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Before we see Dial of Destiny next month, Seaside Jay and I have been re-visiting the first four Indiana Jones movies and last night was our trip through The Last Crusade. It was during the opening sequence with River Phoenix as “young Indy” that I was reminded of a popular trope: “Everybody loves an origin story.”
Or at least, enough people are curious about hero origins that millions of hours of content have been created to satisfy that burning question, “How did this interesting character come to be so interesting?”
Such as in The Godfather: Part II, Batman Begins, and Kermit’s Swamp Years:
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A week ago, I started with first round receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba and how he came to be one of the most dominant high school football players in the history of Texas. Soon after posting it as a bonus article for people who opted to subscribe at the $120 per year premium level, I decided that it was a post I wanted every Seasider to be able to read eventually because as far as I know, Seahawks fans won’t find content like this anywhere else. So as of Tuesday morning, the Jaxon Smith-Njigba post is now public and if you’re a free subscriber, I implore you check it out to see if I’m telling no lies:
Then only three days after JSN, I gave the same treatment to seventh round running back Kenny McIntosh and how he got the nickname of “The Blueprint” as an 8-year-old peewee football player who would continue to dominate on the field through most of high school and then on his way to winning two national championships at Georgia. The McIntosh article was created for premium subscribers at the $5/month or $55/year level and as of this morning it is also now public for free subscribers to read:
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Tariq Woolen “out until training camp”
The Seahawks are not expecting to get Tariq Woolen back until training camp after the second-year cornerback underwent arthriscopic surgery on his knee on Tuesday. The optimistic view of the news is that nobody seems to be freaking out, with ESPN’s Brady Henderson noting “it wasn’t a significant injury” and that the team has no reservations about him being ready for camp.
The understandably pessimistic angle to take here for fans is…”Oh God why? No. No! Why God, why?”
Football players have bad shit happen to their bodies all the time, that’s the nature of the game and thankfully Woolen has no injury history that would give me pause about believing that he will recover and be fine. Woolen played in basically 100% of the snaps after Week 1 and he’s a physical specimen who wouldn’t be so speciministic if not for the fact that he takes good care of his body.
But it is doubly unfortunate that the Seahawks entered camp with Devon Witherspoon “nursing a hamstring injury” and on the second day of camp announce minor knee surgery for their other star cornerback.
The ideal here would be “Everybody’s fine, nobody’s hurt” but that’s just not realistic in the NFL. Ever. And it’s better for these issues to be on the docket for May than popping up in September, although it is also a reminder for fans that bad things will happen during the season. Now is the chance to find out how the depth is looking at every position and as far as cornerbacks go, that’s why the team re-signed Artie Burns on Monday.
Burns, still only 28, has the injury history that no cornerback wants. He played in 9% of the snaps with the Steelers in 2019, missed 2020, played in 39% of the snaps with the Bears in 2021, and played in 16 snaps with the Seahawks in 2022. He wasn’t going to have much of a role with Seattle anyway, but Burns is nonetheless nothing more than insurance and a veteran to help run plays in OTAs. Without him, the most veteran cornerbacks on the roster (not including safeties) would be Mike Jackson (year 5), Tre Brown and Isaiah Dunn (year 3), and then Woolen, Coby Bryant.
All things being healthy, I don’t expect Burns to make the 53-man roster. All things being football, the Seahawks have to be ready because of days like today.