Professional obligations prevented me from seeing the first 3 exhibition games, though I did get to witness the last preseason beatdown of the hapless Raiders. Oakland has been bad for so long, it shouldn't still be fun to defeat them, but it is... even after a decade in different divisions, the memory of 25 years as division rivals remains strong, even in games that don't really count. Seattle's backups dominated their starters, and their backups couldn't handle our third and fourth string players.
Carroll and Schneider continue to astonish with the sheer ruthlessness of their personnel decisions. It looks like they cut Pro Bowl fullback Michael Robinson basically because he got sick. Even for sometimes soulless Great Collabor-haters, that's a remarkably ice-cold dismissal of an athlete who is 1) an inspirational team leader, 2) a human battering ram and 3) one of the league's most viable emergency quarterbacks.
I refuse to believe that Rob's separation from the team is permanent. Since he's too sick to play for Seattle at this point, he's probably also too sick to try out for or sign with another franchise. Many teams don't even use fullbacks anymore, so there may not be many suitors for his services.
Thus, Seattle can evaluate Derrick Coleman and Spencer Ware to see if they can satisfactorily replace Rob. If Coleman and Ware disappoint, then the Seahawks could probably reclaim Robinson at a reduced rate by offering him a modest short-term contract.
The Seahawks are carrying an unusually large number of defensive linemen, because so many members of that unit are banged up and in questionable health. Perhaps, as that position group solidifies, the team would find room for Rob. The fullback's ability to play quarterback has historically freed Seattle from needing to carry a third quarterback on their roster. Now that the Jets have signed Brady Quinn, Seattle doesn't have a trained backup to call on if Wilson or T-Jack get hurt.
Similarly, I wonder if Antoine Winfield's decision to retire is really a stratagem to avoid getting picked up by a bad team, so he can remain available as an injury replacement for Seattle.