What may be the only real news of the day concerning the Seahawks — the naming of five players to the AP All-Pro Team — is below.
Otherwise, the team is off for the weekend, with a bye for the first week of the playoffs. They’ll pick it up again next week after finding out on Sunday who they will play — the pairings won’t be set until after the Dallas-Detroit. If Detroit wins that game, when the Lions (and Golden Tate) will come to Seattle next Saturday. If not, when whoever wins the Arizona-Carolina game will come to Seattle.
As you’d probably expect, there was no real preference expressed by any of the Seahawks the last few days (or none that I heard, anyway) as for who they’d want to play in the divisional round next week.
“It’s about us,” said cornerback Richard Sherman in a typical comment.
Certainly, the return of Tate would provide some sizzle to a game against the Lions that from a media and fan perspective might be lacking in the others. And the players would have some fun with that, as well. Ultimately, though, the Seahawks I think see a bigger picture here and that is that winning a second straight Super Bowl and all that that would mean is far ore important than worrying about a particular playoff matchup, other than what it takes to win that game.
Along with seeing which team Seattle will play, also worth monitoring this weekend is the NFL coaching carousel and how that could impact the Seahawks.
As has been widely reported, a contingent from the New York Jets is in Seattle today talking to offensive line coach Tom Cable and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. Quinn also interviewed earlier this week with the 49ers and also reportedly will talk to the Bears today.
Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell earlier interviewed with the Raiders.
Per NFL rules, interviews with assistants on teams with a bye the first weekend have to be completed by the end of this weekend.
None of the Seattle assistants have necessarily been identified as the lead candidates in any of those searches, with all of the teams apparently interviewing multiple candidates. So for now, it’s hard to judge if anything is imminent. But NFL coaching searches can take a lot of mysterious twists and turns. We’ll continue to pass along any significant news on those fronts.
For now, a few links. …
- Was this Marshawn Lynch’s best season? Jayson Jenks wrote today that a case can certainly be made.
- Our Paper Hawks are debuting today with Russell Wilson.
- Seahawks.com says the team practiced at a high level during the bye week.
- Percy Harvin stands to make $70,500 if the Seahawks win the Super Bowl.
- Michael Irvin says the only team that can derail a Seattle-New England Super Bowl is the Cowboys.
- Forbes notes that the Seahawks’ fan base only continues to grow.
- The Sporting News says to chalk up a Seattle Super Bowl repeat.
- Seahawks also a popular pick among SI.com’s experts.