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Some post Pre-Season loss thoughts

Football is back!  We are back baby, watching giant men crush each other shorten their lives and possibly permanently damage their grey matter.  Summer is still here in the great NW and with the Seattle Seahawks playing again it seems as if all is right with the world.  So here are a couple thoughts before Dad and I release our latest podcast sometime in the next couple of days!

Mr. McGough, reportedly has struggled in camp…..but I have to be honest…..That’s not what showed up on the field…..in MY OPINION.  Alex showed up and played behind the 2s and mostly the 3’s so what was the expectation.  He looked not horrible behind a make shift offensive line that was missing blocking assignments, not passing blitzes effectively and generally playing fairly poorly.  Alex was hitting his check downs, keeping his eyes down field and not just running.  He proved that he is athletic and can create out of nothing.  He didn’t throw an interception or fumble the ball.  I think this is good news and it would be interesting to see what he can do behind the 2’s or even the 1’s which is something I am positive we will see before the pre-season is over.  I continue to be a fan of this kid, while I am not in any way saying or advocating for him to supplant Russell I think his upside is incredible.

Rashaad Penny, although the numbers don’t show a great outing there were some signs.  As a fan you have to ask yourself and constantly remind yourself that that is what the pre-season is about.  It is NOT about cranking it all the way up and showing the league your cards.  But watching Penny bounce that run in the redzone to the outside for 7yds while out running smaller players that should be faster, was a thing of art work.  It gives you great hope going forward.  Although he struggled to find room later, I put more of that on the poor blocking and blitz recognition than I do on Penny’s ability to run the rock.  Also don’t forget, defense’s are usually ahead of where Offense is at this point of the season.  So….don’t pay attention to the stats at this point, watch the game….you tell me how he looks.

Defensive line, I think we are good and deep.  It was impressive to watch the defensive line move the line of scrimmage every play against every iteration that the Colts threw out there.  Specifically the 1’s.  Seattle consistently owned the line of Scrimmage….and not just a little.  Barkevious Mingo looked fast and exactly what we needed there, even while being double teamed and having Running Backs help the Tackle.  That kind of attention helps others get free.  And before we go any farther let’s also acknowledge that Indy while not a great Team has a GOOD offensive line.  They have spent time and money trying to get the right crew to protect Andrew Luck…..these guys are talented and good so when our 1’s dominate them…..I’m feeling pretty good.  Rasheem Green, looking good!  And not in the flashy sack stuff although that’s great too…his fundamentals look great.  This kid has some serious upside and I’m excited about what the future holds for him.  The rest of the fellas played as Dad and I have talked about for a while.  Solid.  Better than what the national conversation would have you believe.

Secondary play, well I loved it.  I love watching Tre Flowers.  He’s gonna be great.  I think he’s the starter by mid-season and it’s gonna be tough for opposing QB’s to choose where to throw.  T2 Was a bunch of fun to watch.  He was so much fun to watch in fact, that I think it has taken some of the stress out of an Earl Thomas holdout.  Sure Earl is Earl…..but if you don’t want to be a part of this and a leader in our locker room….I’m good.  Fine go then, fine I’m gone, fine go then, fine I’m gone (remember Waynes World).  I think that Earl probably watched the game and realized that these Seahawks are not going to miss Earl as much as Earl would like them too.

Bottom line folks, I’m excited for the season.  I’m encouraged by the competitive nature of this squad and I’m happier with this squad even if they go 8-8 than I am with last years squad.  I’d rather have the young hungry lion than the old lion sitting in the locker room being a bitch instead of the leader they should have been.  I’ll take 8-8 over what should have been 12-4 that somehow you found a way to dump to 9-7.  I don’t think these guys are going to be 8-8 by the way.  I think these guys are going to surprise some people and win between 9-11 games.  Hungry lions are dangerous.

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GAME DAY BABY!

Hey 12’s can I get a GO SEAHAWKS!  GAME DAY BABY!  Got to be excited to see our west coast boys in Blue get after it in a game setting for the first time in a little longer than we’ve been used to lately!  I mean come on this is exciting!  We finally get to see the fruits of some of the labor!  Is the O-line better than national media would like you to think!?  Are the running backs as truly competitive as we think they can be!?  I can not wait to see this crap finally on the field.

Here is a podcast that Dad and I have put together pre-pre-season game that we discussed a few things Earl because we had to deal with and some of the other crap that’s being said and continues to be said.  Stand by folks today marks the start of the roller coaster.  Put your hands up, lock the lap restraint in place and let’s get it on!

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.

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.