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Report: Browns have offered Jadeveon Clowney the most moneyby Alistair Corp on May 27, 2020 at 9:23 pm
Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images As Jadeveon Clowney’s free agency approaches its fourth month, we appear to be no closer to a conclusion. The star pass rusher remains on the open market, with updates few and far between at this stage of the offseason. However, Wednesday brought about a bit of news that wasn’t yet publicly known—and added some clarity as to why Clowney remains a free agent. Appearing on ESPN Cleveland, Adam Schefter said the Browns have been the most aggressive in the pursuit of Clowney, explaining that they had offered Clowney the most money up to this point. Jake Trotter of ESPN had the full quote from Schefter: Adam Schefter, on The Next Level on @ESPNCleveland today, had this to say about DE Jadeveon Clowney and the Browns @AdamSchefter @egoldie80: pic.twitter.com/d3URysUQ7M— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) May 27, 2020 As Schefter went on to say, there could be a number of reasons as to why Clowney hasn’t taken a deal from Cleveland, be it a lack of faith in a perennially dysfunctional franchise or an unwillingness to play in the city. Regardless of the reasoning behind Clowney’s decision, as it stands, it doesn’t seem like the Browns are a contender for the defender’s services despite having the highest offer on the table. And so, the Clowney saga drags on.
Research again shows Seahawks play on a hazardous surfaceby John P. Gilbert on May 27, 2020 at 4:00 pm
Photo by David John Griffin/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images When the Seattle Seahawks saw their 2019 season come to a conclusion in a 28-23 loss to the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round of the playoffs, many Hawks fans wrote the outcome of the season off as the result of injuries. Whether it was the injuries to the running back group that saw both Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny on injured reserve, or to the offensive line which saw the unit so depleted that the team had to call on fifth string guard Phil Haynes during the postseason after injuries left Mike Iupati, Ethan Pocic and Jamarco Jones unavailable. In any case, while fans complain about the number of injuries the members of the Seahawks suffer each season, yet another piece of research has found yet again that synthetic surfaces are more likely to lead to injuries. It was back in 2018 that research performed by Zachary Binney found Century Link Field to be the most dangerous stadium in the NFL in terms of player safety. My new NFL injury article has SO MUCH INFO, let's go bit-by-bit:Stadiums:-Excluding Mexico City, 7 most dangerous (and 14 of worst 15) all use artificial turf-Worst grass stadium is CAR-Seattle isn't dangerous b/c the Legion of Boom hurt peoplehttps://t.co/DnIUXNRmM6 pic.twitter.com/y1UTfwTkSL— Zachary Binney, PhD (@zbinney_NFLinj) October 4, 2018 Binney earned his PhD in Epidemology from Emory University and at the end of the summer is scheduled to take on a role as an Assistant Professor of Quantitative Theory and Methods at Oxford College of Emory University, and he’s also been a contributor on injury analysis at FootballOutsiders.com (the DVOA guys) since 2014. However, new research by Erin Psajdl has found another significant factor when it comes to non-contact, lower limb injuries for NFL players. Psajdl, who is working on a Masters in Sports Data Analytics at the University of Oklahoma while serving as a Graduate Assistant for the Sooners Women’s Basketball program and is slated to intern for the NFL this summer, found that these non-contact, lower limb injuries are more likely to occur earlier in the game. Synthetic turf has higher rates of non-contact lower limb injuries than natural turf across most play types, per @erinpsajdl's research. Also interesting most of these injuries come earlier in the game regardless of playing surface #HANIC pic.twitter.com/jK1mgabXXo— Keegan Abdoo (@KeeganAbdoo) May 22, 2020 This may hit a sore spot for Seahawks fans who saw both Rashaad Penny and Justin Britt go down with a torn ACL on the first drive of two separate games during the 2019 season. Britt, of course, was lost for the year on the sixth play of the Week 8 game against the Atlanta Falcons, while Penny tore his ACL on the sixth play of the matchup against the Los Angeles Rams. Penny, in particular, suffered his injury on the lone snap for which he was in the game, as Chris Carson had been on the field for the first five snaps he played in the Week 14 showdown. Further research would obviously be necessary in order to evaluate what factors might be contributing to this increased likelihood of injury early in a game, but former Field Gulls contributor Andre Forbes asked if speed played any role in this. Interestingly, Psajdl offered up the following graph of the average speed per play over the course of a game, which shows a significant decrease in the average speed for players over the course of a game. this is just a quick graph of the average average speed per play by the play sequence in a game .. there is a pretty noticeable decline in average speed over a play through a game pic.twitter.com/fcTVU8S8bO— Erin Pšajdl (@erinpsajdl) May 22, 2020 What does that mean? It’s impossible to say for certain, but it certainly seems possible that player speed seeing a decrease of approximately fifteen percent over the course of a game, which would result in a roughly thirty percent decrease in energy exerted, which would mean far less stress placed on the muscles and joints of players. It also seems logical that players getting loosened up after getting into the flow of the game could play a role as well, but without analyzing things further, it’s obviously impossible to know. What is known is that the Seahawks are intent on playing their physical brand of football, and they’re scheduled to play ten of their sixteen games on synthetic playing surfaces in 2020 (fourteen of twenty if the preseason games are included, all of which are slated to be played on synthetic turf). So, while Hawks fans likely don’t want to hear it, the simple fact is that injuries could once again be a bigger influence on the Seattle season than for teams which play home games on natural turf, such as the San Francisco 49ers, the Los Angeles Rams and the Arizona Cardinals.
Pete Carroll’s best wins from each Seahawks season - Part 1by Mookie Alexander on May 27, 2020 at 2:00 pm
The moment that Pete Carroll coaches game one of the 2020 regular season (if there is one), he’ll be the longest tenured coach in Seahawks history. At the moment, he’s tied with Mike Holmgren at exactly 10 seasons, and not coincidentally they’re the only two men who have led Seattle to a Super Bowl appearance. Of course, Carroll accomplished the ultimate goal of winning it all. There has been a hell of a lot of talk (a lot of it I’ve willingly pushed) that’s largely centered around more recent annoyances and concerns about Pete’s head coaching style, in-game decision making, and the state of the current roster. I figured it would be a good time to step back and look at the high points under Coach Carroll by naming the best win from each season as Seahawks head coach. This is strictly my own criteria, which is fairly simple and consists of the following: Quality of opponent. The better the team, the better the win. How well the Seahawks played. Turnovers are kept to a minimum, among other keys to clean football. The magnitude of the win. What the victory meant at the time, the rest of the season, or how it played into future seasons. Sound straightforward? Then let’s go! It’ll be a two-part series or else it’ll be an endless scroll. 2010 - Seahawks 41 New Orleans Saints 36 Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images The game: Seattle was a terrible, rebuilding team that snagged a playoff spot by being less awful than the rest of the NFC West. At 7-9 they were the first team to clinch a division title with a losing record, and were understandably heavy underdogs against the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints. If you thought Seattle was toast down 17-7 against a vastly superior team, I wouldn’t have blamed you. But Matt Hasselbeck turned in a phenomenal performance in his final home start for the Seahawks, the defense made enough critical stops to help Seattle build a shocking 34-20 lead, and then with the Saints crawling it back to 34-30... Beastquake. Game over. What it meant: Arguably the greatest upset in NFL playoff history and the team’s first playoff win since 2007. For Carroll, the skepticism about his return to the league was slowly erased and Seahawks fans had reason for optimism. 2011 - Seahawks 22 Baltimore Ravens 17 Photo by Stephen Brashear /Getty Images The game: Optimism from 2010 turned into sourness when the Seahawks entered the halfway mark of 2011 with a 2-6 record. The Baltimore Ravens were 6-2 and had just beaten the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field, so this was a mismatch on paper. Instead, the late Tarvaris Jackson led the Seahawks offense to an opening drive touchdown, capped off by Marshawn Lynch’s one-yard plunge. Seattle would not get into the end zone the rest of the afternoon, but Stephen Hauschka tacked on five field goals, the offense did not turn the ball over once, and poor David Reed lost two fumbles on kick returns thanks to stellar Seahawks special teams. John Harbaugh was in ultra pass happy mode against a young, unproven Legion of Boom, and Joe Flacco could only muster up 29/52 for 255 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT. With the score 22-17 in the closing minutes, Marshawn Lynch had Ray Lewis breakdancing on a critical third down. What it meant: This marked the start of an unlikely surge to 7-7, with the team actually still in the wild card hunt until a loss against the San Francisco 49ers and a Detroit Lions win over the San Diego Chargers sealed their fate. Glimpses of the pass defense’s future greatness were on full display against a team that eventually reached the AFC Championship Game. 2012 - Seahawks 42 San Francisco 49ers 13 The game: After a 4-4 start, Seattle went berserk on the rest of the league and surged to 9-5, needing just a win to clinch a playoff berth. They had fallen 13-6 to the 49ers in primetime, but the rematch would take place at CenturyLink Field on a Sunday Night Football flex choice. The whole country got to see this version of the Seahawks for the first time, and a matchup against that vaunted 49ers defense and an offense that had first-year starter Colin Kaepernick in fine form. What was billed as a potential classic turned out to be a thrashing. Seattle’s second offensive play was a 24-yard Lynch touchdown. They were dominant in every aspect of the game, and while this resulted in a 15-yard penalty, there isn’t a more fitting play to signify the arrival of the Legion of Boom than Kam Chancellor’s destruction of Vernon Davis. The penalty was a blessing in disguise, as Big Red Bryant got his paw up to block David Akers’ chipshot field goal, which Richard Sherman scooped and scored. Russell Wilson threw for four touchdowns, Robert Turbin had a big run that wasn’t called back for holding, and Jim Harbaugh’s birthday was ruined. What it meant: The Seahawks were not just the new kids on the block, they were legitimate Super Bowl contenders. Although they didn’t win the NFC West, the shellacking of San Francisco meant that Seattle had a small chance of taking the division and a first-round bye in Week 17. It also represented a shift in the Seahawks-49ers rivalry, as the 49ers would only win one game against Seattle until the 2018 season. 2013 - Seahawks 43 Denver Broncos 8 Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images The game: Super Bowl 48. #1 offense vs. #1 defense. An all-time great (Peyton Manning) and a superstar in the making (Russell Wilson). Super receivers (Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker) against super corners (Richard Sherman and Byron Maxwell). A wild Percy Harvin had time to recover from his concussion and play in the biggest game of his career after missing virtually the whole season. So much intrigue, so many fascinating talking points, there’s no way this game will be one of the biggest beatdowns in the history of the Sup——- What it meant: The Seahawks won the freaking Super Bowl. 2014 - Seahawks 36 Green Bay Packers 16 Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images The game: This is the most controversial pick, and I admittedly sought some input from the rest of the Field Gulls staff. I could’ve had the NFC Championship Game against the Packers in here, or the Thanksgiving win over the San Francisco 49ers, or the overtime thriller in the Super Bowl rematch with the Denver Broncos. (EDIT: And the 35-6 thumping of what was left of the Arizona Cardinals) Why is opening night against the Packers in here? Well it was opening night and the Super Bowl banner was unveiled. Also, think about the Seahawks’ Week 1 history under Carroll, and then shudder because they’ve looked unconvincing almost all the time. This remains the only time under Wilson that they’ve come out of the gates strongly... outside of the ill-conceived “Earl Thomas as punt returner” idea. Percy Harvin had exactly 100 yards of total offense (good times before things unraveled by mid-October), Russell Wilson threw for two touchdowns and his only sack didn’t lose any yards, Marshawn Lynch ran for 110 and two scores, and the Packers offensive line was no match for Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett. Oh yeah, and Ricardo Lockette was king. What it meant: Remember how the Seahawks got the #1 seed in a three-way tiebreaker with the Packers and Dallas Cowboys? Well even though Seattle lost to the Cowboys in the regular season, the three-way tiebreaker was best conference record. Had the Seahawks lost to the Packers, goodbye to the #1 seed and hello #3 seed because they would’ve finished behind both them and Dallas. This proved to be a hugely important victory and a comprehensive one that capped off an unforgettable night in Seattle. Check back later in the week for 2015-2019! Feel free to share your favorite Seahawks wins in the comments section.
Century Links 5/27: Tre Flowers Working Out over Quarantineby Brendan O'Leary on May 27, 2020 at 1:00 pm
Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images Read! Tre Flowers of @Seahawks & Frank Harris @thefrankharris met the media after @_Slimm7 clinic, which had high turnout:@RashadWisdom @TheReal_Tre7@ClemensBuffsFB @210Preps @FieldGulls @JudsonFootball @UTSAFTBL @SV_RangerFB @SATXrecruiting @SeahawksDancers @CowboyFB @7to7Dental pic.twitter.com/MXhdYKiZig— Mr. Bowtie (@MrBowtie1982) May 21, 2020 Tuesday Round-Up: Brian Schottenheimer Talks Virtual Offseason, Russell Wilson & MoreHighlights from Seahawks offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer’s interview on CBS Sports’ Pick Six NFL Podcast. How Seattle’s future cap space should’ve provided flexibility « Seahawks Draft Blog Ever wonder how Seattle Seahawks fans got their nickname, then lost it?Here's how the tenacious and devoted fanbase garnered its well-known nickname. Analysis: Ranking Seahawks 2020 Offseason AcquisitionsThough the Seahawks didn't make the big splash most fans hoped for, the team has found ways to improve at several positions through free agency and trades in recent months. Which acquisitions stand out as John Schneider's best this offseason? Seattle Seahawks’ defense a lowly No. 22 in Touchdown Wire’s rankingsThe Seattle Seahawks' defense has landed at a lowly No. 22 in Touchdown Wire's rankings of the worst to first defenses in the NFL. Seattle Seahawks playoff odds and total wins: NFL futures betsAssessing the betting odds of the Seattle Seahawks making the 2020 NFL playoffs and predicting their exact win total. Rost: Keys to success for 4th-round RB DeeJay Dallas with the SeahawksDeeJay Dallas showed versatility in college at Miami. Stacy Rost breaks down how that will play a big role in the fourth-rounder making the Seahawks. Seahawks Linked to Former All-Pro Snacks Harrison: Report | Heavy.comThe Seattle Seahawks could be making another addition in free agency. The Seahawks are rumored to be interested in Damon "Snacks" Harrison. Jay Gruden knows it's his job to 'mesh' with Gardner MinshewNew Jaguars offensive coordinator Jay Gruden knows Flacco aims to help Jets, be someone 'Sam can lean on'Joe Flacco says he won't be ready for start of season, but hopes to Noah Spence placed on reserve/NFI list after tearing ACLThe New Orleans Saints placed Noah Spence on the reserve/non-football injury list Tuesday due to a torn ACL suffered while training on his own, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Broncos, Jaguars, Packers, Ravens among growing number of clubs reopening facilitiesOn Tuesday, the Broncos, Jaguars, Packers and Ravens became the latest teams to reopen facilities. Hard Rock Stadium turning into drive-in theaterThe home of the Miami Dolphins, Hard Rock Stadium, announced on Tuesday it will open up for open-air and drive-in theaters that will show, among other things, classic Fins content. Greg Olsen, Julius Peppers among Steve Smith's top five teammatesWho were the five best players Steve Smith played with in his NFL career? How did Julius Peppers carry himself? Was Greg Olsen EVER wrong? Bills will ease A.J. Epenesa into lineup in "perfect world" - ProFootballTalk Kenyan Drake thinks Cardinals can be "a nuisance for everybody in the NFC West" - ProFootballTalk The Simms QB top 40 QB list, No. 38: Mitchell Trubisky - ProFootballTalk Derek Carr working with teammates in Las Vegas park - ProFootballTalk Sean McDermott: Some Bills still need technical support - ProFootballTalk D.C. Lottery will begin taking sports bets soon - ProFootballTalk Jay Gruden intent on meshing with Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew - ProFootballTalk Anthony Chickillo excited for new opportunity with Saints - ProFootballTalk
Russell Wilson to co-host 2020 ESPY Awardsby Mookie Alexander on May 27, 2020 at 12:03 am
Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images Next month, the ESPY Awards will proceed as scheduled, but obviously in a virtual setting. It was announced on Tuesday that Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, US soccer icon Megan Rapinoe, and Seattle Storm legend Sue Bird will be the co-hosts of the 2020 edition. The release also says that Wilson’s wife and recording starCiara is expected to make an appearance on the program. Usually, the ESPYs are hosted by a famous athlete with a monologue that flops spectacularly (unless you’re Peyton Manning or LeBron James), or a comedian/actor whose opening monologue flops spectacularly. Seattle sports will be represented extremely well by this trio. Wilson is one of the greatest players in Seahawks history and frankly I don’t really need to tell you his laundry list of individual and team accomplishments, but I’ll remind everyone that on February 2nd, 2014 the Seattle Seahawks won the damn Super Bowl. Bird has starred in the WNBA since she was drafted by the Storm in 2002, bringing the city three championships, not to mention four Olympic gold medals for the United States. As for Sue’s partner Rapinoe, she’s spearheaded back-to-back FIFA Women’s World Cup triumphs for the USA, and also won Olympic gold at the 2012 London Games. She’s been with OL Reign (formerly Seattle Reign FC) since 2013, and an NWSL title is one of the few achievements that’s eluded her throughout her illustrious career. Normally the ESPYs are about celebrating and reliving some memorable sporting achievements over the past year, but as part of the tweaks to this year’s format due to the COVID-19 pandemic, “the show is celebrating heroism and humanitarian aid.” Among the awards that will be presented are The Arthur Ashe Award for Courage, the Pat Tillman Award for Service, the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance, the Billie Jean King Youth Leadership Award, and the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award. As with virtually all award shows, you normally see comedy and music mixed into the program. That won’t go away this year, although apparently the traditional monologue of joking about controversies, athletes, and teams will be tweaked for obvious reasons. You can catch the 2020 ESPY Awards on ESPN on Sunday, June 21st at a time TBD.