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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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Seahawks vs. Buccaneers Recap

Despite their disgraceful performance last Sunday against the Bucs, the Hawks pulled out the win. The sloppy victory has caused much concern, and I myself among many, am very worried by the two straight weeks of non-existent rushing defense and offensive line blocking. I place full blame for the 21-0 hole on the Seahawks, even though a terrible call against S Earl Thomas caused a momentum swing that favored the Buccaneers.

The Hawks poor performance ultimately boiled down to terrible play from the offensive line. Although they didn’t give up a single sack, the hawks O-line struggled significantly, and their struggles resulted in a battered and bruised QB. Russell Wilson was on the ground after almost every other play and the effects could be seen in his play. For the first time, I saw a Russell Wilson that was not calm and collected in the pocket, he was frantic and hurried. As a result of this, Russell made two unusually bad throws near the end zone that resulted in interceptions. Fortunately, the run game was on track as usual and Lynch ran for 125 yards.

Accompanied by the bad pass blocking, the Hawks had tremendous trouble stopping the run. The buccaneers ran for 205 yards against the Hawks. Lately the Hawks have been uncharacteristically terrible at run defense. It’s a mystery as to where the problem lies in stopping the run but if the Hawks are to contend for a super bowl, they must fix their championship caliber defense.

It’s reassuring that the Hawks can come back from 21 point deficits, but in the future they can’t dig themselves into holes this deep, because they may not always be able to climb out of them. Fortunately, even when he’s under distress Russell Wilson can lift the Hawks to victory.

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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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