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Wednesday Round-Up: Pete Carroll & John Schneider have created a winning culture in Seattle
Good morning, 12th Man.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Wednesday, Jan. 8 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
If you read one story today, make it this one. Jayson Jenks of the Seattle Times has an account of why the Seahawks are enjoying their winning ways, taking a detailed look at the culture created here in Seattle by head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider. From Jenks:
"Of Seattle’s 22 starters, 16 were either drafted by the Seahawks, signed as undrafted free agents or have been with Carroll all four years. The defense starts nine homegrown players, and five of Seattle’s six Pro Bowlers are guys Carroll and Schneider drafted."
Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times says Pete Carroll can write the final chapter of his reinvention tale this postseason. Brewer writes:
"The notion once seemed silly. But Carroll has defied the cynics who greeted him when he arrived in Seattle. He’s proving that his coaching translates to all levels. Don’t celebrate him yet, though. He wants more. Carroll always wants more, and he always wants it as soon as possible. That urgency will serve the coach well as he attempts to cement his legacy."
Former Seahawks quarterback Jim Zorn will be doing a live chat with the Seattle Times at 1 p.m. PT.
Elizabeth Merrill of ESPN.com takes a look at how the team's "Legion of Boom" secondary has captured the hearts of Seahawks fans.
Todd Dybas of the Tacoma News Tribune highlights the play of Tim Ruskell-era-holdovers Red Bryant, Brandon Mebane, Max Unger and Jon Ryan. Dybas also says the Seahawks' key to winning this weekend is forgetting what happened the last time they met the Saints.
Don Ruiz of the Tacoma News Tribune looks at what head coach Sean Payton has meant to the Saints' success.
Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune says generating a pass rush will be key to the Seahawks' success against the Saints this Saturday, reminding readers Seattle's season came to an end last year because they failed to get after Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in the divisional-round at Atlanta.
Doug Farrar of SI.com uses the NFL's "All-22" angle film to provide five keys to beating a Seahawks team that has been near-perfect at home the past two seasons.
Tom Pelissero of USA Today says the Saints and Seahawks learned lessons from their previous meetings. Pelissero talks with former Seahawks guard Steve Hutchinson, who believes whichever team learns more will emerge victorious.
Danny O'Neil of 710Sports.com has his notebook from Tuesday's practice and media availability, saying history is not on the Seahawks' side heading into Saturday's matchup with the Saints, as sixth-seeded teams have gone 5-2 against first-seeded clubs the past eight years.
Brady Henderson of 710Sports.com recaps a Tuesday conversation between wide receiver Golden Tate and 710 ESPN Seattle's "Brock and Danny" where Tate talks about how he has matured over the past four seasons. Read
Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR AM says the Seahawks offense has to prepare for multiple different looks from the New Orleans defense this week.
Elisa Jaffe of KOMO 4 News shares how fullback Derrick Coleman uses his hearing disability to his advantage.
Bonnie Barber of Dartmouth Now has an interesting story on the background of Harrison B. Wilson III, the late father of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. Like Russell, Harrison played both collegiate football and baseball, and he went on to graduate from law school and play professionally with the San Diego Chargers. Complications from diabetes took Harrison's life on June 9, 2010 - one day after Russell was drafted by Major League Baseball's Colorado Rockies.
I recap and provide video from head coach Pete Carroll's Tuesday press conference, when Carroll relayed that wide receiver Percy Harvin (hip) and rookie tight end Luke Willson (high-ankle sprain) would participate in yesterday's practice. Teams were not required to submit an injury report on Tuesday, but linebacker K.J. Wright (foot) was the only non-participant.
Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth tells us how the offense used the bye week to improve on third-down, puts the focus on free safety Earl Thomas' favorite playoff memory, and says when it comes to the Saints' defense led by coordinator Rob Ryan, you never know what you might get. Read
Hump Day Humor
Delaware North, the food service provider at CenturyLink Field, has unveiled "The Beast" burger set to go on sale at this weekend's game against the Saints. It's a monster-sized tribute to Marshawn Lynch's 67-yard "Beast Quake" touchdown run that came against New Orleans during the 2010 playoffs, when the celebration set off seismic activity at the stadium. Of course, the burger comes with a side of Skittles, because why not?
And sticking with the food and beverage industry, the Seattle Times shares this short video that looks at several Seahawks-inspired cocktails - or "Hawktails" - that have popped up watering holes around the city.