Well I won’t be at Media Day, but many more reporters from all over the world will be. There will be 17 Seahawks players that have there own podium to answer all sorts of questions. Marshawn Lynch won’t have a podium and is questionable to even show up. Do you think he needs to talk at Media Day? I don’t think so. The NFL can’t force him to do something he doesn’t want to do. Lynch is a team player and never has made his success in Seattle about himself. I encourage you to read Michael Silver’s article titled “Marshawn Lynch’s quiet power behind Seahawks’ Super run.” Here is the link: http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/story/0ap2000000318651/article/marshawn-lynchs-quiet-power-behind-seahawks-super-run
Here is my prediction for the Seahawks that will have there own podium to speak on tomorrow:
Offense: Russell Wilson, Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin, Golden Tate, Russell Okung, Max Unger, Michael Robinson, Zach Miller, Derrick Coleman
Defense: Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Bobby Wagner, Kam Chancellor, Brandon Mebane, Red Bryant
Soak all of this Super Bowl fun in. It’s great to see the Seattle Seahawks achieve so much this season! Maybe one day I will be one of the reporters at Media Day. Go Hawks!
Brandon Mebane and Red Bryant are two of the most intimidating athletes in the NFL, and they lead the Seattle Seahawks defensive charge every game. They are the longest-tenured Seahawks on this year’s team and have brought their full effort since day one. Mebane possesses the NFL’s best belly roll sack dance and plugs up running holes. Red Bryant is the defensive captain and fires up his teammates with his inspiring speeches before every game. Both of these players were a big part in holding the Rams to only 13 total rushing yards last week
Mebane was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2007 NFL draft and the Seahawks have gotten more than they bargained for. A true testament to the hard work that Mebane has put in throughout the years is the fact that Coach Pete Carroll kept him when he was hired as the Seahawks coach. Carroll basically cleaned house, but obviously saw something that he like in Mebane. In fact, Mebane is the only player still on the Seahawks from the 2007 draft class. Brandon Mebane has been a solid run stopper as well as providing an interior rush that isn’t to be messed with. All he has done is consistently produce for a Seattle Seahawks defense that has struggled at times, but now, after many years, the Seahawks are the NFL’s #1 defensive team and a big part to do with that is the outstanding play of Brandon Mebane.
Lining up next to Mebane is the heart and soul of the defensive line, Red Bryant. Bryant played his college ball at Texas A&M and was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the 4th round of the 2008 NFL draft. Bryant plugs up running lanes, but also puts pressure on the quarterback. No quarterback wants to see all 323 pounds of Red Bryant coming after him. But, quarterbacks saw more of Bryant after Pete Carroll and his staff decided in 2010 to move Bryant from defensive tackle to defensive end. Not many teams are able to have such a versatile player who is that big and athletic. Bryant took the transition in stride and plays the position exceptionally well. The passion and emotion that Bryant plays with is a key factor in keeping the Seahawks defense playing at a high-level.
Both Brandon Mebane and Red Bryant will have a huge impact in the playoffs. They are a great duo on the line and will continue to give Seahawks fans something to cheer about. They are also two of the most respected players on the Seahawks team, having been with the organization for so long. In fact, John Schneider has already awarded both Brandon Mebane and Red Bryant with significant contract extensions. The 12th man can look forward to watching these big men dominate on the Seahawks defensive line for years to come. Here’s to hoping we get another Brandon Mebane belly roll during the playoffs.
If you have followed the Seahawks this season, then you would hear the statement that they want to be the best ever. Russell Wilson wants to be the best quarterback to ever play. Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman want to be perfect in everything they do. Perfection is what they search for, but that is what makes this team and defense special.
A great defense starts upfront with the defense line. With the free agent upgrades of Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett the defense has been even better than last year. Chris Clemons has come back from his ACL injury quite nicely and is still contributing well at the age of 32. The inside has been very productive from many different players. Tony McDaniel and Brandon Mebane have led the charge inside. Clinton McDonald has been a pleasant surprise as well. After being cut earlier in the year and then being resigned, he came back with a chip on his shoulder and has had the best year of his career. With these three players being so productive and Bennett being able to play inside as well as outside, Jordan Hill has been able to come through this season slowly and has been inactive for more than half the games. But, when he has been in games has played very well for a rookie.
Now we move to the youthful and athletic linebackers that the Seahawks have. Going into his second year, Bobby Wagner has left off where he finished off in his rookie year. He leads this group of talented linebackers. KJ Wright has been playing amazing and showed off his talents by shutting down Jimmy Graham and Darren Sproles in the blowout win vs the Saints. Bruce Irvin has played well as the LEO end and outside linebacker position. The productivity isn’t noticed in the stats, but he has played solid both on the run and the pass. Providing excellent depth is Malcom Smith, Heath Farwell and O’Brien Schofield. Especially with KJ Wright out for 4-6 weeks with a broken bone in his foot, Smith has stepped up to the challenge and has not missed a beat. Farwell has been excellent on special teams, as well as Schofield.
And finally the flashiest and most well-known position group all across the NFL is the secondary, also known as the L.O.B (Legion of Boom). This is of course led by the vocal Richard Sherman and the arguably best free safety in the league Earl Thomas. It is then complimented by the hard hitting safety Kam Chancellor. On the other side of the cornerback position, Brandon Browner, now injured and facing suspension has become the forgotten man with Byron Maxwell playing so well. The depth in the LOB is very strong. Walter Thurmond and Jeremy Lane do not miss a beat when they get on the field. At safety replacing Jeron Johnson who has battled hamstring problems this year is Deshawn Shead and on the other side is Chris Maragos. The second string is noticeable in special teams providing great kick and punt coverage. In fact the Seahawks have only allowed 19 punt return yards this entire season.
So the question is asked and will be continued to be asked. Is this the best defense in NFL history? I would have to say no, not yet. A Superbowl would help the argument and a special season next year would help this case. But, excellence needs to be continued throughout many years. And with the caliber of the starters and the deep depth at each position it is possible that in a few years this defense could be something that is written down in the history books as the best ever. But, as of now let’s enjoy watching this defense dominate and frustrate opposing offenses as they try to lead this team to a Super Bowl.