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We can forgive your goof up on the numbers because we were all jumping around doing goofy stuff for a long while after the game was over. What impressed me about this game was the totality of the team effort. There were no weak links. The offense ran and passed at a high level. The defense defended the run and pass at a high level. Special Teams (especially Goldy) played at a high level. This is what we all expected from the Seahawks this year.
I watched the O-Line closely, at least as closely as you can on TV, and they played very well. I can hardly wait for the playoffs. Percy Harvin, both Offensive Tackles and the Center should all be in tip-top shape. With home field advantage; watch out NFL. This might be Seattle's year.
1 year, 2 months ago on Week 10 (11/13) - Seahawks Win!
Hey Mathew: Don't worry, those child rearing duties will begin to get easier in 18 to 20 years.
1 year, 5 months ago on It's Time for Things to Get Awesome Again
@KyleHobbs Good points, every one. Every team has their weaknesses. There has been only one "perfect" team in the Super Bowl era, the undefeated Dolphins. The goal is to have less weaknesses than those other guys.
I was not a huge Bevel fan, because I thought he was too conservative. I think he is learning how to get out of RW's way and let him play. It was frustrating when they were bringing him along slowly, but maybe that will have been a good move for the long term.
You're right about the sophomore slump. On the other hand, he could even be better than last year. That's a scary thought.
1 year, 10 months ago on The "E" Word
So much for everyone who said not to expect much from Carroll and Co. before the draft. These guys are hard to predict. This move for Harvin would equate to moving up in the draft to get a blue chip player, only this blue chip player is a proven impact player in the NFL who is still very young.
Having gotten the franchise quarterback last year, this move will solidify the QB position by giving Wilson a host of targets. Many of the slow starts last year were due to the receiving corps not being able to get open. They would play well down the stretch, but Harvin makes the Hawks receiving corps one of the best in pro football.
Carroll had already stated that it would be hard for this year's draft picks to make the team. I would look for the pass rush issue to be dealt with in the second tier free agent market, in round two of the draft, and deep into the draft. The second tier free agent market is where the Schnied found Clemons and Brandon Browner. Later in the draft is where the defense was built.
1 year, 10 months ago on The Lowdown on Percy Harvin
I meant Gus Bradley got to witness what happened in Seattle. That's why he was such an attractive candidate for head coach.
2 years ago on A Change at Defensive Coordinator
I agree with those who say that Pete Carroll is really in charge of the defense. Dan Quinn will step in a thrive. In fact, it was his seat at the table with Pete Carroll that made him such an attractive candidate for head coach. The Seahawks have turned a lot of heads in the football world. Quinn got to witness firsthand the right way to build a team from the ground up. He was part of it in Seattle, and Jacksonville hopes he learned enough to bring that concept with him.
@Matthew Heuett I can't answer about the hive mind, but there are not many weaknesses that the Hawks have at this point. Other than depth, the pass rush is the only part of the team that needs improvement. Even the wide receiver position just needs depth in case Rice or Baldwin get hurt, although it would be nice to have one more top of the line receiver.
2 years ago on The Weeks Ahead
Hey Matthew. I think the 49ers are the best team standing and will handle Atlanta. I hope they win the Super Bowl. It would be nice to say the the Seahawks bitch-slapped the Super Bowl Champs last time they played. It would also cement the NFC West as the best division in football. It does piss me off that its the Seahawks offensive and defensive coordinators that are interviewing for head coaching positions instead of the 49ers'.
The priorities for this off season are: 1- interior defensive lineman who can rush the quarterback at a high level, 2- one more receiver who can be a legitimate threat and will add depth to the position, and 3- depth at defensive end. Against Atlanta, the need for pass rush was evident once Clemons went down, and the receivers were covered too often. I've got to believe that Carroll and Schneider can find these guys this off season.
Hey Matthew. In many ways, it was the Chicago game again. Wilson makes what should have been a game winning drive with seconds left on the clock, and the defense can't hold the lead. This time though, the lead was only one point. Ouch! That one hurt.
Excuse me, I have a wall to patch.
2 years ago on Divisional Round - Seahawks Lose (R-Rated Thread)
Hey Mike - great article but I do have one minor correction. You said the Seahawks run the option as well as anyone. I think they run it better than everyone. The biggest change from this Seahawk team from past teams is their physicality: They beat up the other guys, the other guys don't beat up the Seahawks.
In the Patriots game earlier in the season, it was obvious that the receivers were playing scared because of the pounding they were getting. RG3 beat the Cowboys and a couple of other teams with the same gimpy knee that he had last Sunday. The Seahawks pummeled him all afternoon. They also wore down (beat up) the defense and the offensive line of Washington.
It's now the Seattle Dirt Bags (Seahawks).
2 years ago on Why I'm Going Crazy Thinking about this Game
Hey Mike--nice article. Everybody looks for things that may motivate a team to play better. One little factoid that may have some influence is that the Redskins last two trips to the playoffs ended in Seattle (I attended both of those games). That may add to the motivation the Redskins have because now the Hawks are playing on their field.
I think the difference will be the superior defense the Hawks have.
Hey Kyle. Even though the game will be played in D.C., the youngsters on the Redskins team will also be nervous. I would look for the F-ups to be evenly divided between the two teams. It will still be a hard fought, close game. Hawks by 4.
2 years ago on Playoff Picture: Bringing the Boom to DC
Hey Matthew: I read your link to the ROY article. While your arguments had merit, I don't expect Wilson to win because he plays for the Southern Alaska Hillbillies (Seattle Seahawks), but that doesn't matter. I think he'll get more Super Bowl rings in his career than Luck or RG3. Popularity contests will have no bearing on it.
2 years ago on Week 17: Rams at Seahawks (Game Thread and News & Notes)
@KyleHobbs Hey Kyle: It's not only that Russell Wilson is possessed, it's what he does when the ball is in his possession. Also, the 12th Man is getting very possessive about Russell Wilson.
2 years, 1 month ago on Week 16: The Seahawks are Piling it On
Nice article, Matthew. The perspective your stat sheets give is that finally, Seattle may have a HOF quarterback. It's only taken 4 decades for that to happen. The one stat that I hope he beats Newton, Luck and RG3 in is Super Bowl Rings.
2 years, 1 month ago on Russell Wilson's Place in (Rookie) History
Two huge blowouts in a row. It seems like these Seahawks are starting to figure stuff out. More specifically, the team has figured out how to use Russell Wilson and to maximize his talents. Most of all, Bevel is learning how to just get out of his way. The option play that Wilson runs seems to confound opposing defenses. Both the Bills and the Cards had decent defensive units and the Hawks just tore them up.
The defense allowed a fair amount of short passes, but didn't let the Bills into the end zone. Great game.
The next game, against the 49ers, will be the electric kool-aid acid test. Speaking of Kool-Aid, I've long since been imbibing in the Carroll / Schneider kool-aid.
2 years, 1 month ago on Week 15 - Seahawks Win! (R-Rated Thread)
The Buffalo game illustrates perfectly how vital the quarterback position is. The difference in the game will be the Seahawks have one, and the Bills don't. If the team was down by a field goal late in the 4th quarter, who would you rather have, Russel Wilson or Ryan Fitzpactrick?
2 years, 1 month ago on Q&A with Buffalo Wins
Great article, Mike. You nailed it.
2 years, 1 month ago on A Weekend of Encouragement
@12stndinbama I think Sidney Rice is OK. He didn't have a concussion. Tate is starting to show why Carroll and Co. drafted him. He had another stellar performance. RW really spread the ball around too. It was nice to see Baldwin get in the game and contribute. The passing game really is starting to look pretty good.
2 years, 1 month ago on Week 13 - Seahawks Win! (R-Rated Thread)
Great game! The officiating was VERY partisan, but the Hawks overcame that. The defense did it's best to cough up the game, but the offense overcame that. Fortunately, we have a sensational young quarterback who put together TWO game winning drives. This guy gets better every week. I do believe he can lead Seattle to its magic ring.
@MikeRoddy Bevel does seem to go conservative on the road. It also looked like the defense was playing "prevent" at the end. There were a few three man rushes, and no blitzes (although I haven't had an opportunity to re-watch the game, so the defense also seemed to go ultra conservative on us. They should remember that they represent Seattle. Enough of this conservative stuff.
2 years, 2 months ago on Bye Week and Beyond
@Matthew Heuett Comparing any GM to Tim Ruskell, now that's a low blow.
Hey Matthew. Just for the record, it's the definition of IN-sanity.
Ouch! It also looks like the 49ers are going to beat the Saints. That should settle the division. The Niners won't loose three more games than the Seahawks. The contest is now for the wildcard spot. In some ways, the Niners have helped that by keeping the Saints from gaining. A Seattle win and a Niner loss this week would have been very cool, but that didn't happen.
2 years, 2 months ago on Week 12 - Seahawks Lose (R-Rated Thread)
Hey Matthew: Nice article. It can be a precarious undertaking to compare QB stats between Hass and RW. In 2007, Hass was still an experienced QB who had already taken his team to the Super Bowl. Wilson is a rookie. I remember when Matt was starting out with the Hawks. He has sat behind Bret Favre in Green Bay, and then was benched in Seattle to sit behind another veteran QB. He didn't start to play well until towards the end of the '04 season.
When you start to compare rookie Matt Hassellbeck to rookie Russel Wilson, it's no contest.
2 years, 2 months ago on Wilson and His Receivers (or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Long Bomb)
Golden Tate is starting to build up an impressive resume for this season. He had a catch earlier in the season that was responsible for settling the referee's strike, and Sunday he had both a touchdown reception and a touchdown pass in the same game. I'd say the guy is coming around.
2 years, 2 months ago on Week 10 - Seahawks Win! (R-Rated Thread)
I thought RW looked good. Kearse and Tate dropped passes, but that didn't seem to rattle Wilson. I was glad to see the defense finally make an appearance in the 2nd half. They were starting to remind me of Rip Van Winkle.
2 years, 2 months ago on Week 9 - Seahawks Win! (R-Rated Thread)
@marshall21 @Matthew Heuett
Marshall, you are correctimundo about the White / Jones combo. That's what I would expect them to address in the draft this year. It wouldn't surprise me to see a wide receiver, a big, fast, physical, wide receiver taken in the first round.
Also, I wouldn't look for many teams that have done what Carroll and the Schneid have done because they seem to travel to the beat of a different drum. They pick all of these big, fast and physical players to man the team, then they pick a Ruskelish guy to man the quarterback position.
2 years, 2 months ago on Reflections at 4-4
It is frustrating to see all of those 3rd and longs get converted to 1st and 10's. One thing that Carroll and Bradley seem to do well is to make adjustments, and I hope they can do that. In most of the games this year, they've held at the end of the game to give the Hawks a chance to win. For the most part, the Hawks have been very stingy giving up points.
You are absolutely right about Wagner. He's still a kid (rookie). We have a kid quarterbacking the defense, and a kid quarterbacking the offense. That makes me very optimistic about the next 6 to 10 years. I hope for some super bowl parties when these "kids" grow up.
What a fantastic football game. Watch out 49ers.
2 years, 3 months ago on Week 6 - Seahawks Win! | October
The O-Line was executing the running game at a very high level, but the pass-pro was not very good. RW was under siege virtually every time he tried to throw the ball. He is pretty quick to scramble, especially to the right, but that may be how he makes up for his size. It also allows him by buy time and avoid the pass rush that was consistently putting pressure on him.
A special note to Mr. Cable; work on the pass protection.
2 years, 3 months ago on Week 4 - Seahawks Lose (R-Rated Thread) | September
With the arousal that the play caused around the nation, especially amongst Packer fans, the catch should be called the Ejaculate Reception (when spoken the name should rime with immaculate reception). The story did reach a state of full climax in the national sports media. I was afraid a couple of reporters were going to ejaculate right on camera. I guess they finally had something controversial to report, and the call went against the Packers.
If the situation was reversed, and the Packers got the call, there would be little fanfare.
2 years, 4 months ago on Prideful or Shameful Win? One Answer | September
It's true-this is not your mama's NFC West anymore. However, it was the mama's boy division not too long ago. It will take a few more weeks to really get the attention of the east coast dominated sports media, so let the ass kicking continue.
2 years, 4 months ago on Upset Central: Is the NFC West the Toughest Division in Football? | September
CBisket has a point about the number of snaps that RW had. Basically, he had 1/3 of the snaps than did RG3, Andrew Luck or Weeden. Of course, RG3 had a monster day, but I'd say Wilson had a much better performance than Weeden, and a better passer rating than Luck. He was absolutely superior to that other rookie in Miami (forgot his bleeping name).
The O-Line was not stellar, by any means, and the WRs did give up on several plays where they could have done more than stand around with thumbs up buttocks. If the Hawks can improve every game, and not dig themselves into a hole the first half of the season, they can still make the playoffs. It would be very hard to unseat the Farty Niners for the division, but 10-6 would get them into the wildcard weekend.
2 years, 4 months ago on Week 1: Cardinals 21, Seahawks 16 | September
Wilson did look like a rookie out there. His game reminded me of his first preseason appearance. He had lousy protection, He looked ready to tuck the ball and run too quickly. However, with the game on the line, he did put the team in a position to win, and maybe should have won.
What impressed me more than anything about Wilson in the preseason is how he improved from game to game. I can understand why some people want Flynn to start, but I still would like to see the team stick with Wilson. It won't be too long before he wins games like the AZ game.
The difference in the game was O-Line play. The Cards protected their QB's better than the Seahawks did. Sweezy did not have a very good first outing. It is not surprising, but I would not be surprised to see Moffit start against Dallas.
@Matthew Heuett One other point about the game tomorrow. If the Hawks really take it to the Cards and dominate them, we could be looking at even more wins for the season. I could see them winning 11 games and threatening the 49ers for the division title. That would largely depend upon how effective the offense becomes as the season progresses.
2 years, 4 months ago on Week One Updates (9-6) | September
Hey Mathew: Good write up. If the Hawks beat the Cards in AZ, then I wouldn't be surprised to see them go 10 - 6 this season. If they loose in AZ, then 8-8, maybe 9-7 would be more realistic. I would look for a cautious Russell Wilson, multiple turnovers for the defense, and a kick-ass running game.
Even a cautious Russell Wilson may be better than many of the QB's starting this week.
Hey Mathew: There were a couple of pretty good youngsters who played well during the preseason. I'll bet that had a lot do do with his release. He was just a safety valve for the TE position.
2 years, 4 months ago on Kellen Winslow Released | September
Good article, Mike. This is going to be a recurring theme in the Carroll / Schneider era.
2 years, 5 months ago on Four Players Making Final Cuts a Tough Decision | August
@KyleHobbs Holy Cow! With the leaps and bounds of improvement that RW has made from game to game; how good this kid can become? How good can all of these kids become? Regarding the receiving corps, a great QB can make a great receiving corp. It looks like RW can become a great QB.
2 years, 5 months ago on Seahawks Beat Chiefs, 44-14 | August
One possibility that I forgot to mention in the article: If Wilson is named as the starting QB, it is not unlikely that T-Jack will wind up as his back up. That is because Flynn would have a much higher trade value then would T-Jack. They might be able to get a 2nd or 3rd for Flynn because he is a potential starting QB. He has looked pretty solid during the preseason. T-Jack is a solid back up QB, but a 4th or 5th round pick is his top value, IMO.
2 years, 5 months ago on QB or not QB, That Is the Question | August
I'm sure that T-Jack can see the writing on the wall. Knowing that he won't be in like Flynn, he is probably not putting his "all" into it. I wouldn't be surprised to see him traded within a week or two. Josh Portis may get some playing time in preseason.
Flynn seems to be settling into the starting role, and the team seems to be responding to him. He has the look of a top rate "game manager" type of QB. That bodes well for 2012 and beyond.
2 years, 5 months ago on Final Public Practice – Observations | August
Regarding the 18 game season; I think that's what all of the "roughness" calls the refs were making last year are about. If they change to an 18 game season in a year or two, that's when the Hawks should be peaking, which would be OK for them. Right now it would hurt the Hawks because they are still getting their poop together during the preseason. The rebuilding teams would be hurt with less preseason games.
2 years, 5 months ago on Preseason Game 1: Seahawks 27, Titans 17 | August
It became evident from the very first play of the game that the Seahawks now have a championship quality defensive secondary. If one or two more units, such as the O-Line, or the front seven can reach that same level, then the Hawks will be formidable.
Both of the QB's showed some upside. Both also have some work to do, but I thought Wilson looked impressive. The way that he avoided the pass rush, his arm, and his composure were all very good. He also seemed to have a good pocket presence. He made one bubble-head pass into the end zone, but other than that, he looked like he belonged back there.
Flynn looked like a guy who could develop into a competent game manager. He looked comfortable running the offense. On one play he looked like he forgot which color jersey to throw the ball to, but other than that, he looked pretty solid.
@Sammy @KyleHobbs @Matthew
Hey Sammy: He just might be able to contribute to winning games. I watched a 40 year old QB (Warren Moon) throw for 500 yards against the Raiders back in the King Dome days. If anyone can get that prima donna, SOB to produce, Pete Carroll is the guy.
2 years, 5 months ago on Training Camp Digest (8/3 - 8/6): Kennedy Finally Goes to Canton, and the Search for a Veteran Receiver Goes Down the Rabbit Hole | August
As I've commented before, T.O. is a self serving prima donna, a cry baby, and all of those other things that he is accused of being. However, he is never involved in any of the DUI's, domestic or other kind of violence, having sex on a charter boat, or any type of substance abuse crimes that are so commonplace amongst NFL players. He seems to be a law abiding citizen who stays on the straight and narrow.
While his antics get much attention on the "show-biz" side of the NFL, he has never been on any police reports. The Seahawks locker room may have evolved to the point where a guy like T.O. wouldn't be that big of a problem. If he can catch the freaking ball, run good routes, and be a productive Wide Receiver, he may just be a good gamble.
Good write up, Matthew. It is obvious that the defense is way ahead of the offense at this point. It was an interesting observation about Flynn's arm strength. His arm could be his Achilles' Heel (pun intended). Of the three competitors, Russell Wilson seems to have the best chance of becoming the QBOTF. The running game should be the saving grace of the offense this season until the passing game can catch up and pass the running game (another pun intended).
2 years, 5 months ago on Training Camp Digest (8/1): Return of the Husky | August
In a football sense, it's like coming out of hibernation.
2 years, 6 months ago on Seahawks Training Camp Opens Today | July