By John Boyle
We’ll lead off today’s links with our story on Seattle’s unconventional approach with its offensive line, something we’ll likely see continue this weekend.
Todd Dybas of the News Tribune looks at the side of the game we don’t often consider—the bottom-of-the-roster guys whose job status can change from week to week.
Jayson Jenks of the Seattle Times writes about Seattle’s freakishly athletic linebacker Bruce Irvin.
Brock Huard of 710 ESPN Seattle breaks down Jermaine Kearse’s touchdown catch in this week’s chalk talk segment.
Russell Wilson is up to No. 3 in ESPN’s MVP watch.
NFL.com looks at a stat called toxic differential, which measures how a team does in turnover differential and in creating and preventing explosive plays. The Seahawks are No. 1 in toxic differential by a pretty large margin. To me what’s most impressive on this chart is that the Seahawks are tied for second with 22 forced turnovers, and first in fewest explosive plays (20 or more yards) allowed with 21. Conventional wisdom says that a team has to gamble some to create turnovers, the tradeoff for which can be big plays, yet the Seahawks have found a way to be strong in both areas.
And finally, two videos that are worth watching when you have time: a very cool look at the intellectual side of Richard Sherman’s game, and a mic’d up Pete Carroll from the Tampa Bay game. Highlights include Carroll tearing into the refs after the PI call on Earl Thomas, and him telling Darrell Bevell to keep running because the Bucs couldn’t stop it.