Spent a bit of a bye week morning reading a bunch of stuff on-line, and passing along some of what I found most interesting:
— Football Outsiders details the most penalized players in the NFL this season, and Seattle guard J.R. Sweezy makes the list, tied for sixth with seven, good for 40 yards.
— Seattle also remains the most-penalized team in the NFL with 87. To be fair, Seattle has played one more game than most teams with its bye week coming late. And that also adds even more ammo for those who say penalties are an overrated stat as the Seahawks have obviously overcome that number to achieve the best record in the NFL so far.
— There are a couple of different stories out there today comparing the Big 4 second-year QBs — Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick — with the latter two facing off Monday night. Each tries to explain why Wilson and Luck are faring better than Griffin III and Kaepernick.
This one is an ESPN Insider story that includes this assessment of Wilson:
Out of the big four, Wilson still has the most support from his defense and running game, but he really takes matters into his own hands after the snap with his Fran Tarkenton-like scrambles. Despite missing several key starters on his offensive line, losing Sidney Rice for the season and playing just one game thus far with Percy Harvin, Wilson is right in the statistical ballpark of where he was a season ago. This comes despite being pressured on 46.0 percent of his dropbacks, according to Pro Football Focus. That’s the second-highest rate in the league and up from his 39.2 percent last year.
Like Luck, Wilson would rather scramble than have a designed run, and he excels at situational football, having led Seattle on nine winning drives. He hasn’t been blown out in 57 games dating back to college, and he’s 3-1 in the NFL when trailing by at least 14 points.
And here’s one from NFL.com’s Albert Breer that states:
It’s no mistake, then, that the transition of Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson from Year 1 to Year 2 as NFL starters has been much smoother. Both had experience in pro-style offenses as collegians, and each was asked to lean on aptitude — not just athleticism — while playing at that level. So when pro defenses adjusted to them, they had more answers, drawing from more developed skill sets.
Reading each story called to mind what Wilson said prior to the Tampa Bay game — when he revisited the events that saw him forced to leave North Carolina State — when he said he picked Wisconsin over Auburn because it ran a pro style offense that he thought would offer him better preparation for the NFL.
— ESPN.com’s Terry Blount lists his top five Seahawks at the bye. Right now, with the way the team is playing, it’s hard to argue including anyone, while you could also make a case for including about 10 other guys.
— Blount also calls DT Clinton McDonald and WR Jermaine Kearse the two most surprising Seahawks of the season. Also hard to argue either of those.
— And Blount, not resting during the bye week, also says Walter Jones deserves his spot in the Hall of Fame right now.
— ESPN also writes about the Saints already looking forward to playing the Seahawks Dec. 2. Said QB Drew Brees: “Listen, they’re all big. But obviously we understand the implications of this one. Monday Night Football’ at Seattle, it doesn’t get any better than that.”
— NOLA.com says the Saints will face lots of questions about why they struggle on the road.