Read Jake's report from the Patriots media day.Now that I had a better understanding of how Media Day worked, I wanted to get off to a good start with the Seahawks. In the first 10 minutes of the Seahawks' Media Day session, I got questions into KJ Wright and Jermaine Kearse. I made my way to Marshawn Lynch's podium. Unfortunately, I missed him by about 3 minutes. Marshawn was gone. All of the players who don't have podiums walk around the arena floor. I spotted John Ryan who is the Seahawks punter who threw a touchdown pass in the NFC Championship game against the Packers. I asked him how long he thought the ball hung in the air on that play. He replied, "Everything in football happens so fast but when I threw that pass it felt like the ball was in the air for a very long time."
I made my way over to one of the most crowded podiums of the day, Russell Wilson. Joining him on the main podiums were Pete Carroll, Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman, and Kam Chancellor. As I had seen earlier, there were no holes to Russell Wilson's podium. Luckily, Brett Keisel spotted me. He helped me push my way to the front of the podium. With the clock ticking, Marshall Faulk from the NFL Network came over to Russell Wilson to do what seemed like a long interview. Then, backup running back Christine Michael was with a Spanish TV station and had their host salsa dance with all the Seahawks players including Russell Wilson while I was standing there. I asked Wilson what advice he had for the younger players. To which he replied, "I told them to have fun with it. But at the same time when you get between the lines on the field you have to be in tune with the situation."
Time was running out and I still had questions for some big names. I saw Pete Carroll with a crowd around his podium. I found my way to the front of his podium. I asked him what he was doing to prepare his team and he told me, "This is harder than it sounds with all of the attention to the Super Bowl, but we are just trying to keep the same routine we have been having all year long. As I said earlier, it's much harder than it sounds." I still had 10 minutes left and I wanted to take a crack at Richard Sherman. I got to the front with about 5 minutes left in his session. There was a minute to go and I didn't want a repeat of what happened with Tom Brady so I bee-lined to Offensive Lineman Russell Okung's empty podium. I got my question in just as time expired. I asked him the same question as Russell Wilson about advice to young players. Okung said, " I tell them this is the same game you have been playing your whole life. The field doesn't get any bigger. Just keep preparing the way you have all season. It's just a football game." As he said that we heard over the loud speaker, "That's the end of Media Day. Thanks for coming."
As I was walking out I got a quick picture with Cliff Avirl and thanked Brett Keisel for his help. One of the biggest things I noticed throughout the day was the energy in the building when each team had its session. The Seahawks fans were much louder and the players had cameras and GoPros. The Patriots fans were not that loud and the players were all business with no cameras.
In all, it was an amazing day in my life.
Is Earl Thomas really the best dressed player on the Seattle Seahawks?
Check out this cool clip with some of the best highlights from the Seahawks Super Bowl media day.
They say that offense sell tickets and defense wins championships.
So we want to know: which defense is better? Seahawks or Patriots?
The Seattle Seahawks defense is nicknamed the "Legion of Boom." Any defense with a nickname that scary must be pretty good, and, in fact, some say that the Seahawks might be the best defense in NFL history.
Well, the stats sure say so. Over the last three years, the Seahawks have allowed fewer points and yards than any other.
And they pass the eye test, too. Check out just a few of the stars of the Seahawks defense:
Earl Thomas, Free Safety
Richard Sherman, Cornerback
Kam Chancellor, Strong Safety
Michael Bennett, Defensive End
What about the New England Patriots defense? With no killer nickname, how can they even compete?
Here's how: the Patriots defense thrives on people underestimating them. They had the 2nd best turnover to takeaway ratio in the entire NFL and the 5th best rush defense in the AFC.
So you think you are going to run right through this no-name defense and BAM they stuff you and take the ball away.
Even though the Patriots defense doesn't have a cool nickname, they're still loaded with great players:Darrelle Revis, Cornerback
The 2015 NFL Pro Bowl players have been announced.
But what team are they on?
Remember, the Pro Bowl teams are now chosen via draft! The Pro Bowl Draft airs on Wednesday, January 21 on NFL Network (8:00 PM ET). Pro Football Hall of Famers Cris Carter and Michael Irvin are this year's alumni team captains and they will take turns drafting player to their teams.
Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Arian Foster, Houston Texans
Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
Demarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
John Kuhn, Green Bay Packers
Marcel Reece, Oakland Raiders
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
T.Y. Hilton of Indianapolis Colts
Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
Rob Gronkowski New England Patriots
Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Ryan Clady, Denver Broncos
Jahri Evans, New Orleans Saints
Travis Frederick, Dallas Cowboys
Mike Iupati, San Francisco 49ers
Jason Kelce, Philadelphia Eagles
Kyle Long, Chicago Bears
Nick Mangold, New York Jets
Zack Martin, Dallas Cowboys
Jason Peters, Philadelphia Eagles
Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh Steelers
Josh Sitton, Green Bay Packers
Tyron Smith, Dallas Cowboys
Joe Staley, San Francisco 49ers
Joe Thomas, Cleveland Browns
Trent Williams, Washington Redskins
Marshal Yanda, Baltimore Ravens
Calais Campbell, Arizona Cardinals
Marcell Dareus, Buffalo Bills
Aaron Donald, St. Louis Rams
Gerald Mc Coy, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Dontari Poe, KLansas City Chiefs
Robert Quinn, St. Louis Rams
Ndamukong Suh, Detroit Lions
Cameron Wake, Miami Dolphins
Marcus Ware, Denver Broncos
J.J. Watt, Houston Texans
Mario Williams, Buffalo Bills
Kyle Williams, Buffalo Bills
Connor Barwin, Philadelphia Eagles
Elvis Dumervil, Denver Broncos
Tamba Hali, Kansas City Chiefs
Justin Houston, Kansas City Chiefs
Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers
Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers
Von Miller, Denver Broncos
C.J. Mosley, Baltimore Ravens
Lawrence Timmons, Pittsburgh Steelers
Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks
Kam Chancellor, Seattle Seahawks
Vontae Davis, Indianapolis Colts
Tashaun Gipson, Cleveland Browns
Brent Grimes, Miami Dolphins
Joe Haden, Cleveland Browns
Chris Harris, Denver Broncos
Glover Quin, Detroit Lions
Patrick Peterson, Arizona Cardinals
Darrelle Revis, New England Patriots
Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks
Earl Thomas, Seattle Seahawks
Aqib Talib, Denver Broncos
T.J. Ward, Denver Broncos
Eric Weddle, San Diego Chargers
Justin Bethel of Arizona Cardinals
Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots
Devin Hester, Atlanta Falcons
Kevin Huber, Cincinnati Bengals
Pat McAfee, Indianapolis Colts
Darren Sproles, Philadelphia Eagles
Matthew Slater, New England Patriots
Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts
Catch the 2015 Pro Bowl on Sunday, January 25, 2015 on ESPN at 8:00 PM ET.
The Seattle Seahawks defense -- aka the Legion of Boom -- shut down the mighty Broncos in last year's Super Bowl.
Their secondary, comprised of ball-hawking cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Byron Maxell and thunderous safeties Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas, is the backbone of their defensive strength.
With a potent combination of speed, strength and instincts, the Seahawks secondary is head and feathers above all other teams.
Do you agree?
Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas was voted the 18th-best player in the NFL by his peers on "Top 100 Players of 2014."
The Seattle Seahawks are making safety Earl Thomas the highest-paid safety in the league, and it comes well deserved. The "NFL Total Access" crew breaks down the star's impact to the team.
Omar Ruiz has the latest details as the Seattle Seahawks and safety Earl Thomas have agreed to a long-term blockbuster deal, making the star defender the highest paid safety in the league.
What do you think? Good deal or bad deal for the Seahawks?
The Seattle Seahawks defense, aka the Legion of Boom, delivered another rout over the weekend, dominating your voting to become the defense of the ultimate NFL RUSH Fantasy Football Team.
Check back tomorrow as we unveil the complete Ultimate NFL RUSH Fantasy Football Team.
It's that time of year again. Every football fan in the world gathers to watch the greatest sporting spectacle on earth, the Super Bowl. However even before the game is played, everyone has an opinion on who is going to win, and I am no stranger to this. I'm ready to voice my opinion on who I think will win Super Bowl XLVIII and why.
So who do I think is going to win? It is certainly hard to say but I am going to say the Seattle Seahawks. There are many reasons also to argue why the Broncos will win, but if you think outside of football terms, I think the Seahawks have a huge advantage in this game because of the weather. Now I know many of you might me groaning at the fact that I am mentioning this but it is in fact a very big factor. The old theory states that Peyton Manning cannot play in the elements. Whether you choose to believe or not is your opinion but all past evidence points to this theory being true. Think back to games against the Patriots in the past, the Ravens just a year ago, you name it. When it has come time for Peyton to play in big games, in the elements, he has failed to perform. This weekend, it's certainly looking like it will be one of those games.
So here's my bold prediction: the Seahawks' league best defense will come out strong and set the tone. Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, and the rest of the Hawks' stellar defense will shut down the Broncos receivers (not to mention it will be very difficult to throw the ball in the possible snow), forcing them to go to the ground where the Seahawks run defense, led by Chris Clemons will force turnovers. From there Beast Mode will tear up the Broncos D for 100+ yards and 2 TDs and be Super Bowl MVP.
Do you guys have different opinions? I'm sure you do so drop a vote on who you think is going to take it, and let me know why in the comments!
The Seattle Seahawks - aka the Legion of Boom - are by far the tougher of the two teams and they going to beat the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Bobby Wagner, Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett. ‘Nuff said?
Not enough? Then ok, how about this: Seattle's defense led the NFL this season in points allowed, yards allowed, yards per play allowed, turnovers forced, adjusted net yards per (pass) attempt allowed and interception rate. Yeah, that’s called domination.
Beast-Mode! Marshawn Lynch will pummel the Broncos defense, setting up play-action passes so Russell Wilson can pick apart the Denver secondary.
During Peyton Manning’s long career, cold weather has been his Achilles heel. This is going to be especially obvious against the much faster Seahawks defense. Look for Manning’s wobbly passes to be picked off a few times. These turnovers will be the game-changing margin for Seattle.
History favors the Seahawks. This year’s match-up marks the fifth time in Super Bowl history that the number one offense has played against the number one defense. The team with the number one defense had won three out of four times. Since 2000, teams with top-three scoring defenses have won 7 of 13 Super Bowls.
Don't agree? Think Denver's the better team? Tell us in comments and then you probably want to read this post.
As the saying goes, "Offense sells tickets but defense wins championships." When you look at Super Bowl XLVIII, it's hard to argue with that.
The Seattle Seahawks "Legion of Boom" is the undisputed top defense in the NFL. They are led by dynamic playmakers in the secondary - Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor - so you're going to have trouble passing on them. But when you try your running game, you run smack into dominant players such as Bobby Wagner, Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett. Whichever poison you pick, yards and points will be tough to come by.
Just how good are they? The Seahawks defense led the NFL this season: points allowed, yards allowed, yards per play allowed, turnovers forced, adjusted net yards per (pass) attempt allowed and interception rate.
The Denver Broncos, meanwhile, are an offensive juggernaut that do not even have a defense. Or so you might think, until you realize that the Broncos defense has been awesome in the playoffs. They held the Chargers and the Patriots - Rivers and Brady - to an average of only 16.5 points and 64.5 yards rushing. Stars such as Danny Trevathan, Duke Ihenacho, Shaun Phillips and Wesley Woodyard do not get the same publicity as the Denver offense - or the Seattle defense - gets but they are pretty darn good.
Two championship-caliber defenses yet only one will be crowned Super Bowl XLVIII champions. It's going to be awesome to watch!
Super Bowl Trivia - Defenses
Eight defensive players have been named the MVP of a Super Bowl: Chuck Howley, Jake Scott, Harvey Martin, Randy White, Richard Dent, Larry Brown, Ray Lewis and Dexter Jackson.
The record for most sacks in a Super Bowl game is three, held by both Arizona Cardinals DE Darnell Dockett and Green Bay Packers DE Reggie White.
Oakland Raiders LB Rod Martin holds the Super Bowl record for most INTs with three.
Carolina Panther LB Dan Morgan (18) and SS Mike Minter (14) combined for 32 tackles in Super Bowl XXXVIII. They rank #1 and #2 for most individual tackles in Super Bowl history.
The Dallas Cowboys defense held the Miami Dolphins to just three points in their 24-3 victory in Super Bowl VI.
Watch Super Bowl XLVIII at 6:30pm ET on Sunday, February 2nd on Fox.
Today I went to Media Day. On the way there, I saw the skyscrapers of New York City. When I first arrived, I saw Terrell Davis and Michael Irvin of the NFL Network. They are nice people. I joined up with some camera crews and started my interviews with the Broncos. I got to talk to Demaryius Thomas, Coach John Fox, Champ Bailey, Eric Decker, and even Peyton Manning. The Broncos are awesome! I even got some advice from legendary running back Marshall Faulk about running the ball out to start the game. He told me, “Don’t fumble!”
At lunch, I got to talk to Defensive End Brett Keisel, who I first met in Pittsburgh during my tour of the Steelers facility. He wanted to know if anyone else’s favorite animal is the grizzly bear. No, he is the only one, but a lot of players seem to like dogs, not zebras (my favorite animal) :( . Then I interviewed the Seahawks. I asked questions like what is your favorite animal and for advice on handing the game ball to the ref. I spoke with Percy Harvin, Russell Wilson, Coach Pete Carroll, Max Unger, Earl Thomas, and Richard Sherman. My favorite person to interview from both teams was Mr. Sherman.
Tomorrow, I will be at the opening of the Super Bowl Boulevard. I am looking forward to the toboggan run!
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Riding the wave of their amazing home field advantage, the Seattle Seahawks began this season with their best start in franchise history (11-1). They finished with an impressive 13-3 record and the NFC West crown.
With poise and skill usually seen only in long-time NFL veterans, second-year QB Russell Wilson (26 TDs, 3,334 yards passing) runs a remarkably efficient Seahawks offense. He can beat you with his arm or his legs, and he rarely makes mistakes.
More power to any defense that can figure out how to stop Wilson, because once they do, Seattle laughs and unleashes the beast. That would be RB Marshawn “ Beast Mode” Lynch who ran for 1,257 yards 12 TDs this season. In short, the Seahawks control the ball and can score at will.
And when you force the Seahawks offense off the field, what reward do you get for your efforts? Why, you get the #1 defense in the league! The Seahawks dominating defense starts with big-time pressure on opposing QBs. DEs Michael Bennett (8.5 sacks) and Cliff Avril (8 sacks) apply the heat, along with sure-tackling LB Bobby Wagner (120 tackles). The last word from the Seahawks defense comes from their ‘Legion of Boom” backfield, led by CB Richard Sherman (8 INTs), S Earl Thomas (105 tackles, 5 INTs), and S Kam Chancellor (99 tackles, 3 INTs).
This year, the Pro Bowl is going to be a little different. Just a brief recap of the new format: Two legendary players, Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice are going to draft teams out of players that we vote to the Pro Bowl. They are going to draft not even caring about conference or team - it will just be about the players in it. After that, we can finally see a rejuvenated Pro Bowl. I think that it is a lot better to be unconferenced with teammates going against each other. I think that it is also cool that the two leading vote getters will be captains for each of the teams.
My ballot is a little biased because I am a Texans fan, but this my current ballot for some of the important positions:
QB- Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Tony Romo, Phillip Rivers, Matt Stafford, and Drew Brees
RB- Arian Foster, LeSean McCoy, Marshawn Lynch, Matt Forte, Jamaal Charles, Knowshon Moreno
WR- Victor Cruz, Eric Decker, A.J. Green, Dez Bryant, DeSean Jackson, Andre Johnson, Brandon Marshall, Torrey Smith
TE- Jordan Cameron, Antonio Gates, Jimmy Graham, Julius Thomas
DE- Chandler Jones, Jordan Cameron, Shaun Phillips, J.J. Watt, Mario Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson
Linebacker- Kiko Alonso, James Laurenitis, Sean Lee, Paul Pouslunzy, Tamba Hali, Justin Houston, Ryan Kerrigan, Whitney Mercillus, Robert Mathis, Terrel Suggs
Cornerback-Brandon Carr, Tim Jennings, Kareem Jackson, Jonathan Joseph, Richard Sherman, Aqib Talib, Charles Tillman, Alterraun Verner,
Safety- T.J. Ward, Major Wright, Eric Reid, Earl Thomas
Now that you have seen my ballot, I want to do some explaining of my ballot. You are probably wondering why Tom Brady isn't on my ballot. I just don't think that he has been one of the top six quarterbacks this year. I think that he will make it because of popularity. I think that he might be able to make it onto my weekly ballot if he can step it up for the rest of the year.
I think that Andrew Luck isn't on there because he just doesn't have the stats. I want to put him on there, but I need to see some performance the rest of the year.
I think that Frank Gore deserved a spot, but he just didn't have enough room. He can earn his way on if Arian Foster is out for awhile.
Someone who may be a surprise on my ballot is Torrey Smith. He has been average on the Ravens offense, but has tallied 629 yards, and has been a great go-to man on a dysfunctional Ravens receiving corp.
Now that you know my ballot, I want your opinion on what you think of it. I also want to know what I messed up on and what I got right. Also, who do you have on your ballot? Tell me in the comments, and let's keep looking forward to the new look 2014 Pro Bowl.