New podcast: Discussing the Seahawks’ pass-rush dilemma

Yesterday we piloted a new podcast on YouTube with myself and Robbie Williams discussing the Seahawks’ pass rush situation. Check it out below.

Let us know whether you want more of these in the future. Apologies for the lighting at my end — it was late at night and I didn’t anticipate it being as bad as that.

The reaction so far has been positive and if that continues we’ll look to make this a regular thing.


  1. GlastoHawk

    Rob, enjoyed listening to the Podcast, yes please let’s have many more, it did look a little dark in the grim north

  2. Scott Hill

    good listen thanks!!

  3. DancingBuddha

    Caught in on YT and just wanted to say I loved it. Always love your work on podcasts, and if you want my 2 bits worth, a SDB podcast has a ready audience thats been waiting for it about 5 years haha

    • stregatto

      +Format (25 minutes, focused single topic)

      Felt like you and Robbie have a good balance and your cadence was easy to follow. I liked the format, focused and no fluff (plenty of other fun seahawks pods out there for that already :))

  4. Brendan O'Leary

    Yes please to more. I read and listen to everything. Cheers from Maui

  5. pks

    Excellent – just the right length.

  6. DancingBuddha

    OK Rob, a question since I see it come up a bit and nobody seems to have addressed it head on in the media that I’ve seen. there’s been a debate, that I’m sure you know well about, about coverage vs rush in terms of creating pressures and sacks. Now, I’m not here arguing coverage sacks are the same as rushing ability, more along the lines of is this a philosophical focus? Does the FO genuinely perhaps subscribe to secondary just mattering way more and rush being a cobbled together to be good enough department? Obviously the opposite of how SF does it, but do they simply value it less than we do? yes it contradicts what they say but I’m not sure how forthright they’d actually be about true intentions either way.

    I should note that the loudest analytics voices on Twitter that used to beat this dum now claim a pass rush totally also matters, its like they have great confidence till someone threatens to actually test their hypothesis

    • Rob Staton

      I don’t think the Seahawks believe that. Otherwise they wouldn’t have spent what they have on DLers (high picks, high profile trades) and resorted to picking DB’s later in the draft. I think they believe a dynamic pass rush is vital and merely connects with a great secondary and strong linebackers.

      And there’s no doubt that coverage sacks exist and can be beneficial. But you’ve also got to have four guys who can beat five. If a QB has all day to throw someone will get open or contain will break and even a mediocre running QB will find opportunities. If you can’t create pressure and force mistakes up front you will waste a good secondary.

    • pdway

      Coverage sacks happen. But they’re WAY more rare than completions caused when the QB has time to throw.

      No team can cover NFL athletes forever.

      Was re-watching the Hawks/Panthers game, and the end of the 2nd half was just demoralizing for how easy a crappy Carolina team w a back-up QB was able to move the ball – and it was all about pass rush. Among other things, a strong pass rush is how you close out games defensively.

    • Ashish

      Another way to answer the question is a team with good pass rush and average coverage will have more sacks than average pass rush and good pass coverage team.

  7. James C

    Hi Rob,

    What are your thoughts on how the run defense will be? Obviously the pass rush is a huge issue, but the run defense doesn’t get mentioned as much. I thought it was a huge reason the defense was so bad last year. That is another strength in Clowney’s game that rarely gets mentioned too – elite run defender.


    • Rob Staton

      I’m satisfied they’ve made the necessary moves to upgrade the perimeter run where they really struggled last year. I am a bit concerned about their interior run defense though with their terrible depth at DT and lack of quality at DE.

  8. Dand393

    Yes please will definitely stay tuned in for more podcasts

  9. Trevor

    Thanks really enjoyed it and would love to see more.

  10. Ukhawk

    Rob you don’t need to remain in witness protection for continually asking the tough questions and seeking answers!

    Keep up the good work in shedding some light on our favorite team !!

  11. Steve Nelsen

    This was fun! Please do more.

    Rob, I love the way you are rocking the quarantine facial hair 🙂

  12. Scot04

    Great podcast as usual Rob. Thank you again for the consistant quality content

    • Rob Staton

      Thanks Scot

  13. Matt

    Hi Rob,

    Great work as always. I know you’re aware of the lighting issues, but here are some “all weather” suggestions… 🙂



    • Rob Staton


      I’ll look into it

  14. Ashish

    Great to hear you Rob!. One thing i noticed is when you spoke about the DL & Clowney situation felt lot different than you write. You sound more logical and rational, sorry no offense on your writing it just able to see body language.
    Will love to hear more from you.

  15. Rob Staton

    Sounds like Jarran Reed picked up an injury today:

    • Bmseattle

      Not to worry.
      You see, rather than spend $50 dollars on only a couple of high impact players this off season, the Seahawks hedged their bets by spending all that money on depth… filling out their roster with quality players, to protect themselves from just such a scenario as Reed getting hurt…

      • Rob Staton


        Doesn’t it just scream ‘Championship’…

        Pass rush? Fixed.

      • Scot04

        What DT depth are you talking about. Seahawks are thin at DT

        • Rob Staton

          He was just being sarcastic for some fun.

          • Scot04

            Lol. Ok that makes sense. Thanks for explanation.

  16. Scot04

    Our D-Line was bad and short handed at DT with Reed. This is a scary development.
    Clowney getting more leverage daily.

  17. Rob Staton

    It’s OK because Poona Ford also got injured:

    Green Mone Christmas Mayowa

    What a terrifying prospect.

    • cha

      I thought Clowney made money with Robinson being overweight and Taylor still being hurt. My goodness did he make some money today.

      And here Joe Fann wrote an article saying that Clowney’s leverage is lessening by the day, basing it on Griffen only getting $6m. Oof.

      • Rob Staton

        As if Clowney’s situation is in any way impacted by Griffen’s contract.

        People keep misjudging the Clowney situation… over and over again.

        • BruceN

          Yup, got it! Clowney is going to sit out the year unless he gets the fat contract he wants.

          Can we place a bet on that for a pint of beer 😊

  18. James C

    Green Mone Christmas sounds like a children’s novel. It really is laughable at this stage.

  19. Dan

    Enjoyed it Rob! I also appreciate the length. Sometimes committing to 60+ minutes is tough, but around 20 is spot on.

  20. Bankhawk

    I’m with the consensus, Rob! The podcast are a winner. I do like the ‘bite-sized format’, but have also enjoyed many of the long-form ones from the past too, so will leave all that to your discretion.

  21. Jordan

    Jarran Reed injured… Hopefully it isn’t too bad.

  22. Danny P

    Awesome. As has been said, please make this a regular thing!

  23. Mel

    Appreciate your analysis, Rob. Any Hawk podcast is welcome. Short, long, longish short, shortish long, whatever works for a given subject.

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