Week 12
November 30, 2015

Seattle Seahawks

NFC West

2015 Schedule

PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart

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Seattle Seahawks - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview

seattle seahawks 2014 #FF preview



Seattle Seahawks - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview 




While everyone loves Mr. Peabody,

Mr Peabody



… the same cannot be said for his boy Sherman.




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.


Uncalled for Westside



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…


Velvet Ropes



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.





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. 

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. 


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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Thomas Rawls makes a nice start


Pyro's take: It's always risky to go overboard with a player who has only 10 games under his belt, but all signs point to running back Thomas Rawls being legit. His 5.98 YPC is tops in the NFL. What's most impressive is that Rawls is averaging 2.80 yards after contact, which also ranks first. Even when the blocking is not perfect, he can make plays. The Seahawks are learning Rawls can be a home run hitter, too. He's averaging one run of 20-plus yards every 16.8 attempts. Marshawn Lynch averaged one every 48.9 attempts since the start of the 2014 season. The Steelers have a good run defense, but look for Rawls to carry a heavy load and have success. He's a must-start and a nice option in daily fantasy as well. -- Sheil Kapadia

11/28/15, 11:42 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: espn.go.com

Marshawn Lynch should find running lanes against the 49ers


Pyro's take: In the first meeting against the 49ers, running back Marshawn Lynch put up a season-high 122 yards on 27 carries, and he’s got a great shot at matching those numbers this weekend. The Seahawks’ run blocking has not been good. Lynch is averaging 1.60 yards before contact, which ranks 47th out of 50 players, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Even though he had only eight carries last week against the Cardinals and was battling an abdominal injury, Lynch ran hard, broke tackles and looked like his old self. The Seahawks want the run game to shape their identity on offense, and that might be difficult to achieve against really good defenses. But against the 49ers, Lynch should carry a heavy load and be effective. -- Sheil Kapadia

11/22/15, 03:40 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: espn.go.com

Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) remained sidelined Thursday.


Pyro's take: Marshawn Lynch is on practice restriction, but he should still be able to play on Sunday. He has a tasty matchup against the 49ers.

11/19/15, 09:17 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Doug Baldwin with a sore toe


Pyro's take: Pete Carroll talked about Doug Baldwin and his hurt toe
“Doug Baldwin’s got a sore toe, so we’re taking advantage of resting him a couple days," Carroll said. "But he’s going to be fine to make it.”

Doug Baldwin had a blow-out day this week against Arizona as he caught seven passes for 134-yards and one touchdown.

11/19/15, 02:36 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.seahawks.com

Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) didn’t practice Wednesday.


Pyro's take: Marshawn Lynch is dealing with an abdominal issue but should be ready to go. Pete Carroll mentioned:

“The way I heard it he was better Monday than he was Saturday, so we’ll have to see what happens one day at a time here and see how he’s going," said Carroll. "This is his day to get a break, so we’ll break him today and we’ll find out where he is tomorrow.”

11/19/15, 02:34 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.seahawks.com

Russell Wilson completed 14-of-32 passes for 240 yards, one touchdown and an interception


Pyro's take: Wilson completed only five first-half passes. He fumbled in the end-zone for a safety, and was intercepted on a deep pass to Doug Baldwin. Despite only one multi-TD game, he remains a low-end QB1. He faces the 49ers next week.

11/16/15, 02:00 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Marshawn Lynch rushed eight times for 42 yards and a touchdown


Pyro's take: Seattle played from behind most of the night and were forced to abandon the run. He scored on a fourth-quarter three-yard run. Lynch is a top-five play against the 49ers .

11/16/15, 01:57 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Doug Baldwin caught 7-of-10 targets for 134 yards and a touchdown


Pyro's take: Doug Baldwin was the standout in the Seahawks receiving core this week. He produced half of Russell Wilson's passing yards and his 10 targets were a team high.

11/16/15, 01:47 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Jimmy Graham was held to three catches for 41 yards on eight targets


Pyro's take: Another poor outing for Jimmy Graham, even though he had two red zone targets. He hasn't scored since week three and has only tow touchdowns. He still makes a starter for the tight end department.

11/16/15, 01:42 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Thomas Rawls had two carries for 19 yards


Pyro's take: Thomas Rawls has performed well in limited duty but as long as Marshawn Lynch is healthy its going to be limited duty for Rawls.

11/16/15, 01:37 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Lynch True GameTime Decision


Pyro's take: According to JAy Glazer, Lynch barely made it through the walk-through today. He was in a great dreal of pain, and they will re-examine at game time. They officially ruled out a sports hernia, but it is not looking good for beast-mode. Don't sleep on Rawles.

11/15/15, 11:37 AM CST by M O

Pete Carroll expects Marshawn Lynch (questionable, abdomen) to play


Pyro's take: Liz Mathews via Twitter reported "Carroll said thinks RB Marshawn Lynch should be OK for Sunday. Felt something in abdomen at end of practice yesterday."

11/14/15, 12:50 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) returned to Seahawks practice Thursday


Pyro's take: Make sure he is in your lineup as the Seahawks face the Dallas Cowboys, and he should be able to run all over them.

10/29/15, 07:11 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Thomas Rawls (calf) returned to Seahawks practice Thursday,


Pyro's take: Even though he returned to practice I would say its doubtful he plays on Sunday. The Seahawks signed Bryce Brown in case he couldnt go this Sunday, and Pete Carroll said the injury looks "nasty"

As long as Marshawn Lynch is healthy, Rawls has no value.

10/29/15, 07:07 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Russell Wilson completed 18-of-24 passes for 235 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions and added seven rushes for 20 yards


Pyro's take: Russell Wilson has not been the player many fantasy owners thought he would be, but he is getting the job done. He has struggled for the most part because of the offensive line, and his scrambling techniques usually get him sacked as he tries to buy time.

Wilson at this point makes a good streamer or 2 Qb option league, but not an every week starter.

10/23/15, 03:45 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Marshawn Lynch rushed 27 times for 122 yards and a touchdown against San Francisco


Pyro's take: Marshawn Lynch ran over the 49ers on his way to his first 100-yard game of the season and a nice 4.5 ypc on top of it. It appears the time off gave him some needed healing, and he should continue to "Beast-Mode" his way over the Dallas Cowboys.

10/23/15, 03:23 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Jimmy Graham caught 2-of-5 targets for 31 yards


Pyro's take: One week good, and the next he stumbles. I am sure this is not what Seattle or fantasy owners thought when being part of the team. Seattle won, but inside Graham has to be fuming.

10/22/15, 03:52 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Marshawn Lynch (questionable, hamstring) "looked back to full health."


Pyro's take: Sports radio host Danny Oneil has stated via twitter " Pete Carroll on Marshawn Lynch's status, "He looked really good, back to full health."

10/16/15, 11:06 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Russell Wilson is on pace to take just over 70 sacks this season.


Pyro's take: This is a testament to his offensive line troubles. Even as mobile as Wilson is, he cant avoid a brigrade of defenders.

His league-high 22 sacks so far this season puts him on pace to surpass 70 sacks this year, a total that has only been achieved twice in NFL history: By David Carr with the expansion Texans in 2002, and by Randall Cunningham in his first year as a starter in 1986.

10/14/15, 02:56 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

Pete Carroll wants Jimmy Graham involved more


Pyro's take: "We’d love to get more," said head coach Pete Carroll. "We’d love to get more from everybody. I’d love to get the ball in his hands more. He did well in this game, but we could use more. We only completed 15 passes in this game, so we need to get more activity out of him, just like we need to get more out of the other guys too. But he’s working hard at it."

Graham is averaging just 5.4 targets through his first five games as a Seahawk. He averaged 8.8 per week as a Saint from 2011-14. The impetus is on Carroll to change the game plan, not Graham to get more open.

10/14/15, 02:30 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: espn.go.com


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