Sunday, October 26, 2008

Reaction: Hawks beat 49ers 34-13




Nice to see a win today, and a road win at that. The 49ers were just what the doctor ordered. They overwhelmed the Seahawks with mistakes. They had no choice but to eventually start taking advantage of them, and once they did, it seemed like the whole defense said, "Oh yeah! That's what it's like to play with our heads out of our asses!"

Leonard Weaver earned some more reps, and should continue to be a nice option for a struggling offense against the blitzing Eagles next week. The points were great, but there were not too many plays that project as sustainable against an average NFL defense.

It is possible we could find a way to rise up and shock the Eagles next week at home, but my suggestion is to savor this feeling because the odds are it could be a while until we get something like this again.

A few other things I noticed:

- Daryl Tapp played an inspired game, but it takes about 20 great plays to make up for not recovering that first fumble. That play could have been the difference in the game...except that it wasn't.

- Rocky Bernard needs to play all his games in SF. He really showed up today.

- You can say Josh Wilson got lucky on having the ball thrown right too him, but we've seen plenty of Seahawks defenders not take advantage of chances like that (see Tapp)

- Interesting that the defense looked the same without Tatupu as it did with it. He's been a non-factor this year.

- Seneca is still not close to the QB I saw in the preseason, and yes, that's accounting for the fact that it was preseason. His throws are not on point. He improved this week, but will need to make major strides against the Eagles next week.

- Nice game by the offensive line.

- I love Mike Holmgren. Did you see him scream after Wilson's pick six? After all he had to deal with this week and this season, that was pretty cool to see the passion still there. That's the reason to hope for improvement.

Game Thread: Seahawks @ 49ers

Sorry, I'm late! Doing lots of painting this weekend.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

2008 Power Rankings Week 7

I've been through all the levels of grief, so it's not quite as painful to post here. For the second straight week, the Hawks prove their place in the NFL by actually improving their team strength in a loss. We have lost to four of the top 10 teams, as well as the #23 team.

Dallas takes quite a tumble this week and the Titans assume the #1 spot. Who would have thunk it?


















































































































































































































Rank
Team
Team Strength
Change From Last Week
1
Tennessee
15.2
3.00
2
NY Giants
13.5
-1.00
3
Pittsburgh
11.7
4.40
4
Philadelphia
8.1
0.00
5
Tampa Bay
8.1
0.50
6
Carolina
7.6
2.80
7
Chicago
7.4
-0.20
8
Buffalo
6.6
0.40
9
San Diego
5.8
-2.50
10
Green Bay
5.3
2.70
11
Arizona
4.8
0.00
12
Dallas
4.1
-4.30
13
Washington
3.7
0.70
14
New Orleans
3.3
-4.40
15
Atlanta
2.9
0.00
16
NY Jets
2.3
-0.70
17
Baltimore
1.8
2.60
18
New England
1.2
7.60
19
Minnesota
-1
-0.70
20
Jacksonville
-1.4
0.00
21
Indianapolis
-1.5
-4.00
22
Miami
-1.7
-2.90
23
San Francisco
-4
-0.90
24
Denver
-4.5
-5.70
25
Cleveland
-5.3
-0.70
26
Houston
-7.6
2.70
27
Oakland
-9.7
2.20
28
Seattle
-12.5
0.10
29
Cincinnati
-14.5
-3.20
30
St. Louis
-16.8
7.80
31
Detroit
-18.1
2.40
32
Kansas City
-18.9
-2.20

Monday, October 20, 2008

Tidying up for Holmgren

Sounds like the 49ers are making the final moves needed to secure Holmgren as their future GM and possibly coach.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Game Threads: Seahawks @ Bucs

As I write this, the St Louise Rams are beating the Cowboys 21-7. I'm also watching backup Bengals QB Ryan Fitzpatrick shredding the Steelers. Do these things make me hopeful we can pull off a big upset today or piss me off since other teams seem to be able to pick themselves up off the turf more than my beloved Hawks? A little from column A, and a little from column B.

My biggest hope for today is that Seneca is healthy enough that we get a glimpse of what he can do in charge of the team. I saw a starting QB in him during the preseason. He was a passable backup when he subbed for Matt two years ago, but he looked far more confident running the team earlier this year.

Realistically, we're setup for a serious butt whupping tonight. I've already started evaluating who might be available in 2009 draft class if we get a top 10 pick. The struggling offense is certainly part of that, but it's our defense that is the real issue. We don't have injury issues to point a finger at on that side of the ball.

It was inexcusable for our defense to surrender 27 points against the Packers at home last week. Lofa talked a lot of shit in the preseason about how they were going to shut out five teams this season. I don't think we've shut out a team for a single quarter yet!

The nice thing is that it will be hard for the Seahawks to disappoint tonight. See ya here.

Friday, October 17, 2008

2008 Power Rankings Week 6

Sad to see we actually improved our team strength ranking after our loss this week. We sure have fallen on hard times.


















































































































































































































Rank
Team
Team Strength
Change From Last Week
1
NY Giants
14.5
-9.20
2
Tennessee
12.2
0.00
3
Dallas
8.4
-2.40
4
San Diego
8.3
3.40
5
Philadelphia
8.1
1.40
6
New Orleans
7.7
5.80
7
Chicago
7.6
-2.20
8
Tampa Bay
7.6
3.60
9
Pittsburgh
7.3
0.00
10
Buffalo
6.2
0.00
11
Carolina
4.8
-6.30
12
Arizona
4.8
-0.10
13
Washington
3
0.00
14
NY Jets
3
2.80
15
Atlanta
2.9
0.40
16
Green Bay
2.6
1.50
17
Indianapolis
2.5
6.70
18
Denver
1.2
-2.00
19
Miami
1.2
-0.30
20
Minnesota
-0.3
0.90
21
Baltimore
-0.8
-7.40
22
Jacksonville
-1.4
2.20
23
San Francisco
-3.1
-2.30
24
Cleveland
-4.6
6.80
25
New England
-6.4
-4.90
26
Houston
-10.3
2.30
27
Cincinnati
-11.3
-0.60
28
Oakland
-11.9
-6.40
29
Seattle
-12.6
0.40
30
Kansas City
-16.7
0.00
31
Detroit
-20.5
4.00
32
St. Louis
-24.6
5.10

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Shaun of the Redskins

Congrats to Shaun Alexander for getting a much deserved second chance. I can safely cheer for the Redskins this year now that the Seahawks are dead. I really hope Shaun makes an impact for Zorn.

I will be writing more about the Hawks soon, but I'm totally consumed by the Trail Blazers and my new NBA 2K9 video game right now. Thank God I'm not a Sonics fan, or you might be reading my obituary.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Friday, October 10, 2008

2008 Power Rankings Week 5

It's been really hard to look at Seahawks news this week. If a game like that doesn't shake your confidence, I don't know what would. At least the economy isn't depressing too...

As expected, the Hawks drop more than any NFL team this week. Interesting to see Washington out of the top 10 still. I'd expect that to be a product of a tough schedule so far, but maybe there is some weakness there not evident to the naked eye. Chicago is another team whose stats suggest something different than the national perspective. They might be better than people are giving them credit for.

















































































































































































































Rank
Team
Team Strength
Change From Last Week
1
NY Giants
23.7
7.70
2
Tennessee
12.2
-2.70
3
Carolina
11.1
7.60
4
Dallas
10.8
0.80
5
Chicago
9.8
5.50
6
Pittsburgh
7.3
0.50
7
Philadelphia
6.7
-3.80
8
Baltimore
6.6
-2.50
9
Buffalo
6.2
-6.20
10
Arizona
4.9
3.70
11
San Diego
4.9
-3.60
12
Tampa Bay
4
-1.40
13
Denver
3.2
-0.20
14
Washington
3
1.10
15
Atlanta
2.5
-0.10
16
New Orleans
1.9
-1.00
17
Miami
1.5
2.70
18
Green Bay
1.1
-0.80
19
NY Jets
0.2
0.00
20
San Francisco
-0.8
-2.70
21
Minnesota
-1.2
0.60
22
New England
-1.5
4.40
23
Jacksonville
-3.6
-1.20
24
Indianapolis
-4.2
2.30
25
Oakland
-5.5
0.00
26
Cincinnati
-10.7
-0.70
27
Cleveland
-11.4
0.00
28
Houston
-12.6
3.40
29
Seattle
-13
-11.20
30
Kansas City
-16.7
-5.90
31
Detroit
-24.5
-2.40
32
St. Louis
-29.7
0.00

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Game Thread: Seahawks @ Giants

Let's take a look at some possible headlines come Monday morning:

"Jacobs Leads Strong Giants Rushing Attack Past Seahawks"

"Branch and Engram Help Seahawks Shock New York"

"Seahawks Defense Brings Back Manning Boo Birds"

"Punchless Seahawks Can't Solve Swarming Giants Defense"

"Missed Field Goals Sink Strong Hawks Performance"

What's your predicted headline? We're 60 minutes from kickoff. I'll be here to talk about the game once we get started. My treadmill is poised and ready should the game start going the wrong way. I have to say, though, that it's great going into the game expecting to lose but thinking you may win. No pressure! Let's shock the league.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

New York, New York

The Seahawks are 1-2. The Giants are 3-0. The Seahawks blow on the road. The Giants are undefeated at home this season. Traveling to the Eastern time zone is like a trip down the rabbits hole. Pass rushers can't rush, quarterbacks can't pass, and coaches can't coach. So why even play tomorrow?

Truth is, a Seahawks win would be the best regular season victory in Holmgren's tenure. These are the Super Bowl champs who are widely considered the best team in football to this point. Yet, I've felt far more hopeless heading into a game, and here's why:

- This game means way more to the Hawks than to the Giants

- There is no way the Giants are going to take the Hawks seriously. Nobody thinks much of the Seahawks nationally, especially in New York. There is no way the Hawks won't take the Giants seriously.

- The Hawks are a nearly impossible to scout for this week. Nobody has seen them with their receivers and their running game. Even the tape for their last matchup in 2006 won't help because we had no running game to speak of. Holmgren doesn't even really know what's going to work tomorrow.

If I'm coaching the Hawks, I come out super aggressive. I'm talking onsides kick, no-huddle offense aggressive. Prove to the team that we're going after this one with all guns blazing and get the Giants back on their heels. This is not the game where we come from behind to win. We need to jump on them right away and then run the ball down their throats.

Some other things to think about:

- There is a ton of focus about our offense and defense on the road, but remember, our special teams surrendered 14 points in Buffalo and constantly lost the field position battle.

- Brandon Jacobs is getting a lot of well deserved attention, but Ward and Brooks both average more than 6.5 YPC.

- We are all excited to have Bobby and Deion back this week, but has anyone checked to see how our larger fill-in receivers blocking have impacted our running game? Should we expect some dropoff with the smaller guys back?

- After a horrible opening game, our pass blocking has improved immensely. Most importantly, we have not seen people come free up the middle. With strong tackle play, a lot of our vulnerability is right up the gut on stunts. Spencer and Womack must stay home and handle the games the Giants play up front.

- Grant and Russell are the perfect safeties to trick Manning into his old ways.

- Hixon, Toomer and Smith are plenty good even without Burress. Kelly Jennings and Josh Wilson will have their hands full.

- Don't sleep on John Carlson. Having Engram and Branch back will help him more than any player outside of Hasselbeck.
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