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Wednesday Round-Up: Russell Wilson on cover of SI; NFC West is best - "and it's not even close"
Good morning, 12th Man.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today, Wednesday, August 28, about your Seattle Seahawks:
Russell Wilson and fellow young quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck are set to appear on regional covers of the September 2 issue of Sports Illustrated. In their respective stories inside the magazine, the four quarterbacks are compared to a past Super Bowl champion - Wilson to Drew Brees, Kaepernick to Steve Young, Griffin to John Elway and Luck to Peyton Manning.
NFL.com's Adam Schein says the NFC West is the League's most dominant, competitive and fascinating division in the NFL, and "it's not even close." Schein points to the transformation that has taken place across the board since the Seahawks won the division with a 7-9 record just three seasons ago.
The staff of NFL experts at CBSSports.com hands out their picks to win each division, and six of the seven analysts polled take the Seahawks to win the NFC West. Three have the Seahawks winning the entire NFC, while two pick Seattle to win the Super Bowl.
Head coach Erik Spoelstra of the NBA's Miami Heat visited the Seahawks facility on Tuesday, and John Boyle of the Everett Herald outlines the message Spoelstra had for the team.
Tim Booth of the Associated Press shares five things to watch as the Seahawks sit just 11 days away from their regular season opener on September 8 at the home of the Carolina Panthers.
Jayson Jenks of the Seattle Times catches up with linebacker Bruce Irvin, who is expected to play a significant amount in the team's preseason finale tomorrow night against the Oakland Raiders.
Peter Damilatis of ProFootballFocus.com has his 2013 Seahawks preview, featuring five reasons to be confident and five reasons to be concerned about this year's ball club.
Brock Huard and Danny O'Neil of 710 AM ESPN Seattle's "Brock and Danny" discuss in their "Blue 42" segment what the future may hold for wideouts Stephen Williams and Chris Harper, and analyze whether or not linebacker Mike Morgan can break out as a key pass-rusher for the Seahawks.
Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby of 710 AM ESPN Seattle's "Bob and Groz" have conversations from the last two days with tight end Luke Willson, linebacker O'Brien Schofield, defensive tackle Tony McDaniel, offensive guard J.R. Sweezy and cornerback Byron Maxwell.
Here at Seahawks.com, I put together the latest edition of our #HawksMailbag, answering your on-the-field and off-the-field questions about the club.
And Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth highlights quarterback Russell Wilson's year-over-year maturation, recaps the team's "Turnover Tuesday" practice, puts the focus on linebacker Malcolm Smith, and outlines the team's Monday shuffle-up to the NFL-mandated 75-man roster.