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Tag:Seahawks
Posted on: April 28, 2010 3:57 pm
 

The Rest of the NFC West - 49ers Fan Perspective

I think 49ers fans, for the most part, are happy with the 49ers' draft. There are 3 potential day 1 starters in Davis, Iupati and Bowman. The others, Mays (Dime and Quarter packages), Dixon (goal line, short yardage, clean up), Byham (blocking TE), and Williams (PR, #4 or 5 WR) could contribute right away as role players. We gave up our 5th round pick for Ginn, who will be used primarily at KR.

There is also a lot of talk on how our NFC West counterparts did as well. I must say for the most part, the entire NFC West probably had the best draft as a division. Let's look at our opponents.

Arizona Cardinals

#26) Dan Williams, NT, Tennessee
#47) Daryl Washington, LB, TCU
#88) Andre Roberts, WR, Citadel
#130) O'Brien Schofield, DE, Wisconsin
#155) John Skelton, QB, Fordham
#201) Jorrick Calvin, DB, Troy
#233) Jim Dray, Stanford

I'm a fan of Williams. I wouldn't have mind one bit if we used our #17 pick on him instead of Iupati. Williams will be a solid NT and it will be interesting to see how Iupati stacks up against him. Some considered Washington to be better than Sean Witherspoon. Washington will strt right away in place of Dansby. I've talked about Roberts on another post. He's my favorite "lesser" known WR's. He is a good PR and he probably has the best hands in the draft. Schofield is good wher ethey got him. He has good upside if he can overcome his injury. He tore is ACL before the Senior Bowl. Skelton has a good arm and a quick release. The Cards did well. I'm still penciling them in as a favorite to win the NFC West even without Warner. They filled their holes on defense (and possibly improved it). It's going to be more of a run-based team with the ability to stretch out with 3 good WR's on passing downs. The first 3 picks will be significant contributors this year.

Seattle Seahawks

#6) Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma St
#14) Earl Thomas, SS, Texas
#60) Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame
#111) Walter Thurmond, CB, Oregon
#127) E.J. Wilson, DE, North Carolina
#133) Kam Chancellor, FS, Virginia Tech
#185) Anthony McCoy, TE, USC
#236) Dexter Davis, DE, Arizona St
#245 Jameson Konz, WR, Kent St

I saw all the analysts raving about the Seahawks draft and can't understand what all the hype is all about. Let me add that the Seahawks had a very, very good draft. However, the Seahawks have a lot of holes to fill so it's much easier declare that the Seahawks filled their needs through the draft expecially when the talent level was low to begin with. My favorite pick is Okung. The Seahawks were lucky to get him at #6. Golden Tate was also a steal for him. I think he has the chance to be special even if he doesn't have the measurables. He has good ball awareness and he is a good returner. I'm on the fence about Earl Thomas. He's going to be a ball hawk. I don't why's he's listed at SS. I still think he is on the small-ish side and think he's more of a late first round guy, so it borderline where they took him. He'll be fine as a FS though where he doesn't have to take a pounding. Thurmond's upside is off the charts, but for a guy that relies on agility and cutting, he sure tore a lot of ligaments. I don't foresee him making any impact in the first couple of years. I though Henderson was a bit of a reach. However, Chancellor was a steal where they got him. He has upside at SS. The Seahawks nabbed 2 starters and Tate will be a solid contributor in year one. The Seahawks are still a work in progress. I don't see more than 6 or 7 wins out of them this year as they try to string their system and roster together.

St Louis Rams

1) Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
33) Roger Saffold, OT, Indiana
65) Jerome Murphy, CB, S. Florida
99) Marty Gilyard, Cincinnati
132) Michael Hoomanawanui
149) Hall Davis, DE, La-Lafayette
170) Fendi Onobun, TE, Arizona
189) Eugene Sims, DE, West Texas A&M
211) Marquis Johnson, DB, Alabama
226) George Selvie, DE, S. Florida
254) Josh Hull, LB, Penn St

The Rams also had a very good draft. They kicked it off by taking a franchise QB. Bradford seems like the real deal, but he was surrounded by a lot of talent in College. It will be a couple of more years before the Rams will be able to properly stock Bradford with the tools to win. Saffold was my favorite pick. They now have options with Barron...move to Guard or let him go. Murphy and Gilyard were excellent where they were drafted. hall davis was another solid pick. I'm not sure where Selvie fits. The Rams are playing the #'s game. They had a lot of late picks and hope to hit on a couple. They are still another couple of years away from competing, but 4 or 5 wins is not out of the realm.

All the NFC teams turned out very good drafts. I still think the Cards are still 10 win capable and will be the 49ers greatest challenge. It will come down to the 49ers/Cards matchups this year to decide which on takes the NFC West. The Seahawks are at least another year away from competing and the Rams another year after that.

Category: NFL Draft
Posted on: November 17, 2008 6:01 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2008 7:22 pm
 

Coaches On The Hotseat?

Coaches on the hotseat. Life is short for the players in the NFL. It's even shorter for most NFL coaches. We've already witnessed 3 head coach firings this season, Scott Linehan (Rams), Lane Kiffin (Raiders), and Mike Nolan (49ers). The teams below are sinking fast and their needs to be a scapegoat. So let's take a look at the rest of the potential free agent coaches for 2009.

Norv Turner - San Diego Chargers, 4-6 - The Chargers need to go deep into the playoffs. That's why Norv was hired. How do the Chargers figure that firing Schottenheimer and hiring Turner would be an improvement? After all, Norv, as a head coach, has always struggled getting to the playoffs.

Wade Phillips - Dallas Cowboys, 5-4 - Like the Chargers, this is another team with high expectations. Phillips' head coaching career wasn't much better than Norv's before arriving to the Cowboys. Again, why do owners/GMs hire coaches with poor track records and expect them to go deep into the playoffs?

Romeo Crennel - Cleveland Browns, 3-6 - after a 10-6 finish last year and missing the playoffs, the Browns have already reached their loss total from last year. When you go 10-6 and miss the playoffs, you might get a pass. What if you follow that up with a sub-0.500 finish?

Marvin Lewis - Cincinnati Bengals, 1-8-1 - Things could be worse. The Bengals could've actually been 1-9 if McNabb would known about "ties". The lack of urgency on McNabb's part gave the Bengals a non-loss. However, it also gave them a non-win. I'm surprised Lewis has made it this far. After all, 3 other coaches have already been fired this season. The Bengals rebuilt when Lewis was hired. They have 1 playoff appearance to show for it and they are on the verge of rebuilding again. Lewis' time is up and Mike Brown needs to go to. Oh wait...you can't fire owners. There couldn't possibly be any team in a situation worse than the Bengals. But then again...

Rod Marinelli - Detroit Lions, winless - I couldn't even honor the Lions with a numbered record. It doesn't matter. They are bad from the top down. The offense isn't bad with Calvin Johnson and Kevin Smith with bright futures. But wasn't Marinelli brought in to fix the defense? The Lions gave up an average of 377 ypg in 2007. This year, they are giving up 401 ypg. And that's without Mike Martz's turnover prone offense to help them out. Matt Millen is gone. Now almost everything associated with Millen needs to go too. Even Rod Marinelli.

Sean Payton - New Orleans Saints, 5-5 - The Saints were a preseason favorite to win the NFC South. There were problems on the defense that were addressed by the drafting of Sedrick Ellis and the acquisition of Jonathon Vilma. But lately, the Saints are falling behind in games and forced to play catch up. Injuries have taken their toll on both side of the ball. I think Payton is the least likely to get fired out of the bunch. But their worst 2 losses came at the hands of their division rivals losing by 23 to the Panthers and by 14 to the rebuilt Falcons have you wondering how prepared this team is on Sundays.

Honorable Mention - Brad Childress - Minnesota Vikings, 5-5 - Childress is fortunate that the division lead is tied at 5-5. A win yesterday could've placed the Vikings on top of the NFC North. If the Vikings do not make the playoffs as a division winner or wildcard contender, then he will have to wonder why he didn't address the QB situation in the offseason.

Mike Holmgren (Seattle Seahawks) is about as lame duck as you can get and the Seahawks are paying for it with a 2-8 record.

Posted on: September 15, 2008 4:45 pm
Edited on: September 15, 2008 4:48 pm
 

Not Exactly The Greatest Show On Turf...

...But I like what I see!

While watching the 49ers at Seahawks yesterday, I caught myself doing something very strange. Every time Isaac Bruce made a play, I would catch myself chanting "Bruuuuuuuce". Much like what you would hear from Rams fans back in the "Greatest Show On Turf" days. That used to bug me quite a bit...only because Bruce had made so many plays AGAINST the 49ers in the past. I must admit, I wasn't a believer at first. I thought we could never execute Mike Martz's offense with the talent that we had...even with Bruce (age) and Bryant Johnson (Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald's bench warmer).

This game started out ugly enough, at least for the 49ers. The 49ers had blocked punt on the Seahawks 2nd possession. As fate would have it, Seahawks safety Jonathon Babineaux recoverd the ball and scrambled for a 1st down. This set up the 1st TD by Julius Jones. On the 49ers next possession, Frank Gore fumbled which began a mad 22 yard scramble in the opposite direction only to have Seattle recover for a TD. The game announcers liked it to the "Holy Roller", for me, it was the "Holy !#%^ Roller". This was the same kind of start the 49ers had against the Cardinals in week 1. So now I'm thinking to myself that the 49ers are out of this game. It didn't help that on the 49ers' next 2 scoring drives, they were limited to FGs. I mean, the NIners were moving the ball up and down the field, but you have to be able to "seal the deal".

Then it happened. A deep pass from J.T. O'Sullivan to Bruce good for 63 yards. it was reminiscent of the Martz's days with the Rams. Not only that. But the 49ers finished the drive with a 3 yard TD that DIDN'T involve Frank Gore. The 49ers looked like a passing team again! What choice did we have? The Seahawks did a good job of limiting Gore to 61 yards on 19 carries, forcing JTO to beat them. JTO did just that. I can't say that the Seahawks pass defense is soft. This is normally a strength for them. They have Marcus Trufant, Kelly Jennings, Brian Russell and Deon Grant back there. Those are some pretty big names. The 'Hawks also have All-pro Patrick Kerney and 1st round pick Lawrence Jackson who led a group that sacked JTO 8 TIMES! i have to credit JTO's resiliency on this. There were a few times where he may have been able to throw the ball away. But through all this, he protected the ball (as well as himself) and converted on key 3rd downs. I had to rub my eyes on more than several occasions because I wasn't used to seeing the 49ers do this for the past 3-4 years.

I also must extend credit to the Seahawks offense. Down to 2 healthy recievers, the Seahawks were able to move the ball effectively. They utilized play actions and draws to keep the 49er defense off balance. Rookie TE John Carlson and Julius Jones made plays...even though the 49ers KNEW that they were the offense's go-to guys. Then something else happened. The 49ers GENERATED TURNOVERS! The 49ers first TO of the season and delivered in a big way. 49ers Patrick Willis takes a deflected pass 85 yards for a score. Now if this didn't shift momentum, the interception by Walt Harris on the Seahawks next drive must have. This gave the ball back to the 49ers on the Seahawks 41. 4 plays later, the 49ers were in the end zone.

At this time, I knew the 49ers offense couldn't be stopped...and it showed BIG in OT. When the 49ers missed the FG at the end of regulation, I knew that all we needed to do was win the coin toss and the game was ours...and that's exactly how it finished. 49ers 33, Seahawks 30.

The 49ers did a lot of things well. They could use improvement on the offensive line and could use a little more pass rush. But the 49ers were able cut down on turnovers, generate turnovers, convert 3rd downs, and score TD inside the red zone. My biggest rants the last 2 weeks was the lack of turnovers on defense and red zone offense. The 49ers proved they are capable of both.

The "Greatest Show On Turf"? Maybe not, but if the 49ers keeps putting on shows like they did yesterday, then I'll be plenty happy.

Category: NFL
Posted on: September 8, 2008 12:26 am
Edited on: September 8, 2008 12:36 am
 

An NFL Week 1 of Upsets

Panthers 26, Chargers 24 - Yeah...the Chargers are very upset that they lost this one, especially at home. The Panthers didn't even have Steve Smith.

Bears 29, Colts 13 - WoW! Matt Forte rushes 23 times for 123 yards. Of course, take away the 50 yard TD and he is only averaging around 3.5 ypc. Former defensive MVP Bob Sanders is supposed to prevent gouging runs like that. What a way to break in the Colts new stadium.

Falcons 34, Lions 21 - This was the league toilet bowl matchup, so I'm not sure we can call this an upset. Maybe we didn't give the Falcons enough credit toward their rebuilding effort. Big plays by Michael Turner AND Matt Ryan.

Bills 34, Seahawks 10 - OK, maybe this wasn't an upset. Many have the Bills pegged as a playoff dark horse this year. What's upsetting (at least to Seahawks fans) is that they beat the Seahawks by 24 points. Never overlook the importance of special teams.

Patriots 17, Chiefs 10 - Bottom line is that the Patriots won. The Tom Brady injury will upset as many fantasy managers as Patriots fans.

 OK...I know it's early. Every year on opening day some teams play to their expectations and some just fall flat on their face. I believe that the Chargers and Colts will turn things around. Teams like the Lions and Chiefs will continue to struggle. The Seahawks are in big trouble. What will the Falcons and Bills show us next week? Good luck to Matt Cassel.

 
 
 
 
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