Around the NFC West: Scattered Seahawks

June, 1, 2011
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Brady Henderson of 710ESPN Seattle passes along John Clayton's thoughts regarding Seahawks quarterback Charlie Whitehurst. Clayton thinks Whitehurst should be leading teammates in player-organized workouts. Clayton: "Part of the knock on him is that you know he's got talent, but does he have that desire to take over things? Does he have that leadership ability? To be a leader you have to lead. And the (time to lead is now) when you've got everybody scattered around trying to do it." It would reflect well on Whitehurst if he were leading well-organized workouts featuring large numbers of Seattle players. On the other hand, it's not like anyone else on the roster has been able to pull together the team this offseason. The Seahawks are not gathering in large numbers this offseason for a couple reasons. One, relatively few players live in the Northwest. Two, this is a roster in transition. Quite a few players are without contracts for 2011 and unsure whether they'll be back.

Clare Farnsworth of seahawks.com revisits 1996, the year then-owner Ken Behring tried to relocate the team. Farnsworth: "One of the oddest twists to this whole deal involved David Behring and the team’s best player -- Cortez Kennedy, who balked at going to Anaheim because he had signed a contract with the Seattle Seahawks. Kennedy’s action was viewed as beyond defiant by Behring, who fumed that the team leader was not displaying the kind of leadership ownership deemed appropriate. ... Late that season, Behring and Kennedy found themselves at midfield at the Kingdome, as the club president presented Kennedy with the Steve Largent Award trophy that has been voted annually since 1989 to the player who best exemplifies the spirit, dedication and integrity of the Seahawks."

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says nothing has changed on the quarterback front for the Cardinals. Somers: "Whenever they are able, the Cardinals will pursue a trade for Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb. Kolb had highs and lows last season, but if you are looking for reasons to be excited about him, check out this highlight video of his game against the Falcons. He completed 23 of 29 for 326 yards and three touchdowns against good defense."

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com thinks an increasingly complex NFL game requires more offseason prep time for players. Urban: "Today’s playbook is more complicated. The premium placed on not turning the ball over is so much higher than it used to be (watch those 702s QBs huck the ball downfield in search of a big play; interceptions weren’t good but they weren’t as frowned upon as now). Running, running, running was much more commonplace. Precision in the passing game -- which takes reps -- wasn’t as important."

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says the San Francisco 49ers could use more wide receivers at their player-organized workouts. Barrows: "The only wide receivers on the 49ers roster who have not spent some time with Alex Smith in the Bay Area are Lance Long, Dominique Zeigler and ... wait for it ... Michael Crabtree. The 49ers signed Long to their practice squad in November. Zeigler is recovering from an ACL tear suffered in Week 12 this past season. Crabtree, meanwhile, recently has been working out on his own in the Bay Area, but he has yet to join the group of 49ers that works out together in the South Bay. David Carr said that the group intended to contact Crabtree and ask him to join their training session." It's tough to say Crabtree should be attending these sessions if he hasn't been invited.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com says second-year 49ers nose tackle Ricky Jean-Francois continues to put in the necessary offseason work. Jean-Francois has moved closer to earning a college degree. Maiocco: "He spent the past three weeks in Baton Rouge, La., where he continues to get high offseason marks. In fact, Jean Francois scored an 'A' on Tuesday in his Caribbean Studies course at LSU. Completion of the course brings him 12 hours from earning his degree in general studies. Now, Jean Francois plans to head back to Miami, where he regularly works out with teammate Frank Gore and other NFL players at Bommarito Performance Systems."

3k of Turf Show Times takes a hard look at possibilities for the St. Louis Rams' offense with rookie tight end Lance Kendricks as a focal point. VanRam: "The use of the H-back allows for a TE to set up at multiple spots: TE, WR, FB or RB. By pushing the player around the formation, it forces some kind of response from the defense to adjust to the switch. Complicating things even further is the possibility of motion. The H-back can play off the line next to the traditional TE and motion into another position. Conversely, he can come out of the FB spot up into a receiving spot to begin the play." Using a second-round choice for Kendricks does signal the Rams' intentions offensively.

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