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Monday Round-Up: Earl Thomas sets the standard; Richard Sherman is face of the franchise
Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Monday, July 7 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Earl Thomas Talks "Setting The Standard"
Seahawks All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas' latest blog on his personal website talks about how the Seahawks are setting the standard for secondaries around the League. He comments on what has made the "Legion of Boom" so successful, noting, "You can’t really copy what we’re doing."
Thomas goes on to say, "You can try to have the same scheme. But what separates us is our intellect and our personnel. The biggest reason for our success is that we hold each other accountable for every little detail.
I really believe in the idea of iron sharpening iron. We are our brothers’ keepers. That’s a saying we have here. We really hold each other to every little detail whether it’s running for the ball, being on your indicators, doing your job, owning your role, not listening to misleading distractions and just getting to who you are, and just being you."
Richard Sherman Is Pick For "Face of the Franchise"
NFL.com's Bucky Brooks identifies the face of the franchise for each team in the NFC West, and All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman takes the title for the Seahawks. On Sherman, Brooks writes: "Sherman's bluster and ultra-competitive personality might turn off some observers, but the fourth-year pro has quickly become one of the most disruptive defenders in the NFL. Sherman led the league with eight interceptions in 2013 and has snagged 20 picks in three seasons. Those are remarkable numbers for a bump-and-run corner playing with little safety help over the top. Sure, there have been detractors, including Patrick Peterson, who have questioned whether Sherman is truly a premier cover corner, but it's hard to dispute his production and the respect opponents show him by avoiding targets on his side. With that in mind, it's apparent that Sherman and the "Legion of Boom" embody the culturePete Carroll has created in the Pacific Northwest."
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson earns a "next in line" mention from Brooks as the pick to take the torch from Sherman down the line: "Wilson's numbers aren't on par with some of his peers, but there is no doubt about his status as the Seahawks' franchise quarterback after guiding the team to a title in his second season. The diminutive playmaker sports an impressive career record as a starter (24-8) and has already claimed four playoff wins in five tries. Although his critics point out that he has just two 300-yard games in his career, the Seahawksare built to win on the strength of their defense and punishing running game. Thus, Wilson's superb game management skills and leadership ability outweigh his statistical output in the Seahawks' game plan. Given Wilson's success and overall performance, the Seahawks have the right leader in place to keep the team in the title hunt for the next few seasons."
Brooks tabs St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick as the face of Seattle's division rivals.
Marshawn Lynch On 'Back of the Shop'
We previewed it for you last week and provide the full episode for you today of Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch's appearance on FOX Sports 1's Back of the Shop, an unfiltered look at the life of entertainers. The show is set in the back of Jordan Sport Barbershop just outside New York's Yankee Stadium.
In the episode, which originally aired last Tuesday and is embedded for you above, Lynch talks with MLB sluggers Yoenis Cespedes, Darryl Strawberry, and Eric Davis about living in the social media age, the Seahawks' victory in Super Bowl XLVIII, and the story behind his affinity for Skittles.
Cassius Marsh Is "Happiest Man On The Planet"
Rookie defensive end Cassius Marsh, who the Seahawks chose with the first of three picks in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, proposed to his girlfriend over the holiday weekend. She said yes.
"Today I asked the love of my life to be my wife," Marsh wrote on his Instagram page. "She said yes and made me the happiest man on the planet.#lovethisgirl #addictedtolatinafire #willyoubemywifey#mrs.marshmellow"
Seahawks Boast NFL's Best Run Game
In his latest "Mandatory Monday" piece for SportsOnEarth.com, Mike Tanier ranks the NFL's best running games and the Seahawks sit atop his list.
In his analysis, Tanier notes the Seahawks led the NFL last year with 112 broken tackles and he calls out the effectiveness of quarterback Russell Wilson and wide receiver Percy Harvin as strong ball-carrying complements to running backs Marshawn Lynch, Robert Turbin, and Christine Michael.
The Philadelphia Eagles, Carolina Panthers, San Diego Chargers, and Minnesota Vikings round out Tanier's top five.
Tweet of the Day
The official trailer for HBO's Hard Knocks series featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the Atlanta Falcons has been released.
Chris Wesseling of NFL.com has his preseason ranks of the League's best quarterbacks, and Seahawks signal caller Russell Wilson leads his list of "New Wave" QBs alongside the Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton, San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick, and Washington Redskins' Robert Griffin III.discuss summer questions facing each NFC West franchise.
Terry Blount of ESPN.com ranks left tackle Walter Jones as the Seahawks' No. 1 all-time player.
Todd Dybas of the Tacoma News Tribune has a look ahead at the Seahawks' Week 1 opponent - the Green Bay Packers.
Josh Kerns of MyNorthwest.com profiles a fan who has turned their home into a Seahawks shrine.
Gail Wood of NorthwestMilitary.com recaps the Seahawks' 12 Tour visit to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
And in honor of Independence Day, Art Thiel of SportsPressNW.com declares Seattle free of sports mediocrity.
Did I miss anything you think is worthy of inclusion? Let me know on Twitter @TonyDrovetto