05-14-2019, 06:13 AM
The Seahawks got the win on Sunday Womens Frank Clark Jersey , but most fans, analysts, or anyone watching with a normal sense of good football vs bad football, feels that Seattle only got worse against the Cardinals. That could come from just a gut feeling you had watching the offense struggle to get the ball more than a few yards downfield at a time, but advanced metrics will back your feelings up on that.Once the kings of DVOA (first overall from 2012-2015), the Seahawks have now fallen below the very middle of the pack.The Seahawks were 14th in DVOA last week after their decent win at home over the Cowboys, but they’ve fallen to 19th as we approach Week 5. That includes a number six ranking on defense, but almost every expects that to tumble with the loss of free safety Earl Thomas for the rest of the season; Seattle is ninth against the pass and surprisingly enough, tenth against the run. However, they’ve faced the fifth-easiest schedule of offense so far, per DVOA.That will change at home on Sunday against the number one ranked offense of the LA Rams. The Rams are first in passing efficiency and fourth in rushing efficiency. They are ninth on defense by DVOA, including seventh against the pass and 23rd against the run; only fueling Brian Schottenheimer’s fire to keep the ball out of Russell Wilson’s throwing hand.Seattle is 24th in passing and 22nd in rushing.My instincts told me that the Seahawks must have some advantages on special teams, and that is actually true: Michael Dickson is first in punting efficiency and by a fairly wide margin. However, Seattle is in the negative on every other phase of special teams except for punt returns, where they are just above average. They (Sebastian Janikowski) are one of the worst field goal kicking teams in the league so far.Overall, the Seahawks are 14th in special teams, but they could be bottom-five without Dickson. The Rams, long hailed for their special teams prowess under John Fassel, are just 17th in that category so far and Johnny Hekker+punt coverage is only just above average. The Arizona Cardinals were rumored to be moving on from Steve Wilks after only one season prior to their game against the Seattle Seahawks anyway, but Seattle’s 27-24 victory over the Cardinals surely didn’t do him any favors during a 3-13 season. Sure enough, the Cards did fire Wilks on Monday Jason Myers Jersey Green , less than 24 hours after the game.Also fired this week have been Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals, Adam Gase of the Miami Dolphins, Vance Joseph of the Denver Broncos, Todd Bowles of the New York Jets, and Dirk Koetter of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns also have vacant head coaching positions based on firings earlier this season.The Packers fired head coach Mike McCarthy following a Week 13 loss to Arizona, which was two weeks after a Thursday night loss to the Seahawks helped solidify that Green Bay was going to miss the postseason barring a miraculous finish. Seattle also shutdown the Minnesota Vikings in Week 14, a win loss for the Vikings that made it clear that the Seahawks would likely be a wild card, and they fired offensive coordinator John DeFilippo the next day. The Vikings missed the playoffs on Sunday after losing to the Chicago Bears.The Carolina Panthers also fired two assistant coaches roughly eight days after a loss to Seattle again sent the teams in opposite directions.As of now, that makes three NFC head coaching jobs available, with the Panthers standing by Ron Rivera, the Vikings by Mike Zimmer, and Washington by Jay Gruden. More jobs could potentially become available, but with this much competition for head coaching candidates already in the mix, it might not be the best timing. How many good head coaching candidates are there out there really? Consider that the Bears are 12-4 in their first season with Matt Nagy, the LA Rams are 24-8 in two seasons under Sean McVay, the LA Chargers are 21-11 in two seasons with Anthony Lynn, and the Indianapolis Colts are 10-6 in the first season with Frank Reich. Change can be good. But hirings like those of Gase and Bowles also drew high praise, while Reich was an afterthought in the carousel last season, so predicting which outcomes will be positive is night impossible.I would doubt that Seahawks defensive coordinator Ken Norton gets much attention if based on the strength of Seattle’s defense this season, unless someone gives him credit for doing so with so many pieces of the puzzle missing. The Rooney Rule does mean that each of these eight teams must interview a minority candidate, but there are also many worthy minority head coaching candidates Dontae Johnson Jersey , which could include interviews with the recently-fired Lewis, Joseph, Bowles, and Hue Jackson, along with former Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard; I would expect Richard to get an interview before Norton.Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer could also have his phone ringing based on a season that saw Russell Wilson throw a career-high in touchdowns while Seattle led the NFL in rushing. The difference between Schottenheimer and Darrell Bevell, who never got a serious look as a head coach? Probably name. But there also more nuances to human beings than that and it’s possible that Schottenheimer is just a better interview, a more charming person, or more impressive in being able to display knowledge of the league. That’s not to say that he is any of those things, I’m just throwing out random examples of what could help a candidate, but if Schottenheimer gets a head coaching job it would not be all that surprising to me.I have no idea what the relationship was like when it ended, and that the fans might hate it, but perhaps a reunion with the Jets, where Schottenheimer was OC for six years, including two AFC Championship game appearances and a top running game, could make sense. I’d think it would be better to pair Schottenheimer with a young quarterback who is already there, rather than an unexciting veteran (Ryan Tannehill, Andy Dalton), and working with Sam Darnold might be in his and their better interest. Just a thought. Or maybe the Cards would like him to take a closer look at their offense while sharing Pete Carroll’s secrets. They’re on the lookout as well and the competition for coaches should be heavy.