Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Seahawks Re-Sign Earl Thomas: The Most Uniquely Talented Player In Franchise History

Walter Jones was not just the best player at his position in the NFL during his time with the Seahawks; he joined the conversation for the best of all-time at what he did. Earl Thomas, who reportedly agreed to a four year extension yesterday, has reached base camp on his climb to the top, as most recognize his place as the best safety on today's NFL. He has not yet entered the discussion for best of all-time, but he may already be the rarest talent the Seattle Seahawks franchise has ever seen.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Right On Schedule: NFL Doles Out Pleasure And Pain

The Treaty of Versailles ended World War I, and required six months of negotiations. The future of nations and millions of their citizens was at stake. It takes four months for Major League Baseball to negotiate their schedule. The NFL takes over two months to agree on theirs. Time and sacrifice will always be required for a group of people to agree on something where each has an enormous vested interest. Leverage becomes a prized commodity. A truly good compromise is struck when nobody is happy, but those with more leverage usually leave a bit happier than the rest. The NFL released their 2014 schedule on Wednesday comprised of thirty-two teams playing 20 games each, spanning six months and over 20% of the Earth's circumference. This logistical nightmare was the responsibility of mere mortals not so long ago, but billions of dollars in television rights has mechanized the process. Even with some of the sharpest mathematical minds and plenty of hardware horsepower, the result is never perfect.


"The first day [that the schedule is released] we get the gut reaction from people," Mike North, Sr. Director of the NFL Broadcast Schedule said. "It is the next day we hold our breath for someone finding a problem we missed."

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Terrelle Pryor As A Punt Returner Or In The Backfield? It Could Happen


John Schneider and Pete Carroll decided the extra time before the draft was too boring. They made a trade last night that certainly will wake up the slumbering Seahawks fans out there, and have the league talking. Terrelle Pryor was acquired from Oakland for a 7th-round draft pick. The team that once received significant criticism for spending a 3rd-round pick on a short quarterback after signing another quarterback as a free agent, has now brought in a player who becomes the fourth quarterback on the roster. Or does he?

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Battle Of The Best: 2013 Seahawks Defense vs. 1976 Pittsburgh Steelers

There have been many stories about what defense stands as the best in the history of the NFL. This series intends to trump them all. The 2013 Seattle Seahawks defense belongs in the conversation for all-time great defenses, but it is unclear exactly how they compare to the legendary 2000 Ravens, 1985 Bears, the vaunted Pittsburgh Steel Curtain and others. One-by-one, I will examine the 2013 Seahawks versus titans of years gone. We will look at numbers that compare apples-to-apples as best as we can across generations and rule changes. It is not clear where the Seahawks stand as we begin. The goal is to be objective and to enjoy the battle. Next up, Jack Lambert and the 1976 Pittsburgh Steelers.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Battle Of The Best: 2013 Seahawks Defense vs. 1969 Minnesota Vikings

There have been many stories about what defense stands as the best in the history of the NFL. This series intends to trump them all. The 2013 Seattle Seahawks defense belongs in the conversation for all-time great defenses, but it is unclear exactly how they compare to the legendary 2000 Ravens, 1985 Bears, the vaunted Pittsburgh Steel Curtain and others. One-by-one, I will examine the 2013 Seahawks versus titans of years gone. We will look at numbers that compare apples-to-apples as best as we can across generations and rule changes. It is not clear where the Seahawks stand as we begin. The goal is to be objective and to enjoy the battle. Next up, the 1969 Minnesota Vikings. The Purple People Eaters.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Different Measures Of Greatness

The Battle Of The Best series has spurred a bunch of conversation on and off this site. That is always good to see. Football Outsiders was promoting their own measure of the all-time great NFL defenses on their site today.  The differences between their results and mine thus far illuminate the differences in what each is designed to measure. They have the 2002 Bucs ahead of the 2013 Seahawks, and the 2000 Ravens do not even make the top twenty. Which rankings are better? Neither. And here is why.

Battle Of The Best: 2013 Seahawks Defense vs 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

There have been many stories about what defense stands as the best in the history of the NFL. This series intends to trump them all. The 2013 Seattle Seahawks defense belongs in the conversation for all-time great defenses, but it is unclear exactly how they compare to the legendary 2000 Ravens, 1985 Bears, the vaunted Pittsburgh Steel Curtain and others. One-by-one, I will examine the 2013 Seahawks versus titans of years gone. We will look at numbers that compare apples-to-apples as best as we can across generations and rule changes. It is not clear where the Seahawks stand as we begin. The goal is to be objective and to enjoy the battle. Next up, Warren Sapp and the 2002 Tampa Bay Bucs.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Battle Of The Best: 2013 Seahawks Defense vs. 1985 Chicago Bears

There have been many stories about what defense stands as the best in the history of the NFL. This series intends to trump them all. The 2013 Seattle Seahawks defense belongs in the conversation for all-time great defenses, but it is unclear exactly how they compare to the legendary 2000 Ravens, 1985 Bears, the vaunted Pittsburgh Steel Curtain and others. One-by-one, I will examine the 2013 Seahawks versus titans of years gone. We will look at numbers that compare apples-to-apples as best as we can across generations and rule changes. It is not clear where the Seahawks stand as we begin. The goal is to be objective and to enjoy the battle. Next up, Mike Singletary and the 1985 Chicago Bears.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Battle Of The Best: 2013 Seahawks Defense vs. 2000 Ravens Defense

There have been many stories about what defense stands as the best in the history of the NFL. This series intends to trump them all. The 2013 Seattle Seahawks defense belongs in the conversation for all-time great defenses, but it is unclear exactly how they compare to the legendary 2000 Ravens, 1985 Bears, the vaunted Pittsburgh Steel Curtain and others. One-by-one, I will examine the 2013 Seahawks versus titans of years gone. We will look at numbers that compare apples-to-apples as best as we can across generations and rule changes. It is not clear where the Seahawks stand as we begin. The goal is to be objective and to enjoy the battle. First up, Ray Lewis and the 2000 Baltimore Ravens.


Monday, April 7, 2014

Pete Carroll Has A New Deal. Next Man Up


So much attention has been paid to the players the Seahawks have let leave, and the new players the Seahawks have been unable to secure, it is worth remembering what this off-season is about. Seattle came in trying to keep the best coach in the game, the best safety in the game, and the best cornerback in the game all on the same team for years to come, with an eye on being sure the most successful young quarterback in NFL history stays around as well. Carroll had his press conference. The measure of this off-season will come in the name, or names, that come next.