Seattle Seahawks

NFC West

2014 Schedule

  • Week 1

    GB @ SEA

    09/04/14

    8:30 pm

  • Week 2

    SEA @ SD

    09/14/14

    4:00 pm

  • Week 3

    DEN @ SEA

    09/21/14

    4:30 pm

  • Week 4

    bye

  • Week 5

    WAS @ SEA

    10/06/14

    8:30 pm

  • Week 6

    DAL @ SEA

    10/12/14

    4:30 pm

  • Week 7

    SEA @ STL

    10/19/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 8

    SEA @ CAR

    10/26/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 9

    OAK @ SEA

    11/02/14

    4:30 pm

  • Week 10

    NYG @ SEA

    11/09/14

    4:30 pm

  • Week 11

    SEA @ KC

    11/16/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 12

    ARI @ SEA

    11/23/14

    4:00 pm

  • Week 13

    SEA @ SF

    11/27/14

    8:30 pm

  • Week 14

    SEA @ PHI

    12/07/14

    4:30 pm

  • Week 15

    SF @ SEA

    12/14/14

    4:30 pm

  • Week 16

    SEA @ ARI

    12/21/14

    8:30 pm

  • Week 17

    STL @ SEA

    12/28/14

    4:30 pm

PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart

The PYRO Fantasy Football Depth Chart is a rundown of where Team PYRO projects the fantasy production for each team at each position. It is NOT an attempt to inform you of the current starters for each team. For example, we are well aware that Brandon Manumaleuna is currently the starting TE for the Chicago Bears, but if you look at the Bears Team Page, we have Greg Olsen listed at TE. Why? We’re projecting that Greg Olsen will be the most Fantasy Football relevant TE for the Bears this season. Since Olsen will be the Bears leading FF point scorer at TE, it’s his name at the top of the TE column on our PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart.

Seattle Seahawks - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview

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Seattle Seahawks - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview 


 


 


 


While everyone loves Mr. Peabody,




Mr Peabody


 


 


… the same cannot be said for his boy Sherman.




 


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Love him or hate him, the outspoken cornerback leads an exciting defense, and the rest of the Super Bowl champion Seahawks, back for another season. Let’s face it; this is a tough defense playing in one of the most rugged divisions in the NFL, the NFC West. Their defense was outstanding last year. However, do not be the guy to take them in the 9th round. I rarely draft a defense before the last few rounds. While Pyro has them at the #1 spot, it is really tough to predict how 11 individual players are going to perform as a unit. Not only that, many people do not understand the defensive scoring rules of their league. In fact, in my dynasty league last year, Kansas City was the #1 ranked defense. Why, because of our scoring system. Defensive scoring can range widely from league to league. If you have not done so, take a serious look at how your league awards points. This is just some of the fantasy goo the Pyro crew is slinging in their latest podcast:  “Know Your League & Fantasy Dynasty Primer”.




 



 


 


In just his 2nd year, Russell Wilson put up 268 fantasy points in 2013. He ended the year at #8 at the position. The Hawks are a run first team. Wilson only put it up 407 times and completed 257 of those, totaling a 63% completion rate. He amassed 3,357 yards in the air. While only tossing 9 interceptions, he threw for 26 TDs. One of the rising quarterbacks who can also get it done with his legs, Wilson added 539 yards on the ground and 1 rushing touchdown. Wilson is fairly consistent, while he may not flat out win you weeks, he does not seem to lose them either. He threw TDs in all but 2 games. Wilson’s numbers will increase this year, as they have begun to surround him with some very talented wide receivers. Seattle is adding the necessary pieces to display an impressive aerial attack to the NFC West. Respect. Westside.


 




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If anyone doubted Percy Harvin’s skills, he answered them with a fantastic Super Bowl performance. Unfortunately last year, such displays were few and far between. Injury has plagued him throughout his career. While he seems to have the migraines under control, last year he began camp with a hip surgery that was reinjured almost immediately. Harvin only performed in 3 games last year, his first with the Seahawks. If he can stay healthy, he is a missile that can strike from anywhere on the field. Few remember, during Adrian Petersen’s comeback year, Harvin was on the way to an MVP season, until… How did you guess? Injury sidelined him. Well, Harvin does not appear worried, nor does Seattle. In fact, Harvin is set to return kick offs again in 2014. In the fantasy world, you can look at this one of two ways: Either, this is insanity, just another opportunity for him to suffer yet another injury, or, he is a dynamic, exciting player who should be used in multiple ways. If you are in a league that counts individual special team touchdowns, I am guessing you are in the latter camp. Even if that is not the case and you are going to draft him in a standard scoring league, Harvin could easily achieve top 10 WR status this year. Pete Carroll will use him in space, even find ways to get him the ball in the backfield. Wilson is settling into his third year. He is comfortable as leader of the team, he and Harvin have been working together, and now they have some other positions in place.


 




As far as the supporting cast, we move to one of my favorite sleeper picks. Last year in the NFL, out of all receivers who were targeted at least 50 times, there were only 9 guys whose average target was at least 10 yards beyond the line of scrimmage. Of those 9 guys, only 4 had a catch rate that averaged above 67%. Those four guys are Jordy Nelson, Keenan Allen, Julio Jones, and Doug Baldwin. Actually, Baldwin had the 2nd highest percentage at 69.4% (Julio had 70.7%).  That is pretty good company if you ask me. In fact, with the retirement news from Sidney Rice, Baldwin will be involved in a larger portion of the offense. Yet, most of the recent talk has surrounded the rookie receivers and Kearse, but more on them in a moment.  On Baldwin’s pro day, he ran a 4.47 and had a 37” vertical jump. (AJ Green ran a 4.5 that same year). When Baldwin left Stanford for the NFL, he was not invited to the combine. He is a small WR with a chip on his shoulder. Baldwin will be entering his 4th year in the NFL. Last year, he caught 50 passes for 778 yards and 5 TDs. Because he has yet to put up any real fantasy numbers, most teams will over look him in upcoming drafts. As of late July, he is going in the 13th round of 12 team leagues. At that value, I think he is worth the risk. He is a guy I am targeting towards the end of drafts. Heck, I just traded for him in my dynasty. That is belief people!


 


 


Taking a look at the rookies, Seattle drafted 2 noteworthy receivers this year. With their first pick in the draft, they continued to stockpile speedsters. Seattle took Paul Richardson. A small guy, 6’0’’ and only 175 pounds. He ran a 4.4 and displayed a 38” vertical. He comes out of Colorado. He put up some nice numbers in the PAC 12 last year. In 12 games, he had 4 in which he went over 100 yards, and another 2 that totaled over 200 yards. All in all, he caught 83 passes last year for 1,343 yards. The other rookie receiver, Kevin Norwood from Alabama, was drafted in round 4. He only caught 38 balls his last year, totaled 568 receiving yards, and crossed the end zone 7 times. If Norwood makes the team, he might see some special team action. Neither rookie is showing up on ADP lists thus far. Seattle does not spread the ball around enough to make Norwood interesting outside a dynasty draft. Even then, I would keep an eye on training camp before I pulled the trigger.


 




Although he has not shown up on ADPs yet, I have heard the most buzz about Jermaine Kearse since Rice announced his retirement. I say, let them talk, it just makes Baldwin more of a steal on draft day. The Seahawks website has not released a depth chart yet, but Pyro’s draft kit version 2 shows Kearse taking the WR#3 role. The depth chart is just one of seventeen tabs on our draft kit. Want to win your league? Check it out. 


 


 


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In other news, Seattle does indeed have a tight end, who knew? Zach Miller will be entering his 7th season in the NFL. Seattle has been a run first team, and Miller is a reliable blocker. Last year, he saw 46 targets, pulled in 33 receptions for 387 yards and 5 touchdowns. Tight end offers a plethora of draft options this year, you will be able to find better picks at any point in the draft. However, their #2 man, Luke Wilson, might hold some promise. Pyro pegs him a deep sleeper. He was a rookie last year. First year tight ends rarely perform well. Although he was only given 28 targets, he did grab 20 of those for a 71.4% average. Dawgmatica sees potential here: “Wilson is an awesome athlete who can be used in quite a few different situations, so I fully expect the young tight end to be on the fantasy radar sooner than later in 2014”.


 


 


Well, the velvet ropes came out in the Seahawks parking lot which only meant one thing…




 


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The beast doth return. That’s right, Marshawn Lynch ended his training camp holdout, much to the chagrin of Christine Michael dynasty owners. Before the holdout, the beast displayed a consistent ADP as the 8th pick overall. His stock began to fall with each day of the hold out, not to mention his bank account. Lynch was reported to have lost $30K a day. He was dropping about 1 spot each day as the holdout progressed.  His holdout spanned a week. Generally, I get very concerned over such matters. It just seems when a guy does not have his mind on football, when his body is at a negotiating table instead of on the gridiron, it never bodes well for fantasy production. Lynch has a track record of durability. However, that track is getting mighty long, and there’s a lot of tread on the tires. Over the last 3 years, he has averaged 364 touches per season. The guy is a punishing running, and we love him for it. But, these are some troubling factors. He is headed for that running back cliff and Lynch is absolutely a bust candidate this year. While Seattle gave him a bit more money, it is fully expected Lynch will not be on roster next season. Seattle could very well run him into the ground. In the latest version of the draft kit, Houdini does an amazing job of laying out the history of guys who amass too many touches. He makes a strong case and is a major reason why Lynch, although we love him, is a bust candidate.


 




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Another factor that is not in Skittles McFugly’s favor is the guy who is right behind him. If you are in a dynasty league and were listening to Pyro last year, you have Christine Michael on your bench already. As of late July, amazingly, he is lasting until the 10th round in 12 team leagues. Do not let this happen. I would love him as my 4th RB. He will see action this year, how much depends on the durability of Lynch. When he does get his break, watch out, he has fantasy running back #1 talent.


 




Although Seattle relies on its running game, they have a difficult schedule this year. As far as a rushing schedule, Seattle has #21. In the fantasy playoffs, unfortunately they are rated #31. Seattle comes in at #15 for receivers, #13 for tight ends, and #10 for quarterbacks. Finally, they have a top 5 kicker in Steven Hauschka.


 


 


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Russell Wilson is the Goods

Russell Wilson is currently one of the best feel good stories in the NFL. He is an intellectual quarterback who was underestimated his entire life because he lacks elite size of the position. There are stories of Wilson all the way back to high school of his ability to be a successful NFL quarterback most notably, upon meeting him as the offensive coordinator of NC State, Bears Head Coach Marc Trestman said Russell Wilson would be drafted in the fourth round when Wilson was a Junior attending one of NC State’s summer camps. Wilson was drafted in the 41st round of the draft coming out of high school by the Baltimore Orioles. Wilson would go on to attend NC State and started 11 games his redshirt freshman season and be named the ACC Rookie of the Year in football and became the first freshman quarterback to receive first team All-ACC honors. In 2009, Wilson broke Andre Woodson’s all-time NCAA record of 325 consecutive pass attempts without an interception. Russell Wilson would graduate from NC State after just three years but would not receive an invite to the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.

Wilson would also play collegiate baseball for three seasons at NC State before being selected in the fourth round of the MLB draft by the Colorado Rockies. Wilson would begin to play in the Rockies minor league system in the summers of 2010 and 2011 batting just .229 over 93 games. His focus on playing baseball would upset Tom O’Brien and cause a rift with his quarterback. Wilson would later be released from his scholarship at NC State with one year of eligibility remaining, many teams wanted Wilson to come in for a season but Wilson chose the Wisconsin Badgers. At Wisconsin, Wilson set the FBS record for passing efficiency with a 191.8 passer rating by throwing 33 touchdowns to just four interceptions. In January 2012, he informed the Rockies of his intent to focus on football and pursue a career in the NFL.


Wilson would play in the 2012 Senior Bowl and complete four of his 7 pass attempts for 45 yards and threw a touchdown to Marvin Jones. Wilson would attend the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine and perform well. He measured just 5’11” and 203 pounds though which was under even what some scouts expect, 6 feet even. When scouts are analyzing the physical attributes of a quarterback they are looking for three things, accuracy, arm strength, and mobility. From a mental perspective scouts are looking for leadership, toughness, work ethic, and decision-making. Wilson would rank highly in all of these categories but his lack of prototypical size for the position caused him to fall to the third round where the Seahawks would select him with the 12th pick. Many scouts would say that if Wilson were 6’3” or taller he would be picked in the top ten.

Wilson signed with the Seahawks for four seasons and 2.99 million dollars and Pete Carroll would run an open competition between the newly drafted Wilson, newly acquired Matt Flynn, and incumbent Tarvaris Jackson. Wilson would be crowned the starter at the end of August and would start all 16 games during his rookie season. Wilson would set the rookie record for passer rating for a quarter with 100.0 and tie Peyton Manning’s record for passing touchdowns in a rookie season with 26. Wilson would also lead the Seahawks into the playoffs as a wild card seed win his first playoff game against the Washington Redskins before losing to the Atlanta Falcons in the next round. In 2013 Wilson would lead the Seahawks to the number one seed in the playoffs upon setting the record for the most wins by a quarterback in his first two seasons with 24 and winning his first 14 career home games.

The 2014 playoffs began with a bye week for the Seahawks as they held the number one seed going into the NFC playoffs. The Seahawks would face the Saints in the divisional round of the playoffs, the Seahawk defense would dominate the game and Marshawn Lynch would go beast mode against the Saints defense while Russell Wilson was asked to just manage the game at home. On the day, Wilson completed just 9 of 18 passes for 103 yards and no touchdowns, he also added just 16 yards on the ground. The Seahawks would get the victory against the Saints and advance to the conference championship against the rival 49ers. Wilson and the offense was asked to do more in this game and he stepped up to the challenge completing 16 of 25 pass attempts for 215 yards and a score to Jermaine Kearse in the fourth quarter to get the lead for the Seahawks for the first time all game.

The Seahawks would end up defeating the 49ers 23-17 after a late interception of Colin Kaepernick to seal the game and pave the road to the Superbowl for the Seahawks. While Wilson had been steady in the playoffs he really shined in the Superbowl, completing 18 of his 25 pass attempts for 206 yards and two touchdown passes with no interceptions. Wilson also rushed for 26 yards on three attempts and used his legs to avoid pressure as he was not sacked on the day. Wilson now becomes the first starting quarterback out of the class of 2012 to win the big one and has proven his ability to make big plays when he is called upon. The Seahawks are still young and have dynasty potential with this guy at the helm for the foreseeable feature.


 







 


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The Beast Tastes the Rainbow

Marshawn Lynch has a strange obsession with skittles that I just can’t explain but apparently his mother can. In fact when you google search “Marshawn Lynch and” the top result is skittles. Marshawn has been eating skittles on the Seahawks sideline for a few years now and the national media started to pick up on it. Ever since they were caught on the primetime TV together they have become a favorite for some of Lynch’s endzone forays. Lynch and the Seattle fans have made it rain skittles on more than one occasion, making for some very colorful field turf pellets. Lynch has also worn some specially designed Nike Cleats featuring his favorite candy that were eye popping to say the least.


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Apparently Marshawn has been attached to Skittles for a long time as his mother, Delisa Lynch said “When Marshawn was 12 or 13, we’d go to his games and I’d always have little candies in my purse,” Lynch’s mama explained. “Before the game, I would say, ‘Here Marshawn, come and get you power pellets. I would give him a handful of Skittles and say, ‘Eat ’em up, baby. They’re going to make you run fast and they’re going to make you play good.”


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The Seahawks have embraced Lynch and his antics with skittles mostly because of the results on the field as Lynch has been a productive ball carrier for the Seahawks, touting the ball 1,066 times in his Seahawk career 4,624 yards and 41 touchdowns and also adding 108 receptions for 862 yards and four scores in his four seasons with the Seahawks through 2013. Lynch has also affectionately earned the name Beast Mode as he has produced some notable ‘truck stick moments’. The Seahawks have since embraced the skittle fandom as they will now be selling a burger based off Lynch’s character at CenturyLink field, the Beast Burger has two hamburger patties, two pieces of bacon, two slices of cheddar, several slices of ham, lettuce, tomato, and red onion. The burger itself is a beast but it also comes with a side of fries and a bag of skittles, it might not make Marshawn rumble, but my stomach sure does.


 


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Curt Warner

When you hear the name Curt Warner brought up in conversation, undoubtedly people will assume you are talking about Super Bowl winning quarterback Kurt Warner, but this Curt came first and was a dominating running back for the Seattle Seahawks.

The Seahawks franchise began in 1976, and in their first seven years only had two winning seasons with no playoff appearances. The Seahawks had the 3rd overall pick in the star-studded 1983 NFL Draft and were looking for a running back that would give them an identity, which they found in Curt Warner.

Warner was coming off his second straight 1,000-yard season for Penn State and was ready to take his game to the NFL where he exploded as a rookie. In 1983 Curt rushed for 1,449 yards with 13 touchdowns and 4.3 yards per carry average, but proved he was a dual threat adding 325 yards on 42 catches with another score. Warner was so impressive as a rookie that he was named AFC Offensive Player of the Year. The major difference Curt brought to the team was a winning attitude, and he helped propel them to a 9-7 record and their first playoff appearance.

The Seahawks hosted the Broncos in their first playoff game and trounced them 31-7. Warner did not score in that game, but he set the tone rushing for 99 yards on 23 carries and adding another 22 yards on three catches. The following week Warner caught the nations eye with a stellar performance in a 27-20 win over the Dolphins and Dan Marino in Miami. #28 did not have any break away runs in this game, in fact his long run went only for 11 yards. What Warner was able to do was continue to grind out yards, as he finished with 113 on 29 carries with 2 scores, but added another 38 yards on five catches. That performance led the Seahawks to the AFC Championship game, where the Raiders defeated them 30-14.

Warner was looking to capitalize on his amazing rookie season and was off to a good start in the season opener against the Browns before he tore his ACL and missed the rest of the season. We see so many ACL injuries now that it has become a commonplace injury in the NFL that players easily return from after rehab. Back in 1984 the medicine was not as good as it is now, and players were never the same when they returned from injury. Curt was able to return in 1985, and while he was still effective, rushing for 1,094 yards and eight touchdowns, he saw his YPC average drop to 3.8 and lacked the burst from his rookie season. The following season Warner would regain some of that rookie brilliance.

The 1986 season was a resurgent season for #28 who rushed the ball 319 times for 1,481 yards (4.6 YPC) with 13 scores. The dual threat was just that once again adding 342 yards on 41 catches. It was his best season in the NFL as he finished with 1,823 yards from scrimmage and was named to his second Pro Bowl. Curt would make the Pro Bowl again in 1987, during the strike-shortened season.

In 1988 Warner made his last big impact for the Seahawks rushing for over 1,000 yards with more than 10 touchdowns for the fourth and final time in his career. Warner was the first great running back in Seattle history and finished his career with 6,705 yards rushing and 55 touchdowns. Warner is still the third leading rusher in team history and the first name in the list of great running backs that went on to play for the Seahawks. Before Marshawn Lynch, Ricky Watters, John L. Williams and Chris Warren there was Curt Warner.


 


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Brian Blades

Brian Blades was a member of the Seattle Seahawks his entire career from 1988-1998.  Blades was not an outstanding player in his career, but he was one of the first real valuable WR3 in fantasy football.  He was also one of my favorite players to watch and root for early in my fantasy-playing career. 

Blades had 4 seasons with over 1,000 yards, but his career high in a season only went for 1,086 yards.  Blades was also not known for scoring a lot of TD passes, although he did post his career high in his rookie season with 8 TD grabs.  Blades had 13 TD catches in his first 2 seasons, but only posted 21 TD in his final 9 seasons.  With that being said, Blades was still a hard-nosed player who had to deal Rick Mirer as his starting quarterback for 4 seasons. 

Blades was very productive in his first 8 seasons, and while he not going to be remembered as one of the greatest Seahawks of all-time, he was a solid player who made some big plays and was a fun player to watch.  Blades was not a prototypical big outside receiver, as he only stood 5’11” and weighed 189 pounds.  Blades was not afraid to go over the middle and take a big hit to make a play.  He played with the kind of heart that helped him to overcome his size and lack of great speed.  Blades was just a tough football player, who enjoyed playing football.

Blades had to deal with being convicted of Manslaughter in 1996, in the shooting death of his Cousin.  Blades was never the same player after.  He had his worst 3 seasons in a row before retiring after the 1998 season.  As I look back on Brian Blades I will remember one of the early slot receivers who could have been an even better player in the NFL if he played in today’s era. 


Receiving
Year    Team    G    Rec    Yds    Avg    Yds/G    Lng    TD    20+    40+    1st    FUM
1998    Seattle Seahawks
16    15    184    12.3    11.5    47    0    1    1    8    1

1997    Seattle Seahawks
11    30    319    10.6    29.0    27    2    1    0    20    1

1996    Seattle Seahawks
11    43    556    12.9    50.5    80T    2    7    1    27    1

1995    Seattle Seahawks
16    77    1,001    13.0    62.6    49    4    12    3    49    0

1994    Seattle Seahawks
16    81    1,086    13.4    67.9    45    4    16    2    61    0

1993    Seattle Seahawks
16    80    945    11.8    59.1    41    3    11    1    47    1

1992    Seattle Seahawks
6    19    256    13.5    42.7    37    1    3    0    11    1

1991    Seattle Seahawks
16    70    1,003    14.3    62.7    52    2    11    3    50    0

1990    Seattle Seahawks
16    49    525    10.7    32.8    24    3    --    --    --    --

1989    Seattle Seahawks
16    77    1,063    13.8    66.4    60T    5    --    --    --    --

1988    Seattle Seahawks
16    40    682    17.1    42.6    55    8    --    --    --    --

TOTAL    156    581    7,620    13.1    48.8    80    34    62    11    273    5


 


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Hasselbeck opens his big mouth

Matt Hasselbeck has made some throws he wants back in his career like any quarterback, but there is no doubt he wishes he could have the statement “We want the ball and we are going to score” back more than anything else, of course he would also like the interception he threw to Al Harris that lost them the game back too. The game reached overtime on a 27-27 score after starting out the first quarter with just a Seattle field goal. Favre would throw a touchdown to Bubba Franks in the second quarter for the Packers to take a 13-6 lead into halftime. The third quarter would be all Seahawks as Shawn Alexander scored two of his three one-yard scores in the third and add his third in the fourth to tie the game. The Packers would get two one-yard plunges from Ahman Green and the game would end the fourth with a 27-27 stalemate after a missed field goal attempt as time expired.

The Seahawks would win the overtime coin flip and Hasselbeck would mutter one of the dumbest statements of his career by the time the game was said and done. The two teams would exchange three-and-outs on their first possessions before the Seahawks got a drive started on their second drive of the overtime. The Seahawks would reach their own 45-yard line and Hasselbeck would attempt to throw a hitch to his left that Al Harris would intercept and take back 52-yards for the game winning score. Green Bay would lose the next week to the Philadelphia Eagles but this victory was sweet while it lasted. If Hasselbeck would have said what he said and the Seahawks would have won, it would have been much ado about nothing, but history went with a different story.


 







 


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Dave Kreig and his fumbles

Dave Krieg was a member of the Seattle Seahawks from 1980-1991 and had an up and down career.  Krieg had to overcome a lot of obstacles in his years in Seattle in order to become the team’s all-time passer when he left Seattle and is still the #2 passer in Seahawks history with 26,132 yards.  Krieg also has the dubious honor of having the most fumbles in team history as well, with 108.

Krieg was undrafted as a rookie and was 3rd on the Seahawks depth chart in his rookie season.  Krieg moved his way up to backup quarterback in his second season and ended up starting the final 3 games of the season and winning two of them, in a year where the Seahawks only won 6 games. 

Krieg was the then the starter, but injured his thumb early in 1982 and lost his starting job back to Jim Zorn and did not get a chance to play again until team’s last game against Denver, when Krieg was put in and led the Seahawks to a come from behind victory.  That win did not get him the starting job back as he started the next season behind Jim Zorn yet again.  Thankfully, for Krieg, Zorn struggled yet again and Krieg was named the starter around the halfway point of the season by Chuck Knox.  Finally Krieg was going to get his shot.  Not only did he get his shot, he led the Seahawks to their first ever post-season appearance. 

Krieg was not done impressing by just getting to the playoffs, Krieg opened up with a game against the Denver Broncos where Krieg threw for 200 yards and 3 TD passes in a 31-7 rout of the Broncos.  The Seahawks then went on the road to face to Miami Dolphins, and while Krieg did not have a great game throwing for 192 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT.  Krieg, however, did not hurt his team and behind the running of rookie Curt Warner the Seahawks won their first road playoff game and advanced to AFC Championship game.  Krieg had an abysmal Championship game completing just 3 of 9 passes and throwing 3 INT before being benched.  The Seahawks were beaten badly, 30-14.

Krieg would have his best season as a Seahawk the next year and would finish the season with his first pro bowl appearance.  Krieg threw for a career high 3,671 yards with 32 TD passes, although he did throw 24 INT as well.  Krieg was never able to win the big game and his stats were good, but inconsistent for the rest of his career with the Seahawks and his playoff performances left a lot to be desired, failing to throw for better than 50% completion rate in his final 2 playoff appearances for the Seahawks.  Krieg could dazzle you with some amazing games, but he also had a tendency to throw up a lot of duds.  His regular season numbers and game logs have a lot of the look and feel of Baltimore’s Joe Flacco, but that is where the similarities end as Krieg was not able to take his game to another level in the playoffs. 

Krieg had a pretty good career for a professional quarterback and managed to stay in the league for another 7 years after leaving the Seahawks.  Krieg, though, will always be remembered more for his fumbles than for any other attribute that he brought to the table.  Krieg had 8 years with the Seahawks with 10 or more fumbles in route to his 108 total with the team.  Krieg would end up finishing his career with 153 total fumbles, which was a record at the time.  Warren Moon and Brett Favre would later pass Krieg, but those quarterbacks are remembered for their passing exploits, while Krieg is regulated to be known as the quarterback with small hands who fumbled a lot. 

TOP 5 IN CAREER FUMBLES

1.    Brett Favre        166
2.    Warren Moon     161
3.    Dave Krieg        153
4.    Kerry Collins      139
5.    John Elway        137



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Seattle’s The 12th MAN

When I think of the phrase, “The 12th MAN”, my mind goes right to the Seattle Seahawks and their rabid fans, who are so loud at home games that they have come to be known as “The 12th Man”.  This is a tradition that Seattle fans are very proud of, and while it seems like a phrase that is used often, it is not, and that is because of the interesting history of the phrase which has more than one suitor.  Throughout this, Seattle has remained vigilant in their right to the phrase and has truly made it theirs.  Now let’s look at that history. 


For me it was particularly interesting to find out that the first time the phrase, “The 12th MAN”, was used was actually back in 1912 by E.A. McGowan who wrote for The Iowa Alumnus, which was an alumni publication of the University of Iowa.  In the November issue from that year McGowan wrote about a game between Iowa and the University of Illinois from 1903, and titled the article “The Twelfth Player”.  McGowan wrote: "The eleven men had done their best; but the twelfth man on the team (the loyal spirited Iowa rooter) had won the game for old S.U.I” (University of Iowa used to be known as State University of Iowa)


 So the phrase was first used over 100 years ago and has been used by other Universities and professional sports teams, most notably the Seattle Seahawks.  The Seattle Seahawks became an NFL Franchise in 1976 and the fans in the Great Northwest were hungry for professional football and made their voices heard loud and clear.  The Seahawks played before sold out crowds in the newly constructed Kingdome, which really helped those rabid fans make a ton of noise during games and would become known as, “The 12th MAN”.  The Kingdome may have been an unfair advantage at the time, as compared to outdoor stadiums, but the Seahawks fans were relentless in their support for their team.    


During the early 1980’s the Seahawks were experiencing a lot of success at home, and then Seahawk’s President, Mike McCormack, decided that he would pay homage to his awesome and rabid fandom.  On December 15th of 1984 McCormack made a statement as he retired the #12 for “The 12th MAN”, the fans of the Seahawks.  The Seahawks fans were known to rock the Kingdome and were also known as the loudest in the NFL.  The Seahawks and their fans were the reason for the NFL instituting a noise rule in 1985.  So every time that you have seen a home team penalized because the opposing offense can’t hear, you can thank the Seattle Seahawks and “The 12th MAN”. 


The Seahawks continued to strengthen their reputation for being the home of “The 12th MAN” back in 2003 with the tradition of “The 12th MAN Flag”.  It was fitting that on October 12th of 2003 was the first time “The 12th MAN Flag” was raised and the first 12 original Seattle Seahawks season ticket holders hoisted it to the air.  It is also very fitting that the flag is located in the Northwest corner of CenturyLink Field.  The flag has become a symbol representing all the Seahawks fans across the Great Northwest.  The Seahawks have continued to have someone raise the flag before every home since.  Here is a link to the list of those who have raised “The 12th MAN Flag”.  The extra significance here is that in their new outdoor stadium they are still considered the loudest fans in the NFL.  This is due to the unique construction, which was designed to keep the noise in the stadium. 


In 2005 the Seahawks won all their home games leading to winning their first NFC Championship and “The 12th MAN” made a difference all season long, but most notably in a game against the New York Giants on November 27th.  The game went to overtime and “The 12th MAN” helped the Seahawks to victory by inducing 11 false start penalties and 3 missed field goals.  After the game Coach Mike Holmgren dedicated the game ball to “The 12th MAN” and the ball, now known as “The 12th MAN Ball”, which can still be seen to this day in the Wells Fargo Club at the stadium. 


So it would seem clear that Seattle has laid claim to being the home of “The 12th MAN”, but that did not stop the Texas A&M Aggies from suing the Seahawks, in 2006 over use of the phrase, which they had trademarked in December of 1989.   So this is where it gets interesting for me, and where I am on the side of Seattle.  Texas A&M may have trademarked the phrase back in 1989, but it was clearly used first by the University of Iowa.  Then it was clearly used by Seattle before Texas A&M when they retired the #12 in 1984, 5 years before Texas A&M trademarked the phrase. 


At the time of the lawsuit there were 2 other NFL teams, the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills, who were also using the term “The 12th MAN” and they folded under the pressure from Texas A&M.  I am proud to say that Seattle would not back down from those Aggies and settled out of court and still have use of the phrase “The 12th MAN”.  In the court of public opinion, and more importantly in the court of Houdini, I find for the defendants, and rule that the Texas A&M Aggies should go BLOW!!!


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Practices in Full

Marshawn Lynch practiced in full today, and debunked any issue that he would be a risk of playing on Sunday. Liz Mathews reported via twitter "Per Carroll CB Byron Maxwell & S Kam Chancellor are also game-time decisions for Sunday. RB Lynch & WR Baldwin are ready to roll."

Pyro's take: With a great match-up against the weak front of the New York Giants, he should be a mandatory start for all leagues.

11/07/14, 08:34 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Out For Awhile

According to Pete Carroll it seems that Zach Miller is going to be out for awhile. "Carroll said TE Zach Miller and MLB Bobby Wagner saw foot/ankle specialist Robert Anderson while the team was in Charlotte but said neither will be back this week and was again a little vague on when they will be back. Carroll said again it is “going to be a while” before either returns. Miller had ankle surgery after the Denver game and Wagner was hurt in the Dallas game."

Pyro's take: By the time Miller returns it may be playoff time, but this guy just isnt much for anything other than the deepest leagues. He only has six receptions on 76 yards in the three games played this season.

10/28/14, 07:18 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: blogs.seattletimes.com

Staying Put

Pete Carroll has announced that Marshawn Lynch will not be traded away from Seattle. When asked about the team unity in the locker room, Carroll stated "“They are fine,” Carroll said. “Our locker room is solid. They are together. They are really determined. I don’t think you can get any other thought than that. And they are surprised as we are as coaches that you guys have these questions about us. But we understand it’s part of it and we are not going to get frustrated by it. We are just going to keep working our business.”

Pyro's take: Good news all-around. Lynch remains a Seahawk for the remainder of the year, and there is team unity in the locker room. Either that or the appearance of it, and Seattle is on a downward spiral.

10/28/14, 10:39 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: blogs.seattletimes.com

Wilson More than a Volleyball

Russell Wilson finished the night with five touchdown passes, wait, two were called back, because of penalties. Wilson did finish with two touchdown passes and completed 18 of 24 passes for 201 yards. He also ran for 122 yards and one touchdown. This helped roll the Seahawks past the Redskins 27-17, and extend their Monday Night record to 21-8, with nine wins in a row.

The penalties hurt Seattle, just not enough to not beat the Redskins. Seattle finished with 13 penalties for 90 yards. It would have been 21-0 if Harvin would have been able to score on either of his would-be touchdowns. First, his 16-yard run to the end zone was wiped out by holding on left guard James Carpenter, then his 26-yard catch-and-run was negated by a flag for a false start on Harvin himself. Then in the fourth quarter a 41-yard touchdown was negated by Carpenter as he was cited for holding.

Pyro's take: Russell Wilson is in a wonderful spot in Seattle. His skill-set truly fits well with this team, and Marshawn Lynch is highly respected, and skilled enough to keep a continuous pressure on Wilson.

Wilson does all things equally well. Throwing, and running, but also good enough to keep each and every play alive. He is turning himself into an every game starter, as his numbers keep climbing. Seattle faces the Cowboys next.

10/07/14, 01:19 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.washingtonpost.com

BeastMode

Marshawn Lynch is known for a few things: 1) Skittles 2) Champion 3) Beast Mode
Lynch has been his typical self, in a time where everyone including me thought the wheels would fall-off. Yet, he continues his drive, and is is in better shape now than he normally is this early in the season, and teammates think he is quicker because of it.

Former fullback and team-mate Michael Robinson noted on Lynch's running style: “He’s running smarter,” Robinson said. Lynch’s running style is defined by his split-legged stance, which gives him power and allows him to slide and hop through openings in the defense. Carroll describes Lynch’s running style being “like a slalom skier.”

Lynch is always looking for the hole, or the defender in the hole, and instead of cutting, he rather just blow the guy up.

Robinson also commented that he is one of the best in squaring his shoulders when entering the line of scrimmage, it allows the runner the balance to choose the direction more easily, and it also does not tell the defenders where he is deciding to go. “With the exception of LeSean McCoy and Frank Gore, he has some of the best feet I’ve ever seen on a guy,” Robinson said. “If you check his inside-zone runs, he’s a guy that if he’s lined up on the left side of the quarterback, he can come across the quarterback, grab the ball and within a step get his shoulders squared to the line of scrimmage. Which I can’t do, Robert Turbin can’t do, Christine Michael can’t do. I don’t care how many times they try, they can’t do it.

“He can get his shoulders square, put one foot in the ground and get right back to the left side within two steps. Not many human beings walking the Earth can do that.”


Pyro's take: Jerry Angelo judges running backs by how they handle themselves between the tackles, and Angelo thinks that’s where Lynch does his best work.

“You cannot let that guy get downhill,” Angelo said. “And it’s not because he’s going to hurt you with a big play or long run, but because he’s going to pound you. The worst thing you can do is get run on. If a defense gets beat, they’d rather get beat on a big pass play. But that kind of back destroys your will. He destroys your will to win.”

Marshawn Lynch will continue be a top-tier running back as he continues to be a steamed locomotive running high speed on the tracks. As long as he stays healthy this could be his best year yet.

10/06/14, 03:23 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: seattletimes.com

Wilson speak about Harvin and the offense

Here’s what Seattle QB Russell Wilson had to say after the win over the Bears Friday night:

(On whether he has a better idea of what Harvin brings to the offense… ) “What Percy brings to the offense is grit, and a desire to get into the end zone, a desire to get the ball in his hands and make something happen. Every time he touches the football, he’s either going to run over you or run by you, one of the two. That’s what he brings to the table, his explosive mentality, but at the same time we had a lot of receivers that are like that already. Doug Baldwin is very much like that, very similar. Jermaine Kearse is a down the field guy who is a great possession receiver, and has great speed to, as well. He’s always right on time, too, when you need him. Jermaine Kearse is always in the right spot at the right time. You think about all of the other guys too. To add Percy to the mix, it makes our personnel so much tougher to defend. For me, the process of elimination to read coverages. I’m learning a lot more and understanding a lot more and just trying to get the ball out as quick as I possibly can. But also still look downfield. Then, our scramble game, too, helps, to have that many guys, too, that can really run that fast.”

(On whether he sees defenses adjust to Harvin’s pre-snap movements…) “It’s kind of hard to tell right now, it’s pre-season. I think that when they go man, it’s tough to defend all 3 or 4 receivers that we have in the game. When they play zone, the ball is to get the ball out, and get the ball to the right guy at the right time. They’re trying to adjust, but there’s only so much you can do when you have guys like Doug Baldwin on the other side and Jermaine Kearse on the other side, or all 3 of them on the same side. It’s hard to stop us defensively with the personnel.”

Pyro's take: Wilson has looked fantastic so far this preseason. Russell just looks more confident in the pocket, and you can see the level of trust he has in his offensive line and receivers. He has shown amazing ability to run for scores, and has looked crisp in his passing. The addition of Harvin does add another dimension to this offense, and to Wilson's game. He is now moving up my tiers again.

08/24/14, 04:47 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: blogs.seattletimes.com

Wilson looks sharp in second preseason game

Russell Wilson's first appearance at home since hoisting the Lombardi Trophy looked very similar to Seattle's Super Bowl domination even in a limited performance.

Wilson threw for 121 yards and ran for two touchdowns, leading Seattle to scores on all four of his possessions and the Seahawks beat the San Diego Chargers 41-14 on Friday night.

Wilson did a little of everything. He was pressured on the first snap of the game and avoided it to complete a pass. He scrambled when the pressure created clear running lanes. He threw sharp passes to open receivers and he operated Seattle's offense with an efficiency missing in its preseason opener at Denver.

Pyro's take: Wilson is going as the 13th quarterback by his ADP this year, and that holds a lot of value. The addition of Percy Harvin is big on multiple levels. Harvin had four catches for 31 yards, but he draws the attention of the defense, which allows for Wilson to be even more effective. In his limited action Wilson ran four times for 31 yards, with the two touchdowns. Wilson is entering his third season and is still developing as a quarterback. The fact that he has a Super Bowl victory under his belt will only add to his confidence. This year should be his coming out party.

08/17/14, 08:22 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.king5.com

Beast Mode shows his stuff

It was nothing extensive, but it was impressive.

Lynch’s first carry came on the final snap of the 9-on-7 drill. His second came in a third-down drill, and Lynch picked up the needed yardage for the first down – and then some. Later, on a third-and-4 play, Lynch took a pass from Terrelle Pryor and displayed a nice burst in getting up the sideline for another first down. He followed that with another reception from Tarvaris Jackson on a third-and-9 play, and another first down.

Robert Turbin and Christine Michael will carry the load on Thursday night in the preseason opener against the Broncos in Denver, but Lynch displayed during Tuesday’s practice the unique skills that have allowed him to rush for 1,204, 1,590 and 1,257 yards the past three seasons while also catching 28, 23 and 36 passes.

“He’s a unique dude. I don’t know if there’s anyone like him. They definitely broke the mold,” defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said with a smile. “I don’t coach him, but I just enjoy being around him and watching him do his thing.”

Pyro's take: Lynch made it into camp, and seems to be settling in nicely. He is the unquestioned workhorse for the Seahawks, and is trying to dispel my prediction of a bust season for the Beast.

Seattle has more weapons around Lynch this season, which should help to relieve some of the pressure from opposing defenses. It still remains to be seen if Marshawn can put up a fourth consecutive 1,200-yard rushing season, but it will be more difficult with Christine Michael vying for carries.

08/05/14, 08:11 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.seahawks.com

Rice Retires

Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Rice has decided to retire due to concussion concerns. Rice was only 27, and last played on October 28, 2013. He has suffered from injuries for most of his career. He missed 25 games since the 2010 season and had been recovering from a torn ACL suffered in Week 8 of last season.

Rice's best season came as a Minnesota Viking in 2009, as he made the pro-bowl, on his 83 receptions for 1,312 yards and 8 touchdowns. He then signed with the Seahawks for a five-year, $41 million deal.

Jermaine Kearse will be the number three, while Percy Harvin and Doug Baldwin the starters. Kevin Norwood and Ricardo Lockette will battle for the fourth spot.

Pyro's take: Concussions have been a serious threat for many players, and it should be. The NFL is changing, as test and science reveal a lot more than we used to realize, and it has become an epidemic.

Sidney Rice will finish his career with 243 receptions for 3,592 yards and 30 touchdowns in 81 games played, 57 starts in seven years.

Keep your eye on Jermaine Kearse and Doug Baldwin, as those are going to be the wide-outs while Harvin will play the slot. Both Kearse and Baldwin should outscore Harvin, while Percy, will have more receptions.

07/23/14, 05:59 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.nfl.com

Michael is making an impression on Carroll

Everyone seems to like what they seeing from the hard-running Turbin and the explosive Michael.

“This has been great for them,” coach Pete Carroll said. “Christine has made the most progress, had the farthest to come. Turbo continues to work really well. Those guys are right on it, really doing well in pass protection and pass assignments. And in the passing game, those guys have shown us they can help us.

“So it’s been a great offseason for those guys.”

Michael, who got just 18 carries last season after being selected in the second round of the NFL Draft, has “matured into the role,” as Carroll put it.

“It’s hard for guys that have been star players to come in and have to fit into a backup position and understand how you’ve got to focus and study,” Carroll said of Michael, who was actually the backup to the backup as a rookie. “Really, just regular rookie stuff is really what he had to get through.”

Carroll mentioned the separation last season between Lynch and Turbin and the rookie, adding “He’s really closed in on them now.”

Pyro's take: Christine Michael finally got his chance to shine with Marshawn Lynch missing OTAs. The second year back is primed to be able to take over the backup role over Robert Turbin, and it is only a matter of time before Lynch slows down or gets injured.

Michael has a lot more upside than Turbin, and this extra work in OTAs will carry over as he gets even more looks in the preseason. Michael is still a nice sleeper pick this year.

06/09/14, 09:05 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.seahawks.com

Pryor is now a Seahawk

The Raiders have traded quarterback Terrelle Pryor to the Seahawks in exchange for a 2014 seventh-round pick, the team announced. ProFootballTalk.com adds that the 49ers were also in the running for Pryor's services. Oakland reportedly would have released Pryor, a supplemental third-round pick in 2011, if it didn't find a trade partner.

Pyro's take: This is a very shrewd move b Seattle. The 49ers were also in the running to make a trade for Pryor, and by making this trade the Seahawks insure that the 49ers are stuck with Blaine Gabbert if Kaepernick goes down.

We saw how explosive Terrelle can be, and going to Seattle will put him with a coach who will get the most out of him, if called upon. Pryor still has a lot of fantasy upside, so if you draft Russell Wilson, you better think about grabbing some TP before flushing your last draft pick away.

04/22/14, 11:39 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.cbssports.com

Pryor wants out of Oakland

After acquiring Matt Schaub from the Houston Texans Terrelle Pryor has asked for his trade or release from Oakland. Schaub was immediately named the starter upon his arrival in Oakland and Pryor is apparently not happy about it.

Pyro's take: Pryor was much better for fantasy owners than he was for the Raiders as his running ability is at an elite level for the quarterback position, however his consistency in the passing game trails far behind. Pryor could be an intriguing option for a few teams who already have an established starter in the athletic mold.

Asking out of Oakland is an easy decision with the competition handed to Schaub before it even got started. If he hits free agency a number of teams might come calling asking him to switch to wide receiver which would probably be the best move for his long term career at this point. At this point in time, I believe Pryor might have started his last NFL game at the quarterback position unless some team believes he could be a legitimate backup in this league, which I have a hard time believing.

03/24/14, 01:14 PM CDT by Stagg Party
Source: www.cbssports.com

Owens thinks he can still play

Terrell Owens sees NFL players making the police blotter and shakes his head.

Somehow, T.O. was the bad boy?

“You look at some of the stuff guys are doing now, domestic violence, players killing players, just everything,” Owens said in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday. “You have so many guys with off-the-field problems, drug issues, alcohol problems and they’re still given second chances and third chances. They’re putting them in rehab and keeping them on the team. I never had those issues. It’s disappointing.”

Owens played his last NFL game on Dec. 19, 2010. But the five-time All-Pro wide receiver still thinks he can play at age 40.

“They brought up my age when I was 35, 36 and I’m still in just as good shape as I was then,” Owens said. “Jerry (Rice) played until he was 42. At 39, I ran a 4.43 40-yard dash. You look at the number of dropped balls and the way guys are playing now and you can’t honestly say I can’t do better.”

Pyro's take: Owens has not always made the best choices, but he makes a lot of sense to me. It does seem like Owens has been blackballed from the league, and honestly I would love to see someone give him one more chance.

Terrell should call Jim Harbaugh and see if he can't convince him to sign Owens back where he started. At his current age he is not going to present the same drama he did when he was in his prime, and why wouldn't a team want a player with something to prove who will play for the veteran minimum, just to get another shot.

03/04/14, 11:05 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.csnbayarea.com

Wilson happy Super Bowl not in a dome for third straight year

Russell Wilson's career regular season W-L record is super-impressive at 24-8, while his playoff record is of equal notability at 3-1.

However, though the sample-size may be small, Wilson's record in a dome during his first two years in the league has been rather unremarkable at 2-4 (2-3 reg. season, 0-1 playoffs).

Pyro's take: The reason I mention Wilson's dome record is because there are a lot of people out there - fans, media and the players themselves - who believe that the Super Bowl should always be played in either warm weather or in a domed stadium. Each of the last two Super Bowls were played in a dome (2012 at Lucus Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and 2013 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans) and if the general consensus were running the ship, this year would have marked three in a row.

That being said, with all the recent talk about the looming weather and it's expected effect on Super Bowl XLVIII, I'm betting Russell Wilson and the rest of the Seattle Seahawks players are among the minority keeping their lips sealed.

01/26/14, 11:11 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Lynch truly a BEAST in the playoffs

Marshawn Lynch has managed to put up a rushing touchdown for the Seahawks in five of his six career playoff games (six total TDs). He also has four 100-yard games with three of them going for more than 130 yards.

Pyro's take: Lynch's running style isn't the ONLY reason he came to be known as "Beast Mode". It seems that when the chips are on the table, Lynch comes through like not many can.

While I can't say I expect the Seahawks to beat the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, I'm pretty sure it won't be because Beast Mode failed them.

A touchdown might be a given here, while 100+ yards looks more than likely as well.

01/26/14, 03:31 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Harbaugh and Carroll can say what they want

Carroll, 62, and Harbaugh, 50, have been battling each other for supremacy for seven years, first in the then-Pacific-10 Conference, where Harbaugh's upstart Stanford program helped end Carroll's University of Southern California dynasty, and now in the NFL, where they have battled for NFC West pre-eminence, Carroll as head coach of the Seattle Seahawks and Harbaugh as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.

Ever since their famous "What's your deal?" confrontation in a postgame midfield handshake after Stanford's statement rout of USC in 2009, everyone has assumed that there is a component of animosity in the rivalry.

This week, both coaches are saying that's not the case.

"Animosity? No," Harbaugh said. "That's erroneous. Erroneous. It's football. It's competition. It's winning."

As coaches in the same college conference and the same pro division, they've had conversations, right? Do they get along?

Harbaugh chuckled.

"We've had football," he said. "Competition. Winning. That's sports. That's what we've had. Great competition."

Carroll was asked Thursday at his team's headquarters in Renton, Wash., what's the deal with his relationship with Harbaugh?

"What's the deal, huh?" Carroll said. "We have not been friends over the years. We don't know each other very well. It's a very, very confined relationship in that regard.

"For whatever reason, you guys have had a field day with thinking that it's something other than it is. I have great respect for what Jim's done. I think he's a tremendous football coach. So that's it. That's where it stops and starts. All the rest of this stuff, you guys have had a blast with it. But there's nothing there, you know?"

Pyro's take: This is a huge game today between these two rivals, and while they are saying all the right things to the public this week, I think you and I know the truth.

The similarity between the two is that they have both had a lot of success, and have battled each other in the same division or conference for the last seven years. They do not like each other!

I don't care what they say, this is a major rivalry between coaches, and that has been transcribed to each of their teams. Not only does the winner of this game go to the Super Bowl, but they will also have the ultimate in bragging rights against their biggest rival.

01/19/14, 11:59 AM CST by Houdini
Source: www.usatoday.com

Luke Willson a better sleeper than Miller this week?

Miller has played in six games against the 49ers since joining the Seahawks back in 2011. Of those six games, Zach's best fantasy performance came in Week 2 of this season when he caught two of his four targets for a whopping 22 yards.

Pyro's take: Eeesh!

In fact, the total of Miller's six games (8 recs, 78 yards, 0 TDs) barely equals what rookie Luke Willson did against them in Week 14 alone (3 recs, 70 yards, 1 TD)!!!

If you're looking for a fantasy sleeper this week because everyone else is drafting tight ends Julius Thomas and Vernon Davis to their team, Luke just might be your guy.

01/15/14, 09:05 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.pro-football-reference.com

Wilson is a winner, just not in fantasy

The Seahawks have adhered steadfastly to what Pete Carroll on Monday called “The Formula,’’ and it has served them well.

You know the drill: Tenacious, ballhawking defense. The punishing running of Marshawn Lynch. Opportunistic special teams. A decided advantage in the giveaway-takeaway ratio.

And quarterback Russell Wilson making it all purr, not necessarily with swashbuckling bravado, but rather prudent decision-making and, above all else, an overriding focus on keeping the ball out of the other team’s hands.

Do all that, Carroll said, “and we’re going to have a really good chance to win.”

Pyro's take: Wilson has a chance to continue to do all the right things and lead his team to the Super Bowl. Although, he will most likely be the worst performing fantasy quarterback this weekend.

During the regular season Russell threw for less than 200 yards six times. Three of those came in his last four games, followed by a 103 yard performance last week. That makes four out of five weeks throwing less than 200 yards, and the one where he threw more went for a mere 206 yards. This week should make five of his last six. He also has four touchdown passes with three interceptions total over his last five games.

01/15/14, 07:25 PM CST by Houdini
Source: seattletimes.com

Baldwin working outside and enjoying it

“It’s different,” Baldwin said Wednesday, when the 8-1 Seahawks began practicing for Sunday’s game against the 2-6 Falcons in Atlanta. “When you’re on the outside, you’re routes are different obviously. It’s more of a timing thing. You’ve got to be at a certain spot on time.

“Whereas in the slot, I have more freedom to get open, I’m usually the third read, so Russell (Wilson) has time to get back to me. When you’re on the outside, there’s not much leeway. You’ve got to be a specific route runner, which I think I’m pretty capable at.

“So I enjoyed it.”

Baldwin had a team-leading six catches – the third-highest total of his career – for 75 yards in Sunday’s overtime victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at CenturyLink Field, including a 10-yard touchdown reception to tie the score with less than two minutes left in regulation.

“The game plan was the same,” Baldwin said. “I just think that obviously I had more opportunities because I filled in for Sid, but then also when we went on third down I still went back to my normal position. So I got a lot more opportunities than I’m used to, but I just tried to make the best of them.”

Pyro's take: Baldwin has stepped up his game with the loss of Sidney Rice. The news that Percy Harvin is coming back, is now news that will not effect Baldwin. He will remain starting in Rice's role when Harvin returns, so if you are looking for potential in a deeper league, Baldwin might be worth a shot. This could be a good week for him against a struggling Falcons team.

11/07/13, 07:05 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.seahawks.com

Pryor dealing with a sprained knee

Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor is day-to-day with a knee sprain.

Pryor said following the game his knee appeared stable and thought he would be fine.

``He seemed to be doing pretty good this morning,'' Allen said at his weekly press conference. ``We'll see how he's doing tomorrow.''

Pyro's take: There is good optimism that Pryor will not miss any time with this knee sprain. We will learn more as the week progresses, but he has been a viable fantasy starter with his ability to run for big yards.

Pryor is still going to have an up and down rest of the season, but I do like his potential for Dynasty/Keeper leagues. Although, if he does play this week, he could put up a nice fantasy game against the Giants.

11/05/13, 07:35 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.insidebayarea.com

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