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Morning links: Unheralded Hawks making waves

Post by Eric Williams on Dec. 27, 2011 at 9:23 am with 8 Comments »
December 27, 2011 9:23 am
Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner, center, celebrates his interception return for a touchdown against the Chicago Bears on Dec. 18 with teammates Richard Sherman (25) and Doug Baldwin. (NAM Y. HUH/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider’s eye for spotting little-known talent and giving them an opportunity to shine has been on display again this season, as I point out in my story today.

Players like undrafted rookie free agent receiver Doug Baldwin, CFL standout cornerback Brandon Browner, 2010 fifth round draft pick safety Kam Chancellor, and this year’s fourth-round pick K.J. Wright have emerged to play major roles this season.

“They haven’t really changed our opinion much,” Carroll said. “We’re just thrilled that they’ve just been consistent factors for us. We thought that they could play a role, so we gave them opportunities. And that’s happened for us, and it’s been a big part of this season.”

Dave Boling of The News Tribune says to expect the Hawks to finish strong in the final game of the year at Arizona.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald writes that the Seahawks have been more competitive in their losses this season.

Rod Mar of gives us some photo from Saturday’s game, including a look at Marshawn Lynch’s Skittles-themed Nike shoes.

Clare Farnsworth of echoes Carroll’s comments that his team will play to win on Sunday, and not necessarily look to evaluate young talent.

With the league expected to announce Pro Bowl selections this evening, Peter Schrager of Fox Sports gives us his picks. Marshawn Lynch and Earl Thomas make the list.

Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic writes that Kevin Kolb is still day-to-day with concussions symptoms, so John Skelton could start at quarterback this week against Seattle.

According to receiver Braylon Edwards, San Francisco released him today, which isn’t too surprising if you watched him play on Saturday. Edwards said he was let go due to a lingering injury he has to rehab.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports writes that New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees breaking Dan Marino’s single-season passing record is tainted because he did it in the final minutes with the game already decided.

I understand the sentiment, but I like the idea of him doing it in front of the hometown fans that night and getting the record out of the way. And Atlanta could have certainly tried to stop Brees.

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  1. Am I going too far by thinking that Richard Sherman can redefine the CB position?

    I’d like to see the Seahawks finish 8-8, but I also know how costly these last game wins can be or how beneficial these last game losses can be. In 2009, the Seahawks lost a close game against the Titans which improved their own draft position by around 5 slots (Russell Okung) AND improved the Denver draft pick by 1 slot (Earl Thomas). Had the Seahawks won that game, I doubt they would have had either one of those players. In 2010, the Seahawks won the division on the final game. Had they lost, they would have had the 7th pick. SF chose Aldon Smith with that pick. The 8th pick was Jake Locker and the 9th pick was Tyron Smith, a Tackle from USC. He has been the Cowboys best OL this year and looks to be a great player down the road.

    This year, a win might cost the Seahawks around 5 slots which would nearly make it impossible to trade up to number 5 to get RG3. But this year is different than the past 2 in that the Seahawks finished those 2 years on a downward spiral with a veteran team that had little promising talent. A win was fairly meaningless in pointing the arrow up for the future. This year it is the opposite. The team is on the rise and the ceiling is high for this squad.

  2. Dukeshire says:

    “Am I going too far by thinking that Richard Sherman can redefine the CB position?”


  3. Palerydr says:

    I agree with your last point Pabuwal this team is on the rise and I look forward to many years of contention. That being the case we can expect to draft in the lower half every year so position doesn’t matter as much as Scouting will. Given their track record to date I expect them to find lumps of coal every year that turn into polished diamonds. Are they gonna swing and miss? yup sure as the sun rises I just feel that those are gonna be few and far between. Winning no matter what the circumstances is what I want to see so they should play to win this last game even though personally I wish Portis was going to start instead of Jackson.

  4. I forgot about Portis. I wonder if he really has a future in the NFL. I would also like to see him get some “meaningful” reps in a meaningless game.

  5. Josh Portis. This year’s Mike Teel.

    When coaches watch a QB practice all year and keep him listed as third string behind Charlie Whitehurst, its not because they don’t know whether he should be playing. They know.

  6. edstang45 says:

    pabuwal says: This year, a win might cost the Seahawks around 5 slots which would nearly make it impossible to trade up to number 5 to get RG3

    Would you really want to give away a number of top picks in any year for a shot at this guy?? So many 1st round QB have fallen into obscurity..This guy is not a Manning..I would rather go for a serious rush DE and upgrade the skill positions and/or the team in general and see what transpires with TJ when the offense gets better around him. Our Oline if healthy could make a big difference for the guy. I am not sold that TJ is the guy or even close to being a Top QB but I’m not sure I’d sell draft picks for any of the QB’s other than maybe Luck.

  7. Palerydr says:

    Stevos I disagree I heard Eric say on the radio today that he equates Portis to a 3rd-4th round choice. I agree with that statement I also think that Jackson does not have all the intangibles in his toolbox needed to be anything more than an avg QB on his best day. I also agree with Eric about his QB theory for next year which, and I’m sure Eric will correct me if I’m wrong, he says the Hawks will stick with Jackson if they can’t find somebody better. They also will draft a QB next year but not necessarily in the 1st round. Whoever is drafted/signed will be competing with Portis for the backup or 3rd QB on the roster. That is why I want to see him play this weekend his upside I feel is better than Teel’s ever was.

  8. Palerydr, all those things are true. The Teel thing was a joke, of course, but I think comparing Portis to Teel is apropos. Teel was in exactly the same position Portis is, competing to be the 2nd or 3rd QB, as you said. And, by the way, equating Portis to a “3rd-4th round choice”, means he is considered a step below Whitehurst, who was a mid 3rd rounder.

    But my point was really that our coaches already know what they think of Portis. They’ve evaluated him for five months. They should not put him on the field just to give fans a thrill. TJack and the rest of the starters deserve to start their final game together on Sunday and that’s what the coaches should do.

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