Good afternoon, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today — Wednesday, November 30 — about your Seattle Seahawks:
Kam Chancellor Featured In ESPN The Magazine
Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor was the latest player to be featured in ESPN The Magazine's NFL Chemistry Issue, which hits newsstands this Friday.
Senior writer Eli Saslow takes a compelling dive into Chancellor's growth as one of the leaders in the Seahawks locker room. In the piece, Chancellor says, in fact, he wasn't ready for the role early in his career. Here's a snippet from Saslow's story, which you can read in full here:
"Some people lead with advice or with fear, but Kam's the guy everyone wants to be like," says Cornel Parker, his high school coach and mentor. "People are just stepping in line behind him."
That made Chancellor nervous and uncomfortable in high school and in college at Virginia Tech -- "I lost a lot of games because I was too scared of taking control of a team," he says -- and he felt less qualified than ever to lead players in the NFL. He came into the league as a fifth-round pick at safety, but he was too good not to draw attention. He finished first or second in every Seahawks drill. He never took a play off, even in practice. He jumped over linemen to block extra points. He roamed the field with a physical recklessness that teammates admired and opposing receivers feared. After just one NFL season, Carroll asked Chancellor to take over as starting safety and as vocal leader of the defense. But Chancellor demurred. "I told him I wasn't ready for that second part," he says. "I needed to prove myself on the field first and do it by example. You can't force leadership. It has to be natural."
Tweet Of The Day
Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham, who debuted the cleats he will be wearing on Sunday for the NFL's My Cause, My Cleats campaign.
The Seahawks have the easiest schedule among NFC playoff contenders.
John Clayton of 710 ESPN Seattle looks at important numbers as the Seahawks begin to conclude the regular season.
Brock Huard looks at what went wrong on Russell Wilson's first interception against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
And lastly, ESPN's Sheil Kapadia offers five thoughts after reviewing the loss.
Team photographer Rod Mar shares exclusive behind-the-scenes images from the Seahawks' Week 12 road game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.