Saturday, October 25, 2014

Run + Pass + Turnovers = Win?

A few years ago, I read Rex Ryan’s book Play to Win1.  The most I ever expect to glean from a book by an active head coach is a scant few useful facts, but Ryan’s ghostwritten slog of a read fails to live up to even those low expectations.  Its pages are filled primarily by him bragging about how awesome his life is, with occasional pauses to summarize Jets games and/or justify Mark Sanchez’s existence.  The only reason I’m mentioning this waste of paper at all is because near the beginning of chapter five he slips up and says something interesting:

Friday, October 24, 2014

PODCAST: Softy and I Talk About Pass Rush and Locker Room BS

Softy and I talk about what exactly the problem is with the pass rush, and why all this talk about the divided Seahawks locker room is BS.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Know Your Enemy Week 8: Carolina Panthers

A playoff team a year ago, the Carolina Panthers have stumbled out of the gates finding themselves with a 3-3-1 record. Due to the weak competition in the NFC South, the Panthers still find themselves sitting atop the division. Here is everything you need to know about the Panthers heading into the matchup:

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wednesday Press Conference

The Seahawks are hoping to turn things around this week as they head on the road to face the Carolina Panthers. With injuries piling up, Pete Carroll is searching for a fix at multiple positions.

On who will play fullback this week: "You'll wait and see, we will unveil that as we get there."

Did Robert Turbin do enough to show he can play the position: "Yes, he did admirably and has welcomed the challenge of taking care of business there for us."

Luke Willson, Tharold Simon return to practice

Seahawks TE Luke Willson and CB Tharold Simon have both returned to practice today, according to coach Pete Carroll.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Points of Emphasis Neutering NFL Pass Defenses

Seahawks fans are intimately aware of just how far the team's pass defense has fallen. It was in the conversation for best secondaries of all-time, and combined with a fierce pass rush to neutralize even the elite quarterbacks in the NFL. No longer. They are allowing a staggering 103.7 opponent passer rating after leading the NFL by holding quarterbacks to a 65.4 rating a year ago. Seattle, though, is not alone. Passer ratings are up across the league.

Hawk Blogger Power Rankings: Week 7

It is Denver, Green Bay, and everyone else in this weeks rankings. Interesting to note that Seattle has beat both of them. The Seahawks drop a couple more spots and fall out of the top ten for the first time in a couple of years. Minnesota, Atlanta, and Cincinnati are the only teams to have dropped more team strength in the last three weeks than Seattle.

Monday, October 20, 2014

PODCAST: Guest Appearance on 1090 The Fan with Steve Sandmeyer

I joined the Steve Sandmeyer Show today on CBS Sports Radio, 1090 The Fan to talk about the current state of the Seahawks, and where to go from here.

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Rams Punk Carroll, Seahawks, 28-26

Logo by Kevin Gamache, Hammerhead 

When a loved one dies unexpectedly, the natural reaction is to grasp for reasons it happened; to imply some sense of control by explaining why this terrible thing did not have to occur. It is a dangerous emotional place to be because one can get lost searching for answers. A Seahawks team sitting at 3-3 does not compare to the depth of loss from losing someone you love, but the emotional reactions are similar. There is a clash right now between our expectations for who this team is, and who they actually are right now. The dissonance is jarring, liking the ringing in your ears after a pair of cymbals crash near your head. This Seahawks team is not great. They are also not bad. They are a team with exactly as many wins as they have losses, dating all the way back to the preseason, who are capable of beating Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning and losing to Austin Davis.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Christine Michael, Kevin Norwood active

Seahawks' RB Christine Michael is active for the first time all season today at St. Louis, along with rookie WR Kevin Norwood.