Atlanta Falcons: View from Seattle: New Seahawks kicker Ryan Longwell is home again

The Seahawks, in need of a kicker after Steven Hauschka was placed on injured reserve this week, ended up signing long-time veteran Ryan Longwell.

Ryan Divish of the Tacoma (Wash.) News Tribune writes that Longwell’s career can come full circle if he can make a big kick for the team he rooted for as a kid:

RENTON — All Ryan Longwell has to do now is kick the winning field goal in this Sunday’s NFC divisional playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons to make the story complete.

The previous Sunday evening, he was sitting on his couch in Orlando, Fla., thinking about the upcoming Walt Disney World Marathon that he and his wife were scheduled to run this weekend.

A day later, he was at the Virginia Mason Athletic Complex where he was among four players trying out for Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider.

On Tuesday, he was introduced as the new kicker for the Seattle Seahawks, replacing the injured Steven Hauschka, who was placed on injured reserve with a strained calf muscle.

It’s been a whirlwind for the 15-year veteran, who has spent this season working out and hoping for another chance in the NFL. He’s passed on a few opportunities, but this one felt right.

Why?

Because in a way, Longwell is coming home.

Born in Seattle and raised for a good portion of his youth in Puyallup before moving to Bend, Ore., in ninth grade, Longwell grew up following Jim Zorn and Steve Largent and cheering on the Seahawks.

“It’s kind of fun to come full

circle and be back here and hopefully help this team win,” Longwell said.

The Puget Sound roots run deep in Longwell. He went to Seahawks games in the Kingdome with his grandfather. Now he will be kicking for them.

“It’s an honor to put on the helmet that you grew up watching,” Longwell said.

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Vu Ḉa Avant

January 10th, 2013
2:14 pm

True Falcon Fan

January 10th, 2013
2:24 pm

Sounds to me like “old” new “Meat”!

Hello, Big prime time opportunity for a “Blocked Kick”…. Anybody listening,,,,New meat baby for sure?????

WOW — jus think if you were the Head coach, facing replacements: DE, PK, banged-up OL…. Be careful don’t get to over zealous……. Sweet smell of new meat???????

Go Falcons — Seahawks next

Teds Frozen Head

January 10th, 2013
2:24 pm

Seahawks also signed a 33 year old personal trainer who has been out of the NFL for 5 years to take Clemons place on the roster. Just another Seahawk surprise for ya!

http://seattletimes.com/html/seahawks/2020087722_seahawksnotes09.html

JB

January 10th, 2013
2:26 pm

“He’s passed on a few opportunities”

Yeah, right!

SeattleMike

January 10th, 2013
3:35 pm

LOL New meat. You guys are really stretching. You are going to run into a buzzsaw of the likes you haven’t seen all year. Yeah, go ahead and go for it. It’s going to be fun to watch your offense against a REAL defense. Especially without a running game worth ANYTHING! Then you are going to be eating skittles all day long as your backs are carried extra yards by Lynch.

Then when all of that is said and done you are going to find out how a truly cool and calm QB can play in a playoff game when you watch Russell Wilson show Ryan how to do it in the big games.

Just have no clue as to what you are wishing for. Weakest schedule in NFL means #1 seed. Only 2 games better than Seattle who had the TOUGHEST schedule in the league. They played 11 games against top 15 Ds and 8 of them against top 10. Atlanta played 5 games against top 10 with 2 of them coming in weeks 2 & 3 when teams are still figuring out who they are.

Yup. New Meat. LOL

DeathMarta

January 10th, 2013
3:40 pm

All this bluster and smack talk coming from the team that holds the World Record in Playoff Chokes! Monday morning will show headlines screaming “0-4!! Who’s cursed in ATL?”…..

ATLien73

January 10th, 2013
3:47 pm

SeattleMike – you like the rest of “Fantasia” act as if our Falcons shouldn’t even suit up! Let’s just crown these “one-hit-wonders” as the winners!!! You guys are ones that are in for a rude awakening!! I understand you and your city’s excitement – being that the Seachicks have been the definition of irrelevant for so long. But understand that this is OUR time and OUR house! Last I checked – EVERY single team is a professional team – so miss me with that “weak schedule” babble! Truth be told – a healthy RG3 would’ve had Washington here instead…

That “REAL defense” is going to see what it’s like to play a REAL offense! THIS IS OUR HOUSE! The “12th man” isn’t here! NOW they’ve gotta put their “big boy pants” on! We’re going to make sure they get back to the NW Sunday night – preparing to clean out their lockers!!!

RISE UP!

ATLien73

January 10th, 2013
3:49 pm

DeathMarta – You should try coming up with something original – “like all this smack talk from a team that RARELY has a winning season – much less makes the playoffs.”

DeathMarta

January 10th, 2013
4:08 pm

OK, here’s something “original”… Notice how NOBODY is saying “Seahawks” are “better”, “tougher” ,”more talented”, or “more athletic”… They are saying that Seattle comes “incredibly well prepared” and Atlanta had better come prepared too! The Falcons haven’t been challenged by a team THIS “fired up” all year…if they think having “home field advantage” means a damn thing to Seattle, they haven’t been awake all playoffs and deserve what they walk into on Sunday!

Mike Franklin

January 10th, 2013
4:17 pm

Good lord.
Over the last 72 hours, I have seen more positive stories about the almighty Seahawks than about our hometown Falcons.
No wonder we don’t win playoff games…

Mike Franklin

January 10th, 2013
4:19 pm

PS – If the Falcs go all the way and win the Lombardi, can we finally expect a little respect from the AJC? Or do we read NOLA looking for a decent, kind word???

ATLien73

January 10th, 2013
4:32 pm

DeathMarta – For anyone to believe that the Falcons aren’t prepared MORE SO – especially given all the criticism – then they need brain surgery – STAT! I honestly don’t believe anyone on our team is underestimating the Seahawks by any stretch! What they’ve accomplished is fun to watch – but the Falcons are definitely focused and winning here is NOT done on paper!!! Period! Fired up or not! The Seahawks had better leave the trash talk alone and bring their hard hats – regardless of how fired up they are!!

Mike Franklin – Nothing we do – I suspect – will get us any respect! Just the fact that we’ve got Seahawk fans declaring victory before the game’s even played – speaks to that! But then again – that’s what will make this so beautiful to watch!!!

CHawksClipped

January 10th, 2013
4:37 pm

We are gracious by nature…southern hospitality is not a myth so…please enjoy the scenery (southern women are BY FAR better looking – i know because I’ve lived in both places)…enjoy the food…enjoy all that we have to offer because between 1:00 and 4:00 Sunday you are going to get your EFFIN’ A** KICKED from Peachtree to Puget Sound…enjoy the visit

ernisTbass

January 10th, 2013
4:46 pm

haven’t heard this much noise out of seattle since the Brian Bosworth national tour, ya’ll still got plenty of T-shirts left from that one? Went from ” No Bozos” to ” Were all Bozos on this bus”

GTAlum04

January 10th, 2013
5:21 pm

I’m not even going to dig out my Falc’s jersey at this point…. Too much Atlanta bravado and not enough “common sense”.. TONS of tickets STILL available and players resting on their laurels….it’s either going to be a nail biter or a blowout…either way, I don’t feel good about this one…. Even Nate Silver-the guy that predicted the Presidential Election with scary pinpoint accuracy- just predicted the Super Bowl teams will be ……Patriots and Seahawks

Esquire

January 10th, 2013
5:30 pm

JB
January 10th, 2013
2:26 pm

“He’s passed on a few opportunities”

Yeah, right!

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What size hammer you using to hit the nail on the head? Hilarious, but not nearly as hilarious as the signing of DE Patrick Chukwurah 6′ 1″ 250 lbs……………lol this guy has been out of the NFL since 2007 (with some UFL play) . Desperation and a reach to say the least.

Longwell kicked last year for Minnesota making 3 from 50+. Past his prime he will not be ready mentally. The kicking game EASILY goes to the Falcons.

Esquire

January 10th, 2013
5:31 pm

ernisTbass
January 10th, 2013
4:46 pm

haven’t heard this much noise out of seattle since the Brian Bosworth national tour, ya’ll still got plenty of T-shirts left from that one? Went from ” No Bozos” to ” Were all Bozos on this bus”

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Post of the day award winner!

Esquire

January 10th, 2013
5:36 pm

GTAlum04
January 10th, 2013
5:21 pm

I’m not even going to dig out my Falc’s jersey at this point…. Too much Atlanta bravado and not enough “common sense”.. TONS of tickets STILL available and players resting on their laurels….it’s either going to be a nail biter or a blowout…either way, I don’t feel good about this one…. Even Nate Silver-the guy that predicted the Presidential Election with scary pinpoint accuracy- just predicted the Super Bowl teams will be ……Patriots and Seahawks

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You’re an idiot and I don’t feel compelled to even explain why.

GTAlum04

January 10th, 2013
5:58 pm

THAT Is your “educated” response!!? …… …and I rest my case………………..AJC headlines on Monday..” 4 on the floor”..

ATLien73

January 10th, 2013
6:07 pm

I don’t know if I’m more embarrassed (that he’s a fellow GT alum) or disturbed that he probably still lives here! Either way – Hartsfield-Jackson has SEVERAL one-way flights out of Atlanta – to the city of your choice! Need help packing??

Seahawk Nation

January 10th, 2013
6:26 pm

You Falcon fans should spend more time trying to fill your stadium, than try to come up with rebuttals for our defense, run game, QB, etc etc…

What an embarrassment a 2nd round playoff team with 48 hours left until ass beating still has 5,000+ seats left…

Seattle_X

January 10th, 2013
7:05 pm

Oh how I do love IT! The only ones give’n Seattle love are its home boys. I do think the country’s is going to open an atlas and finally find where Seattle sits on the planet.

Victomonious

January 10th, 2013
8:07 pm

Matty Ice should be a golfer. Dude is too boring to win a play off game. Michael Turner and Tony G are and cant match the intensity of the hawks D. Julio Jones is good… so they’ll put Sherman on him. He’s out. Roddy White is all they got. Good luck. Hopefully they dont black the game out for poor ticket sales. Dumpy fans :/

Victomonious

January 10th, 2013
8:14 pm

This is what happens when you put an underdog with heart up against a bunch of sleeping walking heartless ghosts http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTm4Ysj610k

falconsrus

January 10th, 2013
9:19 pm

Beat the brakes off of these sea hocks and lets move on to packer niner whiners

Madgolfer

January 10th, 2013
9:20 pm

Hey ATLien73 “like all this smack talk from a team that RARELY has a winning season – much less makes the playoffs.”? Look at statistics before you trash talk. Seattle – Regular Season Record (all-time) : 280-300-0 Playoff Record (all-time) : 9-11 (Last appearance after 2010 season) Super Bowls Won: 0 out of 1 appearance.
AtlantaRegular Season Record (all-time) : 312-402-6 Playoff Record (all-time) : 6-11 (Last appearance after 2011 season) Super Bowls Won: 0 out of 1 appearance
I am sorry you must have been talking about the Falcons when you said “like all this smack talk from a team that RARELY has a winning season – much less makes the playoffs.”

Buzzzed

January 10th, 2013
9:26 pm

ATLien73

January 10th, 2013
9:34 pm

Madgolfer – Blah, Blah, Blah…Seattle, it’s fans and it’s teams are all irrelevant like I said. And on Sunday we will prove it once again and send the Seachicks back home to the rain…Talk time is over – time to smash Seattle is coming soon….RISE UP!!!

DerekTy$$5

January 10th, 2013
9:41 pm

Look around the Internet…. Almost everyone is saying the same thing. One team worked their butts off ALL YEAR and played as a fine tuned TEAM..they grew as an organization and did what needed to be done when it was required. Sadly, the other team “phoned it in” on a rather easy schedule, talked a “BIG GAME” but spent most of the year acting like the “herd of over-paid prima donna’s” they like to think they are. Seattle is gearing up to work for the win…Falcons are expecting to be handed the win because “it’s their time”…… I’ve got news for them…..it STILL ain’t their time…. Seattle 31- ATL 3

BoomCrusher

January 10th, 2013
10:06 pm

Super Bowl will be New England Patriots versus Seattle Seahawks …Pats will lead a close game until the last six minutes when Seattle ties it up with a sloppy interception and score….overtime ensues…..three minutes in, Seattle kicks an exceptionally long ( possibly record) field goal to win….no one outside of Seattle cares.

ATLien73

January 10th, 2013
10:31 pm

Silly Seachickens!! LOL! Still irrelevant! Over-hyped and will be exposed!!! Will be more like Atlanta 31- Seachickens 3!