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Morning links: Red Bryant and courage

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 24, 2011 at 9:17 am with 13 Comments »
November 24, 2011 9:19 am
St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (8) passes the ball during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone, I hope you enjoy a day of eating turkey, watching football and giving thanks for all the good things in your life.

Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes about someone thankful for a second chance after a season-ending knee injury last season – Seattle Seahawks defensive end Red Bryant.

The Texas A&M product is Seattle’s recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award this season, given to the player who “exemplifies commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage and is recognized as a source of inspiration in the locker room.”

Bryant also has emerged as one of the team’s charismatic leaders on defense.

Boling: Bryant has been winning over people for a long time. Here’s a stunning sign of respect: He was voted a team captain at Texas A&M as a redshirt freshman.

He also overcame dyslexia to earn his degree.

He wowed scouts with his toughness the week of the Senior Bowl when he got into a scuffle with eventual Bears first-round draft pick Chris Williams. Bryant obviously wanted to make it clear he was not going to be pushed around. When asked if the dust-up was a case of “boys being boys,” he said: “Nah … I was trying to break his facemask; I think I almost broke it … I know he had a headache for about two days.”

Here’s my story on Seattle safety Kam Chancellor and his thoughts on his second fine for a helmet-to-helmet hit against St. Louis. Chancellor didn’t want to discuss how much the fine was, but according to the new CBA the fine for a second offense on a helmet-to-helmet hit is $40,000. The league usually announces the fines on Friday, two days after notifying the player.

You can listen to Chancellor talk about the play with Bob Stelton, Dave Grosby and Dave Wyman of ESPN 710 Seattle in this audio clip. It’s about 45 minutes in.

Clare Farnsworth of notes that Chris Clemons is Seattle’s first NFC Defensive Player of the Week winner since Michael Mccrary in 1996 in Wednesday’s practice report.

ESPN’s Mike Sando likes the Seahawks over Washington 16-10.

Brian Burke writing for the New York Times Fifth Down Blog gives Seattle a 56 percent win chance.

ESPN 710 Seattle’s Brock Huard breaks down Justin Forsett’s 22-yard touchdown run.

Mike Jones of the Washington Post writes that Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson is looking forward to playing against his former team.

More Jones: He writes that Lynch is the offensive player to watch for Seattle.

Dave Boling of The News Tribune, Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times and KJR’s Hugh Millen and Mitch Levy talks about the Seahawks upcoming matchup in this audio link.

Rob Rang of takes a closer look at Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, who is moving up the draft board after a strong performance against a good Oklahoma defense last week.

Morning links
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  1. Dukeshire says:

    Thank you, Eric. Hope you and your family have a great day as well, and thanks for all your hard work here!

    Great story about Red at the Sr Bowl. If he could muster just a modicum of a pass rush, he’d be one of the best DEs in the league, IMO.

  2. Kerrigan and Orakpo are gonna be a pain on Sunday. Hope we have some schemes ready for them. Rice sitting out yesterday seems to be a weekly routine, I hope nothing more. Skins get Santonio Moss back so it’ll be interesting to see how Grossman utilizes him. They don’t run all that well, so this could be a pretty stern test for our secondary. Hopefully, Beast will be pounding it all day coupled with a good pass rush/coverage.

    Also, thanks to all that contribute here on a regular basis, even if I don’t agree with some opinions. You’re both a great sense of joy and frustration day in and day out and yet I keep coming back for more.

    Hope y’all have a good turkey day!


  3. Soggybuc says:

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone and remember it’s the one day a year it’s OK to eat like Big Red and Bane.

    Hawks need to switch Kam’s number to 45 and then hand him a highlight reel!

  4. GeorgiaHawk says:

    It’s over for Detroit! One down.

  5. We could have blowouts going your way all day today.

  6. RG3 will have a transition to the NFL. The question is will he make it our not

  7. GeorgiaHawk says:

    As much as I should root for the Cowboys I just can’t! Phony Romo has to be one of the most hyped qbs in the history of the NFL.

    Perhaps the Cowboys and the Giants will implode and help make for an easier path to the wild card for the Seahawks?

  8. HawkfaninMT says:

    How do you beat a strong pass rush? Run those middle screens!! I’d say Lynch gat 6 recs for over 60 yds on Sunday. That’s my prediction!

  9. Dukeshire says:

    Also, run it right at the rush. Sounds counter-intuitive but it works. Someone giving you fits of the edge? Run that rock directly at him. Pull a guard with FB lead and bust ‘em in the face.

    And I too love screens in the face of a strong rush. And Lynch has shown to be a reliable receiver out of the backfield.

  10. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Isn’t it great to have a running backs that can actually catch the ball!
    What a liability Alexander and Strong was! Hasselbeck,(the rodney dangerfield of qbs),imo,had so many unreliable receivers in his time with the Hawks that it amazes me how he ever made it to a pro bowl.
    Only Walt and Hutch can make that happen.Imo.

  11. “Hasselbeck,(the rodney dangerfield of qbs)” – lol! great line.

  12. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Stevos- For real, Hasselbeck ,IMO has left the Seahawks to the Titans, only to lose Rice , Baldwin ,and Miller only for what? Imagine what he could do for us now ! Williams would be doing fine with a qb like Hasselbeck. Qb that can still put the ball into small windows.

  13. bird_spit says:

    Josh who?

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