Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that with the closely played games between San Francisco and Arizona at the end of the 2011 season, along with the Niners first playoff appearance since 2002, the Seattle Seahawks are finally creating some rivalries in the NFC West.
Boling: “The Niners feature guys like Patrick Willis and Frank Gore, so admirable in their toughness and intensity; so damnable in that they appear twice a season. And St. Louis back Steven Jackson has never played on a winning team, but his effort has been so conspicuously unrelenting that he brings honor to the game.
As for Arizona, the Seahawks constructed a secondary of towering defenders just to combat Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald. But in the season-ender, he pulled in nine often-spectacular catches for 149 yards.
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While some teams try bump-and-run on Fitzgerald, the Seahawks tried assault-and-battery, but on some plays after absolutely wicked collisions, they helped pry one another off the turf.
These are the real roots of rivalries.”
ESPN’s Mel Kiper bumps Seattle up to a B-minus from a D-plus in his regrade of the 2011 NFL draft. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com takes a closer look at Seattle’s turnaround on defense this season.
ESPN’s Joe Schad reports that Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill has a broken foot that he injured during his training that could require surgery, forcing him to miss the upcoming Senior Bowl.
Wes Bunting of the National Football Post ranks the top 10 QB prospects in the draft. Interesting read, and brings you up to speed with developmental QBs Seattle could target in the draft.
ESPN’s Tim Hasselbeck tells Brock Huard of ESPN 710 Seattle that New England backup quarterback Brian Hoyer could be another option for Seattle.
Corky Trewin of Seahawks.com provides visual evidence of the original day the 12th Man was honored with a retired jersey in the Kingdome on Dec. 15, 1984.