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Morning Links: Safeties first

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Jan. 28, 2014 at 6:59 am with 26 Comments »
January 28, 2014 7:04 am
Seahawks safety Earl Thomas (left) knocks over teammate Kam Chancellor as they celebrate Thomas' break-up of a pass during Sunday's NFL football game between the Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans at CenturyLink Field in Seattle on Oct. 13, 2013. TONY OVERMAN — Staff Photographer
Seahawks safety Earl Thomas (left) knocks over teammate Kam Chancellor as they celebrate Thomas’ break-up of a pass during Sunday’s NFL football game between the Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans at CenturyLink Field in Seattle on Oct. 13, 2013. TONY OVERMAN — Staff Photographer

Good morning.

Well, Media Day is upon us. As Dave posted a little while ago, there are questions about how Marshawn Lynch will handle it. Let’s worry about that later.

In the interim, I’d point you to Dave’s story from today’s paper on Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas. Boling says they are the best safety tandem in the league and could end up changing the game. From Boling:

Given their combined 22 interceptions and five Pro Bowl honors in just four seasons together, few would debate Lott’s assertion of their positional primacy at the moment.

A more relevant question is how long, if they sustain this pace, before the Seahawks tandem is the best ever?

They’re certainly off to a quick start, as Thomas is 24 and Chancellor 25. But the precocious pair had this in their sights from the first day.

“Yeah, we always have talked about changing Seattle,” Thomas said. “We came in as competitors, young and probably dumb, but at the same time, we understood that we could make a change and it’s definitely panned out for us.”

> I wrote about Michael Robinson making it all the way to the Super Bowl despite believing his career was over after he was cut.

> Our John McGrath talked with Brad Mayne, who is CEO and President of MetLife Stadium, but also oversaw Cheney Stadium and the Tacoma Dome in the past.

> Don Ruiz writes about Champ Bailey making it to his first Super Bowl.

> Ruiz also writes about the Broncos’ secondary as a whole not wanting to take a backseat to the Legion of Boom.

As far as Media Day: The Seahawks start their hour-long event at 9:45 a.m. Pacific. Seventeen players will be at podiums:

1.  Earl Thomas                                        10.  Brandon Mebane

2.  Russell Wilson                                     11.  Bobby Wagner

3.  Pete Carroll                                          12.  Russell Okung

4.  Richard Sherman                                13.  Zach Miller

5.  Kam Chancellor                                  14.  Doug Baldwin

6.  Max Unger                                           15.  Golden Tate

7.  Michael Bennett                                  16.  Michael Robinson

8.  Cliff Avril                                               17.  Percy Harvin

9.  Red Bryant

ESPN, Fox Sports and the NFL Network will all have stages set up at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

Links:

> Lynch talked to the NFL Network’s Mike Silver.

> Ten thoughts from Richard Sherman leading up to the Super Bowl.

> The Super Bowl is a happy homecoming for Broncos’ RB Knowshon Moreno.

> Six great moments in Media Day history.

> 710 writes about the Super Bowl spotlight shining on Richard Sherman.

> Here’s Matt Hasselbeck talking on 710 yesterday:


> ESPN writes about Lynch vs. the Broncos’ defense.

> ESPN reports Lynch has struck a deal with Skittles. Only a matter of a time.

> The Everett Herald writes that Chancellor could be Sunday’s proverbial X-factor.

> Michael Bennett was amusing during his availability Monday. He could be a Media Day star today.

> Wes Welker with a shot at a ring after leaving New England.

> The possible use of medicinal marijuana in the NFL was repeatedly asked about Monday.

> Pete Carroll was voted the most popular coach in the league in an ESPN survey.

> ESPN writes the Derrick Coleman story we’re familiar with.

> USA Today writes about Warren Moon mentoring Russell Wilson.

> More on the dwindling demand for Super Bowl tickets. The reason given here is that the teams “are not sexy.”

> Demaryius Thomas’ biggest fan will be cheering from prison.

> The Denver Post writes that Seahawks fans are expected to outnumber Broncos fans at the game.

> You can find all of the Post’s coverage here.

Leave a comment Comments → 26
  1. Maybe Moon should have Wilson as a mentor on how to be a quality human being.

  2. Loved listening to Romanoski and Harrison on KJR this morning – even though they both picked Denver, they had some interesting things to say about the match up.

    1. If you can get pressure up the middle it will really help
    2. Denver (Manning) is least affective against cover 2 and cover 1
    3. Jamming receivers really throws off their timing

    on Offense –

    1. They aren’t as fast up front (chances for RW or ML to get loose)
    2. also Harrison was really on RW for being too conservative some times.

  3. yankinta says:

    lol, I’m not sure how much of a hand John Idzik had in rebuilding the Seahawks from Scratch but Jets are definitely hoping that he had a big part,, and can duplicate the same in NY….

    I seriously doubt there is another tandem like JS/PC that works well together while believing in conventional approach,, and truly not caring about what other so called experts think….

    http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york-jets/post/_/id/35041/seattle-east-mode-good-sign-for-jets

  4. yankinta says:

    lol, I’m not sure how much of a hand John Idzik had in rebuilding the Seahawks from Scratch but Jets are definitely hoping that he had a big part,, and can duplicate the same in NY….

    I seriously doubt there is another tandem like JS/PC that works well together while NOT believing in/following conventional approach,, and truly not caring about what other so called experts think….

    http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york-jets/post/_/id/35041/seattle-east-mode-good-sign-for-jets

  5. xcman–Ive said the same thing about RW and his fear of fitting the ball in tight windows–he’s gonna have to take some chances to win the SB. BUT, its Carl SMith the QB Coach and Carrol putting a stranglehold on the offense, not RW. He’s just playing the game the way they want him too.

    I think you will see Seattle take a couple shots, and do some things to shake up the Denver D, but its not like Carrol and Smith will let him loose to throw the ball all over the yard from the get-go. They wont change their basic idea that Playoff Football–and the SB–is the time for ball control offense and tough D–keep it close, then try to get over the top.

    No turnovers on offense will be key to a Seahawks victory, as will making the Denver O or special teams cough it up at least twice.

    I believe.

  6. I still don’t get the fear of running sometimes. I get the buying time sometimes when like one guy gets through the line and he can avoid that one guy. But the ones I don’t get is when it is a jail break – he gets free for a second but keeps running backwards hoping to find an open receiver,, Just get out find a yard or two and get back in the huddle.

  7. Dukeshire says:

    John Idzik was a cap specialist here, he had next to no say in personnel decisions. I don’t see the whole saga for the Jets ending well.

  8. thursday says:

    Are these presscons gonna be on seahawks.com like usual later or are they live somewhere?

  9. CDHawkFan says:

    Agree Slave, the first 8 games of RW career (last year) look a lot like the way he has been playing this year. PC preaches no turnovers, you could see that the year TJ started and was sacked all the time. PC does not want his guys to throw a pick, and RW has been super safe the last 6-8 weeks.

    I’m thinking they open it a little at first with Percy to free up some space up for the run game/ML. Not sure if ML will have a big game as Denver will try to stop him first, but I think RW will pick them apart if Bevell is flexible and is willing to change his plan if ML isn’t working.

    While some people will say that you need to keep with it to hit the big one (ML), I just know you have 1 game/chance now. If its not working in the 3rd quarter and we are run, run, pass, punt, then I hope Bevell can get RW to pick them apart like vs the Falcons last year.

    One chance, no time to be stubborn.

    One personal concern, this year when I felt the Hawks should win comfortably they seemed to play down to the competition and barely win. And in weeks when I thought they might lose, they won.
    My issue is that I think they should win vs Denver and win fairly easily (like not sweating after about the 7 min mark in the 4th).

    Is this a bad sign?

  10. thursday says:

    Nm see they’re on the NFL sites

  11. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Lynch sighting in the media day building on NFL network.

  12. Is the media day streaming online anywhere?

  13. Where is the best place to stream video or blog updates of media day today? The ESPN feed seems like boring: http://espn.go.com/nfl/nationblitz/

  14. Thanks thursday, that is a great link.

  15. Thanks Thursday!

  16. CDHawkfan–We’ll just have to wait and see. Manning is amazing, but he’s beatable. NO did it, and our D is way better. But Denvers D has been playing as well as Seattle’s VS the run, and giving up only 15 points per game through game 16 and the playoffs. They werent playing teams as good as Seattle, but this D is no joke.

    They dont have the pass rusher since they lost Von Miller, so thats encouraging.

    I think Seattle will have to be creative, and be efficient when throwing the ball. They need to give Lynch 10 carries at least in the first half, if not 15, to keep pounding on the D so they will be gassed in the second half, just like vs the Niners. But, Denver saw that game too so they will be selling out to stop Lynch. Seattle will have to throw well to set up the run. And they cant afford to freak out and go all empty-backfield too often, they need to keep banging with Lynch till he breaks them.

    Denver has fantastic coordinators and a great HC. I think they are better than our coaches by a good bit. Im hoping PC and company stepped up their game prep and gameplan, and have some balls in this game. I dont think my heart can take another game like the niners game.

  17. trout_hound says:

    CDHawk said: ‘One personal concern, this year when I felt the Hawks should win comfortably they seemed to play down to the competition and barely win. And in weeks when I thought they might lose, they won.
    My issue is that I think they should win vs Denver and win fairly easily’

    I noticed the same thing all season. Not sure if they win easily, but wouldnt it be epic to give Peyton an Eli-like beatdown with five picks and have both Sherman and Earl take it to the house? Might have a heart attack.

  18. thursday says:

    NFL.com does too much yapping for my liking. Hoping these will be on seahawks.com in their entirety later. They haven’t even shown Tate or Harvin yet.

  19. Ok – I have been worried about this game from the day after we won over SF (enjoyed the win for the day).

    Denver has been playing very well since Fox came back from his health issues.
    We have not faced a team quite like Denver – combo of offense and defense

    We are clearly good enough to win this game but I just don’t see us blowing out Denver – I think we can win, especially if we can get pressure up the middle on defense and move the chains on offense.

  20. Marshall Faulk admitted on the NFL.com stream that they and the media ignore seattle, even though they have been “ballin” all year. He went on to say that if Sherman did not have that post game rant after the NFFC game, they would not have talked about how good he was and they would not have given him his props.

    This is why we feel disrespected, this is why this team feels disrespected. The national media truly does not care about Seattle and Faulk just admitted it/proved it. It is so ridiculous. If the hawks win the SB this year, the talk will be about how cold it was and that is why Peyton lost, or some other excuse. Bank on it, no respect will be given to this team, or this city. Thats the way it is…from the horses mouth

  21. Not expecting a blowout, but I think we can beat them by four at least. Here’s hoping!

  22. Singularitarian says:

    Is Marshawn going to get another fine? I haven’t seen much from him

  23. doubledink says:

    If he was available to the media twice a week as required, I don’t see how they could fine him.

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