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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.
3 weeks, 3 days 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.
3 months, 4 weeks 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.
8 months, 1 week 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.
8 months, 4 weeks 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.
10 months, 3 weeks 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.
10 months, 3 weeks 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.
10 months, 3 weeks 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).
10 months, 4 weeks 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.
11 months 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.
11 months, 1 week 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.
11 months, 2 weeks 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.
11 months, 3 weeks 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.
11 months, 3 weeks 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?
11 months, 4 weeks ago on Q&A with Buffalo Wins
Great article, Mike. You nailed it.
12 months 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.
1 year 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.
1 year ago on Bye Week and Beyond