New podcast: On the Rams game, NFL London & Cleveland

October 8th, 2019 | Written by Rob Staton

This week I was invited onto the Seahawkers UK podcast to discuss the Rams game, the NFL in London and we look ahead to the Cleveland game this weekend.

Check it out…

44 Responses to “New podcast: On the Rams game, NFL London & Cleveland”

  1. Murphy says:

    Really good listen! As someone who will be at the Cleveland game this weekend, I both love and hate the positivity regarding this one. I was at the Steelers game and your measured approach tempered my expectations which made the result all the more fun. Now I’m going in confident which could be a recipe for disaster!! Thanks again for the great content. I’d really love to see another big INT from Thompson and this feels like a great opportunity for him. He has dealt with a lot of negativity from the fan base, and from my perspective has handled it with class. Mayfield will take some unwarranted risks downfield and I hope he capitalizes. Go Hawks!!

  2. Volume12 says:

    Gardner Minshew is who the Browns thought they were getting in Baker Mayfield.

  3. Sea Mode says:

    Mike Sando
    @SandoNFL

    Easiest remaining #NFL schedules by opponent win percentage:

    BUF .346
    CLE .380
    PIT .387
    NYJ .397
    MIA .414
    OAK .425
    IND .426
    JAC .426

    Hardest:

    CHI .623
    ATL .602
    DEN .602
    AZ .566
    WAS .559
    GB .558
    SEA .557
    MIN .547

    Oct 8, 2019

  4. Volume12 says:

    Looking at your top 50 list. Curious about a couple things.

    Was Oklahoma C Creed Humphrey not on there due to him being a R-SO? Not a fan? Or just haven’t got to see much of him yet?

    The ‘Bama OT’s. Leatherwood and Willis. Outside your top 50 in that next tier? Need to see more?

    • Kenny Sloth says:

      Bama RT is a dude not sure he’s a top 50 guy tho

    • Eli says:

      Was sad to see A.J. Epenesa not on the list.

          • Rob Staton says:

            Don’t get what the fuss is at all. Last year he was spelled a ton and his performance was so hit and miss. For long stretches you barely notice he’s there. No idea why or when he became this consensus high pick.

            This year was meant to be his time to shine. He only has two sacks and two TFL’s in five games.

            • Eli says:

              Watching his tape he’s consistently double-teamed or chip blocked, and run plays rarely ever go to his side of the line. The chance to rack up counting stats haven’t been as available this season since teams are going out of their way to gameplan him out.

              That being said, he’s among the leaders in overall pressure, and in the games I’ve watched there’s quite a few times he’s a half-step away from a sack versus a QB hit. I would recommend his tape against Rutgers and Iowa St. as good examples of just how much disruption he can cause. He’s not a gaudy speed rusher but he is a technically sound power rusher who impacts the game in more ways than one.

              Hope you come around. He might not be a Top 5 worthy player, that is very true, but I struggle to agree he deserves to be outside the Top 50. I think he ends up pretty similar to someone like Justin Smith or Cam Jordan.

              • Rob Staton says:

                I didn’t study Justin Smith coming into the league but I did study Cam Jordan. In my final mock draft I had him down as the #3 overall pick — that’s how much I rated Jordan. Clearly that was a rubbish projection because he lasted into the 20’s but the assessment of his talent was fair. I have to say — I don’t see Cam Jordan in AJ Epenesa.

                I think unfortunately you’ve just nailed part of the problem. The lack of great physical skills. It’s fine to be a technician. But Zach Allen wasn’t a great athlete this year. He lasted until round three — pick #65. That’s despite being an absolute game-wrecker at times for Boston College during the 2018 season. Epenesa isn’t having that impact and never really has. To me there’s just a distinct lack of anything to get excited about. I liked Allen more than I like Epenesa. And for me — that middle-round range is where I see Epenesa currently.

                • Eli says:

                  Fair enough, sounds like a case of floor vs. ceiling. Testing will be important no doubt – I don’t think he’s gonna have a great 40-time but I think he’s gonna end up surprising a lot of people with the rest of his athletic profile.

    • Rob Staton says:

      Not full studied Leatherwood but he hasn’t stood out watching Alabama. Not studied Humphrey much either.

  5. Brazilian Hawk says:

    #22 in DVOA defense.

    Pete can you please move on from this awful full time 4-3 base experiment?

      • UKAlex6674 says:

        Well put Sea Mode. I think people tend to look at the stats rather than anything else.

        The D got burned a lot against the Rams, but made the plays when it had to do so.

        The most important number in football sits under the ‘W’.

        GO HAWKS!

      • Brazilian Hawk says:

        In spite of our defensive performance let’s get real here.

        We could easily be 1-4 if Russell Wilson weren’t in god mode playing like the best QB in the NFL (or if we didn’t face three of the worst NFL teams this season).

        I think we can all agree we’re far away from the golden standard defensively.

        • Rob Staton says:

          The defense is a mile off what it needs to be. There’s still room to grow. Hopefully they will. But it’s ranked about #22 per DVOA and that feels about right. Bottom third.

        • Sea Mode says:

          Let’s get Reed back and get the rest of our pass rush up to speed and on the same page. I’ll give it to the halfway point of the season. Then we will know what our defense is really made of. Hopefully turnover numbers increase with more errant passes being forced by pressure.

          • Logan Lynch says:

            To add to this, the DBs have to start just making plays when they get the chance. Aside from T2’s awesome INT, they arguably could’ve and should’ve had 4 or 5. McDougald should’ve had 2 including a pick 6…by the way, he doesn’t look the greatest this season imo. Taylor had 2 chances at picks. Griffin had 1. If they come down with a few of those, it has the chance to drastically change the outlook from that game. They’ll need to start making those plays to help this team reach their goals.

  6. D-OZ says:

    Experiment,I think is the wrong analogy… The only time it has worked for the Hawks is when Green, Nash and Bryant were up front. With a great group of linebackers and Safety’s. And I am not talking about Bosworth either!!! GO HAWKS!

  7. millhouse-serbia says:

    We have toughest schedule till the end of the season by the opponent DVOA ratings.

    • mishima says:

      Errors in round/pick.

      • Comfect says:

        I don’t think those are errors; I think the point is that we’d feel better about the drafts if the players we got from them had been acquired in that order with those picks rather than what happened.

        • Rob Staton says:

          Exactly — and it’s a great image.

          Yes you want your high picks to come off. But we shouldn’t judge a GM and staff simply by high picks. It’s about a cumulative class. And the Seahawks have continued to add excellent players even if some of their more recent top picks haven’t ended up being stars.

  8. Sea Mode says:

    Ian Rapoport
    @RapSheet

    Source: Former first-round DB Deone Bucannon is getting released by the #Bucs today. The team is set to leave for London, but he’ll become a free agent.

    3:04 PM · Oct 9, 2019

  9. RWIII says:

    Rob: Just wondering. Looking back. Do you think the Hawks made a mistake letting Justin Coleman go.

    • Rob Staton says:

      Well, they didn’t let him go. He was paid a fantastic contract.

      I can totally understand why they chose not to match that contract. Hindsight is a great thing. It’d be nice if he was still in Seattle. But I get why he isn’t.

  10. Blair is stricly FS right now, by PC.

    Rob, from this distance, would you change your pre draft opinion that PC and JS are looking for big nickel amd not safety?

    • Rob Staton says:

      I’ve thought that if they were going to add someone in the off-season it would be a playmaking safety. Not said anything about a big nickel recently.

      • Yes, I know that. I thought on your pre 2019 draft opinion. Never mind. If PC thinks Blair is future FS, than question mark is does hi think Lano is SS of the future, or they will be looking for SS at 2020 draft.

        And if they are willing to play a lot with 3 LB as we can see this year, maybe someone like Isaiah Simmons who is LB/S could be perfect player for that starting role.

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