Thursday, October 30, 2014

Unger returns to limited practice

Max Unger returned to limited reps in Wednesday's practice, increasing the chances we could see him on the field Sunday against the Raiders.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Snap Counts Reveal Subtle Seahawks Shifts

Pete Carroll made no attempt to hide his intentions around modifying the snap counts on the defensive line with an eye on helping the pass rush. What he did not say was who was going to see more time or less time, and just how much. In comparing the percentage of snaps played between the Week 7 game at St. Louis and the Week 8 game at Carolina, we can see exactly who gained and lost snaps. And it was not just the defensive line where we saw playing time shift.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A Few Points To Ponder

There are some Seahawks tidbits worth thinking about as the team nears the midpoint in the 2014 season.

Hawk Blogger 2014 Power Rankings: Week 8

Seattle falls two spots this week despite winning in Carolina. Their passer rating differential is still negative, and their point differential is not big enough to make up for it. Arizona, sitting at 6-1, is still ranked lower due to a much weaker strength of schedule. People have questioned the Eagles low ranking, rightfully so, but they have a significantly negative passer rating differential and a poor SOS.

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Morning After: Seahawks Find Their Backbone, Beat Panthers 13-9

Logo by Kevin Gamache, Hammerhead 

The human body needs muscles in order to move, lift, and push. Muscles can be used to intimidate. They are sexy. Most people associate muscles with strength, but without another ingredient, a muscle is powerless. It is when a muscle attaches to bone, and that bone connects to a spine, that the whole system begins to function. On a beautiful fall day in North Carolina, the Seahawks may have found their spine. It has been missing much of the year as their fancy muscles, in the form of All-Pro players, have appeared disconnected and, at times, powerless. It was a game where missed plays outnumbered made plays until the offense came through with a drive to take the lead and the defense came through with a dominant final stand. If the Seahawks find themselves in the thick of title contention late in the year, they may very well look back at this nondescript 13-9 victory as the moment of calcification.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Walters, Maxwell inactive

Someone else other than Bryan Walters is handling punt returns today, as the wide receiver has been declared inactive against Carolina.

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."