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    Seafense

    This is a fantastic article from a few weeks ago about how Seattle built one of the league's best defenses against the grain.

    How The Hell Did The Seahawks Build An Elite Defense?
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    From: Jack Dickey
    To: Josh Levin, Barry Petchesky


    Great defenses often have an intentionality to their construction. The Ravens spend their early draft picks on defensive players, and they talk up their defense. One would never think of the Ravens without thinking of Reed and Lewis and Suggs and Ngata and all the rest. The Jets hired an architect of the Ravens' defense (Rex Ryan), signed a linchpin of the Ravens' defense (Bart Scott), and then spent three of Ryan's first four first-rounders on defenders. The 49ers built their recent success on their own first-rounders—Patrick Willis and Aldon Smith—other teams' first rounders—Justin Smith, Donte Whitner, Carlos Rogers—and an old Ravens coach, Vic Fangio, as coordinator.

    Then you have the Seattle Seahawks defense. Not only did it not announce itself, but hardly anyone has noticed it. Seattle's head coach, hired in 2010, is Pete Carroll, who had last coordinated a defense in 1996. As far as any outsider can tell, Carroll is the Seahawks' cruise director. He inherited the defensive coordinator, a fellow named Gus Bradley, from Jim Mora's brief and hilarious 2009 season.

    Bradley has never been interviewed for another team's head-coaching vacancy. He is part of no great coaching tree: He coached under Monte Kiffin for three years in Tampa, which essentially makes him a disciple of Lane Kiffin's top lieutenant. Yeah. And before that, he was the defensive coordinator for the North Dakota State Bison, where he punted in the late 1980s. During the years Bradley ran their defense—1997-2002 and 2005—the Bison went 53-26. He coached current NFLers Craig Dahl, Ramon Humber, and Joe Mays, and in his final season, with all three there, Bradley's unit led the Great West conference in scoring defense and total defense.

    The cameras don't often cut to Bradley on the sidelines, and announcers don't extol his scheme, because his scheme doesn't draw attention to itself. In recent years, the league's great defenses—save the Bears'—have been 3-4 affairs, with complex blitzes and coverages heavily influenced by the Patriots and Ravens. This is to say nothing of whatever the hell Dom Capers is doing in Green Bay, where he will throw seemingly random combinations of linemen and linebackers out on the field. Color commentators love these schemes. The Seahawks run a 4-3, the white bread of defensive schemes.

    But there's plenty of note going on in the Seahawks' 4-3. On rushing downs, the Seahawks switch to something resembling a 3-4: They have four down linemen, but three of them are defensive tackles—big ones, like Alan Branch, Red Bryant, and Brandon Mebane. Together the three weigh 959 pounds. A pass-rushing end, usually Chris Clemons, will stand apart from the three linemen and try to beat the tackle one-on-one. The Seahawks call this man the "Leo," presumably because it sounds cool.

    On third downs or in obvious passing situations, Seattle might throw two Leos into their formation, with rookie phenom Bruce Irvin (who has 4.5 sacks already, despite playing only a third of Seattle's defensive snaps) playing opposite Clemons (who has 5.5 sacks). Then the Seahawks' line looks like the "wide nine" everyone talked about with the Eagles last year, except it actually works.

    The Seahawks back up their front with the league's best and baddest secondary. (Seattle's linebackers—K.J. Wright, Bobby Wagner, and Leroy Hill—have all played well this year, but the Seahawks play a lot of nickel, and the linebackers aren't terribly essential to their scheme. Hill told John Clayton as much earlier this year: "The front four is a lot more important in Pete's scheme than it was in the previous [linebacker-heavy] regime.") No defensive backfield hits as hard collectively as Seattle's does, with Kam Chancellor, Brandon Browner, and mouthy Richard Sherman bruising receivers in front of Earl Thomas, the deep safety. To wit, here's Browner's hit on Wes Welker this week. Browner is a cornerback. He hits like Ray Lewis.
    http://deadspin.com/5952195/how-the-...-elite-defense

    Highly recommend reading the rest.

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    since the lions suck...i am adopting the seahawks as my rooting interest for the remainder of the season. love your team. go hawks!

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    Very good reading... I also like to refer to the team as the "D-Hawks"
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    Quote Originally Posted by shen View Post
    Wont see weed but might see pot brownies. Maybe switch some signs around and see some parents panic.
    Yeah, I could see edibles and possibly drinks. I mean if it's legal and you aren't smoking it there's nothing they can do about that. Whether they sell it is the question. Years from now could be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Labgrownmangoat View Post
    Stadiums pretty much all have smoking areas, right?
    Nope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NateyB24 View Post
    No way no how they aren't going let drugs be used at Sports Stadiums there are kids there in fact i would be shocked.

    Maybe if they had an adult section but i really do not see them sectioning off seats for that.
    Uh, by this logic there would be no drinking.

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    Real Rob report is awesome. I could watch Moffitt talk for hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FortDetroit View Post
    since the lions suck...i am adopting the seahawks as my rooting interest for the remainder of the season. love your team. go hawks!
    Hop on up.

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    I'm planning on getting a customized Irvin jersey that says "BRUUUUUCE".

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    Quote Originally Posted by FWBrodie View Post
    I'm planning on getting a customized Irvin jersey that says "BRUUUUUCE".
    That's awesome! I was thinking of getting a Sherman one that says "My Brotha!"

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    I wanna convince a girl to put on a Russell Wilson outfit so I can just plow her into yesterday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FWBrodie View Post
    Real Rob report is awesome. I could watch Moffitt talk for hours.
    I watched one the more recent ones yesterday... Today I watched both of the preseason installments. Continues to crack me up. Didn't expect much from this "show," but it is quite entertaining.

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    Yeah Moffitt is hiiiiiiiilarious.
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    Great read.
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    Great article that talks about the meat of what constitutes a defense instead of the usual drivel you hear


    Cameron Jordan is awesome

    12.5 sacks and this http://instagram.com/p/jfs5DemKo3/

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    The part about Bradley was cool, too. It's so true, you never hear his name being mentioned or him being given any credit...

    Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, and Colin Kaepernick walk into a bar... To watch Russell Wilson win the Super Bowl.

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