It's the first-ever (as far as I know, anyway) Open Mic Week here on Seahawks Insider.
While I am off the mainland this week, we are inviting you -- yes, YOU -- to be guest bloggers.
Seahawks present, past and future. The draft. This "golden age" of Seattle football. The state of the NFL. Anything that's on your mind that you want to put through keystrokes into a story.
Email your submissions to Darrin Beene, The News Tribune sports editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We intend to post the best ones here on the blog.
One of our trusty regulars, BobbyK, has emailed me a couple pieces since last season, and we intend to run those this week.
Here is the start of an example of one of his works, to give you an idea of what we are looking for. Mahalo:
The Seattle Seahawks have an embarrassment of riches in its secondary. The Legion of Boom not only has the best pair of safeties in the game today, but it's quite possible Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas are going to go down as the greatest safety duo in the history of the NFL.
Chancellor hits like a Mack truck and Thomas covers more ground in centerfield than one would think possible for a mere mortal. It is as if Thomas begins each play being shot out of a cannon. Can you imagine what would happen if you could take the best aspects of each player's game and wrap them into an ultimate safety?
Card-carrying members of the 12th Man who are old enough to remember the Ground Chuck Knox years of the '80s won't have to imagine what this super-safety would look like because they have already seen him in the form of Kenny Easley.
Richard Sherman, the Legion of Boom shut-down cornerback, recently completed his fourth regular season and has amassed an impressive 23 interceptions during this span. The last time an NFL player had that many interceptions over his first four years was Easley from 1981-1984. Not only could Easley hit like Chancellor, roam the back end of the secondary like Thomas, but he picked off passes like Sherman as well.
The Seahawks selected Easley out of UCLA with the fourth overall pick in 1981 draft. He was a five time Pro Bowler and was named first team All Pro four times and second team All Pro once. He was a dominant force whose career, unfortunately, ended early.
If you look at the NFL's all-decade team of the 1980s, as was selected by the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Selection Committee, it's quite clear that something is wrong. Easley is the only member of that squad on defense who is not in the Hall of Fame...