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Seahawks player grades vs Broncos: Defensive line

Seahawks player grades

 

This is the 4th part of the Seahawks player grades from the Broncos game. Already posted are; Quarterback, running back and linebacker.

In order to keep this post manageable I am going to be very brief in the descriptions. If you would like me to elaborate on any player in particular let me know and I will happily add that.

Defensive Line

 

Brandon Mabane #92

Last week Brandon received a B

Brandon Mebane is a solid player and he drew several double teams against the Broncos.  He was strong in the running game as usual and he was also able to create some pressure on the quarterback.  Mabane does need to work on his backside contain.

the grade: A

 

Photo By Brett Bivens

Pep Levingston #93

Last week he received a C

Pep Levingston is a very athletic guy and it is not surprising that he is able to get pressure on the quarterback, or his ability to pursue plays from the backside.  What surprises me is his ability to hold the point of attack and the strength he shows when he throws guards to the ground to get run penetration.

the grade: A-

 

Red Bryant #79

Last week Big Red Bryant received a C+

We all know how solid Red Bryant is in the running game, but in years past he has been a liability in the passing game.  This year he is paying more attention to the quarterback throwing the ball and working to get his hands up to deflect it.  Against the Broncos he was able to tip a pass at the line that KJ Wright intercepted.  Conditioning may be a question, he looks a little more chubby than he has in years past and he seemed to take a couple plays off.

the grade: B+

 

Clinton McDonald #69

Last weeks Clinton received a C

Denver’s offense showed Clinton McDonald a lot of respect on Saturday.  They spent a lot of his snaps double teaming him, yet he was still able to get some run penetration.  I dinged him a bit on his grade because he definitely took one play off, he didn’t even pretend to defend on the play.  He should have been rushing the passer but just engaged the blocker and stood around.

the grade: B

 

Dexter Davis (Waived/Injured)

Unfortunately for Dexter Davis, he injured his hip during the game against the Broncos and the Seahawks parted ways with him earlier in the week.  I believe he was a long shot to make this years team had he stayed healthy.

the grade: B-

 

Greg Scruggs #98

Last week Greg really impressed me and received a B-

This week he was even more impressive making plays.  Greg Scruggs has shown an ability to effect the passing game by collapsing the pocket while lining up at the defensive tackle position.  Whether he was lined up inside at tackle or outside at defensive end he was able to create pressure, recording a sack while at DE.  The one thing that is annoying me about his play is that far too often he is the last player off the snap.

the grade: b-

 

Bruce Irvin and Chris Clemons before the Titans game. Photo By Brett Bivens

Bruce Irvin #51

Last week Bruce received a C+

This week I notice some signs of improvement in his pass rush.  There were two plays that really stood out to me.  When Bruce Irvin threw the tackle to the ground and when he pushed a tackle into Peyton Manning’s face.  That said, Bruce is still struggling in his pass rush, partially because he is getting a slow jump off that snap.  I would expect that to correct itself as he becomes more comfortable in the defense. Players always play faster when they stop thinking so much and start playing.  Bruce was a liability in the running game, especially  when they run at him but that is to be expected from a guy his size.

the grade: C+

 

Alan Branch #99

Allen Branch was able to create a lot of pressure from the inside, on one play the Broncos triple teamed him, yet he still able to get pressure on the quarterback. When the offense ran the ball at him he was unable to hold the point of attack.  Allen was pancaked on a pass rush attempt.

the grade: C+

 

Pierre Allen

Photo By Brett Bivens

Last week Pierre struggled and receive a unit low D-

This week Pierre Allen played a lot better than he did last week.  He was able to get some pressure in the running game as well as the passing game.  Allen’s biggest play of the night was when he was able to get to the running back behind the line and bring him down.  The worst play was when he was run out of the play 1:1 by a right guard.

the grade: C+

 

Jaye Howard #94

Last week Jaye Howard looked really good and received a B-

This week was a bit of a rough week for Jaye.  He was able to get a quarterback pressure and a tackle for a loss.  Other than those two plays Howard struggled to stay under control.

the grade: C-

 

Chris Clemons #91

Last week he received a C-

For the second straight week Chris Clemons under performed. Chris is losing 1:1 battles for the most part.  I need to see a more consistent pass rush than Chris has been giving.  Hopefully the money has not gone to his head, but if he doesn’t turn it around soon I’m going to start becoming concerned that is what has happened.

the grade: D

 

Photo blog: Seahawks training camp 7/31/12

Seahawks Training Camp

I got Brandon Mebane to sign the game worn jersey I bought at the pro-shop last year.

Bruce Irvin signs autographs for fans after tuesdays practice,

Jason Jones posses for a picture as he runs back to the practice field after using the restroom.

Tom Cable coaches Breno Giacomini and Alex Barron during tuesdays practice.

Breno Giacomini teaches 7th round pick JR Sweezy some tricks to the trade as JR tries to switch from DT in college to OG in the NFL.

Bruce Irvin has such a quick first step but he really surprised me with his power on Tuesday. Duce Lutui in the foreground is looking pretty lean, well as lean as a Duce can look.

Matt McCoy (knee) takes a break from watching practice to take a drink.

Russell Wilson drops back to pass.

Offensive line/assistant head coach Tom Cable runs the offense through drills on Tuesday.

Middle linebacker Barrett Ruud (knee/shoulder) watches his teammates practice on tuesday.

Red Bryant and defensive line coach Todd Wash show offseason acquisition Jason Jones how to go through a drill.

Marshawn Lynch explains the power of the rainbow to Brandon Mebane during Tuesdays practice.

Seahawks Defensive Line Coach Todd Wash runs his group through drills on Tuesday.

Ricardo Lockette takes a breather during Tuesdays Practice

Seahawks Defensive Lineman Chris Clemons and Clinton McDonald wait for their turn during position drills on Tuesday

Seahawks Defensive Line Grades Regular Season Game 2011-9

Seahawks Player Grades

 

 

Defensive Line

1) Chris Clemons (B+)

Last week B

THE GOOD:

Chris pressured the quarterback 4 times, one of which he had an amazing jump off the ball and was in the backfield before the Tackle could react. He also had a couple quarterback hits and did a good job in pursuit on a screen play.

THE BAD:

On the first end around he lost outside contain when he crashed down to support the run. Clemons got pancaked and called for offsides.

2) Red Bryant and Brandon Mebane (B-)

Last week: Red B- and Brandon B

THE GOOD:

Bryant was able to fight off blockers to make a tackle for a short gain and had a couple quarterback pressures. Mebane held strong at the point of attack when he was double teamed and was doing a good job collapsing the middle of the pocket.

THE BAD:

On third and short when the Ravens ran a quarterback sneak they both were blown off the line and the quarterback picked up the first easily.

4) Alan Branch and Anthony Hargrove (C+)

Last week: Alan led the line with an A and Anthony had a C.

THE GOOD:

Branch had a big hit on Ricky Williams and had good backside pursuit on another play. Hargrove had a nice block on a kick return, a quarterback pressure and a quarterback hit.

THE BAD:

Alan fell down rushing the passer on one play. Anthony missed a tackle on a sack and was called for offsides.

6) Raheem Brock and Clinton McDonald (D)

Last week: Raheem B- and Clinton C

THE GOOD:

There is nothing good to say about either player this week.

THE BAD:

Brock was penalized for being offsides twice. Clinton got called for illegal hands to the face and got a personal foul for ripping a players helmet off.

Seahawks Defensive Line Grades Regular Season Game 2011-8

Seahawks Player Grades

 

 

Defensive Line

1) Alan Branch (A)

Last week he led the team with an A+

THE GOOD:

Alan did a great job against the run. He was playing in the Cowboys backfield on several running plays. He did a great job getting his blockers moving laterally to the line of scrimmage leaving the running back no lane to run through. He also showed great backside pursuit. He pressured Tony Romo on one play.

THE BAD:

On one running play he was pancaked.

2) Brandon Mebane and Chris Clemons (B)

Last week: Brandon B and Chris C+

THE GOOD:

Mebane was very strong against the run. He held the point of attack even while being double teamed. He also recorded a tackle for a loss. Clemons did a nice job setting the outside edge and forcing the run back inside where he had help. He did a nice job timing his pass rush when he was lined up in a linebacker position. He had a quarterback pressure.

THE BAD:

Brandon and Chris were two of three lineman who were rushing the passer for 5+ seconds on the Cowboys touchdown and they were not able to get any type of pressure.

4) Red Bryant and Raheem Brock (B-)

Last week they both had an A-

THE GOOD:

Bryant had a quarterback pressure and was able to hold strong at the point of attack. He did a nice job dictating where the blockers where going to go on the field if they wanted to block him. Brock had a quarterback pressure and a quarterback hit.

THE BAD:

Bryant was the third and final pass rusher on the touchdown pass where Romo had 5+ seconds to find an open receiver.

6) Clinton McDonald and Anthony Hargrove (C)

Last week: Clinton B- and Anthony D

Seahawks Defensive Line Grades Regular Season Game 2011-7

Seahawks Player Grades

 

 

Defensive Line

1) Alan Branch (A+)

Last week A-

THE GOOD:

Alan was behind the line of scrimmage most of the game. He got a lot of pressure in the running game and had three tackles for a loss. He was able to pressure the quarterback five times.

THE BAD:

On one snap he was extremely slow getting off the ball. On of the time he got to pressure on the quarterback he should have had a sack but missed it.

2) Red Bryant and Raheem Brock (A-)

Last week: Red got ejected from the game and Raheem had a B

THE GOOD:

Bryant was playing in the backfield a lot of the game. He got in the backfield several times on running plays and recored a tackle for a loss. He was able to get some pressure on the quarterback and had a quarterback hit. Red also did a nice job keeping the quarterback in the pocket. Brock had three quarterback pressures and got some penetration in the running game as well.

THE BAD:

Bryant got called for encroachment on third and inches leading to a first down. Raheem had a chance to get a tackle for a loss but missed the tackle.

4) Brandon Mebane (B)

Last week he led the line with an A+

THE GOOD:

Brandon was creating problems for the rushing offense by making tackles for a loss, short gain or no gain at all including a play where he got out to the side line to stop the running back after a short gain. Once again he was getting good jump off the snap.

THE BAD:

He had trouble getting pressure on the quarterback even when they matched him up 1:1. Mebane had a missed tackle.

5) Clinton McDonald (B-)

Last week B-

THE GOOD:

Clinton had a quarterback pressure and a tackle for a loss.

THE BAD:

There really wasn’t anything bad.

6) Chris Clemons (C+)

Last week A-

THE GOOD:

Chris had a couple tackles for a short gain and stayed at home on a reverse that forced the receiver to cut the ball back inside to try to avoid a loss on the play. He had three quarterback pressures including one where he was held and that is the only reason he didn’t get a sack and late in the game had a quarterback hit.

THE BAD:

Clemons had three missed tackles, lost outside contain of the quarterback and was called for encroachment.

Anthony Hargrove sacks Andy Dalton

7) Anthony Hargrove (D)

Last week B

THE GOOD:

Anthony had a quarterback sack.

THE BAD:

Hargrove lost track of the quarterback in the pocket and it allowed him to avoid pressure and he also fell down on another play which allowed the quarterback to step up and avoid pressure. He also struggled while blocking on kick returns not seeing a defender once and missing his block on another.

Seahawks Defensive Line Grades Regular Season Game 2011-6

Seahawks Defensive Line Player Grades

 

 

 

1) Brandon Mebane (A+)

Brandon Mebane about to make a tackle. Photo by Brett Bivens

Last week A+

THE GOOD:

Brandon had McCoy’s snap count down pat and was able to get a good jump off the ball all game. He hit the quarterback once and had three more quarterback pressures including a play where he did an excellent job on a stunt. Mebane was able to fight off blocks and make three tackles for short gain including a play while he was being double teamed. He also had a tackle for loss.

THE BAD:

Te Seahawks cannot clone him.

2) Alan Branch and Chris Clemons (A-)

Last week: Alan A and Chris A+

THE GOOD:

Branch spent a lot of the game in the backfield. He was getting penetration in the passing game as well as the running game. He tipped a pass, batted one down and had two quarterback pressures. In the running game he was creating problems by being in the backfield but did not record any tackles for loss although he managed a tackle for no gain. Like Mebane, Clemons was getting of the snap well. He recorded 2 sacks in the game and was able to hit the quarterback on another play. He had a tackle for a loss and a tackle for no gain in the running game.

THE BAD:

Alan lost outside contain on the quarterback when the defense was blitzing from the opposite side allowing Colt McCoy to run away from the two free blitzers. On one running play Chris was unable to fight off a block by the tight end and on a passing play he was sent into zone coverage but did not drop deep enough.

4) Anthony Hargrove and Raheem Brock (B)

Last week: Anthony C+ and Raheem B-

THE GOOD:

Anthony was getting a good jump of the snap and that helped him get to the quarterback and hit him a couple times. He was also able to get run penetration. Raheem had a couple quarterback pressures and also showed a nice spin move that helped him make a tackle for short gain.

THE BAD:

Hargrove missed a block on a kick return.

6) Clinton McDonald (B-)

Last week B-

THE GOOD:

He was able to get some pressure in the running game and had a quarterback pressure.

THE BAD:

There were no glaring mistakes made on his part.

7) Red Bryant

He had a stellar game with 2 blocked field goals but after losing his cool, getting ejected from the game and costing the Seahawks one last possession he will receive no grade this week.

Last week A-

Seahawks Player Grades Regular Season 2011-5

Seahawks Player Grades from the Giants game.

 

 

First of all let me apologize for not getting the grades done like usually. I have been very sick and unable to sit at the computer to type them out.

I was able to do all the game notes and I have all the information I would normally put out but I think in the interest of getting the grades out I will post the actual grade for every player and if I get a request about why a players grade is what it is I will add to this post.

Thank you all for your patience.

The last grade I gave out was the quarterbacks so I will start here with the running backs

 

Running Back

 

1) Leon Washington (A-)

Last week he led the running backs with a B+

2) Marshawn Lynch (B+)

Last week C+

3) Justin Forsett (B-)

Last week B

4) Michael Robinson (C+)

Last week C-

THE GOOD:

He did a very nice job on special teams while blocking on punt returns and getting downfield in a hurry on a kick return and getting in on a tackle inside the Giants 15-yard line.

THE BAD:

He ran into the back of his own player and fumbled the ball near the giants goal line. Darrell Bevell should have never handed him the ball three straight times but it is his job to hold onto the ball every time his number is called.

 

Wide Receiver

 

1) Doug Baldwin (A+)

Last week he led the receivers with an A-

2) Ben Obomanu (B+)

Last week B

3) Sidney Rice and Golden Tate (B)

Last week Sidney had a C+ and Golden did not receive a grade.

 

Tight End

 

1) Zach Miller (C+)

Last week B

His grade was extremely limited this week because he was injured on the Seahawks seventh offensive play.

2) Anthony McCoy (F+)

Last week C+

 

 

Defensive Line

 

1) Brandon Mebane and Chris Clemons (A+)

Last week: Brandon had a B+ and Chris had a B-

3) Alan Branch (A)

Last week he led the unit with an A

4) Red Bryant (A-)

Last week C

5) Raheem Brock and Clinton McDonald (B-)

Last week; Raheem B+ and Clinton an A-

7) Anthony Hargrove (C+)

Last week he was last of the defensive line with a C-

8) Al Woods and Jameson Konz (C)

This was the first week either player was graded.

 

 

Linebacker

 

1) KJ Wright (B+)

KJ Wright has almost perfect coverage on Tony Gonzalez. Photo by Brett Bivens

Last week C+

2) Leroy Hill and David Vobora (C+)

Last week: Leroy C+ and David was signed on October 4th.

4) David Hawthorne (C)

Last week D+

5) Aaron Curry (D-)

Last week he led the linebackers with a B-

 

 

Defensive Back

 

Cornerback

1) Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman (B+)

Last week: Brandon C and Richard led the corners with a C+

3) Walter Thurmond (B)

Last week he was not graded

4) Kennard Cox (B-)

Last week D-

Safety

1) Kam Chancellor (A+)

Last week Atari Bigby started in his place due to injury

2) Earl Thomas (B+)

Last week C+

3) Jeron Johnson (B-)

Last week he led all safeties with a B-

4) Atari Bigby (C-)

Last week D+

 

 

Seahawks Defensive Line Grades Regular Season Game 2011-4

Seahawks Defensive Line grades from the Falcons game.

 

 

1) Alan Branch (A)

Alan Branch hits Matt Ryan in end zone 10/2/2011. Photo by Brett Bivens

Last week B+

THE GOOD:

Alan spent most of the game in the backfield, although he only recorded one tackle for a loss he disrupted 5 more runs and put pressure on the quarterback 3 times. He showed a little speed in pursuit making a tackle for no gain.

THE BAD:

A lot of fans wont notice how good he is playing because he isn’t putting up big numbers.

2) Clinton McDonald (A-)

Last week he brought up the rear for the unit with a C+

THE GOOD:

Clinton was able to get penetration in the running game a few times including in goal line situations. He was fighting off blocks to make tackles for little to no gain including a play when he was cut down and made the tackle from his knees. He showed his strength fighting off two blockers and still being able to stay in the running lane.

THE BAD:

McDonald had a missed tackle in the game.

3) Brandon Mebane and Raheem Brock (B+)

Last week: Brandon A- and Raheem B-

THE GOOD:

In the beginning of the game he was getting a good jump off the ball. I think he may have figured out a “tell” during film study. He consistently draws double teams and is able to fight them off. He made tackles near the line of scrimmage and moved down the line well to close running lanes. Raheem pressured the quarterback a few times and recorded a quarterback hit. He showed his pursuit ability making a couple tackles including a shoe string tackle on Matt Ryan. He recorded a tackle for a loss.

THE BAD:

Brock was late getting off the ball on 3rd and short he over ran a stunt and left the middle of the line wide open for Ryan to make a big run.

5) Chris Clemons (B-)

Last week he led the group with an A.

THE GOOD:

He was getting a really good jump off the ball and that helped him get into the backfield a few times. He recorded a quarterback hit and a tackle for a loss on a play that he pursued from the backside.

THE BAD:

Chris was fooled by miss direction on Michael Turner’s touchdown run causing him to lose outside contain. Later in the game he was fooled by play action.

6) Red Bryant (C)

Last week A-

Red made some plays but he was very inconsistent and he wore down during the long drives.

Anthony Hargrove makes a tackle against the Falcons 10/2/2011. Photo by Brett Bivens

7) Anthony Hargrove (C-)

Last week B-

THE GOOD:

Anthony showed his athleticism when he jumped over a backside cut block to maintain his pursuit.

THE BAD:

He fell down attempting to spin around the offensive lineman.

Seahawks Defensive Line Grades Regular Season Game 2011-3

Seahawks Defensive Line Grades

 

1) Chris Clemons (A)

Raheem Brock sacks Kevin Kolb and Kolb fumbles. 9/25/11 Photo by Brett Bivens

Last week A-

THE GOOD:

Chris was after Kevin Kolb all day. He had a couple quarterback pressures including one where he jumped up and deflected the ball. Clemons was also able to hit the quarterback a couple times and added a sack. On third and one he got into the backfield and tackled the running back 4 yards behind the line of scrimmage. He showed awareness not falling for the miss direction and holding the outside contain forcing the running back back inside.

THE BAD:

He had a couple missed tackles and couldn’t get off a block by the tight end.

2) Brandon Mebane and Red Bryant (A-)

Last week: Brandon B- and Red led the DL with a A

THE GOOD:

Brandon held strong at the point of attack throughout the game and was able to get a lot of penetration in the running game including recording a couple tackles for loss. Red showed his strength squeezing the running lane down and holding strong at the point of attack. He had a couple tackles for no gain and a quarterback pressure.

THE BAD:

Mebane had a missed tackle.

4) Alan Branch (B+)

Last week C+

THE GOOD:

Alan showed his strength fighting a double team and still breaking free to make the tackle. He was able to get penetration in the running game on multiple occasions. Branch was able to get pressure on the quarterback on one play.

THE BAD:

On one play he was pushed down field on a running play and he had a missed tackle on another.

5) Raheem Brock and Anthony Hargrove (B-)

Last week: Raheem and Anthony C+

THE GOOD:

Raheem held strong at the point of attack. He was able to get pressure on the quarterback including recording a sack with a forced fumble. Anthony had a couple quarterback pressures including one on the play when Marcus Trufant got his interception. He was also able to get penetration in the running game picking up a tackle for no gain.

THE BAD:

Brock got flagged for two offsides penalties and on one running play was pushed down the field. On special teams Hargrove missed a tackle on kick coverage.

Clinton McDonald with Kevin Kolb getting his helmet ripped off by Raheem Brock in the background. Photo by Brett Bivens

7) Clinton McDonald (C+)

Last week B+

THE GOOD:

He held up strong at the point of attack.

THE BAD:

Clinton doesn’t get a whole lot of playing time but is proving to be a solid rotational player.

Seahawks Defensive Line Grades Regular Season Game 2011-2

Seahawks Defensive Line Grades

 

Defensive Line

1) Red Bryant (A)

Brandon Mebane enters the stadium for the week 17 matchup against the Rams 2010. Photo by Brett Bivens

Last week C+

THE GOOD:

Red was playing like a beast fighting off blocks to make tackles and getting penetration at the goal line. When they ran at him he held his ground even while being drawing double teamed they couldn’t move him.

THE BAD:

When he has to take a play off to rest there is no way to fully replace him.

2) Chris Clemons (A-)

Last week B-

THE GOOD:

Chris was effecting the quarterback in the passing game all day. He had 2 QB pressures, one QB hit and a sack. He was playing a with a bit of nasty in him when he took the lineman and threw him down right after the whistle. Clemons fought of his block to make a tackle on an end around.

THE BAD:

When Chris tried a stunt move he was stonewalled by the guard and later in the game he was 1:1 for 4.5 seconds and got no pressure on the quarterback. He had an offsides penalty on the play where Kam Chancellor almost intercepted the ball.

3) Clinton McDonald (B+)

Last week B-

THE GOOD:

Clinton got under the centers pads and stood him up at the point of attack. He showed he can either hold the point of attack or get push at the point of attack and still come of his block to make a play. He also showed an ability to pursue.

THE BAD:

Nothing stood out.

4) Brandon Mebane and Al Woods (B-)

Last week: Brandon led the line with an A and Al did not play. Al was added September 4th and was a 4th round draft choice of the Saints.

THE GOOD:

Brandon got a couple quarterback pressures including a play where he completely out powered the left guard. On the goal line he was able to push guard Ramon Foster into the backfield. Mebane drew double teams throughout the game keeping his linebackers clean. He showed his awareness when he recognized the end around and assisted in the tackle. Al was able to get some pressure on the quarterback. He showed pursuit ability chasing down the running back from behind on a screen play and drew double teams when they ran at him.

THE BAD:

On the first touchdown Mebane was stood up and pushed into the end zone. He couldn’t fight of a Maurkice Pouncey block and later in the game was pancaked. Towards the end of the game Woods got driven down the field for a few yards by the center.

6) Raheem Brock, Anthony Hargrove and Alan Branch (C+)

Last week: Raheem C+, Anthony C+ and Alan B+

THE GOOD:

Raheem had a quarterback pressure and played sound football holding his outside contain. Anthony had a QB pressure and pushed the center back into the quarterback. Alan was able to get penetration in the running game and he was also able to fight off the block and make a tackle.

THE BAD:

Brock was called for hitting the quarterback at the knees and although he was tripped forcing him towards the knee he wrapped up the leg after hitting it and pulled the QB to the ground. He allowed the running back to cut the ball outside because he lost contain. Branch was pancaked.

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