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How long a suspension new Seahawks linebacker Mychal Kendricks is facing
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With the Seattle Seahawks thin at linebacker with both Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright yet to practice this week in advance of the team’s game against the Chicago Bears on Monday Seattle Seahawks T-Shirt , the Hawks added Mychal Kendricks. Kendricks, of course, may have a name that is more recognized by most fans for his recent guilty plea for securities fraud than for his play during the six seasons he spent with the Philadelphia Eagles, and that means a suspension is likely coming. The question, though, becomes how long of a suspension is he potentially looking at and when would it be expected to come down? The list of NFL players who have been arrested is long, and the league’s personal conduct policy most certainly includes suspensions for fraud, but the overwhelming majority of player arrests stem from offenses that are not white collar in nature. In fact, looking at past suspensions there is very little to rely on in terms of precedent for such crimes. Former Seahawks coach Travis Jones, who spent four years as the defensive line coach for the Hawks before spending 2017 as the Senior Defensive Assistant was suspended for thirty days by the New Orleans Saints in 2010 after pleading guilty to mortgage fraud. However, that was in a coaching role and does not provide much guidance for the situation at hand. Looking at the suspensions which the league handed down in the build up to the 2018 season, there are only a couple of suspensions which were not related to substance abuse matters. Names such as Mark Ingram, Julian Edelman, Robert Turbin and Thomas Davis all find themselves suspended for the first quarter of the season as a result of having failed a PED screening. Thus, taking a look at the non-substance abuse related suspensions, these are the handful of players whose suspensions might be available for guidance: Dante Fowler (1 game)Nigel Bradham (1 game)Jameis Winston (3 games)Jimmy Smith (4 games)Fowler Seattle Seahawks Hats , for those who are unaware, was suspended under the PCP for misdemeanor assault. He reportedly did not like the criticism of his driving leveled at him by a fellow motorist, so he made the very mature decision to resolve the matter through physical intimidation. In the parking lot of an apartment complex in St. Petersburg, FL, Fowler assaulted the man knocking off his glasses and breaking them, and took a bag of liquor from the victim and threw it into a lake on the grounds ofthe complex. Moving on to Bradham, his suspension grows out ofa felony assault conviction in Miami (what is it about Florida?) where Bradham and a group of five other people physically assaulted a cabana boy. According to reports, Bradham and the other members of his party were at the beach for the day and paid for umbrella, but the cabana boy did not bring the umbrella as quickly as they would have liked. Things escalated from there, and the result was Bradham and his group fleeing the scene after Bradham had punched the cabana boy. Next in the list is Jameis Winston. Winston was suspended just three games for “inappropriately touching” an Uber driver in 2016, a suspension which runs through Week 3 of the 2018 season. Lastly, Jimmy Smith was found by the league to have exhibited ”a pattern of threatening and emotionally abusive behavior” towards his former girlfriend, and was given a suspension of four games. In comparing what Kendricks did to these four suspensions, my personal feelings are that his actions warrant a suspension longer than the one game given to either Bradham or Fowler. However, I have no illusions that what Kendricks did pales in comparison to offenses of Winston and Smith. I’d rather have an entire defense made up of Kendricks clones than a single member of the team who participated in the behavior in which Smith or Winston engaged. Thus, I’d expect that if and when a suspension comes down it will fall in the middle of these categories in terms of duration. Therefore Seattle Seahawks Hoodie , my guess is that any suspension for Kendricks is likely to be just two games. Now we just have to wait for the final determination of the league, but I assure you that if Kendricks somehow ends up suspended for three or more games there is likely to be an uproar that the league would much rather avoid.FootballOutsiders: Thomas Rawls, Eddie Lacy were historically bad in the red zone Once again, FootballOutsiders has lended itself to SB Nation, answering five questions from each blog about their team. These questions and answers should slant towards the advanced analytics that FO focuses on, specifically in regards to DVOA. To find out more about the great work at FootballOutsiders, you should definitely be keen on their annual almanac, which is available now in the FO Store. I kicked things off by asking FO’s Bryan Knowles about the Seahawks 2017 running backs and how they stack up historically among the worst rushing attacks of all-time.Q: Last season, the Seahawks didn’t have a single running back carry the ball at least 100 times, so nobody qualified in the main RB category for DVOA, but in 20-99 rushes, you can find Thomas Rawls in last place and Eddie Lacy right next to him in second to last, and third-to-last was not even close to them. They appear to be the two worst running backs of 2017, even when you include Adrian Peterson and Samaje Perine. Has FootballOutsiders ever seen a RB duo that was this bad before and the fact that they were so bad on the same team, does it imply that there were significant factors beyond their control that made them look worse? Adding to that, how much is it complicated by the fact that in his four starts Youth Customized Seattle Seahawks Jerseys , Chris Carson was quite good?Bryan Knowles:The 100-carry threshold is important because splits happen; sometimes players have a run of bad luck, and you need a certain number of carries for luck to sort of even out. That being said, yeah, I’m somewhat doubtful that adding 30 carries to 2017 Eddie Lacy would do anything other than give Seahawks fans 30 more headaches. I’d agree Lacy and Rawls were the worst two backs of 2017, even without qualifying for the big table. Even in a small sample size, their absolute inability to get anything going jumps out at you.That being said, even if Lacy and Rawls had qualified for the full table, the Seahawks wouldn’t be the first team to grab those bottom two slots. The 2013 Ravens had Bernard Pierce and Ray Rice, the 1996 Giants had Rodney Hampton and Tyrone Wheatley, and the 1992 Patriots had Jon Vaughn and Leonard Russell. When you throw in receiving value, you also get the 1999 Saints with two backs in the bottom three and the 2001 Panthers with three back in the bottom five. Sometimes, when things go that wrong, they go wrong for everybody. No really good running back will put up numbers that poor, but when your entire rushing game is sputtering at that level, you’re also likely to find a struggling offensive line out in front.That’s the thing, though. The ‘92 Patriots , ‘96 Giants and ‘13 Ravens all finished dead last in rushing value in their respective years; their entire running scheme was bad enough that it didn’t matter who they actually handed the ball off to. The 2017 Seahawks, however, ranked 23rd in rushing offense, with a bad but not terrible -12.1% DVOA. They were historically terrible in the red zone, with the second-worst rushing game we’ve ever recorded, but on the whole, they were only garden-variety bad. Rawls and Lacy can’t put all the blame on factors outside their control; Chris Carson and J.D. McKissick put up positive DVOAs in the same scheme with the same offensive line in the same games.Of the two, Rawls has the better case for clemency. Nearly a quarter of his carries came in the red zone, and he also led the team in carries inside the 10. Seattle’s offensive line had real struggles all year long in power situations, and you could argue that because Rawls was called upon more in the red zone, he suffered proportionally more from the offensive line’s issues there. Remove red zone carries from every back in the league, and Rawls is “only” the 16th-worst running back in the league (min. 20 carries), while Lacy only rises to fourth-worst.For the record, Carson jumps from 25th to 16th in DVOA when you take out red zone carries. Dude was the real deal last season.

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