September 23, 2009

Seahawk fans, get ready for a season of crappy run defense

Not only did the Seahawks lose last Sunday to the 49ers 23-10 but Frank Gore ran all over them, which is a huge problem. If you want to be successful in the NFL, you've got to be able to stop the run otherwise your offense may never see the ball. However when Seattle gives up a lot of yards to a back, it's usually a bad omen for the rest of the season.

Stopping Gore was Seattle's priority one, two and three, which made the fact the Seahawks failed to get so much as a hand on Gore on those two plays even worse.

"We had too many except-for plays," Mora said. "Like, Frank Gore. We did a good job on him in the run game, except for two plays."

Diagnosing what went wrong on those two plays is easier than discerning exactly what they mean. Is it possible to iron out the deficiencies in the run defense with a little bit of instruction and a lot more discipline?

Well, the Seahawks' history says this just might be the sign of things to come.

Gore finished with 207 yards, the fifth time an opponent has run for more 200 yards in a game against the Seahawks.

The good news? Seattle has never allowed more than 200 yards rushing in two different games in any season. The bad news? In those five seasons that Seattle gave up a two C-note ground game, the Seahawks never finished higher than 21st in the league in rush defense.

So don't expect them to stop anyone on the ground this season. We saw on Monday Night how the Wildcat offense and a well-balanced running attack could keep Peyton Manning off the field for three quarters (but he only needs like two plays to score), now imagine that being implemented against the Seahawks. If you can't stop the run, teams will just bleed you for eight minute drives until your defense cracks.

Get worried Seattle fans, get worried.

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