Max Unger and a first round pick to New Orleans

  1. 4 weeks ago

    Cliff Avril is 31. Old enough to remember Michael Jordan being so brilliant and legendary in basketball NBA officials were widely believed to have their own set of calls reserved for Jordan to get benefits of doubt during games.

    Avril thinks Aaron Rodgers is the NFL’s current version/recipient of such preferential treatment.

    The Seahawks’ Pro Bowl defensive end wasn’t angry as much as he was incredulous at the illegal block penalty Avril got for wholly unnecessary contact on the star quarterback in the first quarter of Seattle’s 17 9 loss Sunday in its season opener at Green Bay.

    Avril’s foul cost the Seahawks a touchdown they never did score the rest of the day. Rookie defensive tackle Nazair Jones was returning his interception of Rodgers 64 yards for a score and what would have been a 7 0 lead for the Seahawks.

    Avril’s contact wasn’t hard to Rodgers’ shoulder, though it wasn’t completely from the front. And, as coach Pete Carroll said after the loss , it was totally unnecessary.

    Still, Avril couldn’t believe he got flagged — and didn’t even know it until two quarters later.

    “I didn’t even know it was on me until the third quarter when teammate Richard Sherman was like, ‘Did you know that was on you?’ I was like, ‘Uhhhhh….’

    “Yeah, I bet they threw it as soon as I touched him. I guaranteed they threw a flag. But that stopped us from scoring…He is A Rod. He is one of the best quarterbacks in the league…

    “That was crazy.

    “But some guys get the ‘Michael Jordan Rule.’”


    Star tight end Jimmy Graham began the final Dean Lowry Jersey season of his contract Seattle inherited when it traded Max Unger and a first round pick to New Orleans for him in 2015.

    And it wasn’t a sterling start.

    After Russell Wilson was under siege behind the malfunctioning offensive line in the first quarter, the Seahawks began keeping Graham , second tight end Luke Willson, even running backs Tre Madden, Chris Carson and C.J. Prosise in to help on pass protection. At the end of helping , Graham would peel off into short, dump off routes.

    That’s why he had three catches for only 8 yards.

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