“Before the LOB [Legion of Boom] was the LOB, they were just a bunch of kids outta college trying to make a name on the field. They had to start somewhere, and I feel like why can’t we?”
Without knowing it, Seahawks safety Bradley McDougald possibly summed up the Seattle Seahawks 2018 defense in one quote.
The six-year vet is getting a lot of press lately due to the contract holdout of safety Earl Thomas and the medical status of S Kam Chancellor. However, he is not the only “new guy” that could be making a splash this season. There are a handful of players ready to continue the great tradition of defense for Seattle.
Let me just say straight from the start, any questions that surround Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas have nothing to do with him as a player. He is, without question, a once in a generation safety. The only questions around Thomas have to do with his contract and his team.
With that out of the way…
I am a firm believer that once you have a player that absolutely dominates in his position within the NFL, you hold on to him. When a player has the term “Future Hall of Famer” attached to him, you keep him. You pay him. Of course, every player starts to decline at some point, but until that point (or even just slightly past), you keep him on your roster. In this reporter’s opinion, this is the case with Earl Thomas.
I’ll admit I can’t quit tearing up thinking about it. In fact, I’ve seen more people talk about how they cried during this draft than any other draft before. This one got us straight in the feels.
We all wanted our favorite team to draft linebacker Shaquem Griffin in this years NFL draft. We wanted to see his name called, for him to walk across that stage, and put on the hat that said our team’s name. For Seattle Seahawks fans, this want was even greater than most.
Seattle fans spent all last season in awe of a rookie with the last name of Griffin. After struggling just a bit at the beginning of the season, cornerback Shaquill Griffin not only won the starting CB position across from CB Richard Sherman, he nailed it. Seahawks finally had their bookend for Sherman. When Sherman got hurt and was out for the season, it was Shaquill Griffin who stepped up. He owned his position and became an instant fan favorite.
Earlier today, the Indianapolis Colts announced they would add wide receiver Reggie Wayne to their Ring of Honor inside Lucas Oil Stadium.
Wayne, a 14-year veteran who played his entire career in Indianapolis, is one of the most beloved players in Colts history. He played all 16 games in 11 of his 14 years, and only missing 1 game in 2014. He had 14,345 receiving yards and 82 touchdowns throughout his career. Wayne’s 14 seasons is tied for the most consecutively in Colts history.
The Seattle Seahawks missed the playoffs for the first time in 5 years. The team was riddled with injuries, but other problems were very evident. Fans had been screaming for changes in the coaching staff, and today, those fans got their wish.
The Seahawks lost 3 Pro Bowl players on defense to injuries this year. Cornerback Richard Sherman, safety Kam Chancellor, and defensive end Cliff Avril were lost for the season leaving a large hole in the normally stout defense. Surprisingly, the defense wasn’t the problem for a team that struggled more this season than in years past. The real problem seemed to be found in the offense.
The NFL has had a lot of press, good and bad, this season regarding players protesting for equality for all. Many players were, and some still are, kneeling during the anthem. The players of the Seattle Seahawks decided they would take their dedication to equality a step further.
The Seahawks, wide receiver Doug Baldwin and many other players and coaches decided to start the Equality & Justice for All Action Fund. It was designed to “create lasting change and build a more compassionate and inclusive society.” They decided they wanted not just to protest inequality, but to work toward changing it.
We’ve come to the time of the year when we take time in our lives to be thankful for all we have. Reflect on our lives, our family, our friendships, and our football teams. Yes, I said football teams.
Whether you are a fan of college, professional, or both, enough weeks have gone by that you know what your team is made of. For some fans, that is a happy place to reflect. Others…eh maybe not so much. So on this Thanksgiving morning, I’m going to spend some time reminding myself, and hopefully, you also, what we Seattle Seahawks fans have to be thankful for.