September 17, 2013

Easterbrook, edited

One of the league's storylines since Colin Kaepernick became the Niners' quarterback is that no one can stop San Francisco, whose offense has rolled over power teams such as the Packers and Falcons, plus gained 468 yards in the Super Bowl. No one -- except the Seahawks, who stop them cold. In their last two meetings, Seattle bested San Francisco by a combined 71-16.

Last season, Seattle allowed a league-low, Steelers-like 15.3 points per game. In this young season, Seattle is allowing 5 points per game. Seattle emphatically has football's best defense. How do the Seahawks do it? ...

The short version of the success of the Seahawks' defense is good players who hustle, communicate with each other and wrap-up tackle. Contemporary NFL defenses are so plagued by players' desire for spectacular plays that make "SportsCenter" that blown coverages and missed assignments have become de rigueur. Seattle's defense almost never has a broken play. And those lads can tackle! Seattle misses fewer tackles than any NFL defense. Lots of wrap-up tackles where the runner gains an extra yard are better than a few spectacular hits for a loss, plus frequent missed tackles. Seattle defenders understand this...

he Seattle defenders are remarkable in being a collection of late draft picks and castoffs. Only safety Earl Thomas was a first-round choice by the team he now plays for. Defensive end Chris Clemons was let go by three teams; his understudy Michael Bennett, who started against San Francisco, was undrafted and let go twice. Browner was undrafted, and played in Canada. Linebacker Malcolm Smith was a seventh-round pick, safety Kam Chancellor a fifth-round selection. Unlike teams with lots of high-drafted defenders who spend their time complaining, Seattle has lots of hand-me-downs who spend their time working. That is a classic approach to success, and classic never goes out of style.


Blogger Laird of Madrona said...

Speaking of, here's a really cool interactive graph from the Guardian on NFL Salaries at the beginning of this season.

September 18, 2013 at 8:08 AM  
Blogger Viceroy De Los Osos said...

But the Seahawks commitment to the running game is killing my fantasy football season!

September 18, 2013 at 2:37 PM  
Blogger Viceroy De Los Osos said...

But the Seahawks commitment to the running game is killing my fantasy football season!

September 18, 2013 at 2:38 PM  
Blogger The Other Front said...

Not mine. Bwah hah hah!

September 18, 2013 at 3:55 PM  
Blogger Laird of Madrona said...

YOU... SHALL... NOT... PASS!!!

September 18, 2013 at 6:43 PM  
Blogger First Sea Lord said...

Pete Carroll: An interesting choice for Gandalf.

September 18, 2013 at 8:50 PM  
Blogger The Other Front said...

I am going to have to admit, eventually, that Mister Song Girl has a clue. The 49ers are brilliantly coached and virtually invincible, except for the all the time the Seahawks beat them without much difficulty.

September 19, 2013 at 5:46 AM  

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