Seahawks add talent
During the second day of the draft Seattle filled it’s two biggest needs. Their first pick (45th overall) they selected a wide receiver with the ability to stretch the field in Paul Richardson.
Later in the 2nd round they filled the void left by the departure of Breno Giacomini when they selected tackle Justin Britt.
I initially thought they might be looking to slide Britt inside to left guard due to his versatility and stiff hips, however, Tom Cable said that he will be competing for the starting right take position vacated by Breno. One thing is for sure, Justin will replace his nastiness.
Those two picks gave the Seahawks the luxury of selecting players that best fit their scheme regardless of position throughout the remainder of the draft.
Seattle acquired the 8th pick in the 4th round (108 overall) from Minnesota and selected defensive endCassius Marsh. Marsh is a nasty player who the Seahawks view as a young Michael Bennett type player.
At the combine he weighed only 252 pounds but has been known to fluctuate depending on what role his teams needs him to play.
In order to rush the passer from an interior position he will need to get his weight back up into the 270s, at minimum. I see no reason to think that he won’t be able to reach that mark easily once he starts an NFLworkout and nutrition regimen.
After trading down from the 111th pick to add another 6th round pick the Seahawks selected their second receiver of the draft, Kevin Norwood.
Kevin gives them a lot of hope. First, his name is Kevin, not some variation of Chris. Second he is widely viewed as one of the top prospects once a play breaks down.
Let the games begin
Before the announcement of the schedule I was willing to bet money that the Seattle Seahawks would host the Denver Broncos to open the NFL season. Week two, in an unusual move, I expect the Seahawks to travel to San Francisco to open Levi Stadium against the 49ers.
In all actuality the Seahawks will host the Broncos in week 3 and will not play in Levi Stadium until Thanksgiving.
The NFL missed a golden opportunity to place the Super Bowl Champion in 2 epic match-ups to start the season. If I’m being honest it’s a very disappointing NFL Schedule for Seattle in 2014.
The Seahawks got a dealt an awful hand by the schedule makers this season.
When analyzing a schedule I like to take the approach of breaking the season up into four quarters.
The Seahawks kickoff the NFL season on September 4, when they hosting the Green Bay Packers ( as stated above it should have been the Broncos).
The game does have added interest as the Packers were the last defending Super Bowl Champion to win the NFL Kickoff Game.
The Seahawks kickoff the NFL season on September 4
Ten days later the Seahawks travel to Southern California to play the San Diego Super Chargers before heeding back home in a Super Bowl XLVIII rematch with Payton Manning and the Denver Broncos.
Unfortunately the Seahawks drew the short end of the stick when they were handed a week 4 bye. Week 4 is the first week in the NFL schedule with a bye.
The Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams join Seattle with a poor bye draw while the 49ers don’t have theirs until week 8.
That is quite a break for San Fran.
The Seahawks end their 1st quarter in Maryland against the Redskins.
Early prediction: Seahawks open the season 3-1
I guarantee Tony Romo was not happy when he looked at week 7 (Seahawks 6th game) and saw that he had to travel up to Seattle to play in CenturyLink Field.
An evening in Super Bowl Boulevard
The day after my arrival
Mother Nature sure is making things easy for me today! We have two disturbances moving through the area, one Friday night through Saturday morning (early morning) and one Saturday evening through Sunday morning. Both systems are bringing in heavy rain and moderate to heavy winds for all day Saturday.
As far as the game is concern… remember when the Seahawks traveled to Carolina (I believe 2008?) and the game was a low scoring affair because neither kicker could kick into the wind? I believe we will have a repeat of that tomorrow! Your gameday weather will be almost exactly what you see when you venture on out and head toward the game: wind, wind and more wind with periods of heavy rain. Temps will also be dropping by the time the game starts. Right now at time of post (Friday night at 11pm), temps were in the upper 40’s to lower 50’s for most of Western Washington. Game time high expected to be around 45-47 degrees. As always, I’ll update this post with some “nowcasting” before the game starts and during the game if something big happens.
So dress warm, wear those loud shoes and loud gloves and be ready to shout louder than the howl of the wind! #GoHawks
The End is Near!
… and that is all we need to know! Seahawks will END the Rams year with a win, 2014 is near meaning 2013 comes to an end, Seahawks will win a NFC first place seed and end everyone else’s day when they realize they have to come to CLink through out the playoffs… yes indeed… the end is near!
But the fog is not! Today we will see fog turning to overcast with temps hovering between 40-44 degrees with no sun in sight… nor is there any precip in sight. Not that we care, the Seahawks will win in any type of weather and we will show up no matter what is forecasted!
So, dress warm (unless you carry around 2-5 cans of body paint… ahem 12th Hulk) and be ready to be as loud as the 12thman can be! See you in 2014!
NFC West AND NFC Champs?
Perhaps! Both can happen today with a win by Seattle! But first, they must battle the elements that we typically see in Seattle: WET. We will not see much in the way of heavy rain, or even light rain. In fact, we are looking clear of any moisture up in the atmosphere for the game. However, we will probably see moisture in the form of mist which will not show up on live radar. With that said, there is a system heading our way and showers are just now showing up south of Vancouver Island; I believe Seattle will be in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains.
Temps for the game will be slightly warmer than what we are normally accustomed to I expect to see around 49 degrees with temps already at 47 degrees at time of this post (8am Sunday). Winds will be from the south southwest but will be light: expect to see about 5-10mph winds.
So, dress for a win, stay warm and dry and enjoy the game!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Monday Night Football in Seattle!
Are you all ready for some football? Monday night football in the Great Pacific Northwest?! I am! Next question, if you are heading to the game, are you layering up? You might want to consider it as temperatures will be around 30 degrees at some point during the game. Vague? Kinda. The problem is, the arctic cold air is taking its sweet time filtering into our area, and with that, temps are staying at their high of 43 degrees; most likely stay there for the start of the game. However, (comma dramatic pause) the wind direction just north of the border, where the Fraser Valley Outflow is located, are now coming from the NNE; a strong indication that that arctic air mass is now starting to filter into the area. How fast or slow is the million dollar question. I am holding onto the thought that temps will drop fairly dramatically as that arctic air filters into the Seattle area, thus the 30 degree prediction.
What about snow? Doubtful! However, (comma dramatic pause) there certainly are scattered showers around the Puget Sound area… and it is not out of the realm of possibilities to have one of these scattered showers travel over Seattle and Clink. If that happens, we COULD see 0.5 to 2 inches depending on how heavy the showers are.
This is a fairly vague forecast, and for that I do apologize, but there is a lot of uncertainty with the forecast, even from now (3pm) to end of the game. A lot of ‘nowcasting’ will be in order so please check back.
Meanwhile, GO HAWKS!
Greatest Seahawks team
By Carl Hoglin
The 2013 Seahawks team has managed a franchise best record at 9-1, but are they the best Seahawks team?
The Seahawks have been to one Super Bowl, and they are the only team in the NFL to attend both the AFC and NFC Championship games.
Lately the question has been that, “Are we witnessing the greatest Seahawks team?”
Statistically we can compare two different teams and make our own judgement. But let’s throw a little wrench into this, and compare three different teams.
As mentioned before, the Seahawks are the only team to have attended both AFC and NFC championship games. The 2005 Seahawks as we all know went to the Super Bowl. The 1983 Seahawks team managed to get to the AFC Championship game. Therefore both of these teams are viable in contrast as the Greatest Seahawks team. Comparing these three teams should be a lot of fun! All of these stats will be compared through the first ten games of the season regardless of the bye week. The 1983 team didn’t have a bye week, and the 2005 Seahawks had their bye week in week 8. The current team the bye week is week 12.
2013 2005 1983
Total Record 9-1 8-2 6-4
(Home Wins) 4-0 5-0 3-2
(Away Wins) 5-1 3-2 3-2
Points For 265 272 246
Points Against 159 187 225
Total Offense 3,620 3,892 3,071
Total Defense 2,890 3,158 3,744
Total Sacks 30 34 27
Interceptions 13 9 20
Surprised at how close they are? It’s actually very interesting data.
There really isn’t a clear cut greatest team off these statistics. Three different teams, three different coaches, not a single player that played on two of these teams. We can delve deeper into the depths of these statistics and get a little bit more personal. If all of these stats are fairly close, we can break down a few key positions to see if there is any big difference.
- Russell Wilson 163/257(63%) 2,132 yards 17 TD 6 INT
- Matt Hasselbeck 200/316(63%) 2,357 yards 12 TD 7 INT
- Jim Zorn* 103/205(50%) 1,166 yards 7 TD 7 INT
*These comparisons were through the first ten games of the season. However Jim Zorn only started 8 games in the 1983 season.
- Marshawn Lynch 191 carries 871 yards 7 TD
- Shaun Alexander 232 carries 1229 yards 19 TD
- Curt Warner 198 carries 889 yards 8 TD
- Golden Tate 41 catches 574 yards 4 TD
- Joe Jurevicius** 36 catches 421 yards 5 TD
- Steve Largent 38 catches 547 yards 6 TD
** Jurevicius was chosen because Darrell Jackson only played 6 games that year and didn’t meet the minimum requirement of 10 games.
While the argument can be made that the current team we are watching is the greatest Seahawks team ever,
the stats are really similar to the other two great Seahawks teams. Each team has its strengths and weaknesses. Chuck Knox, Mike Holmgren, and Pete Carroll all have run unique football teams that had great players in key positions.
Maybe it is too early to compare these three great teams to decide which one is the greatest.
At the end of the season we can again look at these stats and re-visit the argument as to which Seahawks team should be crowned the greatest Seahawks team?
It is starting to look like…
A typical Western Washington fall!
Today we will see showers off and on with a game time high near 50 degrees; it is already 47°. At time of post, a weak system ushered in moisture from the south southwest direction. This left the southern part of Seattle on the border between rain and the rain shadow. Those coming from Everett will see dry conditions.
As mentioned, the disturbance is moving over Western Washington now and will leave pockets of rain showers for the game. It is windy; we saw a guest of 22mph in Seattle but I don’t think it will effect the game much given the SSW direction and the fact the wind should die down after the front passes by. Emphasis placed on should as model runs indicate that to be true.
For this curious and have not heard yet, a major “Pineapple Express” style storm is heading our way for Monday through Tuesday. It appears to be a 24 hour event of nothing but rain. We are looking at 0.5 inches of rain being the minimum and possible 1.50 inches of rain being the maximum. Good news is, we look fairly dry ice that storm passes by possible through the weekend!
My fearless predictions:
Seahawks 31 Vikings 10