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Seahawks Talk: Super Bowl XLIX

Watch Daniel and I as we analyze Super Bowl 49 and tackle this week’s biggest headlines: Deflate-Gate, Foles and Mariota, Marshawn Lynch’s presser, and Doug Baldwin being ‘aight.

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Former LOB member Brandon Browner sparks controversy

Former “Legion of Boom” member and current Patriots’ cornerback Brandon Browner made headlines Monday upon the release of an interview in which he generated controversial comments regarding his injured ex-teammates; Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas.

In an interview with ESPN’s Josina Anderson, Browner was asked about the toughness of his former teammates. In answering the question Browner acknowledged the impact of their physical toughness and further said, “At the end of the day, this is about the Super Bowl. I’m gonna tell my teammates ‘go hit that elbow, go hit that shoulder.” He would go on to say, “Try to break it if you can. You can be my best friend after the game but, at the end of the day, I know you want the Super Bowl just as bad as I do.”

Taking issue with the aggressive nature of Browner’s statements, Seahawks’ linebacker KJ Wright responded by saying, “We don’t play like that, we don’t go out there and try to hurt guys.”

Seahawks’ wide receiver Doug Baldwin empathized with Browner saying, “I’d expect nothing less.” Baldwin would go on to recognize the harshness of what Browner said but also remarked about the raw competitive nature of the Super Bowl and its players, “I understand the fans want it to be classy and everyone to be politically correct, but that’s the truth of the matter…We want this game just as much as they do, and they want this game as much as us.” Providing a similar but less serious reply, Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner smiled before attributing Browner’s words to the same competitive nature that Baldwin made mention of.

While there remains disagreement about the justification of Browner’s statements amongst the Seahawks players, there is a collective disdain from fans as they respond over social media to express their displeasure.

Browner wasn’t available for comment on Monday.

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Week 7: Seahawks vs Cardinals Recap

Following their 34-22 victory against the Cardinals in Arizona last Thursday, the Hawks move to 6-1 for the season. The game was highlighted by a consistent offensive attack, as the Hawks managed to rack up 135 yards on the ground and 235 yards through the air. On Defense the Hawks absolutely dominated, they recorded a total of seven sacks and two interceptions.

The Hawks performance was a result of a solid team effort in which they played significantly well in every facet of the game, especially offensively. QB Russell Wilson threw for three touchdowns without throwing a single interception and RB Marshawn Lynch led the team with 91 rushing yard and a touchdown. It was great to have Arizona native Zach Miller back in the starting lineup for the Hawks. Miller caught a total of five passes and scored a touchdown in his first game back from injury. It was also nice to see WR Sidney Rice having decent success as he got open for 31 yard TD pass early in the game.

Despite the void at MLB, Hawks LB Malcom Smith was able to fill the shoes of Bobby Wagner. Leading the team in tackles last game, Smith had 9 tackles, a pass defended, a sack, and two tackles for a loss against the Cardinals. Smith’s emergence adds even more depth to the already fierce Hawks defense.

As usual the secondary played with intensity. Both Earl Thomas and Brandon Browner had picks, and although he tripped near the goal line, Browner was close to finding the end zone on his INT return. The other two Legion of Boom members played incredibly well too. SS Kam Chancellor had several big plays, his most remarkable being the play in which he knocked Cards RT Eric Winston onto his back and tackled the RB in the backfield for a loss. Although he didn’t have any picks, Sherman was a large part of containing the athleticism of the Cardinals wide receiving corps.

Next week the Hawks will attempt to duplicate their well rounded success as they play a struggling Rams team on the road. Even though the Rams are not an interesting opponent with the loss of Bradford, It should be fun to watch the Hawks on primetime TV.

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Week 3: Seattle Seahawks vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

According to ESPN’s NFL Power Rankings, the Seattle Seahawks are ranked first and the Jacksonville Jaguars are last. This Sunday, Jacksonville will travel to Seattle, to play the Hawks at home, in front of 67,000 fans that already know the Jaguars’ predetermined fate. Vegas predicts that the Seahawks will beat the Jaguars by an average betting line of 20 points, marking the biggest point spread in Seahawks history, and ranking in the top ten for largest point spread in the NFL’s last forty years.

In non-betting terms, the game is expected to be an absolute blowout. With DE Chris Clemons and CB Brandon Browner healthy at last, the Hawks will add even more strength to an already stellar defense.  Playing without three defensive starters last week, the Hawks were able to dominate one of the best teams in the league. Now that the Hawks are healthy, expect them to defensively shutout the Jaguars.

Former Seahawks Defensive Coordinator, and current Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley, will face his old team on Sunday. Bradley played a large part in creating the tough Seattle defense that exists today, and a majority of his principles still exist in the Hawks current defense. Offensively, the Hawks are hoping to use their knowledge of Bradley’s defense schematics to gain an edge. Under Gus Bradley, the Jacksonville Jaguars rank 16th in points allowed, and 9th in yards allowed per game. Surprisingly good at defending the pass, the Jags defense is second to the Seahawks in passing yards allowed. However, the Jags are third worst in rushing yards allowed.

Significantly outmatched, the Jags will struggle in stopping the run. Against one of the worst rushing defenses in the entire league, expect Lynch to have a huge game on the ground. Although the Hawks should be able to rush with ease, they will face a somewhat decent pass defense. Hopefully, Lynch’s run-threat creates room for Hawks QB Russell Wilson to throw the football. Although their ability to pass this Sunday will likely not affect the outcome of the game, it would still be fun to watch a balanced Hawks offense rack up points against the Jags.

Fortunately, LT Russell Okung’s absence will not be a deciding factor in this week’s game, but expect issues to arise in later matchups against tougher opponents.

The odds favor the Seahawks on Sunday, but regardless of their margin of victory it is sure to be a great game.

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Week 2: Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers

This Sunday night, 67,000 of the NFL’s loudest fans, will do all that they can, to lift their Seattle Seahawks past the San Francisco 49ers. The 12th man will provide a much needed advantage for the Hawks, as they compete for the chance to call themselves, the NFL’s best. With the entire country watching the nationally televised matchup, the Seahawks are hoping to reclaim their spot atop ESPN’s NFL Power Ranking’s.

    Following their Week 1 performance, the Hawks are looking to achieve similar defensive results and rebound from their abysmal 70 yards rushing. This week, the Hawks are faced with the challenge of containing 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick’s skill set is identical to Panthers QB Cam Newton’s, and the Hawks will attempt to duplicate last week’s defensive performance; holding Newton to only 38 yards rushing and 125 yards passing. In order to stop Kaepernick and the Niners, the defense has to continue their success against the pass and the read-option. The Hawks play terrific man to man defense, and in the past the line backing corp has done a great job against the read-option. Rushing the ball however, the Hawks need to improve. The Offensive line will do anything to avoid reliving their performance last week. This week, the O-line faces a much tougher defense and will attempt to ignite their running game despite their previous challenges.
    Although, Russell had success through the air last week, his passing performance this week, relies on the running game’s success. Beast Mode and company, have to get it done on the ground against the 49ers. RB Marshawn Lynch’s performance will indicate the overall success of the offense. His ability to run, provides a necessary offensive balance against the Niner’s defense. The entire offense is dependent on the O-line and Marshawn Lynch this week.
    Containing Kaepernick and stopping 49ers RB Frank Gore, are the two main focus’ for the Seahawks defense. With the reliability of the secondary, a majority of the attention is focused on their defensive line. Not completely healthy last week, the D-line played so-so. There was a vacancy of QB pressure, and they had significant trouble stopping the run. The Hawks have to play better at D-line and minimize Gore’s presence, in order to beat the Niners.
    Key Injuries:
    Although they were banged up last Sunday, the Hawks managed to pull out a win. This week however, they face some key losses in addition to some of their previously injured players; DT Brandon Mebane, DT Tony McDaniel, DE Cliff Avril, and WR Sidney Rice all remain probable for Sundays game. DE Chris Clemons remains questionable, and CB Brandon Browner remains doubtful. Browner was the only player listed that did not practice fully on Friday.
    Key Players:
    MLB Bobby Wagner – If the D-line isn’t effective, Wagner will be. Wagner will play a big role in stopping the run.
    WR Golden Tate – With Rice less than 100%, expect Tate to get a lot of deep targets from Russell Wilson.
    Stay tuned for the Hawks Week 2 Recap! Go Hawks

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Week 1: Seahawks vs. Panthers Post-game Recap

Sunday’s game against the Panthers left Hawks fans satisfied with a victory, but not elated with their team’s offensive output. Although the game ended with a Seahawks 12-7 victory, the Hawks showed that there is room for improvement on both sides of the ball. The Hawks couldn’t generate a consistent rushing attack and defensively they had trouble stopping the run. Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch only gained 43 yards on the ground while Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams racked up 86 yards on the exact same number of carries. Despite their inability to stop the run, the defensive secondary had another spectacular game, allowing only one TD through the air.  S Earl Thomas contributed in a huge way to the Hawks secondary success, leading both teams in tackles and causing a fumble that clinched the game for the Hawks. The positive output from the secondary was matched by the Seahawks ability to pass the football. WR Doug Baldwin led the team in receptions and his performance was a big reason why Wilson and the Hawks had success through the air.

    However, the Seahawks running game was far from magnificent on Sunday. The O-line clearly deserves a majority of the blame, considering that the backs had virtually nowhere to run throughout the entire game. Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll expressed his discomfort with their rushing performance in the post-game press conference and acknowledged, “We didn’t run the ball as well, and in our program that’s a huge focus, so we were disappointed in that and we plan to go right back to business and get it done this week.” Pete also mentioned the offensive line’s inability to push and move the defense, saying that they tried various blocking schemes, but still weren’t able to create any holes. Overall, the team’s failure to generate anything on the ground, resulted in a team total of 70 yards rushing and 2.7 yards per rush.

    Surprisingly, the Seahawks inadequate rushing performance was identical to their inefficiency in stopping the run. Without starting defensive lineman Cliff Avril, Chris Clemons, and Bruce Irvin, the Hawks Defensive Line was banged up, and the remaining front four had no answer to containing the rush. Running back DeAngelo Williams and the Panthers, had the exact same number of rushing attempts as the Hawks, but racked up almost twice the amount of rushing yards.  With the Seahawks allowing 134 yards on the ground, the Panthers averaged 5.7 yards per rush. Thankfully, the Seahawks secondary picked up the slack.

    The Legion of Boom was without CB Brandon Browner this Sunday, but because of their depth at the corner back position, they were still successful in shutting down the Panthers pass attack. The Seahawks held Cam Newton to only 125 yards passing and a single TD. They played terrific in man to man coverage and it seemed as if Earl Thomas was everywhere. E. Thomas recorded 10 combined tackles and caused a fumble that sealed their victorious fate. Excelling at finding space in the Panther’s zone coverage, WR Doug Baldwin had a big game as well, catching 7 passes for a total of 91 yards. Baldwin was a huge part of Russell Wilson’s success through the air against Carolina. Wilson completed 25 of his 33 passes for 320 yards and a TD. Wilson’s only TD pass to Kearse was a great example of the Hawks’ ability to expose the opposition. Following an unsuccessful pass completion to WR Stephen Williams, Wilson and the Seahawks recognized that the Panther’s CB Josh Thomas was getting beat when he faced Seahawks receivers in man to man coverage. On the play after the incompletion, Kearse breezed by Thomas and ran a go up the right side-line. Wilson went right back to Josh Thomas’ side of the field and threw a perfect ball to Kearse in the end zone.

    Last Sunday the Hawks were able to capatilize on their own strengths and their opponent’s weaknesses. If the Hawks are to continue last year’s success they need to be successful across the board and minimize their own weaknesses. They also have to play better against defenses that like to blitz. The O-line has to do a better job of handling pressure from the blitz and making the pocket a comfortable place for Russell Wilson to throw the ball. On the defensive side, the Hawks played very well in the secondary and played decent as a whole. They were missing three key guys up front and need their D-line healthy in order to compete with more dominant teams. Although they did get the win this week, there is still a lot to learn. This Sunday night they will have to play to their full potential and attempt to learn from Week 1, as they face their NFC West division rival, San Francisco 49ers.
Stay tuned this week for the Hawks upcoming Week 2 forecast!

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