It hasn’t happened since 2000, largely due in part to the presence of future Hall of Fame offensive tackle Walter Jones on the roster, but the Seattle Seahawks are in danger of being shutout of the Pro Bowl for the first time in almost a decade.
Currently, no Seahawks is among the top five in their position in fan voting, with five weeks remaining. Players are voted into the Pro Bowl Pro the coaches, the players themselves, and the fans. Each group’s ballots count for one third of the votes.
With the Seahawks at 3-6 and not meeting expectations made at the beginning of the season, there’s reasons why no Seahawks are on the list. But that doesn’t mean that there are not some deserving candidates.
For the second straight season, kicker Olindo Mare is performing at a high level, but is being overlooked because of Seattle’s struggles. After being called out by head coach Jim Mora after missing two field goals in Seattle’s 25-19 loss to Chicago in Week 3, Mare has made 13 straight field goals. He’s currently 16 of 18 in field goals with a long of 47 yards. His 89 percent on field is good enough for fourth overall in the NFC. And Mare is 19 of 19 on extra points.
Mare also leads the NFC among kickers who are not kickoff specialists in touchbacks with 15, and is 33.3 percent in touch backs overall. Mare made the 1999 Pro Bowl with Miami in 1999.
Other potential candidates include T.J. Houshmandzadeh’s who 50 receptions is third in the NFC behind Larry Fitzgerald and Carolina’s Steve Smith.
There’s been a lot of talk about Seattle’s lack of pass rush. Defensive ends Lawrence Jackson and Patrick Kerney are tied for 16th overall with four sacks each, although ESPN’s Mike Sando points out that Kerney collected 10 of his 14.5 sacks after Week 10 in the 2007 season.
David Hawthorne is playing well. He leads the team with 56 tackles, has three sacks, two forced fumbles and three interceptions in four starts. But there are more talented middle backers under consideration.
Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane has been solid against the run, but only has one sack. Am I missing anyone? Let me know in the comments section.
There are five weeks lefts for fans to vote, which you can do so here.
Seahawks tight end John Carlson, a Minnesota native, returns home to face the Vikings this week. Carlson said he’s not concerned with his lack of touches of late.
ESPN Page 2 columnist DJ Gallo takes a tongue-in-cheek look at what the 17 grievances are that Mora said to the league officiating office this week.
Count ESPN 710 Seattle’s Dave Wyman as one of the few Hawks followers that doesn’t blame team GM Tim Ruskell for the departure of beloved offensive guard Steve Huthinson.
“So here’s the deal: If you want to say that the Hawks should’ve resigned him during the ‘04 or ‘05 season... fine. I have no quarrel with you there. But, I want to ask everyone this question: Did you recognize how good he was at that time? Be honest with yourself because I really believe that Hutch didn’t become great in everyone’s mind until he signed that $49 million deal. Remember in the ‘05 Redskin game when Shaun Alexander didn’t pick up that first down? That play ended a game winning drive and lead to a loss in overtime. Yeah, that play was run over the left guard.
“Sure we all knew he was good but were we ready to spend $49 million on... A GUARD?!” Greg Johns of the Seattlepi.com talks to the Nate Burleson about returning to Minnesota, who was on the Seahawks end of the poison pill in part as a revenge tactic for the Hutchinson maneuver.
Jim Moore of Seattlepi.com talks to defensive end Patrick Kerney about his lack of production off the edge. Kerney: “I wish I had the answer. I’m having great practices, it’s just not translating (to the games) right now.”
TNT’s Dave Boling joins the Seahawks Roundtable at KJR-AM in this audio link.
Safety Lawyer Milloy, who’s been a starter his entire NFL career, tells John Boyle of the Everett Herald that sitting on the sidelines is still something he’s not comfortable with.