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Friday Round-Up: Recapping "Seahawks Week" on NFL Network
Good morning, 12th Man, and Happy Valentine's Day.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Friday, Feb. 14 - about your beloved Seattle Seahawks:
It's been a busy week for the Seahawks on the set of NFL Network, as linebacker Bobby Wagner, wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, fullback Michael Robinson, defensive tackle Brandon Mebane, and defensive ends Red Bryant and Michael Bennett have joined the set. You can catch the majority of all their appearances and segments in our video archives.
If you missed it yesterday, linebacker Bobby Wagner was on NFL Network's NFL AM to talk about the team's performance in Super Bowl XLVIII, as well as the upcoming offseason. Here's a bit of what Wagner had to say:
On what play from Super Bowl XLVIII stands out to him the most:
“Probably the hit that Kam [Chancellor] had [on Demaryius Thomas in the first quarter]. It set the tone because I think everybody during the whole week was talking about the crossing routes and how we were going to be able to handle the crossing routes; talking about their offense and Kam…hits him. From there, everybody was kind of scared to run across the middle and it went downhill from there.”
“It was kind of like, ‘Oh man, alright they can hit.’ Because they were talking a lot of trash, talking about we weren’t that physical and they’ve seen more physical teams. Once we got out there, we wanted to prove a point that we were the most physical team that they played.”
On if he believes Super Bowl XLVIII was the best game they played as a defense the whole season:
“I think it was the best game that we played as a team. We did everything; offense did a great job, special teams did a great job and then we kind of started everything off.”
On the Seahawks’ mindset preparing to play Peyton Manning and the Broncos offense in the Super Bowl:
“That first week we kind of put in the gameplan and then the second week we just focused on film. We felt like we picked up a lot of tendencies that would help us against them and we felt like they hadn’t played a defense like ours. He got a lot of talk because they did a great job during the whole season; they put up record-numbers so he’s supposed to be talked about. But at the end of the day, defense wins championships, offense puts people in seats.”
On how long he believes the Seahawks can keep the defense together:
“We’re going to keep it together a lot because our GM does a great job of moving the pieces around so everybody’s happy and everybody stays. So we’re looking forward to what’s going to happen but nobody knows the future.”
Chris Wesseling of NFL.com writes about how mid to late round draft choices factor into roster construction across the NFC, noting when it comes to the Seahawks, "...no other organization comes close to matching the dozen draft picks from Rounds 4 through 7 playing key roles in 2013."
Gil Brandt of NFL.com dissects the rise of young quarterbacks like Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck, who Brandt believes will have more success than "grizzled veterans" like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady next season.
Adam Schein of NFL.com debates which quarterbacks belong in the "elite" category across the NFL, stating nobody works harder than the Seahawks' Russell Wilson, who Schein expects to lift multiple championship trophies in his career.
Bucky Brooks of NFL.com provides three reasons why teams utilize power-running schemes in hopes of boosting their success. Brooks also looks ahead to the 2014 NFL Draft with a breakdown of his Top 5 players at each position.
Brady Henderson of 710Sports.com reviews a conversation with Rotoworld's Evan Silva, who chats with "Bob and Groz" about how far the Seahawks will go to re-sign defensive end Michael Bennett. Henderson also passes along some up-close-and-personal video from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' VIP performance at the Seahawks' Super Bowl victory afterparty.
Mike Tanier, Dan Pompei, and Russ Lande of SportsOnEarth.com have their first mock draft of the season, predicting the Seahawks to select Washington Huskies tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins or Fresno State wide receiver Davante Adams with the final pick of the first round.
All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas, a Team Jordan athlete, bought his former high school - Texas' West Orange-Stark - some brand new kicks for their basketball team's postseason run.
A trio of Seahawks are receiving some love from their hometowns after the team's victory in Super Bowl XLVIII. You can read about tight end Luke Willson's celebration here, defensive tackle Jordan Hill here, and offensive lineman Paul McQuistan here.
Here at Seahawks.com, Digital Media Writer Clare Farnsworth recaps the Top 12 plays from the 2013 season. At the end of Farnsworth's feature, you have the opportunity to vote for which play you think deserves the highest mark.
And lastly, a brief programming note to our loyal readers: I'll be heading on a little offseason vacation starting tomorrow and running through next week. That means our morning round-up sessions will go on a brief hiatus. But we'll be back, rested, and better than ever on Monday, Feb. 24. "See" you then.