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Seahawks trade 6th round pick to Colts
On a day when thousands of Seahawks fans waited impatiently to find out which players would make the teams initial 53 man roster the biggest surprise came when news broke that the Seattle Seahawks had traded their 6th round pick to the Indianapolis Colts for defensive back Marcus Burley.
Many fans were left thinking, “Marcus who?” I must admit, I was left gathering information.
So I decided to do what I do best, sit down and watch the young man play. I watched every snap he played this preseason and, to be honest, I am impressed.
Typically when you think about Seahawks’ defensive backs you think big, long and physical. Marcus Burley is only listed at 5’10″ 189 pounds. Once in a while they will make an exception (Walter Thurmond, Earl Thomas.) Now I’m not saying Marcus is at either players’ level, but it looks promising that he could be a contributor on this team.
He may lack size but he plays bigger than he is. Marcus is fast and physical. What I saw on film was him sticking running backs in the hole, stopping them dead in their tracks, as well as being a sure tackler out on the perimeter. I didn’t notice him shying away from contact at any point, unless it was to avoid an illegal block in the back penalty when he was on the punt return unit.
In coverage he does a nice job staying with his receiver. He is able to run down the field with them stride for stride. Even though he in’t tall he is quick enough to reach around receivers and swat the ball away.
At times his focus is on the receiver a bit too much which can hurt his recognition of draw plays.
I’ve seen a lot throw around about him being a nickel back, which he can certainly do, but don’t let his size fool you, Burley can play on the outside as well.
Marcus can play press and off man coverage. His speed allows his to stay in the receivers hip pocket while in press coverage and his sure tackling comes in handy during short completions if he’s playing off man. Yards after catch were virtually non existent against him.
The biggest question with him is why the Colts let him go? He was their backup at the nickel as well as outside. He looked like an important part of their depth and all they got was a 6th round pick from the Seahawks. The only thing I can figure out is that maybe they want a player with more experience or he didn’t fit the team chemistry.
So, who is Marcus Burley?
A poor man’s version of Walter Thurmond, in short. With some coaching who knows how high his ceiling is.
Over the last few days I have been watching every preseason game in its entirety looking for players who stand out one way or another. Some stand out in a positive way and others not so much. Preseason roundups are a brief, 2-3 paragraph, summary of what stood out.
Previous week 1 volumes
Buccaneers 10 (0-1-0) @ Jaguars 16 (1-0-0)
The Jacksonville Jaguars looked strong in their preseason opener against in state rival Tampa
Bay. Former Seattle Seahawks Chris Clemons, Red Bryant and Winston Guy took control of the game early. Bryant stuffed the run while Clemons picked up a sack and Guy took an interception to the house.
Head coach Gus Bradley, former defensive coordinator of the Seahawks, has to be happy with what he is seeing from his team. Especially rookie quarterback Blake Bortles. Blake was cool, calm and collected in his Jaguars debut. Despite stating that they were not going to start Bortles, they will have little choice if he keeps playing like he did against the Buccaneers.
On the other side of the field, second year quarterback Mike Glennon had a solid game.
Dolphins 10 (0-1-0) @ Falcons 16 (1-0-0)
Miami Dolphins’ undrafted free agent quarterback Seth Lobato squandered away opportunities to beat the Atlanta Falcons. All around Lobato had a tough game but a miss-handling of a 4th quarter snap, deep in the red zone, was recovered by Atlanta and it ended the threat of the go-ahead touchdown. He had one more chance to lead his team to victory but a 4th down pass thrown behind an open receiver sealed the Dolphins’ fate.
It wasn’t all bad for the Dolphins, Jarvis Landry looked good returning punts, including a 48 yard return that he almost took to all the way. Unfortunately, Damien Williams had to be carted off the field late in the game.
1st round pick Jake Matthews had an unimpressive debut. He looked outstanding in the teams first drive but a couple big mistakes killed the teams second. The biggest was a holding call on what would have been a 76 yard touchdown run by Antone Smith. Falcons’ running back Devante Freeman, a 4th round pick, was exciting to watch and showed big play potential. Fellow rookie Kimario McFadden made of couple big special teams plays before laving the field with an apparent shoulder injury.
Eagles 28 (0-1-0) @ Bears 34 (1-0-0)
The Chicago Bears fought back from a 1st half deficit to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles. Former Panther Jimmy Clausen threw two touchdowns to take a 3rd quarter lead, a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. The most impressive a 73 yard touchdown to Chris Williams who pulled his hamstring on the play.
Tight end Zach Miller had a strong day for the Bears. He ended the game with two touchdown, one of which he used his strength to pull away from the defender. 6th round quarterback David Fales looked sharp on his first pass hitting Josh Bellamy down the sidelines for 41 yards. The very next throw he miss read and it was nearly intercepted. Luckily the cornerback couldn’t hold on. Unfortunately few plays later Eagles cornerback Jaylen Watkins was able to hold on to an interception.
Mark Sanchez looked impressive in his Eagles debut. He appeared to have complete command of Chip Kelly’s offense, leading Philly on three 2nd quarter scoring drives. Not only did Sanchez have a good outing, helping his case in the backup quarterback battle, but Matt Barkley had a forgettable night. Last years starter, and projected 2014 starting quarterback, Nick Foles had a rough night. Foles was intercepted on his first drive and then again later by Chicago’s second unit defense. Nick only threw two interceptions all last season.
Steelers 16 (0-1-0) @ Giants 20 (2-0-0)
The New York Giants score a late touchdown to defeat the Pittsburg Steelers. If I’m being
honest it was one of the most boring football games I have ever watched. Neither team played very well, and I cannot blame them. The referee’s made threw so many flags that the game had no flow to it. A couple players managed to stood. Steelers’ running back Dri Archer showed his explosiveness in space and Giants’ running back Rashad Jennings took a handoff up the middle for a 73 yard touchdown run. Giants defensive back Charles James II hurt his chances of making the roster with a muffed punt.
Week 1 NFL preseason roundup volume 4 click here.
For football fans, players and coaches it has seemed like eternity since the Seattle Seahawks dismantled the Denver Broncos on February 2, in New Jersey.
The wait for football is now over.
49ers 3 (0-1-0) @ Ravens 23 (1-0-0)
The Baltimore Ravens had no trouble soaring over the 49ers on Thursday. Colin Kaepernick played just one series, the only points San Francisco scored. When Kaepernick left the game it became very apparent how thin the 49ers are at the quarterback position.
Gary Kubiak’s offense had no trouble moving the ball against the 49ers, particularly on the ground.
Seahawks 16 (0-1-0) @ Broncos 21 (1-0-0)
In a rematch of Super Bowl XLVIII the Denver Broncos were able to finish the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks. Both teams were heavily penalized throughout the game. Seahawks
2nd year cornerback Tharold Simon was ejected after striking Broncos TE Gerell Robinson in the head after a touchdown.
The Seahawks offensive line depth, or lack-there-of, was apparent during the game.
The Broncos finished scoring drives in the end zone while the Seahawks settled for field goals. Ultimately Denver’s defense finished the game when linebacker Steven Johnson interception a Terrelle Pryor pass in the end zone.
Broncos CJ Anderson suffered a concussion during the game.
Bengals 39 (0-1-0) @ Chiefs 41 (1-0-0)
The Kansas City Chiefs returned to action with a win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Kansas City’s three return touchdowns helped them get the better of the Bengals. Two pick 6′s (DB Malcolm Bronson and CB Sean Smith) and a punt return by rookie RB De’Anthony Thomas. Not to be outdone, Cincinnati’s Dre Kirkpatrick had an interception return of his own.
Cincinnati’s quarterback Jason Campbell had a rough night against the Chiefs while Kansas Cities backups Chase Daniels and Tyler Bray had decent outings.
Colts 10 (0-1-0) @ Jets 13 (1-0-0)
In a game that featured NFL rookie referee Craig Wrolstad, the New York Jets soared to victory
over the Indianapolis Colts on the leg of rookie kicker Andrew Furney. Head coach Rex Ryan gave Andrew, a rookie free agent out of Washington State University, a chance to prove that he could handle pressure, he didn’t let Ryan down. Furney likely won’t be able to unseat veteran kicker Nick Folk but there are other teams that could use an upgrade at the position.
The loss in the game was less disheartening than the injuries suffered for the Colts. Starting center Khaled Holmes injured his ankle during the first drive of the game and did not return. Rookie right tackle Ulrick John was injured during the second quarter. A rough break for a team looking to solidify a line that has more sacks than any other unit over the last two seasons.
Neither team was able to move the ball on the ground very well at any point during the game.
Patriots 6 (0-1-0) @ Redskins 23 (1-0-0)
The Washington Redskins gave rookie head coach Jay Gruden an enjoyable debut by beating up on the New England Patriots in all phases of the game. When the Redskins weren’t dominating the Patriots the Pats were shooting themselves in the foot with penalties.
From the opening drive the Redskins offense line controlled the line of scrimmage. By the time the game was over they had amassed nearly 200 yards on the ground, 63 of those came from 6th round pick Lache Seastrunk in the 4th quarter to close out the game.
The Patriots trailed 0-13 at the half and things didn’t get much better during the second. They finally managed to score a garbage time touchdown pass by Jimmy Garoppolo to Brian Tyms who had 119 yards in the game.
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.
An evening in Super Bowl Boulevard
The day after my arrival
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
Rain Rain Go Away
So… the Seahawks DO play in Seattle after all! It seems like so long ago when the Seahawks played at home… likewise It has been awhile since the Seahawks had to play in adverse rainy weather. Back in September 13th the Seahawks played at home against the 49ers during a stormy, lightning and thunder, night. A week later, they played Jacksonville that saw 20mph sustained winds but the rain quickly gave way to sunshine. October 13th, the Seahawks played at home against the Titans in nearly perfect football weather. Tomorrow, the ‘bucs come to town and will see nothing like the two stormy games, but will not see perfect weather either.
The weather models differ a bit when it comes to pinpointing the rain so I will leave a chance of rain for the game, although, I think it will be dry; the greatest chance of rain will be in the morning and pre-game. The winds will be light and a non-factor. Cloud cover will diminish as the night goes on… in fact; I believe we will see the sun tomorrow for the most part… so call it partly sunny. Temps will be on the chilly side; looking at a game time temp of about 45 degrees.
All in all the field should be drained and the ball should stay dry! Go Hawks #LOB (Lets be great).