A sampling of national-media reaction to the Seahawks' performance in the Pro Bowl and other Seahawks-related items.
If nothing else, Sunday’s Pro Bowl offered a chance for Seahawks fans to see some of their favorite players on the field one last time before the offseason.
And they did not disappoint, as Russell Wilson was named offensive MVP and Michael Bennett snagged defensive MVP honors. They were the first Seahawks players to win MVP in the Pro Bowl since Warren Moon did it in 1998. There were also some light-hearted moments, like when Richard Sherman was tackled for a 22-yard loss by Bobby Wagner.
But Vegas oddsmakers were already looking ahead to next season, listing Seattle as one of the favorites to return to next year’s Super Bowl.
As the Panthers and Broncos arrived in the Bay Area to begin on-site preparations for Super Bowl 50, the national media had the Seahawks on their mind. Below is a sampling:
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Peter King of Monday Morning Quarterback pointed out that Wilson ended up being the only top-flight quarterback to play in the Pro Bowl:
“I think this is what you need to know about the state of the Pro Bowl today: One of the six quarterbacks named to the Pro Bowl in December played in the game (Russell Wilson). Cam Newton couldn’t. Of the other four, one (Aaron Rodgers, minor knee surgery) had an injury excuse. The other three—Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Carson Palmer—could have played but chose not to. Drew Brees and Philip Rivers chose not to play. One of the league’s top 10 quarterbacks in passing yards, one (Eli Manning, sixth) suited up Sunday. Where the other five quarterbacks ranked on the yardage list in 2015: Jameis Winston 11, Russell Wilson 12, Derek Carr 13, Teddy Bridgewater 22, Tyrod Taylor 23.”
ESPN.com’s Sheil Kapadia praised Earl Thomas’ social-media participation during the Pro Bowl:
“Thomas, who was elected to the Pro Bowl but didn’t participate, turned in an MVP performance with his Twitter commentary throughout the game. He had some words for Wagner after he brought Sherman down and tweaked Bennett for jumping offside.”
Conor Orr of NFL.com said it was fun to have the Seahawks in the Pro Bowl:
“The rise of Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman and the Seahawks have coincided with two straight trips to the Super Bowl, which meant that we did not get the opportunity to see the NFL’s most boisterous team living the high life in Hawaii. They did not disappoint. … Michael Bennett was in the backfield often, and he did the Nae Nae with a group of mascots midway through the third quarter. The Seahawks are still in a good position to return to the Super Bowl next year, but we’ll be more than happy to take them in Hawaii.”
“The Pro Bowl is a time for shenanigans, tomfoolery and hijinks. Also, fake punts. Good on Rams punter Johnny Hekker for getting to deliver in crunch time with a beauty of a fake punt. Hekker’s known as somewhat of an accurate marksman in the NFL, and he didn’t disappoint on Sunday night with his throwing arm.”
Eric Edholm of Yahoo Sports’ Shutdown Corner blog had less fun watching the Pro Bowl:
“The entire time watching the ‘wackiness’ of the Pro Bowl, with Richard Sherman running end-arounds and Odell Beckham Jr. playing safety, I am thinking — other than, what the heck am I going to write on this game? — is, I wonder what Ben McAdoo thinks seeing his star receiver goofing around at another position? The good news: McAdoo likely had no idea it was happening. The Pro Bowl is one giant cringe fest … if you watch, that is. Most people don’t have a reason to. … Just kill the thing off already.”
Sports Illustrated’s Doug Farrar used the news about the Seahawks’ Derrick Coleman from last week as a peg to write a story about the NFL and its relationship with synthetic marijuana:
“The manufacture of synthetic marijuana is unregulated, so basically people who use it are taking whatever they can get and hoping for the best. So, why would anyone, including NFL players, subject themselves to this? Even without knowing the ratio of players using it for recreational purposes to those using it for therapeutic ones, a large part of synthetic marijuana’s appeal is the belief, correct or not, that its will pass through drug tests where regular marijuana will not. And though actual marijuana has become far more widely legal and regulated over the last few years, the NFL has maintained its classification as a part of its substance abuse category.”
In a story about Cam Newton and the Dab, Brinson used a clip from a Bennett and Cliff Avril news conference to note that it could be easy to mix up dabbin’ and dabbing:
“There’s a difference between dabbing in a drug sense and dabbin’ in a dance sense. Dabbing is smoking concentrated THC. Dabbin’ is the dance move where you stuff your nose in your elbow. It’s totally possible there’s a tangential connection, but trying to make a direct connection between the two means you’re probably just one of those people pretending to own a legitimate reason for not liking Cam. Mistaking the two is easy to do however. Just ask Seahawks defensive linemen Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett.”