Get ready for a barrage of coverage of the Seahawks over the next few days, as things really start kicking off today with press conferences and lots of other stuff from the VMAC. Coach Pete Carroll will meet the media each of the next three days, and many Seattle players will also have podium sessions as things ramp up a bit for the NFC Championship.
We’ll be there to cover it all.
For now, a few links to get your Seahawks’ day started. …
- Jayson Jenks on how Russell Wilson’s passing game has evolved over the course of the season.
- Our story on the ticket situation for this week’s game.
- Fun story here on the growth of the Seahawks’ fan clubs.
- Reports last night that Seahawks DC Dan Quinn wants the Atlanta job. But another former Seattle assistant could be in the running there, as well.
- Seahawks.com on how Jermaine Kearse seems to always be in the middle of the big plays.
- Fan petition to tell NFL to stop making Marshawn Lynch talk to the media up to 28,000.
- The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel with some links to lots of basic info about the game and five things to watch.
- And the JS with a bunch of links to stories about the game.
- ESPN’s Green Bay blog with lots of links.
- And ESPN’s Green Bay blog with lots of numbers on the game.
- And lots of stuff here from the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
- ESPN with an Insider piece that makes the case that Seattle’s defense is the best in the last 11 years:
The Seahawks’ defense wasn’t good in the red zone this season. I don’t mean that they were average, as opposed to being fantastic elsewhere on the field. I mean, they were actually very bad. The Seahawks ranked 28th in DVOA in the red zone. They allowed 5.2 points per red zone visit by opponents; only New Orleans and Indianapolis were worse.
The good news for Seattle is that this is the weakness that got fixed when the Seahawks went on that dominating six-game winning streak to close the season. In their first 10 games, Seattle’s defense was successful by our definition on a league-low 42 percent of plays. In the final six games, that number shot up to 70 percent.
With a better defense in the red zone, the Seahawks are back to being the defense they were a year ago. And while their defense over a three-year period, on average, hasn’t been one of the absolute best in NFL history, that defense from just 2013 certainly was. If that defense shows up this week and again in Arizona, the Seahawks will be lifting a second Lombardi Trophy.