The New Look of the Seattle Seahawks Defense

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By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

“Before the LOB [Legion of Boom] was the LOB, they were just a bunch of kids outta college trying to make a name on the field. They had to start somewhere, and I feel like why can’t we?”

Without knowing it, Seahawks safety Bradley McDougald possibly summed up the Seattle Seahawks 2018 defense in one quote.

The six-year vet is getting a lot of press lately due to the contract holdout of safety Earl Thomas and the medical status of S Kam Chancellor. However, he is not the only “new guy” that could be making a splash this season. There are a handful of players ready to continue the great tradition of defense for Seattle.

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100 days until football: How do we pass the time?

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By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

Today it is officially 100 days until the NFL kicks off its 2018 season. 100 days until our favorite sport returns to fill our Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays with gridiron goodness. What will the average sports fan do to pass the time? I have a few ideas for you.

If you are into repetitive sporting events, the NBA Finals are right up your alley! You may have heard, but the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors are going to the NBA finals. Again. For the fourth year in a row.

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The questions surrounding Earl Thomas

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By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

 

Let me just say straight from the start, any questions that surround Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas have nothing to do with him as a player. He is, without question, a once in a generation safety. The only questions around Thomas have to do with his contract and his team.

With that out of the way…

I am a firm believer that once you have a player that absolutely dominates in his position within the NFL, you hold on to him. When a player has the term “Future Hall of Famer” attached to him, you keep him. You pay him. Of course, every player starts to decline at some point, but until that point (or even just slightly past), you keep him on your roster. In this reporter’s opinion, this is the case with Earl Thomas.

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The Seattle Seahawks get the steal of the draft

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By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

I’ll admit I can’t quit tearing up thinking about it. In fact, I’ve seen more people talk about how they cried during this draft than any other draft before. This one got us straight in the feels.

We all wanted our favorite team to draft linebacker Shaquem Griffin in this years NFL draft. We wanted to see his name called, for him to walk across that stage, and put on the hat that said our team’s name. For Seattle Seahawks fans, this want was even greater than most.

Seattle fans spent all last season in awe of a rookie with the last name of Griffin. After struggling just a bit at the beginning of the season, cornerback Shaquill Griffin not only won the starting CB position across from CB Richard Sherman, he nailed it. Seahawks finally had their bookend for Sherman. When Sherman got hurt and was out for the season, it was Shaquill Griffin who stepped up. He owned his position and became an instant fan favorite.

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Seattle Seahawks take RB Rashaad Penny in the first round of the NFL Draft

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By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

My last article regarding the Seattle Seahawks and the 2018 NFL Draft talked about their history of trading out of the first round. Well, this year there was a trade where Seattle traded out of the 18th pick, however, the Seahawks shocked their fans by actually using the 27th pick.

Seattle used that 1st round pick to get San Diego State University running back Rashaad Penny. Penny was the nation’s leading rusher with 2,248 yards and 23 touchdowns. He was also very good on special teams, returning 2 kick returns for TDs, and 1 punt return for a TD. Penny was fifth in Heisman voting this year.

To some, taking him in the 1st round was a stretch, seeing him as a 2nd to 3rd round player. Others were thrilled to pick him up before someone else grabbed him.

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The constant questions surrounding Seattle’s draft

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By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

Mock drafts. The mainstay of football media in the weeks leading up to the NFL draft. Hundreds of journalists guessing who will take who and when. It’s a monumental job that, traditionally, most get very wrong. The inconsistency of NFL general managers and coaches make this a difficult task, and Seattle Seahawks GM John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll are some of the most unpredictable in the league.

Go ahead and ask a Seahawks fan who they think Seattle will take in first round. Doesn’t matter the year, you will get the same reaction – a laugh. With the exception of 2016 when they took offensive tackle Germain Ifedi, the Seahawks have traded out of their first round pick every year since 2012.

Both Schneider and Carroll covet having a lot of draft picks. They have become masters at finding good value in the mid rounds, and in this year’s draft, they don’t have many. Seattle currently holds a first round pick, but then has nothing again until the fourth round. Most teams would be happy with eight picks, but its because of where those picks lie that I can see Seattle trading out of that first round.

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The return of Andrew Luck

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By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

The Indianapolis Colts return to their building today, starting their offseason program, and Andrew Luck will be joining them.

The Indianapolis Colts didn’t have much to be happy about in 2017. With the injury of quarterback Andrew Luck lingering much longer than anyone expected, his return to the team could be a game changer. Will 2018 be the year we finally see the revival of the team who just a few years ago had such potential?

Luck injured his shoulder back in September of 2015, although at the time, not many knew how severe the injury was. Luck missed the next two games, but then came back to play 4 more, but sadly his 2015 season was ended due to a lacerated kidney.

In the second week of the 2016 season, Luck re-injured his shoulder during a game against Denver. At the time, Colts owner Jim Irsay said Luck wouldn’t need surgery, however, Luck spent much of that season on and off the injury report. It was at the end of the 2016 season that the severity of the injury truly came to light. Luck had surgery during the 2017 offseason, and although it was anticipated he would return at some point, was never given clearance to play in 2017.

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Time for Seahawks fans to throw in the towel? Absolutely not.

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Key Contributor, Seattle Seahawks

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

There’s no way around it. The Los Angeles Rams have gone all in to win this year. Making huge additions to their team, additions that will probably only be around for a year or two, the former St. Louis team has decided its time, right now, to win.

Understandably, this has made Seattle Seahawks fans nervous. Add to that the fact the famed Legion of Boom (as fans knew it) has disbanded, there’s not enough Xanax in the world to help the 12th man make it through until preseason.

However, should there be panic in Seattle? Have fans focused too much on who has left, instead of seeing who is still here?

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For Richard Sherman, and his fans, the time for change has come

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By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

(One of the great things about working for Our Turf football is we don’t require writers to turn off their emotion when writing. We ask them to be objective, fair, and respectful, yet we never ask them to stop loving their team. Today I’m writing purely from a fan’s point of view. Indulge me, if you will. -DO)

In the mind, it makes sense.

Logically, one can see why the Seattle Seahawks needed to let veteran, Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman test free agency. The Seahawks were desperately needing some cap space. Sherman, now 30 years old, is coming off two Achilles tendon surgeries. My mind gets it. My heart, however…

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Colts add Reggie Wayne to Ring of Honor

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By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

Earlier today, the Indianapolis Colts announced they would add wide receiver Reggie Wayne to their Ring of Honor inside Lucas Oil Stadium.

Wayne, a 14-year veteran who played his entire career in Indianapolis, is one of the most beloved players in Colts history.  He played all 16 games in 11 of his 14 years, and only missing 1 game in 2014. He had 14,345 receiving yards and 82 touchdowns throughout his career.   Wayne’s 14 seasons is tied for the most consecutively in Colts history.

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