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Terrell Owens sees NFL players making the police blotter and shakes his head.
Somehow, T.O. was the bad boy?
“You look at some of the stuff guys are doing now, domestic violence, players killing players, just everything,” Owens said in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday. “You have so many guys with off-the-field problems, drug issues, alcohol problems and they’re still given second chances and third chances. They’re putting them in rehab and keeping them on the team. I never had those issues. It’s disappointing.”
Owens played his last NFL game on Dec. 19, 2010. But the five-time All-Pro wide receiver still thinks he can play at age 40.
“They brought up my age when I was 35, 36 and I’m still in just as good shape as I was then,” Owens said. “Jerry (Rice) played until he was 42. At 39, I ran a 4.43 40-yard dash. You look at the number of dropped balls and the way guys are playing now and you can’t honestly say I can’t do better.”
Pyro's take: Owens has not always made the best choices, but he makes a lot of sense to me. It does seem like Owens has been blackballed from the league, and honestly I would love to see someone give him one more chance.
Terrell should call Jim Harbaugh and see if he can't convince him to sign Owens back where he started. At his current age he is not going to present the same drama he did when he was in his prime, and why wouldn't a team want a player with something to prove who will play for the veteran minimum, just to get another shot.
Harvin reminds fantasy owners not to forget about him
He was a gamble. Percy Harvin has always been a gamble.
The Seattle Seahawks gave up a first-round draft pick and $67 million over six years for the rights to a receiver who played in one regular-season game and had one regular-season catch.
It turned out to be a bargain.
Harvin changed the entire dynamic of the Seahawks' 43-8 Super Bowl rout on Sunday, blowing apart the Denver Broncos' defense with two jet sweeps from scrimmage and providing the signature highlight with a kick return for a touchdown that crushed any hopes of a second-half Broncos comeback. It was vintage Harvin: When he is healthy, he is unstoppable.
"A play waiting to happen," said Seahawks backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, who played with Harvin in Minnesota.
Harvin took the opening kickoff of the second half and ran a counter-right – a play he's been waiting to unveil for weeks. Part of the reason for the wait was simple: Harvin wasn't healthy enough to run it.
"We hadn't put it on film all year," Harvin said, "so we knew there was a great chance that we could catch them off-guard."
Pyro's take: Harvin only had one catch for five yards in the game, but also added 45 yards on two carries to go along with his return touchdown. Even in those limited touches Percy showed just how deadly he can be.
There is no doubt that with an entire off-season to heal and work within the offense, Harvin will be a dominant player again next year. The big question will be how high he will go in drafts. One thing in certain, the Seahawks expect him to be a big part of their offensive plans.
Wilson happy Super Bowl not in a dome for third straight year
Russell Wilson's career regular season W-L record is super-impressive at 24-8, while his playoff record is of equal notability at 3-1.
However, though the sample-size may be small, Wilson's record in a dome during his first two years in the league has been rather unremarkable at 2-4 (2-3 reg. season, 0-1 playoffs).
Pyro's take: The reason I mention Wilson's dome record is because there are a lot of people out there - fans, media and the players themselves - who believe that the Super Bowl should always be played in either warm weather or in a domed stadium. Each of the last two Super Bowls were played in a dome (2012 at Lucus Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and 2013 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans) and if the general consensus were running the ship, this year would have marked three in a row.
That being said, with all the recent talk about the looming weather and it's expected effect on Super Bowl XLVIII, I'm betting Russell Wilson and the rest of the Seattle Seahawks players are among the minority keeping their lips sealed.
Marshawn Lynch has managed to put up a rushing touchdown for the Seahawks in five of his six career playoff games (six total TDs). He also has four 100-yard games with three of them going for more than 130 yards.
Pyro's take: Lynch's running style isn't the ONLY reason he came to be known as "Beast Mode". It seems that when the chips are on the table, Lynch comes through like not many can.
While I can't say I expect the Seahawks to beat the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, I'm pretty sure it won't be because Beast Mode failed them.
A touchdown might be a given here, while 100+ yards looks more than likely as well.
Carroll, 62, and Harbaugh, 50, have been battling each other for supremacy for seven years, first in the then-Pacific-10 Conference, where Harbaugh's upstart Stanford program helped end Carroll's University of Southern California dynasty, and now in the NFL, where they have battled for NFC West pre-eminence, Carroll as head coach of the Seattle Seahawks and Harbaugh as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.
Ever since their famous "What's your deal?" confrontation in a postgame midfield handshake after Stanford's statement rout of USC in 2009, everyone has assumed that there is a component of animosity in the rivalry.
This week, both coaches are saying that's not the case.
As coaches in the same college conference and the same pro division, they've had conversations, right? Do they get along?
"We've had football," he said. "Competition. Winning. That's sports. That's what we've had. Great competition."
Carroll was asked Thursday at his team's headquarters in Renton, Wash., what's the deal with his relationship with Harbaugh?
"What's the deal, huh?" Carroll said. "We have not been friends over the years. We don't know each other very well. It's a very, very confined relationship in that regard.
"For whatever reason, you guys have had a field day with thinking that it's something other than it is. I have great respect for what Jim's done. I think he's a tremendous football coach. So that's it. That's where it stops and starts. All the rest of this stuff, you guys have had a blast with it. But there's nothing there, you know?"
Pyro's take: This is a huge game today between these two rivals, and while they are saying all the right things to the public this week, I think you and I know the truth.
The similarity between the two is that they have both had a lot of success, and have battled each other in the same division or conference for the last seven years. They do not like each other!
I don't care what they say, this is a major rivalry between coaches, and that has been transcribed to each of their teams. Not only does the winner of this game go to the Super Bowl, but they will also have the ultimate in bragging rights against their biggest rival.
“He will not make it through the doctor’s protocol and will not be able to go.” Pete Carroll said earlier today.
Pyro's take: Percy finally made it back playing football again, and bam get leveled for a concussion. It appears that now that his hip is finally ok, his head isn't.
The Seahawks offense has averaged less than 150 yards passing over the past 5 games, so to say they needed Harvin is an understatement. Yeah the team won 14 games this year without him, but they are looking pretty Beast Mode-dimensional these days.
Luke Willson a better sleeper than Miller this week?
Miller has played in six games against the 49ers since joining the Seahawks back in 2011. Of those six games, Zach's best fantasy performance came in Week 2 of this season when he caught two of his four targets for a whopping 22 yards.
Pyro's take: Eeesh!
In fact, the total of Miller's six games (8 recs, 78 yards, 0 TDs) barely equals what rookie Luke Willson did against them in Week 14 alone (3 recs, 70 yards, 1 TD)!!!
If you're looking for a fantasy sleeper this week because everyone else is drafting tight ends Julius Thomas and Vernon Davis to their team, Luke just might be your guy.
The Seahawks have adhered steadfastly to what Pete Carroll on Monday called “The Formula,’’ and it has served them well.
You know the drill: Tenacious, ballhawking defense. The punishing running of Marshawn Lynch. Opportunistic special teams. A decided advantage in the giveaway-takeaway ratio.
And quarterback Russell Wilson making it all purr, not necessarily with swashbuckling bravado, but rather prudent decision-making and, above all else, an overriding focus on keeping the ball out of the other team’s hands.
Do all that, Carroll said, “and we’re going to have a really good chance to win.”
Pyro's take: Wilson has a chance to continue to do all the right things and lead his team to the Super Bowl. Although, he will most likely be the worst performing fantasy quarterback this weekend.
During the regular season Russell threw for less than 200 yards six times. Three of those came in his last four games, followed by a 103 yard performance last week. That makes four out of five weeks throwing less than 200 yards, and the one where he threw more went for a mere 206 yards. This week should make five of his last six. He also has four touchdown passes with three interceptions total over his last five games.
If you ask Percy Harvin if he is playing this Saturday against the Saints, his answer is "Absolutely"! Coach Carroll concurs and stated that "Percy's playing" without limitations, adding "If he's going, he's going."
Pyro's take: It's been a weird season for Percy, but it appears that any issues with soreness and swelling in his hip are behind him and the dynamic split end is going to be playing for the Seahawks this weekend.
Bad timing for the Saints I guess, because he'll be returning kicks as well.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said after practice today that receiver Percy Harvin and cornerback Brandon Browner will not play Sunday against the 49ers.
Neither is a surprise, but Carroll had been optimistic on Wednesday that each might have a shot.
As for Harvin, Carroll said he hoped there was a chance he could play next week.
“We are looking forward to next week being a really important week,” Carroll said. “We think we’ve got a shot at it, so it’s important for us to go ahead and I don’t care about making that statement now that we are hoping that next week is a big week for us with him. We are kind of week-to-week in a sense as we go forward.”
Pyro's take: This is so frustrating. Harvin was supposed to be the ace in the hole for all of us and many of you who listened to us and grabbed him. Unfortunately, he is going to miss another week, which makes we worry that they may hold him out until the actual playoffs.
There is no reason for the Seahawks to rush Harvin back, and with his continued setbacks I would not expect to see him making a difference for your fantasy team next week either.
Tarvaris Jackson knew the reaction would be even better than the return. He played with Percy Harvin before. He knows the Harvin effect.
After a year on the mend, after two surgeries, after changing teams and signing a $67 million contract, Harvin returned to NFL action Sunday. He played sparingly in the Seahawks’ 41-20 victory over Minnesota. It was only a sip of what he could do. Still, his talent left you laughing so hard that you spit out your drink.
So when the new star Seahawks wide receiver burst free for a 58-yard kickoff return just before halftime, Jackson grinned and watched everyone who was watching Harvin. He saw a CenturyLink Field crowd of 68,235 erupt, almost in rhythm with the Seahawks sideline. It looked like the most enthusiastic group dance ever. Harvin had done the spectacular in his Seattle debut, and Jackson looked on like a proud event planner.
“I was happy watching everybody responding to him and understanding that now, officially, he is a part of the team,” said Jackson, the Seahawks backup quarterback, who played with Harvin in Minnesota in 2009 and 2010. “Get ready to be amazed.”
Get ready to make “wow” your favorite word.
Get ready for random bursts of glee.
Harvin is a Seahawk, at last.
Pyro's take: Harvin only had one catch for 17 yards, and he was not used as much as I had anticipated. Percy showed he still has all the ability in the world, and will be a force in the fantasy playoffs.
Harvin will now get a bye week to get himself prepared for making a major impact on the Seahawks passing game. You better believe that when he takes the field again in week 13, he will be at 100% and playing a lot more.
Percy Harvin is indeed practicing today (though off-limits to the media until he completes one). Carroll said Harvin said he feels 100 percent. But Carroll repeated what he said on Monday, that they will want to see how he responds to a week of practice before making a decision. He said they won’t put Harvin out there until they feel he is 100 percent.
Pyro's take: Carroll has stood strong on saying that Harvin will not play until he gets a full week of practice in, but that is the not the same information that we are getting from Percy.
Earlier this week Harvin tweeted out, "It's go time", and what better time than this week against his former team. The Vikings are struggling this season, and Harvin would love to be back for this game to show Minnesota what they have been missing without him.
“It’s different,” Baldwin said Wednesday, when the 8-1 Seahawks began practicing for Sunday’s game against the 2-6 Falcons in Atlanta. “When you’re on the outside, you’re routes are different obviously. It’s more of a timing thing. You’ve got to be at a certain spot on time.
“Whereas in the slot, I have more freedom to get open, I’m usually the third read, so Russell (Wilson) has time to get back to me. When you’re on the outside, there’s not much leeway. You’ve got to be a specific route runner, which I think I’m pretty capable at.
“So I enjoyed it.”
Baldwin had a team-leading six catches – the third-highest total of his career – for 75 yards in Sunday’s overtime victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at CenturyLink Field, including a 10-yard touchdown reception to tie the score with less than two minutes left in regulation.
“The game plan was the same,” Baldwin said. “I just think that obviously I had more opportunities because I filled in for Sid, but then also when we went on third down I still went back to my normal position. So I got a lot more opportunities than I’m used to, but I just tried to make the best of them.”
Pyro's take: Baldwin has stepped up his game with the loss of Sidney Rice. The news that Percy Harvin is coming back, is now news that will not effect Baldwin. He will remain starting in Rice's role when Harvin returns, so if you are looking for potential in a deeper league, Baldwin might be worth a shot. This could be a good week for him against a struggling Falcons team.
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport is reporting this morning that Percy Harvin will begin practicing with the Seahawks next week:
That’s not a huge surprise given the optimistic comments on Monday from coach Pete Carroll when he said everything was “going great” on Harvin’s return.
But a report that he will definitively being practice next week indicates that there have indeed been no setbacks suffered during his recent workouts and that the team has seen enough of what they needed to see in his workouts to clear him.
After playing Arizona tonight, the Seahawks will be off through the weekend before returning to work on Monday in preparation for a game the following Monday at St. Louis.
Pyro's take: Get ready to reap all the rewards for stashing Harvin on your bench on all season. He will begin practicing next week and will have the possibility of returning for the Seahawks next game. Even if he does not come back for 2 more weeks, he is going to have a major impact on fantasy teams going forward. The Seahawks have nobody that will challenge him for targets when he returns, and he could quickly regain WR1 status.
Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, speaking Monday morning on his weekly radio show on 710 ESPN Seattle, said wide receiver Percy Harvin is "getting closer" to returning from his hip surgery two months ago to repair a torn labrum in his hip.
"He will be back in town this week," Carroll said of the wide receiver. "He was in New York to make sure the doctor that did the surgery, and his rehab team, were ready to sign off on it.
"I know he started running last week. I don't know any more than that until we get him out here, but it's encouraging. We're getting closer. It's going to happen as soon as possible."
Pyro's take: Percy is going to get back this season and he will make a fantasy impact. Russell Wilson will welcome him back with open arms when Harvin is ready, and he will be sure to target him a lot as well. Wilson, like Colin Kaepernick, has struggled with his number one threat getting hurt before the season even started.
The good news is that he is getting closer to getting back, and week 8 is not out of the realm of possibilities. Those of you who were smart enough to stash him on your rosters are going to get a huge boost for the stretch run.
Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin, who will sit out the start of 2013 after hip surgery last month, said Wednesday that his recovery is progressing along nicely and suggested that he could be ready to play earlier than expected.
“What’s goin on 12th man,” Harvin wrote on Twitter, “just checkn in … I’m making serious progress … keep an eye on week 7 … don’t hang them 11′s up … we workn.”
Pyro's take: Percy Harvin may be a little optimistic thinking he could be ready for week 7, but the fact that his recovery is going well is great news, especially for savvy owners, like myself, who have been grabbing him at the end of drafts for that extra push in the fantasy playoffs.
If Harvin is able to return under a more modest time frame, say weeks 10-12, then he is still an amazing value and should be plucked up off the waiver wires if you have a spot to stash him on your team. When he does return he should not take too long to get heavily involved in the offense, and on top of that he will have some real fresh legs when you need him down the stretch. Harvin has a much better chance of an early return as compared to Michael Crabtree, so if you have the space on your roster and he is available, GRAB HIM NOW!
Wilson finished with 8-of-12 from 127 yards and two touchdown passes, as the Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos 40-10. Wilson found Sean McGrath and Kearse for his passing touchdowns, and the Seahawks didn’t seem too phased by not having Percy Harvin available.
Pyro's take: Wilson is looking to pick up where he left off last season, and is off to a good start. Wilson just looks so confident, and there are sure to be a few more wrinkles in the offense we have not seen yet.
Wilson has seen has draft stock fall, since the injury to Percy Harvin, but he is showing that he will be fine. Wilson is not going to be a top quarterback in passing yards, but his ability to run, along with his accuracy and touchdown potential Wilson is a quarterback to grab if you wait for one in your draft.
Christine Michael got the majority of work for the Seahawks in their first preseason game, carrying the ball 16 times for 89 yards.
Pyro's take: Michael is battling and winning the battle against Robert Turbin for the backup role to Marshawn Lynch. Michael is a big back at 5'10" and 221 pounds. He showed in this preseason game that he can be a workhorse back. Michael also showed some burst breaking off a 24-yard run. Michael is the future for the Seahawks and a mist grab in dynasty leagues. He is also proving that he is a traditional handcuff to Lynch as he could put up comparable numbers if Lynch goes down.
Zach Miller had been taking it easy through the first week of training camp, dealing with a lingering foot injury. On Wednesday Miller was seen with his knee wrapped up as well.
Pyro's take: This is not good news for the Seahawks and Miller, who showed big play ability in the playoffs last season. The Seahwaks are already dealing with losing Percy Harvin for 3-4 months, and Sydney Rice is in Switzerland getting treatment on his knee. Miller is expected to pick up more targets with the injuries, but if he can't stay on the field it won't matter.