Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Dec. 28:
Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times has the big news of the day – Earl Thomas’ selection to the Pro Bowl: “The Seahawks were the only team in the league that didn’t have a Pro Bowler in either of the past two seasons, a dry spell that ended with Thomas’ selection. ‘Dream come true,’ Thomas said on his Twitter account. ‘Thanks to all my teammates.’ ”
O’Neil also looks at the impact the season finale against the Cardinals will have on the Seahawks’ draft status: “The Seahawks could wind up choosing anywhere from No. 10 overall to No. 19 in the first round, depending on this week’s results. Seattle is smack dab in the middle of the league with 13 other teams whose records are either 6-9 or 7-8. The Seahawks could finish tied with any one of them.”
Mike Sando at ESPN.com breaks down the Pro Bowl selections for the NFC West, including who got robbed: “Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch, San Francisco’s Aldon Smith, St. Louis’ Chris Long and Arizona’s Calais Campbell come to mind immediately. Lynch has arguably run more impressively than any other back in the conference of late. He ended the 49ers’ streaks without allowing a 100-yard rusher (36 games) or a rushing touchdown (15 games). Lynch was named a second alternate. He has a chance to earn a spot given that Matt Forte is injured and might not play in the game. I’m not sure which NFC back is first alternate, but Lynch would move up the list if Minnesota’s injured Adrian Peterson held that distinction.”
Sando also has his weekly NFC West “Stock Watch,” and among the “risers” is you-know-who: “Lynch’s stock had already soared over the second half of this season, but he hasn’t gotten enough recognition in this space. What Lynch accomplished against the 49ers takes his stock up a few more notches, anyway. You know the particulars by now. With 107 yards and a touchdown, Lynch ended the 49ers’ streaks for not allowing a 100-yard rusher (36 games) or a rushing touchdown (15 games). Teams tend to think of running backs as easier to replace than players at other positions. Lynch is an exception in Seattle. The way he runs makes him irreplaceable at this time. He is the Seahawks’ MVP, easily.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we’ve also got the word on Thomas’ selection to the Pro Bowl, as well as coach Pete Carroll’s reaction: “ ‘To know that Earl is a starter and that Brandon (Browner) and Kam (Chancellor) are both first alternates, that’s pretty darn good,’ said Carroll, who took time from meetings to install the game plan for Sunday’s season finale against the Cardinals in Arizona so he could call each player and deliver the good news.
We’ve also got at look the other news of the day in “Tuesday in Hawkville,” as well as a closer look at the Cardinals in “Up Next.” And we also look at the reactions of Red Bryant and Jacob Green to Bryant being named the winner of this year’s Steve Largent Award: “Green’s presence at the game against the San Francisco 49ers made for a nice generational transition – just the latest bridge between son-in-law and father-in-law, as Bryant is wearing the same number (79) and playing the same position (left defensive end) that Green did during his Ring of Honor career with the team (1980-91). Now, each also has a Largent Award. ‘That award is probably the most prestigious award you can get as a Seahawk,’ Green said on the sideline, just before the trophy presentation. ‘It’s right up there with the Ring of Honor.’ ”
Then there’s the definitive look back at the Christmas Eve home finale against the 49ers in Rod Mar’s photo blog and Ben Malcolmson’s “From the Sidelines”: “So even though Saturday’s loss eliminated the Seahawks from playoff contention and removed a chance for a winning record in 2011, the team showed loads of progress and tons of positive momentum toward 2012 and beyond. ‘We’ve come a million miles,’ Carroll told his players. ‘We’ve become a team, and we’re going to be a great team for a long time.’ And that’s reason enough to feel better about Saturday, this season as a whole and the direction this team is heading. This weekend, the Seahawks hung with and nearly beat one of the NFL’s premier squads, one that Carroll called “a hell of a football team.” This season, Seattle has flipped a 2-6 start to be in position to climb to .500 and head into the offseason with six wins in their last eight games. And into the future, the Seahawks are moving toward something great, as they got glimpses of their promising horizon during the second half of this season.”