Monday cyber surfing: A trio of Bowls

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Jan. 30, and was over the weekend:

Brandon Marshall stole the Pro Bowl show on Sunday with four touchdown receptions, and the Associated Press has the details: “He was selected the game’s MVP, and his name now will join the likes of Walter Payton and Jerry Rice on the MVP banners at Aloha Stadium. ‘You know what? I wanted it,’ he said. ‘It’s a Pro Bowl. Some guys are playing 100 (percent), some guys are playing 90, some guys aren’t playing at all, but it means a lot to be up in the rafters with some of these guys.’ ”

Here at Seahawks.com, we take a closer look at the contributions of the five Seahawks who played in the game: “In a game that featured 100 points and 1,162 total yards, Marshawn Lynch managed to run for 43 yards in the NFC’s 59-41 loss to the AFC in the Pro Bowl at Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium on Sunday.”

Michael Robinson’s Pro Bowl week included a trip to Happy Valley, where the ex-Nittany Lions quarterback spoke at the memorial service for former Penn State coach Joe Paterno, and the Associated Press caught up with the Seahawks’ fullback after practice on Saturday: “Robinson arrived in the islands Tuesday only to fly out after the next day’s Pro Bowl practice to speak at the memorial services of his college coach, Joe Paterno. He then returned to Honolulu on Friday night on Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight’s jet. ‘Besides my religion and my mom, coach Paterno is the reason I’m here,’ Robinson said after practice Saturday.
Bucky Brooks at NFL.com has his second mock draft, and has the Seahawks selecting North Carolina’s Zach Brown: “This pick certainly stands out as a surprise, considering Boston College’s Luke Kuechly is a more accomplished player, but Brown’s speed and athleticism drew rave reviews at the Senior Bowl. He would upgrade the explosiveness of the Seahawks’ linebacker corps.”

Speaking of the Senior Bowl, Tom Pauline at SI.com has his risers and sliders from Saturday’s all-star game, including Washington defensive tackle Alameda Ta’amu: “If scouts were hoping to be wowed by Ta’amu, all they need to do is watch the Senior Bowl game film. The big defensive tackle was dominant every time he lined up and was a constant nuisance for opponents. He collapsed the pocket on several occasions, overpowering opponents to make plays behind the line of scrimmage or force the action. His quarterback pressure at the end of the first half ended what looked to be a potential scoring drive for the South. In the second half the South was forced to double team Ta’amu in the attempt to slow him down.”

Actually, the Senior Bowl is all about the practices, which is why most NFL coaches leave well before the game. So Rob Rang at NFLDraftScout.com, via CBSSports.com, has his all-practice team, including high praise for North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples: “Unquestionably the most talented player in the game. Has been unblockable, at times.”

And Alex Marvez at FoxSports.com takes a pre-game look at two quarterbacks who have something to overcome – their height, or lack of it: “It’s easy to see why Boise State’s Kellen Moore and Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson might not make it in the NFL. They’re short. Most teams won’t consider drafting or even signing a quarterback under six feet tall. Moore was officially measured at 5-foot-11¾ inches earlier this week at the Senior Bowl. Wilson stood 5-foot-10 5/8 inches. ‘We walk around a lot together to make it look like football is played at that height,’ Moore said with a smile.”

As for that game that’s this week, Peter King is in Indianapolis and has his “Monday Morning Quarterback” at SI.com to kickoff the Super Bowl coverage: “First, a word about how both teams are going to spin this as a totally different game than the one four years ago, with each team having so many new players and each team in a totally different place. Yes, one word: bunk.”


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