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Kam Chancellor – C’mon Man!

The Heart of The Legion of Boom
The Heart of The Legion of Boom

This isn’t going to be an article slamming Kam Chancellor or a plea to have the Seahawks give in and pay him what he wants.

To clear up any misconceptions on how I feel about Kam, let me say this:  He is my favorite player on the Seattle Seahawks.  I’m not one that would normally buy a player’s jersey…but before last year’s Super Bowl, I purchased #31’s off NFL.com and have no regrets.

In 2013, Kam signed a 4 year deal worth over $28M dollars with a $5M signing bonus which, at that time, made him one of the highest-paid free safeties in the NFL.  I was happy the Seahawks locked up one of the best defensive backs to play the game and is a huge fan favorite.

He is average salary is about $7M per year and is guaranteed $7.8M of the contract.  When Earl Thomas signed his $40M contract, he became the highest paid in the NFL…and with other signings, Kam is now the 8th highest paid.

The crux of the dispute is mostly based on Chancellor’s style of play.  We’ve all cheered his sacrifice of his body on some of the most devastating (and clean) hits he’s made on various players.  Vernon Davis is still hearing bells after Kam’s hit on him in the 2014 NFC Championship Game.

Birth of the Legion of Boom
Birth of the Legion of Boom

I agree that Kam deserves to be paid more…but a contract was signed and he still has 3 years left on that contract.  Did he expect that no other players would get higher salaries in the coming years?

Just because he feels the Seahawks can pay him more since the team doled out big contracts to Russell Wilson, Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman and brought in Jimmy Graham?  Is it all about him feeling that he’s been shafted?

Sorry Kam, for the dude who has the biggest pair on the field, in this case, I’m going to have to say “grow a pair” and get your butt back on the field.  The team needs you…it needs your leadership and skills to stay as one of the elite defenses in the NFL.

Both you and Michael Bennett signed contracts that at the time, you both were very happy.  But now because some of your teammates got more later, your pissed because you both feel you’ve been taken advantage of?

Damn, I wish I could be taken advantage of at $7M per year.

Dude, think about this:  At the end of this contract, you will be 30 years old.  I’m pretty sure that with this contract, you and your family are going to be fairly secure.  I don’t see your name in the media breaking any laws nor have I ever heard your name for lavish spending…so I have to assume you are being smart with your money.

You will have at least one more big contract in your NFL career…it may be with the Seahawks or it may be with some other team but you will get paid…and probably way more that what you are asking for now.

End this dispute and honor the contract…get back on the field where you belong.  Set aside your stubborn pride and show the Seahawks and your team just what kind of player you are…and what kind of man you are:  I honor what I sign and what I say.

This doesn’t mean you’ve given in…it means that you came to the realization that this isn’t the time to do this.  The Hawks have the upper hand Kam.  They are ready and willing to move on without you.  Are you ready to move on without them?

You understand that if you decide to sit the season, it means you could be sitting out for 3 years since the Hawks hold you under contract.  Do you think after that any team would come near you?  Out of football for 3 years and expect a huge contract?  I don’t think so.

Coming back isn’t going to cause your teammates to lose their respect of you.  You have earned that 10 time over just by your play and the type of man you are.  You certainly won’t lose the respect of the fans…they want you back.

Kam, at this point, you are only hurting yourself.

 

Welcome to Seattle Mr. Graham!

 

Here's to points in the Red Zone!
Here’s to points in the Red Zone!

You have to admire the Seahawks.

Like a quarterback that just threw a pick-six interception, in football deals, you have to have a short memory.

One of the main things Jimmy Graham will bring to the table is the ability to score in the dreaded red zone.  The last nine times Graham was targeted on plays starting from the opponents 1-yard line, eight of those completions were for touchdowns.

I don’t point that out because of the failure to make that catch in the Super Bowl.  I point that out because the Seahawks needed a proven player they can count on to make that catch.

As for the issues with Bruce Irvin and Michael Bennett, water under the bridge.  In fact, I kind of liked that Irvin and Bennett did what they did…needle an opposing player.

But that was years ago and I’m pretty sure that Irvin and Bennett knows what Graham brings to the table.

The team, as a whole, continues to evolve and it must in order to maintain a high level of excellence.  Sure, Seattle has lost some very good players to other teams.  But the core players on defense, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor and Michael Bennett are pretty much locked up for the foreseeable future.

But outside of Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson, what is the core of the Seattle offense?  The Hawks have needed receiver help for a long time and Jimmy Graham will go a long way to help out with that.  But the Hawks can’t make the same mistake they did with Percy Harvin and try to make the offense run through Graham.

Opposing teams figured that out pretty quickly with Harvin and the true nature of the team was out of balance.  Hawks need to stay with the philosophy that got them to the Super Bowl the last two years.  Run the ball with one of the best running backs in the NFL, Beast Mode.

But like I said before, the Seahawks need to keep evolving to stay successful…and that means opening the playbook for Russell to have better targets downfield.  I like Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse as receivers but I don’t see them in the same class of receiver that Jimmy Graham is in.

Hawks are only going to have seven picks in this years draft, none in the first round.  The top team needs are wide receiver, defensive tackle, offensive guard and cornerback.

Here is my wish list:

Round 2, 64th Pick:  Breshad Perriman, WR, Central Florida.  Last name sound familiar?  It should.  Breshad is the son of former WR Brett Perriman who played in the league for 10 years and was a very productive pass-catcher.  His son is listed at 6-2, 212 lbs. and posts a 4.55 40.  He has nice size and speed and has the ability to take a short slant play and turn it into big yardage.  With him, Doug Baldwin and Jimmy Graham on the field, opposing defense have to respect the receivers which gives Lynch even more of an opportunity to run wild.

Round 3, 95th Pick:  Unless the Seahawks do something to get back up to the first round, I don’t see them getting University of Washington’s Danny Shelton this late.  Defensive tackles are the rage and there are a lot of teams that want to find the next Ndamukong Suh.  I think that Shelton can be that type of player but there is no hope the Hawks will get him this late.

But they do need a defensive tackle as Kevin Williams is on the downside of his career.  Hawks could take a shot at Carl Davis out of Iowa.  He’s 6-4, 321 lbs. mountain of a man that can stuff runs and bull rush his way to the pocket.  Granted, this would be a “chance” pick as during his team interviews at the senior bowl, he came off as lazy and arrogant.  If the Seahawks can get his head screwed on straight he could be a dominant inside player the Hawks thrive on.

Round 4, 136th Pick:  Seahawks have had a lot of success with cornerbacks picked in the late rounds.  I still can’t get over how good Richard Sherman has become but was picked in the 5th round.

Seahawks could have the same success and not look any further than there own backyard.  Marcus Peters out of the University of Washington is tall and rangy in the mold the Seahawks like.  At 6-0 and 190 lbs. he has the physical aspects to take on physical wide receivers.

But there is a question of his maturity.  He had several run-ins with new Washington head coach Chris Peters that eventually led to Peters being dismissed from the team.

But I would imagine that being around Sherman, Thomas and Chancellor, they could turn this kid around and make him a strong member with the Legion of Boom.

Seahawks don’t need much…after all, just how much is needed to improve for a team that went to the Super Bowl the last two years in a row.  But I will keep pounding that the Hawks do need to continue to evolve and get the talent on offense that will make Russell Wilson even more successful on the field.

The Hawks, at best, will have Lynch for another two years.  That’s the time table they have to get Wilson to the next level of quarterback play.

Go Seahawks!

Seattle Seahawks and “The Call”

Sad Seahawk

It has been five days since the 12th Man was stunned by the Seahawks loss to the New England Patriots.  Not sure how anyone else felt but for me, it was a blow to the stomach and I had all the air knocked out of me.

I haven’t looked at a sports page, listened to very little sports talk radio and have avoided the NFL Network and ESPN altogether.  Because I just can’t stand how the last call of the game has been diagnosed to the Nth degree.

I allowed myself some time to get through this.  This loss was more difficult to process mainly because of the suddenness of it.  We were right there at the one yard line, Russell Wilson calmly at the line and then New England rookie Malcom Butler drove the stake into the heart with an amazing play.

A lot of things have been said about “The Call.”  Some have indicated it was the worst call in Super Bowl history.  Others have wondered long and hard that why, with 26 seconds on the clock and with the freak of nature running Marshawn Lynch in the backfield, would you even consider throwing a pass.

Here is what I know:

  • I am not the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks with 80,000 screaming fans yelling, all kinds of traffic coming in on the headset, trying to make a decision in 45 seconds.
  • I am not the quarterback who has such a belief in the system he plays in, that he never considered questioning the call.
  • I am not the wide receiver who was assigned to bump the corner back.
  • I am not the receiver who was supposed to make the move to the ball.

We can all sit back, with the help of instant replay, stop action and slow motion in high-definition media, tear apart the play frame by frame.  We can drag a play that took all of four seconds to execute, into a full 10 minute dissertation on every single thing that supposedly went wrong.

When the play occurred, there wasn’t a Seahawk fan that didn’t think the Seahawks weren’t going to score and be the first repeat champions since the New England Patriots.

But it wasn’t just that play that got us.  The spectacular interception by Jeremy Lane in the first quarter and in instant later, after being tackled, he is out of the game with a severe broken wrist.

Earl Thomas, who stated that if the Super Bowl had been played the previous week, he would not have been able to play with that injured shoulder.

Richard Sherman was not near 100% with a rotator cuff injury he sustained while playing in the NFC Championship.

Kam Chancellor wasn’t sure if he was going to be able to play due to a knee injury sustained at the Friday before Super Bowl practice.  Through what Pete Carroll calls a superhuman effort, Chancellor strapped on a speed brace and gutted it out.

Cliff Avril, so key all year long on the defensive line, went out in the third quarter with a concussion.

And even with all the injuries, the Seahawks were right there, poised to win the game with yet another spectacular comeback.

But we just didn’t quite make it…and we are all trying to find a place to place the blame.  You know what?  There is no one to blame.  The play was called, the players actually executed the play fairly well and Malcom Butler just made a great play.

There is one last thing I can say about this:  It’s over, it happened and we still have one helluva football team to cheer for.

The Seahawks will learn from this…they will use it to come back stronger and hungrier than before and be one of the rare teams to make a Super Bowl appearance three years straight.

It’s just gonna seem like one helluva long wait!

Go Seahawks!