We may not often lead off this feature with news from outside of Seattle.
But with little NFL news in Seattle or elsewhere and one story dominating what news there is — the Aaron Hernandez case — it seemed somewhat appropriate to pass along this column from Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post who takes to task those using that incident as an indictment of the entire league (and not surprisingly, many of those making the harshest judgments are TV commentators, where subtlety is often lost in the quest for saying anything to get ratings).
Where this has some relevance to Seattle is in the reaction to the Seahawks’ run of PED suspensions the last few years. When Bruce Irvin was caught in May, it was the sixth positive test, and ultimately the fifth suspension of a Seahawk, in the last three years. As many stories then pointed out, that’s the most in the NFL, which led to all kinds of columns wondering if there’s something specifically wrong in Seattle — even Richard Sherman said that maybe the Seahawks have a PED problem.
But does Seattle’s five suspensions really mean there is that much more of an issue with the Seahawks than, say, with Denver or the New York Giants, which each have four? Or does life just bring with it some statistical probabilities and a certain percentage of NFL players — as is true with a certain percentage of the public — will get arrested each year, as will a certain percentage of players get suspended for PEDs?
As Jenkins points out, there can be dangers in using a small sample size to make sweeping judgments of a larger group.
In other news. …
— CBSSports.com offers a training camp preview of the Seahawks;
— Danny O’Neil breaks down Seattle’s receiving corps;
— Sherman’s new family foundation has the creative name of “Blanket Coverage;”
— Percy Harvin is mentioned in this NFL.com video as a player who may help his new team the most;
— Seahawk WR Charly Martin hosting a free youth camp in his hometown next week;
— Sort of a weird story out of San Francisco about 49 Ahmad Brooks having recently allegedly assaulted a teammate.