Today is the day where almost everyone in America celebrates an ancient feast by watching football and gorging themselves until they lapse into a tryptophan induced coma, only to wake up later for pie and more football. So today, once you’ve reached that point where you’re so stuffed it hurts to move, please take a moment and remember that there is a lot to be thankful for as a Seahawks fan.
Here’s a 2012 update to my top 10 reasons for Seahawks fans to be thankful on this Thanksgiving:
10. Legion Of Boom – There’s no one better than Earl Thomas at FS, and there’s no one playing at the higher level than Richard Sherman. Brandon Browner and Kam Chancellor are also playing at a very high level. The Seahawks have the best secondary in the NFL.
9. Beast Mode – Marshawn Lynch might not have been able break out his beast mode persona very often this year, but when he does it’s still a thing of beauty. Lynch is in the middle of what has been the best year of his career.
8. Pete Carroll - For all of his questionable game day choices and clock management problems, Carroll is still the right person for the job in Seattle right now. He’s the perfect leader to help this young team grow and develop into a contender.
7. Chris Clemons, Bruce Irvin and Jason Jones – A year ago, the Achilles heal of this defense was the lack of a pass rush. This year, the Seahawks have been able to consistently get pressure on the QB without having to blitz because of this trio of defensive linemen
6. Russell Wilson – Wilson hasn’t been perfect, but he’s been good enough for the Seahawks to be in position to make a run at the playoffs. He’s also developed enough as the season has gone along that we can all be comfortable with Wilson under center for the foreseeable future.
5. Red Bryant, Brandon Mebane and Alan Branch – This trio of defensive lineman anchor one of the best run defenses in the league.
4. Paul Allen - In a league that seems to be full of transient chaos, the Seahawks owner provides a definite degree of stability to the franchise. It should also be remembered that it was Allen who saved the Seahawks when previous onwer Ken Behring tried to move the team to LA.
3. John Schneider – His ability to find gems in the late rounds as well as find great value in free agency has quickly built this team from being one of the league’s bottom feeders to one of league’s best. He has shown to be an outstanding evaluator of talent.
2. The Rest of the 12th Man – You are apart of the best fan base in all of sports. Enjoy it.
1. Your Family and Friends – In the end, the Seahawks are just a small part of each of our lives. We must all remember to be thankful for the wonder people in our lives. I am especially thankful for my wonderful wife and both of my amazing sons.