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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?
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.
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.
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 beat Jaguars 45-17
The score seems like a pretty decisive victory but to be honest the game was not even that close. After jumping out to a two touchdown lead by early in the second quarter the Seahawks played a fairly vanilla game, both offensively and defensively.
Zach Miller‘s first touchdown of two in the game was anything but vanilla. When Zach threw what appeared to be a typical Seahawks chop block everyone, including myself, thought he was nothing more than a blocker on the play.
The way he popped back up to his feet and became wide open in the end zone was completely by design, hats off to Darrell Bevell for the design and call.
That play will set up plays in the future
Teams will see what Miller did on film which will cause the outside rusher to hesitate before they crash down on the line. In situations where the Seahawks only need little yardage any hesitation can be the difference in a positive outcome versus a negative one.
It was evident early on that the Seahawks intended to win the game but Pete Carroll and his team had no intentions on embarrassing their former defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.
Despite the loss Jacksonville can hang their hat on the fact that they scored 7 more points against theSeahawks defense than the Panthers and 49ers did combined. Quarterback Chad Henne threw for twice as many yards than Colin Kaepernick did last week and nearly twice as many as Cam Newton had against the Legion of Boom in week 1.
Offensively the Seahawks seemed to be able to move the ball at will gaining a season high 479 yards of total offense.
Wilson after a punter?
Russell Wilson tied a career high with 4 touchdown passes in less than 3 quarters of work Sunday. Unfortunately he threw a pass slightly behind Golden Tate and the pass bounced off his hand leading to Wilson’s second interception in as many games.
Wilson had a nice day. 4 TD passes.
A play that really bothered me was when Russell was trying to avoid. . .More
Talking heads rolled their eyes at the 2012 Seahawks draft class
The 2012 Seattle Seahawks Draft Class produced a 1st-round pick that scouts called a reach for the pick.
Bruce Irvin may have been a reach in late April, but now that it is early January 2013 he’s far from a reach. Having played in all 16-games for the Seahawks this year Irvin has flown under the radar, but don’t let that effect the way you view him. In those 16-games he’s piled up 8 sacks, which is a team record for a rookie defensive player in the category, and forced one fumble.
I’ll be the first to admit when I’m wrong, and I was wrong on Draft night in April. When the pick of Irvin flashed my initial reaction was “WHAT?!” I wanted a guy by the name of Chandler Jones. Someone I had watched over the past 3-years in college and knew his potential, but I didn’t factor in the truth and that’s Irvin fits Seattle’s defensive scheme, Jones on the other hand wouldn’t have. I was wrong to have second guessed Pete Carroll and John Schneider and that’s the reason I’m a member of the 12th Man and not the Front Office.
The 2nd-round selection in Bobby Wagner reminded me of another MLB selected by the Seahawks a few years back-Lofa Tatupu a small guy, but has the ability to guide his teammates and contribute to their success. He’s proven his case with 140 tackles, 2 sacks and 3 interceptions as well as his name being thrown around as a candidate for Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Hopefully unlike Tatupu his success in Seattle lasts longer than his six-years with the team in which he appeared in three Pro Bowls-all in his first three-years in the league.
Just like Lofa, Wagner has a young core of Linebackers near him in KJ Wright, Malcolm Smith and Mike Morgan. Tatupu came in with one of Wagner’s teammates in 2005-Leroy Hill.
The Seahawks 3rd-round pick was a Quarterback by the name of Russell Wilson, a QB that scouts called “too small to be able to start in the NFL.”
Wilson can’t hide his 5’11 frame, but he hasn’t let it get to him. To open the season Wilson was named starting QB for the Seahawks over free-agent signee Matt Flynn. Jon Gruden compared him to Drew Brees and stated throughout the pick if he was still a head coach he would have been selected way before his selection in the 3rd-round.
The Jaguars, Bills and Chiefs all passed on Wilson as the Jaguars selected a Punter with their pick in the 3rd-round and since then Wilson has started every game for the Seahawks completing 64% of his passes for 3,118-yards and 26 Touchdowns-tying the NFL Rookie Record for touchdown passes by a quarterback by the name of Peyton Manning. He’s led the Seahawks to an 11-5 record and four game-winning drives (defeated the Chicago Bears in OT). Did I mention he can scramble as well? Wilson rushed for 489-yards and scored on the ground four times for the Seahawks.
His selection in the 3rd-round is the reason he’s being overlooked by some as a Rookie of the Year underdog behind his opponent he’ll take on Sunday in Washington-Robert Griffin III.
Wilson has shown he will be playing for years to come as a starting QB in the NFL and hopefully will be a cornerstone for the Seahawks as they continue their success with such a young team in the NFL.
Robert Turbin was selected in the 4th-round and viewed as a workhorse that down the road should be able to lessen the load on Marshawn Lynch in the backfield and he’s proven just that. In 16-games he rushed for 354-yards averaging 4.4 per carry, while also having 181-yards receiving. He’s shown at times his hands aren’t the best when he’s receiving, but through the season has shown he’s improving in that category and will be a vital part as teams try to wear out Lynch in the playoffs-something easier said than done.
The Seahawks final six-picks in rounds 4-7 have all contributed in role situations, but each one has shown he has potential to develop. CB Jeremy Lane (6th-round pick) and OG JR Sweezy (7th-round pick) have each started 3 games apiece and appeared in 13-games with the Seahawks.
Lane has piled up 15 tackles and Sweezy has shown he has done a nice job of transitioning from defensive line in college to the offensive line in the pro’s.
DT Jaye Howard (4th-round pick) has appeared in two-games for the Seahawks-not accumulating any stats.
LB Korey Toomer (5th-round pick) is currently on the Practice Squad/Injury designation and hasn’t played a game for the Seahawks.
SS Winston Guy (6th-round pick) appeared in two-games for the Seahawks and recently just got activated after being suspended four-games for violating the NFL Substance Policy.
DE Greg Scruggs (7th-round pick) has played in 11-games for the Seahawks piling up 6 total tackles-5 of them himself as well as 2 sacks and a pass deflection for the Seahawks. He’s shown he can get involved in a core that already consists of Chris Clemons, Red Bryant and Irvin.
After the NFL Draft the Seahawks were awarded many negative reviews, some even called them the loser of the Draft, but as the Seahawks suit up Sunday in Washington it’s easy to argue that they’re far from the losers of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Very few teams have their top picks contribute right off the bat let alone throughout their career, but the Seahawks have found players that fill roles and blossom off of them. To have only 1 player not appear in a single game for the team that drafted them their rookie year is something you don’t see often and if you do it’s unusual to see a successful team.
That’s not the case with the Seahawks and if these players keep progressing as they have through their rookie year who knows where they will end up once their careers dwindle down. For the Seahawks however they’ve proven to have been more successful than a majority of the teams in the 2012 Draft and each one of their selections has shown they will contribute.
They’ve also shown that I shouldn’t question Carroll and Schneider’s decisions in the future as well as the rest of the world.
Written by Zach Bellerdine
The three amigo’s
The saying, “Good things come in three’s” couldn’t be more right when it comes to the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award for the 2012 NFL Season.
The overall NFL fan base expected Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck and Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III to both contend for the award. Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson wasn’t even supposed to be a starter, let alone the third head of the three-headed sea monster of Rookie QBs taking over the NFL.
Wilson, a third-round draft selection by the Seahawks wasn’t expected to even be the teams opening day starter when the season kicked off, but a strong pre-season made it hard for Head Coach Pete Carroll not to start him. Wilson has rewarded Carroll for his decision and has put himself in consideration for the Rookie of the Year award.
Through 15-games it’s evident each quarterback brings different talents to the game, Luck is the more typical quarterback that’ll rack up the passing yards, while RGIII is the more mobile quarterback that uses his athleticism skills the main component of his success. Wilson on the other hand seems to have a mixture of skills making him a threat. He can scramble out of the pocket and run for days, allowing his receivers to get open or space for him to take off. He’s also shown he can pass the ball down field and be accurate with it.
One thing the three of them all have in common is the ability to win, if the season were to end today all three rookie quarterbacks would have led their teams to the playoffs. Wilson and RGIII still could possibly win their divisions as well after Week 17 comes to an end.
Wilson’s ability to give his team a chance to win is one thing that none of the other’s can say. Of Wilson’s five losses all of them have been of 7-points or less, meaning Seattle was in it until the end. Of Luck’s five losses, only one was of less than 7-points, RGIII on the other hand has been consistent with only one loss of more than 7-points.
Wilson has led his Seahawks to three victories in which less than 2-minutes were left in play. He beat the Green Bay Packers on Monday night on a Hail Mary pass to Golden Tate as time expired, beat the New England Patriots on a touchdown pass to Sidney Rice with 1:18 left to play and defeated the Chicago Bears on the road with a touchdown pass to Rice in Overtime.
More than anything though is that Wilson is 1-touchdown away from tying future Hall-of-Famer Peyton Manning rookie record for the most touchdown passes. The record is 26, Russell enters Sunday’s game with 25 going up against the St. Louis Rams.
These three rookie quarterbacks have shown they have the potential of Making the 2012 NFL Draft class elite. It might not be comparable to the 1983 of John Elway, Jim Kelly and Dan Marino (all first-round selections) when all of their careers come to an end, but it might be one of the best trio of quarterbacks taken in a draft in a long time. Even though all three weren’t selected in the first-round they’re proving the sky’s the limit for them.
Wilson’s commitment, leadership and improvement has been shown from Day 1, he arrives at the training complex on Tuesday’s, a given off day to players, at 8 a.m. sharp allowing him to dissect film and prepare for the next opponent. He also requires all rookies to be there with him.
NFL voters have no clear cut selection for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, had the three of them all been members of different classes they would all be able to showcase a trophy in their house.
I guess the saying all good things come in three’s is a true thing. It’s just unfortunate awards don’t come in trio’s.
By Zack Bellerdine
Seahawks beat Jets 28-7
Seahawks beat Vikings 30-20
Dropped passes and missed opportunities
When the Seattle Seahawks 2012 schedule was released I knew that going down to San Francisco on such a short week was going to be a tall order. To make maters worse, it was the 49ers third straight home game.
Both teams only had 4 days to prepare for the big divisional matchup. The Seattle Seahawks were coming off a big home win against the Patriots, one of the best teams in the AFC.
In contrast, the San Francisco 49ers were coming off an embarrassing loss to the New York Giants in San Francisco.
The funny thing about winning and losing, it is a lot easier to focus on the next weeks game after a loss than it is after an emotional win.
The difference was evident on the field Thursday.
When you look at the stats from the game, it looks like the Seahawks defense had another great game. Unfortunately, stats do not tell the entire picture.
Both teams only had 4 days to prepare
During the first half of the game defense played fine.
Then, at halftime, the 49ers made an adjustment.
Offensive coordinator Greg Roman realized that the Seahawks were vulnerable in the middle of the defense and once the 49ers started attacking it, there was nothing the Seahawks defense could do to stop the onslaught.
(Insert any trap play you like)
In the second half, San Francisco had 4 drives (excluding the final 2 plays from victory formation).
Those four drives went as follows:
- 85-yards and a touchdown.
- 68-yards, but Brandon Browner intercepted in the end zone on an ill advised pass from Alex Smith that was intended for Randy Moss. Moss had been wide open while he was in the middle of the field. His drag route, in the back of the end zone, was outside of the hash marks by the time Smith released the ball and Browner was able to step in front of the ball.
- 3 runs up the middle that totaled 40-yards. After a 49er tripping penalty More. . .
One is “too short”, one came up short
Just as the Grinch’s heart grew “three sizes that day!”, Russell Wilson must have grown three inches in his play.
16/27 for 293-yards, 3 touchdown and no interceptions. Plus, 5 rushes for 17-yards. It all adds up to a 133.7 Rating and a QBR of 91.4.
You may already know, but in case you don’t, QBR is a rating system that is scored from 0-100, based on how the quarterback’s play increased his teams chances of winning.
The last time a Seattle Seahawks quarterback had that much of an impact in a game was week three of the 2008 season.
On His Back!
He put the offense on his back in a game where star running back Marshawn Lynch ran for just 41 yards. Down by 13 points in the fourth quarter, Russell lead the Seahawks to 2 touchdown drives.
Wilson’s other touchdown was a great pass, followed by a great catch by Doug Baldwin, who had 2 receptions for 74 yards on that scoring drive.
Welcome back Doug! Baldwin, had 2 receptions for 74 yards and a HUGE TD!
The New England Patriots got the ball back with 1:14 to go in the 4th quarter. They had already squandered all of their time outs. Tom Brady threw a pass out of bounds, got sacked by Jason Jones, and skipped a pass to Aaron Hernandez which brought up a 4th down withe 17-yards to go from their own 13 yard line.
After a quick pass to Wes Welker, Bobby Wagnerdrilled Welker at the 29 yard-line, 2 yards short of the first down.
Bring on the Victory Formation!
Of course, the Patriots had several chances to put the Seahawks away long before that final drive.
At the end of the first half, Russell Wilson fumbled the ball near mid-field and the Patriots recovered it. With 1 second left in the half, Tom Brady threw the ball out of the back of the end zone. More. . .
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.
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”.