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Who is the Best Seahawks Team?

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.

Running Backs

  • Marshawn Lynch                    191 carries          871 yards          7 TD
  • Shaun Alexander                   232  carries         1229 yards       19 TD
  • Curt Warner                          198 carries          889 yards          8 TD

Wide Receivers

  • 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,

Bruce Irvin, the look says it all.  Photo by Brett Bivens

Bruce Irvin, the look says it all. Photo by Brett Bivens

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?

Seahawks at Colts Preview

And keys to the game


By Carl Hoglin

The Seattle Seahawks travel east to face the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday in a matchup between two sophomore Quarterbacks.  Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck have both made huge strides for their respectable teams and will continue to do so after Sundays game.

This will be the first matchup between the two since they came into the league last year in different rounds.  Andrew Luck was taken #1 overall by the Colts last year, where Russell Wilson was taken #75 overall.

Nevertheless, a football game isn’t decided by what rounds their Quarterbacks are taken.

Both teams have had a great September start, with the Seahawks going 4-0, and the Colts sitting at 3-1.  These two teams have played against each other 10 times before, with Sundays matchup being number 11.  Seattle has won the matchup between these two teams only 4 times.

The last time these two teams met was in 2009, well before both Quarterbacks were drafted.  Since 2009, both of these teams have vastly changed. Seneca Wallace and Peyton Manning are no longer running the shows.

Both Offenses are strikingly similar in stats.  Russell Wilson is 59/96(61.5%) for 787 yards with 6 touchdowns and 3 interceptions.  Andrew Luck is 81/127(63.8%) for 915 yards with 5 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.  Wilson has been sacked 13 times for a loss of 84 yards.  Luck has been sacked 10 times for a loss of 59 yards.

The Seahawks have managed to total up 1409 offensive yards(577 rushing, 832 passing).  The Colts have put up DSCN13931495 total yards(601 rushing, 894 passing).  Both teams have put up 12 touchdowns.  Seattle is managing 27.2 points a game, good enough for 6th in the league.  Indianapolis is pushing 26.2 which puts them at 9th in the league.

Defense has been a focal point for both of these teams.  Seattle is only allowing 11.8 points per game(2nd), while Indianapolis is allowing 12.8(9th).  Seattle boasts the Legion of Boom, which has accounted for 6 of the teams 7 interceptions.  Indianapolis has managed to intercept opposing Quarterbacks 6 different times themselves.  Indianapolis has registered 13 different sacks, Seattle has only put up 11.  Indianapolis has forced three different fumbles, whereas Seattle has managed to force 6.

These two teams have played two of the same teams.  We can use them as a slight comparison.

Both teams have played San Francisco and Jacksonville.

The Seahawks trounced the 49ers(in Seattle) 29-3, while the Colts went to Candlestick and dismantled the 49ers 27-7.  The Seahawks also bludgeoned the Jaguars(in Seattle) 45-17, whereas the Colts went into EverBank Field and took care of the Jaguars 37-3.  In the two weeks the Seahawks outscored the two 74-20, while the Colts outscored the two by 64-10.

Going into Lucas Oil Stadium with a unbeaten record, Seattle has to be on their game.  Indianapolis’ only loss came at home to the Miami Dolphins.

 If the Seahawks are wanting to leave with a win, they have to be fully prepared.

Russell Wilson will have to be himself, calm under pressure and precise. Facing the looks of Cory Redding, Aubrayo Franklin, and Fifi Moala, Wilson will have to make quick reads.

The Colts defense is allowing 200 yards passing a game.  Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin, and Sidney Rice all need to create separation and get open.  Greg Toler, Vontae Davis, Antoine Bethea, and Sergio Brown all will be keeping close tabs on them.

Marshawn Lynch needs another big game.  Colts’ defense is allowing 100 yards rushing a game.  Lynch needs to get all of that himself to wear them down.  The offense cannot go three and out repeatedly and expect to win.

Richard Sherman and the rest of the Legion of Boom need to pressure Reggie Wayne, Darrius Heyward-Bey, and Dwayne Allen.  The defense has to put a stop to the offensive power that the Colts possess.  Sherman, Chancellor, and Thomas all have two picks each, and need to nab atleast two more.  Maybe Brandon Browner will get two this week to catch up with the rest of the LOB.  The Seahawks have held opposing offenses to 300.2 yards a game, and this game needs to be less.  If Andrew Luck gets on a streak like Matt Schaub did last game it will put more pressure on the offense to put up more points.  The defense gets Bruce Irvin back this week, after serving a 4 game suspension for PED use.  Irvin may be a little rusty because of the loss in action.

Although the injury report is rather vague at this point, both teams have a few key players either questionable or probable for Sunday.  Injuries at certain positions can debilitate a team if they don’t have capable backup.

Breno Giacomini is questionable, and Russell Okung is out, that leaves Seattle with two backup tackles.  Max Under(center) is also listed as questionable at this point.  Without those three key players, Seattle is missing 3 offensive linemen for the second game in a row.

Colts’ Ahmed Bradshaw and LaRon Landry are both listed as questionable for this game as well.

While the focus is on these two sophomore quarterbacks and how exactly they will perform, there will be a game going on.  Russell Wilson, and Andrew Luck cannot be on the field 100% of the plays.

DSCN8031This war between two teams should be brutal, both teams want to extend their winning records.  Neither team is going to just roll over and allow the other to steamroll to a win.  When the game clock rolls down to 0, the winning quarterback will be crowned like the rest of the game didn’t matter. The Seahawks went into Houston, and played a great team, now they have to go into Indianapolis and face a better team.  Indianapolis faced a good defense when they faced the 49ers, but they haven’t faced the caliber that the Seahawks possess.


Seahawks at Texans Preview

 A defensive battle


Written by: Carl Hoglin

This Sunday, the 3-0 Seattle Seahawks roll into Houston to battle the 2-1 Texans.

Two unrelenting defenses taking it out on opposing offenses, which one will stand the beating?  Which team has enough depth to outlast the struggle that will ensue on Sunday?  Will Seattle remain undefeated, or will Houston add another notch to the win column?

Houston and Seattle have only played twice after the Oilers left and the Texans were formed.  Each team has managed to best the other on their home fields respectively.  Seattle trounced Houston 42-10 in a 2005 meeting between the teams.  Houston bludgeoned Seattle 34-7 in the latest meeting in 2009.

Kam Chancellor forced a Frank Gore fumble, somehow the Seahawks didn't come up with the ball.

2012 Kam Chancellor forced a Frank Gore fumble, somehow the Seahawks didn’t come up with the ball. Photo by Brett Bivens

The last meeting in 2009 featured some of the key players that Houston has managed to build a team around.  The only players still playing for the Seahawks since then are: Brandon Mebane, Max Unger, Red Bryant, and Jon Ryan.

This will be a huge struggle between two powerhouse defenses.  In three games for both defenses, Seattle ranks first in yards per game, while Houston ranks second.  The Seahawks have managed to only surrender 27 total points on defense, while 17 of those came while the second team was on the field versus Jacksonville.  Seattle gave up 7 points to Carolina, and 3 points to San Francisco.

Houston has given up 82 points.  28 to San Diego, 24 to Tennessee, and 30 to Baltimore.

Seattle is allowing only 146.7 passing yards per game (1st), while Houston is allowing 157.7 (2nd).  Houston is averaging only 91.3 rushing yards on defense (9th), whereas Seattle is allowing 95 (12th).  Both Seattle and Houston have managed to pile up 8 sacks already this season.  Seattle has managed to pick off opposing QB’s 5 different times, while Houston has only managed 1 pick so far this season.

Both Seattle and Houston will have problems moving the ball against these stout defenses.

Marshawn Lynch went "Beastmode" for 124-yards Sunday.  Photo by Brett Bivens

Marshawn Lynch . Photo by Brett Bivens

Leading their respective offenses, Russell Wilson, and Matt Schaub will have to both be on their games in order to succeed.  Wilson is 47/73 for 664 yards with 6 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.  Schaub is 85/128 for 838 yards with 6 touchdowns and 4 interceptions.  Both teams have amazing backs in Marshawn Lynch and Arian Foster.  Lynch has rumbled 210 yards on 62 carries, and Foster has steamrolled 190 yards on 49 carries.

Seattle is managing 28.7 points per game putting up an average of 379 yards per game (247 passing, 132 rushing).  Houston is averaging 388 yards per game(259 passing, 128 rushing).

Both teams have outstanding receivers, the Texans in Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins, while the Seahawks have Sidney Rice and Golden Tate.

Any one of these players, on any given Sunday, can make or break a game.

Gary Kubiak and Pete Carroll have built highly respectable teams.

  • Time managing Quarterbacks with powerhouses at Running Back.
  • Big sure-handed receivers that can fly down the field.
  • Complete total offenses that can light up any defense not full in tune.
  • Strong, unrelenting defenses that can play lights out against any offense, any given game.

Either side of the ball for either team can take control and tilt the tables for their respected team.  This game will boil down to who was better on the field, who wins each battle will win the final battle.

Are Houston’s receivers bigger than Seattle’s cornerbacks?  Can Seattle’s defensive line hold Arian Foster?  Can Russell Wilson escape JJ Watt and his teammates on the defense?

Seahawks photo blog 11/4/2012

Seahawks beat Vikings 30-20

Brandon Browner saves a touchdown. Photo by Anthony May

Matt Kalil rips Brandon Mebane’s helmet off, clearing the way for Adrian Peterson to score a touchdown. Photo by Brett Bivens

Jermaine Kearse catches his first pass in the NFL. Photo by Brett Bivens

Doug Baldwin drops another ball. This one came the play after Jermaine Kearse dropped a would-be first down. Photo by Brett Bivens

Losing KJ Wright, pictured walking to the locker room after his injury, for almost the entire game was a big blow to the Seahawks defense. Photo by Brett Bivens

Jared Allen and the Vikings defense couldn’t hold the Seahawks offense back on Sunday. Photo by Brett Bivens

Marshawn Lynch went “Beastmode” for 124-yards Sunday. Photo by Brett Bivens

The Seahawks scored 30 points Sunday, the most this season. Photo by Brett Bivens

Golden Tate leaps toward the end-zone. Photo By Anthony May

Golden Tate scores the touchdown! Photo by Brett Bivens

Greg Scruggs sacks Christian Ponder. Photo by Brett Bivens

The Seahawks defense gave up 197 first-half rushing yards. Photo by Brett Bivens

Pete Carroll challenged the spot on this Adrian Peterson reception. The play was upheld, first down Minnesota. Photo by Brett Bivens

This play didn’t count, but it was fun to watch Red Bryant throw Adrian Peterson to the ground like a rag doll. Photo by Brett Bivens

Brandon Mebane tackles Christian Ponder as he scrambles for a couple yards. Photo by Brett Bivens

Leroy Hill sacks Christian Ponder. Photo by Brett Bivens

2012 moments in time: Seattle Seahawks second quarter report card

Grades Are In

The Seattle Seahawks went 2-2 during the first quarter of the season.  As I expected, they split the games in the second quarter of the season as well.

After the first half of the season, the 4-4 Seahawks are tied for 7th place in the NFC and are 3rd place in the NFC West.

Here is how they got there:

At Carolina

Seattle won 16-12

Despite having seven penalties and three turnovers, the Seahawks pulled off their first win on the road of the 2012 season.

The defense dominated the air as well as the ground.  Carolina was only able to manage 190 yards of total offense.  The only touchdown the Panthers scored was an interception off a Russell Wilson poorly thrown ball.

Canada Day

Sidney Rice

Seattle played an impressive game against the New England Patriots in the second quarter of the season. Photo Credit: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images

Seattle beat the Patriots 24-23, at CenturyLink Field.

Russell Wilson had the best game of his young career at home versus one of the best quarterbacks in the history of the NFL.  It couldn’t have come at a better time, because Marshawn Lynch had his least productive game since last October.

Jon Ryan became the first punter to average 60 yards per punt, with a minimum of 4 attempts, since 1946.  Jon, a native to Canada, picked the perfect day to accomplish the feat.

Defensively, the Seahawks did what they needed to do to win.  Bobby Wagner had the best game of his career and both Earl Thomas and Richard Shermanintercepted Tom Brady passes.  Of course, they came after Earl had already dropped two interceptions earlier in the game.

The game will most notably be remembered for the photo that Richard Sherman tweeted after the game.  In case you didn’t see it, the photo was of him and Tom Brady, after the game, with the caption “U Mad Bro?”.

Richard took the photo down after persuasion from Seahawks media relations.

At San Francisco

Seattle lost 6-13.

More. . . 

Seahawks photo blog: Patriots at Seahawks

What a crazy game we witnessed Sunday Afternoon.  Seahawks win 24-23 after a 13 point 4th quarter deficit.  Below are a few of the photos I took at the game.

Richard Sherman came to play Sunday. He doesn’t care if you are Tom Brady or Brady Quinn, if you test him, he will make you pay.

Big Walter Jones raised the 12th man flag on Sunday, getting the game started off in the right direction.

Sidney Rice catches a 29-yard first quarter pass from Russell Wilson. This play set up his game winning 46-yard touchdown reception. Great play calling by Darrell Bevell in this instance.

These guys were busy Sunday as Russell Wilson threw 3 touchdowns. (Doug Baldwin, Braylon Edwards and Sidney Rice)

Tom Brady leaves the field with his head hanging.

96 is finally where it belongs. Cortez “Tez” Kennedy finally got his number retired on Sunday.

Richard Sherman intercepts a Tom Brady Pass. In Richard’s words “You mad Bro?”

Tom Brady came up just short on this pass, just like the Patriots did in the game.

Tom Brady hits Rob Gronkowski on this pass. One of 13 completions the Seahawks defense gave up to Patriot tight ends.

Jason Jones hits Tom Brady a little bit too high and gets called for roughing the passer.

Third times a charm! Earl Thomas was pretty happy he was finally able to hold onto and interception in the end zone, one his third attempt.

This photo was taken shortly before Zach Miller fumbled the ball. It was a great play by Jerod Mayo.

Tom Brady is a field general, here he is telling everyone to check out the photos of him on Northwest Pro Sports.

Tom Brady scrambles to buy time, then hits a wide open Danny Woodhead.

Bill Belichick sporting his hoodie, of course he had to cover it up with a jacket to keep him dry in the Seattle rain.

Golden Tate catching one of his three receptions in the game.

Braylon Edwards didn’t let this pass slip out of his hands as he picks up his first touchdown as a member of the Seahawks.

Former 49er Brandon Lloyd stretches out to catch a Tom Brady pass. The throw took him out of bounds, the landing took him out of the game.

Jason Jones jumps on Tom Brady during the Patriots final drive.

Nothing sweeter than being in the victory formation to end a hard fought game.

What to watch for? Seahawks second 4 game stretch of the season

Five things to watch

Before the season started, I would have been more than happy with a 2-2 record. Of course, I would have assumed the Seattle Seahawks beat the Cardinals and the Rams. Instead, Seattle lost those both of those games, but they did defeat the Cowboys and the Packers, at home.

No matter how you slice it, the Seahawks have a record of .500, and last place in the NFC West.  

Who would have thought the division, who had a 7-9 Seahawks team win it two years before, would become the best division in football.


So much has been made of the performance of Russell Wilsonthis week.  Yes, he is the starting quarterback, there is a certain amount of pressure that comes with the position.

Personally, I think the 12th man has been a little hard on the young man.  I am not going to waste everyone’s time by stating the reasons why I believe that in this piece, but if you haven’t seen my opinion, or would like a refresher, click the link to the “Player Spotlight” piece I wrote on Wilson this week.

With all that said, or not said, I do want to see some improvement from him during the next four games.

Seahawks Pete Carroll Head Coach What to watch for? Seahawks second 4 game stretch of the season

Pete Carroll is a very tough man to get a good read on.

Far too often, Russell Wilson is missing wide open receivers.  As most of you probably know, I was a proponent of letting him sit on the bench, behind Matt Flynn, for a year so that he could learn the pro game.

If he doesn’t start making more correct reads, I think that is exactly where he will end up.

Pete Carroll is a very tough man to get a good read on.  On a personal level, I like the guy, but I would never play poker with him.

Honestly, I think Pete is putting himself in position to switch quarterbacks at any time.

It will be interesting to see if Wilson will be able to move the offense well enough to remain the teams starter, or if Pete will decide that it is time to try to “Win with Flynn”.

Offensive Line

Seahawks photo blog: Packers at Seahawks

A great defensive battle tarnished

John Schneider pre-game. Remember, you can like us too, on Facebook. Photo by Brett Bivens

Russell Wilson signed a mini-helmet before the game. Photo by Brett Bivens

The 12th Man was rocking CenturyLink Fieldon Monday Night Football. Photo by Brett Bivens

This may have been the last game James Carpenter spends watching from the sidelines. He could replace Paul McQuistan this week t left guard. Photo by Brett Bivens

These guys stole the show during Monday Night Football.  One thing everyone can agree on, we need the regular officials back soon. Photo by Brett Bivens

Charly Martin fully extends to make this reception. Photo by Brett Bivens

Marshawn Lynch had 98-yards rushing on Monday. Lynch also had this 1-yard reception. Photo by Brett Bivens

Bruce Irvin may have had three sacks Monday, instead of two.  If Bryan Bulaga had not been holding him on this play. The Packers may be crying foul now, but I didn’t see any of them gripe about all the holding their offensive line got away with, especially during the second half. Photo by Brett Bivens

Seattle Seahawks receiver Golden Tate scored two touchdowns Monday. There was no doubt about this one. Photo by Brett Bivens

Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons had 4 sacks in the first half of Monday Night’s game. This is the first one. Photo by Brett Bivens

Chris Clemons’ second sack of the first half. Photo by Brett Bivens

Chris Clemons’ third sack of the first half. Photo by Brett Bivens

Chris Clemons’ fourth sack of the first half. Photo by Brett Bivens

The Seahawks defense played an outstanding game. In this picture Richard Sherman is about to hit Packers’ receiver James Jones as the ball arrives. Photo by Brett Bivens

At least the refs got this call right, after a replay. Greg Jennings’ toe is clearly out of bounds long before he attempts to reach the ball across the goal line. Photo by Brett Bivens

“The Hit” – Seattle Seahawks WR Golden Tate in the spotlight

Seahawks All Access

Some people feel lucky to be drafted once, Golden Tate has been drafted three times.  Twice in baseball (2007 by the Arizona Diamondbacks and in 2010 by the San Francisco Giants), and of course, he was selected 60th overall by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2010 NFL draft.

While attending Notre Dame, Golden Tate had a very good college football career.  In 2009, Tate was selected to be a unanimous All-American and won the Biletnikoff Award.

The Biletnikoff has been awarded to the Nations top college wide receiver since 1994.  Former Seahawkswide out Bobby Engram won it in 1994, current Seahawk Braylon Edwards won it in 2004.

The list of winners is pretty impressive and includes names like; Randy Moss, Larry Fitzgerald and Calvin Johnson.

During the 18 years the Biletnikoff Award has been handed out, only 4 players who earned it were drafted lower then Tate.

The reason?

Golden Hands

In College, Golden Tateused his superior athleticism to make plays.  He never worried about mundane things such as route running or film study.  In the NFL it doesn’t matter how athletic or how fast you are, everyone is fast and athletic. More. . . 

Seahawks player grades vs Broncos: Quarterback

Seahawks quarterback player grades


Russell Wilson #3

This week I had so much to say about Russell Wilson’s performance that I wrote an entire piece on it.  You can read why I gave him the grade I did here.

the grade: A+


Matt Flynn #15

Matt Flynn. Photo by Brett Bivens

the good:

If you look at the stats, Matt Flynn’s day looked terrible, stats can be very misleading.  To be honest, while I was watching the game, I didn’t realize how well Matt Flynn played.  It wasn’t until I broke down the game that I was able to grasp it.

Matt does not get the credit he deserves for his mobility. Its tough to be recognized when you are on the same team with guys like Tarvaris Jackson, Josh Portis and Russell Wilson. (All known for their ability to run.)  Watching practice I noticed Flynn has quicker feet than Tarvaris.  He may not take off and run like the other three quarterbacks do, but he is able to slide around the pocket or scramble to turn a negative play into a positive.  I would like to see him look more down field a little longer before he tucks the ball when he’s forced up in the pocket.

All week I have heard people questioning Matt Flynn’s ability to throw the deep ball.  Don’t confuse the ability to recognize what a defense is giving you and taking advantage of it with a deficiency.  Against the Titans the short passing game was left open and he used precision passing to pick them apart. Denver played a tighter defense, allowing Flynn to open it up a bit and show off his arm.  He delivered a dead strike, 49 yards in the air, to Terrell Owens who flat out dropped the would-be touchdown. Flynn should have had another touchdown later in the half when he hit Golden Tate in the end zone, but the combination of a great defense play by the cornerback and an inability to come down in bounds by Golden took those 6 points off the board.

the bad:

There were a couple deep throws that Matt Flynn let sail on him.  These could be a product of the thin air in Denver or not having enough time with his receivers, maybe a little bit of both.  His timing with Terrell Owens was terrible at best.  I’m not sure Flynn and Owens were in the same playbook, let alone on the same page.  I would like to see Matt try to force the ball into coverage a little less often.  Sometimes punting is the best game plan.

the grade: b+


Josh Portis #2

Josh Portis saw his first action of the preseason in Denver.  Late in the game Josh showed his ability to scramble for a first down with under two minutes left in the game.  Portis needs to recognize his situation and avoid running out of bounds while the team is trying to run out the clock.  Quarterbacks can avoid being hit by sliding feet first.

the grade: C-


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