As the nation gets ready for Super Bowl 47 this Sunday, word has leaked out that Raven’s QB Joe Flacco will be seeking a contract extension this offseason that will pay him $20 million per season.
$20 million isn’t an arbitrary number. It also happens to be what Peyton Manning will earn in in 2013, when he will be the highest paid player in the NFL. Flacco and his agent clearly believe that Flacco deserves the same type of money, but is he the same quality of QB? It’s tough to make a case that he is.
The regular season numbers certainly don’t favor Flacco’s claim. Flacco’s 87.7 rating was the 12th best by NFL QBs (Manning was 2nd). His QBR was the down at 25th (Manning was #1). Pro Football Focus has Flacco season at #20. (Manning is again #1). From that point of view, the 2 QB definitely shouldn’t not be paid similar money.
The playoff numbers are a different story. Flacco’s 114.7 rating is the highest of any QB this season. His QBR is the 3rd in the league even though he’s the only QB to have played in 3 playoff games so far. PFF also has him 3rd amongst playoff QBs. Plus there’s the fact that Flacco and the Ravens beat Manning and the Broncos in Denver.
That has been the case over his entire career. While Flacco isn’t a particularly good regular season QB, he does seem to dial it up to a whole different level in the post season. The then becomes, is that enough?
Does being able to play well in the playoffs make Flacco worth the same contract money as players who play at a much higher level over the course of the regular season?
I guess we’ll see this offseason. It’s going to be an interesting story line to watch over the next couple months.
Six Seattle Seahawks are headed to the Pro Bowl this year. The big question that everyone is asking is, “Does anybody care?” Last year’s players were accused of not competing, not playing hard enough, and basically playing a boring game. It resulted in a 59 to 41 AFC victory. Earlier this season, when asked about his Prow Bowl snub, Seattle’s own Richard Sherman seemed indifferent. He stated only that he wanted to be listed on the all-pro team.
In fact, criticism of the NFL’s all star game has grown so strong that there has been speculation that Roger Goodell may cancel future Pro Bowls if this year’s game is a flop. If he did, it would be a shame for the NFL’s youngest fans, the kids, who really believe that watching their heroes in an all star game is an exciting event.
My strongest memory of the Prow Bowl was in 1995. That year, Seahawks’ running back Chris Warren broke the Prow Bowl record for yards in a game at 127. Soon after that, his own AFC teammate, Marshall Faulk (then of the Indianapolis Colts) broke Warrens record by gaining 180 yards. Yes, the same record went down twice in one game by players from the same team.
I was young that year, and knew more about NCAA football than I did about NFL football. Maybe that was why I was so excited to see a Seattle player take a record in a bowl game. Then, when Marshall Faulk topped Warren’s record, I felt like I would feel years later when Shaun Alexander lost his share of the single season TD title to LaDainian Tomlinson the next season.
On Sunday, Marshawn Lynch, Russell Wilson, Earl Thomas, and Leon Washington all have chances to put their names in the record books. All though, for Russell Wilson to get in the record books, he would have to put up impressive individual numbers. Peyton Manning owns most quarterback career marks. Perhaps playing behind his linemen Max Unger and Russell Okung will work to Wilson’s advantage.
It is true that some fans may be turned away from the Pro Bowl by the lack of hard hits, the no-blitz-allowed rule, mandatory 4-3 defense, Maddenesque scoring, and overall lack of competitiveness. There is still potential for some good performances by the best players that the NFL had to offer this season; at least the players not playing in the Super Bowl. In a way, the next two weeks are like a curtain call. The supporting cast coming out to take their bow first, and the biggest stars coming out to play one more game for the title.
In addition to the game itself, the event has always been a nice event for the city of Honolulu, and the State of Hawaii. If Seattle fans feel isolated having their team playing in the northwest, imagine how Hawaian fans feel being so far removed from the rest of the country as to not have a team.
Not only is the Pro Bowl a good chance to involve Hawaii in the world of professional football, this year, the league is reaching out across the pacific. The NFL is using the Pro Bowl weekend to help promote American football in Japan. To help strengthen the bond between American Football and Japanese American Football, the Pro Bowl squads will feature practices at Pearl Harbor, and coaching exchanges with Japanese coaches.
Believe it or not, football is actually played in Japanese high schools, colleges, and they have a semi-pro league that features a mix of Japanese and international players. Their championship is now called the X-bowl, and dates back to 1987. For the big picture of the growth of American football, building this international connection can only be seen as a positive.
While the Ichiro of football still may be a few generations away, this weekends prow bowl is dominated by American players. At the end of the day, the bloated statistics, and fanfare in Hawaii may not be as exciting as the Harbaugh brothers playing chess in between rounds of million dollar commercials. However, it is still football, and I’m going to watch it. Let’s hope that the players put on a good show, and that our Seattle Seahawks players give us something to cheer for.
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After finally getting to watch Seattle’s second preseason game (it didn’t air in Los Angeles until last night), I figured I’d throw my two cents out there. I think Seattle looked a lot better as an entire team this game and the defense held Denver in check while our offense failed to score touchdowns. The “death by a million field goals” offensive reality makes me incredibly uneasy, though. I focused in on Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson’s play this week and tried to put them both in context since stats can get distorted in preseason. All the Wilson advocates should look at his numbers and cut them back a little considering what he is generally playing against – third and fourth stringers. That being said, Wilson is showing in every game why Pete Carroll and John Schneider picked him and I couldn’t be happier.
First up is Matt Flynn. I thought he did a very good job against Denver’s defense. For the most part he took the plays that were available to him and did not turn the ball over or make costly mistakes. He even cranked it up a couple of times and threw some nice deep throws, one of which should have been caught by Terrel Owens for a touchdown. We did fail to score a touchdown in the first half which left me with a queasy feeling. Granted we didn’t have Sidney Rice, Zach Miller, or Michael Robinson, but I would really like to see more touchdowns.
Tyrell Sutton made a strong case for himself with several good runs. Kregg Lumpkin also looked good. Seattle certainly appears to have solid depth at the running back position which is nice to see. It will be interesting to see who gets cut over the next two weeks. Tai Vaua also looked good at fullback. However, Vuau has the unfortunate circumstance of competing against Seattle’s only offensive Pro Bowler from last season for a roster spot he is most likely not going to get.
Our defense kept the game manageable but our offense needs to provide more support. In general, I was once again not overly impressed with our receivers and tight ends. There were some good moments, but in general, it seemed pretty lackluster. Leon Washington and Robert Turbin both looked good, however. When Lynch takes a rest, the defenses won’t get one as Turbin will come in and continue to pound.
Russell Wilson once again looked very good. His poise and decision making were very impressive. The camera missed one play (I was getting the Denver broadcast) where Wilson somehow found an open receiver in a broken play and tossed it to him for an easy reception in a very ugly scenario. Wilson shows a lot of potential and I can see why he has such strong advocates. To me, though, he runs out of the pocket too much for me to feel comfortable. He can make something out of nothing but I don’t want that to be the de facto game plan. I also don’t want him to get hurt. I would like to see him to be able to read defenses better, as well. This all comes with experience which I have no doubt he is going to gain.
The best metaphor I have for thinking about Wilson is a high fastball. For those of you that have never played baseball (those that have will get this), the high fastball is one of the sexiest looking pitches a batter can see. It comes in at eye-level and your brain automatically thinks you’re going to crush it out of the park. Most of the time when the pitch is swung at the batter misses underneath. Once in a while, it may get crushed. The experienced players know this and force themselves to lie off and take the ball, which it almost certainly will be. Wilson is that sexy pitch. The brain sees it and thinks he’s going to crush opposing defenses, and there is a small chance he might, but the downside is a lot greater. If he starts and misses, it could set him back for years or permanently. I’d rather have him “over-ready” to start instead taking an unnecessary chance.
Lastly, our defense once again was very imposing. Three turnovers on a Peyton Manning offense, preseason or not, is always impressive. You could tell Manning was frustrated because he played the whole first half which wasn’t likely Denver’s plan going in. The Seahawks did not get to Manning as much as I would have liked (Irvin did blast him once) but Seattle’s defense did make it hard for Denver’s offense to be effective. In the second half, Bruce Irvin made a very impressive rundown of Brock Osweiler that I replayed many times. A guy that fast and that tenacious is going to be a force. Chris Clemons also was a solid anchor that couldn’t be moved by Denver’s offensive line. With speed to the outside and a massive interior, it’s going to hard to get much going against Seattle’s defense.
That’s my quick and dirty breakdown of thoughts and reactions I had during the game. I’m sure there are many that will disagree with me on the quarterback issue, but I keep telling myself “lay off the high fastball.” “Play the odds.” Over time, I have no doubt Wilson will move himself into the waist-high strike zone, in which case Seattle might have an offense as fast, dynamic, and potent as it’s defense.
Also, a quick update on a previous post I had written regarding Tarvaris Jackson being traded. That is now official and Jackson has also said that he is willing to restructure his contract in order to facilitate a trade. I’ve also heard rumors that Green Bay could be an interested party considering their backup situation is horrible for a Super Bowl caliber team (since the Seahawks now have their former backup) and a generally good relationship between the two franchises. Seattle is requesting a fifth round pick but could receive less.
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1) The Matt Flynn / Russell Wilson Show – Take 2
- After a solid showing against Tennessee at home (23-29 for 195 and 2 picks combined. 59 rushing yards and 1 TD for Wilson) both QB’s showed efficiency and poise in their first snaps as Seahawks. While the interceptions are concerning, overall play for both men showed pocket presence and a knack for finding open receivers. Flynn and Wilson look to share a similar work load on the road in Denver. A strong Broncos pass rush will answer further if either one is ready to take the reins for the ‘Hawks. Flynn will again start, and play the first half, while Wilson will take the 2nd. If there’s a repeat of the success shown against the Titans by either player, the trade rumors surrounding Tarvaris Jackson could be validated. Bottom line, the Seahawks could answer the biggest question surrounding the team coming out of this game. Stay tuned…
2) ‘The Sheriff’ vs. The ‘Hawks Pass D
- It can be argued that the Seahawks have the best collective Defensive Backfield in the NFC, if not the NFL. How will the new Denver offense and a healthy Manning operate against such a solid group? While he wasn’t stellar in limited action against the Bears (4-7- 44 yds-1 Int) he did show great zip and his trademark accuracy at times. With extended playing time, and another week to gel with his new Receivers, this will be agreat litmus test for the ‘Hawks Pass D as well as for Denver’s newly built high-octane O.
3) ‘It All Starts Up-Front…’
- No surprise that it’s paramount the Seahawks can solidify an Offensive Line depleted by a couple key injuries to its starters. James Carpenter is looking at a Week 6 return, and that may be a generous outlook, while John Moffitt is out with an elbow injury until at least Week 1. Paul McQuistan, and Deuce Lutui are sturdy replacements and the surprise rookie J.R. Sweezy is ascending nicely. Whether the Seahawks are left with as many questions as answers, against the likes of Elvis Dumervil, Von Miller, Ty Warren, and D.J. Williams, will reveal itself Saturday.
4) Will the Real Bruce Irvin Please Stand Up?
- Since Day 1 in mini-camp, and into Training Camp, fellow writers, teammates, and coaches have raved about the speed, and explosiveness Bruce Irvin had shown. Against Tennessee he kind of disappeared. Mindful that the Titans do possess one of the games tougher Offensive Lines, it still begs the question for Game 2. Can Bruce Irvin unleash that disruptive, lightning quick force he’s shown us flashes of? Against Denver’s up-tempo pass attack he will get his chance.
5) Looking for Clarity at the Wide Receiver Position
- With the recent additions of Terrell Owens and Braylon Edwards, the Seahawks find themselves with a bit of a log-jam at Wideout. Add in Kellen Winslow, and that football seems to be getting stretched mighty thin. Ben Obomanu and Golden Tate are set to start the game, but let’s see how quickly T.O. and Braylon can get involved. A large question looms as to whether the ‘Hawks keep both of the vets.
Lucky for all of us, the offseason is finally almost over. I found myself looking over the league’s transaction log a couple days ago, and I kept being reminded of some of the really dumb looking moves that teams made this offseason. While some of these may turn out to be not as bad as they seem, they are all genuinely awful. So for your amusement, I give you my top 10 most questionable moves of the NFL offseason.
10) The stupidity that is the bounty scandal
While the bounty scandal probably doesn’t count as an offseason move for any one team, it does count because I said so, and because no list of stupid things that the NFL did this offseason should be without it. I don’t even need to get into any of the specifics here. If you’d heard anything at all about it up to this point, then you know enough to realize just how stupid the whole thing is.
9) Randy Moss to the 49ers
The 49ers needed receivers, so they went out and signed a player who’s last productive season was in 2009. Moss was once one of the greatest receivers in the history of the game, but those days are long past. The 49ers now need Moss to be something he no longer is, a dynamic playmaker. At least they didn’t break the bank to do it.
8) Saints dragging out the negotiations with Drew Brees
I expect this deal to get done, but this never shouldn’t have taken this long. You now have a franchise, and the face of that franchise at odd with each other and extremely unhappy. How is this good for the team exactly?
Granted, Brees will likely soon have 150+mil reasons to get over his unhappiness with the team, but think about the precedent that’s set here. It was likely pulling teeth to get the team to take care of it’s best player. I just can’t see how this was a good idea.
7) Denver’s huge contract for Peyton Manning
Don’t get me wrong, I wanted Manning in a Seattle uniform. I think he’ll be fully recovered from his neck injuries and ready to go for week 1. But there’s a difference between offering him a big contract to come lead your team, and offering him THAT contract.
The Broncos essentially wrote Manning a blank check, making him one of the highest paid players in the history of the sport. And this is for a player hasn’t played in a year, has legitimate durability issues now, and is old enough that his skills should have begun declining even if he was healthy.
6) Mario Williams getting a truck load of cash from the Bills
Williams is one of the league’s premier players at his position, but taking the extra cash to go from a legitimate Super Bowl contender to a perennial bottom feeder is always a questionable choice.
On top of that, I’ve always got the feeling that Williams was one of those players who’s motivation comes partly from his desire for a bigger paycheck. Now that he’s got that paycheck, there’s reasons to worry that he wont be nearly as productive for his new team.
5) No one signing RB Ryan Grant
I get that Grant isn’t a perfect RB. He does have an injury history, and he’s not a great blocker receiver which means he wont play much on third down, but he’s still one of the best runners in the NFL. He’s got the combination of power, speed, and elusiveness that give him the potential to carry an offense.
With his injury history and age, I can see why no team would be willing to break the bank to sign him, but the fact that he can’t even seem to get a modest 1 year contract is downright crazy.
4) The Dolphins giving away Brandon Marshall for next to nothing
Marshall is one of the best receivers in NFL. There is simply no way to argue that the sentence before this one is a fact. The Dolphins traded him for 2 third round draft picks, a paltry sum for such a good player. It wasn’t too many years ago when the Seahawks traded Joey Galloway, a lesser player compared to Marshall, away for 2 first round picks. When you consider it that way, you’ll see just how little the Dolphins received for Marshall.
3) The Giants releasing Jake Ballard
Jake Ballard had become a solid target for Eli Manning. The TE had improved to the point that he was one of the key contributors on the team’s run to the Championship. Then he suffered a major injury, and he was likely to start the season on PUP list, so the Giants tried to slip him through wavers to open up a roster spot. The Patriot snagged him, leaving the Giants with nothing. It’s like the Giants didn’t think anyone would notice, which is pretty stupid if you think about it.
2) Tampa giving the Seahawks Kellen Winslow for absolutely nothing.
As bad as the Brandon Marshall trade was, this one was even worse. The Seahawks gave up only a 7th round pick for one of the league’s premier receivers at the TE position. Regardless of what you think about Winslow’s attitude off the field, giving up such a talented player for nothing just doesn’t make any sense.
1) Jets trading for Tim Tebow
The entire idea of using a roster spot for a QB who can’t throw the ball is a mind boggling proposition. But to give up draft picks for the right to waste a roster spot on that type of player? really? not to mention the circus he brings with him, and to a team at already has more circus than they can handle, the entire thing just seems like one of the worst ideas in the history of football.
The Peyton Manning watch is finally over. He has decided to sign with the Denver Broncos.
The Seattle Seahawks are still looking for a new QB, and an interesting option may have just opened up. I must admit that I didn’t see this coming, and need to give credit to the Seahawks blog visit site to read more]
Yesterday was a very busy day in the NFL, and most of the happenings seem to be working against the Seahawks.
- Seahawks re-signed Red Bryant. Very good move.
- Seahwks also re-signed Heath Farwell, who plays mostly on special … [visit site to read more]
As has been reported by multiple sources, Peyton Manning has visits scheduled in Denver, Miami and Arizona.
This is an “ideal world” post. You know, that place that doesn’t exist where everything works out exactly as it should with no major surprises. This world doesn’t exist, but if it did this is how I think the QB market should fall this … [visit site to read more]
Don’t forget that I’m still waiting for all the nominations to roll in for the Greatest Seahawk Ever competition. Get your nominations in ASAP.
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