We’ll start the links this morning with Jayson Jenks’ story on how players such as Earl Thomas (above in a John Lok photo) brand themselves off the field.
It’s a fascinating look at a topic many fans may not think much about.
In a similar vein, our sports editor, Don Shelton, wrote this story about some of Russell Wilson’s off-field endeavors.
Now for some other links. …
— Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was asked after the game Sunday what he thought of MetLife Stadium. He said then it was a nice place and he hoped the Seahawks would be back, a reference to the scheduled Super Bowl in February. Sherman unveiled some of his deeper feelings about playing the Super Bowl there today for his weekly Monday Morning Quarterback column, saying he thinks playing the game in a cold weather venue is a bad idea.
Specifically, Sherman writes:
This game is played all over the country, in almost every climate America has to offer, and it’s been that way for a long time. Snow happens, and that’s fine for a regular-season game or even an AFC or NFC Championship Game. A team in a cold-weather city can and should earn the right to host a game in conditions it’s familiar with. Baltimore and Pittsburgh built legacies and winning traditions on cold-weather football.
Yet the Super Bowl city is decided years in advance, and the game is supposed to be played on a neutral site. Teams that make it that far have played through the heat of training camp, winter on the road and in the comfort of domes. Whether their rosters were built for the snow or not, they probably overcame it at some point in the season. The Super Bowl should be a clean slate that showcases the athletes, not the stadium or the city they’re playing in.
How many careers are ended due to injury in one NFL season? How many people get fired? How many bodies and brains are worse off, just so we could find out who the best team is?
After all that, there should be no doubt.
It’ll be interesting to see the league-wide reaction to this one.
— Seahawks.com says the team will focus on another championship opportunity;
— Seahawks.com also offers a mailbag;
— ESPN has Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell atop its list of possible replacements for Rex Ryan with the New York Jets;
— MMQB also has this look at Wilson through the eyes of Michael Robinson;
— ESPN ranks the Seahawks No. 1 in the NFL this week;
— CBSSports.com also has the Seahawks No. 1;
— And the Seahawks are a unanimous pick as the No. 1 team in the NFL by the Associated Press;
— USA Today with more on the 49ers’ fans’ billboard idea;
— The New York Times on how the Seattle pass defense is thriving in an era of more offense than ever;
— NFL.com has Wilson third on its Quarterback Index this week;
— Receiver Larry Fitzgerald is expected to play for Arizona against Seattle Sunday;
— Andy Benoit of Monday Morning Quarterback says the Cardinals are being coached as well as any team in the NFL;
— ESPN notes the game will pit two of the best defenses in the NFL, and also has some Cardinals’ links;
— The Arizona Republic says the Cardinals and coach Bruce Arians have forged a winning chemistry;
— Interesting read here from Sports on Earth on the not-so-great year in NFL refs.