A few yr earlier than Mookie approached me about writing for Area Gulls, I thought of creating my very own weblog.
The weblog was not going to be topic-specific; I’ve far too many pursuits for that. As a substitute, it will have merely been “an unfettered extension of my distinctive perspective”; a approach for me to share my ideas with people who cared to learn them.
I anticipated to ultimately have an viewers of …
Possibly a couple of dozen individuals.
Then Mookie despatched me an electronic mail and the thought of making my very own weblog bought shelved.
The title of that (potential) weblog lives on although, right here on Area Gulls.
Clearly I tweaked the color-scheme to rep’ our beloved Seahawks: Faculty Navy (0,34,68), Motion Inexperienced (105,190,40), and Wolf Grey (165,172,175) for the border.
What do y’all assume?
Wish to know what I feel? You’re in the best place.
There could also be a debate about who the “best” participant in franchise historical past is, however the title of “Most Entertaining Seahawk” may actually solely be bestowed upon one participant … Marshawn Lynch.
Identify one other Seahawk who bought trademark approval for one thing he mentioned on the sport’s largest stage – over and over and over … 29 occasions, to be actual – the league counted … and posted the video with a running count in the corner.
Gotta love him.
This although … THIS is the one which does it for me from a pure-entertainment standpoint; Marshawn Lynch describing Beast Quake in his personal phrases.
NFL Movies presents “Little child stiff arm”
Lynch is actually one-of-a-kind.
Which made him a simple selection for Thought #1.
It has been a loopy couple of years within the NFC West.
Nearly precisely one yr in the past, the Seahawks made a transfer of their very own, acquiring Jamal Adams from the New York Jets simply earlier than veteran gamers have been as a consequence of report back to coaching camp.
Add it up and that may be a complete of EIGHT first spherical picks (and “extra”) that have been shipped out of the division in a span of about 17-1/2 months (October fifteenth, 2019 by means of March twenty sixth, 2021).
Wish to know the final time a division has sacrificed that many first spherical picks in lower than 2 years?
Yeah, me too.
So far as I can inform, it has by no means occurred within the historical past of the NFL.
With the league increasing to 17 video games this season, there was a variety of hypothesis about which NFL information would be the first to fall and who will probably be that breaks them.
My cash is on Jason Myers.
For people who aren’t conscious, Mr. Myers hasn’t missed a area purpose in over a yr and is presently sitting on an lively streak of 37-straight, together with the playoffs.
Blended into that streak is a career-best and franchise-record 61-yard field goal that cut up the uprights towards the Rams final season.
Adam Vinatieri is the present record-holder, having related on 44 straight a couple of years again. Myers wants 7 to tie the report; 8 to interrupt it.
Need a good bolder prediction?
I’ll make a prediction as to when this explicit report will fall: October twenty fifth, Saints at Seahawks, Monday Night time Soccer … in entrance of roughly 68,000 screamin’ 12s and a nationwide viewers.
In spite of everything, the Seahawks do love primetime video games!
Be aware: The Hawks are presently 33-7-1 in primetime video games underneath Pete Carroll; they have been 29-6-1 at the beginning of final season then added 4 wins in 5 2020 primetime video games (silly OT loss to the Cardinals!). The Hawks want to go 5-for-5 this yr to push that report to 38-7-1.
Among the many issues I discovered attention-grabbing (though not that shocking):
NFL groups have A LOT of turnover.
7 GMs and seven HCs have been employed in January. In idea, that signifies that nearly 1/4 of the groups turned over these positions, nevertheless it’s truly greater than that …
That’s 10 groups in all with turnover at both one or each positions.
Longevity is extra possible for GMs than for Head Coaches.
22 of the league’s 32 head coaches have been employed within the final 3-1/2 years which implies solely 10 have been with their present crew for not less than 4 seasons.
Be aware: 3 of these 10 are within the NFC West; Kliff Kingsbury is the one “beginner”.
Conversely, 19 of the league’s 32 GMs have not less than 4 seasons with their present crew and eight have been with their present crew for 10 years or extra.
Be aware: The NFC West’s GMs have been employed in 2010 (SEA), 2012 (LAR), 2013 (AZ), and 2017 (SF).
Love him or hate him, Invoice Belichick is one in every of a form.
The one title on each the Head Coach and the Normal Supervisor record is Invoice Belichick, and he was employed for each roles from the outset … 21-1/2 years in the past; on January twenty seventh, 2000.
Be aware: Though others have held each roles, together with Mike Holmgren in Seattle, Belichick doing so for 20+ years is … one thing.
Right here is the place this thought is headed although …
Pete Carroll and John Schneider.
Pete has the Fifth-longest tenure among the many head coaches (employed 1-9-2010); John is #7 among the many GMs (employed 1-19-2010).
The mixture of the 2 although …
John and Pete have the 4th-longest GM-HC relationship within the league.
Topped solely by the mixtures of GM Kevin Colbert and HC Mike Tomlin in Pittsburgh (collectively since 2007); GM Mickey Loomis and HC Sean Payton in New Orleans (collectively since 2006); and, in fact, Invoice Belichick and “The Hoodie“ in New England.
Given the character of the NFL beast, I feel the longevity of John and Pete – and the tradition they’ve created right here in Seattle – is a formidable feat.
Misplaced within the malaise that was the Seahawks offense over the again half of final season is the truth that when the Seahawks went no-huddle in 2020, Russell Wilson led the league with a passer score of 123.8.
That stat is courtesy of PFF’s Fantasy Football Preview which, total, doesn’t have a really favorable view of the Seahawks heading into the 2021 season. They do appear to be enamored with what Shane Waldron brings to the desk although, in addition to what his presence means for our “uber-efficient” quarterback.
From the identical PFF Fantasy Soccer Preview comes this little nugget:
Lockett reportedly sprained his knee earlier than the crew’s Week (11) recreation — which additionally occurs to coincide precisely with when the Seattle offense went from MasterChef to EZ Bake Oven.
Curiously, I bear in mind Lockett popping up on the harm report a couple of days earlier than we hosted Arizona on Thursday Night time Soccer.
Nonetheless, I had not made the connection between that “blip” on the radar and the dying of LRC as a result of (a) Lockett didn’t miss any time; and (b) he truly led the crew in receiving that week with 9 receptions on 9 targets for 67 yards and 1 TD.
And but, the general stats help PFF’s conclusion that Seattle’s offense took a steep dive over the ultimate 7 video games of the common season.
- Gross passing yards per recreation: 309.9
- Internet (after subtracting sacks): 289.4
- Speeding yards per recreation: 116.4
- Whole yards per recreation: 405.9
- Gross passing yards per recreation: 203.3 (minus 106.6)
- Internet (after subtracting sacks): 186.6 (minus 102.8)
- Speeding yards per recreation: 131.9 (plus 15.5)
- Whole yards per recreation: 318.4 (minus 87.5)
- Weeks 1-10: 28 (3.1 per recreation)
- Weeks 11-17: 12 (1.7 per recreation)
- Weeks 1-10: 290 factors (32.2 per recreation)
- Weeks 11-17: 169 factors (24.1 per recreation)
Personally, I’m not satisfied that Lockett’s harm was a big issue within the offensive decline – i.e. correlation isn’t (essentially) causation.
Right here’s why:
Google says a grade 1 or grade 2 knee sprain takes 2-4 weeks to heal. And certain, Lockett had a season-low 23 yards in one of many 4 video games after he confirmed up on the harm report. However the different 3 video games, regardless of all being within the 60-69 yards vary, have been within the prime half of his 2020 performances.
And Lockett’s 23-yard recreation was the identical recreation the place DK Metcalf went off for a career-high 177 yards after
some poor sap Jim Schwartz tried to pay him a praise.
It’s an attention-grabbing commentary and the timing does line up.
I’ve not been shy about my crush on UDFA Cade Johnson.
For me, it’s Doug Baldwin.
And, sure, part of that (maybe a LARGE a part of that) is as a result of ADB was a UDFA.
This thought isn’t actually about Cade Johnson although.
You see, through the “passionate dialogue”, my pal dropped 12 phrases on me that … effectively, let’s simply say that we each forgot about Cade Johnson for the following half hour and reminisced about Doug Baldwin as a substitute.
These 12 phrases?
Cade Johnson received’t lead the crew in receiving yards his rookie season.
No, my pal, he received’t.
ADB was really particular and we have been lucky to have him on our crew for eight great years.
For these which are questioning, the image is from the 2011 season opener (aka Doug Baldwin’s first recreation).
How did Baldwin do in his first recreation?
He led the crew with 4 receptions on 6 targets, had 83 of Seattle’s 197 receiving yards and … he scored a 4th quarter touchdown to maintain the Hawks in it with underneath 4 minutes to play.
Sadly, it didn’t finish the best way he (and we) would have preferred.
Each that recreation … and his profession.
We miss ya, Doug!
An indignant man carrying a boulder and a Communications Main with a megaphone and a social media account stroll right into a bar …
Yeah, I do know, it’s too quickly to be joking about what occurred final week. Nonetheless, it’s troublesome to consider Doug Baldwin proper now with out additionally fascinated with his former teammate.
I don’t need to speak about what occurred with Richard Sherman although.
As a substitute, I wish to use this thought to speak concerning the bond that these 2 males share.
Some would name it friendship.
I name it household.
For people who don’t know the story, Doug Baldwin and Richard Sherman met at Stanford.
Sherman had been there a yr when Baldwin arrived on campus. Each performed large receiver (on the time) and each are uber-competitive.
And but, they grew to become the perfect of buddies.
A lot in order that when Doug Baldwin went undrafted in 2011, it was his faculty teammate that referred to as him first … earlier than the Seahawks did … to console him, and to recruit him to Seattle.
Everyone knows what occurred subsequent …
As particulars have been rising about what occurred in Redmond, I discovered myself re-reading this Seattle Occasions article from 2015: Seahawks’ Richard Sherman, Doug Baldwin bound by friendship.
Among the many components that stand out, for me:
Sherman had been chosen by the Seahawks within the fifth spherical earlier that day, and now he performed pitchman. The Seahawks needed Baldwin as an undrafted free agent, and so did Sherman.
They’d identified one another once they have been poor and the probabilities of the NFL appeared like a moon dream. And now, on the cellphone that April day, they have been making ready to depart that previous world for an unique new one.
“They’re going to name you,” Sherman informed Baldwin. “I need you to be right here.”
Throughout their rookie season in Seattle, Baldwin and Sherman “carpooled to work” — Baldwin’s phrases — when an argument broke out driving residence. The contents of that argument are misplaced to time, however what’s remembered is Sherman wanting over at Baldwin mid-argument.
“Let’s struggle,” he mentioned.
“Pull over, then,” Baldwin shouted again.
So Sherman pulled over, proper there on the aspect of the freeway, with vehicles whizzing by, and the 2 practically bought out and got here to blows earlier than cooler heads prevailed.
“We’re too related,” Sherman says.
“He’s not all the time proper,” Baldwin typically jokes, “however he’s by no means flawed.”
“Lots of people take a look at him as a egocentric man due to the issues he does on the sector — or says off the sector,” Baldwin says. “However he’s genuinely a giant teddy bear. He’s a toddler at coronary heart, and he cares about individuals.
The article talks about their friendship; I name it household.
I sincerely hope that issues work out in a constructive approach for Richard Sherman (and all concerned); that he’s in a position to transfer previous this, that the furor fades, and that the foundation trigger will get addressed.
I additionally hope that he turns to the household he’s chosen, beginning with Doug Baldwin, to assist him alongside the best way.
As a result of, amongst different issues, I feel Sherm’ may use a hug.
I’ll shut this thought with a quote from an surprising supply … Oprah Winfrey.
Numerous individuals need to journey with you within the limo however what you need is somebody who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.
If Sherman is on a bus, I’m sure that Doug is sitting beside him.
This one is partially tongue-in-cheek, however …
Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch took management of the San Francisco 49ers in 2017. Of their 4 years collectively, they’ve a compiled a report of 29-35. That’s a profitable proportion of .453 over a 4-year interval.
The QB that they’re so keen to maneuver on from, Jimmy Garoppolo, has a profession profitable proportion of .750.
Now, to be honest, the truth that Jimmy G solely has 30 begins over his 4 seasons within the Bay Space is the first purpose John and Kyle want to transfer on.
Nonetheless, the truth that J/Okay knew Jimmy was a china doll early on and didn’t add “high quality” backups at any level alongside the best way signifies that their .206 profitable proportion with out him isn’t one thing they’ll cover from.
Now let’s examine the primary 4 years of the J/Okay regime to the primary 4 years of the wedding of Les Snead and Sean McVay in L.A. That duo produced a 43-21 report from 2017-2020. That’s a profitable proportion of .667.
They usually did it with Jared Goff as their beginning QB which kinda-sorta makes me need to give them bonus factors.
Not that they want them; .667 is insanely good!
It’s too quickly to match the desert duo of Steve Keim and Kliff Kingsbury since they’ve solely been collectively 2 years. However their 13-18-1 report over that span is forward of the J/Okay tempo (10-22 after 2 seasons in SF).
It is a Seahawks website although so, in fact, Seattle is the place this thought is headed with the dynamic duo of John Schneider and Pete Carroll.
- First 4 years (2010-2013): 38-26; .594 profitable proportion
- Worst 4 years, consecutive: identical … 38-26; .594 (2010-2013) … however the stretch from 2015-2018 was an in depth second (39-24-1; .619)
- Worst 4 years, non-consecutive: 2010 (7-9), 2011 (7-9), 2017 (9-7), any 1 of the three years we went 10-6 … mixed report of 33-31; .516 profitable proportion
How a few couple extra?
- 2017-2020 – i.e. the identical 4-year span we’re utilizing for the Niners and the Rams: 42-22; .656
- The entire 11-year run of JS/PC (2010-2020): 112-63-1; .640 profitable proportion
Backside line: Irrespective of how you chop it, the duo in San Francisco ain’t reducing it; not to date anyway.
Let’s follow percentages for this subsequent thought.
As a part of an article the place he made six against-the-grain NFL predictions for 2021, ESPN’s Invoice Barnwell threw out some attention-grabbing red-zone data.
Half One among that data:
Final season, the Packers transformed 80% of their journeys contained in the 20-yard line into touchdowns. Purple zone success charges don’t usually begin with an “8.” ESPN has pink zone knowledge going again by means of the 2001 season, and no different offense has turned 80% of its pink zone possessions into touchdowns earlier than final yr’s Packers. Given how offenses are usually extra environment friendly now than they have been earlier than 2001, there’s an honest probability that the 2020 Packers have been one of the best pink zone offense within the historical past of the NFL.
Whereas 12 groups topped 70% between 2001 and 2019, six totally different groups scored touchdowns greater than 70% of the time within the pink zone final season alone. The Packers, Titans (75%), Browns (73.6%), Seahawks (73.2%), Saints (72.1%) and Vikings (71.2%) all scored at charges we don’t sometimes see contained in the 20. 4 of those six offenses function out of the identical Kubiak/Shanahan-style assault, and the Seahawks are becoming a member of them in 2021, with former Rams assistant Shane Waldron taking up as offensive coordinator.
Now, bear in mind the PFF conclusion that I wrote about in Thought #6? The one which mentioned the Seahawks offense took a deep dive after Tyler Lockett popped up on the harm report following their Week 10 recreation with the Rams?
Let’s tie that (the dive associated to Lockett’s harm) to Invoice Barnwell’s observations about pink zone effectivity.
By way of the primary Rams recreation (Week 10, Recreation 9), Seattle had scored 26 touchdowns on 32 journeys into the pink zone for a conversion fee of 81.3%.
Their per-game pink zone conversion charges previous to the primary Rams recreation have been 100%, 100%, 100%, 67%, 100%, 67%, 100%, and 75% with them going 4/4, 2/2, 3/3, 4/6, 3/3, 2/3, 4/4, and three/4 in these video games, respectively.
They have been 1-for-3 within the pink zone in L.A. (33%).
Over their final 7 video games, their per-game conversion charges within the pink zone have been 50% (2/4), 50% (2/4), 0% (0/1), 83% (5/6), 100% (1/1), 67% (2/3), and 60% (3/5).
Add it up and so they transformed at a fee of 62.5% within the pink zone after Lockett appeared on the harm report.
That’s a drop of 18.8%.
Amusingly, till only recently, I had by no means clicked on the “Teams” tab on the Professional Soccer Reference web site. I had all the time simply used the search field.
Seems the crew “index” web page is definitely fairly cool and it has LOTS of attention-grabbing “excessive stage” data.
Do you know that the Cleveland Brown have 8 championships however zero Super Bowl trophies? (No appearances both, per Google.)
Or how about the truth that the Giants and Steelers are tied for probably the most division titles with 26 apiece? The Bears and the Cowboys are proper on their heels although with 25 every.
Be aware: Seattle has received 12 division titles in 45 years. The Niners have received 22 in 75 years. The Rams have received 21 in 84 years. The Cardinals have received 9 in 101 years.
Anybody else stunned to study that the Cardinals are a centenarian?
The factor that I discovered most attention-grabbing although was the “Prime Performers.”
Listed below are Seattle’s:
Listed below are who they record for our division rivals:
Man, that’s some historical past there!
Y’all might have observed that I’ve an appreciation of historical past and like to recollect former Seattle gamers.
Just a few weeks again I wrote a “flashback” piece about Dave Krieg and his superb grit.
The primary thought in at the moment’s piece was about Marshawn Lynch.
Thought #7 was about Indignant Doug Baldwin.
Y’all might have additionally observed that I’ve a comfortable spot for undrafted free brokers.
I imply, 2 of the three gamers I simply talked about have been UDFAs.
At this time’s ultimate thought is about one other former-Seahawk, who was additionally an undrafted free agent:
For quite a lot of causes, Rawls has been talked about in a handful of threads not too long ago.
So I made a decision to “give him some love” with Thought #12.
It appeared applicable.
Thomas Rawls was thought of one thing of a longshot to make the crew when he confirmed up at coaching camp in 2015.
Marshawn Lynch was the Alpha canine and each Robert Turbin and Christine Michael have been thought of by many to be “locks” for the roster when coaching camp began.
How assured have been the Hawks of their rookie again?
Week 1, at L.A., Rawls had 2 carries for five yards.
Week 2, at Inexperienced Bay, Rawls didn’t contact the ball.
Week 3, Seattle’s first residence recreation …
Lynch went down within the first quarter and Thomas Rawls … effectively, Thomas Rawls made a name for himself.
16 carries for 104 yards.
Not dangerous for a rookie who was all of a sudden the Subsequent Man Up in entrance of greater than 69,000 rabid 12s.
Stated Pete Carroll, in his postgame press convention:
“That’s a improbable day for this child, and the blokes have been actually fired up for him,”
“He’s a improbable competitor, powerful man and all people loves all the pieces about him. He bought his probability and he got here by means of.”
Rawls averaged 5.646 yards a carry his rookie season (2015).
That’s a franchise-record for a rookie.
Thomas Rawls set another information whereas he was right here as effectively … we’ll get to a few them in a minute.
After which …
After 3 years in Seattle’s backfield, he was …
Rawls confirmed up on the Jets’ offseason roster in 2018 however was didn’t make their lively roster on the finish of coaching camp.
He noticed motion in a single recreation with the Bengals that yr, taking 2 snaps on particular groups in a Week 5 win over the Dolphins.
He signed a “futures” contract with the Jaguars on January ninth, 2019 however, as with the Jets, he did not make the roster popping out of coaching camp.
At this level, Thomas Rawls’ Wikipedia web page refers to him as “a former American soccer working again.”
On the finish of the day, apart from the 2 particular groups snaps for Cincinnati, each one in every of his recorded stats are as a Seahawk.
34 profession video games, 17 begins, 314 carries, 1,336 speeding yards, 65 first downs, 31 receptions (on 41 targets), 266 receiving yards, 8 complete touchdowns (7 speeding, 1 receiving).
A pair of unforgettable performances.
Be aware: There are hyperlinks within the dates that can take you to the Seahawks web site for the video highlights of those record-setting video games.
November 22nd, 2015: Seattle’s rookie again has a profession day with 255 scrimmage yards (209 speeding) and a pair of touchdowns versus the 49ers.
Be aware: Rawls was the first player in NFL history to report 250+ scrimmage yards with not less than 1 speeding landing and 1 receiving landing in the identical recreation. So far as I can inform, he’s nonetheless the one one to try this.
Thanks for the reminiscences!