356: Pete Carroll is a stats nerd


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The Seattle Seahawks have now lost to a Colt McCoy quarterbacked team for back-to-back seasons. The latest loss to the Arizona Cardinals was especially frustrating because we saw a Seahawks defense that allowed McCoy to throw to the open guy right in the middle of the field. The issues we're seeing on both offense and defense appear to boil down to one common theme. Pete Carroll is a stats nerd.

Of course we know that it's all about the ball and avoiding turnovers has been important to Pete for winning games, but there is an emphasis on explosive plays that seems to drive both the offense and defense. On defense, it's the focus on avoiding the explosive plays that offers Colt McCoy a 5-yard cushion around the receiver that is right in front of him in the middle of the field. On offense, it's the avoidance of taking those same throws or running plays that set up those easy throws and the defense can sit back in zone and focus on covering the deepest parts of the field.

Now that the Seahawks are 3-7, we talk about what we'd like to see changed in the way they operate for the rest of the season. It can start this week against the Washington Football Team and a quarterback that can make a lot of big throws, but also takes chances. It's also a defense that isn't quite as tough as we saw last season.

In the second half of the show, we look to continue our winning streak to three straight games for our "lock" of the week. 49ers fans are likely going to come crashing back down to earth after their big win over the Jaguars last weekend. We take your emails throughout the show as we discuss the topics that are important to you and explain why an announcer from the last Seahawks game and Pete Carroll need to Do Better. Better at Life honors go to a test mission in space and to our members of the Flock.

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