In this morning’s Trib, John McGrath did a column taking Forbes Magazine to task for its rating of Paul Allen No. 14 among NFL owners. Forbes’ metrics include “condition of the team when the owner arrived,” a factor that should have made Allen No. 1 by a long shot. It’s a great point worth remembering.
How far has it come in the 17 years of Allen’s ownership? Compare the facilities, fan base, franchise stability and competitiveness. The Seahawks have gone from being on the threshold of relocation to the threshold of the best season in team history.
In a bigger sense, it’s likely this team wouldn’t be here without Allen.
Those young enough to have been spared exposure to the Ken Behring ownership can’t imagine what a dreadful influence that was on the entire franchise. In a feature I did last summer about former owner John Nordstrom, I was let in on an episode that I felt was the best example of how Behring operated. Nordstrom invited Behring to his house to discuss rumors that he was going to move the team – a violation of the deal the Nordstroms made at the time of the sale, that the new owner would keep the team in Seattle. As he sat in Nordstrom’s living room, he assured John that there was nothing at all to the rumors. That very afternoon, Nordstrom got a call from a Seahawks exec that Behring had the moving vans being loaded at the Kirkland headquarters. Behring had flat-out lied to his face.
Allen didn’t really want to buy a football team. But since he did, he’s not only paid for high-ticket talent to be brought in, he’s okayed the dismissal of high-priced busts, too. As McGrath points out, there’s been some hiccups along the way in the front office, but for the most part, he’s hired top-shelf people to do the job and then stayed out of their way.
--Mynorthwest.com has a column based on an interview with ESPN.com columnist Jeffri Chadiha on the recent talk about Russell Wilson’s worthiness as an MVP candidate. On the Brock and Danny Show on Thursday, Chadiha said: “… I was wrong about him … he’s shown to be more than a game manager, but to say he’s an MVP right now, I can’t go there.”
Chadiha said he’d consider Marshawn Lynch a more viable candidate than Wilson, since he’s the focus of the Seahawks offense.
He cited an appreciation for Wilson’s humble attitude and approach. “I think it’s very easy, especially in these times with Twitter and Facebook and around-the-clock coverage to fall in love with yourself. And to me, the most impressive thing about Russell Wilson is that he’s not caught up in who he is; he’s still trying to get better as a player.”
--I like Terry Blount’s post on ESPN.com regarding a pair of surprising Seahawks: Clinton McDonald and Jermaine Kearse.
McDonald has 22 tackles and 3 ½ sacks, and also added an interception against Minnesota. Valuable production from a guy who was cut earlier in the season.
Kearse, meanwhile, has four TD catches in 13 receptions, and also been a big factor in the Seahawks’ stellar special teams.
Blount also rated the Top 5 Seahawks at the bye break. All five will be Pro Bowlers if not All-Pro. And the order is debatable, of course. Blount’s list goes like this: 5) Sherman. 4) Hauschka. 3) Marshawn. 2) Earl Thomas. 1) Russell Wilson.
--On the topic of Paul Allen, he said Thursday he is putting up $2.4 million for a study on the long-term effects of repetitive head trauma.