Thursday Round-Up: Is Pete Carroll a candidate for Coach of the Year?

Posted Dec 5, 2013

A morning link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks

Cornerback Richard Sherman joins Showtime's "Inside the NFL" to talk about Monday's win over the New Orleans Saints & the team's upcoming game at the home of the San Francisco 49ers

Good morning, 12th Man.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Thursday, December 5 - about your Seattle Seahawks: Around the League writer Gregg Rosenthal ranks the Seahawks' Pete Carroll as his No. 1 candidate for Coach of the Year. On Carroll, Rosenthal writes, "Too often this award just goes to the flavor of the month. That's why Dick Jauron, Jim Haslett and Ray Rhodes all have won it in the past. We don't think this should just go to a coach that engineered a comeback season. What's harder than sustained greatness in the NFL?

Carroll has the best team in football. He's built a program in his image and uses players in a creative way that plays to their strengths, often in ways that other coaches didn't envision. That's great coaching. The loss of defensive coordinator Gus Bradley has not hurt the defense, and a number of free agents have been brought into the mix seamlessly. Seattle has survived a ton of injuries and suspensions. Carroll is a boss."

Rosenthal also ranks the NFL quarterbacks from 1-32, and Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson comes in at No. 4 on his list behind Peyton Manning (No. 1), Philip Rivers (No. 2), and Drew Brees (No. 3).

John Breech of says quarterback Russell Wilson is making a strong push for NFL MVP, but still gives Broncos signal caller Peyton Manning the edge is his latest projections.

The staff at's Around the League has their picks in for Week 14, and just one of five writers polled like the Seahawks to beat the 49ers this Sunday in San Francisco.

Pete Prisco of has his picks in for Week 14 and likes the 49ers by a touchdown over the Seahawks in San Francisco. On the matchup, Prisco writes, "The Seahawks are riding high after their blowout victory over the Saints on Monday night. But this is a tough spot. They have to travel to face a rival on a short week. And San Francisco is playing better. This is a bad spot for Seattle, and the 49ers are playing better on offense. I like the 49ers."

Jarrett Bell of USA Today says roster depth is at the heart of the Seahawks' 11-1 season.

Terry Blount and Bill Williamson look ahead to Sunday's Seahawks-49ers game in their "Double Coverage" back and forth for Blount also passes along comments from 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and defensive tackle Justin Smith on what makes Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson so effective.

Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times grades out the Seahawks three-quarters of the way through the season, and it's straight-A's for the club in all three phases of football.

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune outlines the fierce and physical rivalry between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks.

Tim Booth of The Associated Press recaps linebacker K.J. Wright's performance against the New Orleans Saints, work that head coach Pete Carroll dubbed Wright's "best game."

John Boyle of the Everett Herald says to expect wide receiver Percy Harvin's status to be a mystery for a while.

In his latest "Chalk Talk" video, Brock Huard of breaks down quarterback Russell Wilson and wide receiver Doug Baldwin's ability to beat the New Orleans Saints blitz for a 52-yard completion in the second quarter of Monday's game.

Danny O'Neil of has his notebook from Wednesday, indicating cornerback Brandon Browner (groin) - a limited participant in yesterday's practice - could be back in the lineup soon.

Brady Henderson of recaps a Wednesday conversation with defensive end Michael Bennett on "Wyman, Mike & Moore," the audio of which is too hilarious not too embed below.

We touched on it earlier this season, but Jack Broom of the Seattle Times talks with Seahawks Road Crew co-founder Tansey Allen about the growing 12th Man presence seen at away games this season.

NFL Network's Rich Eisen shares a conversation with comedian Rainn Wilson, best known for his role as "Dwight Schrute" on the hit series The Office. Wilson, a Seattle native and Seahawks fan, gives Eisen his take on this year's club.

Here at, I answer several of your Twitter questions about the club in our latest #HawksMailbag as the team readies for Week 14 against the San Francisco 49ers. I also provide a few key takeaways from head coach Pete Carroll's Wednesday press conference.

Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth recaps Wednesday's events in Hawkville with a closer look at the 49ers defense, puts the focus on the play of backup cornerback Jeremy Lane, and offers how the club is preparing for its next championship opportunity that holds division championship stakes.

And if you think the weather has been a bit cold around here, take a glimpse 288 miles to the east in Pullman, Wash., where the temperature has registered in the single digits. In the photo below - taken at Washington State University, students used the snow on campus to construct a giant Seahawks logo accompanied by the number 12. Go Hawks, and Go Cougs.

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