2-5 isn’t a record any Seahawks fan should be happy with. There has been some flat out ugliness on the field at times for the Seahawks but there also has been quite a few flashes of brilliance.
Thinking through the first 7 games there are 3 players who really stand out as being possible midseason MVPs for the Seahawks.
Honorable Mention: Leroy Hill, David Hawthorne, Doug Baldwin, Jon Ryan
#3. Red Bryant – Look at the stat sheet and you will see 15 tackles and .5 sacks. Those aren’t MVP numbers for a D-lineman. But if you just looked at the stats and didn’t watch the game you would be missing a ton. Red regularly pushes his blocker into the backfield and blows up running plays allowing others to make the tackles. He isn’t a pure pass rusher but he has pressured the QB a number of times and changed plays that way.
As a team Seattle is only allowing 3.2 yards per rush (a LEAGUE LEADING 3.2 yards per carry) and that is against the third most rushing attempts (228). Much of this can be attributed to Red. He is a game changer on the D-line.
#2. Earl Thomas – So far this season Earl Thomas has 47 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 1 INT, and 1 fumble recovery. Whether it is in the passing game or the running game Earl Thomas makes a difference whenever he is on the field.
He seems to time the snap well so he can quickly get in the backfield to make tackles in the run game and he has also made some good plays against the pass. This is only Earl’s second year in the league and soon he will be talked about as one of the top 5 safetys in the league if he isn’t already.
And the winner of my Midseason MVP Award:
#1. Kam Chancellor – Congratulations to Kam on being selected the UltimateSeahawksFan.com midseason MVP. What a prestigous honor! Kam, I don’t really have a prize but if you get ahold of me I will make you up a shirt or something.
Now this is a full stat line: 45 tackles, 1 sack, 2 forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, 3 INTs, 6 passes defended, 2 tackles for loss. Kam Chancellor is all over the field on gameday making plays.
At 6’3″ and 232 lbs Kam Chancellor hits like a truck and when he hits something it goes down. All season the Seahawks have tackled fairly well and Kam Chancellor is one of the big reasons. Doesn’t matter if it is against the run or pass. Chancellor is a complete safety and along with Earl Thomas forms probably the best safety duo in the league.
Chancellor made Peter King’s Midseason All Pro Team so he is starting to get some national recognition for his outstanding season as well. That honor probably isn’t as big as winning my MVP though.
Congratulations to Kam “BamBam” Chancellor. So far you have been the best player on the field for the Seahawks.