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The Impact of the 12th Man

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis weekend I was able to go to my first Seattle Seahawks playoff game. I got to the stadium nice and early and went as close as I could to the field where the Seahawks were warming up. I was able to cheer on the Seahawks players and shake backup center Lemuel Jeanpierre and famous rapper Macklemore’s hand. I was even fortunate enough to take a picture with Mr. and Mrs. Seahawk. It was a great day and it made me realize how much of an impact that we as Seahawks fans, better known as the 12th man, have on each game.

The 12th man has a huge impact in many ways. First off, the Seahawks players get a lot of encouragement before the game. I mean, who wouldn’t want to play football when you have people wanting your autograph, a high five or even a simple hand shake. The Seahawks players also have fans snapping pictures of them and yelling phrases such as, “Golden Tate, you da man!” It’s like the good feeling when you have friends and family waiting for your arrival at the airport. The Seattle Seahawks know that their fans will be at the stadium early, no matter what the weather is like. The 12th man has commitment and they love their team. Fans that come early to encourage the Seahawks give the players an extra boost and pump them up to play their best.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA<NFL players have a ton of pressure that comes with the job. But, something I saw on Saturday was the fun that fans bring to the players. There was Golden Tate playing catch with the fans in the stands. And then you had Doug Baldwin pumping up the crowd. You even had KJ Wright grinning from ear to ear, letting his mind wander away from being slowed down from his injury, for the moment. You had the defensive line dancing to a song on the loud speaker and loving the crowd atmosphere. Cliff Avril was quoted in his press conference today talking about the joy of playing at Century Link Field. “This place is unreal. It’s a blast (to play here).” The 12th man is loved by the Seahawks players and a big reason is because we help them have fun. And, when you have fun at your job, you maximize your potential.

And then we have the obvious, Seahawks fans make the opposing offensive players lives more difficult with all the sound that is made. It’s harder for opposing teams to communicate and to think clearly. It’s easier to get flustered when the stadium is so loud. The 12th man wreck their vocal cords in order to make a difference in the game. My voice is still recovering from Saturday, but it was definitely worth it. The Seahawks defensive ends can also get a better jump off the line when the crowd noise is in full effect. It is nationally known that the 12th man are the loudest fans in the NFL. They have caused numerous earthquakes and have produced the most false starts in the NFL since 2005.

Hawks fans also help out the Seahawks organization by making Seattle an attractive place to play. Free agents know that the 12th man is very supportive of their team and that the Seattle Seahawks love playing in front of their fans. Just like Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett, many more free agents will settle for less money in order to play in Seattle. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA>

The 12th man is a big part of the Seattle Seahawks success. The Seahawks have lost only one game at home in the past two years. The fans bring lots of noise and encouragement every home game. This coming Sunday will be even louder in Century Link Field, as Seahawks fans know what the stakes are. If they win, the Seahawks are headed to New York for the Super Bowl. So drink your beer, coffee and water and continue to make an impact in the Seahawks season. Go Hawks!!!

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The Seattle Seahawks Wide Receivers

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The Seattle Seahawks have one of the best wide receiver groups in the NFL. They all play with a chip on their shoulder and make clutch catches. They are sometimes overlooked by other NFL writers, but Seahawks fans know that we have a receiving crew that will give us a chance to win every single game.

Let’s start with Golden Tate. The Seattle Seahawks drafted Tate in the year of 2010 in the second round. Golden Tate played his college ball at Notre Dame and made a lot of plays during his college career. Tate is a playmaker at both the receiver position and when returning punts. When he has the ball in his hands, Seahawks fans know something exciting is going to happen. He ended the season with his best game as a pro with 8 catches for 129 yards and 1 touchdown. As we enter the playoffs Golden Tate will be a difference maker and will make a lot of plays that will give the Hawks momentum throughout the game.

Next up we got ‘Angry Doug’ Baldwin. Baldwin was signed by the Seahawks after going undrafted in 2011. Baldwin played his college ball at Stanford and was teammates with Richard Sherman and Andrew Luck. And, he was coached by current San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh. In his rookie season Baldwin played fantastic, he had 51 receptions for 788 yards and 4 touchdowns. Not bad for an undrafted rookie. The next season his yards dipped a bit, but this season he has played very well. Doug Baldwin plays like he’s angry and has a huge chip on his shoulder. He plays like he has something to prove and Seahawks fans love his attitude.

Jermaine Kearse has been a pleasant surprise this year. Kearse is a local boy and played at the University of Washington. He was singed as an undrafted free agent by the Seattle Seahawks. In only his second season, Kearse has stepped up and played like someone who has someone to prove, just like Baldwin. This season he has caught 22 passes for 346 yards and 4 touchdowns. Kearse has become one of Wilson’s favorite deep threats. He has also had a huge impact on special teams. Jermaine Kearse is a classy individual and Seattle loves to cheer for him. He consistently makes big catches and will be a great player for the Seattle Seahawks for many years.

New Orleans Saints v Seattle SeahawksRicardo Lockette has also been a solid contributor to the Seahawks offense and special teams. He is famous for his HUGE hit in the St. Louis game, where he used his ‘hit stick’ on the punt returner. He played college football at a small university, Fort Valley State. Lockette was signed by the Seahawks in 2011 and, after bouncing around a few organizations, he arrived back to the Seattle Seahawks this year and hasn’t looked back since. Having a good receiver at the bottom of the depth chart is huge for a football team that plans on winning the Super Bowl. Lockette brings great depth to the Seahawks receiver group.

l3Y1n.AuSt.5[1]And, finally, we have the one and only Percy Harvin. After only playing against the Vikings this season, and making one spectacular catch and an amazing return, he was shut down for the rest of the regular season. But, now after almost being placed on the IR, Harvin is going to play and will be a difference maker. Harvin has lightning speed and will make life more difficult for the Saints. Having his impact will also open up space for Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin. Watch out for Percy Harvin in the game tomorrow. If Harvin returns a kickoff for a touchdown, Seahawks fans will go nuts and cause an earthquake once again.

All of these receivers play with a chip on their shoulder and play like they have something to prove. They also have an amazing quarterback in Russell Wilson, who throws accurate passes for the recivers to catch. Seahawks fans should be excited for the kind of passion and energy that this receiving group brings. Hopefully they will all have a big day on Saturday and will help the Seahawks beat the Saints.

Go Hawks!!!

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The Big Guys Up Front

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.

Will the Seattle Seahawks 2013/2014 defense go down as the best in history?

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.

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