Crunching the numbers on NFC West rosters, Part One


Writer’s observe: Coming as zero shock (as a result of Murphy’s Regulation is actual!), mere hours after I submitted this text, the Seahawks launched Tamorrion Terry. Thus, let me begin by stating that this complete collection relies on the NFC West rosters as they have been on June twenty fifth. Go Hawks!

We’re formally within the slowest a part of the NFL calendar and Mom Nature has made it demonstrably worse by giving the Seattle space the primary back-to-back-to-back days with temperatures above 100 levels.

For FTR, that mixture meant a Seahawks T-shirt, a pair of shorts he wouldn’t be caught useless in, an ergonomic chair with electrical followers surrounding it, a conveyable AC unit by the nook of his desk, and a literal wall of screens with a pc keyboard and a wi-fi mouse in entrance of him.

What to do, what to do, what to do … ?

A number of days previous to the historic 100-degree streak, somebody had posted a random touch upon a random FG-thread and I, being me, had began performing some analysis to find out one thing or different, after which I’d gotten distracted by who is aware of what else, and by the point I got here again to the analysis I had began, the thread had aged-out and, to be trustworthy, I didn’t actually bear in mind which one it was, who had made the remark, and even what the remark itself truly was.

So what did I do? Effectively … I quadrupled down.

The preliminary analysis challenge had concerned me pulling varied factors of knowledge for each participant on the Seahawks 90 91-man roster and placing them into an Excel spreadsheet … Identify, place, whether or not they have been drafted or undrafted, what yr they entered the league, what number of “accrued seasons” that they had (versus what number of years it had been since they entered the league), which workforce they initially signed with … that form of factor.

And although I not remembered which thread or remark it was that had prompted my analysis, I had discovered some mildly fascinating issues within the information that I believed I might possibly run with sooner or later in time.

However at the least 38 of the 91 gamers that have been listed on my spreadsheet received’t be on the workforce a pair months from now and an offseason roster adjustments anyway. Thus, my information was time-locked and date-specific; June twenty fifth, 2021 – to be precise.

Placing that one other manner, the work I had executed as much as that time wasn’t essentially going to do me any good just a few weeks from now … at the least not with out updating the analysis.

So, having determined to quadruple down, I pulled the identical information for the opposite three NFC West groups and began crunching a few of the numbers to find out if the “mildly fascinating” issues I had discovered within the Seattle information have been division-wide or team-specific.

Because the temperature climbed, my spreadsheet grew and … effectively … now I really feel like I’ve sufficient mildly fascinating insights into the NFC West rosters to maintain y’all entertained for an indeterminate period of time.

I don’t know if this can find yourself being a 9-part collection (which might make it the fourth one since I joined the FG workers in February), however I do know that it’s going to be a bit completely different than something I’ve executed up up to now.

You: “Totally different? How completely different?”

FTR: “I’m glad you requested.”

Let’s begin with the truth that I’ve already referred to myself within the Third-person a number of instances – whereas additionally utilizing the first-person pronoun “I” – and neither I nor FTR are going to edit any of that out.

Extra to the purpose although … “Totally different” like how an anthology of quick tales would revolve round a central theme whereas a chapter-based ebook (theoretically) makes use of every chapter to “construct” on the one earlier than it.

A few of the “quick tales” on this “anthology” might be insightful.

Some might be humorous (I hope).

Some might be principally concerning the Seahawks whereas others may focus extra on “the supporting solid” (aka our NFC West rivals) … I positively have a few “mildly fascinating” issues to share concerning the Rams that may increase just a few eyebrows.

No matter occurs, and no matter y’all take into consideration any particular person story or the collection as an entire … hopefully I can at the least provide a distraction from the warmth and the boredom that accompanies the slowest a part of the NFL calendar.

Go Hawks!

Seattle originals

Each participant within the NFL has their very own distinctive backstory – one thing that helped form them or outline them (or each) earlier than they got here into the league.

Some examples …

Lengthy earlier than Marshawn Lynch gave us a quote for the ages, he celebrated a game-winning landing towards our hometown Huskies in a really distinctive manner.

Doug Baldwin … Missed, underappreciated, undrafted … On the Tremendous Bowl, he instructed the nationwide media that he didn’t have a chip on his shoulder; he had a boulder.

Dave ‘Mudbone’ Krieg – Signed by Seattle as “a favor” to his school coach … out of teeny-tiny (now defunct) Milton School.

And Russell Wilson … He known as is school coach to speak about returning for his senior season and was instructed that they have been going with Mike Glennon because the starter and that there wasn’t a spot for Wilson on the workforce …

“Hear son, you’re by no means going to play within the Nationwide Soccer League. You’re too small. There’s no likelihood. You’ve bought no shot. Give it up.

Three of these 4 gamers bought their begin in Seattle.

ADB. Mudbone. RW3.

They, and a whole lot (hundreds?) of gamers like them are what I’m hereby deeming to be SEATTLE ORIGINALS.

Gamers who signed their first NFL contract with the Seahawks.

61.5% of the gamers on Seattle’s present roster are Seattle Originals … 56 of the 91.

That looks like a fairly spectacular determine to me.

I imply, folks discuss on a regular basis about how poorly Seattle drafts and the way dangerous we’re at creating gamers ….

And but a easy calculation would present that we solely have 35 gamers who began their NFL profession with one other workforce … which implies that if we reduce the roster to 53 gamers tomorrow, at the least 18 of them (34%) can be Seattle Originals.

That’s fairly cool.


The Rams have 67 Originals. (We’ll name them LAR-Os.)

Hmmm ….

There are such a lot of (fully inappropriate) jokes that come to thoughts.

However this story isn’t concerning the Rams’ concern of outsiders – or concerning the Cardinals (42) and 49ers (47) reliance on them.

I’m truly going to spin this a very completely different manner.

5 of Seattle’s 91 gamers bought their NFL begin with one in all our division rivals.

  • One in all them bought his begin with the Rams.
  • One with the Cardinals.
  • THREE began their skilled careers with the 49ers.

I assume most 12s can title all 5 gamers however in case I’m mistaken ….

  • TE Gerald Everett
  • DT Robert Nkemdiche
  • CB D.J. Reed, CB Ahkello Witherspoon, and DE Aldon Smith

The Seahawks might argue that they’re the NFC West’s posterchild for inclusivity.

However are they?

What are the numbers like with our NFC West brethren?

  • The Niners match Seattle with 5 of their 91 gamers beginning out with a division rival — 4 of the 5 signed their first NFL contract within the desert; the opposite one was initially a Ram.
  • Arizona has two gamers that began their careers in San Francisco.
  • The Rams have one former-9er.

Add that up and also you get … 8 … (5+2+1=8).

And if we add the 5 that Seattle has … we’re at 13 for the division.

13 out of 364 complete gamers.

Barely lower than 3.6% of the mixed NFC West rosters …

Why within the title of Steve Niehaus am I beginning a model new collection with this … nonsense?

(A few of you’ve gotten undoubtedly figured it out; I’m simply toying with the remaining.)

Let’s crunch the numbers a barely completely different manner …

  • Six gamers that initially began their careers with the Niners are on non-SF NFCW rosters.
  • 5 Cardinal Originals are on the rosters of Arizona’s rivals.
  • LAR-Os = 2 (one every in Seattle and Santa Clara).

6 + 5 + 2 = 13.

13 out of 364 complete gamers.

Barely lower than 3.6% of the mixed NFC West rosters …

Right here comes the massive end …

Ever heard (or learn) somebody saying that our NFC West rivals “hate” us?

I’ve simply confirmed it.

(victory lap)


The 9ers, Cardinals and Rams have a mixed complete of 273 gamers on their rosters.

None of these 273 gamers are Seattle Originals.



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