Wednesday Round-Up: Richard Sherman named NFC Defensive Player of Week 15

Posted Dec 18, 2013

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

Good morning, 12th Man.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Wednesday, December 18 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Cornerback Richard Sherman has been named NFC Defensive Player of Week 15 for his performance against the New York Giants. Sherman intercepted two passes from Giants quarterback Eli Manning and tipped a third to free safety Earl Thomas as the Seahawks defense recorded five picks in the 23-0 shutout win.

It's the second time Sherman has won the award this season (Week 2 against the San Francisco 49ers) and third time he has won the award in his career, making him the first Seahawks cornerback to win the award three times.

Sherman also has his latest feature for, voicing his opinion on the location of this year's Super Bowl, saying the game should showcase the athletes, not the stadium or city they're playing in.

In his Tuesday mailbag for, Peter King looks at three factors that make Seattle's secondary so deep.

Jenny Vrentas of catches up with Seahawks veteran leader Michael Robinson, the team's fullback who has played behind quarterback Russell Wilson the past two seasons. Robinson comments on what makes Wilson so great, "That sophomore slump people talk about? Well, he worked even harder [after his first year]. He had success as a rookie, and most rookies then kind of back off a little, say, ‘I made it.’ But he just works harder and harder and harder. I’ve never seen anybody work like that. He just never stops trying to be great. I’ve never seen the will to be great day after day after day—I’m talking about every day.”

Dan Graziano of has his latest MVP Watch, where quarterback Russell Wilson is ranked as his No. 2 candidate behind Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.

Terry Blount of says the NFC West is home to the best teams in the NFL.

Chase Stuart of the New York Times notes how the Seahawks secondary is thriving in a pass-happy NFL.

Jayson Jenks of the Seattle Times looks at how wide receiver Doug Baldwin and free safety Earl Thomas are building their brands off of the football field.

Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times previews Sunday's matchup with the Arizona Cardinals in this short video. Condotta also shares some findings from Football Outsiders, who rates the Seahawks as one of the best teams in NFL history after 14 games.

Don Ruiz of the Tacoma News Tribune says ground yards could come grudgingly this Sunday when the Seahawks face the Cardinals' No. 1-ranked run defense.

Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who suffered a concussion toward the end of the team's Week 14 overtime win against the Tennessee Titans, is expected to play this Sunday at CenturyLink Field.

John McGrath of the Tacoma News Tribune has an interesting take on NFL kickers, saying it's time to raise the height of the field goal crossbar.

Quarterback Russell Wilson has teamed with Alaska Airlines, taking the role of CFO - Chief Football Officer  - for the company. Through the partnership Wilson will appear at events, participate in marketing activities, and work with the airline to support youth and education programs.

Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby of 710 ESPN Seattle's "Bob and Groz" discuss how impressive cornerback Richard Sherman has been in recording six interceptions this season given the lack of balls thrown his way.

Brady Henderson of shares several highlights from Danny O'Neil latest "Hawk Talk" chat, discussing the team's ongoing battle with accumulating penalties.

Fresh off a trip to see the team's victory over the New York Giants, Bill Wixey of Q13 FOX describes the excitement he's feeling from this year's Seahawks squad.

Here at, I answer several of your Twitter questions in our latest #HawksMailbag, providing some numbers on what it is that makes the Seahawks special teams unit so special.

Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth breaks down this weekend's next - and actual - championship opportunity, notes the improvement in the team's run defense over the past five games, and has his first look at the club's Week 16 opponent - the 9-5 Arizona Cardinals.

Hump Day Humor

I'd like to introduce a new section to cap off our Wednesday Round-Ups - "Hump Day Humor" - where we'll highlight something that will hopefully give you a chuckle at mid-week.

I'm a bit late to the party on this one, so thanks to our digital media manager Huy Nguyen for sending it my way. It's a short animated video from Yahoo! Screen titled "Sports Friends" featuring running back Marshawn Lynch and kicker Steven Hauschka. Enjoy.