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Pre-Snap Reads 5/14: Coach Macdonald continues to build reputation

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By: Terrance Robinson

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From most all indications, our Seattle Seahawks hired perhaps the most dynamic and intelligent young defensive mind in the NFL. A small sample size would tell you that his ceiling is quite high, and yet it is a small sample size. There is much about the hire of Coach Macdonald that satisfies the senses and lifts the hopes of a thirsty fanbase. There is also much that still needs to realize itself. After all, his lifetime coaching record is literally 0-0. With that said, dive into the links below. Educate yourselves. Enjoy your Tuesday.

Seahawks News

4 takeaways from Mike Macdonald article on The Athletic – Seaside Joe
What to expect and not expect from the Seahawks D with Mike Macdonald: Seaside Joe 1899

How Mike Macdonald has NFL offenses guessing and defenses following his lead – The Athletic
The new Seahawks head coach’s defensive system is the latest trend to slow down scoring throughout the league.

Seahawks sign four draft picks, two tryout players – FOX13
The Seattle Seahawks signed four of their selections from the 2024 NFL Draft on Monday, as well as a pair of players that took part in their rookie mini-camp earlier this month on a tryout basis.

Here are what contracts tell us about Seahawks’ undrafted rookie class – The Seattle Times
Ultimately, whether any of the 18 undrafted rookie free agents the Seahawks have on their roster make the team will be determined by what they do on the field. Teams can give UDFAs guaranteed money in two ways — from a pool of $183,103 that each team receives to give in signing bonuses, and in guaranteed salary. The guaranteed money is important because every UDFA initially receives the same contract — a three-year deal that is worth $2,830,000 overall consisting of salaries of $795,000 in 2024, $960,000 in 2025 and $1,075,000 in 2026. Guaranteed salaries do not count extra against the salary cap, while the bonus money does.

Seahawks Sign 2024 Draft Picks Nehemiah Pritchett, Sataoa Laumea & D.J. James –
The Seahawks signed three more draft picks on Monday, meaning four of eight 2024 selections are now under contract.

What Seattle Seahawks were missing, could open up the offense – Seattle Sports
The Seattle Seahawks used the fewest in-cut routes of any team in the NFL last year. Michael Bumpus and Brock Huard on why that’s important.

Mina Kimes Breaks Down How Ryan Grubb Can Help Geno Smith in 2024 – Sports Illustrated Seahawks News, Analysis, and More
The Seattle Seahawks are set to have new offense and defensive schemes in 2024 and Ryan Grubb’s offense could maximize Geno Smith.

NFC West News

49ers news: How RB Isaac Guerendo fits the Niners – Niners Nation
I got to speak with the 49ers running back at the combine, who broke down his skillset and fit.

Which 49ers Rookie Will Make the Biggest Impact in 2024? – Sports Illustrated 49ers News, Analysis, and More
The San Francisco 49ers have such a talented roster, there’s no guarantee any rookie will make a big impact this year. But if one were to assert him and earn a big role right away, who would it be?

Arizona Cardinals RB Led NFL in This Stat Last Season – Sports Illustrated Cardinals News, Analysis, and More
Arizona Cardinals RB James Conner was tops in the league in one category.

Red Rain Podcast: Kevin Murray’s and My Early 53 Man Roster Favorites – Revenge of the Birds
In today’s episode, Kyle “L’ll Rock” Ledbetter and I are joined once again today by UK “Let’s Talk Cardinals” Podcaster Kevin Murray. Kevin and I will reveal and discuss our early 53 favorites to…

When will Rams be a high-powered offense again? – Turf Show Times
The Rams once had several the best offenses in history, what will it take to get there again?

Rams News: Later-Round Rookie Pick Pegged As Possible Day 1 Starter – Sports Illustrated Rams News, Analysis, and More
The Los Angeles Rams view their third-round draft pick as a possible Day 1 starter for them.

Around The NFL

Tom Brady’s first assignment for broadcasting debut with FOX revealed – Larry Brown Sports
Tom Brady’s first game assignment for his anticipated broadcasting debut with FOX has been revealed: Browns vs. Cowboys in Week 1.

Where does Jared Goff’s $212M extension leave Dak Prescott and Cowboys? – Yahoo Sports
In one scenario, Dallas makes Prescott the highest paid player in NFL history. In another, the Cowboys decline that commitment, at which point another team will make him the top paid player in NFL history.

Inside the Antoine Winfield Jr. deal – NBC Sports
The deal between the Buccaneers and safety Antoine Winfield is real.

What QB Jared Goff’s contract extension means for the Lions – ESPN
The Lions have put $212 million behind their belief that Goff can bring a Super Bowl title to Detroit.

NFL Power Rankings 2024: What’s most improved on every team? – ESPN
The NFL draft has come and gone, so let’s stack the best teams in the league. Which rosters got better with their rookie classes?

Ranking NFL rookie year impact for non-Round 1 draft picks – ESPN+
We picked out players drafted on Days 2-3 of the 2024 draft who could make instant impacts as rookies, including Ja’Lynn Polk.

Move the Sticks: Biggest threat to 2023 division winners –
Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks are back with a new episode of Move the Sticks.

‘Do your job’ no more: Patriots’ new slogans are part of Jerod Mayo’s plan for change – The Athletic
New mottos on the wall and a basketball hoop in the locker room won’t make the Patriots better. But they’re signs of change under Mayo.

NFL’s top 10 highest-paid QBs of 2024: Jared Goff No. 2 on list after deal; comparing records, playoff results –
Are the best-compensated signal-callers really the best?

Most underrated player on all 32 NFL teams: Paulson Adebo, Trey Smith and more | NFL News, Rankings and Statistics | PFF
Underrated players make up the core of many NFL teams’ rosters, often providing valuable snaps at overlooked positions.

Originally posted on Field Gulls