The futures of Marshawn Lynch and Zach Miller were hotly debated all offseason, with many concluding that their salaries and age (both are 28) would preclude either from remaining with the Hawks beyond 2014 — or, in Miller’s case, even in 2014.
After their stellar play in the season opener last week, though, it is easy to see both returning next year.
Most people tend to think Lynch’s Beast Mode has an expiration date and he will switch to Least Mode very soon.
Continue reading Lynch and Miller sure don’t look like they’re on the way out →
Darrell Bevell tells Peter King of MMQB about Russell Wilson’s zone read option pass to Ricardo Lockette that ended in a 33-yard touchdown.
The Packers cut the field in half when they decided not to throw Richard Sherman’s way.
The Seahawks missed 12 tackles, more than they whiffed on in any game last season, per Pro Football Focus. Kam Chancellor had 11 tackles, but he also missed three. Pete Carroll said on 710 KIRO today, “Kam Chancellor was just banging folks. He was hitting them. He might’ve missed the strike zone a few times.”
As for Earl Thomas’ poor decisions not to make fair catches, Carroll said, “We will keep working on it to get better.” Thomas did not seem to think he did anything wrong: “I can’t control what happened.”
For those not at the game, here’s a look at the Seahawks’ tribute to their three homegrown Hall of Famers — Steve Largent, Cortez Kennedy and Walter Jones. They also raised the 12th Man flag together before the game. Pretty cool.
The past eight Super Bowl winners have been blanked in the playoffs the next year. Find out what the Seahawks need to do to avoid that fate.
Tom Pelissero of USA Today provides anecdotal evidence of the pitfalls of repeating by talking to those who have done it.
“I’m just having fun ballin’,” Pete Carroll tells Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times in a piece about Carroll’s drive to keep winning.
Team president Peter Loughlin tells Dave Boling he thinks the Seahawks are becoming America’s Team.
The New York Times details how the Seahawks are cashing in on their first Super Bowl victory.
Kevin Fixler of SBNation offers a look at “the two sides of the unpredictable” Marshawn Lynch straight from his hometown of Oakland.
The Wall Street Journal explores the rise of the back-shoulder fade pass and the Seattle-inspired antidote for it.
Andrew Brandt of MMQB offers his firsthand knowledge of the architects of the Packers and Seahawks.
Condotta conducts a Defense 101 class detailing Seattle’s defensive scheme.
The Packers talk about the key to shutting up the 12th Man (good luck).
Cornerback Tharold Simon will have minor knee surgery this week and seems likely to miss the first month of the season.
Coach Pete Carroll called the problem “minimal” but said now is the time to do it. The Seahawks have a bye in Week 4.
“He’s got real minor stuff to get done,” Carroll said. “We’ve got to get some things cleaned up. We’re going to try to do this really quickly.”
Assuming this is arthroscopic surgery, it typically requires 2-4 weeks of recovery time.
Continue reading Injury report: Simon will have minor knee surgery →
The Seahawks’ schedule just keeps getting easier.
The news that Denver receiver Wes Welker will be suspended for four games, thus missing the Broncos’ game in Seattle in Week 3, is just the latest blow to a Seattle opponent.
While the Hawks appeared to get better at nearly every spot this year, many of their opponents lost key players.
We took a look at the Seahawks’ schedule when it was released in April and projected another 13-3 record. Let’s see what has changed since then:
Continue reading Seahawks’ schedule keeps getting easier →
The Seahawks went 13-3 and won the Super Bowl last season despite an offense that was incomplete and out of sync for most of the year.
Imagine what they might end up doing with this spectacular-looking crew.
Nothing about the 2014 offense looks incomplete or out of sync — not after Russell Wilson and company rattled off 11 scoring drives in 13 possessions in the preseason. They had scoring drives of 74, 78, 62, 67, 61, 89 and 83 yards in blowout wins over San Diego and Chicago and finished with an easy four-play, 80-yard touchdown drive in Wilson’s only series against Oakland.
Granted, it was just the preseason, but the Hawks look ready to step on the gas this season and put 2013’s sputtering performance in the rear-view mirror.
Continue reading Offense is poised to explode this season →