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.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

John Schneider and Pete Carroll's Track Record: Position-By-Position


John Schneider and Pete Carroll built a champion. They did it in remarkable fashion, needing just three seasons to go from one of the oldest and least talented rosters in the NFL to the very best. At the core of their success has been Schneider's ability to find great talent, and Carroll's willingness to find places for those young players to contribute right away. People love to point to the Russell Wilson story as the best evidence of Carroll's philosophy around open competition, but they miss the more frequent, and less publicized, decisions to play Kam Chancellor as a goal-line safety his rookie season behind Lawyer Milloy, or Greg Scruggs getting rotational snaps on the defensive line as a rookie. Rookies will play in Seattle. This idea of Carroll "red-shirting" players is not going to stick. Young players that demonstrate unique talent will find the field right away, even if it means a small role at first.

Schneider and Carroll have not experienced equal success at each position group. As the Seahawks head toward the fifth draft from this front office, it is worth looking back at where they have done best in the past.