Thursday, February 27, 2014

2014 Seahawks Off-Season Analysis Part VIII: Summary & Recommendations

The Seahawks are Super Bowl Champs. The best team in football. Players want to be with them, teams want to be like them. So starts the Dynasty Off-Season for one of the youngest teams to ever win the Lombardi Trophy. This series will dig into each position group, look at who we have, who might be available, and what the team may do in each area. It will end with a projected off-season plan. You can check out last season's analysis here. They have been largely accurate, so if you want to know what Seattle will do before they do it, look no further.

Part I: Defensive Line
Part II: Wide Receivers & Tight Ends
Part III: Secondary
Part IV: Linebackers

Part V: Offensive Line
Part VI: Running Backs & Fullbacks
Part VII: Quarterbacks
Part VIII: Summary & Recommendations


In just over a week, on March 8th, clubs will have permission to enter into contract negotiations with unrestricted free agents. They cannot be signed until the new league year starts a few days later on March 11th at 1PM PT. Qualifying offers to restricted free agents will have to be made. Clubs must be under the salary cap by the same time. Rumors will fly. Twitter will throttle updates so humans can have a chance to keep up with the blizzard when a big name hits. Let the games begin.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

2014 Seahawks Off-Season Analysis Part VII: Quarterbacks

The Seahawks are Super Bowl Champs. The best team in football. Players want to be with them, teams want to be like them. So starts the Dynasty Off-Season for one of the youngest teams to ever win the Lombardi Trophy. This series will dig into each position group, look at who we have, who might be available, and what the team may do in each area. It will end with a projected off-season plan. You can check out last season's analysis here. They have been largely accurate, so if you want to know what Seattle will do before they do it, look no further.

Part I: Defensive Line
Part II: Wide Receivers & Tight Ends
Part III: Secondary
Part IV: Linebackers

Part V: Offensive Line
Part VI: Running Backs & Fullbacks
Part VII: Quarterbacks
Part VIII: Summary & Recommendations







Wednesday, February 19, 2014

2014 Seahawks Off-Season Analysis Part VI: Running Backs & Fullbacks

The Seahawks are Super Bowl Champs. The best team in football. Players want to be with them, teams want to be like them. So starts the Dynasty Off-Season for one of the youngest teams to ever win the Lombardi Trophy. This series will dig into each position group, look at who we have, who might be available, and what the team may do in each area. It will end with a projected off-season plan. You can check out last season's analysis here. They have been largely accurate, so if you want to know what Seattle will do before they do it, look no further.

Part I: Defensive Line
Part II: Wide Receivers & Tight Ends
Part III: Secondary
Part IV: Linebackers

Part V: Offensive Line
Part VI: Running Backs & Fullbacks
Part VII: Quarterbacks
Part VIII: Summary & Recommendations



Marshawn Lynch is still coming, and he's bringing Hell with him




Sunday, February 16, 2014

2014 Seahawks Off-Season Analysis Part V: Offensive Line

The Seahawks are Super Bowl Champs. The best team in football. Players want to be with them, teams want to be like them. So starts the Dynasty Off-Season for one of the youngest teams to ever win the Lombardi Trophy. This series will dig into each position group, look at who we have, who might be available, and what the team may do in each area. It will end with a projected off-season plan. You can check out last season's analysis here. They have been largely accurate, so if you want to know what Seattle will do before they do it, look no further.

Part I: Defensive Line
Part II: Wide Receivers & Tight Ends
Part III: Secondary
Part IV: Linebackers

Part V: Offensive Line
Part VI: Running Backs & Fullbacks
Part VII: Quarterbacks
Part VIII: Summary & Recommendations





Michael Bowie figures to play a large role in the future of the Seahawks offensive line


Saturday, February 15, 2014

2014 Seahawks Off-Season Analysis Part IV: Linebackers

The Seahawks are Super Bowl Champs. The best team in football. Players want to be with them, teams want to be like them. So starts the Dynasty Off-Season for one of the youngest teams to ever win the Lombardi Trophy. This series will dig into each position group, look at who we have, who might be available, and what the team may do in each area. It will end with a projected off-season plan. You can check out last season's analysis here. They have been largely accurate, so if you want to know what Seattle will do before they do it, look no further.

Part I: Defensive Line
Part II: Wide Receivers & Tight Ends
Part III: Secondary
Part IV: Linebackers

Part V: Offensive Line
Part VI: Running Backs & Fullbacks
Part VII: Quarterbacks
Part VIII: Summary & Recommendations





It was quite a year for Malcolm Smith and the Seahawks

Thursday, February 13, 2014

2014 Seahawks Off-Season Analysis Part III: Secondary

The Seahawks are Super Bowl Champs. The best team in football. Players want to be with them, teams want to be like them. So starts the Dynasty Off-Season for one of the youngest teams to ever win the Lombardi Trophy. This series will dig into each position group, look at who we have, who might be available, and what the team may do in each area. It will end with a projected off-season plan. You can check out last season's analysis here. They have been largely accurate, so if you want to know what Seattle will do before they do it, look no further.

Part I: Defensive Line
Part II: Wide Receivers & Tight Ends
Part III: Secondary
Part IV: Linebackers
Part V: Offensive Line
Part VI: Running Backs & Fullbacks
Part VII: Quarterbacks
Part VIII: Summary & Recommendations






PODCAST: Talking Super Bowl Memories and Seahawks Off-Season With Softy

Softy was buying everyone a beer at FX McCrory's, so how could I resist a chance to join him on-air to relive the Super Bowl and talk about what is to come. We spent 15 minutes reminiscing and beginning off-season banter.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

2014 Seahawks Off-Season Analysis Part II: Wide Receivers & Tight Ends

The Seahawks are Super Bowl Champs. The best team in football. Players want to be with them, teams want to be like them. So starts the Dynasty Off-Season for one of the youngest teams to ever win the Lombardi Trophy. This series will dig into each position group, look at who we have, who might be available, and what the team may do in each area. It will end with a projected off-season plan. You can check out last season's analysis here. They have been largely accurate, so if you want to know what Seattle will do before they do it, look no further.

Part I: Defensive Line
Part II: Wide Receivers & Tight Ends
Part III: Secondary
Part IV: Linebackers
Part V: Offensive Line
Part VI: Running Backs & Fullbacks
Part VII: Quarterbacks
Part VIII: Summary & Recommendations






Tuesday, February 11, 2014

2014 SEAHAWKS OFF-SEASON ANALYSIS PART I: DEFENSIVE LINE

The Seahawks are Super Bowl Champs. The best team in football. Players want to be with them, teams want to be like them. So starts the Dynasty Off-Season for one of the youngest teams to ever win the Lombardi Trophy. This series will dig into each position group, look at who we have, who might be available, and what the team may do in each area. It will end with a projected off-season plan. You can check out last season's analysis here. They have been largely accurate, so if you want to know what Seattle will do before they do it, look no further.

Part I: Defensive Line
Part II: Wide Receivers & Tight Ends
Part III: Secondary
Part IV: Linebackers
Part V: Offensive Line
Part VI: Running Backs & Fullbacks
Part VII: Quarterbacks
Part VIII: Summary & Recommendations




Friday, February 7, 2014

Cutting Through The BS: Seahawks 2014 Cap Casualties


The NFL salary cap is complex. There are very few people who understand it, even within the NFL. The people who have educated opinions on the financial workings of it outside NFL front offices are even fewer. We are lucky to have people like Davis Hsu among Seahawks fans who has applied his financial expertise to Seahawks football. There are also great references like OverTheCap.com. It is a part of football that I have paid more and more attention to over the years because it has helped me to brace for players leaving the team that I cared about. That, combined with an unhealthy obsession with analyzing team play on the field and personnel strengths, has allowed me to predict the departures of Lofa Tatupu, Michael Robinson, and Lawyer Milloy (among others) when those were unpopular and dismissed concepts. There are some predictable patterns to help project who will be the next person out the door. I will share those here, as well as my current expectations about cuts and restructures.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

More Please: An Overview Of Seahawks Off-Season Priorities

The 2012 draft class vaulted this team past San Francisco to the top of the NFL

I was feeling a little guilty yesterday, even Sunday night. Pete Carroll helped. As excited as I have been for all the events that transpired over the last few days, I could not help but move on to what comes next. I find myself drawn to the future so much more than the present, and it seemed wrong not to be completely consumed by celebration. I was ready to write about off-season priorities by Monday, but chose to let the blog sit silent while folks got to focus on what matters most. Carroll has a similar perspective. He's "enjoying the heck out of" what is happening now, but his true focus is on sustaining this level of play. There lies the Seahawks next opportunity to frustrate national doubters. They will say the salary cap will limit the Seahawks reign. They will say teams will gain on the Seahawks in the draft and free agency, while pilfering top talent from Seattle. Carroll and John Schneider face one of their most important off-seasons as they look to torture this league for many years to come.

Monday, February 3, 2014

The Morning After: Seahawks Grant Northwest Access To Heaven, Beyond Super In 43-8 Win Over Broncos


Logo by Kevin Gamache, Hammerhead 

So this is what it feels like. There are no more games to win. No more opponents to vanquish. No more points to prove. Seattle, and their young Seahawks, answer to no one. It no longer matters that the rest of world underestimates and overlooks the greatness of this team or of this region. It can no longer be said that this franchise is irrelevant. February 2nd, 2014 will forever be a line of demarcation separating the dark days of struggling to emerge from the primordial muck of mediocrity and the moment when this franchise, and this corner of the country, became champions. As the great internet philosopher once said, "Is this real life?" Real life does not often allow for your team to score exactly 12 seconds into the game on a safety and exactly 12 seconds into the second half on a kick return. Real life does not include the likes of Paul McCartney, Michael Douglas, Shaquille O'Neal and many more great performers witnessing a performance that may have eclipsed any in their storied careers. Real life does not include blue and green confetti raining down, washing away 37 years of futility and angst. Real life really should not include John Schneider shirtless with a WWE championship belt around his waste. And yet, reality insists these things into existence. Championships in sports are cherished for so many reasons, but among the most satisfying is the legacy that comes with them. We are here for such a short time, and so little of what we dedicate our lives to endures. Nothing will ever change that the Seattle Seahawks are Super Bowl XLVIII champions. There are those that find it silly to elicit such satisfaction from a sport. Fans and players alike earned this moment, and earned the right to return to it whenever they see fit. The hours you have dedicated to Seahawks football throughout your life has been paid back. Smile. This is real life.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Nothing Left To Say

There will be no rousing calls to rally behind our Seahawks today. There will be no analysis of probabilities or match-ups, at least not here. It has been 192 days since this Seahawks season started in training camp back in July. It has been 1,483 days since Pete Carroll was hired as the Seahawks coach and executive vice president. It has been 14,304 days since then NFL Commissioner, Pete Rozelle, announced the signing of a franchise agreement to bring an NFL team to Seattle. All of those clocks reset after today.
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