On Saturday, Baldwin revealed the team’s plan to stand and interlock arms.
“We are a team comprised of individuals with diverse backgrounds,” Baldwin said in the video. “And as a team, we have chosen to stand and interlock arms in unity. We honor those who have fought for the freedom we cherish. And we stand to ensure that the riches of freedom, and the security of justice for all people. Progress can and will be made only if we stand together.”
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Speaking on NFL GameDay First on Sunday morning, former Seahawks running back and NFL Network analyst Michael Robinson provided more detailed behind why the players wanted to show a pregame display of team unity.
“They want to be specific that this is a sign of unity. I had a couple conversations last night, talked to (coach) Pete Carroll, a lot of the guys on the team, and they really feel like it’s time,” Robinson said. “I talked to coach about maybe this issue is a little bit bigger than football, and he agreed. Everybody who knows coach Carroll knows he’s a guy who likes to attack issues. And he thought this was great. It was all player driven … I think the Miami Dolphins jerseys have a little something they may do during the national anthem also.”
Robinson went on to detail that Carroll found it very important that the team address the issue.
“Carroll said something really interesting to me last night: He said, ‘Mike, somebody has to do this in our lifetime, it just has to be done. We’re not a perfect nation, our players are our role models whether they want to be or not and some things are just bigger than the game of football.'”
In addition, Carroll said white players on the team also embraced the idea of a display of team unity.
“One of my questions to coach Carroll was, how do the white players take this? And he said, ‘Mike, really, they came to it with their hearts open. They wanted to understand … it was an education process.”
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that the Seahawks planned to kneel togehter with their hands over their hearts during the anthem, but some players close with military objected.
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Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit during the national anthem to protest social injustice against African-Americans and other minorities in the United States has found support among NFL players.
Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane sat during the national anthem prior to Seattle’s final preseason contest against the Raiders. Lane told reporters he wanted to show support for Kaepernick’s protest and several of his Seahawks teammates publicly supported his decision.
No one knew how to feel about a tie, the first one in Seahawks history. And after a few minutes to collect their thoughts, they had no better answer post-game.
“Well that was really an amazing football game,” Pete Carroll told the team’s official site. “I don’t think I’ve ever been in a tie before, and my brain doesn’t know where to go on that. If I have, I don’t remember it, I’ve washed it out.”
Added Cliff Avril: “It’s my first time ever being a part of a tie. It’s like, do you celebrate, do you not? What do you do? We’ll just see how it plays out on the back end.”
The Cardinals were no more certain, though defensive back Tyrann Mathieu did call the result “upsetting” and that “everyone needs to be held accountable.”
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In a well-coached defensive game, sometimes that is not the case. Clearly, both sides had issues kicking the football. Stephen Hauschka wasn’t comfortable on either of the two kicks he made while Chandler Catanzaro jersey seemed to be rushing to avoid another center hop by Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner.
“He’s ready in the next couple weeks to get back in where he can start a game, take a game over and do all of the things that he can do,” Carroll said, via ESPN. “It’s still time to take care of him as we get him back. He only carried the ball a couple times so far. But he’s done everything we could ask of him. He’s had an extraordinary offseason of hard work. Everybody admires the heck out of him. He was here every day throughout the entire offseason getting ready and just did a great job. So it’s a great accomplishment for him. And he looks like he’s at full speed, ready to go.”
Rawls broke out in 2015, displayed extraordinary power and ability to pinball off defenders. The brawny, compact back plowed over opponents for 5.6 yards per carry, 830 yards and four touchdowns before his rookie season was prematurely ended by a broken ankle.
The 23-year-old Central Michigan product didn’t return until the final preseason game, taking two totes for seven yards.
With Christine Michael’s Awakening taking place this preseason, the Seahawks have the luxury of bringing Rawls along slow, ensuring he’s completely healthy before upping the workload.
“We’re just making progress with him,” Carroll said. “You don’t want to rush him. This is his second preseason game in a sense, as far as relative to the other guys. So we’ll see how he does. I’d love for him to carry the ball quite a bit in this game, and then we’ll know where we stand going into the next week. It’s just really bringing him along properly and carefully. We want to make sure we take care of him.”
With Michael showing spry cuts in space, keen vision and tackle breaking ability, the Seahawks will boast a stellar one-two punch in the backfield. But we won’t see it in full force until Rawls is fully healthy.