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Morning links: Browner, Chancellor added to Pro Bowl roster

Post by Eric Williams on Jan. 24, 2012 at 7:33 am with 53 Comments »
January 24, 2012 7:34 am
Seattle Seahawks' Kam Chancellor in action against the Kansas City Chiefs in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The Seattle Seahawks announced that cornerback Brandon Browner and safety Kam Chancellor, both first alternates, have been added to the NFC Pro Bowl roster.

Browner will replace San Francisco cornerback Carlos Rogers, Chancellor will replace San Francisco safety Dashon Goldson. Both San Francisco players will not participate due to injury.

Browner started all 16 games for Seattle, finishing with a team-high six interceptions and 54 tackles. Browner set a club single-season record for interception return yards in a season with 220 (Dave Brown, 179 in 1984). He also became the first Seattle player since Josh Wilson in 2009 to return two interceptions for a touchdown in one season.

In his first season as a starter, second-year pro Chancellor started and played in 15 games, finishing second on the club with 94 tackles and tied for second with four interceptions. He helped improve a defense that ranked 27th versus the pass in 2010 to rank 11th in 2011.

According to Doug Pacey of The News Tribune, former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Jon Kitna, who recently retired from the Dallas Cowboys as the that team’s backup quarterback, is expected to become the next head football coach at Lincoln High in Tacoma where he went to school.

Kitna has applied for the job and spent his first day at Lincoln as a part-time teacher on Monday. Kitna graduated from Central Washington University with an education degree, and always intended to come back and teach and coach in Tacoma once his playing days were over.

Here’s what Kitna told me in the week leading up to Seattle’s game against the Cowboys in November.

“My wife and I always felt like these years in the NFL have prepared us for what our real calling in life is going to be as teachers and running a high school football program. I don’t think there’s anything that has changed from that. God has used my time in the NFL to train me to be ready to train young men to be authentic, real leaders, and to have a positive impact on society. And I want to use the avenue of football to do that. So I am very clear, and my wife is very clear in our calling.”

Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post has an interesting read this morning, taking a look at what the decision makers in Indianapolis will go through in determining if Peyton Manning will remain or be released from the Colts.

Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star has a pretty comprehensive interview with Manning this morning, in which he talks about the tenuous nature at the Colts’ building with all the changes occurring right now and no head coach. Manning says he has no plans to retire, regardless of what Rob Lowe says.

Rob Rang of offers his thoughts from the first practice at the Senior Bowl. Rang said Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins stood out.

Rang also offers some observations from the morning weigh-in.

Russ Lande of the Sporting News provides a list of players who shined and struggled at the Senior Bowl.

Morning links
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  1. Wow, three members of the Seahawks’ secondary in the Pro Bowl. That’s pretty good.

    Jon Kitna — all class! Too bad he didn’t work out as a Seahawks QB, but I always liked him.

    Anyone excited for Deion Branch?

  2. Interesting piece on Jim Harbaugh. He may not be quite the savior that Niners fans hope he is.

  3. Dukeshire says:

    Happy for Browner and Kam. That’s so cool for them to join Earl.

    What, is Rang steeling my notes from here? Lol. Like I said yesterday, thought Cousins looked good as well. He has a surprisingly live arm.

  4. So we draft Cousins in the second round, Wilson in the third and Moore in the fourth, and hope one of them turns into Tom Brady? :-)

  5. Canfan, if you read the comments from that article, everyone is on Harbaugh’s side, even a Hawk fan and I get the same feeling as them, that writer Cohn seems like a cheese dick. So basically, he is rallying 9er fans to Harbaugh’s aid, which is kind of funny based on the article itself.

  6. JazBadAzz says:

    Harbaugh is weird, like I said before, he will be fired in two more seasons.

    I hate when qb’s are over drafted because everyone don’t want to miss out. I think you got to draft very well but be really smart about it. There is a lot of players that makes plays and have major impacts on the game. Its only 4 maybe 5 qbs I’ll take before anyone else in the league right now…and it will be a ton of position players taken before another qb. If this is confusing I can reiterate.

  7. chuck_easton says:


    Makes perfect sense to me. If a team reaches for a QB in the 1st like several teams did last year they MAY get a Dalton or they MAY get a Gabbert/Ponder who end up looking like rookies.

    Take a position player that you know will step right into a place of need and wait for the later rounds to draft a developmental QB.

    Canfan, your joke is good but it’s also truer than you might think. GB drafted two QB’s the year Favre retired. As things turned out it’s the 7th rounder (Flynn) that looks like a keeper and the 3rd rounder is now out of the league.

  8. seahawk44 says:

    Any word on Lynch being added to the pro Bowl roster?!/MaioccoCSN/status/161583124462051328

  9. It’s funny how they are all getting after the writer on the Harbaugh issue – but hey if you watched him is immature and an idiot – good coach yes but still immature and an idiot

  10. Does anybody have a link to the harbaugh interview (video)? I can only find the dialogue.

  11. When is the last team 3/4 of our secondary played in the pro-bowl? Awesome. Anyone think Sherman has it in him to go next year?

  12. Dukeshire says:

    I absolutely do. I think he, Kam, and Earl are perennial.

  13. So, Browner is an anomaly this year?

  14. hawkfan777 says:

    I love that people are finally seeing Harbaugh for who he really is. The 49ers have several key free agents this offseason. I wonder if they lose some of those key guys and struggle next year if Harbaugh will blame his remaining players for not being as good as the old ones? Maybe he will blame the front office for not keeping them?

  15. I didn’t mean in the intereview – I meant all year long –

    Whines about every call
    the back slap at Detroit
    overall demeanor on the sidelines

    I am sure we could all add things to the list.

    He is a good coach but a complete idiot – I don’t have any respect for Belicheck after the spy gate thing – great coach – but a jerk

  16. Kam 5th round, Sherman 5th round, Browner CFL, Wright 5th Round, Clemons late round trade, Baldwin UFA…how the hell does this FO keep finding such incredible talent?

    If they do it again this year, and solve our QB problem, we’re going to be legitimate contenders for as long as we can keep this FO together. Can you imagine the depth in five years from now?

  17. chuck_easton says:

    But some people (strangley not anyone that is still around) were calling for PC and Schneider to be fired right around week 4. :)

  18. RDPoulsbo says:

    I thought Sherman played better than Browner. It’s kind of hard to justify the most penalized player in the league going to the Pro Bowl. I’m ok with PIs every once in a while. Call them a completion and an immediate tackle if you need to, but he alone was responsible for 165 yards in penalties. Not saying he needs to be replaced, but come on, clean it up a little.

  19. also, reading the Lande article – looks like he is NOT a fan of Kellen Moore at all, I think he is intriguing because he has won alot and has the high competitive motor but doesn’t have the tangibles that the NFL guys like

  20. Dukeshire says:

    Audible – To a degree, I believe this year is an anomaly for him. I like him a lot, and think he’ll improve as a corner, but his physical style is going to always be susceptible to PIs and I doubt he’ll have 6 picks every year to get that pro bowl nod. But he’s solid, IMO.

  21. 5 ex-Hawks in the Super Bowl.— Rocky Bernard & Deon Grant for the Giants, Deion Branch, Niko Koutouvides & Tracy White for the Pats.

  22. I actually like Browner’s physicality, along with Kam’s, and Sherman’s attitude. Then you got Thomas back there breakin up passes and making tackles up front. I must say, if we can keep this group together and watch them develope togther, I have no doubt it will be the best backfeild in the NFL period. Next year is going to be f’n awesome.

  23. “but he alone was responsible for 165 yards in penalties”

    I share your frustration to a point, but we’ve had corners who would let Fitzgerald run wild for a 165 yards in a single game.

    If you look at it that way, and consider the fact that Browner can really hamper if not shut down #1 receivers, it makes his PI penalties a little more palatable, at least for me.

    And, it seems like the PI calls were starting to diminish later in the year.

  24. chuck_easton says:

    Since I have been following Browner for several years I will just say this:

    3 time CFL All-Star 2008, 2009, 2010 with the Calgary Stampeders.
    Pro-bowler in the NFL his first year.

    Was known as a physical shutdown Corner in a pass happy CFL.

    The kid can play. He plays a physical game. Once he gets some recognition (i.e. a pro-bowl) he’ll get the ‘veteran calls’ that other vets get. This season the league didn’t know what to do with the ‘rookie’ who is that big and that physical. So he got rookie calls (i.e. hey rook, don’t breath on Fitzgerald or we’ll call you…)

  25. Cool to see the enthusiasm high here. So nice to be going in the right direction!

    Our secondary is filthy. Can’t wait to see how much better they can be with a more effective pass rush.

    So much easier to look forward to the draft when you don’t cringe at the choices, but instead, trust your management to make sound choices.

    I’m so frickin’ jacked-up right now.

  26. In my opinion, our best starting defensive back moving forward is the one who isn’t in the Pro Bowl. I realize ET is an absolute stud moving forward, I won’t or can’t deny that, but it’s just that I believe in Sherman that incredibly much. To play the way he did as a ROOKIE cornerback in the NFL was unbelievable.

    I’d trade the Ponder reach for our 1st round pick in a heartbeat. He’s legit even though he did look like a rookie at times last year. Moving forward, he’s the real deal. If they draft him Blackmon or Kalil, which they should, he’s going to be in good shape to effectively lead his team in 2013 (not a typo on the year).

    And, yes, I’d take the 7th rounder in Flynn over the 2nd round bust in Brohm.

    OBTW if this team signs Manning and drafts a pass rusher with the #11 pick, I’m putting money on them for the Super Bowl next year. I don’t care the odds either.

  27. Manning, a solid pash rusher, and the next six rounds to cherry pick players like Sherman and Chance?

    Perhaps add another young FA or two…uh, yeah.

    And, I don’t think you’d be the only one to latch onto them as a potential dark horse going into the season.

    Do we have anyone on the team or on staff with connections to Indy or to Manning?

    I really don’t think that’s such a far-fetched idea…On paper, this team seems more talented than many of Indy’s teams over the years. I’m not sure if he has the same bias that Eli had about playing on the West Coast.

  28. JazBadAzz says:

    Watching the senior bowl practice on nfl network, great info on the DE’s with coples and upshaw working in the drills

  29. RDPoulsbo says:

    The problem with getting Peyton is similar to that of a Tebow run offense. They run their offense in a way that’s so unique to the NFL that it’s next to impossible to bring in a backup that can run it the same way and be on the same page as the rest of the offense. Peyton calls all of the plays at the line of scrimmage. That’s not something you’re going to get in a backup. Just look at the wreckage from this year to see what I mean. That’s completely opposite of PC’s philosophy of making sure the offense can still function if the backup needs to come in and play. It’s such a sharp change in philosophy that it will be very difficult for any team to adjust to, especially if it’s only for a couple years. If he doesn’t retire and leaves the Colts, I don’t think he’ll be anywhere close to the production he’s had in the past.

    It will be interesting to see if Denver drafts a backup from a spread-option offense or not. If they go with a more traditional NFL type QB, it’s probably a sign they’re going to try to push Tebow out of his starting job sometime next season.

  30. On paper, this team is stacked, for the most part, except in the two areas that are most important (QB and ability to get to the opposing QB). The NFL used to be about running the ball and stopping the run but now you need a legit QB and a good pass rush first and foremost. I don’t care how good our DBs are, they need help. And I don’t care how good your team is, a crappy QB is going to cripple it. There’s no reason the 49ers shouldn’t be playing in the Super Bowl except for the fact that Alex Smith sucks and Eli Manning is much better (yes, Kyle Williams screwed the pooch too). Yes. That’s the same Alex Smith that even Mr. Happy admitted was the difference in our game about a month ago (their QB could make a play late and ours couldn’t).

    We’re so close, and yet still so far away. There’s a big difference between being a team that can make the play-offs even if they lose in the Wild Card or Divisional Round as opposed to a legitimate Super Bowl contender who may get upset in the Divisional round even though you know they could just as easily run the table and win it all.

    Instead of having the mindset that since a crappy Trent Dilfer won a Super Bowl, we can too, I think we should be thinking, hoping, expecting that we need a legit QB to win multiple Super Bowls. That’s what we all want (a potential dynasty). I’m pretty sure it’s not going to continually happen if you have a craphole at QB. You can get a little lucky once, perhaps (odds definitely against it though), but there’s a reason that guys like John Elway and Tom Brady can take all kinds of teams with different players on them to Super Bowls. They are good/great. Brady certainly didn’t carry the Pats over the Ravens on Sunday (he even said himself that he “sucked”) but you get the idea of how to be competitively good for a long time to put yourself in position to make and win multiple Super Bowls (and, yes, Elway proved it takes a team, too). But without the driver, the rest of your car is going to sputter to a certain degree.

  31. Dukeshire says:

    I wouldn’t get too excited about Manning. Miami looks to be very interested (should the Colts indeed cut him).

  32. JazBadAzz says:

    Bobby your posts are to long.

  33. JazBadAzz says:

    If a team that has commited so much to one person and decide to let him go because of an injury concern…I think we should look some where else as well. He’ll be 36 in march and have dead nerves in his frickin neck!

  34. If Manning goes to Miami, then Flynn’s offensive coordinator isn’t all over him anymore and that leaves the team with the GM who helped draft him (us). We’d have more connections than Washington. Flynn would be better long-term anyways. We could still use the first two-three picks on pass rushing help (whereas w/Manning we’d still need a developmental QB in the second or third).

  35. chuck_easton says:

    Wrong answer! Let Miami make a play for Payton. He’s doing great. Really, that ever so slight crick in the neck is nothing…

    Now, one less competitor for one of the QB’s in the draft or for Flynn.

  36. JazBadAzz says:

    Congrats to BEASTMODE for making the probowl, Gore dropped out and Lynch will replace him!

  37. JazBadAzz – if they release him, they won’t have “commited so much to one person.” If they release him, they don’t pay the almost $30 million. Personally, if I were Indy, with their movement, I wouldn’t pay it either. I’d go with Luck and start anew.

    But if you’re a team that’s close like us and his x-rays look fine, you’d sure as heck better seriously consider adding this guy or you should be lined up in front of a firing squad for being so incompetent at your job, especially when the loser you brought in is beyond worthless at the quarterback position. I’m not saying to sign him at all costs, but I am saying that you need to think long and hard about it if you feel he’s going to be healthy for 2012.

    Personally, my opinion is based on what I don’t know (what doctors believe).

  38. Dukeshire says:

    Lynch deserves it, absolutely. Skittles for everyone!

  39. chuck_easton says:

    OK, Duke, you can send my Skittles to 530 21st Ave….Oh heck, I’ll go buy my own. It will be cheaper than what you would pay for postage.

  40. SeahawkFan12 says:

    Congrats, Marshawn! THats awesome and WELL-DESERVED.

  41. JazBadAzz says:

    They already spent 25mil this year and he didn’t play a snap. The offense and defense was tailored to him. Imho I think he is done, I don’t want to stunt anymore of our players growth just to sign manning for two years. No way jose’…

  42. “The NFL used to be about running the ball and stopping the run but now you need a legit QB and a good pass rush first and foremost.”

    Basically, the NY Giants, in a nutshell.

    I do think there’s more than one way to win though.

  43. “In my opinion, our best starting defensive back moving forward is the one who isn’t in the Pro Bowl. I realize ET is an absolute stud moving forward, I won’t or can’t deny that, but it’s just that I believe in Sherman that incredibly much. To play the way he did as a ROOKIE cornerback in the NFL was unbelievable.”

    Kind of with you on this. I thought he played unbelievably well, and even at his size, seems to have more the body to play CB than Browner.

    Still love Earl, though. Anyone else see Deon Grant trying to catch up with Vernon Davis on that long TD this weekend, and think to themselves how Earl would’ve cuaght him at the 10?

  44. On a completely unrelated note – pretty strange the way things are ending up for Peyton Manning. In my opinion, the single best player of this generation, and nobody knows where he’s going to play, or if he’s going to play – strange finish to that kind of career.

  45. JazBadAzz says:

    If you guys are saying that Earl will not be the best going foward…then you’re saying Sherman wil not only be a probowler but an all pro cb??? The kid is good but c’mon man, Earl is still getting better as well.

  46. Do you really think they thought they were throwing away $25 million for this past season? And just because they threw away that much this past season makes it more likely that they will want to chance a $28 million signing bonus in the coming months? Personally, I’d cut my losses and move on (as they appear to be doing with adding a new GM, coach, and having Luck staring at them in the face with the #1 pick).

  47. Yes. I do think Sherman is going to be an All-Pro who can shut down WRs. I happen to think ET is also going to be that caliber of player. How long has Sherman been playing CB again?

  48. JazBadAzz says:

    When players are 1st yr starters and/or new to the league they can have more success than a 3rd yr player simply because there is not enough tape on him to study. That’s why you saw Flacco, Ryan, and Kolb have success and were hot commodities, now not so much. When more tape was gathered and coaches and players have time to study you, it gets much harder.

  49. I still think that if Scheider wanted Flynn, he could have traded for him over the last couple of years. Probably could have gotten him for a lower round pick the way we got Hasselbeck. I seriously doubt he will spend anything large on Matt Flynn.

  50. rramstad says:

    pdway wrote: “On a completely unrelated note – pretty strange the way things are ending up for Peyton Manning. In my opinion, the single best player of this generation, and nobody knows where he’s going to play, or if he’s going to play – strange finish to that kind of career.”

    Yes, and no. He might have a serious career ending injury. No one is going to commit to any player with that history without having extensive physical checkups — and that won’t happen until his situation is more resolved.

  51. When was the last time a rookie CB performed worse in his 3rd year than in comparison to his rookie year? I can’t think of any.

    Re: Flynn
    The Packers wanted a 2nd round pick last year. There were no takers. Perhaps comPete and Schneider felt they could sign a crappy QB for a year and then sign Flynn this off-season without having to give up a good pick? In the meantime, if that relatively young crappy QB they signed to a minimum contract did well, then all the better? Maybe that’s why Matt only got a 1 year offer after he was deemed “priority number one” by Mr. Happy immediately after last season ended?

    I think Flynn-to-Seattle still makes too much sense.

  52. Dukeshire says:

    Kelly Jennings.

  53. Dukeshire says:

    Chuck – Finnish that address (or email it to me) lol. Skittles!!!

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