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MessagePosté le: 16/11/2018 20:48:32    Sujet du message: Imploding Seahawks organization looking for 7th straight win Répondre en citant

The Seattle Seahawks open the season on Sunday at 1 PM against the Denver Broncos. A team that has mostly dominated the Seahawks for the last 40 years http://www.seahawksauthorizedshops.com/authentic-russell-wilson-jersey , the Broncos are 0-2 against Pete Carroll since he returned to the NFL, including, I think, a 43-8 Seattle victory in Super Bowl 48. I’m guessing that the Seahawks’ methods were not being questioned at that time, and surely everyone on the team could kumbaya at the victory parade.It might be difficult for Seattle to get a win to open the year, having lost three of their last four road openers:2012: road loss2013: road win2014: home win2015: road loss2016: home win2017: road loss(Now suddenly ‘road’ looks like a strange word to me, questioning the spelling. We all question things that are obviously true sometimes, I suppose.)Despite a 3-3 Week 1 record over the last six seasons, Seattle has still managed to finish 9-7 or better in each of those years. Other teams to post winning seasons in each of the last six years:The New England PatriotsFinNot the Broncos, who finished 5-11 last season. Not the Pittsburgh Steelers, who went 8-8 in both 2012 and 2013. Not the Carolina Panthers, who alternate winning and losing seasons. Not the Kansas City Chiefs, who went 2-14 in 2012. Who has the most wins since 2012?The Patriots have 75, and have still been the most dominant team in the NFL, appearing in three Super Bowls and winning two. Next is the Seahawks, at 65, appearing in two Super Bowls and winning one. The only time they didn’t win a playoff game in the last six years was 2017, having finished a couple of games out of contention but still well in the playoff picture after their Week 13 win over the eventual champion Philadelphia Eagles.A win that came without Richard Sherman. Without Kam Chancellor. Without Cliff Avril. Against Carson Wentz.That team beat the Eagles. By 14 points. Two weeks later they lost to the LA Rams by 35 points and that is by far the lowest point Seattle has had since the middle of 2011, a stretch of 72 months. And people rejoiced. “The King Is Dead!” Yes, “The King.” The team that a year prior to Carroll’s arrival was 29th in DVOA. And a year before that was 28th. And historicaly often found themselves as a rich man’s Jeff Fisher, which is still Jeff Fisher. The Seahawks only sometimes avoided “7-9 bullshit” by going 8-8 or 9-7 and still missing the playoffs, so what does it matter?From 1978-2011, Seattle went 7-9 six times 12th Fan Jersey , 8-8 four times, and 9-7 nine times. Six of those seasons resulted in a postseason trip (seven if you include the 9-6 year in 1987) and resulted in five playoff wins, but no Super Bowl appearances, of course. What the Seahawks have had since 2012:Six straight winning seasons, a franchise recordFive double-digit winning seasons, a many as they had in all of their previous seasons combinedTwo Super Bowl appearances, one of only two franchises in this century to make back-to-back Super Bowl appearancesA season (2013) with a +186 point differential, a franchise recordEight playoff wins, the second-most in the league (Pats at 11), and three more than third place (Broncos, Packers, Ravens with five each)Four straight first place finishes in DVOA, something we might not see againLast season certainly deviated from that and the franchise was certainly trending in the wrong direction: Point differential went from +146 in 2015 to +62 in 2016 to +34 in 2017. When that’s the trend, changes need to be made. The Seahawks changed their offensive and defensive coordinators, plus the offensive line/assistant head coach; They moved on from Sherman, Michael Bennett, Jimmy Graham, and refused to extend Earl Thomas on his terms; Avril and Chancellor were forced out by injuries; Paul Richardson and Sheldon Richardson were not a part of Seattle’s success in those playoff years anyway.Will it work? That’s like asking “Will it work?” when Carroll was coming off of a 7-9 (+6 pt differential) season in 2011 and then opted to start a rookie third round pick at quarterback. That team also had significant questions at pass rush, without much more than Chris Clemons and a rookie Bruce Irvin. That team’s number one corner was only going into his second season. That team’s offensive identity was meant to be built around a strong running game. A winning season of any kind would have been enough to give fans hope for the direction of the franchise, and instead they became the best team in the NFL by the end of 2012, minus the Super Bowl win that would come a year later. That team set the tone for one of the most successful four-year runs in NFL history.What will this team set the tone for? What will they do on their own? We’ll get a sense of that on Sunday against the Broncos, but remember that Carroll’s Seahawks have pretty much never been defined by how they start. Denver has that famous homefield advantage and an upgrade at quarterback that nobody would have thought was an upgrade 12 months ago. (Remember, Case Keenum’s deal last March was for one year and $2 million Authentic Jarran Reed Jersey , something the Broncos could have easily done but 18 months ago nobody though Keenum was a starter.) They also lost 10 of their last 12 games in 2017 and were significantly worse than Seattle. But don’t let me step on the narrative that the Seahawks are bad. That they’re dysfunctional. That they were too self-absorbed and selfish and jealous of others to be as successful as they “could have been” while ignoring how successful they were. This has been the greatest run in Seattle history. A few months from now we’ll know if that run is truly over — or if Carroll’s just starting it over again.Seahawks on tape: Shaquill Griffin comfortably steps into CB1 spot Statistically, the Seattle Seahawks are in a pretty deep hole that they need to get out of in terms of qualifying for the playoffs. The eye test says they are worse; bad enough to have a losing record in what ultimately is a rebuilding year. But the 2015 Seahawks were in this position, after two road games to start, and came soaring back into the postseason. For that to have any chance of materializing this season, Seattle will need Shaquill Griffin to be near-lockdown with the upheaval and inexperience opposite him. So far it’s been encouraging signs aplenty; Griffin has been playing like a true number one cornerback after the departure of Richard Sherman this offseason.If this does transpire into what looks like a rough season of Seahawks football, Griffin will ease the pain. His two interceptions against the Chicago Bears symbolize his growth as a player. The second-year corner is in for a shutdown season. In his rookie campaign, Griffin had 15 passes defended but only one interception. It was clear he wasn’t that confident with turning to find the ball that year, something he admitted in his Week 3 presser along with revealing the help Sherman gave him on ball location.Interception #1 2017 was full of Griffin turning the incorrect way plus looking at the wrong time or not turning out of fear. 2018 appears to be different. His first interception was Sherman-esque.On this 1st and 10, trailing 7-0 with 11.59 left in the 2nd, Griffin showed one of the most promising pieces of football I’ve seen in a long time. Lined up in one-on-one press-man coverage versus Allen Robinson, he dominates the route. At the line of scrimmage, Griffin steps patiently, staying square with the inside stutter release with Robinson. Not biting on the inside route, Griffin then kicks back to go vertical down the sideline.Though he misses contact at the LOS, his kick back is at a great angle with fluid hips. This puts him in perfect phase with Robinson. He squeezes the wideout to the sideline, reducing the space for a potential catch.Crucially, he stays in phase with his opponent as the route progresses. He brushes off the one-arm push, an attempt at separation from Robinson, and stays in good positioning to break on the comeback—not opening all the way downfield until the chance of that route is gone. Griffin doesn’t fall into the trap of locating the ball prematurely—despite Robinson looking for the pass early. He instead waits until 15-yards, where a go route in this situation is the only possible outcome. The cornerback turns the correct way, subtly using his hand nearest to Robinson to keep track of the receiver and to win the inside while he looks for the football.Mitch Trubisky, seeing the single-high safety of the cover 1 and therefore the isolated match-up for his receiver outside, decides to unload the pass. But his footwork under slight pressure is sloppy and the throw is weaker than MGK’s diss track game. Griffin Youth Nick Vannett Jersey , looking right at the quarterback, sees the under-thrown pass and attacks the football by coming downhill. He high-points the floater for the prototypical Pete Carroll cornerback interception. Beautiful. Doesn’t that remind you of a certain #25? The best ever to locate the football in this scheme and technique? Such nostalgia is intensified by Griffin ending with the Sherman-esque swagger walk. It comes at a great time, right after a Seattle 3 and out punt. Post-game, Griffin revealed his joy at such an interception: “They just took a shot, and I feel like the main thing I did right was just stay calm. I’ve been waiting to get one like that.” Get one indeed!Interception #2The two prior plays to Griffin’s second pick were full of Trubisky living dangerously. Mychal Kendricks broke up a pass; next Griffin himself mugged a curl route for the incompletion. And then 9.05 in the 2nd quarter happened.Looking to give his quarterback a simple completion, Matt Nagy called a play-action, one-read play for Trubisky which looked to get behind the linebackers and in front of the Seahawks’ three-deep leverage. Griffin matches Robinson very capably. He maintains his cushion well against the receiver and is in sound position to break on the post route while also having inside help from deep safety Earl Thomas. The split-action in the backfield sucks the second-level up on the run fake, but Bradley McDougald is directly in the designed passing lane for Trubisky. McDougald makes an excellent leaping play to tip the ball.It is here where Griffin’s positioning aids him once more. Looking at the quarterback, he tracks the ball brilliantly. Flashing rapid breaking speed, he manages to get underneath the batted pass for the interception before it hits the turf. It’s exciting to see this growth from Griffin as a pro. The fact he recognized the main area to work on in the offseason and has executed this goal—as illustrated by his two picks—is the sign of a star in the making.He confirmed his savvy technical work on getting his head around to play the ball. Such development has transformed Griffin from a cornerback #2 to a cornerback #1. Whereas before teams could target Griffin with comebacks and blind spot throws, now they will live in fear of ever throwing his way. Defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. spoke on Griffin’s ability and potential: At this point, drunk with Griffin enthusiasm, it’s worth sobering up a tad regarding the overall context. Seattle may not come up against a quarterback as bad as Mitch Trubisky again this season. The 2017 #2 overall selection appeared to have a severe aversion to throwing left, a theme throughout his young NFL career. 22 of his 34 targets went right (65%), as did 16 of his 25 completions (64%). https://nextgenstats.nfl.com/charts/list/pass/team/season/week/mitchell-tru… quarterbacks who actually like throwing left, you can expect the inexperienced side to get picked on far more often. Chicago should have done this further, given they completed 9 of 12 passes including a touchdown throwing to the backside.“He’s just getting started”This would be an especially smart strategy for opposing offenses given how good Shaquill Griffin looks right now. With the improvements he has already made, a Pro Bowl berth is surely his goal. As Pete Carroll enthused: “He’s just getting going. Really, he’s just getting started.” Go on Dak Prescott: just try it.
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