Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Friday, Feb. 5 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Seattle Earns 'A-Minus' in Offseason Re-Grade
The Seahawks earned a B-plus grade from ESPN.com last May (Insider) for the work they did prior to the 2015 regular season, a time that saw the club make moves to acquire veterans like tight end Jimmy Graham, defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin, and cornerback Cary Williams while bringing in pass rush standout Frank Clark and wideout/return man Tyler Lockett with their first two picks in the draft.
Some of those moves ended up panning out better than others this past year, but for the most part, especially when factoring in long-term extensions the team settled with players like quarterback Russell Wilson and linebacker Bobby Wagner, not to mention the emergence of undrafted rookie free agent running back Thomas Rawls, the work the team did ahead of the 2015 season could be seen as quite the success.
Mike Sando shared that sentiment in an Insider feature for ESPN.com, where the football analyst doles out a re-grade of each team's 2015 offseason.
Sando elevates the Seahawks' grade from a 'B-plus' to an 'A-minus,' citing Wilson's extension, Clark's promise, and Lockett and Rawls' potential star power as reasons why.
Looking back, here's what Sando has to say about Seattle's 2015 offseason:
The B-plus grade reflected moves made before the Seahawks re-signed quarterback Russell Wilson, which helps elevate Seattle now. Rookies Tyler Lockett and Thomas Rawls (undrafted) showed star potential, while second-rounder Frank Clark flashed as a pass-rusher. Veteran Ahtyba Rubin became the latest midpriced veteran defensive lineman to flourish in Seattle. On the down side, Seattle whiffed on $7 million-per-year free-agent cornerback Cary Williams, releasing him during the season. And while Jimmy Graham was gaining momentum before he was injured, Seattle underestimated how much center Max Unger would be missed. The Seahawks also overestimated their offensive line talent in general."*
Tweet Of The Day
Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas, who shares a photo of the L.O.B. on 'Friends Day.'
More From Around The Web
Here at Seahawks.com, digital media reporter John Boyle answers your latest batch of Seahawks-related Twitter questions in his weekly Q&A with fans, some of which focused on Seattle's needs in this year's NFL Draft.
The Seahawks climbed back into the top spot in the NFL's Kick Hunger Challenge, with fans donating more than $75,000 to local food banks.
Danny O'Neil at 710Sports.com asks for your participation in the inaugural 'Hawkscars,' a season-end award ceremony for the Seahawks.
Bethany Jean Clement, a food writer at the Seattle Times, tackled a Super Bowl-sized bowl of pho for the 12s and lived to write about her experience.
Larry Stone at the Seattle Times outlines what the Denver Broncos learned from their 43-8 loss to the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII.
And Sheil Kapadia at ESPN.com answers Seahawks questions in his weekly reader mailbag, pointing to left tackle Russell Okung as the team's top priority in free agency.
For Pete Carroll and the Seahawks, practice is everything and the team always competed as much at CenturyLink Field as they did VMAC throughout the 2015 season as seen in some of these best of photos.