Thursday, January 30, 2014

Is Crabtree REALLY mediocre? You decide...

   Colin Kaepernick, in an interview on Fox Sports, said that Richard Sherman's comments after the NFC Championship game were "ridiculous". Kaepernick disagreed with Sherman's comments about 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree being a mediocre receiver. Initially, even though I'm a Seahawks fan, I disagreed with the accusation on Crabtree as well. After taking a closer look, however, Sherman's analysis of the San Fran wide out may not be too far off.

                        See Kaepernick's interview here

   Michael Crabtree has been in the NFL for 5 seasons now and his career numbers, while certainly respectable, are nothing to get too excited about. In 63 career games Crabtree has registered 279 catches for 3,629 yards and 22 touchdowns. He had his best season in 2012 with just over 1,100 yards and 9 touchdowns. While Crabtree was injured most of the 2013 season (played in only 5 games), his stats stretched over an entire season would have still netted him less than 1,000 yards and only 3 touchdowns. These numbers would have put him outside the top 25 in yards and would have put him well outside the top 50 in touchdown catches. He would have ended up with yardage totals comparable to the likes of Rod Streater, Nate Washington, Riley Cooper, and Mike Wallace. Most fans would consider this group to be mediocre. Sure, they make a big play here or there...but they aren't game changers.

                        Check out Crabtree's stats via ESPN

   I know that you're thinking that I have no idea what I'm talking about, but I watched Crabtree play his 5 games just like everyone else. There is no denying that there is true talent and potential there. Crabtree has the ability to be a 1,300 yd and 10 TD kind of guy, but he's never gotten anywhere near those numbers yet. So before we completely disregard the comments made by Sherman let's just take a step back and remember...stats don't lie.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A Super Bowl XLVIII Guarantee!

***Post Super Bowl update to this post - Turns out the Seahawks ended up wearing white....they must have read the Blue Thunder Sports blog...it worked! ;)  

Super Bowl XLVIII is right around the corner. We are less than 4 days away from kickoff. Peyton Manning is still addressing questions about his legacy and Marshawn Lynch isn't addressing anyone at all. Russell Wilson is being compared to (arguably) the greatest QB of all time, and Percy Harvin is rumored to be prepared to play EVERY snap. There are so many story lines heading into the weekend that its hard to keep track!

  Well here is one more thing to keep your eye on during the big game on Sunday...

  The Broncos, playing as the home team this weekend, have chosen to wear their orange uniforms while Seattle will opt for white. 

Why does this matter?

  11 of the last 15 Super Bowl winners wore their white away uniforms, including the John Elway led Broncos in Super Bowl XXXIII against Atlanta. The last time Seattle played in the Super Bowl was in XL against the Steelers...Seattle wore blue. The only four teams to pull off the win while wearing their home colors were the Patriots in XXXVI led by a young and unknown Tom Brady, The Bucs in XXXVII and their vaunted Tampa 2 defense, the dynasty-bound Patriots in XXXVIII, and the Packers in XLV 4 years ago. This means that only one team in the last 9 Super Bowls has won while wearing their home colors.

  Here is a Super Bowl guarantee that even Joe Namath can be proud of - a team wearing home colors will win the Super Bowl this year! What a shocker! Only the second team in the last decade to pull of such a feat!

  Some may argue that this means Denver should be favored as their orange uniforms are closer to white than the Seahawks blue, but I'm sticking with my original pick of Seattle over Denver!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Super Bowl XLVIII prediction

Super Bowl XLVIII Prediction

Disclaimer - I'm a Seahawks fan....obviously

You're all probably amped for the Super Bowl (unless you're a 49er fan or Pats fan) and can't wait for two Sundays from now. Trust me...I'm as excited as you are. My Seahawks will be competing in their second Super Bowl in franchise history (2005 was the other....robbed) and will face the NFL's #1 offense and arguably the greatest QB of all time (the other Manning).

Here is how I see the big game going...

Denver is the top ranked offense in the NFL. There is no question that they are loaded with weapons and can hurt you in multiple ways. Decker, Thomas, Thomas, Welker, Moreno....all with Peyton Manning conducting the symphony. Manning threw a record 55 td passes this year and didn't have too many games this year where he didn't shred opposing defenses. In the AFC title game he tore apart the Patriots and threaded the needle all day long.

Seattle has, without question, the best defense in the NFL this year. They finished as the top ranked defense in total scoring, total yards, interceptions, and turnover differential. The Legion of Boom was dominating and is led by Richard Sherman...a very soft-spoken, quiet, reserved, humble cornerback....yeah right. Earl Thomas, a defensive player of the year candidate roams at FS and the hard-hitting Kam Chancellor brings the pain and flies around and makes plays for 60 minutes. Maxwell, at the CB position opposite Sherman, was 2nd in the NFL in opposing QB passer rating (second only to Sherman). The LB core paired with the DL helped the Seahawks have a top 10 rushing defense and the LB's also shut down TE's like Jimmy Graham, and Vernon Davis on more than one occasion (each).

While the Denver offense and the Seattle defense will be the story I think this game will be decided by the match up of the Seattle offense vs. the Denver defense.

Denver's defense is banged up and is missing their leader in Von Miller as well as their leader in the secondary, Chris Harris. They have played well this year and have only allowed one 100 yd rusher.

Seattle's offense is led by second year QB Russell Wilson and is anchored by the beast, Marshawn Lynch. They have played most of the year without their top two receivers (Rice and Harvin) and at the halfway point of the season ranked in the top 5 in scoring offense (a lot of people forget this). While the offense has "struggled" recently, they'll need to convert some of their signature big plays to get the job done.

Predicitions:

WEATHER (since everyone is talking about it...)
It's cold...29 degrees... but doesn't snow during the game. The announcers open the telecast by sharing the % chance of snow and spend a solid 10 minutes talking about the weather and it's possible impact on the game....but the snow never comes.

BRONCOS
Manning throws for over 300 yds and 2 tds, but also throws 2 picks.
Moreno rushes for 75 yds and doesn't hit paydirt.
Denver puts good pressure on Russell Wilson and forces him to make some bad throws, including one int.

SEATTLE
Russell Wilson throws for 210 yds and 1 td (to Golden Tate)
Lynch rushes for 130 yds and 2 tds.
Harvin makes a nice play here or there and the announces blow it way out of proportion...
LOB comes up with 2 picks...Sherman and Kam Chancellor. Kam returns his int for a game changing touchdown in the second half and Denver never recovers from the momentum shift.

FINAL
Seattle  28
Denver 17

MVP
Marshawn Lynch...beast mode...and he is forced to do a post game interview he doesn't want to be involved with, but pulls it off nicely.

Top 5 QBs of all time

For those of you that know me you already know that I am a die hard Seahawks fan and would love nothing more than to see them pound Peyton Manning and the Broncos in the Super Bowl. HOWEVER, with all the talk of Peyton Manning's legacy recently I think it's worth discussing where he fits in among the all-time greats at the QB position. Without further ado...here is my list of the greatest QB's of all time.

1. Tom Brady - Yeah..that's right. Tom Brady. 3 Super Bowls, 7th all time in passing yards, 5th all time in passing tds. 3rd among all QB's in career wins. He's accomplished all of this without the help of any elite talent at the receiver position. He had Randy Moss for a season or so, but other than that he's had nothing on the outside. He was recently voted as the least liked QB in the NFL. You know what they say...if people hate you then you must be doing something right!

2. John Elway - What a gamer. Elway had a great career in Denver and is the definition of a competitor. A two-time Super Bowl champion that has the stats to go along with the wins (4th all time). John Elway threw for over 51,000 yards (4th all time) and 300 tds (7th). He made the players around him better.

3. Joe Montana - He may not have as many wins, yards, or tds as some other QB's on this list, but Joe Montana is the greatest leader to play football. He was 4 for 4 in the Super Bowl and put San Fran on the map. He was Tom Brady before Tom Brady and many think he is the greatest of all time.....but I don't.

4. Peyton Manning - If Manning pulls out a Super Bowl win in two weeks against the NFL's top defense of the 2013 season he will jump to the top of this list. As I write this he only has one ring. I have no problem moving him to #1 if he gets his second this year. If he plays another 2 years he will most likely end his career with the most td passes, the most passing yards, and the most wins of any QB to ever play the game. He also may add another Super Bowl ring to his collection. There is no question that he is statistically the greatest to ever play under center, but in order to cement his status at the top he'll need to prove himself to be a champion.

5. Dan Marino - I know, I know...Dan Marino never won a Super Bowl. I don't care. Dan Marino is without question the greatest thrower of the football that has ever lived in this universe. He never threw to any big name receivers, but retired as the all time leader in yards and tds. If Marino had one a couple of rings then everyone would agree that he would be at the top of this list...does that mean that we simply take him out of the debate entirely?? No...absolutely not.

My dad would be pissed that this list didn't include Terry Bradshaw or Johnny Unitas, but the fact remains that they are outside of my top 5. Other top QB's that I left off that you may think belong include Brett Favre, Steve Young, Drew Brees.

If anyone tries to argue that Dan Fouts belongs in the conversation then they are just crazy.....not sure why he came to mind, but Fouts was extremely overrated...just like Namath!