When you have the best record in the NFL you should have a bunch of players honored as the top at their positions. The Seahawks will be represented by at least half a dozen men in the 2014 Pro Bowl Sunday, January 26 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Safety Kam Chancellor, running back Marshawn Lynch, cornerback Richard Sherman, safety Earl Thomas III, center Max Unger, and quarterback Russell Wilson.
Sherman is considered the best cornerback in pro football, and will attend his first pro bowl. Lynch has been honored 4 times, Thomas makes his third consecutive trip, while Chancellor, Unger, and Wilson get their second Pro Bowl nods.
Seattle also has three alternates to the NFL’s annual all-star game; kicker Steven Haushka, tackle Russell Okung, and punt return man Golden Tate. One or all of them could join the festivities if a first team player can’t attend.
The Pro Bowl was in jeopardy of being scrapped due to lack of interest from both fans and players. The new non-conference format means players will be assigned to teams through the Pro Bowl Draft, which takes place January 22nd. Hall of Famers Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice will select the All-Pro rosters in hopes of spicing things up.
Defenses will be allowed to use “cover two” and press coverage. In the past, only man coverage was allowed outside of goal-line situations. A 35/25 second play clock will be used instead of a typical 40/25 second clock.
The Seahawks are reasonably healthy heading into Sunday’s regular season finale against the visiting St. Louis Rams. Receiver Percy Harvin (hip), and linebacker K.J. Wright (foot) have been ruled out. Receiver Jermaine Kearse (ankle) is listed as questionable, and will be a game day decision according to head coach Pete Carroll.
If Kearse can’t play, third year man Ricardo Lockette is likely to see more action during three receiver formations. Juanita High school alum Ryan Walters is another possibility at receiver and special teams.
While Walter Thurmond III has returned from a 4-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, Carroll said Byron Maxwell will continue to be the starting right cornerback against the Rams. To make room for Thurmond Seattle released defensive back Perrish Cox for the second time this season.
J.R. Sweezy is back from a concussion and will start at right guard, but Carroll said rookie Michael Bowie did enough things well in the Arizona game to earn more chances at several positions on the offensive line.
Doug Baldwin will handle kick off returns after nearly breaking a couple against the Cardinals, and because Robert Turbin fumbled on one of his chances.
Attending Friday practice at the VMAC was comedian/actor Joel McHale and his family. The star of NBC’s comedy series “Community” attended Mercer Island High School and was a walk on football player for the Washington Huskies in the early 1990’s.
Bill Swartz, 1090TheFan
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