Dave Boling of The News Tribune discusses in his offering today whether this year’s Seattle Seahawks defense is the best ever in franchise history.
Yes, it’s a small sample set only two weeks into the season to consider throwing around the term ‘best ever.’ But it’s certainly worth discussing with how dominant Seattle’s defense has been so far this season.
Boling: Seattle’s best statistical defense was the 1984 unit, which finished No. 6 overall and forced a stunning 63 turnovers (38 interceptions, 25 fumble recoveries), with Kenny Easley (10) and Dave Brown (eight) leading the team in interceptions.
“ Behind the pass-rush efforts of Jeff Bryant (141/2) and Jacob Green (13), they compiled 55 sacks.
Those were the early days of defensive leadership by brilliant coordinator Tom Catlin, who was considered responsible for an exceptional stretch when the Hawks had top-10 defenses from 1990-1992 even though the team was in steep decline.”
Don Banks of Sports Illustrated writes that the NFC West is no longer a punch line, with a 5-1 record outside the division.
Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby of 710 ESPN Seattle talk to Banks about the NFC West in this audio link.
Exonerated ex-high school football star Brian Banks, who had a handful of tryouts with NFL teams – including Seattle – has signed with the UFL’s Las Vegas Locomotives.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that Seattle’s special teams unit set the tone for the team’s win against Dallas with two big plays early in the game.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that the Seahawks’ pound-it philosophy will be tested by the pass-first approach of the Packers.
Matt Bowen of the National Football Post mentions Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas, but ultimately believes that Donte Whitner and Dashon Goldson of the Niners are the best safety tandem in the league that he’s studied on tape.
Elliott Harrison of NFL.com ranks Seattle No. 16 in his latest power rankings.
Brian Billick of Fox Sports raises Seattle to No. 22 in his power rankings.
Bill Barnwell of Grantland points out that although the Seahawks had only one sack against Tony Romo, they lived in the Cowboys’ backfield most of the day.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports likes the Packers over the Seahawks on Monday night, 27-
27 17. Prisco: “The Packers hit the road for the first time this season, but they do it well-rested after playing last Thursday. They seemed to right some things against the Bears on defense. Seattle looked good defensively against the Cowboys. But this is Aaron Rodgers. You don’t stop him.”
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times pens a nice tribute to Steve Sabol, the president of NFL Films, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 69.