In my story today, after a controversial, last-second win over the Green Bay Packers on Monday night, the Seattle Seahawks believe their effort against the Packers, particularly on defense, has been overshadowed by a questionable call by replacement officials on a national level.
Seattle dominated on defense, holding Green Bay to 87 yards of total offense in the first half, sacking Aaron Rodgers 8 times and holding him without a touchdown pass for the first time in 20 games.
Through three games, Seattle’s defense is No. 1 in points allowed (13 a game), No. 2 in rushing defense (58.7 yards per game) and No. 4 in total defense (272.3 yards per game).
“Regardless of the outcome of the game, we’re not going to get the respect that we feel like we deserve,” Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman said. “But it doesn’t really matter to us because we keep it in-house. We keep it about us.”
Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that Seattle’s defensive effort against Green Bay did not go unnoticed by the team’s next opponent – St. Louis. “You look at what they were able to do Monday night … they looked unbeatable, almost,” Rams quarterback Sam Bradford said in a teleconference with Seattle media Wednesday. “They’re so big and physical and then you add (Chris) Clemons with his speed, it’s a tough group to try to block. They’re so multiple in the way they can rush you. They can beat you with power, beat you with speed, they can beat you around the edge with their pressure.”
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes about Brandon Mebane’s impressive effort against Green Bay – and his sack dance – in Wednesday’s practice report.
Russell Wilson impersonates Pete Carroll in this latest Real Robinson Report.
Barry Wilner of the Associated Press reports that the NFL and the NFL Referees Association agreed on an eight-year agreement late last night, in time for regular officials to work today’s Ravens-Browns game.
The chaos that ensued after Seattle’s win on Monday night served as a catalyst for the league and the NFL Referees Association to get a deal done, writes Mike Freeman of CBS Sports, who believes that last month will go down as one of the ugliest periods in NFL history in recent memory.
Jeff MacGregor of ESPN says that the real reason the real refs are back on the field is about money – reassuring sports books around the world that the NFL was not crooked after a series of questionable calls by replacement officials during the first three weeks of the season.
Even former NBA player Charles Barkley, known to throw down a few dollars in Vegas, is upset over the result on Monday night: “I’m just angry. I love to gamble, I can live with winning and losing, but I don’t ever want to get jobbed like I did [Monday] night. I’m going to give you a quick synopsis. Everybody is going crazy over the catch, but I got screwed on the roughing the passer, I got screwed on the pass interference, I got screwed on the interception and I found out today that they actually have a real official in the replay booth who could’ve overruled that? I got screwed four times and that makes it even worse.”
Chris Brown of Grantland discusses how the evolution of Pittsburgh defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau’s zone blitz concepts has changed modern defense.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that Rams first-round draft choice Michael Brockers could be ready to return from a high-ankle sprain that kept him out for the last month.