver DK Metcalf Wednesday, meaning 10 of 11 2019 draft picks are now under contract. Wednesday Round-Up: D.J. Fluker To Host Free Football CampSeahawks guard D.J. Fluker is hosting a free football camp on May 25 in Oak Harbor, Washington. Huard: Bobby Wagner's compromise at Seahawks' OTAs 'best news' right nowIs it bad news that Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner will not take part in workouts at OTAs? For 710 ESPN Seattle's Brock Huard, it's the best news to come in the middle of a tough stretch of contract talks. Seahawks backup quarterback competition shaping up to be strongVeterans Paxton Lynch and Geno Smith will battle it out this summer, competing for the job to back up Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. Grading Seahawks free agent signings so far in 2019The Seahawks have mostly waited until Phase 3 of free agency to make big moves. Here are the grades for each Seattle free agent signing so far in 2019. Starters out, 10 other observations from Seahawks OTAs | Tacoma News TribuneSeven starting were watching instead of practicing, for various reasons. Rookie DK Metcalf was fitting in fine with the veterans. And nine more observations from Seahawks organized team activities (OTAs). Seahawks got ‘bigger and tougher’ with Mike Iupati on offensive lineSeahawks coach Pete Carroll is excited about Mike Iupati, who will be Seattle's sixth starter in the last six seasons at left guard. Dak Prescott submits counteroffer to Dallas Cowboys - NFL.comIt's time for our weekly Dak Prescott extension negotiations update. They're going well. That's the word from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who spoke to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. ATN: Wesseling Wedding Recap; Suh Signing - NFL.comIn the aftermath of an exciting wedding weekend, a room filled with married heroes recap the festivities on Tybee Island and the latest NFL news. Redskins sign Jon Bostic, place Reuben Foster on IR - NFL.comThe Redskins on Monday announced that Reuben Foster (knee) was placed on injured reserve. In a corresponding move, the Redskins announced the signing of linebacker Jon Bostic. NFL Scouting Combine events shifted to prime time - NFL.comStarting in 2020, the televised drill portion of the NFL Scouting Combine will shift from the morning and afternoon to the afternoon and prime-time slots on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. NFL awards 2021, 2023 drafts to Cleveland, Kansas City - NFL.comThe league announced Wednesday at that Cleveland has been selected to host the 2021 NFL Draft, while Kansas City will host the 2023 NFL Draft. Roundup: Seahawks sign receiver D.K. Metcalf - NFL.comThe Seattle Seahawks' signed rookie receiver D.K. Metcalf and the Tennessee Titans came to terms with their first-round pick, defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons. Panthers hoping for healthy, restocked line by training camp – ProFootballTalkQuarterback Cam Newton wasn't throwing during OTAs yesterday, but they're not panicked about that. In fact, the encouraging signs were all around, as two of the key pieces of their offseason line makeover were doing more than anticipated. Browns still working without Odell Beckham, Duke Johnson – ProFootballTalkIt looks like Odell Beckham Jr. is going to show up for Browns events early, and not so often. According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Beckham's only day of attendance for the voluntary OTAs was last week, as he's been at that one day of the five held so far. Stephen Ross: Dolphins’ starting quarterback is not my decision – ProFootballTalkDolphins owner Stephen Ross is staying out of his team's quarterback decision. Ross said coach Brian Flores and his staff will not get any input from the owner in deciding between second-year quarterback Josh Rosen and veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick. Combine changes could lead to longer stays for players – ProFootballTalkThe football guys got the win they were hoping for, with yesterday's announcement that the NFL Scouting Combine was staying in Indianapolis at least through the 2021 season. Courtland Sutton wants to be a bigger threat in red zone – ProFootballTalkBigger wide receivers tend to be viewed as greater threats in the red zone due to their extra size giving them an advantage over smaller defensive backs. Denver Broncos receiver Courtland Sutton should fit that ball. […]

  • Seahawks officially sign D.K. Metcalf
    by Mookie Alexander on May 22, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    The Seattle Seahawks announced on Wednesday that former Ole Miss wide receiver D.K. Metcalf has signed his contract, making him the tenth of eleven 2019 NFL Draft picks made by the Seahawks to put pen to paper on his standard four-year rookie deal. Barring the unthinkable “Cody Barton contract holdout” that would’ve been foreseen by absolutely nobody, we’re on the cusp of every Seahawks draft pick officially being under contract. It should be noted that third-round players such as Barton, a former star linebacker at Utah, can be a bit tricky to complete. As someone in the agent industry has explained to me before, rookie deals for 3rd-rounders can be tricky b/c there's more room for negotiating compared to other rounds. Not sure if that's the case w/ Barton but could be a reason why he and several other 3rd-rounders are unsigned.— Brady Henderson (@BradyHenderson) May 22, 2019 Metcalf was the talk of the NFL Combine due to his ridiculous physique and other super impressive traits. Concerns over his health and actual skills as a wide receiver at an NFL level led to him dropping out of the first-round of last month’s draft. Seattle traded back into the very end of the second-round and selected him at #64 overall. With Doug Baldwin’s unforgettable and extremely productive time in Seattle now over, Metcalf represents the future of the Seahawks WR corps. He’s the big-bodied super-talent that Seattle has historically not drafted over the years, and his abilities as a deep threat fit extremely well with the extraordinary intermediate and deep-ball abilities of Russell Wilson. It’s May and frankly the calendar can’t flip fast enough to August, but the early reviews of Metcalf at rookie minicamp are glowing. […]

  • NFL tweaks television rules for 2019 season
    by Mookie Alexander on May 22, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    When the 2019 NFL season rolls around, there will be a couple of changes that the general population might not care all too much about, but we as football fans will find anything to talk about and analyze. The NFL announced on Wednesday that the “single-header blackout rule” is a thing of the past, and every market will be shown three games on Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM. If you don’t know how the rule previously worked, here’s an example: When the Seattle Seahawks played a home game on the singleheader network at 1:05 PM PT, old television rules required that the 1:25 PM PT doubleheader game on the other network could not be shown in the Seattle market (which encompasses a 75-mile radius from CenturyLink Field). So if Seattle had 1:05 PM PT home games, that meant the television market was restricted to just the 10 AM game on the doubleheader network, and the Seahawks game on the singleheader network. That’s it. Now, if the Seahawks have a 1:05 PM PT home game, those in the Seattle market will be able to flick over and see the national doubleheader game on the opposite network. This is especially great news in places such as the Bay Area, New York City, the Washington DC area, and Los Angeles, as all of those markets have multiple teams taking up both Sunday morning/afternoon slots. In other news, the 2020 NFL Divisional Round will not feature any 10 AM kickoffs. While the Saturday games will remain in the 1:30 PM/5:15 PM windows, the Sunday matchups have been pushed back from 10 AM/1:30 PM PT to 12 PM/3:30 PM PT. This also mirrors the Sunday kickoff times for Conference Championship weekend, so this is all for the sake of improving ratings. Lastly and least importantly, there will be only four commercial breaks per quarter in the Super Bowl, as opposed to five. I guess that’s cool. […]


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