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Monday Round-Up: Seahawks secondary among all-time best?
Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Monday, June 16 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Seahawks Own NFL's Best Secondary, One Of The Best All-Time
Mike Tanier of SportsOnEarth.com has ranked the top five secondaries around the League and the Seahawks' combo of free safety Earl Thomas, strong safety Kam Chancellor, and cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Byron Maxwell sit at the top of his list.
On Seattle's secondary, Tanier says, "That was easy. Here's a harder question: Where do the Seahawks rank among the greatest secondaries of all time? Too soon, you say? I disagree, and over at the Tailgater blog, I am ready to put them in the all-time Top Five."
In his all-time piece, Tanier compares the Seahawks' back-four to other great secondaries in NFL history, detailing why the Seahawks deserve such early consideration.
"Even the best modern secondaries feel like temporary shelters in a hurricane, providing some temporary relief from the passing onslaught. We can discuss some very good modern secondaries — the Ty Law/Lawyer Milloy Patriots, John Lynch/Ronde Barber/Donnie Abraham Buccaneers, Chris McAllister/Ed Reed Ravens, Brian Dawkins/Troy Vincent/Bobby Taylor Eagles – but we are always talking about something qualitatively different from those legendary secondaries. The 2012-13 Seahawks, like those 1970s defenses, felt like something that could actually push the hurricane back into the ocean."
Monday Morning Quarterback With Guest Author Vernon Davis
With Peter King on vacation, San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis takes over TheMMQB.com's "Monday Morning Quarterback" column this week, and he provides some interesting perspective on this past January's NFC Championship game against the Seahawks.
Davis dubs January's title game "The Best Game I've Ever Played In," telling us he has never sweated so much in a game, never heard so much trash talk in a game, and never been more optimistic they were going to get the job done at the end. But we all know what happened - cornerback Richard Sherman tipped Colin Kaepernick's pass intended for Michael Crabtree into the hands of Malcolm Smith on the Niners final drive, and the Seahawks went on to win Super Bowl XLVIII.
"It was, and remains, a devastating finish," Davis writes. "But I think it made Crabtree and Kaepernick stronger. Anytime you fall into a situation where stuff doesn’t go the way you expected, where you know you should’ve made a play but you didn’t, it makes you go correct it. With experience comes growth."
In another Seahawks-related note, Davis leads his "Ten Things I Think I Think" with some praise of quarterback Russell Wilson, "I think among the 31 NFL quarterbacks who don’t throw me passes, Russell Wilson is the best. He’s got all the tools; he has the ability to keep the play alive, and he’s very accurate with a strong arm. He exemplifies what it takes to be a winning QB in the NFL. If you asked me to choose based on record and experience, I’d take Tom Brady or Peyton Manning—but in terms of right now, my pick is Wilson."
More From Around The Web
Here at Seahawks.com, we rounded up several Seahawks social media Father's Day well wishes.
Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth details the father-son relationship between rookie defensive Jackson Jeffcoat and his father Jim - a 15-year NFL veteran who won two Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys.
Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune comments on the state of the Seahawks offensive line.
Brady Henderson of 710Sports.com recaps a Thursday conversation between Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril and 710 AM ESPN Seattle's "Bob and Groz" in which the trio discusses the benefits of the team's D-line rotation.
And we leave you with a pair of podcasts from 710 AM ESPN Seattle's "John Clayton Show" featuring cornerback Richard Sherman and wide receiver Percy Harvin, where the pair talks about their progress this offseason.
Did I miss anything you think is worthy of inclusion? Let me know on Twitter @TonyDrovetto