Richardson’s loss is Kevin Norwood’s gain as the other rookie, who was inactive Saturday against Carolina, figures to play vs. Green Bay next Sunday and in the Super Bowl.
Just as Easley was once Seattle’s best player, Chancellor — who, like Easley, is from Virginia and once dated Easley’s daughter — has been this team’s MVP the past two years.
Yeah, that’s a loaded statement on a team that includes so many star players — fellow Legion of Boomers Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman, linebackers Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright, defensive linemen Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril, quarterback Russell Wilson, running back Marshawn Lynch.
Everyone likes to say Lynch is the heartbeat of the team — embodying the tough, relentless style Pete Carroll wants his guys to play with.
But the defense is the backbone — the reason Wilson has won more games than any quarterback in his first three seasons — and Chancellor has been the heart and soul of that unit for the past two dominant years.
Dan Quinn reportedly is the favorite to be hired as the Jets’ coach. And Tom Cable is in the top three.
Tough guy Russell Wilson is poised to tie Matt Hasselbeck for most postseason wins in Seahawks history.
Field Gulls points out how much better Wilson and the passing game are when they are in rhythm.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com looks at how the Seahawks and Panthers have changed since the first meeting in Week 8.
Week 8 was a turning point for the Seattle defense, Brady Henderson of MyNorthwest observes.
Michael Bennett compares the Panthers to an attractive cousin, “so you can’t go on a date with her even though you’d like to.”
Colin Cole, who played for Seattle in 2009 and 2010, will step in for injured Carolina defensive tackle Star Lotulelei.
Bob Condotta chronicles Bruce Irvin’s development.
Farnsworth features this game’s great linebacker corps.
The Seattle defense by the numbers, per John Boyle of the Everett Herald.
This trumps the “Lynch found Lynch’s wallet” story: An agent from Earl Thomas’ agency found Derrick Coleman’s Super Bowl ring in a rental car.
Why? It’s just how his clunky season has gone at the Clink.
When it comes to passing, Wilson has been as bad at home this season as he was on the road as a rookie — believe it or not.
Some of it has been him, some of it has been the game plan and plenty of it has been offensive line problems.
Zach Miller has been on IR since midseason, and Tony Moeaki and Cooper Helfet have been taking turns sitting out games for the past month — leaving Luke Willson to alternate great weeks with horrendous ones.
Expect more of the same.
If you ever wondered why the Seahawks prefer veteran defensive linemen to ones they draft themselves, just take a look at the current roster.
Entering the season, the Seahawks had four home-drafted linemen and five outside acquisitions on the active roster. With Jordan Hill heading to IR this week, the only ones still standing are the guys they got from other teams: Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, Kevin Williams, Tony McDaniel and O’Brien Schofield. (Bruce Irvin is now a starting linebacker who rushes in the nickel, so we’re not counting him as a lineman.)
Contrast the D-line with the defense’s back seven, which is entirely comprised of Seattle draft picks (including Irvin).
Pete Carroll and John Schneider seemingly have always preferred veteran defensive linemen — holdovers Brandon Mebane and Red Bryant, trade acquisition Chris Clemons and free agents Alan Branch, Jason Jones and the current quintet.
It might be because they prefer to play veterans who know all of the tricks, and it might be because they haven’t hit on many linemen in the draft.
Pete Carroll can identify with Ron Rivera’s Carolina Panthers.
Four years ago, the Seahawks were in the same spot: a sub.-500 division winner that won its home playoff game and advanced to the divisional playoff round.
Now the Panthers are trying to do what the Seahawks and five other teams without winning records failed to do over the past decade: Win in the second round.
Since the NFL realigned in 2002, seven teams have made the playoffs at 8-8 or worse, and six have advanced to the divisional round. But none have won.
Like this Carolina-Seattle matchup, each of the five previous games has been a rematch of a game played earlier that season. And, in all but one of those cases, the team that won earlier in the season won the playoff meeting comfortably at home. (Seattle beat Chicago earlier in the 2010 season but lost 35-24 in Chicago in the divisional round.)
As if Carolina didn’t already have enough going against it Saturday.