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Seahawks Linebacker and Defensive Back Grades Regular Season Game 2011-9

Seahawks Player Grades Vs. Ravens

 

 

Linebacker

1) David Hawthorne (B+)

Last week C

THE GOOD:

David had a quarterback pressure, a quarterback hit, a pass defensed and an interception that he almost returned for a touchdown.

THE BAD:

He missed a tackle.

2) Leroy Hill (B-)

Last week he led the linebackers with a B

THE GOOD:

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.

THE BAD:

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+

THE GOOD:

Malcolm had a quarterback pressure and a sack.

THE BAD:

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

 

Cornerback

1) Richard Sherman (B+)

Last week he led the CB’s with a B

THE GOOD:

Sherman had really good coverage most of the game and broke up 3 passes.

THE BAD:

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

THE GOOD:

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.

THE BAD:

He got called for pass interference but it was a really bad call in my opinion.

3) Byron Maxwell (C+)

Last week D

THE GOOD:

Byron forced the second fumble in kick coverage.

THE BAD:

He over ran a play on punt coverage.

4) Roy Lewis (D-)

Last week B-

THE GOOD:

Lewis had a rough game. Hopefully he is just breaking off some rust.

THE BAD:

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.

 

Safety

1) Atari Bigby (B-)

Last week C

THE GOOD:

He recovered the second kick that the Ravens fumbled.

THE BAD:

He was injured during the game.

2) Earl Thomas and Chris Maragos (C+)

Last week Earl got an A- and Chris wasn’t graded

THE GOOD:

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.

THE BAD:

Earl was pancaked and he missed a tackle.

4) Kam Chancellor (C)

Last week D+

Seahawks Linebacker Grades Regular Season Game 2011-8

Seahawks Player Grades

 

Linebacker

1) Leroy Hill (B)

Leroy Hill upset he didn't come down with an interception.

Last week B

THE GOOD:

Leroy recognized a quarterback scramble and made a tackle that saved a touchdown in the first half. He also had a tackle for a loss, a tackle for a short gain and a quarterback pressure.

THE BAD:

Hill got a little too aggressive on one play and over ran the running play.

2) KJ Wright and David Hawthorne (C)

Last week: KJ had a B- and David had a C

4) Heath Farwell (C-)

Last week B-

THE GOOD:

Malcolm smith had a worse game then him so he didn’t wind up getting the lowest grade.

THE BAD:

He got called for a clear block in the back on a punt return. Worst part was is the block was not necessary.

5) Malcolm Smith (D+)

Last week C

THE GOOD:

He is a rookie and he can look at the game as a learning experience.

THE BAD:

He missed a tackle on a punt coverage and lost outside contain on a running play towards the end of the game.

Seahawks Linebacker Player Grades

 

 

1) David Hawthorne (A-)

David Hawthorne and KJ Wright combine for a tackle against the Falcons. Photo by Brett Bivens

Last week C

THE GOOD:

In the passing game he was able to record a sack, get and interception, have another play where he had excellent coverage and get pressure on the quarterback. In the running game he was able to shoot the gap and make a tackle for a loss and another tackle for short gain. On one play he took on the fullback in the hole and left the running back no where to go.

THE BAD:

David was having a bit of trouble being too aggressive and jumping the run too early causing him to get caught out of position on a few running plays. On one play he did a terrible job in coverage.

2) Leroy Hill and KJ Wright (B)

Last week: Leroy C+ and KJ led the linebackers with a B+

THE GOOD:

Hill had a couple tackles for loss and a tackle for no gain. He got some pressure on the quarterback and did a good job for the most part in coverage. Wright had three tackles for short gain including one where he recognized Colt McCoy scrambling. He also had a tackle for a loss and a pass defensed.

THE BAD:

Leroy missed a tackle and on a play action pass he was late getting out to the flat to cover the tight end. On KJ’s pass defense he should have intercepted the ball and he bit really hard on one play action and found himself out of position.

4) Malcolm Smith (C)

Last week he did not play.

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 Linebacker Grades Regular Season Game 2011-4

Seahawks Linebacker grades from the Falcons game

 

 

1) Aaron Curry (B-)

Aaron Curry tackles Michael Turner 10/2/2011. Photo by Brett Bivens

Last week C

THE GOOD:

He did a nice job avoiding a cut block and fighting off blockers to make tackles near the line of scrimmage. I was impressed on one play when he didn’t over pursue (like he normally does) and he set the edge forcing the runner back inside to help. He didn’t make the tackle but in my book it was his best play of the game.

THE BAD:

He still isn’t dropping deep enough to keep opposing quarterbacks from dropping hitting receivers underneath the secondary.

2) KJ Wright and Leroy Hill (C+)

Last week: KJ C+ and Leroy A-

THE GOOD:

KJ did a nice job setting up outside forcing the play back inside where he had help. Both players were able to fight of blockers and make plays. Leroy was able to get pressure on the quarterback.

THE BAD:

Wright had a missed tackle on a touchdown run. Hill hesitated on a 3rd and short when he was in position which resulted in a first down. On one play he stumbled in coverage allowing for and easy completion.

4) Malcolm Smith (C-)

Last week C-

THE GOOD:

He is a rookie and has plenty time to learn from his mistakes.

THE BAD:

On punt coverage he had a chance to make a play but he lowered his shoulder and hit the guy without wrapping up and the guy bounced off and kept going.

David Hawthorne makes a tackle against the Falcons 10/2/2011. Photo by Brett Bivens

5) David Hawthorne (D+)

Last week B

THE GOOD:

David did a good job reading the run and hit the quarterback.

THE BAD:

He missed four tackles including one that led to a touchdown. Hawthorne struggled in coverage.

Seahawks Linebacker Grades Regular Season Game 2011-3

Seahawks Linebacker Grades

 

 

1) Leroy Hill (A-)

Last week C+

THE GOOD:

Leroy did a good job getting pressure on the quarterback and recording a sack. He was also able to get penetration in the running game and recorded a tackle for a loss (one of his team high 11 tackles). He was left one on one with Larry Fitzgerald and kept him from catching the ball. He showed his awareness recognizing the tight end screen and blowing it up and later in the game by keeping the player in bounds so he couldn’t stop the clock. Hill laid a big hit at the end of the game that caused a fumble and time ran out during the fumble recovery.

THE BAD:

Leroy lost his gap control a couple of times and he needs to show a little more awareness in zone coverage.

2) David Hawthorne (B)

Last week C-

THE GOOD:

David had a pass defensed and had really good coverage near the end of the game. He hurried the quarterback a couple of times.

THE BAD:

He got caught giving too much room in coverage.

3) KJ Wright (C+)

Was a backup last week but replaced Aaron Curry as the starter

THE GOOD:

On the first defensive play he dropped in zone coverage and jumped way up to deflected the pass that Earl Thomas intercepted. Unfortunately Brandon Browner was called for illegal contact on the play so the interception was negated. Kj made a sweet swim move to make the fullback whiff on a block attempt.

THE BAD:

There was one play where he couldn’t get off his block.

4) Aaron Curry (C)

Last week B-

THE GOOD:

On one play he did a really nice job avoiding a blocker to make a tackle.

THE BAD:

Aaron didn’t drop deep enough in the zone to keep Kevin Kolb from hitting hid receiver under the second layer of the zone.

5) Malcolm Smith and Matt McCoy (C-)

Last week Smith didn’t get graded and McCoy got a C+

THE GOOD:

Malcolm downed a punt inside the 5 yard line.

THE BAD:

McCoy was late in his play recognition. Smith had trouble covering kickoffs getting caught out of his lane once and missing a tackle on another.

Seahawks Linebacker Grades Regular Season Game 2011-2

Seahawks Linebacker Grades

 

1) Aaron Curry (B-)

Last Week C

THE GOOD:

This was the best game that Aaron has played this year if not his professional career. He had a couple nice open field tackles and a pass deflection. Three times he recognized plays and didn’t over pursue them including a play where he saved a touchdown. Curry had a QB hit and blew up a pulling guard on a running play and showed amazing strength when he held on to the back of a running backs jersey with one hand while he was pulled 3 yards.

THE BAD:

Unfortunately for him his performance was not enough to keep Head Coach Pete Carroll from dropping him to the 2nd team and promoting Rookie KJ Wright to replace him. On the play where he deflected the ball he could..no he should have intercepted the ball and would have probably taken it to the house for six and with an extra point the game would have been tied at 7. Instead the Steelers marched the ball and made the game 14-0. Aaron could not fight of a block by Wide Receiver Hines Ward. On the second touchdown he followed Kam Chancellor right into a blocker tacking himself out of the play and making it easy for the back to score. He missed a tackle and on one play lost back side contain.

2) Leroy Hill and Matt McCoy (C+)

Last week: Leroy C- and Matt led the linebackers with a B-

THE GOOD:

Leroy was able to fight off a block by the guard and had a quarterback hit. Matt had three big tackles in the game including a play at the goal line where he knifed in and had a tackle for a loss. He also had a nice tackle on punt coverage.

THE BAD:

He needs to show better awareness in the passing game while in zone coverage. He had no threat underneath but failed to drop deep enough in his zone and made it easy for Pittsburg to have a big gain. McCoy had a missed tackle and allowed the quarterback to look him off of his coverage. He also had a face mask penalty on a punt.

4) David Hawthorne (C-)

KJ Wright started in his place last week

THE GOOD:

David brought the “Heat” on a running back in the hole and met a pulling guard in the hole on one play and it ended with the guard falling back a few yards on his butt.

THE BAD:

Rashard Mendenhall made a quick cut and made Hawthorne completely whiff on his attempted tackle. He started trying to do too much and lost his gap control a couple times.

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.

 

Football Is Finally Here

Image designed and provided by Ryan Gray

Several months ago there was no certainty that we would be playing this or any other game in 2011. The safer bet was that the owners and players would figure something out and make sure the season wasn’t lost. Now here we are today knowing that this game will in fact take place along with every other game for the next ten years.

As soon as an agreement was reached things got pretty crazy, well actually the first day teams were allowed to contact players was pretty slow but after that it picked up and was crazy for the next several days. Teams had very little time to prepare for this game and play will most likely be more sloppy then we are used to.

The Seahawks have completely revamped the offense that ranked 28th in the NFL last season.

During the offseason they added Tom Cable as the new offensive line/assistant head coach. They used the draft to add RT James Carpenter and RG John Miffitt both of whom are know for being aggressive offensive lineman who excel in run blocking and have a streak of nasty in them and picked up LG Robert Gallery (who played for Cable in Oakland) in free agency. Words I have heard used to describe him: Aggressive, mean, nasty, tough. Landing Gallery was a big move in free agency because he is able to add some experience to a very young line. The other four guys have a combine 27 games in the NFL and most of those are from Max Unger playing RG not his current position at Center. These moves were made to improve the leagues 31st ranked rushing offense.

Pete Carroll and John Schneider weren’t happy just changing the running game they knew much more needed to be fix. They fired Offensive Coordinator Jeremy Bates and hired former Vikings OC Darrell Bevell to replace him. After the lockout the front office decided to part ways with FA Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and sign former Viking QB Tarvaris Jackson. Those were not the only things Seattle would take from the Vikings because a few days later the Seahawks Signed former Vikings Pro Bowl Receiver Sidney Rice. Adding one Pro Bowl caliber Receiver in his prime can really bolster a teams but how about adding a Pro Bowl Tight End to the mix? Thats what they did when they signed Raiders Free Agent TE Zach Miller. These moves should improve the leagues 19th ranked passing offense.

The majority of the starting players on Defense will be familiar faces from a year ago. Some have changed positions like Brandon Mebane and Davide Hawthorne and some will be new to the starting lineup like Kam Chancellor and possible Walt Thurmond if he can beat out Kelly Jennings for CB#2.

Here is a Guide of Rookies and additions to the team

Offense                                                                                 Defense

#75 RT James Carpenter (1st team)   Rookie                   #99 DT Alan Branch (1st team)

#74 RG John Moffitt (1st team)  Rookie                          #65 DE Jimmy Wilkerson (2nd team)

#72 LG Robert Gallery (1st team)                                     #53 OLB Malcolm Smith (2nd team) Rookie

#86 TE Zach Miller (1st team)                                            #50 KJ Wright (2nd team) Rookie

#18 WR Sidney Rice (1st team)                                         #25 CB Richard Sherman (2nd team) Rookie

#7   QB Tarvaris Jackson (1st team)                                  #37 CB Brandon Browner (2nd team)

#67 LG Paul McQuistan (2nd team)                                  #30 FS Mark Legree (2nd team) Rookie

#68 RT Breno Giacomini (2nd team)                                 #97 DT Ryan Sims (2nd team)

#48 FB Ryan Travis (2nd team) Rookie                             #69 DT Jay Alford (3rd team)

#84 WR Kris Durham (3rd team) Rookie                          #96 DE Pierre Allen (3rd team) Rookie

#62 C  Brent Osborne (3rd team) Rookie                         #42 OLB Neal Howey (3rd team) Rookie

#77 RG Zach Hurd (3rd team) Rookie                               #55 OLB Mike Morgan (3rd team) Rookie

#69 RT Caz Piurowski (3rd team)                                      #35 SS Jeron Johnson (3rd team) Rookie

#15 WR Doug Baldwin (3rd team) Rookie                       #38 FS Ricky Thenarse (3rd team) Rookie

#13 QB Josh Portis (3rd team) Rookie                             #41 CB Byron Maxwell Rookie

#43 Dorson Boyce (3rd team) Rookie                              #93 DE Lazerius Levingston Rookie

#2  Ricardo Lockette Rookie                                               #44 Jesse Hoffman Rookie

#40 RB Chase Reynolds Rookie

 

What I’m watching for in this game

I want to see power out of the O-line in the running game. I don’t need to see perfection just ability.

Tarvaris Jackson and Max Unger making clean exchanges.

Tarvaris Making good decisions and keeping the ball down.

Seeing what Josh Portis looks like in action.

Seeing if Ricardo Lockette can really use that speed to stretch the field how he uses the speed in Special Teams duties.

To see what Alan Branch and Brandon Mebane can do in the middle of the D-line

Improvement in young DB’s Thomas, Chancellor, and Thurmond

 

Position Battles

WR

DE

LB

CB

K

 

 

Seattle Fans And Love Affairs

We have all seen it. Most of us have felt it. But why is it?
The Seattle sports fan has a knack for falling in love with players and then overvaluing them. Im not going to go back very far but Lets look at a couple.
Darrell Jackson, he had a pretty good career in Seattle and gained the support of fans. To us he was a great receiver and when he was sent to the division rival 49ers it For a 4th rd pick the team used to draft Mansfield Wrotto fans were unhappy and thought it would come back to bite us. The truth was that his career had been over for two years before he was traded. After being leaving Seattle he had 58 reception and 4 TD’s and only one of the years was spent with the 49ers.
Next case in point Shaun Alexander. I cannot begin to tell you how many disagreements I had about giving him that fat new contract he was seeking however I understood where everyone was coming from. The guy had just been MVP of the league and on the cover of Madden. These are things that just don’t happen in Seattle and are the reason (I believe) that former GM Tim Ruskell gave him his big contract. After signing that deal he was not the same there were injuries and the loss of Steve Hutchinson, Robbie Tobeck and Chris Gray. The fans were still enamored with the broken down running back they thought he was finally healthy and would set the world on fire and even to this day there are a large group who believe he should have his number retired and be in the Hall of Fame. The truth was the regardless of the other factors he had lost a step and defenders could close in and touch him (which was all it took to tackle him). After he left Seattle he had 11 rushes and one reception after sitting in Free Agency for a long while. He was then released by Washington never to be signed by a team again.
Currently there are two such former Seahawks out there.
Matt Hasslebeck is one of those. Don’t get me wrong he has done a lot for the Seahawks and deserves to be in the ring of honor but he does not deserve to have his number retired and he is not the QB he once was. The player that turned down the 2 year 13 million dollar deal with the Seahawks and took a 3 year 21 million dollar deal with the Titans is not the same gut who took Seattle to the Superbowl. I hear “but his line” “no running game” all the time and to be honest they are very fair arguments. Matt never had a strong arm but recently he has lost some of the arm strength. This has caused him to have to try to throw the ball harder thus causing his accuracy to decrease. He has an amazing competitive fire inside him and that is a great thing but it no longer helps him win more than he loses. He has always had a tendency to make bad decisions when under pressure but they were overwhelmed by the great plays he could make. This isn’t the case anymore and we will see it in Tennessee.
Lofa Tatupu oh how I have heard about his leadership. Argued several times about his underperformance on the field last year but some fans love him for what he did in 2005 and can’t look past that to see that he has broken down as well. Yes he’s a great Leader but I don’t believe he’s a better leader than Pete Carroll and you don’t see him play Corner. Leadership on the field only works if your physically an addition as well. Others will step up and fill the leadership void he left behind and David Hawthorne is a much better LB physically at this point. Still some fans think letting him go was a big mistake because he is so good. He is so good? So good that teams have had almost a week to sign him yet he’s still on the FA market while many others have been signed? It’s not his fault he just broke down.
This was titled “Seattle Sports Fans” and I only gave examples of Seahawks but that is because the Mariners Organization always holds the players past the fans breaking point, the sounders haven’t been around long enough and the NBA turned it’s back on us and I have turned my back on it.
We are all guilty of falling in love with these guys and not seeing them for the current player they are. We get blinded by the player they were and that’s not how you win Championships. I have been trying to use logic not love while evaluating the players and I’m sure glad Pete Carroll does the same thing because he’s making this a stronger team for years to come.

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