Christine Michael game tape vs Louisiana Tech


  1. Dan

    This was my first year checking out this blog Rob. And I have to say, I’m sad to see the draft has ended. I still check the site based on habit, but it seems there’s nothing more to write about for a couple months. I’d love to get your take on future draft needs and which positions should be strong in next year’s class.

    • Miles

      Awesome post. This website really heightens the pre-draft experience. I don’t know if I would have really discovered Christine Michael if it wasn’t for this site, and it also inspired me to do a lot of film studying of my own. When I watched the draft, I was at least somewhat familiar with the majority of the draft picks. That’s pretty crazy. THANK YOU SEAHAWKS DRAFT BLOG!!!

      • SunPathPaul

        So true Miles!

        Great job Rob and Kip on enlightening us to the possibilities…it sweetens Draft day, and the expectations swirl around in a much more refined manner!

        I watched last year, but this year’s experience was much better due to the fact I actually knew most players(because of this site), and we had “walked through” so many scenarios for our beloved Seahawks, that it put me into a place to see what other teams were envisioning…

        Cheers! (and Thanks a ToN!)

        Go Hawks!!!

        • Rob Staton

          Thanks for the kind words guys.

    • Rob Staton

      In previous years the blog has been a little more active at this time of year but with my wife pregnant and preparations going on at home, I really can’t dedicate much time to writing right now. When we get closer to the season I’ll get back at it and in the meantime I’ll post game tape on 2014 prospects. But at the moment there’s not much going on in terms of the NFL or the draft and therefore not much to discuss, so I’m trying to use this time to do as much as possible at home. We’ll be back, though.

      • Dan

        Congrats Rob! Hope all is well.

      • Kenny Sloth


        • Rob Staton

          It was in the running at one stage…

          It’s due late September. If he tops the 42-13 beat down in week 2 might swing it again..

          • Kenny Sloth

            Any idea what the gender is?

          • Andrew

            If not, you need to have another kid after Russell hoists the Lombardi trophy…and name him/her Russell(ina) 😉

            Congrats Rob, glad things are going well for you.

      • Ben

        Congrats man, good luck. And don’t worry about the articles. We can survive on Field Gulls for the time being. 🙂

  2. Tony

    I have to agree with all the above. This is one of the first websites I visit on a daily basis. I really look forward to kicking off the new season.

  3. Kenny Sloth

    So. Jerrod Johnson was cut today. Not surprising.

    What I don’t get is why they didn’t try him at FB. It seems like they like former QB’s at that spot and he’s got the size for it. Probably a little too tall, though.

    • Miles

      Looks like Brady Quinn showed better than Jerrod Johnson in camp, for what that’s worth. It’s too bad because I really like Jerrod; he’s a great kid. I really hope he’s able to catch on in somebody else’s camp.

      • Kenny Sloth

        Eh. I think he’ll clear waivers and maybe get ps’d ala Josh Portis

        • billdozer

          Josh Portis signed back with the Argonauts like 3 days after the Hawks cut him.

  4. Kenny Sloth

    So, I’ve really come to appreciate some of you guys (maybe gals….) and your football knoweledge. So, I was thinking that this year there should be a Seahawks Draft Blog fantasy football league. It was my first time last year and I missed the draft, but still managed to win my league’s regular season. I had Romo as my QB to start x(

    But yeah, if you’re down so am I.
    Comment if you’re interested.

    • Dan

      I’m down.

    • Ben

      That’d be awesome.

    • Jack

      I’m down.

  5. billdozer

    Feint reminders of Marshawn Lynch in college. Michael looks a little raw in this film. One cut and go but runs with some force and speed. Bit of elusiveness but looks like he just blows through the line more often than not at full speed with square shoulders.

    Its good that he has experience with the zone/read/option/pistol stuff. Interesting to see how he adapts to our zone blocking cause it seems he has a bit of experience with it already.

  6. James

    When Coach Sumlin took over the Texas A&M job, Christine Michael’s career was suddenly on life support. He was a pure zone-blocking, one-cut-and-go RB who thrived under Mike Sherman’s pro-style offense. But Sumlin’s spread option called for a different type RB entirely, mostly a straight-line, delay draw RB. No wonder Christine imploded. His skill set is off the charts for what the Seahawks need, and it is no wonder that he was the highest guy on their draft board….the only wonder is that PCJS had the discipline to go with best-player-available, even thought it means that Christine is likely to be the 53rd man on the roster this year and probably will never be activated, barring an injury, god forbid. But with this guy’s talent, he will be the star RB for the Seahawks second Super Bowl run. He benefits from the read-option offense, which is actually 180 different than the spread option. The read-option is a great weapon, especially when combined with Cable’s zone blocking schemes, because it forces the defense into a catch-22. Go with Nick Saban’s picket line defense to stop the read option, or go with the traditional pass rushing, blitzing NFL defense of the past couple of decades? If you go picket line, Russell Wilson will run play action and drop into the pocket and gash you with deep passes. If you go with the all-out pass rush, the read option running plays will race right past the oncoming rush, or RW goes one better and scrambles around until the defense runs out of gas and he fires to the open man streaking across the field. Go Hawks.

    • Jeff

      Exactly how is the read option 180 different than the spread option?

      They have the exact same blocking concepts and reads.

      • James

        The running game in the spread option is the sprint draw. Straight line down hill running. The running game in the read option is a hand off much closer to the line of scrimmage, with the RB reading the correct hole created by the zone blocking, cut and go. Totally different running styles and running skills.

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