Good afternoon, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Wednesday, Nov. 4 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Grading Russell Wilson's Play
With the Seahawks on bye this week and at the halfway point of the 2015 regular season, Rob Rang at Scout.com is doling out midseason grades for Seattle position-by-position. He started his series Wednesday with the quarterbacks, assigning marks to individual players and the position group as a whole.
Rang gives Wilson and the quarterback group a B-minus for their play through eight games, a grade Rang says he gives out to players for "very good to good play - better than the league average."
Here's what Rang had to say about the Seahawks starting quarterback's season so far:
*Russell Wilson's reliance on improvisation makes him one of the league's most entertaining (but at times frustrating) quarterbacks to watch. Simply put, one can't grade him the same way you do classic pocket passers like Tom Brady or Peyton Manning. *
Wilson currently has a 95.0 QB Rating, which is the same as what he held a year ago. He's completed a career-high 68.8% of his passes, thus far, and is on pace for a new high in passing yards with an average of 234.75 yards per game. His touchdowns, however, are down (nine passing and zero rushing) and his turnovers are up (six interceptions, three fumbles).
Wilson is as much to blame as any member of the Seahawks for the club's early struggles. He's missed wide-open targets, on occasion, and has thrown a few inexplicable interceptions into coverage, including inside the red zone where he'd previously been at his best. Wilson has been too quick to vacate the pocket and scramble on planned passing plays and has appeared hesitant, at times, to keep the ball himself on read-options.
While Wilson deserves as much blame as anyone for Seattle's four losses, he also deserves a great deal of credit for Seattle's victories. The resiliency he showed in the win over the Dallas Cowboys, for example, was key to Seattle's win. The 17-play drive that resulted in Steven Hauschka's game-winning field was mostly Wilson at his best, scrambling when necessary and delivering pin-point accurate passes to a variety of targets. It is understandable that Wilson doesn't keep the ball often on read-options. He's typically handing it off to arguably the NFL's top running back in Marshawn Lynch and has absorbed plenty of punishment already this season. He has, after all, absorbed an NFL-worst 31 sacks so far.
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Tweet(s) Of The Day
Today's "Tweet(s) of the Day" come from Seahawks tight end Luke Willson, who along with Seattle center Drew Nowak traded in their football pads and helmets for hockey helmets and sticks for a segment that airs at 7:30 PT tonight on KING 5 (channel 5 in Seattle).
More From Around The Web
Here at Seahawks.com, digital media reporter John Boyle says the Seahawks reached the halfway point of their 2015 season believing they've turned things around.
Here's a look at how the Seahawks' NFC West rivals fared in Week 8 around the NFL.
The NFL trade deadline came and went at 1 p.m. PT yesterday without Seattle making a move.
Peter King at TheMMQB.com lists the Seahawks at No. 8 in his midseason 'Fine Fifteen.'
Sheil Kapadia at ESPN.com breaks down the success the Seahawks are having when splitting tight end Jimmy Graham out wide.
Jayson Jenks at the Seattle Times rehashes cornerback Richard Sherman, quarterback Russell Wilson, and running back Marshawn Lynch's rise to fame with the Seahawks.
With Jeremy Lane nearly ready to return and Marcus Burley recovered from surgery on his hand, Brady Henderson at 710Sports.com wonders if DeShawn Shead will remain the Seahawks' nickel cornerback.
And cornerback Richard Sherman shares thoughts on the Seahawks' Week 8 performance in a blog post on his personal website.
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