The Seattle Seahawks announced that cornerback Brandon Browner and safety Kam Chancellor, both first alternates, have been added to the NFC Pro Bowl roster.
Browner will replace San Francisco cornerback Carlos Rogers, Chancellor will replace San Francisco safety Dashon Goldson. Both San Francisco players will not participate due to injury.
Browner started all 16 games for Seattle, finishing with a team-high six interceptions and 54 tackles. Browner set a club single-season record for interception return yards in a season with 220 (Dave Brown, 179 in 1984). He also became the first Seattle player since Josh Wilson in 2009 to return two interceptions for a touchdown in one season. In his first season as a starter, second-year pro Chancellor started and played in 15 games, finishing second on the club with 94 tackles and tied for second with four interceptions. He helped improve a defense that ranked 27th versus the pass in 2010 to rank 11th in 2011.
According to Doug Pacey of The News Tribune, former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Jon Kitna, who recently retired from the Dallas Cowboys as the that team’s backup quarterback, is expected to become the next head football coach at Lincoln High in Tacoma where he went to school.
Kitna has applied for the job and spent his first day at Lincoln as a part-time teacher on Monday. Kitna graduated from Central Washington University with an education degree, and always intended to come back and teach and coach in Tacoma once his playing days were over.
Here’s what Kitna told me in the week leading up to Seattle’s game against the Cowboys in November.
“My wife and I always felt like these years in the NFL have prepared us for what our real calling in life is going to be as teachers and running a high school football program. I don’t think there’s anything that has changed from that. God has used my time in the NFL to train me to be ready to train young men to be authentic, real leaders, and to have a positive impact on society. And I want to use the avenue of football to do that. So I am very clear, and my wife is very clear in our calling.”
Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post has an interesting read this morning, taking a look at what the decision makers in Indianapolis will go through in determining if Peyton Manning will remain or be released from the Colts.
Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star has a pretty comprehensive interview with Manning this morning, in which he talks about the tenuous nature at the Colts’ building with all the changes occurring right now and no head coach. Manning says he has no plans to retire, regardless of what Rob Lowe says.
Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com offers his thoughts from the first practice at the Senior Bowl. Rang said Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins stood out.
Russ Lande of the Sporting News provides a list of players who shined and struggled at the Senior Bowl.