A bit of a mish-mash out there:
> Football Outsiders looks at schedule strength as it relates to Super Bowl champions and, at the bottom of the post, talks about the Seahawks’ chances of repeating. They rightly note SOS is so unpredictable prior to the season that arriving at a legitimate projection is very difficult.
> Also at Football Outsiders is a post about single- and multiple-back use from last season. The trend toward single backs continues:
NFL offenses are continuing to shift away from the traditional multiple back sets of old, using a single back formation on running plays 60 percent of the time in 2013, up from 56 percent in 2012 and 53 percent in 2011. The arrival of Chip Kelly and his offense in Philadelphia had at least a little to do with that four percent increase.
And, in regard to the Seahawks:
Seattle had the largest gap between their single-back DVOA and their multiple-back DVOA, with a difference of 24.8%. Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson certainly made a formidable duo in posting a 9.7% DVOA on single-back runs, and this was even more impressive given the offensive line issues the Super Bowl champs had to deal with during the season.
> ESPN has summer questions for around the NFC West.
> ESPN continues its countdown of all-time Seahawks players. At No. 2 is Steve Largent.
> Willie McGinest talks about Marshawn Lynch being No. 14 on the NFL’s top 100. Earl Thomas was 17th and Russell Wilson was 20th, which means Richard Sherman will be in the to 10.
> Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon seemed to have enough problems after failing a drug test and appearing to be in line for a season-long suspension. To top it off, Gordon was reportedly arrested for DUI on Saturday morning.
> Former players have filed an objection to the NFL’s proposed uncapped settlement for brain injuries.