Seahawks Are At A Crossroads

Seahawks Are At A Crossroads

Seattle faced with ground to make up.

The 2017 NFL season has come and gone, and the Seattle Seahawks are in a rough spot entering the offseason. Like many other teams across the league, they have a multitude of pressing needs for next season. Every team is viewed as imperfect heading into an offseason, but the 2017 Seahawks have a scourge of important decisions to make regarding their players.

The Seahawks have already made significant changes to their coaching staff, including firing longtime offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, offensive line coach Tom Cable and defensive coordinator Kris Richard. They have replaced them with Brian Schottenheimer, Mike Solari and Ken Norton Jr., respectively. These changes came after Seattle missed the NFL playoffs for the first time since 2011. It became clear that sticking with the same staff for another year would be ineffective if the Seahawks wished to return to the playoffs. It is now time to turn to the next phase of the offseason: free agency. It is time to see if any players whose contracts for other teams have expired can be of any use to the Seahawks. There seem to be promising players at nearly every position this year, and Seattle is certainly capable of signing at least a few of them. But there is another matter that factors in to all of this.

The salary cap will limit what the team can do in free agency, as many key players have expensive contracts that carry significant cap hits. The twist is that these players are huge contributors to the team’s success, such as Russell Wilson, Bobby Wagner and Earl Thomas. Additionally, the careers of stars Kam Chancellor and Cliff Avril are in jeopardy with neck injuries. However, there is plenty that the Seahawks can do to free up cap space. They can release a few players who have underachieved over the past few years such as cornerback Jeremy Lane, who has not panned out as expected. They can trade players for draft picks or other players with lower cap hits, and they can let players walk in free agency to make room for incoming free agents. I believe that the Seahawks will be able to do this, since they have escaped precarious cap situations before.

The Seahawks currently have needs at several positions. Most notably, they need talent at offensive line, tight end, defensive end, cornerback and kicker. There are lessons to be learned from the Super Bowl LII champion Philadelphia Eagles on how to be a truly great football team. First of all, depth at key positions greatly enhances a team’s chances of maintaining success if a primary player becomes injured. The Seahawks have plenty of depth at defensive tackle and safety, but they need additional talent at the positions mentioned above. One of the primary reasons the Eagles won the Super Bowl this year was their depth at seemingly every position. They were the most complete team in the NFL because of all of the talent they acquired. They did this primarily through free agency and trades, with some assistance in the 2017 NFL Draft.

There is no doubt in my mind that some players will leave Seattle via free agency to pursue opportunities with other teams. Others may join Seattle themselves, and the 2018 NFL Draft will provide plenty of young talent. However, the Seahawks must perfectly execute every move they make this offseason if they wish to return to the playoffs, let alone the Super Bowl.

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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Tiger Is Back And 2019 Is Starting To Look Up

Tiger Woods might now have the greatest comeback story in sports history.


It's no secret that Tiger Woods means a lot to the game of golf. I wrote about his influence back in September when he achieved his one and only tournament win in 2018, first since 2013. I did, however, celebrate his win with a caveat of sorts: I wouldn't say he was back.

In golf, no one cares about how big your prize purse is, how many endorsements you've got or even how many tournaments you win. A golfer's career is measured by how many Majors they win. So for me, I couldn't claim Tiger was back until he secured at least one more Major victory before he decided to hang up the clubs for good.

But now, with a Masters championship under his belt and another green jacket to hang in the closet, I can safely say without a doubt in my mind that Tiger is back.

The biggest question with Tiger was whether or not he could carry the momentum from his Tour Championship into the Masters. Tiger has gotten our hopes up before, but things felt different the moment Tiger claimed that first tournament win in what felt like forever.

And honestly, there's no better way for the world's biggest golfer than in the world's biggest tournament. The "Tiger Effect" is very real, and the numbers are there to prove it. Despite having to tee off early for the final round with threesomes instead of duos to avoid storms, the Masters still delivered incredibly high TV ratings as Tiger played his way into contention the past few days. According to CBS, the final round of the Masters delivered a 7.7 rating which is the highest it's been in 34 years. I'll never forget where I was when Tiger won his fifth green jacket, and I'm certainly not alone in saying that.

So what does this mean for Tiger's legacy? For one, the argument of "can Tiger win another major before he retires" can finally be put to rest. I'm not a huge fan of the talking heads in the sports industry, but watching this video of the slue of bad Tiger takes just brings a smile to my face. It also resurfaces the Jack Nicklaus debate as the greatest golfer of all time. Having now secured his 15th Major win, breaking Nicklaus' record at 18 Major wins seems entirely possible. Statistically, Tiger winning another Major is not outside of the realm of possibility. Julius Boros was the oldest player to win a Major at 48, so Tiger at 43 theoretically gives him another five years. One thing's for sure, the entire sports world will be watching.

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