A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Dec. 26:
The Pro Bowl. The Seahawks have not had any players voted to the NFL’s all-star game since 2008, when left tackle Walter Jones and linebacker Julian Peterson were named to the NFC squad.
There are some legitimate candidates this season, and the Pro Bowl squad will be announced Tuesday. Coach Pete Carroll was asked during his news conference this afternoon about the significance of players being voted to the Pro Bowl.
“It’s good stuff, for all the hard work,” he said. “Everybody will take pride in some guys getting on that thing, if we can get there. We certainly have some guys that are worthy of that.”
The most noticeable is Marshawn Lynch, who has closed the season with a rush by running for 855 of his 1,118 yards and scoring nine of his 13 touchdowns in the past eight games. But the also-deserve-consideration group includes cornerback Brandon Browner, who is tied for second in the NFC with six interceptions and is second in the league with 220 return yards; punter Jon Ryan, who is third in the conference in average (46.8) and tied for second in the league in punts inside the 20 (30); Chris Clemons, who is tied for fifth among defensive ends in the NFC with 11 sacks; and strong safety Kam Chancellor, who has 86 tackles and four interceptions.
“We’ll see what happens. It will be interesting to see,” Carroll said. “It will be nicer to have them traveling to the game, rather than just being mentioned.”
Wide receiver Ben Obomanu, who tweaked a knee in the loss to the 49ers on Christmas Eve, is the most serious of those who came out of the game with injuries. Obomanu, who is starting at split end for the injured Mike Williams, falls into the “wait-and-see” category, Carroll said.
STAT DU JOUR
With those 855 yards in his past eight games, Lynch has become the fifth back in franchise history to rush for more than 1,100 yards in a season. Here’s where he ranks on the all-time list of most yards gains in a season, with one game left to improve his status:
Yards Player (year)
1,880 Shaun Alexander (2005)
1,696 Shaun Alexander (2004)
1,545 Chris Warren (1994)
1,481 Curt Warner (1986)
1,449 Curt Warner (1983)
1,435 Shaun Alexander (2003)
1,346 Chris Warren (1995)
1,318 Shaun Alexander (2001)
1,242 Ricky Watters (2000)
1,239 Ricky Watters (1998)
1,210 Rick Watters (1999)
1,175 Shaun Alexander (2002)
1,118 Marshawn Lynch (2011)
After several weeks of altered preparation plans because of Thursday night, Monday night and Saturday games, the Seahawks return to their normal schedule this week. That means the players are off Tuesday, while the coaches put together the game plan, and then return Wednesday to begin preparing for the season finale against the Cardinals in Arizona on Sunday.
YOU DON’T SAY
“We’ve come a million miles this year & we’re not going to back down. Thank you #12thMan for your nonstop support, Merry Christmas to all!” – Carroll, who tweeted this on Christmas Day