The Seattle Seahawks are playing lights-out defense this season. Just as they did in 2015. And 2014 and, in fact, all the way back to 2012.
What some would call the Russell Wilson era in Seahawks history is more aptly termed their Legion of Boom years (or some such nickname). What the Seahawks have done during the past four and a half seasons is rarer than producing consistently good quarterback play. They’ve had the most dominant defense in football over that span, ranking No. 1 or 2 in Emmanuel Sanders Jersey Football Outsiders’ DVOA metric each of the past four seasons, and No. 3 so far this season. (For traditionalists, the Seahawks also are tied with the Minnesota Vikings for the lowest average points allowed this season, 14.0 per game)
Trading away Ajayi now would certainly Gary Zimmerman Jersey be bold, but the schedule for the Dolphins isn’t so appealing from Week 13 on. They face three of the seven stingiest fantasy defenses when it comes to running backs in the final five weeks. I’m not claiming “fool’s gold” with Ajayi’s awesome surge in production over the past two weeks. However, his owners should at least test the market to see what type of return Ajayi would net.
Last year, the Georgia product netted the fourth-highest “elusive rating” on Pro Football Focus among backs with at least 50 percent of their team’s carries, en route to finishing fifth in fantasy points per game among running backs in ESPN standard formats. This season, Gurley ranks just 24th in fantasy points per game and only 13th in elusive rating.
I still believe in Gurley’s talent, but his fantasy upside appears significantly limited on a Rams offense ranked 30th in points per drive (1.41) and with his team rated 31st in run blocking on Pro Football Focus. Marketing the feature back based solely on name value, or immediately after a strong upcoming game, would be a smart move.
Jones said NFL investigators can’t get to much information that isn’t part of the public record. But the league did have access to the Josh Brown police file that contained statements from Molly Brown saying the abuse happened 20 times and a police officer at the scene who said, on the record, that Molly Brown seemed fearful.
Do you believe her? Do you believe any alleged victim? Or do you only believe it if she presses charges or agrees to cooperate and says it again to you? Or do you not believe her at all, accepting only video evidence or the painful admissions of a man in therapy?
Jones also points to the importance of being fair to players and employees, who are the only people the NFL can compel to cooperate with these investigations.
Advocates for victims of domestic violence are concerned that the league isn’t giving the word of alleged victims enough weight, and that they have been unfairly characterized by people in the league. Subtle and not-so-subtle victim-blaming is fairly common. Meanwhile, Rene Renick, the VP of programs for the National Network to End Domestic Violence, is concerned about a team culture that supported Brown despite the abuse.
“I look forward to the day when other teammates say, ‘That’s not OK and I don’t want to take the field with you,’ and that takes a change of culture,” she said.
An elevator video and a written confession make this much simpler, but the NFL and investigators are unlikely to find many such smoking guns.