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Weekend Rewind 10/27-28

There it is! It finally happened! We got to experience a perfect football sequence. The Beavers and Seahawks both won on the same weekend. Oh, did you think I was going somewhere else with that? Because when I say “it finally happened” it could apply to many Beaver related things.

Let’s dive into the notes:

Oregon State Football

  • False start and call me Caleb Smith! The Beavs ended their 22 game road and 14 game conference losing streak simultaneously in Boulder, Colorado. I don’t know anybody who can honestly say they saw that coming.
  • The Beavs were trailing 31-3 in the third quarter.
  • Even when things were bleak, the defense stepped up and played their best game by far of 2018. Still a long way to go, but for the first time this season, I was encouraged by that side of the ball.
  • Jack Coletto got the start and played hard. I like having that kid on the team, but he was pretty overwhelmed most of the game and couldn’t get much going in the passing game. However, he might have nice role going forward as a bruiser on the goal line. He scored two TD’s on the day.
  • Enter Jake Luton. The Senior QB was nowhere to be found after the Nevada game due to a lingering high ankle sprain. For whatever reason the coaches decided it was time to roll the dice and give him a shot in the second half. Though still clearly hobbled, he put on a show and ignited the Beaver offense with over 300 passing yards and three TD’s.
  • Enter Isaiah Hodgins. Because we forget the guy is on the team when Luton isn’t in there. The pair picked up right where they left off in the Nevada game as Hodgins torched the Buffs secondary and pulled in what was probably the catch of the year in the corner of the end zone. Those two have undeniable Chemistry.
  • Jermar Jefferson is still an absolute beast. We are so lucky to have him. He has now eclipsed 1,000 yards on the season and there are four games to go.
  • We are left wondering what the final month could now bring. If Luton can stay healthy and the Beavers can be lethal throwing and running, this could get fun. Pair that with the defense showing life and we’ve got the opportunity to build a little momentum if things fall right.
  • Hamilcar Rashed Jr. This guy has been a force the past couple of games and things really seem to be clicking for him. I hope to see his growth continue.
  • Matthew Tago is another player that’s been standing out on the defensive side of the ball. He has not looked like a freshman the past several games and has the potential to be a big time player at OSU. If the size of his dad’s arms are any indication, this guy is only going to get stronger and scarier. LET THAT MANE FLOW!

Seahawks

  • A bunch of people wrote off the 2018 Seahawks. I wasn’t one of them. I said from the beginning 8-11 wins. I consider and still consider 8 the floor. For the dummies who picked them to win 4, you better hope they lose out.
  • Four wins in their last five games.
  • Russell Wilson was a stupid efficient 14-17 on Sunday.
  • Bobby Wagner had Golden Tate on a leash. It looked like he had a personal grudge the way he was abusing his former teammate.
  • Golden got traded to the Eagles earlier this week. I bet the first thing he did was look to see if the Seahawks were on their schedule.
  • The defense is continues to be really good even though they lost all these loud, injured, underperforming superstars. Imagine that!
  • I’ve said it from the beginning ,young and hungry beats old and disgruntled. That is the theme of 2018.
  • No disrespect to the guys that have gone elsewhere. I will always appreciate and respect what they accomplished in Seattle. But I didn’t appreciate the disruption they caused in the locker room the last two+ years.
  • Michael Dickson ran out of his own end zone for a first down.
  • There is no way we are just ignoring that last note… Again, Michael Dickson (THE PUNTER) ran for a first down from his own end zone to ice the game.
  • Chargers this week. Huge game. Schedule only gets tougher.
  • With every win comes more confidence.
  • This team reminds me of that 2012 team. Nobody outside of Seattle expected anything from them, but every week they battled and you could tell it was only the beginning. Fun times ahead.

Trailblazers

  • 5-2 and again, could be better.
  • I like the balance of this team. It’s early, but they are going to keep growing and evolving.
  • Zach Collins continues to improve and is becoming really fun to watch.
  • Like the Seahawks, there has been a lot of doubt with this team. But you look at what’s on the roster and you know they are going to compete each night.
  • As was expected, outside of the Warriors running away with the one seed and a guaranteed trip to the finals, everything else in the West appears to be wide open.
  • Meyers Leonard has once again seen his role diminish quickly. Nothing against the guy personally, but seven years in it’s pretty obvious to everyone (but Neil), that things didn’t pan out like we’d hoped.

Oregon State Basketball

  • This team needs to win 20 games. I’ll say it every day until forever.
  • They beat some obscure school in Montana by like 50 in an exhibition game, Saturday.
  • Should’ve beat them by 70.
  • Tres, Stevie, Ethan, and Alfred all look good to go. Again, those four should be enough to be an extremely competitive basketball team. No excuses.
  • I like the length on this roster. Lots of big bodies. Raw and lots of work to be done, but I like it.
  • At this point I just want to see how this team responds to real, meaningful games early. The goal should be to head into conference play undefeated. They will probably drop one or two, but any more than that would be a disappointment.
  • This season is the moment of truth. For the players I mentioned, for coach Tinkle and his staff, and for Beaver Athletics as a whole. It’s time to get it done.
  • Go Beavs!

Belated Weekend Rewind

FeaturedBelated Weekend Rewind

By Andy / 35th & Jackson

Even though the Seahawks were idle on a bye week and Oregon State football might as well have been, there were still plenty of items of note to go around.

 

Oregon State Football:

  • In a similar manner to their performance against Arizona earlier in the season, the Beavers took a golden opportunity in the friendly confines of Reser Stadium and promptly flushed it away.
  • A 49-7 loss to a Cal team that got trounced by a previously winless UCLA team a week ago was inexplicable.
  • It seems as though every time the Beavers have been set up for a mini breakthrough, they have failed fantastically.
  • The defense actually played decent early on. But of course, they happened to do so on a day the offense had absolutely nothing to contribute.
  • Artavis Pierce started in place of freshman phenom, Jermar Jefferson as he nursed a previously unmentioned hamstring injury. Jefferson did bust one 30 yard run, but unfortunately wasn’t able to go after that. People want to blame the poor offensive showing on Jefferson being out, but it was more than that. Pierce looked ok, but didn’t have a ton of room.
  • The other disaster was the inability to throw the ball down field. Whether it was the QB holding it too long, or the line not protecting, or a mixture of both.
  • Cal lived in the OSU backfield.
  • Conor Blount left the game with an apparent head injury after being the victim of targeting and remains in concussion protocol.
  • Jack Colleto plays hard, but as I’ve mentioned before, is a clear third option behind Luton and Blount.
  • Speaking of, is Jake Luton ever coming back? Things seem less optimistic  with each passing week. His high ankle sprain suffered in mid September is still bothering him. I’m thinking there might be more to this injury.
  • This now marks the FOURTH consecutive season that Oregon State has had to constantly rotate quarterbacks due to injuries. It’s unbelievable how many QBs see the field each year. It really paints a picture of just how rough this program has had it.
  • If Colleto has to start this week he will be OSU’s 7th or 8th starting QB in the last  four seasons. Others to start include Seth Collins, Marcus McMaryion, Nick Mitchell, Darell Garretson, Jake Luton, and Conor Blount. Let me know if I’m missing others.
  • Bottom line, Saturday was a bummer and to perform like that coming off of a bye does not boost program morale. I still believe they can get this thing turned around, but I wouldn’t dare put a timeline on it at this point.

Seahawks:

  • As I mentioned, the Seahawks were off this week but the chaos in the NFC is great for this team.
  • Sunday’s game in Detroit is massive. A win would really put the team in position for a nice run. The lions also come in at 3-3, winning three out of four games and looking like a contender. A loss would certainly hurt, especially on a schedule that leaves little room for error.
  • KJ Wright and Ed Dickson have returned to practice which could provide a major boost for this team on both sides of the ball.
  • It will be interesting to see if the running game picks up where it left off before the break.
  • Sunday will provide Seahawks fans a chance to think about how great it would be to have Golden Tate on this current team.
  • Speaking of receivers, will Doug Baldwin build on his strong outing in London after another two weeks of letting his ailments heal?
  • Speaking of receivers again, will Tyler Lockett continue to be a consistent playmaker? Let’s hope so.
  • Frank Clark and his agent say they are in no hurry for a deal. He has really performed well so far in what is a contract year and I can’t say with certainty that he’ll be here next year. Right now, Clark is the only threat as a pass rusher on this team. The Seahawks need to find some other guys to help in that area.
  • I’m as excited and nervous for this game as I have been in quite sometime. It just feels like a potential turning point. But on the road in Detroit has me worried about a last minute heart breaking defeat. It just feels like a scary game that comes down to a crucial play in the final moments.

Blazers:

  • They’re baaaaack!
  • I was pretty stoked about the 2-0 start especially after beating the Lebron led Lakers  who nobody outside of Portland seemed to realize… LOST!
  • Nik Stauskus has been a pleasant surprise so far. Sauce Castillo was trending on Twitter.
  • My excitement soured a little bit as the Blazers botched what should have been a 3-0 start. They couldn’t shake the Wizards at home and Dame and CJ were ice cold.
  • It worries me that both guards seem to be off at the same time so frequently. It made me shutter thinking of last year’s playoff series with New Orleans.
  • I really think this team can flirt with 50 wins if they play to their capabilities. A lot of people laugh at that, but really they should be able to come close to that.
  • But they can’t win 50 losing to Washington at home. That sucked.
  • I enjoyed the halloween costumes everyone wore. Especially Dame as Stone Cold Steve Austin.

Oregon State Basketball:

  • As we inch ever closer to the 2018-2019 season I’m making a conscious decision to demand more out of Beaver Basketball this year.
  • A team that returns Tres Tinkle and Stephen Thompson Jr. in year four,  and Ethan Thompson and Alfred Hollins in year two must win 20 games. Anything less is a disappointment. Some may be shocked by that statement, but it’s the truth. No more excuses.
  • BYU transfer Payton Dastrup has been denied immediate eligibility this season. That sucks as he would’ve been a nice veteran presence. But still… No excuses!
  • This is as much talent on the floor as there ever has been and I don’t care if the bench isn’t very deep. Four extremely good basketball players need to be able to carry a team. And trust me, it isn’t the players who should feel the pressure of these expectations…
  • Wayne Tinkle needs to prove that he can do it with this group right now. The tournament appearance three years ago was great, but let’s be honest… GPII carried that team far beyond what anyone thought and covered up for virtually every sin and shortcoming. His improv was incredible and helped make up for the fact that the team was in a state of constant confusion on offense.
  • They are still confused on offense and since Payton’s departure have tremendously underachieved.
  • I need to see clean, smart basketball. The talent is there, this coaching staff needs to show that they can get the most out of it. So far we haven’t seen that.
  • I know the PAC 12 is competitive, but this team should be fighting in the top echelon with the likes of Oregon, Washington, the Arizona schools, etc.. Not a team content finishing 8th or 9th in the conference.
  • Speaking of Washington, they have a second year coach with basically none of his recruits and are already in the top 25! I’m done with any excuses for OSU hoops.
  • Bottom Line: 20 wins is non negotiable.

Oregon State Baseball:

  • Still awesome! They win in fall, winter, spring and summer. Doesn’t matter, Wins on top of wins.

Mariners:

  • They never play in the fall.

 

Washington State:

  • Four straight, go Cougs!

 

Weekend Rewind

FeaturedWeekend Rewind

By Andy / 35th & Jackson

Beavs: It was a spirited effort for most of the game by our beloved Beavs. Wazzu jumped out to a 14-0 lead before I could say Gardner Minshew II. Here’s the thing, going into the game I thought this would be one of those weird games where the Beavers play a team close when everyone expects a blowout. I think I had this being an 11 (spread was 17) point win for the Cougs. After the blocked punt, I thought the Beavs would lose by 60.

What really happened was sort of what has happened all season thus far. I went into the game with higher expectations than most, because I feel I sensed what could be a trap game and that some weird stuff would happen. With a second half lead, I allowed myself to believe. They couldn’t stop our offense, but once again, our defense couldn’t tackle anyone. The Beavers did everything they possibly could. Trick plays galore, five fourth down conversions, and still it didn’t matter. It was an exciting game, don’t get me wrong… but they still lost by 19. It’s just a microcosm of the season. The Beavers come out and throw the biggest possible haymaker they can and they still get trounced in the end. All of that for a 19 point loss.

Don’t get me wrong, I still believe in where the program can get to and I believe Niner will take us there, but it’s hard to be encouraged by what we’ve seen so far. We need a defense. That’s on players, coaches and everyone involved with the program. I know we need more athletes on that side of the ball, but it’s more than that. You shouldn’t be giving up 50+ a game so long as you have 11 warm bodies and decent coaching. It’s unacceptable and it needs to be fixed. All I ask is for positive strides. If we can be a team that surrenders only 40 points a game in the final six games, I will be pleased.

This is longer than I anticipated, but my brain has been short circuiting over this stuff for the past few days. I leave you with this… Oregon State really is just a mediocre defense away from being a very difficult PAC 12 opponent. The offense has exceeded my expectations and then some. Sure there are mistakes and things to clean up, but the scheme is everything a fan could ask for. On that note, Jermar Jefferson makes a one win team must watch TV every week. So pumped we have 22 in the backfield.

Seahawks: I once again set myself up for failure with this one. Nobody thought the Seahawks had a snowball’s chance in the bad place of beating the Rams on Sunday. Nobody except me. I really thought they would find a way to come out on top and by golly they almost did. There was a lot to like as they ran all over the Rams vaunted D line and played very physical football all around. It was back and forth the entire afternoon, but unfortunately the Rams just made a few more plays. The defense got gashed by the lab produced Ram’s offense all day. They had their chances on some key third downs and just couldn’t get it done. And finally it all came to an end as the Rams converted a short 4th and 1 sneak to put the game on ice. Quick side note: A QB sneak from a yard out should always be automatic. I don’t know why we don’t see it more. It is almost impossible to stop. Once the Rams lined up after Pete Carroll’s much debated timeout (which I actually didn’t mind that much. I can see his logic and I believe the Rams would’ve rushed out and gone for it anyway with the offense huddled tightly on the sideline) I knew it was over. Properly executed sneaks are unstoppable.

33-31 left a sting, but I had to come away with a positive outlook. Other than the Rams running away with the top seed, the NFC is wide open. 2-3 isn’t ideal, but this team has shown they have found their identity again and I think they can make some hay in the next several weeks to be back in the thick of the playoff race. Other than the Rams on the road, I don’t see another game on the schedule that I immediately would consider a loss. I’m not saying they are going to finish 12-4 necessarily, but I wouldn’t count out 10-6 or even 11-5 just yet. Let’s see what this team can do going forward.

Mariners: It’s October, silly… A happy, merciful and well deserved offseason to all of the broken compass diehards. Go Ms!

Weekend Rewind: A quick look back at the sports weekend that was.

FeaturedWeekend Rewind: A quick  look back at the sports weekend that was.

By Andy / 35th & Jackson

It was a mixed bag of a weekend for the 35th crew. We saw the Beavers look foolish against a bad Arizona team, the Seahawks finally show up and the Mariners…ah, who the heck cares?

Here’s what I took away from the weekend:

Beavers:

Yikes. I’ve been more optimistic than most about this team’s ability to at least be competitive this season and with the exception of Ohio State, they have been. Saturday was a big step backwards. People can make excuses and say this thing will take time (I’m not referring to Coach Smith and the staff, just the general population), which is all fine and good, but there’s one problem… ARIZONA ISN’T FINE OR GOOD! In fact, they’ve looked pretty terrible. And after watching this game, I don’t think their success had much to do with them playing significantly better. This isn’t meant to be negative, I’m just being frank. The most concerning thing I saw was that they seemed to be content just letting things wind down in the second half rather than fighting to get back into the game. I hadn’t seen that up to this point and that is something I couldn’t stomach in the Gary Anderson era. I want to see a team that is out for blood and looking for a fight down to the last second, no matter the score.

I still think they can bounce back (especially offensively). However this game certainly left us with more questions than answers, some of which include the following:

-Why can’t this team tackle cleanly?

-What happened to the offensive execution?

-How does a 17 play drive end in a punt? *This hasn’t happened in college football in over 15 years.

-When a team has a kicker that has missed twice already, wouldn’t you at least consider the possibility of a fake the next time he struts out there?

– Is it realistic to expect to see any improvement out of the defense this year?

– Why is Isaiah Hodgins not targeted 8-10 times per game?

– Will we see a conference win this year?

– How will this team respond to its worst outing thus far?

-Will 35th and Jackson ever get suite access at Reser?

Seahawks:

What a circus this team is. They struggle enough as it is to be consistent on the field, they certainly don’t need all of the madness off of it. I’ve said this before but Earl Thomas is a strange individual. He doesn’t practice this week but not to worry… Mr. sunshine and rainbows, Pete Carroll took it all in stride. A player could hold Pete at gunpoint, rob him poor, punch him in the face and leave him for dead and I doubt Pete would press charges. He’d probably just say that it presented a unique opportunity to overcome adversity and that the player in question was only guilty of competing his tail off in a unique way.

For the record, I think Pete is awesome, and I think there’s more order behind closed doors than we realize. However, he is the most player friendly coach in the history of sports. This team has more drama than a Kardashian family Christmas and yet Pete always puts a positive spin on it. Take Doug Baldwin’s sideline outburst that was inexplicably directed at co-director of player personnel, Trent Kirchner. This is just the latest outside the lines, one-way scream fest that Pete Carroll classifies as “exchanging competitive thoughts.” That phrase cracks me up every time.

But of course, winning cures all. The Seahawks looked like the team I hoped for them to be in a 24-13 win over the Cowboys. They ran the ball, controlled the line of scrimmage and created timely turnovers. It’s amazing what can happen when they stick with the run.

I had to laugh at the fact that Earl had two impressive interceptions that killed the Cowboys. Every Dallas fan had to be ripping their hair out.

Let’s see if the Hawks can build off of this win and get a streak going against the hapless Arizona Cardinals. Braught and I will be in attendance (probably still licking our wounds from Saturday’s ASU game).

Mariners:

The annoying surge of useless wins is over. The Mariners are back to doing what they’ve done since July… losing… a lot. This team finally got what it deserved as it watched the A’s celebrate a playoff berth at Safeco Field. Why do we root for this team? Maybe a better question, why did we all let ourselves believe that this was the year they’d get back to the playoffs? June was a long time ago. It might as well have been 17 years ago at this point. Another year without postseason baseball in the Northwest. Maybe the Portland Diamond Projects will get there? Yes, I know that isn’t what the team will be named, but I think it’s a funny joke and I like it, so shut up!

Earlier this summer I swore I’d stick by the M’s even if Portland does get a team. Now, I’m not so sure. Ah, who am I kidding? I can’t help it. I can’t quit the Mariners. And at this point I’ve wasted too many years to jump ship now. I have a sickness. Man I hate this team. I want to have a beer with the guy that runs the mariner rants twitter account.  I’d add a link to his profile, but I feel like my computer might get a virus. I wouldn’t recommend anyone under the age of 23.5 read his tweets. His tweets go way too far, but the Mariners almost make them feel like they aren’t vulgar enough.

Hope springs eternal! Go Mariners!

What to expect from the 2018 Seahawks: Hint- It isn’t 4-12

What to expect from the 2018 Seahawks: Hint- It isn’t 4-12

It is absurd how many people have completely written off the 2018 Seattle Seahawks. I’ve seen countless predictions that have the Seahawks anywhere between 4 and 6 wins. I guess I can see the angle of losing a lot of high profile players from a defense that was considered elite for the better part of six seasons. I guess you could make the jump that because the team finished 9-7 and missed he playoffs last year, the natural progression would be for them to continue in a downward trajectory. I guess I can see how these thoughts would creep into one’s mind. But just because I can see how you got to that conclusion doesn’t make it any less idiotic.

To be honest, this whole idea that the Seahawks are completely doomed is just lazy. To arrive at this conclusion you have to ignore a lot of things.

Let’s start with the dismantled defense argument, one that appears the strongest at face value. The Seahawks will not have players like, Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, Richard Sherman, and Kam Chancellor this season. All of these guys have been prominent members of an all-time great defense. But here’s the thing… It’s nothing new. Rewind to last year and you’ll see that down the stretch Michael Bennett was the only one of those four actually playing. So really the only difference other than Bennett is the Seahawks have now added depth to make up for some of the losses that they couldn’t compensate for last year.

Let’s look at what this 2018 team is really missing. And before anyone gets inflamed by this, understand that These guys are some of the best players I’ve ever watched and all of them deserve a salute for what they accomplished in Seattle. What I’m about to say relates purely to where we are presently in 2018.

Michael Bennett- Age 32, slowing down and somewhat divisive in the locker room.

Cliff Avril- Age 32, forced to retire because of neck injury.

Kam Chancellor- Age 30, forced to unofficially retire due to a neck injury.

Richard Sherman- Age 30, coming off of a torn achilles, locker room cancer, and still, yes STILL miffed about what happened in Glendale four years ago. In fact he clearly had something to do with yet another article coming out bashing Pete, Russell and trying to explain why the dynasty was never realized. There are some interesting points in there, but if you really want to know why 2015, 2016, and 2017 did end like they could’ve look no further than the mirror, Mr. Sherman. He couldn’t move on, so thankfully the Seahawks finally did. you can read the Sports Illustrated article here. Oh in case you forgot, here’s another hit piece Richard Sherman signed off on a year ago.

As it turns, the 2018 Seahawks aren’t really missing as much as some might think. Is the defense unproven? Of course. Are they going to be the elite unit we’ve seen in years past? Probably not. But that’s ok. They don’t have to be perfect. They just have to slow down opponents.

Which leads me to my next point. RUSSELL WILSON! That’s right, the ELITE, franchise quarterback that single handedly kept the team relevant last year. This point is pretty simple. How can people say this team will win four, five, or six win team when Russell Wilson is the quarterback? An elite QB is worth seven wins by himself. So do people just not respect Russell? That is the only possible explanation. I’ll take the side of history. Russell has won 11, 13, 12, 10, 10, and 9 games in his six seasons with Seattle. He’s only gotten better. So I’m going to take the over on six wins.

Speaking of wining games, we are all aware that Pete Carroll is still the coach, correct? Allow me to provide everyone a refresher. Pete Carroll has won a minimum of seven games since he came to Seattle in 2010. So those who doubt this team believe that Pete Carroll in his ninth season with an established franchise quarterback will have his worst season yet? Unbelievable.

I just don’t see the pending disaster the way others do. If I’m wrong, I’ll be the first to admit it.

The Seahawks aren’t going 4-12, 5-1, or 6-10. Why? Because they’re going 10-6.

And here is really why:

  • Addition by subtraction on defense. Not all around, but specifically with Sherman and Bennett.
  • Russell Wilson.
  • Pete Carroll
  • Strong core leadership with Russell, Doug Baldwin, Doug Baldwin, Bobby Wagner, KJ Wright, Justin Britt, and Duane Brown.
  • Explosive stable of young running backs.
  • Good kicker/great punter( yes, I’m serious).
  • This team is now young and hungry rather than old and disgruntled.
  • A team that respects Pete and that he can mold into winners.

I can’t wait to see what this season has in store.

Go Hawks!

Eyes on the Hawks: Five things to watch for as preseason football gets underway.

FeaturedEyes on the Hawks: Five things to watch for as preseason football gets underway.

By Andy / PNW Sports

If you’re a Seahawks fan reading this, you’re probably wondering what in the world we’ve been doing for the better part of a year. Yes, we are supposed to be covering all things sports in the Pacific Northwest and the Seahawks are a major part of that landscape. However, I failed you. I’m just going to own it. I haven’t given you the coverage and content you deserve (all 3 of you).

So I’m here to make amends. Let’s get this season started out right. Im going to give you a quick rundown of five things to watch for as the Seahawks take the field for their first preseason game against the Colts tomorrow evening.

  1. Offensive Line– Tomorrow isn’t going to tell the whole story, but I would hope we see some encouraging signs for the big fellas up front. It starts with them. They need to give Russell more time than a quick “one two step” (yes that was a shameless Ciara reference) on pass plays and they need to make holes big enough for some of these young running backs to “level up” (oh, there I go again). The unit returns a healthy Duane Brown at left tackle, Ethan Pocic and DJ Fluker at the guards and Justin Britt at center. Oh yeah, as of now the human penalty flag, with feet ever submerged in concrete, Germain Ifedi will get the nod at right tackle. I don’t say that to be overly harsh. I hope he is a new player this year. I just want to see him be smart and show progress. If he doesn’t, expect a very short leash this season. I like George Fant to take over the right tackle spot at some point this season. It all begins tomorrow for a unit that just wasn’t good enough a year ago.
  2. The young secondary- I’m excited for these guys. The Legion of Boom is gone. It was the gold standard and an era we’ll never forget. But it’s time to start anew. I want to see young and hungry this season rather than old and disgruntled. Shaquill Griffin showed flashes last year, but he now faces a new challenge of sliding into the number one corner spot. It’s a task I believe he’s up for, but there may be some growing pains along the way. Aside from Griffin the other established player in the secondary is Bradley McDougald. His versatility is a huge asset for this team as he can play both strong and free safety positions. After those two guys, the secondary is a bit of a question mark. Keep an eye out for who seizes the moment tomorrow and weeks to come. At corner I’ll be looking to see who challenges incumbent starter, Byron Maxwell. I like Tre Flowers and Justin Coleman to be hot on Maxwell’s heels for reps. Coleman will play a lot in the slot regardless, but I think the guy has the capability to be a hard nosed defender on the outside too. It will also be important to see who pushes for the free safety position while Earl Thomas continues his hold out. Some popular names so far in came have been Tedric Thompson and Delano Hill.
  3. Kicking and Punting– I can’t believe I’m including this, but this will be one of the more interesting things to watch throughout preseason. Who wins the kicking battle between 40 year old,  Sebastian Janikowski and 4th year pro Jason Myers? Janikowski has a long, decorated resume, but can he still kick at a consistent high level? That remains to be seen. I just want to see someone who is better than Blair Walsh. At punter we have fan favorite, Jon Ryan and 5th round pick Michael Dickson. A good ol’ fashioned Canadian, Aussie showdown. Truthfully, it looks as though the Seahawks feel like it’s time to move on from Ryan or else they wouldn’t have drafted a punter. But you have to hand it to Jon for going down swinging and forcing the Seahawks to stick to to the “Always Compete” standard. Speaking of Dickson, that dude has some insane film. He could change the punting game forever. I think he’ll be a huge weapon for the next ten-plus years.
  4. New Coaches– Pete Carroll cleaned house last winter. See you later Tom Cable, Darrell Bevell and Kris Richard. Nice to meet you, Mike Solari and Brian Schottenheimer. Welcome back, Ken Norton Jr. Having that many new coaches on a staff is a big deal. I think the shake up was for the best, but it will be very interesting to see how the team performs with new blood on the sidelines.
  5. How close are we to flag football?– Everyone was panicking after the Hall of Fame game a week ago. I didn’t see much other than some of the highlights. I am definitely concerened as to where the future of football is headed, but I’m going to wait and see before I hit the panic button for 2018. Oftentimes, the officials call things much tighter in preseason as they try to emphasize rule changes. If these ticky-tack calls are still drawing flags in week three of the regular season, I’ll be concerned. I’ll be interested to see how tomorrow nights game is officiated.
  • Go Hawks!

Monday Morning Update from PNW Crew

FeaturedMonday Morning Update from PNW Crew

By Con/PNW Sports Fans

The team as been MIA. We apologize. But what is there to really write about? Neil Olshey sucking for the third straight year? Summer MLB baseball; YAWN. Pac-12 media day? Meh.

At PNW we are still on the euphoria of shutting down TD Ameritrade, having a chariot pick us up for our victory parade in downtown Omaha towards an authentic Cuban cigar lounge. Who has it better then us in college baseball? Answer: No one!

In the next few days we will be coming out with a few previews for Seahawks 2018, OSU football fall camp and whatever Brian Braught can drum up.

As always, our info will be detailed, fans perspective, realistic and always free to everyone. We are die-hards who believe in coverage that is accurate and detailed that other die-hards will appreciate the overall picture of each program and team we cover vs the paid stuff you get or the local things that are written by people who don’t even like those teams or some unpaid high school journalist. Looking at you Danny Moran.

That being said, any suggestions or questions are ALWAYS welcomed and wanted to improve our coverage or assess certain positions or questions about players specifically. Reach out to us on twitter or our personal lives if you know… you know…

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3 Quick Hits; Weekend Warriors

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By Con / PNW Sports Fans

Here on another addition of 3 quick hits to start off your week. Our random thoughts and observations from any weekend activities.

1. OSU Baseball just misses sweep: While one of the PNW crew members is busy in the Basque country, an unlikely member was glued to the Oregon State baseball series vs Stanford this weekend. It was a pleasurable site watching OSU pound the Cardinal into submission game one and game two and to start game three. Then it all fell apart when frosh Kevin Abel walked 30 straight batters… Ok maybe not that many but you get the point. However, this does not put a damper on taking the series from your only competition in the Pac-12. OSU bats are FIRE right now. They will continue to be the rest of the season. The lineup is too good for any pitcher to get past. But the elusive Sunday starter still remains a mystery. We had faith in Abel as he had a few brilliant performances recently and with Grant Grambrell not being able to pitch effectively in t-ball right now,  Abel is one of our only options. We will see what Pat does. I prefer to try Brandon Eisert out as Sunday starter. He is more experienced then Abel and has proven the ability to keep his pitch count down and be semi consistent. We will see how this develops. Quote of the weekend from Steven Kwan regarding Pat Casey as a coach: “He’s the biggest motivator ever, the best coach I’ve ever had, but really hard to play for at first. He had the look that would bring you to your knees. That played into my self-doubts, made you think you’re the worst baseball player ever.”

GOD BLESS YOU PAT. NEVER CHANGE.

2. HOW DID BRAD STEVENS NOT WIN COY??? HOW DID BRAD STEVENS NOT WIN COY? HOW DID BRAD STEVENS NOT WIN COY? HOW DID BRAD STEVENS NOT WIN COY?HOW DID BRAD STEVENS NOT WIN COY? HOW DID BRAD STEVENS NOT WIN COY? HOW DID BRAD STEVENS NOT WIN COY? HOW DID BRAD STEVENS NOT WIN COY? HOW DID BRAD STEVENS NOT WIN COY? HOW DID BRAD STEVENS NOT WIN COY?

PROOF THE NBA IS RIGGED. RIP DWANE CASEY THOUGH. Best record in FRANCHISE HISTORY and gets fired? LOL. Terry Stotts should retire then…

3. It’s a slow sports season…Braught what is happening with the Mariners? Oh yeah they suck again and over-committed to all fans and got everyone hyped about how good they were going to be and half their team is injured I guess. Oh and the Ichiro experiment? He is quickly to the front office…as what? Hopefully head translator so he can speak to the clone of himself he will bless the Mariners franchise with. Seriously, I am calling for a complete overhaul and dismantling of this franchise. A la the Florida Marlins except not with the slime ball Derek Jeter and with actual intelligence in trades and signings, not another MLB team working hard to make the Yankees better…

 

PS: Great job Wayne Tinkle for getting a midget point guard who can’t really shoot. So he will be slashing to the rim I guess at 5’5″??? Awesome strategy. But hey Nate Robinson is/was the ultimate OSU basketball killer…

 

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Seahawks draft recap: No grades, just thoughts

The draft has come and gone and this is when all of the “experts” start handing out grades based on the picks all 32 teams made. That is probably one of the dumbest exercises I’ve ever heard of. It’s honesty just filler, because grading a team’s draft selections before they even set foot on a football field is a joke. Like I’m supposed to just accept the fact that one of the “draft analysts” at the big networks have a better idea of what a team should’ve done than the GM? It is such an idiotic practice to grade a draft as soon as the final pick is in. I’ll end the rant there, but as you can tell, the whole thing fires me up. As was evidenced by the Seahawks picks, teams draft to need and fit, not to what some stat nerd at ESPN had on their mock board.

So instead of draft grades, I’m just going to give you a brief summary on each player the Seahawks selected and what they bring to the table. If your looking for grades, maybe I’ll hand those out in 2020, when I actually have an idea of what this class is.

Rashaad Penny -RB San Diego State -Round 1 Pick 27

The Seahawks wasted no time making a statement in the 2018 draft. With the selection of Rashaad Penny in the first round, Pete Carroll and John Schneider told the wold that they   want to get back to their principles. This program was built on a run game and defense. Having Russell Wilson is what sets them over the top, but it makes his life much easier when they can run the ball.

Penny brings toughness and stability to a position group that desperately needs it. Some say drafting Penny in the first round is a stretch, but Pete and John got what they wanted. Throw on the tape and you’ll realize why they were so excited to land this guy. Penny never misses games, is a blend of power and speed, can catch the football, is a threat to score on every play, and is deadly in the return game.

I can’t wait to see this guy get on the field. He’ll have to earn his carries, but the potential is great. Penny, Carson, Davis, Prosise, and Mckissic? Yes please! Whoever emerges from that group will have earned their way onto the field and I expect to see a much improved ground attack in 2018.

Rasheem Greene – DE USC- Round 3 pick 15

This guy is an absolute beast. He wreaked havoc on every offensive line he faced. His athleticism makes him extremely versatile. I stated last week (right along with running back) that the defensive line needed some depth. Pete and John showed once again what they are committed to with this selection. I think this kid has a chance to make an impact immediately.

Will Dissly- TE Washington- Round 4 Pick 20

Sensing a theme here? Me too. Physical, punishing football. The Seahawks aren’t bringing Dissly in to be the next Jimmy Graham, This dude is a converted defensive lineman who wore number 98 throughout the entirety of his college career. Will is going to mix it up in the run game and be a nice frame for Wilson to throw too, Again, he’ll have to earn his way with veterans  Ed Dixon and Nick Vannett already on the roster. However, don’t be surprised to see all three on the field at once this season.

Shaquem Griffin- OLB Central Florida- Round 5- Pick 4

This was seemingly everyone’s favorite pick and for good reason. Chances are even the casual fan has heard of Shaquem Griffin. He was an All-American linebacker last season while helping UCF to an undefeated season.

But what most people know Griffin for is the fact that he accomplished those impressive feats with one hand. Shaquem had a nerve disorder as a child that caused him so much pain, doctors amputated his left hand when he was young. He overcame that setback and has become one of the best stories in sports.

A lot of teams overlooked Shaquem because of his missing appendage, which is great news for the Seahawks. Griffin is an absolute steal and is probably the hungriest player in this class. He is ready to show the world what he can do at the highest level. Griffin’s biggest asset is probably his quickness. He can move better than just about any linebacker you’ll find. I can’t wait to see this guy in action.

Oh yeah… his twin brother is cornerback, Shaquille Griffin. How cool is that? I can’t wait to see what these two accomplish together.

Tre Flowers- S Oklahoma State- Round 5- Pick 9

Tre flowers was a nice pickup for the Seahawks in the 5th round. He is very solid in coverage which is why some people think the Seahawks will ultimately move him to corner. Either way, this kid has a good frame, can run and plays each snap like he’s on a mission.

Michael Dickson- P Texas- Round 5- Pick 12

That’s not a typo. The Seahawks did in fact draft a punter in the first round. I know, I about spit my beer out at Flattail Brewing (Go Beavs!) when I saw the pick come in. But hang with me for a second. This is perhaps the most insane punter I’ve ever seen at the collegiate level. He booms the ball and can seriously manipulate spin and bounce better than anyone i’ve ever seen. If you’re still furious, I totally understand. It’s a punter, it just feels wrong. All you need to know about Dickson is that he won the Ray Guy Award, declared early ( yes a punter that came out early) and was named MVP in the Longhorn’s Bowl victory. Take a deep breath.

Jamarco Jones- OT Ohio State- Round 5- Pick 31

I can practically hear the murmurs of “what about the offensive line?” from my couch as I type this. Don’t forget that the Seahawks traded their second round pick to the Texans in exchange for Duane Brown. Brown will probably sign an extension at some point this year, so think of him as the Seahawks drafting a pro bowl caliber left tackle in the second round. Justin Britt is steadily entrenched at center, Ethan Pocic and DJ Fluker will fill in the guard spots, and the team will get George Fant back who will probably take over at right tackle. So that just leaves Seattle with the task of filling in with depth. Jamarco Jones will provide that and could be a solid player down the road.

Jake Martin- OLB Temple- Round 6- Pick 12

Martin comes to the Seahawks as a bit of a project. Honestly I haven’t heard much about him or watched film extensively. However I know the Seahawks wouldn’t have selected him unless they thought he could come in and compete. Who knows? Maybe this is the next unknown commodity to become a star on this defense. We’ll see.

Alex McGough- QB Florida International – Round 7- Pick 2

Other then being a fun name to say, Alex McGough brings some good attributes to the table. A fiery competitor is the first thing that jumps out to me when watching this QB play. He plays each down like it’s his last. Sometimes you have to keep your emotions in check as a QB, so while I think his attitude is a positive trait it’s also something to watch.

McGough is also pretty athletic and shows the ability to throw on the run and also pick up yards on the ground. The Seahawks like having a QB that’s a threat with both his arm and legs. Though far from polished, I think McGough will be a good camp arm to have and could push Austin Davis for the back up spot come August.

Pete and John got their guys:

It’s obvious to me that the Seahawks were looking to regain their identity in this draft. Who knows how all of these guys will pan out. But one thing is certain; this is going to be a hard nosed physical football team, once again built on defense and running the ball.

I’m looking forward to things getting back to normal.

Go Hawks!