Monday, July 6, 2015

Hawk Blogger Morning Sports Talk: July 6th

I am going to try and do some live morning sports talks when time allows to get a chance to talk with all of you a little more often and provide some more color on the things I am writing about.

Here is today's replay posted on YouTube. If you would like to participate in the Q&A, you will need to download the Periscope App from Twitter and follow me on Twitter @hawkblogger.







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Seahawks Boast Best Defense In History



The 2013 Seattle Seahawks rode one of the best single-season defenses in history to a Super Bowl romp over Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. They were recognized at the time for being one of the best defenses ever, but a common critique was that it was just one season. The Chicago Bears in the 80s, the Baltimore Ravens at the turn of the century, the Steel Curtain Steelers of the 70s, and others, had sustained dominance. Obscured by an injury-ravaged finale of 2014, the Seahawks defense has now quietly put together a three-year stretch of dominance never before seen in the NFL.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Top 5 Defenses of 2014




Marcell Dareus has been talking about the Bills objective to be the best defense ever. He and his teammates will need to start with being the best defense in the league, something they failed to accomplish last season. Take a look at the five most ferocious defenses of 2014, and what made them so tough.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Paying Wilson May Hurt Seahawks Super Bowl Chances



Just pay the man. It is easier to build a team around a franchise quarterback than it is to replace one. This is a quarterback-driven league. Those are the sentiments I often hear when talking about the Russell Wilson contract with other Seahawks fans on Twitter. One of my favorite Twitter people suggested I take a look at Aaron Rodgers and how the Packers have been able to amass talent around him even with his fat contract. Okay. Let's take a look.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Leverage Will Not Play A Role In Wilson Negotiations


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Two cars are racing side-by-side. They are both powerfully built, and can reach speeds few others can. Each driver is accustomed to winning, and has earned that confidence by proving doubters wrong time and again. In the distance, there is a cliff. Both men see it. Neither fears it. For now, it poses no threat. There is still time to consider a variety of options, but eventually both will be faced with a decision: attempt to jump the ravine or stop short and yield to their competitor. Spectators are placing bets. Who will back down? If they jump, who will nail the landing? The dust has started to clear on the negotiations between Russell Wilson and the Seahawks. Fans can see the ravine they are hurtling toward after the 2016 season. The people who assume one side has leverage over the other believe one, or both, of the parties involved fear the jump. Those people are wrong.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Should Russell Wilson Follow Richard Sherman's Lead?



Nobody is covering the Russell Wilson contract discussion better than Danny O'Neil. He made a terrific point a few days ago that was so insightful, it was begging for further discussion. O'Neil brought up the parallels between Wilson and another megastar Seahawk who completely outplayed his rookie contract. Richard Sherman was an even lower pick than Wilson, and is arguably ranked higher at his position in the NFL than Wilson is. Even the most ardent Wilson backers would have trouble arguing he is the best quarterback in the NFL. Sherman has plenty of ammunition to make the case that he is the best corner in the game. There was plenty of reason to think Sherman's contract negotiations could have gotten ugly. Yet, Sherman signed his extension by early May last year. Poking at why Wilson's negotiations are different may help us learn a bit more about the principles of all the various players.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Seahawks Showdown: 2015 Defensive Line vs 2013 Defensive Line




'Tis the time of year when all is possible and potential overpowers pragmatism. Pete Carroll and his coaching staff mention a new player that stood out, and fans instantly envision Pro Bowl prowess. A recent topic befitting this time of year is whether this Seahawks team is better than the 2013 squad that won it all. It would be completely silly to compare a team that has yet to take the field with one that one the Super Bowl, so let's do it. I had a whole grading system in mind for every position and sub-package for each of the last three years, but that became insanity piled on top of silliness. I chose, instead, to pick one position group—the defensive line—to start with that was among the most talented on the historically powerful 2013 defense, and try to see how this year's group might stack up.

Friday, June 19, 2015

PODCAST: Mini-Camp Thoughts & More



It's been awhile since I updated the old podcast, so here is nearly an hour of Seahawks talk. I discuss most position groups on the roster and take on the topic of whether it is reasonable to think this team is better than either 2013 or 2014 at this point. Jimmy Graham comes up, and surprise, surprise, so does Russell Wilson's contract. Hope you enjoy it.


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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Chris Matthews Looks To Join A Short List Of Tall Seahawks Receivers



Seventy-seven receivers have caught at least one pass for the Seattle Seahawks since the franchise was born. Legends like Steve Largent and Jerry Rice, and forgotten contributors like Doug Thomas and Courtney Taylor, have all played some part in the Seahawks receiver history. There have been speed merchants like Joey Galloway, route runners like Darrell Jackson, and slot magicians like Bobby Engram. The most recent fan obsession is the tall receiver. Only six receivers in team history have been at least 6'3" tall and caught at least 30 passes in a season. Similarly, only six receivers have been that tall and caught at least five touchdowns in a year. Chris Matthews, all 6'5" of him, will try to join those ranks of productive big men after a memorable Super Bowl performance.
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