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What a crazy start to the start of the 2015 NFL League year
Big names like Ndamukong Suh (MIA) and Byron Maxwell (PHI) got the big pay days that we had heard about all weekend. Suh’s 6 year $114 million dollar contract includes $60 millions guaranteed. That will give him the largest contract a defensive player has every received once he actually signs the deal. Apparently crime does pay.
The bigger news of the day was two block buster trades that happened about 5 minutes apart from one another.
First, The Seahawks sent their first round pick (31st overall) and center Max Unger to the Saints in exchange for their 4th round pick (13th of the round) and tight end Jimmy Graham. Neither Unger nor Graham had much to say after the trade as I’m sure it came as a shock to both.
Shortly after that trade the Rams and Eagles swapped starting quarterbacks. The Rams sent oft-injured Sam Bradford and their 2015 5th rd pick to Philedalphia in exchange for Nick Foles, the Eagles 2015 5th rd and 2016 2nd round selections.
Day two of free agency has gotten off to a fast start with the Chiefs signing WR Jeremy Maclin (Eagles). The Eagles signed RB Ryan Matthews (SD) after losing out on Frank Gore (IND) after all signs pointed to Gore becoming and Eagle over the weekend.
There are a lot of free agents left on the market who look to make a big impact for any team willing to do what it takes to sign them.
Some are ready to sign, while others have their head in the clouds as far as compensation is concerned. They will need to digest their true market value before they are willing to sign for less then they thought. Sometimes agents blowing smoke up a player’s…well you know…actually hurts them during this process.
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Dropped passes and missed opportunities
When the Seattle Seahawks 2012 schedule was released I knew that going down to San Francisco on such a short week was going to be a tall order. To make maters worse, it was the 49ers third straight home game.
Both teams only had 4 days to prepare for the big divisional matchup. The Seattle Seahawks were coming off a big home win against the Patriots, one of the best teams in the AFC.
In contrast, the San Francisco 49ers were coming off an embarrassing loss to the New York Giants in San Francisco.
The funny thing about winning and losing, it is a lot easier to focus on the next weeks game after a loss than it is after an emotional win.
The difference was evident on the field Thursday.
When you look at the stats from the game, it looks like the Seahawks defense had another great game. Unfortunately, stats do not tell the entire picture.
Both teams only had 4 days to prepare
During the first half of the game defense played fine.
Then, at halftime, the 49ers made an adjustment.
Offensive coordinator Greg Roman realized that the Seahawks were vulnerable in the middle of the defense and once the 49ers started attacking it, there was nothing the Seahawks defense could do to stop the onslaught.
(Insert any trap play you like)
In the second half, San Francisco had 4 drives (excluding the final 2 plays from victory formation).
Those four drives went as follows:
- 85-yards and a touchdown.
- 68-yards, but Brandon Browner intercepted in the end zone on an ill advised pass from Alex Smith that was intended for Randy Moss. Moss had been wide open while he was in the middle of the field. His drag route, in the back of the end zone, was outside of the hash marks by the time Smith released the ball and Browner was able to step in front of the ball.
- 3 runs up the middle that totaled 40-yards. After a 49er tripping penalty More. . .
Seahawks Player Grades Vs. Ravens
Last week C
David had a quarterback pressure, a quarterback hit, a pass defensed and an interception that he almost returned for a touchdown.
He missed a tackle.
2) Leroy Hill (B-)
Last week he led the linebackers with a B
Leroy did a nice job shooting the gap on a running play. He had a quarterback pressure, a pass defensed and a nice open field tackle.
He had a couple issues in coverage. He lost track of Ed Dickson on one play and fell down on another.
3) Malcolm Smith (C+)
Last week D+
Malcolm had a quarterback pressure and a sack.
On the Ravens final touchdown he was in position but never looked back to try to find the ball.
4) KJ Wright (C)
Last week C
Last week he led the CB’s with a B
Sherman had really good coverage most of the game and broke up 3 passes.
He fell behind Torrey Smith on a deep rout but luckily the ball was overthrown. In the two minute defense Richard let the receiver get out of bounds to stop the clock. This is a rookie mistake and a very coachable moment.
2) Brandon Browner (B-)
Last week C
Browner had a nice block on a punt return and almost had an interception but Earl Thomas ran into him. Brandon also broke up another pass later in the game.
He got called for pass interference but it was a really bad call in my opinion.
3) Byron Maxwell (C+)
Last week D
Byron forced the second fumble in kick coverage.
He over ran a play on punt coverage.
4) Roy Lewis (D-)
Last week B-
Lewis had a rough game. Hopefully he is just breaking off some rust.
He took a bad angle on one play and wasn’t able to get in position to make a tackle. He dropped an interception that squirted through his hands and was caught by the receiver. Then he was called for holding and illegal contact.
Last week C
He recovered the second kick that the Ravens fumbled.
He was injured during the game.
2) Earl Thomas and Chris Maragos (C+)
Last week Earl got an A- and Chris wasn’t graded
Thomas made a couple nice open field tackles and had a pass defensed. Maragos was able to fight off a blocker and still make a tackle inside the 20 on a kick return.
Earl was pancaked and he missed a tackle.
4) Kam Chancellor (C)
Last week D+
Seahawks Player Grades
Last week A-
Richard had multiple plays where he had excellent coverage including a play in the end zone and another where he almost intercepted the ball but Dez Bryant knocked it away. He made a nice open field tackle and laid a big hit on Bryant at the goal line causing him to fumble the ball.
He missed a couple tackles and was beat deep on one play by Miles Austin.
2) Roy Lewis (B-)
Last week C-
In the 2 minute drill he did a great job forcing the receiver inside after he caught the ball to keep the ball running. He also recovered Sherman’s forced fumble.
Lewis was late in reacting to one route.
3) Brandon Browner and Kennard Cox (C)
Last week: Browner C- and Cox did not get graded
5) Byron Maxwell (D)
Last week C+
He usually plays much better than he did against Dallas.
All of his troubles were on special teams. He had a missed tackle on punt coverage and was called for two Un-sportsman like conduct penalties for running out of bounds and not making an effort to re-establish himself in bounds.
Last week D+
Earl Thomas was probably the most sure tackler on the team last Sunday. He made a nice open field tackle, tackle for a short gain and a tackle for a loss. Earl had really good coverage on a couple plays including a play in the end zone. He came close to intercepting a pass that Richard Sherman had broken up.
Earl Played a solid game.
2) Atari Bigby (C)
Last week C-
3) Kam Chancellor (D+)
Last week B-
Kam had a big hit on a running back and had a tackle for no gain. He had good coverage on a couple play including one where he broke up a pass that Cowboys tight end Jason Witten already had in his hands.
He struggled a little in coverage and was late getting out to help cover the deep route on one play. He was called for pass interference but I can’t see what he did wrong so I did not dock him for it. Usually a fairly sure tackler, he struggled in Dallas missing several tackles including one where he went through the hole to hit the running back and turned his head away and completely missed the hit.
Marcus Trufant (B-)
Marcus did a nice job coming in supporting the run and also hit a receiver which caused him to drop the ball.
Trufant was playing up on the line and missed his attempt to redirect the receiver who was able to run right by him and make a big reception down the field.
Byron Maxwell and Richard Sherman (C+)
Byron forced a hold (more like a horse collar) while covering a kick but was unfortunately hurt on the play. Richard had a big block on a punt return that sprung Leon Washington.
Losing Byron to injury really weakened the special teams unit.
Brandon Browner (C)
For his first game in the NFL I would say he had a pretty good game.
Kam Chancellor (A)
Kam is a first year starter who has been making a name for himself. His nickname is “Bam Bam” but I found out recently it stems from a previous nickname that he prefers “Kam Bam”
Chancellor has the ability to play sideline to sideline as shown when he got out to the sideline to support the run and recorded a tackle for a short gain. He showed his toughness taking on a block by the guard cutting him down and forcing the running back to cut back inside where defenders were waiting. Kam came up in run coverage on 3rd and short and made a tackle for no gain. He went out to covered the fullback in the flat and picked up a tackle for loss. At the goal line he saved a touchdown by cutting through the traffic and hitting Frank Gore stopping his moments so that others could bring him down.
When Alex Smith scrambled for the touchdown he was in position to make the stop but reached out to tackle him instead of driving through him.
Earl Thomas (B-)
You can really see how much Earl has learned over the last year. He has become a smart instinctual player who fly’s around the field.
He recognized the tight end crossing behind the line after the snap and met him out in the flat to tackle him for a loss. Thomas was able to diagnose the end around and disrupt it. On a blitz he noticed the quarterback handing the ball off to the running back and was able to stay under control and tackle him for a loss. Earl also shot in through everyone and tackled a wide receiver on a WR screen for minimal gain.
Earl had a big hit on one play but didn’t wrap up and missed the tackle. He still needs to work on controlling the chaos he brings as show by a play down near the goal line he went through the line backwards expecting to meet resistance and instead knocked Alan Branch out of the play. On the kick return for a touchdown he left his lane responsibility outside moving over two lanes before he saw Ginn cut it to the outside and by that time he couldn’t recover fast enough to stop him from running right by where he should have been.
Richard Sherman (B-)
Last week D+
Richard was pretty solid in coverage knocking a ball out of a receivers hands and deflecting a pass most corners would not be able to make that play on in the air that would have been a touchdown. In the running game he held his ground and forced the runner back inside.
Sherman had a missed tackle on special teams and was called for Pass Interference.
Brandon Browner and Marcus Trufant (C+)
Last week: Brandon B and Marcus B+
Brandon Had the block on Golden Tate’s big punt return that sprung him. Marcus did a nice job fighting off a blocker to remain in the play.
Neither player played very much and will be the starters to open the regular season so they didn’t get much of a chance to make plays.
Kennard Cox and Byron Maxwell (C-)
Last week: Kennard C+ and Byron B+
Kennard has finally played his way off the team. Byron showed his ability to tackle making a nice open field tackle.
Cox wasn’t confident in his speed as proven by giving a guy a 15 yard cushion in man coverage and filling his hips around on his second or third step so he wouldn’t get beat deep. This left him with no chance to cover anything underneath. Maxwell was playing like a rookie getting called for a pass interference and a face mask penalty
Walter Thurmond (D+)
Last week D+
Walter had a nice open field tackle and showed awareness on a play that the raiders were running a wide receiver pick on third down. He saw it coming and gave the necessary ground to avoid the pick while keeping up with the wide receiver on the slant. Although the receiver caught the ball Walter was able to stop him short of the marker.
Thurmond Fell down in coverage but was smart enough to take the receiver down with him instead of allowing the guy a chance for and easy touchdown because he did not have any safety help over the top. He was playing too loose in coverage. On a punt return he muffed a punt and lost it.
Josh Pinkard (B-)
Last week C-
Josh played in the box well crashing in on the run and had a quarterback pressure.
You would like to see him make more plays.
Earl Thomas, Jeron Johnson and Atari Bigby (C)
Last week: Earl led all Safeties with a B, Jeron C and Atari C+
Mark Legree (C-)
Last week C+
He did not make any above average plays in the game.
He showed he needs to work on his hands when he dropped an interception thrown right at him.
1) Marcus Trufant and Byron Maxwell (B+)
Laste week: Marcus C- and Byron C+
Marcus was good all around against the Broncos. He had a sack for a 16 yard loss, crashed down on run getting a tackle, he came down on a run perfect forcing the runner back inside where he had help, and had good coverage. Byron Had a nice tackle on punt coverage and forced a fumble. He stayed at home on a running play and made an open field tackle. In the passing game he did a good job blitzing hitting the quarterback twice including one where he hit the QB’s hand as he threw.
Trufant lost his base on one play and fell down in coverage.
3) Brandon Browner (B)
Laste week B
I noted Brandon having exceptional coverage on three plays. He showed his awareness when Orton ran dropping out of coverage as soon as he could and stopping Kyle short of the first down.
Browner had an illegal hands to the face call.
4) Kennard Cox (C+)
Last week C
Kennard had good coverage and got penetration on a running play making the tackle. He got downfield on punt coverage and was there as the ball arrived.
Cox missed two tackle including one on the punt return where he was there as the ball arrived.
5) Ron Parker (C)
Last week C+
6) Walter Thurmond and Richard Sherman (D+)
Last week: Walter didn’t play and Richard received a D
This was Walter’s first action of the preseason.
Thurmond missed a tackle and he missed a receiver re-direct and fell behind in coverage because of it. Sherman overran a play and lost outside contain and got called for illegal hands to the face.
Last week C
Earl worked perfect with Trufant coming down leaving the runner no choice but to run into one of them. He played a run well on the goal line and probably saved a touchdown. Thomas knocked a deep ball away that would have been a touchdown.
2) Atari Bigby and Mark Legree (C+)
Last week: Atari D+ and Mark C-
Atari crashed down on a run and upended the running back in the backfield and crashed in on the run on 3rd and short. Mark played a big part of the punt return for a touchdown. He made a block on the punter that was ultimately the final block Baldwin needed to score and he made a smart play not blocking the next guy because he would have been blocking in the back.
Bigby lost outside contain on one play. Legree had a missed tackle.
4) Ricky Thenarse and Jeron Johnson (C)
Last week Thenarse didn’t get graded and Jeron C+
6) Josh Pinkard (C-)
Last week D+
Josh was able to get penetration on 4th and inches.
Pinkard didn’t protect his zone on a play where he was ten yards away from the man in his zone. He also had a missed tackle.
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. Quarterbacks, Offensive Linemen, Running Backs, Tight Ends, Wide Receivers, Defensive 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.
Last week he also received a B.
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.
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-
Byron did a solid job in coverage. Ron was able to knock the ball away from the receiver.
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.
Neither played long enough to make many mistakes.
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.
Last week he received a B-
He had a nice tackle on a kick off and had a play where he had nice coverage deep.
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.
1) Kam Chancellor (B)
Last week B
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.
He got a little dinged in the game.
2) Jeron Johnson (C+)
Last week he led all safeties with a A-
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.
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.
4) Mark Legree (C-)
Last week C+
Overall he did a pretty solid job in coverage.
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.
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.
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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