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Posted on: September 22, 2010 10:03 am
Edited on: September 22, 2010 10:05 am
 

Hot Routes 9.22.10: It's a dog-eat-dog world

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  • The Philadelphia Daily News , even amid a Phillies playoff push, is most concerned with reminding you about Michael Vick's past (see: right). Because, as Mike Florio points out , everyone needs to remember that Vick is getting a second chance! DO NOT FORGET THAT HE DID SOMETHING EVIL AND NOW IS GOOD. Otherwise this whole "he's starting now and the Eagles are winning" thing isn't any fun.
  • Chan Gailey is apparently exactly like Mike Shanahan -- because of his hatred for fantasy football players and use of as many running backs as possible -- except for the fact that his teams and running backs aren't worth playing/owning/using. To sum up: he's refusing to name a starter but he may or may not give C.J. Spiller more touches.
  • Pete Carroll, however, is all business, yo. You play like poop and he's gonna let you know. Optimistically, of course, but he'll let you know. In fact, he called out his main bro Matt Hasselbeck for playing so poorly against the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
  • Derek Anderson shouldn't worry about getting yelled at. Well, maybe he could get yelled at, but he won't be benched immediately, as the Arizona Republic reports the team will be "patient" with him. That's probably because they don't have another choice.
  • John McClain of the Houston Chronicle writes that the rivalry between the Cowboys and the Texans is just "a figment of fans' imagination." I've only been to Texas like once or twice, so I can't say for sure, but something tells me that if the Texans beat the Cowboys and push them to 0-3, they will be talking a lot. And something else tells me that if the Texans represent the state at Jerry Bowl 2K11, a certain Cowboys owner and his fans will not be very happy.
  • With Luke McCown out for the year, Todd Bouman is the winner in the "David Garrard Replacement" sweepstakes. Guess we can take him out of the controversies column now.
  • And we'll close with awesome news for the always awesome Hines Ward, who was sworn into President Barack Obama's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Tuesday.
Posted on: July 2, 2010 4:48 pm
 

A very candid Matt Hasselbeck

Alex Marvez of FOX Sports has an excellent feature piece on Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck today. Hasselbeck speaks candidly about the Seahawks’ struggles last season, his role on the team and, most notably, the presence of Charlie Whitehurst. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll essentially gave two higher round draft picks and $8 million over two years to acquire Whitehurst, making him either an overpaid backup or, as many believe, an underpaid heir apparent to Hasselbeck.

Here’s an excerpt from Marvez’s article:

“It wasn’t just for Charlie. It was for Matt,” Carroll said of the trade that cost Seattle a 2011 third-round draft pick and 20 spots of positioning in this year’s second round. “Charlie has such a good arm and throws such a pretty ball. They have competed matching throws from the time we started working. That’s a cool thing. I think it has added to Matt’s game. He’s had to be on every day because Charlie is nipping at his heels every day. That was the whole idea.”

Hasselbeck has started for Seattle since 2001, a streak with one team matched only by New England’s Tom Brady and Indianapolis’ Peyton Manning among active quarterbacks. That also marked the last year Hasselbeck faced strong competition for the job.
Hasselbeck doesn’t reflect fondly upon that experience involving Trent Dilfer.

“Trent had just won the Super Bowl (in Baltimore). We weren’t very good and I wasn’t playing very good,” said Hasselbeck, who was getting his first extensive NFL action since spending his first three seasons as a Green Bay reserve. “Fans were chanting ‘Dilfer!’ It didn’t help that he was waving the towel getting everybody up and doing that. It definitely hurt me a little.”

Hasselbeck’s relationship with Whitehurst and third-stringer J.P. Losman is far less contentious. The trio has worked diligently under new quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch, who has kept long meetings light through use of such teaching tools as pop-up quizzes and Jeopardy-style games.

“It’s sort of felt like summer camp,” Hasselbeck said. “It’s been fun.”

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 30, 2010 4:11 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2010 4:34 pm
 

Where will Carroll lead Seattle?

Seattle has been the supposed landing places of a few high-end free agents this offseason. And why not? Head coach Pete Carroll hasn’t been shy about adding new players and subtracting the ones he hasn’t wanted (even if they played for him at USC). First, Bills RB Marshawn Lynch was heading to the northwest. That didn’t happen. Now, the Seahawks apparently are interested in obtaining the services of San Diego WR Vincent Jackson.

Even if Seattle doesn’t pull in another top-notch free agent before the season starts, never fear. Carroll seems to know exactly what he’s doing. Or, at the very least, what he wants.

As we discussed here , Carroll’s roster hasn’t been a safe haven for anybody in the Seattle locker room. Since he took the job in January, he’s acquired 60 players, and of the 80 players heading to training camp, 44 of them weren’t on the roster pre-Carroll. I’m always wary of a team which gives its coach the absolute final say over the personnel that plays for him, but apparently, Seattle thinks it’s a good idea. And Carroll hasn't been shy about using his power.

But just because there’s been significant turnover, that doesn’t mean this year's Seattle squad will make anyone forget about its 2009 debacle (the 5-11 record, the firing of then-coach Jim Mora after only one season). Aging veteran QB Matt Hasselbeck struggled, the top running back Julius Jones was unimpressive, and the offense never found an effective No. 1 receiver (T.J. Houshmandzadeh, the team leader in receptions, is not meant to be a No. 1 guy).
Pete Carroll, right, jogging with L. Tatupu (Associated Press)
The defense was abysmal as well, allowing 24.4 points and 356.4 yards per game. The Seahawks couldn’t stop the pass, probably because they couldn’t figure out a way to rush the opposing quarterback.

Seattle isn’t that far removed from playoff runs from 2003-2007 and a Super Bowl appearance at the end of the 2005 season. But it feels like forever ago, doesn’t it?

So, what will change? Obviously, Carroll, who was slightly better than a .500 coach in his previous dalliances in the NFL but who’s coming off so much success at USC, feels like the roster needed to be remade. But you have to question some of his moves.

He brought in former USC RB LenDale White briefly before the team released him, and I don’t understand the love – and the big contract – for career backup QB Charlie Whitehurst. I don’t like the fact WR Nate Burleson and the top-three pass rushers from last year are gone. In fact, I thought it was unfair Mora got the boot after one season.

That said, I liked the Seahawks 2010 draft class. Carroll found a starting LT in Russell Okung who can replace Walter Jones, a FS in Earl Thomas that has good speed and cover skills, and a quick threat in WR Golden Tate,

Sure, a huge roster turnover doesn’t usually mean a team is poised for a breakthrough season, and people around the league don’t seem to have high hopes for this year’s squad. Also consider the offensive system, which will rely on making formation shifts to confuse the defense, is going through a wholesale change. But get the new guys some seasoning, maybe get Whitehurst some playing time, maybe have second-day draft picks like TE Anthony McCoy and CB Walter Thurmond surprise some people, and maybe, the Seahawks can be a threat in the next few years. Maybe Carroll can replicate his success from USC in Seattle. Maybe.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 15, 2010 6:29 pm
Edited on: June 15, 2010 6:40 pm
 

Jim Zorn makes Joe Flacco happy

You might have forgotten what happened to former Redskins coach Jim Zorn after he was fired at the end of last season. In case you didn’t realize, he’s found another job. And so far, he seems like a pretty good fit for his new position.

Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun writes about Zorn, now the Baltimore Ravens quarterback coach, and how he’s tutoring quarterback Joe Flacco. It’s the first time Flacco has worked with a coach who’s actually played the quarterback position in the NFL (see Zorn's stats here ), and so far, the partnership is going well.

"Jim's been great," Flacco told the newspaper. "He's a great guy, down to earth, real relaxed. He's been a great coach so far. I love every part of him being my coach, and I think the other guys are really liking him a lot, too. He has a lot to teach.”

Remember: the last time Zorn was a quarterbacks coach, he helped Seattle’s Matt Hasselbeck to three Pro Bowl appearances earlier this decade. Forget his disastrous two-season run as Washington’s head coach. The man is a heck of an assistant.


--Josh Katzowitz

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