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20 Jan 2006

FO Interview with Seahawks.net

In which Doug Farrar of Seahawks.net gets my thoughts on the Carolina-Seattle matchup and learns that once I start talking about football, I will not shut up. Yes, this is a 45 minute audio interview. I'm friendly like that. Late note: Links to a transcript are now found in the comments.

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 20 Jan 2006

14 comments, Last at 21 Jan 2006, 10:40pm by Kevin Pelton

Comments

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by dfarrar777 (not verified) :: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 12:58pm

A friend, indeed. :-)

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by Manteo (not verified) :: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 1:13pm

Brilliant - now, instead of obsessively refreshing FO, I can actually do a little work for 45 minutes.

As a Hawks fan, I still can't get over the experience of hearing in-depth analysis of my team in January. Usually at this time of year it's just a matter of wondering who'll be a good 15th or 16th overall pick in the draft.

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by RowdyRoddyPiper (not verified) :: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 1:48pm

You weren't interviewing from the bottom of a Ukranian mine shaft, the audio quality...yeesh.

Would a sports writer for the Amchitka Navy Times have east coast bias or a burning desire to be relocated to a more suitable navy base?

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by Dman (not verified) :: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 2:54pm

This is what radio analysis should be like.

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by kachunk (not verified) :: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 3:04pm

interesting stuff so far (just starting part 2) but jeez, as far as audio quality it's kinda hard to listen to.

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by Malene, cph, dk (not verified) :: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 3:26pm

are we sure it's a technical problem? I would guess bad vocal perfomance would have an extremely high correlation with screaming violently at your tv: "NO WAY THAT's INTERFERENCE! LELIE COULDN'T HAVE CAUGHT THAT!!" and "THAT'S A %€#&§# TOUCHBACK!"

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by Ferg (not verified) :: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 3:35pm

I just listened to the whole thing, great stuff. You can basically put up the DVOA graph and a transcript of this interview for the NFC preview.

The audio quality didn't bother me too much-- but if anyone needs an audio editor, I'm available. =)

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by dfarrar777 (not verified) :: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 3:35pm

Yeah...my apologies for the "pre-Phil Spector" audio quality. There were unforseen issues with the phone setup on my end. I will be transcribing the interview for Saturday publication, and I'll be sure to make it available to Aaron.

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by RowdyRoddyPiper (not verified) :: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 4:50pm

Question; in part 4 Aaron you say that looking at covering passes to RBs is a good indicator of LB quality. The Steelers are not good (30th) at preventing passes to RBs. I know the point isn't that if you can't stop RBs receiving you don't have good LBs, more that stopping RB's in the receiving game may be an indicator that the QBs are pretty good. Any ideas on why the Steelers (who have generally pretty good Linbackers) are so lousy at stopping passes to the RB??

Is it the 3-4 alignment? All of the teams that are playing out of the 3-4 (SD, NE, PIT) and not generally regarded as horrible, all three are in the bottom 20% of the league in DVOA against RBs. I guess this is something that maybe the results of the game charting project will have to deal with.

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by DJ Any Reason (not verified) :: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 5:43pm

Re: 9

I think its a scheme issue. Aaron often cites the fact that the Steelers drop an LB into deep cover as the reason why they're rated so poorly against passes to RB. The Steelers defensive philosophy is basically "Don't give up big plays, make them drive the length of the field, and, at some point, one of our players will make a big play to stop them" which fits in well with a scheme which allows checkdowns to RBs.

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by BillWallace (not verified) :: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 9:42pm

re: 10

I think that's the defensive strategy of a lot of the better defensive teams (maybe not Chicago hehe).

I think it's also a matter of coaching and patience. In other words when a team gets a few first downs, the defense needs the patience to not start abandoning their assignments to counter what the offense has done successfully, but instead just be patient and force the offense to be perfect. I think it's the hallmark of the best coaches that there are able to instill this discipline in their players.

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by bravehoptoad (not verified) :: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 10:46pm

Is there anywhere there's a transcription of this interview? My computer has no speakers, and I'd hate to miss it.

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by Kevin Pelton (not verified) :: Sat, 01/21/2006 - 10:40pm

Great stuff, Aaron and Doug. Really enjoyed that.