Time for Seattle's Qwest Field To Host the Super Bowl

Chris CluffCorrespondent IIMarch 29, 2010

We've been wondering forever why the NFL can’t stage a Super Bowl in Seattle. Well, as Peter King points out, the walls impeding that idea might be about to crumble.

King takes the shortsighted view that it’s a horrible idea to hold the Super Bowl in northern cities. He says hosting a Super Bowl in the Jets’ and Giants’ new stadium in February 2014 is a bad idea because “too few people are thinking about the precedent it sets for future games in outdoor, cold-weather venues.”

King seems aghast at the idea that Dan Snyder will want the game at FedEx Field or Pat Bowlen will want it in Denver or Paul Allen will want it at Qwest Field.

“Dangerous ground for the NFL to travel,” King calls it.

More dangerous than holding Super Bowl XL in a city besieged by a snowstorm? Sure, Detroit’s Ford Field is an indoor stadium, but the weather was horrible for the Super Bowl between the Seahawks and Steelers in February 2006.

King obviously doesn’t know what the weather is like in Seattle in February. It’s typically one of the sunniest months of the year in Western Washington.

Here’s a look at the past five Super Bowl dates and the weather in Seattle and the Super Bowl cities on those days:

Feb. 4, 2010

Seattle: 57 degrees, light rain.

Miami: 78 degrees, no rain.

Feb. 1, 2009

Seattle: 44 degrees, no rain.

Tampa: 68 degrees, no rain.

Feb. 3, 2008

Seattle: 39 degrees, no rain.

Glendale, Ariz: 61 degrees, no rain.

Feb. 4, 2007

Seattle: 51 degrees, light rain.

Miami: 69 degrees, heavy rain.

Feb. 5, 2006

Seattle: 47 degrees, no rain.

Detroit: 33 degrees, snow.

The Super Bowl will be at the Cowboys’ new stadium in Arlington, Texas, next year.

The 2012 Super Bowl is scheduled to be played at covered Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. FYI, it was 38 degrees in Indy (19 lower than in Seattle) on Super Bowl Sunday this year.

If Detroit, Indianapolis, and New Jersey can host the title game, why shouldn’t Seattle?


So far, the Seattle Seahawks have paid more attention to special teams than any other area of the team this offseason.

The signing of Sean Morey on Monday continued the theme. The 34-year-old veteran is listed at wide receiver, but that’s not really his position (he has 11 catches in 10 seasons). He’s a special-teams demon, plain and simple.

He went to the Pro Bowl in 2008 after leading Arizona with 22 tackles on special teams, and he was an alternate last year after recording 19 tackles.

Special teams has been a focus all offseason. It started when the Hawks gave punter Jon Ryan a long-term deal. Then they signed two long snappers (one has since been released) and retained the services of kicker Olindo Mare for another year with the franchise tag. 

Since then, they have added a couple of speedy pass rushers―CFL standout Ricky Foley and Ricky Clemons―as well as running back Quinton Ganther and linebacker Matt McCoy. Ganther was a special-teams standout in Washington, and the other guys are the kind of speedy players who seem made for special teams.

The Seahawks ranked No. 11 in the NFL in special teams last season, thanks mainly to the incredible seasons of Ryan (franchise-record 46.2 yards per punt) and Mare (franchise-record 21 straight field goals). But punt coverage was a big problem, as the Hawks gave up 11.1 yards per punt return (third worst in the league).

Guys like Morey, Ganther, McCoy, Clemons and Foley should help shore up that weakness.

On top of that, Seattle's return game was average, and losing Nate Burleson won’t help.

A lot of people want the Hawks to draft Clemson’s C.J. Spiller, who would make the return game much more explosive.

The sixth pick seems too high for Spiller, who is not an every-down back, but apparently Miami and the New York Giants might not think so. They reportedly both are considering making a jump into the top 10 to get the super-turbo Tiger.

The Dolphins have the 12th pick and might be interested in grabbing Spiller to eventually replace Ronnie Brown, who recently was arrested for DUI. Brown was tendered at the first-round level as a restricted free agent, which says the Dolphins don’t consider him essential to their offense (or they would have tendered him at the highest level, first and third).

Trading up to No. 6 typically would cost the Dolphins their second-round pick (No. 43 overall), which would be a great addition for the Seahawks if they were OK dropping down six spots and out of the top 10.


Talk over the weekend centered on the Seahawks possibly trading unwanted guard Rob Sims to Chicago for defensive end Alex Brown.

Brown has been good for six sacks a year for the last seven years, but he’s not worth $5 million per year (and the Hawks reportedly agree).

Another end who is better and cheaper and might be available is Washington’s Andre Carter. The Redskins are going to a 3-4 defense, which the 6-foot-4, 265-pound Carter wouldn’t seem to fit.

Carter had 11.5 sacks last year and has 25.5 over the last three years. He’s the same age as Brown (almost 31) but much cheaper: $1.3 million in 2010. He reportedly has a no-trade clause, though, and would have to waive that.


The Seahawks are looking at Georgia Tech’s Derrick Morgan in the draft, but if Carter could be had for a fourth-rounder or a conditional pick in 2011, he might be worth a look.

Of course, if the Hawks are interested in Brown, they can just wait for Chicago to release him.


Although O.J. Atogwe would seem to be a nice fit for the Seahawks, they have joined other safety-barren teams in not trying to sign the restricted free agent to an offer sheet.

Atogwe was tendered only at the right of first refusal, meaning no draft pick would be necessary to sign him away from the St. Louis Rams. However, The Miami Herald reports that teams don’t want to negotiate with him because they figure the Rams would simply match any offer.

As for the idea we floated weeks ago , the Herald reports that no team is willing to use the kind of poison-pill clause that led to Steve Hutchinson leaving Seattle for Minnesota and Nate Burleson leaving Minnesota for Seattle in 2006.

An unidentified source told the Herald: “No team will say it, but it appears that a poison pill is something that teams aren’t willing to do. I believe that's one of the things the owners want to eliminate in a new CBA, so I think there’s real reluctance to go outside the box on this issue. I’m not saying no one will do it, but it doesn’t appear likely right now.”

If the Rams can’t re-sign Atogwe by June 1, they will have to tender him at 110 percent of his 2009 salary, which amounts to almost $7 million, or let him become a free agent. If the latter happens, there figures to be an immediate bidding war for his services.

In the meantime, it looks like the Seahawks are going to eschew our advice and sit this one out.


If talks between the Seahawks and Broncos regarding receiver Brandon Marshall are going to go anywhere, it probably won’t be until after April 15.

That is the deadline for teams to sign Marshall, a restricted free agent, to an offer sheet that would require a first-round pick.

Once that deadline is reached, with no team offering a first-round pick, the price naturally will drop below a first-round pick.

Then it will simply be a matter of whether some other team gets into the bidding at the lower price.


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