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Seahawks CB Shaquill Griffin named to first Pro Bowl

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Seahawks CB Shaquill Griffin named to first Pro Bowl

Shaquill Griffin is Pro Bowl bound.

Griffin became the Seahawks first defensive back since Richard Sherman in 2017 to be named to the Pro Bowl. He was initially an alternate, but was moved up the roster on Monday. The Seahawks confirmed Tuesday that Griffin will replace Marshon Lattimore, who will not participate due to injury. 

Griffin’s first Pro Bowl appearance will be a coming home of sorts. The Seahawks cornerback will be returning to Orlando, where his alma mater University of Central Florida is located. UCF sent out this tweet in support of Griffin on Monday morning:

In 2019, Griffin had a 55.9 completion percentage when targeted and was third in the NFL with 14 pass breakups. He allowed just three touchdowns and had 407 air yards allowed, 141 yards after the catch.

The 24-year-old spent the offseason honing his craft and perfecting his diet. He dropped down to 194 pounds, a loss of 12 pounds, by eating smaller meals with lean proteins. The extra work appears to have paid off. 

“He’s had a terrific season,” Carroll said of Griffin in early December. “He’s been productive. He’s been consistent. He’s been really active. It’s a whole step forward from where he was last year. He’s playing lie he was capable of playing. I really hope that this would’ve been year two. I think last year, he and I both realized it, didn’t set it up the right way in the way we approached it. He fixed that this offseason and you can tell the results. He’s been consistently on it. He’s been fast, flying the whole time, the whole season. He’s been really aggressive and wanting to challenge everything. He’s had a great season.”

Griffin will join quarterback Russell Wilson and linebacker Bobby Wagner as the third Pro Bowl selection for the Seahawks this season. 

We're here for the Griffin brothers joint sack on Aaron Rodgers

We're here for the Griffin brothers joint sack on Aaron Rodgers

In need of a stop to give their offense a chance to win the game, the Seahawks defense came up clutch.

On 3rd-and-9, Seattle dialed up the blitz which included a stunt by Shaquem Griffin who came up with his first career sack. His brother, Shaquill Griffin, joined him in on the tackle.

The brothers that both played at the University of Central Florida got a critical sack on national football.

Social media loved seeing the brothers get their big moment.

While the Packers went on to defeat the Seahawks 28-23 to clinch a bid in the NFC Championship, this will remain a bright spot in the game. 

Face App: Seattle Seahawks Social Media Reacts

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Face App: Seattle Seahawks Social Media Reacts

With the world run by social media, it seems as if there are new viral sensations every day. Recently, our feeds have been filled by “Face App” filters, which can digitally change the features on your face. Yesterday, people around the world used the age filter to get a little insight into what they might look like down the road. 

 

Members of the Seattle Seahawks took full advantage of the uproar. Players such as Russell Wilson and Justin Britt posted the results on Instagram, and the Seahawks’ social media team also had some fun with the likes of Michael Dickson, KJ Wright, the Griffin brother, and Tyler Lockett. Take a look below!

 

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Told y'all I'm gonna play for a long time! #SilverFox

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How I be feeling by week 16

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Seattle Seahawks' CB Shaquill Griffin is leaner, more focused and in need of a big year

Seattle Seahawks' CB Shaquill Griffin is leaner, more focused and in need of a big year

Seattle cornerback Shaquill Griffin admittedly played a bit selfishly last season. He overvalued statistics. He believed that big plays would define him rather than consistency. That mindset prevented him from performing at the high standards he has set for himself.

He's set out to reverse that narrative. 

"Just focused on individual goals I felt like I put too much pressure, because if I didn't meet that, I felt like I was doing something wrong or that I wasn't good enough," Griffin told reporters following a voluntary offseason training workout. "So that pressure was all on myself and the mindset that I had. That's the mindset I had to change."

Now we're seeing the new and what Seattle hopes is an improved Griffin entering his third season in the NFL. He proclaimed to have matured. He's better focused, ready to take his game to another level, but in the right way. As a bonus, he's 12 pounds lighter, quicker and with more endurance. That is the product of more adult-like diet. 

This is all good news for Seattle because, let's fact facts; Griffin did not perform well enough last season to justify letting Richard Sherman walk down I-5 to San Francisco. Griffin started the season well with two interceptions in a loss at Chicago during Week 2. Those were the only two offerings he would snag all season. His total passes defended declined from 15 as a rookie in 2017 to eight last season. 

According to ProFootballFocus.com, Griffin took a step back as an overall cover corner. In fact, the site rated last year's No. 3 corner Justin Coleman as the better overall coverage guy with a grade of 77.8 (19th among qualifying corners). Griffin received a grade of 50.7, down from 65.3 his rookie season. Coleman is now with Detroit while Griffin could be under a microscope in 2019. 

Griffin is equally as harsh regarding his play. He gave himself a D grade for last season during a recent radio interview. 

"I could give myself any type of grade," Griffin said following practice. "But the only way I can get better is if I'm hard on myself. Last year was just an average year. Being the No. 1 corner I can't have average years...I've got to be that guy. I've got to be more than just good. I've got to be great."

A change in mindset could help. Starting with the new diet, Griffin said he and his twin brother and roommate, linebacker Shaqeem Griffin - more on him later - hired a chef to provide them with healthy, pre-prepared meals in order to help the DB slim down and the LB to bulk up a bit. 

Shaquill Griffin said he has greatly reduced the senseless eating of unhealthy foods. A new diet of more frequent but smaller meals that include chicken, fish and a reduction in carbohydrates, along with working out daily, has allowed Griffin to shed 12 pounds of excess weight while not losing muscle or strength. 

"I'm feeling fast now," he said.

More importantly, now back down to his rookie weight of 194 pounds, Griffin said he has more endurance. At times last year weighed as much as 210 or 212 pounds, pretty hefty for a 6-foot corner. The added weight, he claimed, didn't impact his speed but it did hurt his ability to maintain his quickness throughout a game. 

"I feel like I had my speed but it took so much out of me because I was carrying so much weight," Griffin said. 

Now he hopes to be able to play an entire game at optimal abilities. 

"My energy level continues to stay up so I can run a lot faster for a lot longer," he said. 

His mental approach also had to change and that led him to the film room where he studied the 2013 season when the Seahawks, led by the famed Legion of Boom, won the Super Bowl. He marveled at how they they played together, celebrated together and demonstrated such confidence and bravado while achieving excellence. 

"It's kind of cool to see the type of environment they created with each other," Griffin said. 

He had other Seattle defensive backs download the video and watch it as well in hopes that it would become infectious and inspire the entire crew to raise it's level of play to at least come close to meeting the standards set by that championship crew, already gone from the roster six years later. 

"It kind of opened people's eyes to the things that we want to be, the things that we want to get back to," Griffin said. 

To help that happen Griffin has taken it upon himself to be more of a leader, and not just by example. He's being proactive and more vocal. 

While Shaquill is trying to improve his play as a starter, his brother, a fifth-round pick last year, is trying to put himself in position to make an impact on defense.

According to Shaquill, his brother is trying to bulk up while not losing speed and is thoroughly enjoying getting an opportunity to do more of what he did in college at Central Florida, cover and rush the passer.

Shaquem excelled on special teams last year but didn't deliver when given an opportunity to start early in the season because of the absence of K.J. Wright. However, Shaquem was just a rookie then and not quite ready for that role. He, according to his bother, hopes to be better prepared this season.

"I think it's going to be a different year for him," Shaquill Griffin said. 

That's the goal for both Griffin brothers. 

"I want to be an elite player," Shaquill Griffin said. "I want to be one of the greats. But first I've got to become a better person before I can truly change my game."

Seattle Seahawks Draft Preview - Secondary depth and a nickel corner are needed

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Seattle Seahawks Draft Preview - Secondary depth and a nickel corner are needed

Part 6 in an eight-part series that takes a position-by-position look at the Seattle Seahawks' needs heading into the NFL Draft on April 25-27. 

Past posts: QuarterbacksRunning backsOffensive lineWide receiver; Tight end

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Today: Defensive backs. 

Depth Chart: Cornerbacks: Shaquill Griffin, Tre Flowers, Akeem King, Jeremy Boykins, Neiko Thorpe. Safeties: Bradley McDougald, Tedric Thompson, Delano Hall, Shalom Luani.

Need: Medium. 

Expectations: Seattle likes its starters but could use a nickel corner and a backup safety. 

Potential targets: Ashley Young provides a list of potential draft targets at safety and cornerback

Picks: After trading defensive end Frank Clark to Kansas City for a first-round pick this year, a second-round pick in 2020 and a swap of third-round picks this year, the Seahawks now have five picks in the draft: first round (No. 21, No. 29), third round (No. 92), fourth round (No. 124) and fifth round (No. 159).

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The Legion of Boom has officially been completely wiped away with the departure of safety Earl Thomas, who signed with Baltimore, although the injured Kam Chancellor remains on the roster. 

Such a reality, however, didn't spell doom for Seattle's secodary thanks to the rapid growth of Griffin, Thompson and Flowers, to go along with the quality veteran acquisition of McDougald.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll loves coaching the secondary and covets big cornerbacks. So the rapid development of Flowers, a 6-foot-3 rookie selected with a fifth-round pick last year, has put the Seahawks in a firm situation at the starting corner positions.

"Expectations are high," Carroll told reporters regarding Flowers during the league meetings last month. "We’re not going to count on him being the same, we want him to be better, and hopefully draw on the strengths that he has, because he’s got obvious strengths in his size and his tackling ability and the physical side of it. His ability to knock the ball out and force fumbles really stood out last year, it’s something we really cherish about his play, I think he can get quite a bit better there too."

Maybe the only true hole is the nickel corner position. Justin Coleman signed with Detroit during free agency but the Seahawks return the 215-pound King, who played in dime packages, and signed Boykins during the offseason. While both have potential, neither is a guaranteed impact performer. 

That reality could lead Seattle to select a cornerback in this draft to add to the mix. A backup safety that could become a future starter could also be needed. 

Seattle has selected a defensive back in all but one draft (2016) since Carroll and general manager John Schneider took over in 2010. 

Seattle Seahawks New Years news and notes

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Seattle Seahawks New Years news and notes

Playoff preparation takes no holidays in the NFL, so the Seattle Seahawks spent New Years day getting back to work on a short week of preparation for Saturday night's wild card playoff game at Dallas in AT&T Stadium.

In a normal week, Seattle (10-6) would have had today off and returned to the practice field on Wednesday for a game on Sunday. With the game happening on Saturday, both teams moved their schedules up a day and that forced Seattle coach Pete Carroll to the podium today to discuss his team's preparation for the NFC East champion Cowboys (10-6), a team Seattle defeated at home 24-13 back in September.

Probably the issue of the most importance is the status of guard J.R. Sweezy, who missed Sunday's 27-24 win over Arizona at CenturyLink Field with an ankle injury. 

“Sweezy’s getting around pretty good," Carroll told reporters. "We’ll have to see. It’s going to go all the way up until game time, but he’s getting around okay. He’s not in a boot or that kind of stuff and he’s not limping around. He’s very positive that he can make it back, we won’t know though.”

Losing Sweezy would hurt against one of the top rushing defenses in the league. At the very least, Seattle will welcome back right guard D.J. Fluker, who missed the team's win over the Cardinals.

Shaquill Griffin back in action?: Cornerback Shaquill Griffin left the Arizona game in the first half after injuring his ankle but he is expected to play on Saturday. 

“He’s okay," Carroll said. "He’s talking real positive. We’re going to try to do something on Friday of this week – the Friday in our week, Thursday.”

Tedric Thompson in, Delano Hill to IR: Safety Tedric Thompson (knee) missed the last two games but returned to the practice field today. However, the Seahawks lost Delano Hill, who has been placed on injured reserve and is out for the playoffs. 

"He’s got a crack in his hip that he can get around on it, but he’s not going to be able to play with that," Carroll said. 

The injury occurred against the Cardinals and certainly hurts the team's depth at safety. 

“He’s playing great ball, he’s really playing.," Carroll said. "The hope is for him coming back next time around and being a big factor for all the playing time and to compete and all that – it’s there. He was playing his best game. He had played really well – hits, running, tackling, all kinds of good stuff, pressuring. Very, very bright future for him. This will set him back for a while, but it’s not something he can’t recover from. It’s a non-displaced fracture, so he’ll be okay, but it’s nothing we can do about it.”

Malik Turner will be added to the 53-man roster to replace Hill. 

Jarran Reed's impact: One of the best stories this season is the development of defensive tackle Jarran Reed, who finished the season with 10 1/2 sacks, a big number for his position that compare to some of the greats, such as John Randle and former Seattle legend, the late Cortez Kennedy.

"That’s good company,"Carroll said. "It’s a fantastic season for him, we could see it coming....He’s grown up into a well-rounded football player, not just in the running game like when we saw him in the first couple years. He’s just expanded his game, he’s using his talents, he’s using his instincts and it’s really come through. He’s always been tough, always been a fantastic effort guy, but it just kind of didn’t get applied in the pass rush part of the game and he just has caught fire. It’s great to see.”

Seahawks report card: Penalties mar otherwise solid performances

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Seahawks report card: Penalties mar otherwise solid performances

Seattle's 26-23 loss at San Francisco in overtime on Sunday defined how a superior team in the NFL can fall victim to a vastly inferior opponent when the better team shoots off all of its toes with a glut of unforced errors. 

Seattle (8-6) had no business losing to the 49ers (4-10) especially with a playoff berth waiting to be clinched. But, lose the Seahawks did and now it's time to grade their sad loss that included some quality performances overshadowed by a team-record 148 penalty yards on 14 penalties. 

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OFFENSIVE LINE: Seattle got the job done on the ground with 168 yards rushing led by 119 for running back Chris Carson (see below). On the flip side, the Seahawks surrendered three sacks of quarterback Russell Wilson and penalties were a huge problem. Guard J.R. Sweezy got called for holding in the second quarter dooming a drive to end with a punt and early in the fourth quarter his holding penalty helped limit a promising drive to a field goal that made the score 23-23. More damaging were the two holding penalties called on guard Ethan Pocic. His first negated a 19-yard run by running back Mike Davis to the San Francisco 38-yard line with under 90 seconds remaining in the game. That drive ended with a punt. The second came in overtime to erase a 32-yard pass to running back J.D. McKissic to the San Francisco 48. Seattle was without right guard D.J. Fluker (hamstring) and his replacement, Jordan Simmons went down with a knee injury. Still, Seattle's line must play smarter for this team to win. GRADE: C-minus.

SECONDARY: San Francisco quarterback Nick Mullens threw for 275 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions after two weeks ago going or 414 and two touchdowns at Seattle. So, there's that. However, penalties also hurt Seattle's defensive backs. In the third quarter, Justin Coleman was called for an unnecessary roughness penalty that helped set up a field goal that gave the 49ers a 20-13 lead. In the fourth quarter, safety Delano Hill was flagged for pass interference right after San Francisco had been called for holding. That drive ended with a field goal that gave the 49ers a 23-20 lead with 9:51 remaining in the game. The killer penalty came in overtime when a pass interference call on cornerback Shaquill Griffin gave the 49ers the ball at the Seattle 41. A few plays later, San Francisco won the game with a field goal. Not a good day for Seattle defensive backs despite reducing San Francisco's passing production from the previous meeting: GRADE: D. 

DEFENSIVE LINE: Now for something positive. Seattle's defensive line had a good day generating pressure and was able to sack Mullens three times including twice late in the game. San Francisco had to grind out 94 yards on the ground as Seattle held running back Matt Breida to 50 yards on 17 carries. Rookie defensive tackle Poona Ford had three tackles for loss and defensive tackle Jarran Read had two sacks. Defensive end Frank Clark also added a sack. All told, this unit played winning football. GRADE: B. 

RUNNING BACK: More positivity. Seattle was without rookie running back Rashaad Penny but Carson more than carried the load and his one-yard touchdown run on fourth down in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 20 apiece was a thing of beautiful brutality (video below). His 119 yards on 22 carries set the tone for the offense. He also caught six passes for 29 yards. Mike Davis rushed for just 21 yards on five carries but he caught eight passes for 63 yards. Great day for this duo and Seattle's running game. GRADE: A. 

Penalties derail sloppy Seattle Seahawks' chance to clinch playoff berth

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Penalties derail sloppy Seattle Seahawks' chance to clinch playoff berth

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - There hasn't been much this season about the way the Seattle Seahawks play football that could be described as easy on the eyes. This is a team built to win ugly. Pound the ball and play physical defense. Unfortunately, that style can lead to losing ugly, as well.

Case in point: Sunday's 26-23 overtime loss at San Francisco.

The Seahawks (8-6) could have clinched a playoff berth with a victory and for the most part played like a team on a mission, repeatedly making plays worthy of an eventual victor. However, all too often - 14 times to be exact - officials reached for a yellow flag and tossed it onto the turf that progressively grew soggier thanks to the intermittent rain showers that coated Levi's Stadium. 

By the end of the game, Seattle had committed a franchise record 148 yards in penalties. The team's 14 penalties - 10 in the second half - were three off the team record of 17 set back in 1984. 

That negative record-setting day not only led to Seattle losing but it also somewhat muddied the playoff picture for the Seahawks moving forward with Kansas City (11-3) up next followed by Arizona (3-11) to close the regular season, both games at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. Seattle remains very much in the driver's seat but losing to the likes of the 49ers should raise as many red flags about this team's realistic chances of advancing far into the playoffs as there were yellow ones tossed in their direction on Sunday. 

"It's interesting how these games take a turn sometimes and you've got to look at the numbers and see what happened in the game," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. "This was really a clear game where we just hurt ourselves so much with this penalty thing that took our chances away."

Seattle needed to dig deep within all of its reserves on offense and defense to find enough resiliency and toughness to pull out a win against a young, struggling but hungry San Francisco (4-10) team that hasn't quit and now has defeated two playoff hopeful teams in three weeks after knocking off Denver (6-8) last week and now Seattle. 

The Seahawks got a tough 119 yards on the ground from running back Chris Carson and quarterback Russell Wilson made enough plays to put up 237 yards and two touchdown passes, both to wide receiver Doug Baldwin, who missed last week's win over Minnesota. Even the defense, which did allow rookie quarterback Nick Mullens to have success as he did during Seattle's 43-16 win over this very same team two weeks ago at CenturyLink Field, found its pass rush late to get some sacks that thwarted the 49ers chances to steal a win in regulation. 

But those penalties transformed all that Seattle did well into a jumbled mess. Late in the fourth quarter, a holding penalty by guard Ethan Pocic - playing in place of an injured Jordan Simmons (knee) - negated a 19-yard run by running back Mike Davis to the San Francisco 38-yard line with under 90 seconds remaining in the game. Just like that, Seattle went from being within field goal range to back at its own 33. That drive ended with a punt.

In overtime, Wilson threw a 32-yard pass to running back J.D. McKissic to the San Francisco 48 but the play got called back because of another holding penalty on Pocic. Seattle ended up punting and San Francisco made the Seahawks pay by driving into field goal range thanks in large part to a pass interference penalty on cornerback Shaquill Griffin that gave the 49ers the ball at the Seattle 41.

A few plays later, kicker Robbie Gould ended the game with a 36-yard field goal. Griffin bristled at the interference call and how differently this game went compared to Seattle's win over these same 49ers two weeks ago. 

"I think it looked different because of the refs," Griffin said. "That's just the honest answer. I feel like we haven't had this many flags called against us since I've been here. It sucks that it happened. But I can't blame it on them. We can't put ourselves in that position. That's completely on us."

That penalty - unfair or not - was Seattle's 10th after halftime. 

"Which is just crazy," Carroll said. "I don't know how that could happened."

Seattle has committed the third most penalties in the NFL (107) and has committed exactly 10 on three occasions, including in the first meeting against San Francisco. So it's not as if this is a completely disciplined football team. But never this season has so many penalties caused such disruption. 

"There was just too much to overcome," Carroll said.

This loss muddies things for Seattle just a bit. The Seahawks, which had won four straight games entering Sunday, now needs a little help in order to be able to clinch a playoff berth with a win next week at home over Kansas City. That's because the Chiefs are an AFC team and the loss to San Francisco, an NFC team, created some bad NFL tie-breaker situations, especially with Washington (7-7), coming off a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. However, if Seattle wins next week, it would take an awful lot for Seattle to not make the playoffs. A win the following week over Arizona (3-11) would actually be more valuable than defeating Kansas City to finish 9-7. Winning both, of course, would lock up a berth for Seattle. 

"Obviously a really important championship opportunity for us and it's a huge lesson for our team," Carroll said. 

Wilson said it's a lesson that will prove beneficial in the near future because as bad as this loss looks on paper, in the end it might not mean very much in terms of playoff seeding or reaching the playoffs. 

"It's a moment," Wilson said. "How do you use it is going to be the key. I think that for us, before today, there were three games left and where we want to go didn't stop today. It wasn't going to stop next week. Hopefully it won't stop the last week."

Passionate halftime speech sparks Seahawks' defense

Passionate halftime speech sparks Seahawks' defense

SEATTLE - Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers sliced and diced the Seattle defense for 30 minutes Thursday night at CenturyLink Field.

He rolled to find targets short and deep. He checked down. He threw darts. He hit his targets. The Seahawks were at his mercy down 21-17 at halftime with Rodgers sitting at 214 passing yards with two touchdowns. 

Seahawks defensive line coach Clint Hurtt had seen enough. He entered the team locker room at halftime and according to safety Bradley McDougald, issued a "passionate speech," essentially encouraging the team to play up to its capabilities rather than be a doormat to an opposing quarterback. 

"It was something that we needed to hear," McDougald said. "He lit a fire under us. He woke us up a little bit. We were out there and we weren't playing like ourselves. We were giving up plays that we should't have."

Seattle's defense responded by completely reversing the tide of the game. Tighter coverage took away targets and greater pressure put Rodgers on the ground. He passed for just 118 yards in the second half and Seattle sacked him four times compared to just once in the first half. The Packers scored all of three points in the final two quarters and that opened the door for Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson and the offense to drive 75 yards and score the go-ahead touchdown with 5:08 remaining. 

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Usually, that's about far too much time to leave on the clock for Rodgers. But not on this night. Seattle's defense held. The offense ran out the clock and the Seahawks (5-5) remained firmly in the playoff hunt while Green Bay (4-5-1) left still having not won a road game this season. 

Seattle cornerback Shaquill Griffin said that the defense made no dramatic scheme adjustments in the second half. The group simply executed the original plan and that included being diligent in coverage. 

"We held our ground," Griffin said of the secondary. "We knew he could extend plays so we had to cover a lot longer than we usually do. But we were prepared for that. It was cool to see everyone make plays the way that we did. We work for each other."

Defensive end Frank Clark had two sacks. Rookie defensive ends Rasheem Green and Jacob Martin each had full sacks. 

"We were able to apply a lot of pressure," middle linebacker Bobby Wagner said. "We kind of got in (Rodgers') face and affected his throws."

Rodgers exited the night frustrated, blaming Green Bay for the its play. When asked what Seattle did to disrupt the Packers' offense in the second half he responded: "No disrespect, but not much. We beat ourselves in the second half. They brought a little more pressure, but I don't think that there was anything special that they did."

That extra pressure proved to be the difference in disrupting Rodgers and altering the game.

"That dude is electric," Martin said of Rodgers. "That's an awesome quarterback right there. He's electric. It doesn't matter if he's in the pocket or out of the pocket, he can sling it from anywhere. That was the biggest thing we've got to get home."

Seattle coach Pete Carroll, known as a defensive backs guru, expressed his displeasure in the play of the secondary during the first half. He appreciated the effort of the entire defense in the second half. 

"We had to turn it around," Carroll said. "We were off. We were not getting stops that we needed early on. I was upset about that. Guys rallied, though."

In the team's 25-17 home loss to the Los Angeles Chargers two weeks ago, Seattle succumbed to the passing of Philip Rivers in the first half only to hold the Chargers' offense scoreless in the second half. However, in that game Wilson failed to make the right plays in the fourth quarter to pull out the win. 

This time around he got it done. During his post-game press conference, he shifted gears during an answer about him and the offense in order to acknowledge the play of the defense. 

"I thought our defense was lights out in the second half," he said. 

Because it was, Seattle remains in position to make a playoff push. 

Seahawks' epic end zone celebrations create pressure to raise bar

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Seahawks' epic end zone celebrations create pressure to raise bar

RENTON, Wash. - The Seattle wide receivers' end zone celebration game is becoming the stuff of legend. 

With success, however, comes pressure, and it appears that what started out as innocent fun has turned into a weekly challenge to raise the bar with each performance. 

“Unfortunately, it is now," wide receiver Doug Baldwin said if the pressure is on to deliver. "At first, it was all just about having fun, right?"

Oh, it's a lot of fun. And creative. And it creates anticipation for the next time a Seattle receiver reaches the end zone. 

Baldwin's top three dances thus far are ranked as such:

1. The Five Heartbeats (see below) - A dance tribute to the 1991 movie, "The Five Heartbeats" about a fictional musical group. The receivers performed the dance following Jaron Brown's touchdown against the Chargers. 

2. - Drum Line - The receivers mimicked a scene from the 2002 move, "Drumline."  This was performed following a Brown touchdown against Oakland in London. 

3. Nolan Ryan (see below) - In Detroit, the receivers reenacted when former Texas pitcher Nolan Ryan hit White Sox third baseman Robin Ventura with a pitch leading to one of the more famous baseball fights in MLB history. Seattle broke this celebration out following Tyler Lockett's touchdown at Detroit. 

Baldwin, the veteran of the receiving corps, said the celebrations are worked out during down time at practice. 

"We’re on the sidelines talking through what we would do together and what would be good ideas and then we just throw it together so it’s really just us having fun as a unit," he said. 

As much fun as this has been for the receivers, Baldwin doesn't want it to get out of hand. 

"I think that’s going to be one of my pushing points for the second half of the season, is let’s not make this an expectation," he said. "Let’s just have fun with it like we were in the first half of the season. It has become an expectation. Now everybody’s asking us what’s coming up next, but first and foremost we’ve got to score so let’s take care of the football aspect of it first and then just have fun if it comes along."

Yeah, yeah, yeah...that ship has sailed. We want more and they'd better be great. The judges will be waiting. 

What could be fascinating to see is if the defense has something planned for when it scores a touchdown. Corner back Shaquill Griffin, when presented with the possibility, said that there had been discussion among the defensive players about what they might do should one of them get into the end zone. 

"I think I'd be the choreographer for that one," Griffin said. "I'm pretty sure I could come up with something. I don't know how many dancers we have in this group but I'll take it upon myself to figure that part out."

Can't wait!