Last week we took a look at the 2017 free agents for the Seahawks, and this week we look ahead to next year's list of free agents. As players enter their final year of their contract, the team tends to evaluate players for contract extensions or cut players to have additional money under the salary cap. We talk Jimmy Graham, Kam Chancellor, Justin Britt and Paul Richardson and the likelihood that a player could be cut, re-signed, traded or if we'll see them play out their contract.

We take a look at some news items this past week as the former running backs coach talks about what the team needs to do to get back to the Super Bowl, what the Blair Walsh contract means for the future of Steve Hauschka and a former Dolphins defensive tackle makes a visit to the VMAC this week.

In the second half of the show, we're looking for your feedback on the worst free agent signings of the Pete Carroll era after USA Today reports on their top three guys. In the Do Better segment, we learn about how writers waste time talking strength of schedule and why former NFL players shouldn't do meth. Better at life nominees go to NASA this week as well as a top CBS executive for his comments to the NFL commissioner.

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Direct download: Episode146.mp3
Category:Seahawks -- posted at: 2:21am MST

With NFL free agency a couple weeks away, the Seahawks appear to be making a strategic move in their negotiations with kicker Steve Hauschka. Adam and Brandan talk about what may be behind the move to sign Blair Walsh, a kicker well-known to all Seahawks fans for a miss that won a playoff game for Seattle. In other news from the past week, there a number of coaching changes to report. What should fans make of these changes to the staff? The guys discuss.

General Manager John Schneider has put the team in an incredible position this off season with very few notable players on the 2017 list of free agents. Which of these players should we expect the team to re-sign in the coming weeks? And with cap casualties starting to drop from other rosters, which players should the Seahawks be taking a look at?

Before getting into the second half of the show, the guys discuss the Seahawks red zone performance in the 2016 season. Throughout the season, the Seahawks were at the bottom of the scoring percentage on the road, but is that metric even a good indicator for team success? There's one metric that seems to be more effective at measuring success where the team scored very well on. And while we're on the topic of the red zone, we look at who were Russell Wilson's top targets inside the red zone this year. The answer may surprise you, while the player who had the most significant decline in that area may not.

A special thanks to Episode 145 Executive Producer Gary Blum and an announcement of the number of new members of the flock we want to reach by the kickoff of the 2017 season. An email challenges the assertion of which Super Bowl loss was the worst and do better nods go out to an online flower dealer and a Bleacher Report scout who has come up with an incredibly confounding term. Better at life nods go out to the Patriots marketing department and the police in Polson, Montana, for a creative way to help meth users get help.

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Direct download: Episode145.mp3
Category:Seahawks -- posted at: 1:46am MST

The most important news to Seahawks fans from this past weekend wasn't that a certain quarterback and coach cemented their claim as all-time greats, no, it was that Kenny Easley was voted into the NFL Hall of Fame this weekend. Easley becomes the fourth member of the Seahawks to play his entire career in Seattle and make it to the Hall. 

Adam and Brandan run down some of the latest Seahawks news from the past week before getting into Sunday's game and how the victory by the Patriots actually makes our lives as Seahawks fans a little bit easier moving forward. By losing a 25-point lead to Genghis Tom, there's now a new offensive coordinator who will be remembered, not for one bad choice, but for a number of bad decisions. They all add up to a loss that will be remembered for many years to come.

We also announce the winners of the Sea Hawkers Podcast pick'em league. It came down to a tie after all this weeks. The Patron League champion wasn't as close. To close out the show, a pair of former Big 10 quarterbacks fall into the Do Better segment while a quarterback and a group of zebras are Better at Life.

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Direct download: Episode144.mp3
Category:Seahawks -- posted at: 5:57pm MST

Wrapping up the fourth season of the Sea Hawkers Podcast, the guys take a look at Head Coach Pete Carroll's final press conference of the season. Carroll talks about the one thing that had the biggest impact on the team this year. Was it the distractions the team faced including a few moments from Richard Sherman, was it the youth of the offensive line or injuries the team faced throughout the season?

Looking ahead we get a sense of where this team may have diverted from Carroll's philosophy. Can we expect a shift moving ahead to next season. We also get some hints at where this team may focus some attention in the draft. While Adam was surprised to see the team focused at running back at 2016, there may be another surprise in 2017 at where we see Seattle focus its attention.

Clinton Bonner joins the show to talk about some of the highs and lows of the 2016 season. Seahawks.com took a look at some award winning performances from the past season and Adam, Brandan and Clinton each offer their takes on competition at each spot and if there were some more worthy players deserving of the end-of-year awards.

A long show for you this week as we get into a couple emails before moving on to a do better for the NFL and for Bruce Arians of the Arizona Cardinals. Better at life nods go out to Colin Cowherd and Adam's admiration for his views on the Falcons and to Marshawn Lynch for his latest trip to Houston, Scotland and how his Skittles endorsement finally won Brandan over.

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Direct download: Episode143.mp3
Category:Seahawks -- posted at: 6:03pm MST

With the Seahawks season coming to a close, the big question being thrown around is wondering if the window for this Seattle team has closed. Adam wonders why we are even asking the question, because from the sounds of the media reports coming out of this game is the conclusion has already been reached. But, anyone making that claim must not actually be paying attention to the personnel this team has or looking around the division at the competition in the NFC West.

Going back to last Saturday, the Seahawks season ends on a 36-20 to the Atlanta Falcons. With a week to reflect on the game, Adam and Brandan take a look back at some of the key moments and debate where things really went off track for the team after they got out to an unusual start for a road playoff game. Some of the same road struggles continued from earlier on this season, from red zone production and pass protection to not getting timely turnovers.

The talk from the Falcons game turns to some listener emails and questions including whether or not the Seahawks should bring back Jimmy Graham. One reporter in the Seattle area makes a claim that the Seahawks, as a team, are no longer a likeable group of players. The guys talk about how Michael Bennett's outburst after the game contributes to that feeling. It leads into the latest controversy surrounding Richard Sherman and an alleged injury that wasn't reported during the season.

In the second portion of the show, the guys talk about some of the things we plan for the offseason and would like to get listeners feedback and thoughts on some things to include. In the mailbag segment Ryan in Fairbanks, Alaska, tells a great story of all the effort that he went through to try and support the Seahawks and ensure that he couldn't be held responsible for a team loss based on his prior history. Aaron in Manitoba runs down a list of everything we as Seahawks fans should be proud of and look forward to with next year's Seahawks team.

Closing out the show, a school district in Maryland makes a terrible decision to fire an employee and a Seahawks.com writer already appears to be jinxing a player for the 2017 season. Both need to do better. Better at life nods go to the United States for a peaceful weekend and to the Sea Hawkers and members of the Flock who have contributed toward building a house in Haiti.

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Direct download: Episode142.mp3
Category:Seahawks -- posted at: 3:00am MST

The guys offered their initial thoughts on the Falcons matchup earlier this week and now they're back with some additional focus on the matchup with Atlanta. First, it's a quick look back at three key plays from the Lions game and the historic accomplishment by Thomas Rawls.

This weekend the Seahawks get the chance to start off the NFL action with a rematch this Saturday against the Falcons. Adam and Brandan look at some key personnel differences from that Week 6 game as well as some differences in the level of health of key players. Two questions: Can the Seahawks dominate the Falcons to the same level they did at CenturyLink? And will they be able to overcome their playoff history under Pete Carroll where they have always started out in at least a two-score hole before they've been able to put points on the board?

We let you know about some events in the Atlanta area for fans traveling to the game and welcome the new members of the flock. Do better calls go out to a police chief in Michigan and to some of the coverage previewing the matchup to this weekend's Seahawks game. Better at life nods go to former Seahawks defensive back Tyvis Powell and to the Russian Sea Hawkers for an great gift for Earl Thomas.

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Direct download: Episode141b.mp3
Category:Seahawks -- posted at: 1:52am MST

A joint playoff victory celebration as Adam and Brandan are joined by UK Sea Hawkers Ross and Adam of The Pedestrian Podcast. The Seahawks running game returns with Thomas Rawls doing the things we saw from him last season and helping lead the Seahawks to a 26-6 victory.

Seattle also got it done through the air and while nobody was shocked to see Baldwin go over 100 yards, some incredible grabs by Paul Richardson made folks (including Chris Collinswoth) wonder if Odell Beckham had suited up in Richardson's gear for this game.

The defense helps get it done as well, holding the Lions out of the end zone and keeping them to two field goals. Adam thinks a game ball should go to the Lions receivers for the number of key drops they had, which definitely contributed to the low score for Detroit.

With the Falcons coming up, each guy offers up a concern heading into the Falcons matchup. It brings up a number of questions. Can this Seahawks team show up in the same way they did for 3 quarters against Atlanta in their regular season matchup? Can the Seahawks offensive line provide the same type of effort against a defensive line that was ranked similarly against the run as Detroit was, and can Pete Carroll's Seahawks finally get off to a good start on the road?

If this team can pull together and offer the same type of focus they did when playing the Patriots earlier on in this season, then we can expect to see our Seahawks back in the NFC Championship game.

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Direct download: 2017WildCard.mp3
Category:Feature -- posted at: 2:04am MST

We've raved about the Rain City Redemption series in the past. It's a must watch set of videos for Seahawks fans and it's hard to believe it has been as long as it has since the last movie in the series.

 

The Rain City Miracle came out this week and creator of the series William Cornell joins us once again to talk about what went into this project and why he felt this was a story that needed to be told and in the archives along with previous episodes. He talks about the process it takes to put something like this together and why this video takes a bit of a different approach compared to previous episodes in the series.

 

One of the videos greatest attributes, since it's about an amazing comeback in the NFC Championship game, we don't even have to suffer through another viewing of the play from the following game. You know which play we mean.

 

Look back at some of the adversity from that season as well as some key moments that foreshadow this team's ability to never doubt themselves even when it looks like there is no chance to win. This is how the 2014 season should be remembered!

 

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Category:Feature -- posted at: 12:00pm MST

The Seahawks close out the regular season with their fifth straight 10-win season. It's an incredible accomplishment, so why do so many Seahawks fans seem down? Maybe it's because the team was a field goal kick or maybe even an extra point away from having a first round bye. If there's one small upside, it's that we don't have to wait an extra week to cheer our Seahawks on in the playoffs. 

Before the guys break down areas where the Seahawks may look to exploit this Lions team, they look back at a win over the 49ers. Again, a lot of fans were down about this game and the guys talk about why it may have had something to do with how this game started and expectations for a need to come out with a more dominant result on the scoreboard.

Adam watched this game after hearing the fan reaction of the game and talks about his reaction to the Seahawks performance. Was it a mistake to pull Russell so early in the fourth quarter? The guys talk about what they liked from T-Boyk's performance late in the game.

Going into this game, the guys are chock full of stats on how the Lions have performed this season. The Seahawks have a clear edge when it comes to the Seattle defense versus the Detroit defense, but Adam and Brandan look at what Stafford has done so many times this season to help the Lions overcome fourth quarter deficits.

After the break, the guys get into the Do Better and Better at Life segments. An Ohio State Buckeye fan crosses the line in how fans should react to player performance and the Carolina Panthers show why they might be the most mentally weak team in the NFL this season. Two defensive standouts this season carry the final segment as Frank Clark and Bobby Wagner get credit for leadership on the sidelines and performance on the field.

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Direct download: Episode140.mp3
Category:Seahawks -- posted at: 2:10am MST

If you're angry about this last game against the Cardinals, this is the show to listen to. We share your emotion, passion and disappointment with how this last game went for the Seahawks, because there was so much to be upset about. There were issues on offense, issues on defense, issues on special teams, beloved players were injured and the Seahawks lost their hold on the #2 seed. Now we have to also be Saints fans in addition to being Seahawks fans this final week of the season.

After an incredibly poor showing in the first half, the Seahawks offense managed to get things going in the second half. Doug Baldwin lit up the Cardinals defense and Russell Wilson threw for 350 yards and four touchdowns. But turnovers and special teams cost the team in this game as well as a deep touchdown pass that gave the Cardinals easy points. The guys discuss whether or not it's ever okay to boo your team.

Seattle is in the postseason and a win over the San Francisco 49ers guarantees they won't play the Giants in the first round of the playoffs. The guys talk about strategies in terms of playing time for the team and whether or not a bye is a good thing for this Seattle team.

The Bills as well as the outrage culture on Twitter are targeted this week in the Do Better segment and Better at Life nods go to a basketball player for the Cavs and a Chiefs defensive lineman.

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Direct download: Episode139.mp3
Category:Seahawks -- posted at: 1:19am MST