Hello from Field Gulls.
Ahead of our upcoming game, we'd like to answer any questions you may have about the Seahawks. Here's a brief overview of the team.
Nominally we primarily use a 4-3 front but we also mix in a lot of 3-4 principles. Ben Muth does a great breakdown of the scheme here. In short, we use 3 fat guys to clog the middle (including Red Bryant as a strong-side DE) and a faster OLB-sized featured pass-rusher on early downs with various sub-packages on passing downs. This year we're using some more 3-4 looks and will try to integrate Bruce Irvin as a part-time pass-rusher working as a SAM on early downs.
On the back end, we're mostly a Cover-1 or a Cover-3 team with Earl Thomas doing a lot of allow Sherman and Browner to play more aggressively. We're also pretty big fans of our CB depth (Walter Thurmond at nickel, Byron Maxwell and Jeremy Lane).
Russell Wilson is dreamy, Marshawn Lynch is beastly and they're both playing behind an OL built from spare parts and wet kleenex. We're missing our franchise LT in Okung, our All-Pro center in Unger and our mauling goon of a RT in Breno Giacomini. The remaining starters include a really raw mauler at LG (Carpenter) and a converted DT at RG in JR Sweezy. The back-ups include Paul McQuistan (who was stinking it up at LG before moving to LT) and a rookie 7th-rounder at RT (in Bowie). Luckily, they're better run blockers than pass-blockers.
In general, we run to move the chains and pass to score. Wilson has a great deep ball and we've got a few receivers that are good at winning 1-on-1 matchups.
If you can run the ball on us and target underneath routes without giving up the ball on offense, we are beatable. If you can stop our run with less then 8 men in the box on defense then we're beatable. On the road, we tend to start slowly but have done a pretty good job recovering in the second half.
Here's to a great, competitive game with no injuries.