Bill Belichick is a great coach, a Hall of Fame coach. There is little debate about it. He has won three Super Bowl rings, gone to six Super Bowls and won at least 10 games for twelve straight years. The man knows what he is doing. It is natural for Seahawks fans to feel a little concerned about what a coach of his pedigree can accomplish with two weeks of preparation before the Super Bowl. There is little reason to guess. He has coached five already. A closer look at those games raises questions about just how masterful Belichick is in these moments.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Seattle fought through the toughest defense in the NFL, and most bitter rival, last season to reach the Super Bowl. They were getting Percy Harvin fully available for the first time all year. Denver was missing key players like Von Miller and Ryan Clady. The more I dug into researching that game, the more confident I was the Seahawks were going to roll. This year is not last year. New England is favored by a single point, and that feels about right after pouring over hours and hours of research and game film.
Sunday, January 25, 2015
You may have heard that Marshawn Lynch has a tendency to run with a little power. Patriots fans may have reason to be as concerned about Lynch as Seahawks fans are about Tom Brady. The New England defensive line ranks dead last against power runs, according to FootballOutsiders.com. They define a power run as, "percentage of runs on 3rd or 4th down, with 2 yards or less to go, that achieved a first down or touchdown." Seattle, on the other hand, ranked second in the NFL in converting those situations. Those two inequalities may be the deciding factor in this Super Bowl.
The Patriots average 42 ppg when rushing for 100+ yards. It is true. Take out the meaningless final game of the regular season when the Patriots did not play many of their starters, notably Tom Brady, and there were six games where New England ran for over 100 yards on the ground, including their last playoff game against Indianapolis. They averaged 42.0 points per game in those six contests, and won by an average of 27.5 points. That is just one example of why, despite all the attention on Brady and Russell Wilson, it will be the running games of both teams that decides this Super Bowl.
I finally found a few moments to record my thoughts about the win over Green Bay and the results of my initial research into the Patriots. Sick of Deflategate? Want to hear actual analysis of the football game? Look no further. I have an hour of detailed breakdown for you right here.
Friday, January 23, 2015
Gatorade approached me a couple months ago about an ad campaign they were going to run celebrating their 50th anniversary by commemorating 50 greatest sports moments over the last 50 years. They wanted to feature Seahawks fans, the 12s, as one of the fifty, right alongside Michael Jordan and a slew of other legends. It was, of course, fun to engage with Gatorade on a project like this, but also inspiring to know that we have all created something special enough to transcend the sport.
Rex Ryan was just fired by the New York Jets. His teams were 18-30 over the past three seasons and finished a dismal 4-12 this year. Few people will be asking about Ryan as the two best teams in football square off next week, but Seahawks fans and coaches certainly should. Ryan's miserable Jets have managed to give the Patriots everything they could handle, losing just one game by more than three points to their rival since 2012. Studying those games provides some insight into the mind of a man who was obsessed with beating Bill Belichick and the Patriots.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
The story of Super Bowl XLVIII was the greatest offense in history versus the league's best defense. It turned out to be a Greek tragedy for Broncos fans and a buffet of excess for 12s everywhere. A big part of the victory was the Seahawks ability to disrupt Manning's timing and pet plays. There are some early indications that Seattle may be able to have similar success against Tom Brady.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
We found out yesterday the explosive truth about these two teams in terms of creating and limiting big plays. Today, it is time to debunk another misnomer. Running teams, like the Seahawks, are generally known for controlling the clock while passing teams like the Patriots tend to be quicker to strike. That is not altogether true in the case of this New England offense. They are built to possess the ball for long periods of time, but they do it in a very different way than the Seahawks.