In offense and defense, legendary coach Bill Walsh saw different levels of complexity. Walsh's offenses with the San Francisco 49ers were systematic masterpieces. He proved the superiority of the rhythm passing game and took the West Coast Offense global. Every one of eleven players on the field, through the DeBerg and Montana and Young eras, had a specific role.
December 23, 2006
The Seahawks are backing their way into the playoffs, week by excruciating week. They could conceivably lose their final two games and still win the NFC West with an 8-8 record and four-game losing streak. Once seemingly unbeatable at Qwest Field, the Seahawks are home underdogs against AFC-leading San Diego on Sunday.
December 21, 2006
"The defense took much of the blame publicly when 49ers running back Frank Gore gashed Seattle for 212 yards rushing last month. Holmgren thought his team came out flat after possibly underestimating the 49ers. As much as anything, however, that game showed how important it is for Seattle's offense to protect the football early in games, particularly on the road."
December 13, 2006
The Seahawks remain an inconsistent team that can't be trusted. Their defense might collect nine sacks or allow 260 yards rushing. Their offense might score 35 points in the first half, or none. Their special teams might provide a 90-yard punt return or shank a punt at the worst time.
November 20, 2006