There is a large number of interesting stats and anecdotes published around the web each week. I do my best to relay the very best info, but a large number of very useful and interesting information gets left out because of the sheer volume of it out there.
Well, I think I’ve found a way to fix some of that. Each week I’m going to be publishing a “notebook,” a bunch of quick takes on some of the stuff I’ve come across during the week. I hope you like it.
1) According to Pro Football Focus, Seahawks rookie Bruce Irvin is the 8th most efficient pass rusher in the league, getting pressure on the QB on 13.3% of the time he rushes the passer. Chris Clemons is 10th at 12.6%. The Seahawks are one of only 2 teams with 2 players in the top 10 (the other is Denver). The are also the only 2 members of the NFL West in the top 15.
PFF also has Irvin 11th overall for 4-3 DEs in terms of total impact on games, despite playing about half the # of snaps of almost everyone on the list above him.
2) For Seahawks beat writer for the TNT, and current ESPN Blogger, Mike Sando says that Marshawn Lynch is currently in 9th place in the race for NFL MVP. He also notes that in the Seahawks last 14 games Lynch has 1449 yards, 155 more than anyone else over than span.
Speaking of Lynch, he lead the league in rushing after 4 weeks, but after an “off day” in which he “only” rushed for 85 yards against the Panthers, he’s dropped to 3rd in the league; 43 yards behind current leader Jamaal Charles of Kansas City.
And while we’re on the subject of Lynch here’s one more. Lunch has 229 yards after contact, which is the best in the league. Lynch also only has 113 carriers, which means that he averages 2 yards after contact every time he touches the football.
3) Despite the fact that the Seahawks are in last place in their division, and have losses to both the Rams and the Cardinals, the computers over at Football Outsiders have the Seahawks with the 2nd best probability of making the playoff in the division, at 55%. The 49ers are at 87%
These probabilities are based on stats and the remaining strength of schedule. There isn’t a human element to it at all. I just found it interesting.