A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Dec. 19:
The Pro Bowl. The Seahawks have not had a Pro Bowl representative the past two seasons. Will this third season be the charm as the players and coaches around the league cast their votes this week?
That won’t be answered until the NFC squad is announced next Tuesday on the NFL Network. But here’s a look at some worthy candidates for the Seahawks:
Marshawn Lynch – The Skittles-back is eighth in the league and fourth in the NFC in rushing (1,011 yards) and tied for fifth in the league in touchdowns (12, second among running backs in the NFC). But his late surge can’t hurt, especially his efforts in the team’s recent nationally televised victories: 148 yards, a 6.7-yard average and two TDs against the Eagles; 115 yards, a 5.0-yard average and a TD against the Rams.
The last Seahawks’ tailback to go to the Pro Bowl was Shaun Alexander in 2005, and Lynch just broke his club record for scoring in consecutive games by getting into the end twice against the Bears on Sunday – running Lynch streak to his past 10 games. Lynch also has become the first Seahawks since Alexander in ’05 to rush for 1,000 yards. The other tailbacks who have been to the Pro Bowl: Curt Warner (1983, 1986 and 1987), Chris Warren (1993-95) and Alexander (2003-05).
Brandon Browner – The extra-large cornerback from the CFL is fourth in the league and second in the NFC with six interceptions. He also has two returns for touchdowns, not to mention 220 total yards to break Dave Brown’s club record from 1984 (179). As with Lynch, Browner has been on a late-season run with five picks on his past four games.
The Seahawks corner who have been to the Pro Bowl: Brown (1984), Shawn Springs (1998) and Marcus Trufant (2007).
Chris Clemons – The “Leo” end is ninth in the league, and fifth among NFC ends, with 11 sacks. But he also has 40 tackles, 20 QB hits, four passes defensed and three forced fumbles.
The Seahawks ends who have been to the Pro Bowl: Jacob Green (1986-87), Michael Sinclair (1996-98) and Patrick Kerney (2007).
Kam Chancellor – The big-play strong safety has four interceptions, 76 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
The Seahawks safeties who have been to the Pro Bowl: Kenny Easley (1982-85 and 1987), Eugene Robinson (1992-93) and Darryl Williams (1997).
Jon Ryan – The Canadian-born punter is ninth in the league in average (46.9, third in the NFC) and net average (39.9, fifth in the NFC), but he’s second in punts inside the 20 (28).
The only Seahawks punter to go to the Pro Bowl was Rick Tuten (1994).
We could go on, with defensive end Red Bryant, free safety Earl Thomas and even special-teamer Heath Farwell. But let’s worry about getting a first player to the Pro Bowl since tackle Walter Jones and linebacker Julian Peterson in 2008 before trying to match the seven who went in 2005 and 1984 or six who went in 2007.
STAT DU JOUR
Farwell, who wasn’t signed until Oct. 19, has a team-leading 18 coverage tackles in the nine games he has played for the Seahawks. Here’s how that total stacks up against the best seasons in club history:
Player (year) No.
Jay Bellamy (1996) 34
Josh Scobey (2005) 23
Michael Bates (1993) 22
Tim Hauck (1997) 22
Sam Merriman (1984) 21
Isaiah Kacyvenski (2001) 21
Lance Laury (2009) 21
Matt McCoy (2010) 19
Mack Strong (1995) 19
Heath Farwell (2011) 18
Don Dufek (1979) 18
Don Dufek (1983) 18
Tracy Johnson (1992) 18
James Logan (1999) 18
Alex Bannister (2003) 18
Another week that isn’t as it seems, as the players return from their “off” day to begin preparing Tuesday for Saturday’s game against the 49ers at CenturyLink Field. Except that it won’t be Tuesday, their usual “off” day. It will be Wednesday, which means Wednesday will be Thursday; Thursday will be Friday; and Friday will be Saturday.
Tickets are available for the Christmas Eve game against the 49ers and can be purchased here.
YOU DON’T SAY
“That’s a fat kid’s dream right there.” – the 330-pound Bryant after scoring on a 20-yard interception return against the Bears on Sunday