Wednesday Round-Up: Seahawks Lead NFL Teams in ESPN's 2015 Ultimate Standings

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


Good morning, 12s.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Wednesday, Oct. 14 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Seahawks Earn High Marks in 2015 Ultimate Standings

As it has done for the past 13 years, ESPN The Magazine has put together its 'Ultimate Standings' ranking every NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL franchise from Nos. 1 - 122.

More than 100,000 sports fans rated their favorite teams in 25 different areas, which were then grouped into seven different categories - affordability (11.3%), coaching (3.2%), fan relations (25%), ownership (13.1%), players (14.6%), stadium experience (9.8%), and title track (4.6%). An eighth category, bang for the buck (18.3%), relied on research that figured out how efficiently teams convert money fans spend into wins. Each category was weighted differently based on the results of the national poll.

The rankings have the Seattle Seahawks at No. 1 in the NFL for the second consecutive year and at No. 5 overall, down from the No. 3 overall spot the team held in 2014 coming off of its Super Bowl XLVIII championship season. This year, the Seahawks earned Top 10 marks in five of the eight categories, including No. 2 overall in bang for the buck.

ESPN.com's Sheil Kapadia has more on Seattle's rank: With Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Jimmy Graham and Bobby Wagner all signed through 2017, the Seahawks rank seventh in the players category and sixth in title track. In fact, fans gave Seattle's players the highest score in the NFL when asked if they always give their best effort. Meanwhile, general manager John Schneider (No. 10 in ownership) and Carroll (No. 6 in coaching, tied with the Cardinals for highest in the league) receive plenty of credit for three straight 11-win seasons and playoff berths in four of the past five years. Even though Carroll spent a lot of years at the college level and is the NFL's second-oldest coach, he hasn't lost his edge, building a defensive-minded unit that has successfully blended different personalities on both sides of the ball. And while it can be costly to support a Super Bowl contender, fans believe they've gotten their money's worth: Seattle ranks second in bang for the buck behind only the Anaheim Ducks. The Seahawks have had 109 consecutive home sellouts and a season-ticket renewal rate of 99.6 percent.

The NBA's San Antonio Spurs (No. 1) and Memphis Grizzlies (No. 2) and NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning (No. 3) and Anaheim Ducks (No. 4) are the four teams that rank ahead of the Seahawks in ESPN's 'Ultimate Standings.'

Brock Huard's Chalk Talk

https://youtu.be/zDINRo5Vo6g

Former Seahawks and University of Washington quarterback turned 710 ESPN Seattle radio host Brock Huard shares his latest "Chalk Talk" video breaking down a key play from this past Sunday's Seahawks loss to the Bengals. Huard analyzes a missed opportunity on a third-down play at the start of the fourth quarter, an area of the game Seattle coach Pete Carroll called "frustrating" on Monday after his club converted one-of-seven third-down chances after starting the game four-of-six.

Want To Win Seahawks Prizes?

Bing is offering an exciting new rewards program for Seahawks fans this season that's entirely free to join. By searching on Bing.com you can earn credits that you can use to enter exclusive sweepstakes for tickets, experiences, autographed merchandise, fan discounts, and more.

This week's featured reward is a behind-the-scenes tour of Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center, where the Seahawks are headquartered. To learn more, head to Bing.com/Seahawks.

Tweet Of The Day

Today's 'Tweet of the Day' comes from us - @Seahawks, as we share photos from yesterday's USAA Change of Command ceremony, where the team adopted a new military unit for the 2015 season.

More From Around The Web

Here at Seahawks.com, digital media reporter John Boyle says the Seahawks are disappointed in their 2-3 start but still confident they're going to get things fixed.

Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls is up for Rookie and Ground Player of the Week after rushing for 169 yards and a touchdown against the Bengals this past Sunday.

Seahawks fan Christopher Gough describes the "surreal" time he had after purchasing a few Seahawks Gameday Experiences within the Seahawks mobile app.

Sheil Kapadia at ESPN.com takes a look at the numbers behind Thomas Rawls' solid start to the season.

Jayson Jenks at the Seattle Times says the Seahawks offense had regained its identity before the fourth quarter of this past Sunday's game at Cincinnati.

Bob Condotta at the Seattle Times says the Seahawks' Week 6 matchup with the Panthers might be Seattle's most pivotal game this season.

Brock Huard at 710Sports.com breaks down how the Seahawks are using tight end Jimmy Graham in their offense.

Peter King at TheMMQB.com places the Seahawks eighth in his 'Fine Fifteen' weekly ranks. King also shares thoughts on Seattle running back Thomas Rawls to lead his weekly mailbag.

And Judy Battista at NFL.com profiles former Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who accepted the head coaching job with the Falcons after Super Bowl XLIX and has Atlanta off to a 5-0 start in 2015.

Russell Wilson, Will Pericak, Kristjan Sokoli and Mark Glowinski visited Dunlap Elementary school to work side-by-side Seahawks staff and volunteers for the league wide United Way Hometown Huddle initiative. 

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