Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Jan. 9, and was “out there” over the long weekend:
Dave Boling at the News Tribune checks out the Seahawks’ free agent class: “After a pair of 7-9 seasons rife with roster rebuilding, general manager John Schneider appears to have positioned the Seahawks for the next step by creating enough salary cap room to meet the most pressing needs. Consider what’s at stake. Seahawks fans might trigger a seismic event from outrage if running back Marshawn Lynch takes his beastly style elsewhere. And Red Bryant has likewise become an exemplar of spirited toughness for the Seahawks on defense. These two are at the top of the list of 18 unrestricted free agents with whom the Seahawks may exclusively negotiate.”
Also at the News Tribune, Eric Williams hands out grades for the just-completed season and the highest marks (B-plus) go to the running backs and offensive line: “They went through six starting combinations and finished the season with three-fifths of the team’s projected starting line on the injured reserve. Still, Seattle effectively ran the ball at the end of the season, a tribute to the teaching skills of offensive line/assistant head coach Tom Cable.”
John Boyle at the Everett Herald looks at who might be the Seahawks’ QB of the future: “Well, certainly there is plenty of time to discuss Seattle’s options. Should they make a play for Green Bay backup Matt Flynn, who will be a free agent? Should they trade up to draft Robert Griffin III? Should they draft a quarterback in the middle rounds and hope he develops behind Tarvaris Jackson? The best thing to do for the next couple of months is take a deep breath, wait, and trust that head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider will do what’s right for the franchise.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we passed out our honors for the season, including the obvious choice for MVP: “Marshawn Lynch. Beast Mode. Skittles-back. Free spirit. Call him what you will, but the hard-running Lynch proved his value week after week, game after game, down after down – especially in the second half of the season after the coaches decided that running the ball was the offensive identity. Lynch finished with career-highs in rushing yards (1,204) and touchdowns (13), and 941 of those yards and 10 of those scores came in the final nine games – when his totals were league-highs over that span. And with Lynch, it wasn’t so much what he did, but how he did it. The entire team followed his refuse-to-go-down lead.”
Mike Sando at ESPN.com has the word on the finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, who were announced Saturday: “Without slam-dunk candidates such as Emmitt Smith or Jerry Rice on the ballot this year, the door could open for some who have waited their turn recently. Cortez Kennedy, Charles Haley, Jerome Bettis, Chris Doleman and Kevin Greene are among the finalists with ties to franchises currently in the NFC West.”
Sando also has his selections for an All-NFC West team, with center Max Unger and running back Marshawn Lynch landing spots on offense, Chris Clemons, Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman making it on defense and Heath Farwell making it on special teams.