Updated Dec 19, 2011 - 12:29 pm
Carroll: Brandon Browner playing at a Pro Bowl level
Brandon Browner had come up empty in six previous NFL tryouts when he came to Seattle last winter for a workout with the Seahawks.
Now, 14 games through his first season in Seattle, Browner has gone from hoping he would finally make an NFL team to being the subject of Pro Bowl discussion.
Brandon Browner returned his interception 42 yards for a touchdown in Seattle's win over the Bears on Sunday. (AP)
"I don't know if he'll get recognition because enough guys might not know him just in his first year, but he's done all of the things. This is the kind of season that sets you up for a nice future and everybody will know about. If he has a chance and they recognize him, maybe so. We'll find out what the chatter is about him when guys start voting and everybody starts voting."
Browner's six interceptions puts him one off the league lead; three players have seven. He tied a Seahawks record on Sunday when he picked off his fifth pass in the last four games. He returned the latest interception 42 yards for a touchdown, which was his second pick-six of the season. He leads the NFL with 26 passes defended.
It hasn't all been good, however. Browner entered Sunday's game leading the league with 17 penalties, most of them the result of his physical coverage that sometimes crosses the line in officials' eyes. Admittedly, his aggressive nature causes him to sometimes take unnecessary risks, like when he gave up long completions after biting on double moves in games against the Redskins and Rams.
The penalties, and the fact that Browner is in his first NFL season after playing the last four in the Canadian Football League, will likely work against him in Pro Bowl balloting.
"I don't know if he has enough recognition but he sure has played like it," Carroll said. "He's been a factor all year long. He's been a monster for us in pass defense and he's affected us in a very, very positive way."
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