Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider’s eye for spotting little-known talent and giving them an opportunity to shine has been on display again this season, as I point out in my story today.
Players like undrafted rookie free agent receiver Doug Baldwin, CFL standout cornerback Brandon Browner, 2010 fifth round draft pick safety Kam Chancellor, and this year’s fourth-round pick K.J. Wright have emerged to play major roles this season.
“They haven’t really changed our opinion much,” Carroll said. “We’re just thrilled that they’ve just been consistent factors for us. We thought that they could play a role, so we gave them opportunities. And that’s happened for us, and it’s been a big part of this season.”
Dave Boling of The News Tribune says to expect the Hawks to finish strong in the final game of the year at Arizona.
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John Boyle of the Everett Herald writes that the Seahawks have been more competitive in their losses this season.
Rod Mar of Seahawks.com gives us some photo from Saturday’s game, including a look at Marshawn Lynch’s Skittles-themed Nike shoes.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com echoes Carroll’s comments that his team will play to win on Sunday, and not necessarily look to evaluate young talent.
With the league expected to announce Pro Bowl selections this evening, Peter Schrager of Fox Sports gives us his picks. Marshawn Lynch and Earl Thomas make the list.
Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic writes that Kevin Kolb is still day-to-day with concussions symptoms, so John Skelton could start at quarterback this week against Seattle.
According to receiver Braylon Edwards, San Francisco released him today, which isn’t too surprising if you watched him play on Saturday. Edwards said he was let go due to a lingering injury he has to rehab.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports writes that New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees breaking Dan Marino’s single-season passing record is tainted because he did it in the final minutes with the game already decided.
I understand the sentiment, but I like the idea of him doing it in front of the hometown fans that night and getting the record out of the way. And Atlanta could have certainly tried to stop Brees.