MVP: Marshawn Lynch
Not only did Marshawn rush for 1,204 yards and become the first Seahawk to score a touchdown in 10 consecutive games, “Beast Mode” became a national sensation with his style of running and Skittles antics. Lynch is the face of the Seahawks, and without re-signing him, this off-season just wouldn’t feel as positive. Lynch also helped resurrect Seattle’s running game, which hadn’t had a 1000-yard rusher since 2005. He’s a free agent going into 2012, and it is of the utmost importance that the Seahawks re-sign him.
Honorable mention: Earl Thomas, David Hawthorne, Red Bryant
SEE WHO TOOK HOME BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT, BIGGEST SURPRISE AND OTHER AWARDS AFTER THE JUMP!
Biggest Disappointment: Sidney Rice
The Seahawks invested millions into this guy thinking they were finally going to land that legitimate number one receiver. Instead, they got a measly 32 receptions, 484 yards, and two touchdowns out of Rice in the nine games he actually played in. Granted, he did miss seven games with various ailments, but come on. A team doesn't give you $18.5 Million guaranteed to watch you sit on the bench and average 3.7 catches a game when you actually play.
Honorable mention: Zach Miller, Mike Williams
Biggest Surprise: Doug Baldwin
This one isn’t even close. First of all, Baldwin went undrafted. Just the fact that he made the team is amazing. But to lead your team in virtually every receiving category is even more jaw-dropping. The rookie from Stanford caught 51 passes for 788 yards and 4 touchdowns; leading the team in all three categories. As the season went on, Baldwin looked more and more like ex-Seahawk Bobby Engram; he ran his routes very crisp and was Tarvaris Jackson’s security blanket.
Honorable mention: K.J. Wright
Backup Contribution: Paul McQuistan
When starting left tackle Russell Okung went down mid-season, most of us thought a suddenly improving running game would tail off like last year. Paul McQuistan didn’t let that happen. This big, powerful lineman who can back up at either guard or tackle showed that he can mow people over just as well as Okung in run blocking, though he did struggle a bit in pass blocking. Nevertheless, he filled in nicely and the running game didn’t falter one bit.
Honorable mention: Breno Giacomini, Lemuel Jeanpierre
Best On Field Attitude: Red Bryant
Is there anyone that got you fired up more? Watching this 324-pound defensive end abuse blockers always put a smile on my face, especially when he would do his post-tackle/sack dance. Whenever an opponent tried to get into one of his teammate’s faces, Red Bryant was right there to defend them. No one cared about his team more than Big Red. He should have made the Pro Bowl, as he was the main reason why the Seahawks run defense at one point was the best in the league.
Disagree with my picks? Argue with me in the comments.
--Nathan Parsons (@nathanparsons98)
I agree completely with you about Paul McQuistan and so does Marshawn Lynch. I was listening to sports radio and the commentator said Marshawn thinks that McQuistan deserve the team MVP for the way he stepped up and filled in for all our injured linemen. McQuistan started ten games at three different offensive line spots this year. That is pretty good for a guy I had never even heard of and definitely better then Tyler Polumbus and the other jokers we had playing in 2010.
I think the jury is still out on Rice. Yes it was disappointing but the injuries leave a large question mark on the table. I saw Zach Miller play 15 games and.... well actually it was hard to tell he was playing for the hawks at times. We brought Miller in to be a pass catching TE and there was none of that. Didn't give him as much money as Rice but we certainly could have paid a lot less for a blocking TE.
Sherman should have been an honorable mention, either for biggest surprise or best backup. Who would have thought he'd be so good in his first 9 NFL starts?
I agree with you completely. I think that the Rice injuries make him less of a disappointment than Zach Miller.