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The Rest of the Offense Not Named Russell Wilson

So here’s another shot at a little more insight for what MAY be happening behind the doors at our favorite organization.  Dad and I chat a bit about the rest of the offense.  The national conversation has a tendency to revolve, start, stop, and everything in between with Russell Wilson…..this is not that.

Let’s remember that this is a team game.  This, as much as Russell’s agent would like you to believe, is not Russell-ball, this is Football team.  Doug Baldwin is still one of the premier WR in the entire NFL.  For my money I like him more than anyone else out there.  Yep, more than ANYONE.  I’m not even going to waste time listing people who I am ranking Doug ahead of, I know, I get it, He’s my guy.  His grasp of the passing game, effort, and leadership is second to NONE and he’s MY GUY.

Excited about the run game and in the same breath….I am excited about the O-Line!  You heard it hear.  I am excited about this group.  There isn’t turmoil, there isn’t turn-over.  There is continuity, leadership, and COMPETITION!  I couldn’t be more excited.

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I wish I could yell louder!

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So the scenario is this….I call to chat with the old man (Rob50) for a couple of minutes about our next podcast and end up yelling about our LB situation for half an hour.  Poor Bodi (my 1yr old son featured in many pictures) is crawling, walking, and falling around the house completely oblivious to the biggest weakness on this Seahawks team that no one is talking about.  Dad and I have been talking about it since the draft and yet here we are in OTA’s and no progression!

We have an emergent situation developing at LB in Seattle…..Now before you go all agro follow me through this thing.

I agree we have a couple of the best ones in the NFL!  KJ and Bobby are undeniably one of the best duos in the NFL.  Mingo is someone I am very very excited about.  He has the potential to be another great addition to what I see as a great “starting” group.

When we leave the starting line-up however my breath becomes a little rapid and strained.  I am worried.

DJ Alexander: Played serviceable and yet sparingly behind Whilhoite who started most of the season.  Even then DJ was also splitting time with Garvin.  To say my level of confidence is high on him would be an understatement, I hope that I am wrong.

Shaquem Griffin: Ya’ll know how I feel about this kid, at least you should at this point, if not go back listen to podcasts read another article!  I love this kid….BUT I don’t think he’s a LB.  I think he is the Heir-apparent to Kam Chancelor!  I will say this even when he starts as a LB.  He’s a better fit there for us.  Football is all about getting the BEST 11 on the field and this allows us to do that and when we do go into that 4-2-5 look we can still bring him down into the box and allow him to play much like a LB anyway!  There’s also some fun stuff you could do by bringing him on Safety Blitz packages that would be complicated to defend and a lot of fun to watch.  Besides that seems like the best way to expand a role he’s already comfortable in and limit some of the weaknesses.

Warren Long:  Ummm WHO!?  yeah I didn’t know either so I looked him up.  This seems like a project at best.  And he’s undersized at 218!!?  I don’t really know what his deal is and I’m not sure the team has the time or can afford to figure it out!?  He played RB at NorthWestern and made the transition to LB as a Senior…..forgive me for not oozing confidence.

Dadi Nicolas:  Again forgive me for not brimming over with confidence.  3yr vet w/ 2 years in Kansas City.  I don’t really know that their LB room is all that good to begin with and he was cut from that…..It doesn’t go far to inspire confidence in his ability to back up two of the best in the game. THIS JUST IN…..HE WAS WAIVED TODAY!

Austin Calitro:  6′ 240lbs…..this is almost the extent of information I have and can find on the guy.  Practice squad guy, a few different teams INCLUDING US!  What the crap is going on here….we’ve seen him we know him….maybe we are thinking KNjr can do soemthing different with him!

KJ and Bobby are two of the best playing the game and I recognize that.  There is obviously going to be fall off from there if one of those guys goes down.  But you are talking about some BIG fall off.  Are you gonna stick Warren Long out in a Defense to replace either one of those guys…..It makes my butt hole tight thinking about it, really.

Let me make a quick case for one of my favorites…..

Ben Boulware:  Clemson, 2 yr floating around the league.  Captain on a Clemson National Championship team.  Defensive MVP of title game.  Doesn’t show well, doesn’t test well, but watch the film that SOB is alway around the ball.  He is always where he should be and has a “game speed” that I really enjoy watching.  Taking a “flier” on him is much more valuable than some kid who played LB for 1 year in college.

Final thought:  If you aren’t paying attention to this story line you should be.  Bobby and KJ are sitting at years 7 and 8 career.  They’ve already outlasted the 3.3yr avg.  They’ve been to Pro Bowls and the Super Bowl.  But how much longer are they going to be around playing at this level?  What is the plan behind them?  What happens if either one of those guys goes down……much less BOTH?!!!  I believe the team has done a pretty great job of increasing “positional group competition” throughout the roster….except here and it has me worried a bit.

 

 

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THEY SAID WHAT!!?

Here it is folks!  A new podcast.  In this episode we focused on some of the wierd stuff people have said over the past few weeks.  It still boggles my mind that some of these old story lines are still being talked about in the national media.  But that’s why Dad and I started this whole thing!  We sincerely just want people to see the greater picture.  Sure our take might not be the “right” take but it certainly is, or can be a different take then the national media!  I hope you all enjoy!

 

 

 

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You have to be kidding me!

Let me begin by saying I am VERY excited about this years Running Backs room as a whole.  I am excited about Rashaad Penny, like VERY excited.  I think he represents an unveiled committment to the run game.  We expended a large amount of draft capital to get who we thought represents the best opportunity to play to our identity.  But let’s stop being so myopic about the RB room and look at it as a whole and from the “positional group competition” perspective.

Chris Carson:  If you listen to and read everything you can regarding the Seahawks (like I do) you have heard Pete Carroll RAVE about this guy and how he looks already.  There was talk about him making it back at the end of last season but, like I believe the Seahawks typically do, they played it super conservative to ensure he was back to 100%.  This is something I have always appreciated about our chickens, it seems like they really take care after a guy goes to the IR that they work hard and getting them back to “full go” before bringing them back to the line-up.  I am excited about the body of work that we saw from Chris last season.  He plays bigger than his measurements.  When he runs he looks like a big back, but he’s only listed 6’1″ 215lbs.  But apparently coming into camp this year he’s pushing 225lbs.  So if last year you watched him run and it looks like he’s 230lbs just think what this year might be like!  He doesn’t go down in a stiff wind or if someone looks at him funny and he doesn’t get hurt after every play…..but we will get to that one.  He has good “twitch” a term I can’t f-ing stand by the way, with an explosive burst that makes people miss.  He was the obvious front-runner last year after watching Eddie “the slug” Lacey snail his way to the hole and Thomas “what the hell happened” Rawls seemed to not trust himself and just GO.  Carson hit the hole with reckless abandon and seemed to be able to slip to the second level on the regularly.  Some time to heal, some time to improve, and an organization backing you….I’m excited to see what he can do this year with the keys from day one.

J.D. McKissic:  I love this kid.  He has done everything you wanted out of CJ but doesn’t go on IR every 15min.  He catches the ball, makes people miss, and looks like a lighting bolt after he gets the ball.  He did everything we asked of him organizationally, and looks good doing it.  Sure he isn’t the prototypical size we usually like, but let’s stop looking at JUST that one thing and look at the kid as a whole.  He GETS IT DONE.  Yep, he probably wasn’t as much of a commodity because of his size but his production when given the opportunities can’t be argued with.  Last year, even though it was limited, his averages were tier one quality.  4.1 avg rushing yards.  Awesome.  266 yds receiving with a 7.8 yds per reception.  Epic.  By the way, did you see that reception against the Colts that went for 6….yeah he lined up as a receiver.  I love the opportunity to have a versatile weapon like this, and I don’t give two shits that he’s small.  He crushes.

Mike Davis:  While I like this guy because he always showed up last year and was Mr. Reliable I think he’s just going to be outclassed in a very talented room.  Your gonna need to be a bit better than Mr. Reliable.  He does however show a willingness to punish defenders and lower his shoulder when contact is imminent.  He shows a good burst and movement on the second level.  And my highlight moment is when he shoved Russell Wilson into a defender to get an extra yard against AZ.  Get out-of-the-way Russ.  I love the attitude.

CJ “are you F ing joking me” Prosise:  Can you believe this guy actually has a highlight video on YouTube.  Yeah I was surprised too!  I can’t believe he’s got enough games to put together to actually make an entire video.  Hold on did you feel that, there was a disturbance in the force and I think CJ is on IR AGAIN!  Look, it’s really neat that we brought him in to do some stuff that was unique and he’s even have had a moment of looking really good.  Then he got hurt again.  Sure I get it, some of it was fluky I mean seriously who breaks a scapula!  But the point is how long are we gonna keep this guy around paying him money and he’s sitting in the ice bath.  I hope the best but this is the guy that is on the edge of being cut to me.  It’s not Mike Davis as most of the media seems to think.  CJ Prosise is the guy to be cut first for me.  The minute he heads to the training table in the middle of practice or sneezes wrong I’d cut him.  It’s time bud to put up or shut up.  If you are going to be a piece of fine China that really looks good on the wall but is completely non-functional, I don’t have room for you on the team.

Rashaad Penny:  I wanted to save this for last because he’s the newest addition and who everyone is talking about because he was a first rounder and blah blah blah.  I’m excited for him just like everyone else is but I also am excited about Chris Carson.  These two together could be a fun thing to watch.  Call it a one two punch or whatever you want but this could be exciting.  How about bringing the split back formation back!  His explosiveness is something to be very excited about, IF it can transition to the NFL.  Remember, he still has to prove himself.  He still has to go out and show he can do it in a league he has NOT been playing in for the past year.  I think he can and I am very excited but it still remains to be seen.  So I guess I am being cautiously optimistic.

OVERALL:  This is a great room, full of a bunch of guys no one has really heard of.  I think the competition is going to be tight.  But I sincerely Schotty sees the talent in this room and starts to use some of the talent in creative ways.  I hope that Chris Carson turns in to a bruiser, bully type of running back that defenses are not excited to play against.  I hope we become physical bullies again.  In a world full of politically correct people, I cheer for my team to become a bully again.  Someone who strikes fear and anxiety into the hearts of our opponents.

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New Faces

I always get pumped at this time of year because of the new faces coming into camp with the Seahawks. And it’s not just exciting draft picks like Shaquem Griffin and Rashad Penny. It’s names that are not household words or even remotely familiar to Seattle fans.
I’m talking guys like D.J Fluker and Barkevious Mingo who were brought in through free agency who have huge upsides for the Hawks and fill gaps and/or elevate the positional competition. Want to get excited? Click on Bark Mingo’s name and see if you agree with me.
But it’s not just guys like Mingo who were former first round picks – it’s guys who you never heard of before and didn’t even get invited to the combine. Beau50 directed my attention to Poona Ford out of Texas. WHO? Exactly.
Here’s the deal; Pete Carroll and John Schneider have had a knack for finding guys that slipped through the cracks of NFL scouting. Seahawk Doug Baldwin is undeniably one of the best wide-outs in the game and he went undrafted. Pete saw something that fit the Seahawk system and voila! All pro. Russel Wilson was too short according to the prototypical NFL standard for QB’s, but most analysts have him in the ‘conversation’. Pete Carroll and john Schneider have a system that doesn’t even make sense if you’re going to measure it against NFL standards, but it seems to be a system where they have decided on a specific skill set for each specific position on the team and then set out to find it. And it doesn’t matter WHERE they find it. That baffles analysts and Monday morning quarterbacks because they’re looking at the decisions on players through the NFL standard lens. That’s a recipe for confusion. Ya have to look at it through the lens of the Seattle Seahawks.
One other thing; the Seahawks find guys who have something specific between their ears. NFL history is littered with guys who had great stats but were a pain in the ass to coach and disruptive to the locker room. Pete gets a lot of crap for being a rah-rah guy, but if you’ve ever played on a winning team it’s hard NOT to agree that your team becomes a band-of-brothers, that’s as good as having an extra man on the field.
The Extra Point: Get excited about all the new faces coming into training camp. There are some future stars coming in that we’ve never heard of and I’d be willing to bet that in the next few years you’re gonna want to buy their jersey.