Welcome my friends, welcome to the machine. As a long time fan-boy (nearly 2 years) of the Sea Hawkers Podcast, it’s my pleasure to be able to contribute to their growing cadre of listeners by offering up a weekly little ditty we call 3 in, 3 out.
What is 3 in, 3 out? Glad you asked. It’s a concise, yet somewhat satisfying recap of 3 things that went well for the Seahawks and 3 things that left us all feeling a little less than fresh. The coverage will go deeper than the average bear – for instance this will be the only mention of Richard Sherman’s all game blanketing of Dez.
Bite-sized tidbits… yes! Slightly askew analysis… likely! Better at life than Skip Bayless… most certainly my friends. So, without further adieu, queue Machinehead from 90’s band Bush in your noggin’ and sing it with us: 3 in, 3 out… 3 in, 3 out …
In – Large holes in left side of the line, several times
Though Lynch carried the ball 21 times v. dem ‘Boys, it felt like he should’ve gotten the rock even more. His last two starts he’s looked quite fresh. In addition to what seem like very fresh Lynch legs, Alvin Bailey’s run blocking on many occasions was really… quite good. There were several occasions where Lynch was through a gaping left side hole and not being touched until linebacker contact 4 to 5 yards down the field. Ummmmm… we do that, we don’t lose
Out – Uggggggh the Red Dead Zone
The O is moving the chains. Most drives feel good. The stats certainly don’t say it but any ‘Hawks fan watching as we do feel that the offense is riiiiiiiight there. But put simply, if we don’t improve our Red Zone offense, we won’t make it back to the Super Bowl. I’d like to say we just need to be less predictable in the Red Zone, but I think Brandan would kindly remind me that “Malcolm Butler made a very good play”. So, I’m taking suggestions here… what can we do about our red zone doldrums?
In – Jimmy Graham… yes, our Jimmy Graham
Facts are funny… funny things.
Fact #1 – Jimmy Graham caught just under 37% of Russell’s completions on Sunday
Fact #2 – Jimmy Graham was responsible for just under 36% of Russell’s throwing yards on Sunday
Fact #3 – Luke Willson was open, because the defender was more keyed in on Jimmy Graham (a well designed and nicely executed play I might add!)
Out – Michael Bennett’s Last Chance Power-Drive
Hey, I love me some @mosesbread72… I’ve often stated to fellow 12’s on twitter to exercise fan patience when he lines up offsides multiple times in a half, because you know the guy will deliver a huge play when it matters. I think his 3.5 sacks the week before prove that out and then some.
I’m just saying, in this instance, when he went low on the Cowboys journeyman QB, we likely all felt that it was going to bite us in the arse… and cost us the season. Well, thank the maker for Matt Cassel, eh?
In – Tyler Lockett’s Punt Return that Didn’t Count – But Mattered
Lockett did a Lockett-thingy when he took that late punt return through traffic and up the sideline to the centerpiece Dallas Star. It was called back on a hold by Big Perm, Big Sherm that wouldn’t have affected the play otherwise. So the stats don’t count, but the play mattered… a lot. Lockett’s return game went from off the charts great to average over the last few weeks. We need Lockett to be this dynamic in the second half of the year, and this was a great play in a huge spot. It didn’t count, but it sure does matter.
Out – The NFL’s Inability to Decide What the Frig a Catch Is (or isn’t)!!!
That McFadden catch, and fumble was indeed a catch… and fumble… until it wasn’t. I’m just unsure how that call could possibly have been reversed, but here’s a solution! Any NFL catch/no catch scenario should be sent to NYC for MLB instant replay umpires to review. In baseball if a player catches the ball then muffs the transfer – like a 6-4 put out where the shortstop fumbles the ball trying to complete a double-play – it’s still an out… because… a-hem… he caught the ball!!! NFL, apply the same dang logic would ya? Please!!! Before another playoff game is ruined because you can’t decide what is a catch and what isn’t… Do Better NFL!!!
It’s of course great to hear Ricardo is on the road to recovery. Get well soon Rocket. 4-4 with 8 to go, our division to win! Till next time ye faithful 12’s, we’ll see you in a few weeks. Go ‘Hawks!