It appears Kam Chancellor‘s pro football career is over.
The two-time All-Pro and four-time Pro Bowl strong safety announced this summer that he had to walk away from the game after eight seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, citing an injured neck.
The timing of his announcement, along with the unveiling of the NFL Network’s Top 100 list for 2018, made Chancellor the first retired player to earn a spot on the annual list, as he was voted No. 75 by a panel of NFL players. Continue reading
The NFL playoff field is set — an eclectic mix of high-powered offenses (the Rams score a league-best 29.9 points per game) and stingy defenses (the Vikings allow a league-low 15.8 points per game), hotshot rookies (league rushing leader Kareem Hunt) and Hall of Fame locks who have been playing forever (Tom Brady), postseason regulars (Steelers) and teams that haven’t been to the playoff party in a long time (Bills).
Since they say defense wins championships, that means there are some defensive backs whose play will mean a lot in determining how the road to the Super Bowl is paved. Continue reading
Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman
In the NBA, it’s called a “Big Three.” In the NFL, they’re called “triplets.”
When three star athletes end up on the same team, visions of championships start dancing in the heads of fans and media (and of course owners and general managers) as expectations and ticket prices climb higher and higher.
An NBA Big Three typically consists of three standout offensive playmakers. But due to the two-way nature of the game, it can still include a player whose bread-and-butter is his defense. Think Dennis Rodman with the 1990s Chicago Bulls, or DeAndre Jordan with the current-day L.A. Clippers.
In the NFL, a set of triplets is — at least according to the media and fans who come up with these labels — almost always made up of three offensive players. Continue reading
Like the Heisman Trophy, the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award unofficially yet almost exclusively belongs to offensive players — quarterbacks and running backs in particular.
Only one defensive player has won the Heisman (Michigan DB Charles Woodson in 1997) and only two defensive players have won the NFL’s MVP: Vikings DT Alan Page in 1971, and Giants LB Lawrence Taylor in 1986.
A few weeks into the 2015 NFL season, I started to believe Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor had a legit shot at becoming the third defensive player to be crowned MVP. Continue reading
The original “Legion of Doom” is back together, and during the time when one of them was gone, the three founding members who never left Seattle established themselves as arguably the best players in the NFL at their respective positions.
When veteran cornerback Brandon Browner returned to the Seahawks in April, he was reunited with cornerback Richard Sherman, strong safety Kam Chancellor and free safety Earl Thomas.
The foursome was instrumental in the Seahawks winning Super Bowl XLVIII and became the marquee unit on a defense that is considered one of the toughest in pro football history. The Steelers of the 1970s had the “Steel Curtain” defensive line. The early-2000s Ravens had a linebacker corps led by Ray Lewis. The Seahawks had the LOB secondary. Continue reading
Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:
Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama (NCAA): After the Crimson Tide came back to tie Monday’s national championship game against Clemson at 24-all in the fourth quarter, coach Nick Saban called for a surprise onside kick. Humphrey, a redshirt freshman corner and springtime track star, recovered the kick. Two plays later, TE O.J. Howard’s 51-yard TD catch gave ‘Bama a lead they would never lose on its way to a 45-40 victory. Humphrey finished the game with five tackles and two pass breakups.
Sean Smith, CB, Chiefs (NFL): The ineptitude of QB Brian Hoyer and the Texans’ offense was a popular story line from the Chiefs’ 30-0 rout in Saturday’s AFC wild-card playoff game. More credit should have gone to Kansas City’s defense for making Houston look bad. Smith was the most impressive of KC’s DBs, tying for the team lead with six tackles, breaking up two passes and getting one of the Chiefs’ four interceptions. Continue reading
NFL Films and other football historians may gloss over it, but famous defensive units like Pittsburgh’s “Steel Curtain” and the “Fearsome Foursome” of the Rams had just as much interchangeable membership as your average pop music boy band or R&B girl group.
Rosey Grier is arguably the second-most popular member of the “Fearsome Foursome” defensive line behind Deacon Jones, yet he was only part of the group for four seasons before Roger Brown replaced him. Ernie Holmes of “Steel Curtain” fame only played on on two of the Steelers’ four Super Bowl championships squads from that era. Continue reading
Going into the 2015 season, the competition for the title of NFL’s Best Cornerback seemed like a clear two-man race between Richard Sherman and Darrelle Revis. But midway through the schedule, Josh Norman of the Carolina Panthers has surprisingly played his way into the discussion.
The hierarchy at safety was, and has been, less obvious and more inclusive. Earl Thomas, Eric Weddle, Harrison Smith, Kam Chancellor, Tyrann Mathieu and Devin McCourty were all realistic contenders for NFL’s Best Safety going into the season. And now, Reshad Jones has been added to the list. Continue reading
If you haven’t yet seen the Monday Night Fumble by Lions WR Calvin Johnson that led to the “intentional batting” incident that has turned into the biggest NFL controversy since … well, the Patriots and their deflated footballs a few weeks ago … you probably don’t have a TV. Or a tablet. Or a phone. Or a friend.
In case you missed it, or if just need to see it again, here’s a video of the play along with more talk about the infamous non-call from NFL.com.
Johnson’s fumble, caused by Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor and helped out of bounds by linebacker K.J. Wright, allowed Seattle to hang on for a 13-10 victory. And in a lot of ways, it was the play of the NFL season so far. Continue reading
Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:
Dwight Lowery, FS, Indianapolis Colts (NFL): One week after Paul Kruger and John Hughes of the Cleveland Browns gave Tennessee Titans rookie QB Marcus Mariota his official welcome to the NFL moment with a tandem sack that separated the kid from his helmet, a shoe, and the football, Lowery added to the initiation by providing Mariota’s first pro interception and his first pick-six. Those happened on one play in the second quarter. Later on, Lowery intercepted Mariota again to set up another Colts TD in an eventual 35-33 victory.
Charles Woodson, FS, Oakland Raiders (NFL): The 38-year-old sealed the Raiders’ 27-20 win in Cleveland — snapping the team’s 11-game road losing streak — with an interception on the Browns’ final drive in the final minute. Woodson also had six tackles and two pass breakups. His 61 career interceptions are the most among active NFL players, and he’s now had at least one pick in each of his 18 pro seasons. Continue reading