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Offensive Line Grades Preseason Game 2011-3

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Offensive Line

One note I wanted to add:

The second team offense had a play where only the left tackle and center moved at the snap. I’m not sure how it happened but more then one player clearly got the snap count wrong.

1) Paul McQuistan (B-)

Last week C-. He got some work with the first team replacing Moffitt and Carpenter while playing beside the other one and had another series where he played beside Breno Giocamini.

THE GOOD:

Paul was able to pull from the right guard position around the line and seal off the left side of the line. On a tight end screen he was able to seal the line.

THE BAD:

He needed to come in and settle the rookies down.

2) Robert Gallery and Max Unger (C+)

Last week Gallery led the O-line with a A- while Unger received a D+

THE GOOD:

Robert had an excellent cut block on a screen pass that unfortunately led Broderick Bunkley getting injured on the play. They both did a good job firing off the ball selling the run on play action. Gallery recorded a pancake (Unger had one too) and on one play blocked two defenders to open up a running lane. On one play he transferred his block off to Unger and absolutely stone walled a bull rush. Max had a good cut block on a screen pass.

THE BAD:

On 3rd and short Gallery was pushed into the backfield. He missed a block in the running game which led to a tackle for loss, got thrown to the ground out of the way on another play and missed a down field block on a screen pass and fell flat on his face mask. Robert also got a false start penalty. Unger missed two blocks at the second level one of which led to the running back getting tackled. He also got called for one holding penalty.

3) Breno Giacomini and Brent Osborne (C-)

Last week Breno B- and Brent did not receive a grade.

THE GOOD:

They held up in pass pro much better that the 1st team line did.

THE BAD:

Breno didn’t pick up a blitz fast enough and got Charlie Whitehurst hit. Brent fell down on a pass block.

5) John Moffitt and Tyler Polumbus (D-)

Last week John B- and Tyler D+

THE GOOD:

John showed his athleticism being able to pull and seal the hole or the edge of the line. Tyler got 2 pancake blocks including one on 3rd and 1. He sold the play action well and on an outside run was able to seal the edge.

THE BAD:

Moffitt is know for being a strong run blocker using his strength to enforce his will on opponents but in this game it was the opposite. He was getting pushed into the backfield, into holes and even into the running back himself. On a goal line run he was unable to get any push. John had a half hearted attempt to block Von Miller at the second level and the ball carrier got creamed because of it. Moffitt was pulled from the game on two different series during the game. Tyler preformed in all facets of the game equally. He missed blocks in the running game, in pass pro and even missed on a wide receiver screen. He was pushed back on 3rd and short and later pushed into his QB. He got no push on the goal line. The most embarrassing moment was when he fell down while block no one.

7) James Carpenter (F+)

This is actually an improvement over the F he earned last week.

THE GOOD:

The team has become very good at selling the play action pass and James is no exception. He was able to seal the backside persuite and allow the runner to cut back. On a screen pass he knocked down a defender while pushing the guy he was blocking right into him taking both defenders out of the play.

THE BAD:

He was replaced twice in the game and on both series Jackson had more time in the pocket. I noticed that he was playing extremely high and he was getting worked by the defenders because of it. They were able to beat him with the speed rush or bull rush every time he stood up to take them on. It doesn’t matter how strong you are if you don’t use proper technique you won’t win at this level and he got the quarterback sacked twice and hit another because of it.

 

 

 

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Quarterback and Running Back Grades Preseason Game 2011-3

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Quarterbacks

1) Charlie Whitehurst (B)

Last week B

THE GOOD:

On his first pass he was able to roll out of the pocket to avoid pressure and deliver a strike while still running. Charlie also showed his pocket mobility by stepping up in the pocket to buy extra time and then had the pocket presence to feel when it was time to just throw the ball away. During a screen pass he really sold a pass downfield with his eyes and body language then snapped his head around to locate his running back and had a quick release. In the middle of the final drive he had perfect timing letting the ball go right before his receiver started his break. On that pass he did a good job not leading the receiver into coverage.

THE BAD:

Had Golden Tate open for what would have probably been a touchdown but over threw him by a couple yards.

2) Tarvaris Jackson (C+)

Last Week C+.

THE GOOD:

At times he had good timing with his receivers and went through his progressions to find the open man. He also had good ball placement when he had time. Tarvaris used his legs to avoid sacks and either threw the ball away or got it out to his target while on the run. He threw the Seahawks only touchdown pass of the game.

THE BAD:

Two of the sacks were on him. The first one that was his fault he held the ball too long and on the second he had Sidney Rice open on a slant cutting right across his face calling for the ball but never saw him. Speaking of missing Rice he was wide open on another play where Jackson had time but forced a pass into Justing Forsett who was double covered. Jackson missed a protection adjustment on a cornerback blitz. At times when he felt pressure in the pocket he would stop looking for his receivers and stumble around in the pocket. When he had a blitzing corner in his throwing lane he needed to pump fake to get the corner to leave his feet before he threw the ball but didn’t and the corner knocked the ball down at the line.

 

Running Backs

1) Thomas Clayton (B)

Last week C+

THE GOOD:

He showed vision on the 3rd and short when he broke the run outside and picked up the first down. Thomas was able to sneak out on play action. He made a couple nice blocks in pass protection including the one that gave Tarvaris enough time to hit Dominique Byrd in the end zone for the only offensive touchdown of the game.

THE BAD:

He missed a block in the passing game.

2) Justin Forsett (B-)

Last week B-

THE GOOD:

He was running hard and picking up yards after initial contact. Justing also was able to make something out of nothing picking his way through holes that were barely there.

The BAD:

He only rushed 6 times and was targeted once for no receptions.

3) Leon Washington and Michael Robinson (C)

Last week Leon led all running backs with a B and Michael had a B-. Both players had good plays and bad but as per usually I don’t break down mediocrity on these posts in order to keep it a quicker read.

 

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Defensive Backs Grades Preseason Game 2011-2

Part 8 of 8 (I changed it to 8 because I was originally going to do TE and WR together) of the Seahawks player grades from the Vikings game. QuarterbacksOffensive LinemenRunning Backs, Tight EndsWide ReceiversDefensive Linemen and Linebackers have already been posted. This is a series that will go position by position, player by player evaluating the single game performance of the players on the Seahawks roster.

 

Cornerback

1) Brandon Browner (B)

Last week he also received a B.

THE GOOD:

Brandon did a nice job in coverage. On one play he stayed between the receiver and the quarterback and had the ball hit him in the back. I would like to see him turn around and make a play on the ball. He was able to fight off a block and make a tackle.

THE BAD:

He had a big missed tackle on third down that led to a first down.

2) Byron Maxwell and Ron Parker (C+)

Last week Byron led all corners with a B+ and Ron was tied for third with a B-

THE GOOD:

Byron did a solid job in coverage. Ron was able to knock the ball away from the receiver.

THE BAD:

Maxwell didn’t make a big impression. Parker did not get very much playing time.

4) Kennard Cox (C)

Last week he had a C-

5) Marcus Trufant and Kelly Jennings (C-)

Marcus fell a little from a C+ last week while Jennings held steady.

THE GOOD:

Neither played long enough to make many mistakes.

THE BAD:

Trufant Lowered his head trying to tackle the running back and Adrian Peterson jumped over Marcus leaving him to tackle the turf. It is more of the usual from Jennings. He is in position but never tried to find the ball and the receiver adjusted to make an easy catch while he had the best seat in the house.

7) Richard Sherman (D)

Last week he received a B-

THE GOOD:

He had a nice tackle on a kick off and had a play where he had nice coverage deep.

THE BAD:

He wasn’t consistent in his deep coverage on one play he got beat but the ball was overthrown so he didn’t give up a completion. On a route over the middle he tripped losing his man. He didn’t Fight for the ball in the air and had a missed tackle.

 

Safety

1) Kam Chancellor (B)

Last week B

THE GOOD:

Kam played well on punt coverage and had a nice play. He played the screen well lighting up the running back. On one play he was blitzing and they handed the ball off. He made an adjustment and hit the running back for a tackle for loss.

THE BAD:

He got a little dinged in the game.

2) Jeron Johnson (C+)

Last week he led all safeties with a A-

THE GOOD:

He had a forced fumble on special teams that Aaron Curry picked up.  He did a nice job in coverage including while he was playing with the first team.

THE BAD:

He had a missed tackle on the quarterback while he was scrambling and was unsure what to do on the last touchdown of the game and by the time he decided the runningback had already ran by him.

3) Earl Thomas (C)

4) Mark Legree (C-)

Last week C+

THE GOOD:

Overall he did a pretty solid job in coverage.

THE BAD:

He lost track of the tight end on play action and he over ran the play on the last touchdown of the game.

5) Atari Bigby and Josh Pinkard (D+)

Atari joined the team this week and Pinkard apparently didn’t turn his homework in because he doesn’t have a grade.

THE GOOD:

Josh shot through the gap disrupting the running game and made a great play on the ball carrier from behind punching the ball out through the back of the end zone.

THE BAD:

Atari had two missed tackles while Josh added another. Pinkard missed two blocks on kick returns and missed trying to check a receiver on a crossing route and fell way behind him.

 

 

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Linebacker Player Grades Preseason Game 2011-2

Part 6 of 8 of the Seahawks player grades from the Vikings game. QuarterbacksOffensive LinemenRunning BacksTight EndsWide Receivers and Defensive Linemen have already been posted. This is a series that will go position by position, player by player evaluating the single game performance of the players on the Seahawks roster.

 

Linebacker

1) K.J. Wright and Malcolm Smith (B)

Last week these guys were one and two as well. K.J. with a C+ and Malcolm with a B.

THE GOOD:

Wright was able to knife through the gap to stop the running back. He showed he can take on a blocker and fight through it to make the tackle. When he was called upon to blitz he was able to get pressure on the quarterback and was able to record a QB hit. Smith showed he is a capable blitzer getting pressure 3 times including a QB hit. He was able to knife through the hole to get the running back. Malcolm may have done his best work in coverage including a play action where he recognized the play and was able to stay on his man giving the QB no where to go with the ball.

THE BAD:

K.J. had a missed tackle. Smith got called for holding on a kick return, missed two tackles, lost quarterback contain and lost gap control on the final touchdown of the game.

3) David Hawthorne and Leroy Hill (B-)

David avoided detection last week and Leroy received a C-.

THE GOOD:

David avoided a chop block and was able to come off another block to make a tackle. Leroy played the swing pass well and made a nice open field tackle. He was able to fight of a block to get outside and make a play.

THE BAD:

Both players were solid.

5) Neal Howey (C)

Last week he got a C- this week he didn’t play enough to be good or bad so he got put in the middle.

6) Aaron Curry and Matt McCoy (D+)

Last week Aaron received a C- and Matt received a C.

THE GOOD:

Curry had a fumble recovery on a punt return that would have been a touchdown in the refs had made the right call. He was able to get pressure on a blitz. There was one Linebacker worse then McCoy on saturday.

THE BAD:

Aaron fell hard for a play action pass following the running back clear outside the opposite hash marks before he realized the back didn’t have the ball. Doing this left the Vikings TE wide open in the flat. He had poor coverage on a running back as well. The worst play was his stupidity ripping a Vikings players helmet off and throwing it in front of the refs. I know he isn’t the smartest guy but these things are un-exceptable even for the dumbest players in junior high. Matt got called for an illegal block in the back on a kick return and had a half-assed attempt to jam a tight end falling several yards behind him in the process.

8 ) Mike Morgan (D)

This weeks last of the linebackers

THE GOOD:

He Recorded a sack.

THE BAD:

He bit on the play action on multiple occasions and he crashed down on the inside run loosing his outside leverage making it easy for the running back to get outside for a big play. Mike was not aggressive enough on kick coverage and there is no room for finesse play on special teams which is where he would have to earn his living.

 

Defensive Linemen Grades Preseason Game 2001-2

Part 6 of 8 of the Seahawks player grades from the Vikings game. QuarterbacksOffensive LinemenRunning BacksTight Ends and Wide Receivers have already been posted. This is a series that will go position by position, player by player evaluating the single game performance of the players on the Seahawks roster.

Defensive Linemen

As a whole this group did an outstanding job saturday.

1) Alan Branch (A)

Last week C+.

THE GOOD:

He showed some athleticism for a big man avoiding a cut block, showed his strength by pushing the offensive lineman into the backfield in the run game and showed good technique fighting off blocks to make a couple nice tackles on the running back. Just for good measure he showcased his awareness tipping a pass at the line of scrimage.

THE BAD:

He had no negative marks and was extremly close to getting an A+.

2) Pep Levingston and Jimmy Wilkerson (B+)

Last Week they both got B’s. Jimmy is playing both DT and DE.

THE GOOD:

In the running game Pep was able to get penetration and hold at the point of attack. He created some pressure on the quarterback in the pocket and tracked the QB down on a scramble. Jimmy was able to get outside the numbers chasing down the running back. He was able to get off the blocker to make the tackle. Twice he got pressure on the quarterback and he was also able to keep him contained.

THE BAD:

Wilkerson got called for a personal foul, blow to the head of the quarterback, which was a penalty but I wish they would change that rule.

4) Brandon Mebane and Maurice Fountain (B)

Last week Brandon received a C+ while Maurice didn’t join the team until game day.

THE GOOD:

Mebane is a guy that gets a lot of double teams. He was able to hold his ground when that double team tried to push him out of the running lane leaving no where for the back to go. Later in the game he beat the double and got into the backfield getting pressure on the QB and he was also able to collapse the front of the pocket. For a guy who signed his contract earlier in the day Fountain had an amazing game. He was with the team last season as a practice sqaud guy. On a running play he was able to knife in and get a tackle for loss. He was also able to get some pressure on the quarterback including recording a quarterback hit.

THE BAD:

Brandon isn’t getting very many plays and I am starting to wonder if his conditioning is where it needs to be and if he will be ready to give 100% come the start of the regular season in two weeks. If Maurice plays like he did saturday in the next two games Jameson Konz wont stand a chance of making the 53 man roster, not that he has a great shot anyway.

6) Red Bryant and Raheem Brock (B-)

It was good to see Red back on the field in a game for the first time since suffering a knee injury on Halloween last year in Oakland. Last week Raheem was last on the defensive line with a C-.

THE GOOD:

Red made an amazing pass deflection especially for such a big man on an inside screen. He showed his power collapsing the pocket. Raheem was also able to collapse the pocket. He was able to get a lot of pressure on the quarterback including a sack and a play where he hit the QB as he threw it.

THE BAD:

Like Mebane Bryant only played in 15 formations. As strong as Brock is in the Passing game he is lacking in the running game. Defensive ends and tight ends had no trouble moving him out of the way to create running lanes. He also got called for being offsides.

8 ) Junior Siavii and David Howard (C+)

Last week Junior received a C and David Howard wasn’t a Seahawk yet.

THE GOOD:

Siavii has a fun name to say and on the football field he was able to get some push at the line in the running game. Howard made one heck of a play on the last touchdown of the when he shot through the line hitting the quarterback as he handed the ball off.

THE BAD:

Neither player made any big mistakes.

10) Dexter Davis and Teryl White (C)

It was good to see Dexter back on the field.

 

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Wide Receiver Grades Preseason Game 2011-2

Part 5 of 8 of the Seahawks player grades from the Chargers game. QuarterbacksOffensive LinemenRunning Backs and Tight Ends have already been posted. This is a series that will go position by position, player by player evaluating the single game performance of the players on the Seahawks roster.

We saw the return of Mike Williams and the Seahawks debut of Sidney Rice and Kris Durham. Ben Obomanu remains out but should make his debut this week in Denver.

Wide Receiver

1) Kris Durham (A)

Kris Durham lays out the corner on a cut block (up top). Photo by Brett Bivens

Kris is a rookie 4th round draft choice out of Georgia.

The Good:

As you can see from the picture to the right Durham is a competent blocker. This wasn’t the only time he had a nice block in the game. On the end around by Baldwin he had no trouble blocking the corner down the field. As a receiver he was able to find the soft spot under the coverage and found a way to get open in the end zone. Kris made Charlie Whitehurst look good on a play where he came back toward him and dove for an under thrown ball catching it as he went to the ground. Durham was able to use his body to shield the defender from a ball and had the concentration to make the catch with the corner draped all over him.

THE BAD:

I don’t have anything from last week to compare it to.

2) Doug Baldwin (B+)

Last week he led all receivers with a B.

THE GOOD:

As a kick returner he saw his hole and went for it aggresively. He was a willing participant as a run blocker. Speaking of running he had a nice end around showcasing his speed. He caught the ball with his hands and once secured turned up the field trying to get some YAC (Yards after Catch) yards.

THE BAD:

If you are Deon Butler, Ricardo Lockette or Pat Williams and he continues playing this well your probably going to be released.

3) Sidney Rice (C+)

THE GOOD:

Something I had noticed watching games from his Vikings days was that he is always participating in the running with his blocking and saturday was no exception. When he caught the ball with two defenders around him he was still able to turn and dive between them to pick up extra yardage and avoid a big hit.

THE BAD:

Tarvaris seemed to be trying to force the ball to him and out of 6 targets he only caught 2.

4) Mike Williams, Isaiah Stanback, Chris Carter and Ricardo Lockette (C)

8 ) Golden Tate and Pat Williams (D-)

THE GOOD:

Pat will not be on the final roster.

THE BAD:

Golden took the opening kickoff 6 yards deep in the end zone and hesitated on the return. The result was an opening drive that started at the 11. He cut a 3rd down route short of the 1st down marker giving himself no chance to get the first down. Tate had trouble catching the ball having two drops including one that was intercepted and returned for a touchdown. Pat hesitated at the top of a route, I’m not sure if he lost focus or forgot what the route was but he seemed lost. He fell down on one route and the ball was almost intercepted. Later he dropped the ball in the picture above.

Tight End Grades Preseason Game 2011-2

Part 4of8 of the Seahawks player grades from the Chargers game. QuarterbacksOffensive Linemen and Running Backs have already been posted. This is a series that will go position by position, player by player evaluating the single game performance of the players on the Seahawks roster.

 

Tight End

1) Anthony McCoy (A-)

John Carlson was unable to play on saturday so Anthony played 1st team 2nd TE and 2nd team 1st TE. He was the highest graded TE last week as well receiving a B+.

THE GOOD:

Anthony did a solid job both as a blocker and a receiver. He was able to drive a linebacker out of the running lane and did a solid job sealing the edge so the running back was free to get to the outside. On one play in the passing game he really sold the pass block and snuck out to the flat without the defense noticing. Once again he showed his ability to locate the soft spot in the zone including the play where he found empty turf in the back of the end zone for a touchdown. He was targeted four times and finished the game with 4 receptions and a touchdown.

THE BAD:

On a blitz to his side he ran right by the blitzing linebacker. If McCoy just chips his shoulder on that play Tarvaris has enough time to make the throw.

2) Dominique Byrd and Ryan Travis (C)

Last week Byrd received a C+ and Travis did not play.

4) Zach Miller (C-)

He spent time helping Tyler Polumbus with Jared Allen. Last week he received a C- as well.

THE GOOD:

Zach showed off his stiff arm hitting the defender and picking up the first down. He was able to go 1:1 against the defensive end and stand him up in pass protection. On the end around he crashed down and sealed the edge of the line.

THE BAD:

He missed a cut block, had a false start, was late getting off the ball on a goal line play and on a run block got thrown out of the way by a defender.

 

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Running Back Grades Preseason Game 2011-2

Part 3of8 of the Seahawks player grades from the Vikings game. Quarterbacks and Offensive Lineman have already been posted. 

Running Backs

The Seahawks gained 150 yards on the ground this week.

1) Leon Washington (B)

Last week Leon received a C+.

THE GOOD:

Washington showed good balance breaking a tackle where he had one leg hit. He had good vision on the run where he made a nice cutback turning nothing into a big gain. For the game he averaged 6.5 yards per carry.

THE BAD:

Leon only got 4 carries in the game.

2) Justin Forsett and Michael Robinson (B-)

Last week Justin didn’t play and Michael receive a C+.

THE GOOD:

Forsett was able to break tackles and pick his way through small holes in the line. He showed patience waiting for the hole to form and then stuck his foot in the ground and hit it. Michael got a rare carry on a fourth down play and he kept his legs pumping to get the first down after it looked like he would be stopped short. On special teams he did a good job getting down the field in punt coverage.

THE BAD:

Justin averaged 1.1 yards per carry but a lot of that was due to running him 4 times at the goal line and going no where.

4) Thomas Clayton (C+)

Last week he led all backs with a B+.

THE GOOD:

When he had the ball he kept his legs pumping to gain extra yards. He continues to show he can handle pass blocking responsibilities by picking up the blitz and being successful cut blocking.

THE BAD:

Thomas wasn’t able to make a guy miss when he had him 1:1 in space. His vision was questionable on a play where he had a clean hole to the outside but chose to cut it up inside where two defenders were waiting for him.

5) Marshawn Lynch and Via Taua (C-)

Last week Marshawn was last on the team with a C and Via wasn’t on the team.

THE GOOD:

Lynch ran hard and gained extra yards with second effort. Taua averaged 7.5 yards per carry.

THE BAD:

Marshawn had trouble pass blocking against the linebacker. He didn’t have many holes and only gained 2 yards on 3 carries. Via wasn’t given many chances to make an impression with the ball in his hand and the only time he touched it in the passing game he dropped it.

7) Dorson Boyce (D+)

THE GOOD:

As a receiver he had a good game catching three ball all of which were for a first down.

THE BAD:

Being a fullback his most important job is blocking and he missed two blocks in the running game including one that may have sprung a touchdown.

 

 

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Offensive Lineman Grades Preseason Game 2011-2

(Part 2 of 8) Quarterbacks grades were posted this morning.

This is the group I was most looking forward to watching against the Vikings. The Vikings have a good defensive line and I wanted to see how they would handle a quality opponent. The 1st team offensive line had a lot of trouble but most of that can be corrected through experience and coaching. 

Offensive Lineman

1) Robert Gallery (A-)

Last week D+. I thought he looked like he was just going through the motions last week but this week he stepped up and showed us that he is not just a guy brought in to teach the young guys the system but a guy who can step up and play as well. Not figuring into the grading but worthy of mention; he got blown up by Jared Allen on the interception return for a TD. He was focused on the ball carrier and didn’t see it coming.

THE GOOD:

Robert’s pass blocking was outstanding. He was taking care of the middle and getting to the outside to help Tyler Polumbus with Jared Allen. On one particular play he passed his guy off to Max Unger then went to help Tyler as the DE was beating him inside and pancaked him. In the running game he was getting push and sealing the holes pretty well. Gallery added a second pancake block in the running game.

THE BAD:

Although he usually got push in the running game on one play he was bull rushed and pushed into the backfield. On a play where he was trying to make a block downfield he didn’t keep his feet under him and slipped. As he fell he whipped his leg and tripped the defender. Of course he got a tripping penalty.

2) William Robinson (B)

Last Week C-. Last week he struggled in the running game.

THE GOOD:

He did a better job run blocking this week. Will was sealing the holes and getting to the second level to make blocks. On one play he had a nice cut block that took out the backside pursuit. He did a nice job in pass pro staying with his man one on one most of the time.

THE BAD:

Playing too high he was not able to sink his hips and stop the bull rush so he got pushed into the quarterback on one play and the running back on another. Towards the end of the game he got a little complacent and failed to get outside against a speed rush that ended up getting his quarterback hit.

3) John Moffitt and Breno Giacomini (B-)

John had a B last week while Breno got a B-.

THE GOOD:

John really did a nice job selling the run on play action. He did a solid job in pass pro and started to show some chemistry handing off the guy he was blocking to pick up a stunting defender. Showed strength holding at the point of attack in the running game. Breno did a nice job in pass pro.

THE BAD:

Moffitt got fooled on a delayed blitz, had a false start and missed a cut block at the goal line on 4th down that would have led to a touchdown.

5) Mike Gibson and Paul Fanaika (C+)

Last week Mike had a D- and Paul had a C.

THE GOOD:

In the running game Mike was able to get to the second level, have good push and seal the hole. Mike was able to pick up a stunt in pass pro. Paul was able to get good push and had a nice cut block in the running game.

THE BAD:

Mike lost his man (on a run block) who was able to disrupt the play. He had a low snap on a shot gun and will need to clean that up because Seattle’s offensive coordinator uses the shot gun more often then we have seen it from the Seahawks in a while. Paul had trouble getting to the second level fast enough to be able to cut off the linebackers.

7) Paul McQuistan (C-)

Last week Paul had a C.

THE GOOD:

In the running game he was able to push the defender out of the hole and seal it as well as get to the second level.

THE BAD:

He was beat by a defender who wound up making the tackle in the running game and after he got to the second level on one play he missed his cut block. Paul broke technique in pass pro on one play and the defender made him pay. At the snap he reached out in front and got his head in front of his feet. The defender grabbed his arm and pulled him forward having no trouble running by him.

8) Max Unger and Tyler Polumbus (D+)

Last week Max had a B- and Tyler an F. Max was holding a block well on one play but tripped over a pile of players making him look bad on the play. I gave him a wash on that play.

THE GOOD:

Max is doing a good job selling the run on play action plays. He got a pancake and had a play where he pushed the defender 10 yards down the field on a running play. He showed he is building chemistry with Moffitt while dealing with the stunt.  Tyler had a nice cut block.

THE BAD:

Unger was inconsistent in the running game. As good as he looked on the play where he pushed the defender 10 yards he looked terrible getting pushed back a few times including once back into the running back which resulted in a tackle for loss and in the goal line formation. He also struggled sealing the hole. In the passing game he was unable to get to a blitzing linebacker fast enough and was susceptible to the bull rush. Polumbus went to block a linebacker on a faux blitz and let the defensive end run free to the quarterback while he watched the linebacker drop into coverage. On another play he was pushed back into the quarterback. He missed a cut block at the second level on a running play.

10) James Carpenter (F)

James went from 1st last week with a B+ to last this week.

THE GOOD:

You might be noticing a theme but he too did a nice job selling the play action. On two plays he was able to run the defensive end past the quarterback. He was able to seal the edge in the running game.

THE BAD:

James Carpenter looks to find someone to block after losing his man on a stunt.

The defensive end was able to get him to cheat on his pass block assignments. He would speed rush outside and as soon as James cheated out he switched it up and tore inside getting a hit on the QB. The next play Carpenter cheated inside and he beat him by speed rushing the outside. Carpenter over extended forward trying to get his hands on on the DE and had his hands slapped down while the DE ran around him. Again this week he was focusing only on the guy lined up in front of him and missed a chance to spring a running back for a huge play if he had blocked the linebacker. James missed a cut block, wasn’t fast enough to get inside to seal a hole and looked lost when the defense ran stunts. One stunt was on the goal line and when the end stunted he followed him around the guard/defensive tackle into the hole where he couldn’t block him because that would have been blocking in the back so he stood there thinking about blocking on of two other people but by the time he decided the play was over. If he had blocked any of them it would have been a touchdown.

 

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Quarterback Grades Preseason Game 2011-2

This game had a little added bonus for me because I have always been a big Donovan McNabb fan and this was the first time I have ever seen him play in person.

Quarterback

1) Charlie Whitehurst (B)

Last week B+. Charlie showed consistency between the first and second preseason games and that was exactly what I wanted to see out of him.

THE GOOD:

He had a quick release and showed command of the offense going through his reads and making the correct decisions. He moved around in the pocket to buy extra time for his receivers to get open. He showed poise on the touchdown pass to McCoy. The snap was low and the pocket collapsed but he was able to roll out and buy enough time to find his TE all alone in the back of the end zone.

THE BAD:

On a mid range comeback route he under threw his receiver but WR Kris Durham dove and made the catch. He threw a pass into coverage when there was no chance his target would be able to come up with it. One pass Charlie threw behind the receiver which caused him to turn around. If he had led his receiver it could have been a touchdown. Whitehurst over threw a deep ball but you can see from this picture (below) I took during the play that Durham was being held by the cornerback.

Kris Durham is held while trying to run a deep route. Photo by Brett Bivens

 

2) Tarvaris Jackson (C+)

Last week D+. When I was watching the game from my seat I thought his grade was going to end up being worse because his receivers were getting open and he wasn’t finding them. After going through each play several times it became clear that most of the time he had a defender in his face or was running for his life.

THE GOOD:

On a play action pass he turned around and saw Jared Allen baring down on him. Tarvaris was able to avoid the rush and get outside of the pocket then throw the ball away. On another play where a defender was rushing free he scrambled and got positive yardage. With the rush coming he made a quality check down while getting hit. When he had a chance he showed good ball placement including a play he through a ball up to Mike Williams where he was the only one who would have a chance at the ball.

THE BAD:

Tarvaris threw a ball to Golden Tate who was well covered but had Marshawn Lynch wide open. While throwing a deep ball leading the receiver towards the out of bounds he didn’t give his receiver enough room to catch the ball in bounds. As the game went on he got happy in the pockets and on one play had Doug Baldwin wide open for 15 yards and Leon Washington open as his check down but he took off and ran without being forced to do so. Jackson took a chance deep to Sidney Rice in the end zone but didn’t look the safety off, over threw the ball and it was almost intercepted by the Safety.

3) Josh Portis (F+)

Last week (C+). Josh took a big step back this week and showed his inexperience.

THE GOOD:

Portis was able to fit the ball in a small window and had good timing with his receivers. He had a nice scramble on fourth down picking up the first.

THE BAD:

Once he started scrambling it was like he couldn’t stop. The next two plays he had Vai Taua wide open but never threw the ball to him even though he was looking in Vai’s direction. He missed high on his throws on multiple occasions.  Josh had the perfect chance to make a great throw but didn’t quite put enough air under it and the ball was deflected. As the quarterback you are the field general and need to get the plays off on time. Unfortunatly he got called for delay of game when he let the play clock run down. The last play of the game he gave up and just sat down for the sack when he should have at least thrown the ball up for grabs.

 

 

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