We’ll start today with Seattle Times columnist Larry Stone writing about what has been one of the leading topics in these parts the last few days — the Seahawks’ schedule.
Stone, though, says he thinks it is much ado about little.
“My feeling is that this is much ado about little. It’s not as if the league is taking home games away from Seattle. They’ll still get eight of ‘em, just like always. It’s just that, for now, seven will be played in the afternoon – which, when you get down to it, is much more convenient for all involved. Rest assured that the television audience for attractive Seahawks games at the Clink will still be vast, even outside of prime time. Unless a blowout develops, of course.
I say, for now, because by virtue of the league’s new “flex scheduling” policy, games can be switched into Sunday Night Football as early as Week 5, as opposed to Week 11 in previous years. That means Seahawks home dates against the Cowboys (Oct. 6), Raiders (Nov. 2) and Giants (Nov. 9), as well as three after that, could become prime-time home games, making this discussion moot.
Besides, the Seahawks have more to worry about than the number of prime-time home games. They were saddled with an unusually early bye (Week 4), leaving them with a finishing stretch of 13 straight weeks without a break. They open with three straight games against 2013 playoff teams, and close with five division games over the final six weeks. Throw in the quality of opponents – sixth toughest, according to last year’s records – and it’s a potentially brutal slate.”
— Also today is my look at five questions about the Seahawks as they began Phase One of their off-season program this week.
— And make sure you don’t miss this cool story from Adam Jude on Seattle’s lost sports landmarks.
— Seahawks players were scanned for Madden on Friday.
— NFL.com looking ahead to Fail Mary II (though not sure that’s exactly the name Seahawks fans prefer for that game).
— ESPN’s Eric Williams on whether the Chargers can copy the Seahawks’ style of defense.
— DeShawn Shead recently visited, and played the piano for, some senior Seahawks fans.
— The Kansas City Star has the Seahawks taking Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the first round.
— Richard Sherman among those who played in Larry Fitzgerald’s softball game this weekend.
— A look back at the career of former Seahawk Ricky Watters.
— Interesting look here at the 49ers’ off-field issues from the San Jose Mercury News.
— The Denver Post’s Woody Paige is already predicting a Broncos win at Seattle.