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Seahawks offensive line grades
Last week: A-
Max Unger continues to prove why he got his new contract during the offseason. Last week he was the best offensive lineman on the Seahawks, and he backed that up by doing it again.
- Ability to consistently get to the second level, and deliver solid blocks.
- Ability to seal the running lanes up the middle and give the running back a large hole to run through.
- Max was pushed into the face of Matt Flynn and gave up a sack.
the grade: A+
Last week: C-
After struggling a bit last week Breno Giacomini responded in week 2 of the preseason. His aggression is a positive, but he needs to learn how to turn it off before he makes stupid mistakes. That said, a stupid penalty couldn’t take away from the outstanding job Breno was doing out there on Saturday.
- 3 pancake blocks in pass protection.
- 1 pancake while run blocking.
- Push in the running game, including on a 4th and 1 play.
- Cut block, took out 2 defenders and created a big hole for the running back.
- Missed a cut block attempt while pass blocking.
- Fell while trying to run block.
- Got pushed back into Matt Flynn, while in pass protection.
- He got baited into his 2nd unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in 2 weeks, when he head-butted a Broncos player.
- Holding penalty.
the grade: A
JR Sweezy #64
Last week: C+
I didn’t think JR Sweezy could impress me more than he had last week, but thats exactly what he did. When the Seahawks drafted him and switched him to the offensive side of the ball I expected him to compete for a practice squad position. Now, he is definitely competing for a roster spot.
- Strength to push defensive tackles out of the lanes, and open big holes to run through.
- Aggressiveness, always plays through the whistle and looks for someone to hit.
- Solid pass protection.
- Struggled getting to the 2nd level to make blocks.
- Struggled to get outside and set up block on screen pass.
the grade: B+
Paul McQuistan #67
Last week: b+
Paul McQuistan has really improved his pass blocking ability this season. Every snap Paul was in pass protection he was solid. McQuistan struggled a couple times while run blocking.
the grade: B+
Russell Okung #76
Last week: b-
Russell Okung has had a career marred by injury. Every game he makes it through without being carted off I feel is a success.
- Pass protection, at times he is a complete wall at left tackle.
- Pancake while run blocking.
- Russell missed a couple run blocks.
- Missed 2 pass blocks, one he was forced to hold to save Matt Flynn, and the other led to a quarterback pressure.
- Should have been called for a false start, but the officials missed it.
the grade: b+
Rishaw Johnson #63
last week: B
For the second week in a row, Rishaw Johnson looked good when he had a chance to play. I hope that he gets an opportunity to play against better competition in the game against Kansas City this week. If not, I think the Seahawks might try to sneak him onto the practice squad.
- Good job holding the pocket.
- Getting push in the running game.
- Rishaw plays near the end of games which means he’s playing against end of the roster type players at best.
the grade: b
Allen Barbre #78
last week: B-
Though Allen Barbre was not quite as good this week as he was last, he still had a very solid game.
- Threw defender to the ground like a rag doll.
- Ran defender out of the play on a running play.
- Solid pass protection when left on an island
- Cleaned the linebacker out of the hole on Russell Wilson’s quarterback sneak. (That was the key block that allowed the Seahawks to move the chains.)
- Pushed into the backfield on a running play.
- Missed a run block.
- Allowed a sack.
the grade: C+
Edawn Coughman #70
Edawn Coughman may wear Michael Sinclair’s old number, but he sure isn’t doing it justice.
- He isn’t expected to make the roster.
- Lost a run block.
the grade: c-
Lemuel Jeanpierre #61
last week: A-
I don’t have to pick a player who disappointed me the most along the offensive line. Then again, Lemuel Jeanpierre didn’t have to go out and play like an undrafted rookie free agent.
- Held the pocket strong.
- Knocked to the ground at the second level while run blocking.
- Slow getting to the second level while run blocking.
- Completely missed a run block.
the grade: D+
Alex Barron #73
Last week: D+
Pete Carroll, John Schneider and Tom Cable have got to be extremely disappointed in the job Alex Barron has done since joining the Seahawks.
- He can’t be the worst on the line, as long as Duce Lutui is lined up next to him.
- Monday is a cutdown day so, he might not be around by the end of that day.
- His play on the field.
the grade: D-
Duce Lutui #72
last week: D-
Is there something to be said for consistency?
- He plays nasty football.
- He plays nasty bad football.
the grade: d-
Seahawks offensive line player grades
Max Unger #60
After receiving his fat new contract extension Max Unger has to be feeling pretty good right now and that is exactly how he is blocking. I couldn’t find a single play where he missed a block. The only thing he could have done better saturday would have been to pick up another pancake or two.
the grade: A
Lemuel Jeanpierre #61
Lemuel Jeanpierre was doing it all on Saturday. He was pass blocking , run blocking and even getting to the second level. During the course of the game I only saw his miss one block and that was a running play.
THe grade: A-
Paul McQuistan #67
Paul McQuistan is another offensive lineman who received a contract from the Seahawk this offseason. Unlike Max Unger his was not an extension but rather a new 2 year deal worth $4 million. Watching the game he looked like he was just about perfect but as I was going through it snap by snap I noticed on one play he grabbed a defensive lineman and tackled him. Russell Okung quickly jumped on the defender making it look like Okung had pancaked him unless you were paying close attention and clearly the refs were not because it was never called. Other than that Paul did a great job on Saturday.
the grade: B+
Frank Omlyale #65
Blocking was not the issue for Frank Omlyale on Saturday as he was pretty solid on every snap. I did knock him down a bit for being on the slow side and struggling to get outside to throw effective blocks, he also had a false start and those drive me nuts at home.
the grade: B
Rishaw Johnson #63
Rishaw had a few really nice blocks but also ended up on the ground a lot. Despite being on the ground a lot I never saw him miss a block and overall I think he did a pretty nice job for an undrafted free agent.
The Grade: B
Russell Okung #76
On Saturday Russell Okung showed how nasty he can be. He got a pancake, he was shoving people way down the field and looking to hit someone. The best part is he made it through the whole game without being carted to the locker room. Russell missed a couple of cut blocks so he definitely has room for improvement.
the grade: b-
Allen Barbre #78
On one of Allen Barbre’s first plays in the game he went for a cut block and completely missed leaving the running back no where to run and eventually tackled for a loss. After that he seemed to settle down and play pretty well especially in tandem with Frank Omlyale against stunting defenders.
the grade: B-
JR Sweezy #64
For a young man trying to learn a new position on a different side of the ball at the highest level of football I think he is doing an amazing job. He is doing a nice job staying with his man through the play and finishing his blocks. JR Sweezy has also shown an ability to get to the 2nd level effectively.
THe Grade: C+
Paul Fanaika #66
I was surprised how badly Paul Fanaika struggle against lower competition. He was having trouble sticking his blocks and completely missed on a run block and a pass block. I see him being lazy with his feet out there and trying to reach for guys.
The grade: C-
Breno Giacomini #68
In training camp I noticed Breno spending a lot of time teaching JR Sweezy what he should be doing. After watching them both on Saturday I would say, as much as I like to see him helping the young man out, Breno needs to spend more time working on his own craft than he does helping the coaching staff teach the kid if he wants to make an impact. He did have some nice blocks during the game, especially at the second level and I loved the fire I saw in him when he took on the Titans alone along their sidelines. I would like to see him tone that back just before he picks up the penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct but I’m not too upset about that. He seemed to struggle with the speed of the Titans line and at times he was left blocking air.
the grade: C-
Alex Barron #73
Can you believe Alex Barron is a former first round pick? Saturday he played more like a first round cut. Is it possible to be big, slow and weak? I didn’t think so before the Titans game.
I saw him getting thrown to the ground, completely missing blocks and just straight getting beat. He was able to avoid getting an F by making a few nice blocks that leave a glimmer of hope that his career is not over.
The grade: D+
Duce Lutui #72
If I were Duce Lutui I would be telling my agent to start looking at Canadian Football League teams that might be interested because after Saturday I have no confidence in him. He looks leaner but he is getting thrown all over the place and can’t stay cleat side down. I don’t know which is worse, let him eat to where he’s so out of shape that he can only play a few plays a game or keep him light where you get severally really crappy plays out of him. The coaching staff was even kind enough to pull him out and put him back in later in the game against lower competition and he still couldn’t block. Truly one of the saddest performances of a lineman I have seen at this level from a guy who was suspected to be a contender. He better turn it around because his days in the NFL could be numbered.
the grade: D-
Tomorrow defensive backs, wide receivers and tights ends will be graded. Thank you for taking the time to read my ramblings.
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1) Russell Okung (B)
Last week C+
Russell was solid in the passing game and running game all day. He several nice blocks including a cut block and blocking own the field.
He did lose one of his run blocks and was called for unnecessary roughness for hitting a guy while he was on a pile. Personally I love the nasty attitude and can’t be too hard on him for it.
2) Robert Gallery and Max Unger (B-)
Last week: Robert A- and Max led the line with an A
Gallery had several nice blocks including a cut block on a screen pass and a couple pancakes. He showed athleticism blocking downfield and they both had nice blocks on the 20 yard Justin Forsett touchdown. Unger did a nice job getting to the second level and had a couple pancake blocks.
Unfortunately Robert also struggled on several play. He was unable to seal the lane a couple times, was pushed into the backfield on one play and on one play him and Max Unger were doubling a defender and they couldn’t block him. He also lost a block in the passing game that led to a quarterback pressure and a false start. Max was unable to get outside to block for a screen pass on one play and struggled a little in the running game losing a few of his blocks including a play that led to a tackle for a loss.
4) Breno Giacomini (C+)
He is new to the line up this week replacing James Carpenter
He had several really good blocks in the running game getting push at the line, sealing lanes and picking up a pancake. He also had a big block to spring Justin Forsett on his touchdown.
He missed a cut block and struggled in the passing game giving up a couple quarterback pressures including one on the second interception. He also got the quarterback hit and gave up a sack.
5) Clint Gresham (D+)
Last week C
It was a rough day for the usually reliable Gresham.
He allowed a blocked punt and was called for holding.
6) Paul McQuiston (D-)
Last week C+
He had a pancake block and did a nice job sealing a running lane. He has a couple nice run blocks and a couple pass blocks including one where he showed a lot of awareness when McQuistan lost his pass block and he went over to help him to avoid the sack.
Paul was unable to seal 3 running lanes, lost his run block on several occasions and was pushed into the backfield. He had a bogus false start penalty where he was reacting to the pass rusher jumping the snap but he also was called for a legitimate false start and a hold.
This is Russell’s first game back after injuring his ankle in the first preseason game and he was playing both LT and RT when they overloaded the right side of the line. Max is hopefully starting his first full season at Center. John is a 3rd round draft pick this year and is learning to be an NFL guard under fire.
Okung showed off his strength recording a pancake block and driving his man 5 yards down the field on a run block. He showed his agility with a couple cut blocks including one that opened up a passing lane. Russell played with a little nasty in him blocking through the whistle and showed he hasn’t missed a beat while he has been out working with James Carpenter on a stunt. Unger held up well in pass pro for 4+ seconds one on one and had a pancake block in the running game. He showed his awareness recognizing Carpenter was struggling and got out to help him. Moffitt was also able to hold up in pass pro for 4+ seconds blocking one on one. He really showed potential getting to the second level blocking Patrick Willis and added a nice down the field cut block on a swing pass.
Russell was inconsistent and did almost as much wrong as he did right. He was beat on a spin move and gave up a sack, missed a cut block on a WR screen and was late getting over to help his TE and the quarterback got hit because of it. Okung was called for a false start and a holding penalty although the hold was a bad call. Max appeared to wear down in the fourth quarter having a bad exchange with Tarvaris and it was fumbled. Right after that he was knocked on his butt from a bull rush. John was beat by a pass rush move to the outside and got stood up by NaVorro Bowman in the running lane and left no where for the running back to go.
4) Tyler Polumbus (C-)
Tyler was not a starter and was only brought in as an extra tackle.
Polumbus got playing time that wasn’t because someone was injured.
He missed a backside cut block that led to a tackle for a loss.
5) James Carpenter and Breno Giacomini (F-)
James was starting at LG in place of injured Robert Gallery in his first NFL start. This was also Breno’s first career start but has 4 years in the league and this is the second time he has played in a game.
On a stunt by the defense James did a good job working with Okung. This was his first start and a lot of his mistakes can be corrected by coaching and film study. Giacomini held 4+ seconds on a one on one pass block.
The biggest problem Carpenter was having was his awareness. He looked lost on the field much of the game getting his QB hit or leaving his running back with no where to go. At times he played too high and got pushed back because of it. On the play where Robinson got his ankle sprained it was the guy who beat James to the inside who landed on the ankle. He got the QB hit four times because of physical mistakes. These had a big part to do with a veteran player abusing a rookie. Justing Smith was beating him on inside and outside or he would bull rush him and push him back into the QB. On one play he got Carpenter to overextend and simply pushed James out of his way on the way to the quarterback. Breno got stood up and was pushed back into the quarterback and was beat by an inside move and got Tarvaris hit. In the running game he was terrible. He moved to the second level too early leaving the defender to make an easy tackle. He couldn’t handle the athleticism of the 49ers linebackers and was unable to block them. On one play he was out-physicalled by the defensive lineman and got thrown out of the way. To top it all off he got flagged for not reporting as eligible.
I have adjusted the order of these posts. They will now be: Offensive Lineman, Quarterback/Running Backs, Wide Receivers/Tight Ends, Defensive Lineman, Linebackers, Defensive Backs.
1) Tyler Polumbus (A-)
Last week D-
Tyler did an excellent job in pass block including a play when he went 1:1 with the defensive end and he completely stonewalled the end. On a quick slant inside the red zone he had a perfect cut block to clear the passing lane for the throw. He had a cut block on the backside of a running play that allowed the running back to cutback and pick up positive yards when his primary lane was full.
He was blocking a linebacker at the second level but allowed him to fight off the block to make the play. Later in the game he missed a backside cut block.
2) Lemuel Jeanpierre (B+)
No grade last week
He was solid in pass protection and excelled in the running game. Lemuel recorded a pancake block, was able to seal the running lane and showed agility getting to the second level and setting up a solid block.
Jeanpierre played a very clean game.
3) James Carpenter, William Robinson, Paul Fanaika and Paul McQuinstan (C+)
Last week: Carpenter F+, Robinson and Fanaika did not grade and McQuinstan led offensive linemen with a B-
On one play James showed his strength and agility when he pulled and opened a hole by pushing three defenders past the first down marker. He played Right Guard on a running play at the goal line and was able to get the push necessary for a touchdown. James was able to seal the running lane and push the end out of the way. William had one of the most beautiful cut blocks I have ever seen opening a hole for the final touchdown run. Fanaika showed his strength pushing people down field and did a solid job in pass protection. McQuinstan showed strength holding at the point of attack and clearing the running lane. He had a cut block on a TD run and did a solid job in pass pro. Paul continued blocking down field until the whistle blew.
Carpenter missed a cut block on the backside of a running play, couldn’t get in front of the defensive tackle fast enough to keep him from making a play and was called for a false start penalty. Fanaika was too slow to get to the second level in time to make a decent attempt at a cut block on the linebacker. McQuinstan did not have the footwork needed to get ahead of the defender and stop lateral movement towards the ball carrier and was unable to sustain a block on a linebacker. He also got called for two holding penalties.
7) Max Unger and Breno Giacomini (C)
Last week: Unger C+ and Giacomini C-
9) Robert Gallery and Mike Gibson (C-)
Last week: Gallery C+ and Gibson did not grade.
Robert Had a nice cut block down field. Mike was able to get under the defenders pads on one play and clear them out of the hole.
Gallery was pushed back into the backfield on a running play and later missed a cut block. Gibson seemed over powered much of the game being thrown down on a running play and getting pushed around in the passing game getting the quarterback hit.
11) John Moffitt (D-)
Last week D-
He had a good backside cut block, was able to seal a running lane and had a play where he did an excellent job in pass protection.
John was being over powered when he got thrown out of the way by John Henderson on one running play and got blown up on another allowing his assignment to get a tackle for loss. He was unable to get push on a running play to open the hole. At times Moffitt was still unsure who his blocking responsibilities were, he missed a cut block and was penalized for a false start.
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.
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.
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+
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.
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.
They held up in pass pro much better that the 1st team line did.
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+
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.
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 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.
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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(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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-.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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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