Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, December 12, 2012 (12.12.12) or #12Day, as we are calling it on our various social media outlets. To learn more about how you can follow our #12Day events, click here.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times highlights head coach Pete Carroll’s relationship with several late-round Seahawks draft picks that have come out of USC, “… as Carroll nears the end of his third season as Seattle’s coach, it has become clear Carroll did use his insight and relationships regarding the players he had at USC, but he used that to find the undervalued and the overlooked as opposed to cherry-picking the top-shelf, blue-chippers he was known for recruiting. Backup linebacker Mike Morgan, who was undrafted, is the only USC player other than (Anthony) McCoy and (Malcolm) Smith on Seattle’s 53-man roster. McCoy’s draft status slipped because of a positive drug test at the NFL’s scouting combine in 2010, but he’s now in his third year on the roster and against Arizona, he became the first Seahawk player this season to amass more than 100 yards receiving in a game. Smith was picked even later, someone who ran so well Carroll compared him to a running back on defense. He was the younger brother of NFL receiver Steve Smith, but a player who had trouble staying healthy both in college and in his first year in the NFL. He has filled in for starter Leroy Hill the past two weeks and played so well that there’s an open question about who might fill that position going forward. Carroll’s ability to find contributors in the later rounds speaks to his ability to pinpoint which of his former players still had room to grow and blossom.”
Brock Huard of 710Sports.com has his latest “Chalk Talk“, breaking down running back Marshawn Lynch’s 22-yard touchdown run – the first of his three TDs on the day – in the club’s 58-0 victory over the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday.
Huard and Mike Salk of 710Sports.com discuss the similarities (or lack thereof) between the 2012 Seahawks team and the 2005 team that went on to Super Bowl XL.
Brady Henderson of 710Sports.com comments on wide receiver Sidney Rice and his improved durability, “Rice added several pounds of muscle to his upper body following offseason surgeries on each shoulder. He also adopted a stretching routine and eliminated certain foods from his diet. It’s safe to assume that the better care he’s taken of his body has helped him escape injury despite taking some big hits, including the one he absorbed while scoring an overtime touchdown to beat the Bears in Week 12. ‘I think it helped out a whole lot,’ he said Sunday. ‘… Just trying to make it through the whole season and be out there helping my team win ballgames.’ “
Mike Sando of ESPN.com takes a look at how several NFC West trades have worked out, and includes a few notes on players the Seahawks have acquired over the years, “Lynch has 3,043 yards rushing since making his Seahawks debut. Only Arian Foster, Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice have more over that span. His 27 rushing touchdowns rank tied for fourth. Seattle got him for a 2011 fourth-round pick and a 2012 fifth-rounder. Clemons, acquired from Philadelphia along with a fourth-round choice for Darryl Tapp, has 31 sacks since Seattle acquired him. That ranks eighth in the NFL. Washington, acquired for a 2010 fifth-round choice, has four kickoff returns for touchdowns since the Seahawks acquired him. That is tied with Jacoby Ford for most in the NFL. He averages 31.2 yards per kickoff return this season, a career-high figure that ranks third in the NFL among players with at least 10 returns.”
Sando has his latest “MVP Watch” where he moves Lynch up to No. 5 on his list of 10 candidates, “Lynch needed only 11 carries to rack up 128 yards and three touchdowns during the Seahawks’ 58-0 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. Pro Football Focus counted five times when Lynch forced Arizona to miss tackles. Lynch ranks fourth in carries for the season despite the light workload Sunday. He faces his former team, Buffalo, in Week 15.”
Mike Silver of YahooSports.com has an extensive feature on cornerback Richard Sherman, “For all the success he has enjoyed during his stellar second season, one in which he has been a key playmaker for the league’s third-ranked defense while helping to push the Seahawks (8-5) into postseason contention, Sherman’s anger hasn’t come close to subsiding. A brash, intelligent, self-described “nerd” with bleeding-heart sensibilities, Sherman is a complex young man with a single, overriding trait: He plays football with a Space Needle-sized chip on his shoulder, and he’s upset that his excellence isn’t more celebrated. ‘I want to be the best, period,’ says Sherman, the 34th defensive back chosen in the 2011 draft. ‘A lot of people don’t think it’s possible, because how could a fifth-rounder be the best of all time? But that’s what I want to be.’ “
NFL.com has their latest Power Rankings, and the Seahawks have moved up three spots to No. 7 on their list from a week ago, jokingly adding, “The Seattle Seahawks’ defense just scored another touchdown. Come back later.”
Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth recaps the events surrounding “Tuesday in Hawkville” with a focus on the young cornerback play from Byron Maxwell and Jeremy Lane, “We finally got a look at both in Sunday’s game against the Cardinals, as Lane took over as the nickel back and he and Maxwell then manned the corners for the conclusion of the 58-0 romp. Each made a tackle, while Maxwell also broke up a pass. ‘I was really pleased with the play of those guys,’ Carroll said. ‘I think I was as fired up about that as anything, as far as the challenge of new guys jumping in and all of that.’ “