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Seahawks 2014 Schedule Review

24 Apr
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The Seahawks will Host the Green Bay Packers for NFL Kickoff 2014
Photo Credit: seahawks.com

The Seahawks 2014 regular season schedule was announced Wednesday night. Here now are my thoughts on what the Seahawks are looking forward to this fall.

Primetime Thoughts: In my primetime outlook post earlier this week I nearly guaranteed that the Seahawks would be scheduled to play five games in primetime. To my surprise I was wrong. The Seahawks have been preliminary scheduled four primetime games, with the possibility of up to two more games flexed into primetime. The Seahawks will play three of these four games on the road; at the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football, at the San Francisco 49ers on Thanksgiving night on NBC, and at the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday Night Football.

To my amazement the Seahawks were only scheduled one home game in primetime and it was the one game we all knew was coming; on Thursday September 4th against the Green Bay Packers to open the 2014 season. As a season-ticket holder I am furious that we only have one home game in primetime. As the defending Super Bowl champions I feel we have earned at least 2, maybe even 3 home games in primetime. However perhaps we were too good to be scheduled in primetime at home. ProFootballTalk reported late Wednesday night that “the NFL was wary of putting Seahawks home games on in prime-time due to their track record of blowouts in nationally televised games played in Seattle the last several seasons.” As disappointing as this may be, it is accurate. In the Pete Carroll era, the Seahawks are 7-0 at home in primetime. Excluding the win over Green Bay in 2012, the Seahawks have won these games by an average of 21 points.

From where I am sitting the best possible Seahawks home game to be flexed into Sunday Night Football that is currently scheduled for Sunday afternoon is November 9th against the New York Giants. Our week 12 home game against Arizona could also be a candidate to be flexed into primetime but only if the Seahawks/Cardinals game in Arizona week 16 is flexed OUT of Sunday Night Football. I would also expect that FOX has protected the Seahawks week 15 home game against San Francisco, eliminating that game from possibly being flexed into primetime.

NFC West Slugfest: The Seahawks will play their first 10 games and let the cards fall where they may. Once week 11 rolls around however, they will be entering a full 12-round fight cage-match style. The Seahawks will duke it out with San Francisco, Arizona, and St. Louis in 5 of their final 6 games. In this same 6-game stretch Arizona will play 4 games against the NFC West, San Francisco will play 3 games against the NFC West, and St. Louis will play 2 of their final 6 against NFC West foes.

Light on 10am Starts: The Seahawks are scheduled to play only three road games in the 10am Pacific Time slot this season. Our game in St. Louis against the Rams will be played in a dome, our game in week 8 against the Carolina Panthers could be played in warm weather, and the other 10am game in week 11 against the Kansas City Chiefs could be played in a colder climate.

Easiest Stretch of the Season: The Seahawks have a chance to separate themselves from the rest of the pack between weeks 9 and 12. Three of their four games in this stretch are at home, as they host the Oakland Raiders, New York Giants, and Arizona Cardinals. Their one road game comes week 11 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Toughest Stretch of the Season: Having to play San Francisco 2 out of 3 weeks is no picnic. Road games against the Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals only add to the brutality. This is exactly what happens between weeks 13 and 16. The combined record of the Seahawks opponents in these 4 games last season was 44-20.

Toughest Stretch of the Season #2: The beginning of each season provides the most mystery, as teams could start off their season hot but then flounder as the season progresses. The Seahawks will travel to play the San Diego Chargers, a 2013 playoff team, in their home opener week 2. The Seahawks will then come home for a rematch of Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos the next week. After their super early bye week (week 4) the Seahawks will travel all the way across the country to play the Washington Redskins in what I see could be an early “trap” game.

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OTA Wrap-Up 6/4

4 Jun

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The Seahawks spent another beautiful sunny day outside for OTA’s on Tuesday. The Seahawks practiced under the sun for just under two hours this afternoon. Here are a couple brief notes from today’s practice.

Yesterday I noted that defensive end Cliff Avril is sidelined for OTA’s because he is recovering from a foot injury. One other recovering player who is participating in our OTA practices is defensive tackle Michael Bennett. Bennett was revealed to have had a torn rotator cuff that was hurt prior to him signing with the Seahawks. Bennett has said that his shoulder is not having a negative impact on the field and it will be very important to keep him on the field. According to Josh Alper of profootballtalk.com, Bennett is in the process of learning three different defensive positions; weak-side linebacker and strong-side defensive tackle for first and second downs, and defensive tackle for third down.

Today a report was published stating that quarterback Russell Wilson broke both legs in a severe car accident. Just to make sure nobody took the bait, this story is 100 percent FALSE. Wilson is fine and was at practice this afternoon.

Check back tomorrow for another OTA Wrap-Up report!

Thoughts on the Seahawks Defensive Signings

28 Mar
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DE Cliff Avril

The Seahawks kicked off the NFL league year with a bang by acquiring Percy Harvin from the Minnesota Vikings. I haven’t jumped on the blog since the first day of free agency but since my last post the Seahawks have made a few great signings. The Seahawks were clearly on a mission to improve our pass rush and our defensive line through free agency and that is exactly what they have done so far. Here are some brief thoughts on Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, and Tony McDaniel.

I love the signing of Cliff Avril the most of any of our signings. Avril hit the open market as one of the top pass rushers available and we were able to sign him for two years and only $15 million. Last season Avril turned down a contract extension offered by the Detroit Lions which would have paid him $10 million a year. These numbers made it hard to believe that the Seahawks would be in play for any veteran defensive ends such as Avril, John Abraham, and Dwight Freeney, among others because of the money I thought they would be asking for. Signing Avril for $8.5 million a year is a bargain in my opinion and a signing that set the market for the rest of defensive end free agent group. Avril and Bruce Irvin will battle for the starting defensive end spot while Chris Clemons is rehabbing his torn ACL. I think Irvin is expected to be the starter but no matter whom is the starter both Irvin and Avril will make significant contributions to the Seahawks pass rush this season.

After the Avril signing I figured we had found a replacement for Clemons and that our shopping for defensive ends was over. I was wrong. The Seahawks then went out and signed Tampa Bay defensive end Michael Bennett to a one-year $5 million contract. Bennett was signed by Seattle as an undrafted free agent in 2009 but was released at the trading deadline of that season. Tampa Bay picked him up and he had a solid impact with the Buccaneers from 2009-2012 recording 15 sacks; 9 of which came last season. Over the past few days it has come to light that the reason the Seahawks were able to sign Bennett to such a cheap deal is because he played with a torn rotator cuff last season. According to Seahawks general manager John Schneider, surgery is not on the table for the time being and it is not required for Bennett to play in 2013. Although a defensive end, I think the Seahawks may want to try to use him as an interior pass rusher, similarly to Jason Jones who left in free agency to the Detroit Lions. I consider Bennett to be Jones’s replacement.

Today it was announced the Seahawks signed former Miami defensive tackle Tony McDaniel to a one-year contract. McDaniel is a 6-7, 305 pound run stuffer who was an undrafted free agent in 2006. I think this signing means the Seahawks will not attempt to re-sign Alan Branch who is a similar physical build to McDaniel.

If the season were to start today, I predict that the starting defensive line will consist of Red Bryant, Brandon Mebane, Tony McDaniel, and Cliff Avril. Bruce Irvin, Michael Bennett, and Chris Clemons when healthy will all be used on passing downs, giving the Seahawks four or five exceptional pass rushers on the field at the same time. I am a fan of all of these moves, especially since their contracts are not huge hits to the salary cap and they still give us the freedom to go out and make other signings. Before the signing of McDaniel, the Seahawks had $6.8 worth of salary cap space according to ProFootballTalk.

Seahawks/Broncos Preview

18 Aug

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Matchup: Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos

Site: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver Colorado

Kickoff: 6:00pm

Week two of the preseason is upon us and the Seahawks will head to Denver to face off against the Broncos on Saturday night. The Seahawks will look to build off of a strong outing last weekend against Tennessee while the Broncos will try to continue their second-string dominance after crushing the Chicago Bears 31-3 last week thanks in large part to the play of their second-team units.

The Seahawks will roll over the same quarterback rotation from last week with Matt Flynn starting and playing the first half. Russell Wilson will again play the entire second half. With rumors swirling that Tarvaris Jackson may be traded before final roster cuts, solid play by both Flynn and Wilson this week could be the nail in the coffin for Jackson who “was never really a contender to win the starting quarterback job to begin with” according to ProFootballTalk.com. I expect to See Flynn take more chances this week, meaning actually throwing the ball down field for significant gains. I am fine with screens and checkdowns if they are effective and we can move the ball and score points, but we need to see what Flynn can really do, even with pressure and tight coverage. I want to see the Flynn that threw for six touchdowns against the Lions at the end of last season.

My main focus this week will be the wide receivers, specifically the play of Terrell Owens. I have the belief that the Seahawks will only keep one veteran receiver and that competition is between Owens and Braylon Edwards. Edwards impressed last week by hauling in a long touchdown thrown by Russell Wilson. I believe if Owens is going to make this team, he will have to impress in the opportunities he is given in these preseason games. I am not jumping right to long receptions and touchdowns, but proving he still has the ability to beat a cornerback, have steady play from his hands and feet, and proving he has a full understanding of the plays that are called. I am not expecting anything that closely resembles the T.O. from 5-10 years ago, but he will be on the field for a good chunk of time in the first half so I do hope Owens shows why the Seahawks took a chance on bringing him in.

Our starting defense looked spectacular last week and I hope to see more of the same this week in a hostile road environment. I hope the Seahawks can generate a solid pass rush this week from Chris Clemons and Bruce Irvin, which is a facet that was practically nonexistent last week. I am also curious to see how the coaching staff splits plays at middle linebacker between Bobby Wagner and Barrett Ruud. Wagner started last week and did a good job. Many believe he has taken great strides to lock down the starting MLB job. Rudd however was hurt last week so he did not suit up and play. I want to see what kind of impact he has on the field because if Ruud plays really well, the starting MLB job may be closer then we the fans think. I believe Wagner will start on Saturday night but I think the plan is to see what Ruud can do with the first team for parts of the first half.

The Broncos are hosting their first game of the preseason and the Mile High faithful will be fired up to welcome Peyton Manning to Denver. Manning will only play a series or two but it will be interesting from my perspective to see him play for a couple of reasons; First, to see how Manning reads our defense and how efficient he can be against us even though he is coming off neck surgery. Secondly, to see what kind of pressure we put on Manning and how he reacts to that pressure. The talk all offseason surrounding Manning is if he is in condition to be hit. I want to see us hit Manning early and often, not to try to knock him out of the game, but to see if his neck has fully healed and if he can still execute the game plan without having to come out.

Random Thoughts: I have been to Denver to see the Seahawks play. I know what Mile High and the Broncos are all about. It is very difficult to play there. I realize it is only a preseason game but combine the heat with the altitude, it could be a long night health wise for the Seahawks… I am curious to know what uniform we wear Saturday night. My guess is we wear white.

Prediction: Last week I nailed my prediction right on the money. If I was a betting man, I do not think that will be the case again this week haha. The Broncos backups dominated the Bears on the road last week. They are at home and I expect them to be pumped up. I think Flynn will play well and the game will be close at halftime, but I think Russell Wilson will make a couple of key mistakes in the second half, which will ultimately cost the Seahawks the game.

Broncos 30, Seahawks 20

Sunday I will post my review of the Broncos game and look ahead to the next week of practice. Let go get this one guys!