Merry Christmas, I hope you got what you wanted, but more importantly, spent some time with family today. I’ll be flying out to Tampa this afternoon and should touchdown about midnight.
Dave Boling of The News Tribune takes a statistical look at how this year’s team compares to last season in order to help judge if this year’s version of the Seahawks is any better.
So, subjectively, does it seem as if the 2010 team is better positioned for the future than last year’s?
They finally found their left tackle of the future in Russell Okung, and rookie safety Earl Thomas is learning on the job, but looks very much like the real deal.
Still, the all-important quarterback situation remains unsettled. The secondary needs obvious work, the line must be bolstered, and aging or under-performing veterans will need to be upgraded. And quality depth is an issue at almost all positions.
Even more subjectively, it seemed that last season’s locker room splintered a bit down the stretch, and there was a sense of surrender in some of the losses.
This group is still getting beaten, but it doesn’t seem as if there’s a resignation to it.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com notes that Trufant turns 30 today.
Doug Farrar of Sportspressnw.com says Tampa Bay is not just a Cover-2 team anymore.
Tiki Barber, Mike Silver and Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports debate which NFC West team they do not want to see in playoffs in the video below.
Scott Miller writes a guest spot for the National Football Post, pointing out why the NFL remains the king of TV ratings – fantasy football and gambling.
Don Banks of Sports Illustrated discusses the many potential candidates for this year’s Comeback Player of the Year award, which include Seattle’s Mike Williams and Leon Washington.
Fred Greetham of Fox Sports Ohio writes that the stage is set for Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren to return to the sidelines.
This is pretty funny. The Chicago Tribune published a story about Rex Ryan and his wife’s foot fetish in the shape of a foot, with Ryan’s head as the big toe.