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Morning links: Pro Bowl omission provides fuel

Post by Eric Williams on Dec. 27, 2012 at 8:11 am with 22 Comments »
December 27, 2012 8:11 am
Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman motions to fans after intercepting in the end zone against the San Francisco 49ers in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 42-13. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Dave Boling of The News Tribune notes that players like Richard Sherman, Chris Clemons and Brandon Mebane should have even more motivation after being left off the Pro Bowl team.

Those three were probably the most deserving Seattle players left off the squad.

Boling: The Seahawks have a roster filled with players who have so many chips on their shoulders they could probably get away without wearing pads up there, as it is. Wednesday’s slights will be added to the list of grievances many maintain and pull out for daily motivation.

But as it stands, the hope of every Seahawks player is that none of them appears in the Pro Bowl, because those on the two Super Bowl teams don’t make the Hawaii trip the preceding week.”

Here’s my story on Seattle’s Pro Bowl players, which includes this quote from Michael Robinson: “When we win, we all make money. We all get accolades. We all share in this thing.And guys are buying in. Guys understand that it’s not about the individual; it’s about the team.”

Don Ruiz of The News Tribune checks in with rookie defensive end Bruce Irvin, who set the team rookie record in sacks with eight, living up to his first round draft status. “It’s all right,” Irvin said. “It’s not where I want to be. I want 10. It is cool, but it’s not where I want to be.”

Clare Farnsworth of notes that general manager John Schneider should be getting some consideration for NFL executive of the year for putting Seattle’s roster together.

Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times writes that even though it’s remote, the Seahawks are not giving up on the possibility of claiming an NFC West crown.

ESPN’s Mike Sando provides a tale of the tape between Russell Wilson and Sam Bradford.

Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports writes that Richard Sherman was the most obvious snub when the Pro Bowl roster were announced on Wednesday.

Brian Burke writing for The New York Times Fifth Down Blog gives the Seahawks a 70 percent win chance against St. Louis.

Seattle’s second drive against San Francisco which concluded in a 9-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to Marshawn Lynch was voted Drive of the Week by The NFL Network. Brian Baldinger breaks down the drive in the video here.

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  1. The Seahawks fans version of winning the lottery –

    1. Sherman gets his suspension overturned
    2. Seahawks beat the Rams
    3. Cardinals beat the 49ers
    4. Vikings beat the Packers

    “Hey, you never know”

  2. Looking back, do you think Jeff Fisher made the right move, trading the rights to RG3 and keeping Sam Bradford? With RG3, they’d probably be a playoff team this year.

    The Redskins gave up a boatload of picks for RG3. Instead they could have traded down and drafted RW. Hindsight is 20/20, of course.

  3. He made the right move for the Seahawks. At best, Bradford is an average QB and those guys are a dime a dozen.

  4. OregonHawk says:

    What players are playing that Jeff Fisher got in that trade? There was an article that said something about their rookies playing well.

  5. Wow! Leaving Sherman off the Pro Bowl list is a travisty!

  6. thursday says:

    refreshing Twitter obsessively waiting for the first part of that lottery to come true lol

  7. RDPoulsbo says:

    It’s a tough call, but that Rams team was incredibly bad. I think they’re playing at their ceiling and are still devoid of talent on that roster. They used those extra picks to begin fixing a horrid defense and just beginning to give Bradford more weapons. They still have a bunch of picks in the next 2 drafts from that trade, so if they keep drafting decently, it will probably work out for them.

    On the flip side, the Redskins are benefitting from RGIII now, but they have cap issues and won’t have high draft picks to replenish the talent in the coming years. The question for them is can they sustain their success in the coming years while they are forced to shed veteran talent to stay under the cap?

  8. The Redskins cap issues are artificial due to NFL sanctions and will be over soon.

  9. Nice article on PC’s candidacy for Coach of the Year

    I think the Colts are a nice story, but the Titans and Jags blow not to mention how overrated the Texans are. They’d be getting buried in the NFC West. Heck, the Patriots are 1-3 against our mighty division.


  10. thursday says:

    sherman isn’t suspended you guys he just tweeted that he won!!

  11. I’m hearing the same thing. Hell ya!!@!

  12. Dukeshire says:

    Since the fans began voting on the pro bowl, it’s lost any level of credibility it once had. (As evidence, Jeff Saturday was voted on but the Packers just benched him). As far as recognition for outstanding play goes , the All-Pro team mean far more. Hopefully players’ contracts and bonuses reflect this.

  13. Ewalters7354 says:

    Canfan, I don’t think they are second guessing.Bradford is a good Qb.They ars just in a rebuilding process that will take some time.They also drafted some pretty good players with two of those picks.Trumaine Johnson and Janoris Jenkins.

  14. ChrisHolmes says:

    Watching Baldinger go through the play sequence on that 2nd scoring drive shows how diverse Seattle was at mixing up play selection on that drive. The 49ers didn’t have a clue what to do from play to play. That kind of play calling is awesome.

    I’ve been a harsh critic of Seattle’s offensive play calling this season. But I have to give props to the offensive staff over these past three games. I don’t know what has changed – if PC has given Bevell more of a chance to just call the game his own way or what – but the way they are mixing up the offensive calls, and the types of calls they are making, are great (and obviously the score is showing the results).

    I see an *attacking* offense now. One that utilizes multiple offensive sets to attack the defense on EVERY SNAP. I don’t see nearly as many of the dumb plays (WR bubble screen) as I used to see.

    And wow – that throw Wilson made to Rice on the sideline, backing up and throwing with that arm strength of his… Holy crap. Not many QB’s in the NFL can make that play while backing up.

    I love RW.

  15. Ewalters7354 says:

    Boy if that’s true, that’s some GREAT news!

  16. RDPoulsbo says:

    The Redskins have cap casualties every year, even before the sanctions. Without their top picks for the next 2 years, they’ll be forced to get talent through high priced vets in FA. I don’t think they can keep it up. It’s been a down year for the NFC East and they still have lots of holes in their defense.

    I’m hoping they win the division, because if Seattle doesn’t get the #2 seed, Wilson can torch them over the top all day long.

  17. Southendzone says:

    I remember in 2005 there was a moment I knew something special was happening. It was early in the NYG game when we were down quite a bit but I knew somehow that we were going to win. When we finished the comeback, that was the launching point for the whole season.

    Since Chicago game this year, I’ve been starting to believe this year, and it’s just building. The Sunday night game, plus today’s news on Sherman is this year’s turning point.

    This team is absolutely driven. RW, 1st rookie QB winning the superbowl? I BELIEVE!

  18. montanamike2 says:

    I feel like buying a lottery ticket!
    This changes everything!
    One more week until Browner is back.

  19. Does anyone else feel that Browner took one for the team here? I have a good feeling that Browner’s test was fabricated as well and should never have been suspended

  20. YES! Sherman! YES!

  21. Yeah, I think Browner got screwed and took one for the team. The Hawks need to rip up his contract, and give him one that repays him for the 109k he lost…and it SUCKS Browner wasnt chosen for the Pro Bowl too. He’s outplayed Jennings and Petersen.

    Petersen got the nod due to fans and his punt returns, which arent supposed to figure in to the cb position. Jennings got in because he’s on the Bears. Tillman is a stud and deserved it.

    Browner is pretty much a shutdown corner, and he is THE BEST tackling cb in football. In fact, I believe he was the best tackling DB in the NFL. He doesnt have as many picks as Sherman, but thats because teams arent throwing at him…

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