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The official home for audio programming from Field Gulls, SB Nation's community for fans of the Seattle Seahawks.
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Last season the Seahawks defensive line dropped to 26th in the NFL in terms of pass rush productivity, as measured by Pro Football Focus. Considering they were 1st and 3rd in their two Super Bowl seasons, it seems to measure up to how we felt about the defensive line in those seasons. Considering they lost Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril and Sheldon Richardson after the 2017 season, a drop was expected, but to get back to a top unit on the defensive line they're going to need to see improvements. While it's tough to project an improvement with the loss of Frank Clark, there are a number of players on the roster who have finished in the top 100 in terms of pass rush productivity in past seasons. We talk about the players who need to maintain their past efforts, return to previous form or develop as young talent to get the Seahawks back among the top defensive lines in the NFL.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Leading into the 2019 Seahawks season there are questions for at every position groups. One of the most intriguing questions is who will take over for Doug Baldwin as Russell Wilson's favorite target. The easy answer is Tyler Lockett, especially after his season last year. He hit double digits in terms of his touchdown numbers, but never felt like the same type of red zone threat that Baldwin proved to be so good at and there also wasn't a clear favorite for going to on third down. Who fills that gap in 2019 and which one of the rookies have the highest expectations to produce early on? Clinton Bonner joins Brandan Schulze to break down all of the questions we have at wide receiver and tight end going into the upcoming season.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Former Field Gulls contributor now with the Athletic, Sam Gold joins the podcast this week to talk about his 22-minute film breakdown between Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson. Comparing areas like accuracy, arm strength, vision, pocket awareness and more, Wilson edged out Luck in the overall analysis, which seems to have a lot of Colts fans fuming. Gold does say that Colts fans who have actually watched the video all the way through believe that his analysis on Lucks strengths and weaknesses is fair however. In the video, Gold is critical of Wilson's vision on the field as well as his pocket awareness, but his elite ranking in terms of his accuracy is really what put Wilson in a strong position ahead of Luck, even before considering Luck's injury history. Follow Sam on Twitter @SamuelRGold.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Seahawks mini camp wrapped up this past week and Russell Wilson took to the podium on Wednesday to talk about his plans to continue to work with receivers in the upcoming weeks and how he feels about D.K. Metcalf. Wilson says Metcalf has been "looking really, really special" and was among the group Wilson pointed to for guys to step up with the departure of Doug Baldwin. He also talks about rookie Gary Jennings and how he coached his YMCA basketball team "back in the day." Russ also talks about the offensive line and from the way he lists off the five starters, it sounds as though the line has already solidified, which is something we haven't seen from the Seahawks in a while.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The third week of OTAs has concluded and this week cornerback Shaquille Griffin took to the podium to talk about about how his mindset and his diet have changed since the end of last year.  He also talks about some of the changes his twin brother Shaquem has made in the offseason after his rookie year and his potential new role with the team mirroring what he did in college as a pass rusher.  With Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor all having moved on from the team, Griffin sees himself as the player to pass along a lot of the knowledge he picked up from his former teammates. Especially with Bradley McDougald out with a knee injury, he sees a leadership role for himself along the group of young defensive backs. Griffin has also had the opportunity to go up against rookie D.K. Metcalf in 7-on-7 drills during OTAs. Shaquille talks about some of the growth that he's seen from Metcalf in just the first few weeks of working together.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The second week of OTAs is coming to a close and on the afternoon of May 29th, linebacker K.J. Wright took to the podium to offer his thoughts about being back in Seattle for his 9th season with Seattle, what it's like being the longest tenured Seahawks player and how he feels about being among only three players left from the 2013 squad that won the Super Bowl. Because he ended up hitting the free agent market, Wright talked about how he didn't expect to come back for 2019 and thought he'd be wearing a different color uniform. Now that Russell Wilson is under contract, the main focus of the offseason appears to be how Bobby Wagner is due for a new deal now that he's going into the final year of his contract. K.J. was asked whether he has any advice for Wagner going into his negotiations, as well as how Wagner's participation in OTAs is viewed by other players in the locker room. Ultimately, Wright feels as though Bobby will certainly get a deal done this offseason.The Seahawks picked up two new linebackers through the draft and Wright offers his perspective on just how well they're picking up on the transition from college to the pros. He also talks about some of his offseason plans for humanitarian work in Africa as well as a new podcast he's doing with former Seahawks linebacker Mike Morgan.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
With the Seahawks in need of a veteran pass rushing presence after the departure of Frank Clark, the Seahawks turn to one of their favorite places the last couple seasons - the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Ziggy Ansah was the fifth pick overall that season and is coming off a year where he was franchise tagged by the Detroit Lions. Unfortunately injuries sidelined him for much of the season, and as Jeremy Reisman of Pride of Detroit explains, it was a common theme for Ansah over the past three seasons. But if Ansah can return to his Pro Bowl form in 2015, it could remind Seahawks fans of another outstanding pass rusher that they were able to pull away from the Lions ahead of Seattle's Super Bowl season.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Seattle Seahawks 2019 Draft class has been finalized and the team comes away with 11 draft picks after having only four selections a week ago. John Schneider made a record number of trades and even traded up on a couple occasions including a move up into the second round to pick up a wide receiver who was initially expected to be one of the first off the board in the entire draft.Rob Staton and Brandan Schulze run through the selections from the Seahawks draft and talk about what will be one of the biggest criticisms of the draft and how the team may have a plan for addressing additional needs along the defensive line. Rob talks about how Seattle could even consider going after Jadeveon Clowney, with the rumors that the Houston Texans may have been looking to get into a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.A report came out during the draft that Doug Baldwin may have played his last snap in the NFL and is considering retirement. Rob talks about how that could have played a role in the Seahawks grabbing two receivers with their first five picks. The slide down the draft board for D.K. Metcalf was a long one and when the Seahawks selected him at the end of round two, the emotion came out in his phone call with Schneider and Pete Carroll. Tune in to hear discussions around each one of the Seahawks selections: L.J. Collier, Marquise Blair, D.K. Metcalf, Cody Barton, Gary Jennings, Phil Haynes, Ugo Amadi, Ben Burr-Kirven, Travis Homer, Memarcus Christmas and (announced live as we were recording the podcast) John Ursua.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Just a week ago, the Seattle Seahawks only had four picks going into the 2019 NFL Draft. With the trade of Frank Clark to Kansas City and two trades down from the 21st pick overall and the 30th pick in the first round, Seattle now has a total of nine picks and their first round selection was TCU defensive end L.J. Collier. Collier is a player who had been previously discussed on the show, particularly because the Seahawks seemed to show so much interest in the pass rusher for the Horned Frogs. They had scouts at the Senior Bowl, they met with Collier at the combine, Seattle was on hand for the TCU Pro Day and the team invited him to the VMAC for a Top 30 visit.On the show, Rob Staton and Brandan Schulze go over the moves Seattle made in the first round and talk about the type of player they are getting with Collier. Rob says, "Be happy about this pick! L.J. Collier: great prospect, well worth a late first round pick, great choice by the Seahawks."He compares Collier's pressure percentage stats in 2018 to a couple picks who went ahead of him like Brian Burns and Montez Sweat, but says Collier comes without some of the main concerns that allowed those two players two drop out of the top 10.Brian Baldinger recently broke down some of Collier's tape on Twitter. "You ain't doing your homework on Collier, you're lazy. You're looking at stupid, underwear stats in Indianapolis. This guy's a football player.Where do the Seahawks go next? The guys look at some of the options at the top of the second round and look ahead to the fourth round at some of the positions they could now consider as the team holds four picks in the fourth round and two more picks in the fifth round.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Kansas City Chiefs trade for the Seattle Seahawks former 2015 second-round draft pick Frank Clark, sending the 29th overall pick to Seattle along with a second round selection in 2020. In addition, the Seahawks swap picks with the Chiefs in the third round this year.  Clark gets a big contract as part of the deal. Adam Emmert and Brandan Schulze react to the deal that gives Clark more than $63 million guaranteed and $105 million over 5 years.Considering the amount of money that Clark received from Kansas City and the compensation the Seahawks get, it's tough to be upset about the move. It makes a lot of sense for Seattle considering they were set to go into Thursday's draft with just four picks, plus they have Bobby Wagner and Jarran Reed on deck for contracts. Clark also had some interesting comments on the way out the door that he shared with ESPN's Josina Anderson. Adam and Brandan talk about how money equates respect in the NFL and how Clark appears to feel disrespected that the Seahawks weren't willing to pay him this amount to stay in Seattle.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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