The Emerald City Sportscast with Dan Viens
By Dan Viens
Longtime Northwest sports journalist Dan Viens keeps you informed on what's happening with all your favorite Seattle-area sports teams both inside and outside the lines. Featuring reactions and analysis from Dan and guests to all things Seahawks, Mariners, Kraken, with some WSU and UW talk thrown in as well.
ECS Episode 34 - REACTION to Seahawks selecting LT Charles Cross with the 9th pick
The Seahawks stay put and select Mississippi St. LT Charles Cross with the 9th pick in this year's draft. **Who is Charles Cross **My thoughts on the pick **Why was this pick so important? **Will he start from Day 1? **What do they do next? Full LIVE mock draft simulation for rounds 2-7
April 29, 2022
ECS Episode 33: Seahawks LIVE 7-round Mock Draft. "What I Would Do" version.
Happy draft week! Lets dig in! **Not one, but TWO LIVE mock drafts for the Seahawks using two different simulations. **Do the Hawks go QB early? **Left or right tackle? **Franchise RB in the 3rd, whaaaaaaat? **Which one do you like better? Let me know! @SeahawksForever
April 26, 2022
ECS EPISODE 32: LIVE Seahawks mock draft, Mariner week 1.5 recap
It's almost draft time. Let's MOCK!!!!! **My full, LIVE, 7-round Seahawks mock draft. Do they take their QB of the future now? **The Mariners are 6-5. What have I seen so far that I love.... and hate? **Is this the year the M's overtake the Astros? And much more!!
April 20, 2022
ECS Episode 31 - Special Guest Chris Cluff talks Seahawks Free Agency
Longtime Seahawks writer Chris Cluff joins me on the first day of NFL Free Agency **Does the Seahawks approach to free agency change now that they're traded Russell Wilson? **Any big names in the offing? **Which positions are the greatest need? **How do you find that next QB? Do you go all-in this year or wait until 2023? **Pay DK Metcalf or trade him?
March 14, 2022
ECS Episode 30 - Life After Russell Wilson, what do the Seahawks do next?
After a wild, wild week in Seattle sports, I'll give you my thoughts on.... **How I FEEL about the Russell Wilson trade **What do the Seahawks do now? My Plan A, B and C **Is Deshaun Watson the answer? (Spoiler alert..... NO!!!) **Was it the right time to move on from Bobby Wagner? **Mariners news, why has there been none? Is it time to panic if they miss out on the biggest free-agent names?
March 13, 2022
ECS - Episode 29: Seahawks Season Recap. (REACTION: Ken Norton Jr FIRED)
Putting the 2022 season to bed: **Ken Norton Jr FIRED as DC. What does this mean for the Seahawks defense moving forward? Does Carroll go with another young protege or is he willing to turn the reins over to a veteran? **Is bringing Carroll and Schneider back the right move? **Reasons for optimism 2022 can be a serious bounce-back year **Biggest moves this team needs to make with it's own FA's. **Has Bobby Wagner played his final game as a Seahawk? **I put odds on how likely I think it is that Russell gets traded this offseason.
January 19, 2022
Episode 28 - What Does 2022 Have In Store For The Seahawks, Mariners and Cougs?
**What will this offseason look like for the Seahawks? **Does Russ force his way out? **Will there be any significant coaching/front office changes? **Status Quo? **When will Mariners offseason re-start, and what moves do I want to see them make? **My thoughts on Jake Dickert and the future of the WSU Football program.
January 06, 2022
ECS Episode 27 - Don't count out Seahawks playoff chances just yet
**Seahawks still VERY MUCH in NFC playoff race **With that in mind MNF vs. Saints is HUGE if they can pull it off **New role with the Mariners for Ken Griffey Jr., what does it mean? **Mariners offseason - taking each move in context **Thoughts on WSU football coaching search - my BEST CASE SCENARIO for who gets the job?
October 25, 2021
ECS 26 - Quick Reaction to Seahawks 30-17 loss to Viking
The Seahawks lose to the Vikings and drop to 1-2 on the season.... My immediate thoughts. **Just how bad is it? **Can it be fixed? **It's going to get worse before it can even begin to get better. **How they respond over tough upcoming stretch will define season. **Time to change our expectations.
September 27, 2021
Episode 25 - Chris Cluff discusses the Seahawks opening win over the Colts
Featuring longtime Seahawks reporter and author Chris Cluff **Thoughts on the Seahawks opening win over the Colts **First impressions of Shane Waldron's offense **Defensive standouts **How does the Seahawks schedule shape up based on Week 1 results **Chris, a WSU alumni, also gives his thoughts on what's happening with Nick Rolovich and the Cougar football program
September 14, 2021
ECS Episode 24: Quick Reaction to the Seahawks opening day 28-16 win over the Colts.
My immediate reaction after the Seahawks beat Indianapolis 28-16 to start the season 1-0
September 12, 2021
ECS Episode 23 - Seahawks opening weekend! Mariners HUGE homestand...and my thoughts on Nick Rolovich.
BIG Weekend for Emerald City Sports! **Seahawks open brutal early-season schedule at Indy. Are they catching the Colts at a good time? **Mariners 2 games out of a Wild Card spot open a HUGE 6-game homestand with the Red Sox coming to town **Should the Mariners bring back Kyle Seager? How about Yusei Kikuchi? **And finally.... I discuss my feelings about WSU football coach Nick Rolovich
September 10, 2021
ECS Episode 22 - Seahawks 53-roster decisions and where are the Mariners now?
**Biggest questions about the Seahawks roster after the final cuts **Who else might they have their eye on. A particular big WR? **Does this OL group give us a glimpse of the future? **Catching up on the Mariners playoff race. Is it over? **Has 2021 been a successful season? **Biggest questions heading into the offseason
September 01, 2021
LIVE Seahawks Training Camp Preview Crossover Show with the Seahawks Playbook Podcast!
Bill Alvstad and Keith Myers joined me LIVE at Ozzies in Seattle for our big Seahawks Training Camp Show. The Emerald City Sportscast and the Seahawks Playbook Podcast joined forces to break down all things Seahawks on the eve of the 2021 Training Camp. Corbin Smith of Seahawk Maven and the Locked On Seahawks podcast also joins us as we break down..... **Each positional battle on offense and defense **Our picks for Breakout Players on both offense and defense **We play a little game of Buy Or Sell - Seahawks style **What impact will Shane Waldron have as the new Offensive Coordinator **Our predictions for how the 2021 Seahawks will perform And MUCH MORE!
July 20, 2021
ECS Episode 20 - Mariners Draft Review w/ Jason Churchill
Jason Churchill of the Baseball Things podcast and prospectinsider.com joins me to break down the Mariners fresh 2021 draft class **The decision to go so heavy on high school players early in the draft **How good is Harry Ford? And how quickly could he get to the big leagues? **The sleepers in the class, including a couple intriguing junior college pitchers **Who could be the next Patrick Frick? **What to expect from Cal Raleigh in his major league debut, and is Jared Kelenic more prepared to succeed now that he's been called up for the second time?
July 15, 2021
Episode 19 - Mariners Mid-Season Review w/ Erik Briggs
Erik and I discuss where the Mariners are at the halfway point and look ahead to the season's second half **Is their record legitimate? **How are they winning? **Most pleasant surprises and biggest disappointments **How aggressive should they be at the trade deadline? **Should Mitch Haniger be traded? **Assessing the performance of Scott Servais **Does Jerry Dipoto deserve an extension? **Our Top 3 Mariners draft possibilities
July 07, 2021
Episode 18 - Status of Mariners Rebuild, Is It On Track? Where does the Seahawks roster rank vs NFC West foes.
**I have the answers to key questions facing the Mariners rebuild. *Is it on track? *Are there signs of hope? *WHY AREN'T THEY GOOD YET?! **Has my position on whether to trade Mitch Haniger changed? **Where does the Seahawks roster rank in the NFC West, and what's my prediction for their 2021 record? **And........ FINALLY some Kraken talk!!!!!!!!
May 26, 2021
Emerald City Sportscast - Draft Day Special w/ Chris Cluff - April 29, 2021 (Episode 16)
Longtime Seahawks Writer Chris Cluff joins me to preview the Seahawks draft and break down the Pete Carroll/John Schneider pre-draft press conference **Carroll and Schneider address offseason Russell Wilson drama **How uncomfortable DID it get with Carroll and Wilson? **Their decision to trade out of so many picks from this year's draft **Updates on Jamal Adams, KJ Wright, Daryll Taylor and more **Chris gives you some of his favorite Seahawk draft targets
April 29, 2021
ECS Episode 16 - Live Seahawks Mock Draft Sims w/ Erik Briggs
Erik joins me once again to work through some potential Seahawk mocks draft. We do 3 LIVE simulations. **How does it look when you take an OL before CB? And... vice versa. **Could the Seahawks take a Tackle, and not a Center? We tell you why they might... and SHOULD! **Late round gems - our new 3rd down RB? **What it looks like with trades and without **Also - Our view of the Mariners season so far
April 15, 2021
ECS Episode 15 - April 8, 2021 - Mariners first week, Seahawks 3-pick mock drafts
**What are my thoughts on the Mariners first week? **James Paxton update **How to fix the lineup **Did the pandemic hurt the Mariners more than any other MLB team? **What are the Seahawks biggest remaining roster needs? **What if the Seahawks don't trade down? I do two different mock drafts showing what they can do with just their 3 picks. **Does John Schneider need to approach these draft picks differently than he usually does?
April 08, 2021
EPISODE 14 - March 31, 2021 - Mariners Preview and Alternate Seahawks Mock Draft
**What's the key moment I'm waiting for with this Mariners team? **Key things I'm watching from game to game **What's the team's biggest weakness/potential downfall? **How is Jared Kelenic like Jay Buhner? How is he like Russell Wilson? **Which Seahawks team does this Mariners team remind me of? **Why the Carlos Dunlap signing was so important **What's next for the Seahawks? **Two alternate mock drafts - one targeting a C and one targeting a LT. Which one do you like better?
March 31, 2021
Episode 13 - March 24, 2021 w/ Erik Briggs - Seahawks Free Agency Moves and Mariners Roster Decisions
Erik Briggs joins me to discuss the latest Seahawks free agency moves **Could we still see Carlos Dunlap return even after the signings of Mayowa and Hyder? **Is the stage set for a possible Jarran Reed trade? **After these moves, what are the biggest draft needs? **Still some big holes to fill, what comes next? **How is this offseason different than what we've seen the Hawks do in the past? **Is the offense better today than it was in 2020? **And we look at some key Mariners roster decisions with just a week to go before Opening Day!
March 24, 2021
Episode 12 - March 17, 2021 - Wilson staying put, for now. What's next for Seahawks in free agency?
So much Wilson and Seahawks talk today! **Bears make offer **Pete Carroll vetoes trade **Wilson staying put, for now **Official start to free agency - How will Seahawks handle the offensive line? **Did Schneider really want to do the deal? **How does this affect the long-term outlook of this regime and the organization?
March 17, 2021
Episode 11 - Has ship sailed on Russell Wilson trade? Lesser-known Seahawk free agent fits and early Spring Mariner standouts.
On this week's show.... **Have the four teams Russell Wilson would approve a trade to already moved on? **I give you some lesser-known free agent names who would be fits for the Seahawks **Taking stock of early Spring standouts for the Mariners... and one who's really struggling.
March 10, 2021
Episode 10: ECS March 3, 2021 - Full Seahawks Offseason Plan
It's that time! My Seahawks Offseason Plan is WHAT I WOULD DO if I were GM (NOT what I think they WILL do) **Who gets cut? **Some big names get traded **BIG NAMES acquired in free agency **Exciting names acquired with all the new draft capital Will it make Russell Wilson happy? Would it make YOU happy as a fan? Listen and then give me your feedback!
March 03, 2021
ECS Episode 9 - February 24, 2021 - Dueling Russell Wilson Trade Proposals w/ Erik Briggs
Today I give you my thoughts on how the Mariners handled the Kevin Mather situation, and what it means as the organization moves forward. And the Russell-Wilson-Could-Be-Traded story refuses to go away, so Erik Briggs joins me as we present Dueling Russell Wilson Trade Proposals!!!
February 24, 2021
ECS Episode 8 - February 17, 2021 w/ Colby Patnode and Ty Gonzalez
Colby and Ty from True To The Trident and the Control The Zone podcast join me for a #Mariners spring training preview. **What do the recent moves, signing Ken Giles and James Paxton signal about the Mariners intentions to compete? **Who are the keys to the teams success in 2021? **More free agent additions on the way? Who is still out there who could help? **Grading the job Jerry Dipoto has done so far on the rebuild **Best-case scenario for the Mariners 2021 record AND MORE!!!!!
February 17, 2021
ECS Episode 7 - Feb 10, 2021 w/ Rob Staton
Rob Staton of seahawksdraftblog.com joins me to discuss his big, bold offseason plan for the team **His take on just how big the gap is between the Seahawks and Tampa Bay **How he would create a ton of cap space (where there currently is none) AND restock the draft coffers... may surprise you! **What he would do with that newfound cap space (think, going BIG in free agency and the draft) **His thoughts on Russell Wilson and his comments this week. **A personal story of how this England native became such a Seahawk fan in the first place And more!
February 10, 2021
ECS - February 3, 2021 Shane Waldron speaks!
New Seahawks Offensive Coordinator Shane Waldron spoke for the first time since joining the team. Highlights include: **How he sees his (the Rams) offense meshing with what the Hawks already do **How the new offense will be tailored to fit Russell Wilson **Addressing concerns about him never having called his own plays Also........ **3 potential former Rams who could join Waldron in Seattle as free agents **A potential return of a former Seahawks receiver via free agency **My thoughts on the Super Bowl
February 03, 2021
ECS: Episode 5 - January 27, 2021 SEAHAWKS HIRE SHANE WALDRON AS OC, Chris Cluff joins me to analyze the move
Shane Waldron is your new Seahawks OC - hear Seahawks reporter Chris Cluff and I discuss...... **What does it mean for Russell Wilson **How much will the Seahawks offense look like the Rams? **What this could mean for DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, Will Dissly and Colby Parkinson **Does this make the offensive line better? **Is this a sign that Pete Carroll is changing his ways?
January 27, 2021
ECS - January 20, 2021: What's REALLY going on with the Seahawks OC search.
What's up with the Seahawks Offensive Coordinator search? **My new Top 3 candidate wish list **Why is this taking so long? I'll tell you why.... **And...... who I believe will end up actually getting the gig. **Mariners place 5 on Baseball America's Top 100 prospects, and 2 more in their "next 10." **Are the Mariners the "Next Padres?" **Highlights from Jerry Dipoto's media session this week: Who are some names we might see being signed before Spring Training?
January 20, 2021
ECS - Jan 14, 2021 - w/ Bill Alvstad - Seahawks OC candidates
The Seahawks are moving on from Brian Schottenheimer, so what next? Bill Alvstad joined me to discuss.... **How much was John Schneider involved in this decision? **Should we be worried about Pete Carroll's "I want to run more" comments? **Is the Seahawks OC job an attractive one? **Who are our 3 favorite candidates to replace Shotty? **Who's the worst-case scenario? **Can the new guy succeed?
January 15, 2021
Episode 2: REACTION - Brian Schottenheimer FIRED
**What led to Schottenheimer's departure? **Who will replace him? **Was this Schneider's call? **Can the offense still be saved? Look to Green Bay for the answer.
January 13, 2021
Episode 1: The Maiden Voyage! Special Guests Jason Churchill and Matty Brown
The debut episode of the ECS on the new 365sportscast network features special guests Jason Churchill of prospectinsider.com and the Baseball Things podcast, and Matty Brown of Seahawk Maven **What separates Jared Kelenic and Julio Rodriguez atop the Mariners prospect list? **Chris Flexen's potential impact on the starting rotation **More key moves to come? **Matty breaks down scheme changes that have led to the Seahawks improved defense **Who holds the advantage in Hawks vs. Rams #3?
January 06, 2021