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Monthly Archives: February, 2013

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February

‘Shutdown Corner’ offseason TPS report: Seattle Seahawks (Shutdown Corner)

After taking a few days to focus on the 2013 NFL scouting combine, "Shutdown Corner" resumes our TPS reports (Office Space), where we take a look back at each team's 2012 season and a look at what lies ahead for the 2013 offseason. We continue in the NFC West with the Seattle Seahawks. 2012 record : 11-5 What went wrong : An 11-5 season and coming within 30 seconds of appearing in the NFC championship game results in a fairly short list of complaints entering the 2013 offseason. If there was a gripe, it was that it took a few games before the Seahawks unleashed third-round quarterback Russell Wilson. The Seahawks had an ineffective passing game for the first five weeks of the regular season and Wilson had more interceptions (six) than touchdowns (five). Second-year receiver Doug Baldwin, Seattle's top receiver in 2011, had just 29 receptions for 366 yards on the season. Tight end Zach Miller, who signed a five-year, $34 million contract after the 2011 lockout, caught just 38 passes for 396 yards and three touchdowns. Another issue was a defense that built to stop the run allowed 122.9 yards per game on the ground over the final 10 regular season games before allowing 271 rushing yards in two postseason games. Defensive end Chris Clemons, who had 11.5 sacks in the regular season, suffered a torn ACL in the playoff win over the Washington Redskins and may not be 100 percent by the time the 2013 season begins. What went right : According to Football Outsiders' opponent-adjusted metrics, the Seahawks finished first in team efficiency , placing among the top four teams in offense, defense and special teams DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average). The biggest story out of Seattle was the rapid development of Wilson, the No. 75 overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft who won the starting job in training camp and became a Rookie of the Year candidate. Wilson passed for over 3,100 with 26 touchdowns, tying Peyton Manning's single-season record for a rookie. Wilson also added 489 yards and four touchdowns, including three rushing touchdowns in the first half of a 50-17 win over the Buffalo Bills. Marshawn Lynch earned Pro Bowl honors by running for 1,590 yards and 11 touchdowns, barreling over defenders like a player seeking a $30 million extension and not a player who had signed one in the offseason. The Seahawks ranked third in Football Outsiders' "Adjusted Line Yards" and placed two players – left tackle Russell Okung and center Max Unger – in the Pro Bowl. The Seahawks also got a solid season out of Golden Tate, who had 45 receptions, 688 yards and tied for the team lead with seven touchdowns. The Seahawks' were fourth in yards allowed per game and were the league's No. 1-ranked scoring defense. In a sign that "The Kid's Are Alright", Seattle's leader in tackles was second-round middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, who had 139, including a team-high nine for a loss, an impressive total for a player who logged 84.83 percent of the defensive snaps. 2012 first-round pick Bruce Irvin was second on the team with eight sacks in limited (43.41 percent playing-time) action. Second-year cornerback Richard Sherman had eight interceptions and the All-Pro emerged as one of the top corners in the league. Coaching/front office changes : The Seahawks lost defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, who is now the head coach the Jacksonville Jaguars. Replacing Bradley is Dan Quinn, the Seahawks' former defensive line coach who spent the last two seasons as the defensive coordinator at the University of Florida. The Seahawks' front office saw the departure of vice president of football administration John Idzik, who was named the New York Jets' general manager. Estimated 2013 cap space : $16.371 million
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February

Josh Morgan on the mend from three surgeries (National Football Post)

Ankle, both hands repaired
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February

‘Shutdown Corner’ offseason TPS report: St. Louis Rams (Shutdown Corner)

After taking a few days to focus on the 2013 NFL scouting combine, "Shutdown Corner" resumes our TPS reports (Office Space), where we take a look back at each team's 2012 season and a look at what lies ahead for the 2013 offseason. We continue in the NFC West with the St. Louis Rams. 2012 record : 7-8-1 What went wrong : When the Rams beat the Cardinals 17-3 to improve to 3-2 on Oct. 4, it marked the first time the club was over .500 since 2006. Unfortunately, the Rams would not win another game until their rematch with the Cardinals on Nov. 25, a stretch of four losses and a tie. The Rams improved on both sides of the ball in 2012, but one area that needs to be addressed this offseason is their return game. Rams kick returners averaged 21 yards per return, which was tied for 26th in the NFL. On punt returns, the Rams averaged 6.6 yards per return, which ranked 31st in the league. What went right : For a sub .500 team, quite a lot went right for the Rams in the first season of the Les Snead/Jeff Fisher era. The Rams' defense ranked 14th in total yards allowed per game and were tied for 14th in points allowed per game. According to Football Outsiders' opponent-adjusted metrics, the Rams were seventh in defensive DVOA, finishing in the Top 10 against the run and pass last season. Though no Rams players would appear in the 2013 Pro Bowl, the defense received solid seasons from defensive ends Chris Long and Robert Quinn, who combined for 22 of the Rams' league-leading 52 sacks in 2012. Middle linebacker James Laurinaitis led the Rams with 142 tackles, adding two interceptions, while second-round cornerback Janoris Jenkins led the Rams with four interceptions. Another key contributor on defense was outside linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar, who had 113 tackles, 4.5 sacks and led the squad with 16 tackles for a loss. With a third coordinator (Brian Schottenheimer) in as many seasons, the offense remains a work in progress, improving from 32nd in FO's offensive DVOA in 2011 to 21st in 2012 , but still finishing towards the bottom of the league (25th) in points scored. The Rams also struck gold with sixth-round kicker Greg "The Leg" (or Legatron, depending on your inclination towards sci-fi cartoons) Zuerlein, who was 23-of-31 on field goal attempts on the season with six of his eight misses coming from beyond 50 yards. Zuerlein nailed a 60-yard field goal in a Week 4 win over the Seattle Seahawks and became the first kicker in NFL history to hit a 60-yard field goal and a 50-yard field goal in the same game. Rookie punter Johnny Hekker also had a solid season, finishing with a net average of 39.9 yards and completing all three of his passing attempts on fakes for 42 yards and a two-yard touchdown in the Week 4 win over Seattle. Coaching/front office changes : The Rams went without a defensive coordinator after Gregg Williams was suspended indefinitely over his role in the New Orleans Saints' bounty program. Fisher says he made the decision late in the season to move on from Williams, but took his time this offseason before naming a full-time replacement. The Rams named Detroit Lions secondary coach Tim Walton their defensive coordinator in mid-February. Estimated 2013 cap space : $750,000 over their estimated 2013 adjusted cap number.
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February

Redskins wideout Josh Morgan healing after surgeries

Josh Morgan led the Washington Redskins in receptions in 2012, but he was so banged up he needed three offseason surgeries. Morgan is recovering from operations on an ankle and both hands.
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February

NFP’s Top 50 free agents: Champion Ravens have several tough decisions to make (National Football Post)

In addition to QB Joe Flacco, Baltimore must contemplate the future of some notable defenders.