Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Tuesday, July 14 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Seattle Tops "Bucky's Best" Home-Field Advantages
In a recent article at NFL.com, media analyst Bucky Brooks states what 12s worldwide already know: The Seattle Seahawks have the best home-field advantage in the NFL.
It's been an edge the Seahawks have enjoyed since CenturyLink Field opened in 2002, a period that has seen Seattle record the NFC's second-best winning percentage (.702) with a 73-31 home record, good for the second-most wins in the NFC in that span (Green Bay Packers, 74-29-1, .716). The only three unbeaten home records in franchise history have come at CenturyLink Field (2003, 2005, and 2012) and it's the Seahawks' success at home in their most-recent seasons that Brooks uses to make his case.
Brooks writes: "There's no disputing the challenge of knocking off the Seahawks at home. Including the postseason, Pete Carroll's troops have compiled an astounding 26-2 home record over the past three seasons (8-0, 9-1 and 9-1), with the non-stop energy of the '12s' clearly factoring into big games. The acoustics of the stadium make it nearly impossible for opposing players to communicate, which limits the offensive adjustments available at the line of scrimmage. When the 'Hawks have the ball, the electricity created by Marshawn Lynch's power runs and Russell Wilson's mesmerizing impromptu play keeps the 12s fired up and active on game day. The 'Legion of Boom' also routinely sends the masses into a frenzy by serving up 'bang-bang' shots on runners and receivers who dare venture between the hashes."
Rounding out Brooks' Top 5 home-field advantages is the New England Patriots' Gillette Stadium (No. 2), Denver Broncos' Sports Authority Field at Mile High (No. 3), Green Bay Packers' Lambeau Field (No. 4), Kansas City Chiefs' Arrowhead Stadium (T-No. 5), and New Orleans Saints' Mercedes-Benz Superdome (T-No. 5).
Seattle Features Two Of NFL's Top 5 Tacklers
In another recent entry to "Bucky's Best" at NFL.com, Bucky Brooks names the Top 5 tacklers in the League and Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner and strong safety Kam Chancellor show up at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, on Brooks' ranks.
Here's what Brooks had to say about Seattle's two defensive stars:
3) Kam Chancellor, SS, Seattle Seahawks
The case could be made that Chancellor deserves a better spot on this list, based on his menacing presence, but I decided to slot him right behind another hard-hitting Seahawk. Still, there is no denying Chancellor's impact as the "hammer" in the secondary. The 6-3, 232-pounder consistently lowers the boom on receivers venturing between the hashes; those big hits discourage offensive coordinators from attacking the middle of the field with short and intermediate routes. Moreover, the intimidation factor created by Chancellor's combination of size, speed, power and pop changes the way players and coaches approach their matchups with the NFL's top defense.
2) Bobby Wagner, LB, Seattle Seahawks
It's no coincidence that the Seahawks' defense took a step back when Wagner -- who missed five games last season with a toe injury -- was off the field. He is unquestionably the heart and soul of his unit, bringing a fierce presence and contributing rugged play within the box. The energetic playmaker has superb instincts, awareness and diagnostic skills, but his physicality, toughness and tenacity are what set him apart from most others at the position. Wagner punishes runners and receivers who dare cross into his area, exhibiting exceptional snap and pop on contact. Wagner, who measures 6-0 and 241 pounds, has superior leverage and explosive weight transfer, which prevents runners from falling forward at the end of plays. That's critical to playing winning defense against the dink-and-dunk offenses that live off RAC (run after the catch) yardage on the perimeter. Given the continued dominance of the Seahawks' defense and Wagner's annual impact on the unit with his tackling prowess, the fourth-year pro certainly deserves this spot.
The lone player Brooks puts ahead of Wagner and Chancellor? That'd be Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly.
Tweet Of The Day
Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from Manchester United, the English Premier League football club that's in Seattle this week for a July 17 friendly against Club America at CenturyLink Field. The soccer team is training at Seahawks headquarters ahead of Friday night's match.
More From Around The Web
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch hosted his ninth annual Fam 1st Family football camp, a day of free on-field instruction for Bay-Area youth at Oakland Technical High School - Lynch's alma mater.
Here at Seahawks.com, digital media reporter John Boyle continues his 2015 training camp preview series with a look at Seattle's quarterbacks. Boyle has already outlined what to expect this summer from the team's running backs and fullbacks, linebackers, tight ends, and offensive and defensive lines.
In case you missed it over the weekend, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch booted a kickball really, really far at a community BBQ put on in the Oakland area by his Fam 1st Family Foundation.
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has released an updated schedule for his celebrity softball game set to take place this Sunday, July 19 at Seattle's Safeco Field. Tickets are still available and a full list of celebs expected to take part in this weekend's game can be found right here.
Matt Winkeljohn at ramblinwreck.com catches up with former Seahawks wide receiver and current 'Voice of the Seahawks' Steve Raible about his road from Georgia Tech to the NFL.
Rob Rang at Scout.com looks at which Seahawks players could be affected if Seattle chooses to use the franchise tag on quarterback Russell Wilson after the 2015 season.
Boeing hosted a rally for the Seahawks and their employee 12s at their Everett plant today with Cliff Avril, Brandon Mebane, K.J. Wright, Blitz, Blue Thunder and the Sea Gals in attendance.
Gregg Bell at the Tacoma News Tribune outlines how tight end Jimmy Graham and rookie Tyler Lockett might impact the Seahawks' 2015 competition at wide receiver.
Stephen Cohen at SeattlePI.com put together a list of Seahawks offensive linemen readers can vote to the site's all-time team. SeattlePI.com will reveal the results of the exercise before training camp starts on July 31.
NFL Draft analyst Brent Sobleski at BleacherReport.com names Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls as one of 10 players to sign as undrafted free agents who have the best chance at making a NFL roster.
BleacherReport.com also grades out each NFL team's offseason. The site gives the Seahawks a B-plus.
And NFL Media staffers share their latest fantasy football mock draft, showing love for Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, tight end Jimmy Graham, quarterback Russell Wilson, kicker Steven Hauschka, and the team's defense/special teams unit.
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