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Seahawks beat Jets 28-7
“Autobots, roll out”
That was the message that Peter Cullen (the voice of Optimus Prime from the “Transformers” movies) left onRichard Sherman‘s voice mail, according to the Fox game broadcast of the Seattle Seahawks vs. Detroit Lions. Peter learned that Richard changed his name on twitter to “Optimus Prime” in response to Lions’ receiver Calvin Johnson’s nickname “Megatron”.
Of course the media jumped all over Sherman’s name change, and it made for great bulletin board material for in Lions’ locker-room. I had to jump on it because I grew up watching the cartoon. Between “G.I. Joe” and “Transformers” I was a very happy kid on Saturday mornings.
For the fun of it I decided to match a few players to characters from the movie:
|Optimus Prime – Richard Sherman||Megatron - Calvin Johnson|
|Jazz – Earl Thomas||Starscream - Titus Young|
|Ironhide – Brandon Browner||Frenzy - Matthew Stafford|
|Bumblebee – Kam Chancellor||Bonecrusher - Brandon Pettigrew|
Optimus Prime and the Autobots were able to contain Megatron as expected. Unfortunately, Frenzy was able to find Starscream and Bonecrusher whom were open all day, and the Decepticons stole the show.
Okay, I got the little boy out of me, now I am ready to get down to the nitty gritty.
Every loss is tough to handle, yet I actually feel pretty good about this one. The offense really stepped up and played well Sunday morning, in Detroit. Russell Wilson and company did more then enough to win the away game, if the defense had shown up to play.
Jazz and the Autobots are nothing like the 2000 Ravens quite yet.
It is difficult, yet in defeat we cannot lose sight of how big of a step forward the offense took.
I am left with a feeling of hope. Despite all the talk about how good theSeahawks defense is, they are not elite, they have not arrived.
They are nothing like the 2000 Baltimore Ravens, which is a prime example of what an elite defense looks like. What they are, is a very good, very young, up and coming defense who’s window is a season or two away from opening.
They are loaded with talent but lacking in experience.
Watching the offense Sunday, particularly Russell Wilson, I am left with a feeling of optimism that by the time the defense is ready to become elite, the offense will be good enough to make the Seahawks serious Super Bowl contenders.
Time of Possession
The Seattle Seahawks are built to control the time of possession. On Sunday they couldn’t even keep it close. During the first half, the Lions held the ball for five more minutes then the Seahawks.
What a crazy game we witnessed Sunday Afternoon. Seahawks win 24-23 after a 13 point 4th quarter deficit. Below are a few of the photos I took at the game.
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At 5’10″, on stilts, and about 200 pounds, soaking wet wearing sponges, he looks out of place when the defense is in the huddle.
Don’t let that fool you. . .
Once the ball is snapped Earl uses his great instincts to get himself into possition to be around the football. Then, Thomas uses his 4.4 speed to close on the ball quickly.
When the ball comes down, Thomas is usually the first to meet it. Not because he’s taller, but because the young man can jump. I’m just saying, he wouldn’t be rejected when trying to dunk the football over the cross-bar like some people in the division.
Vernon, please don’t get angry, you’ll always have your jump shot.
To dunk or not to dunk, that is the question
Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place.
Once the ball is snapped Earl uses his great instincts… (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
On Monday morning, just hours before the Seahawks took on the Packers at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington, Earl Thomas‘ significant other, Nina “Colada” (as she refers to herself on her twitter page) went into labor.
Earl was faced with two choices; Should he stay with Nina and welcome his new daughter into the world, or should he join his teammates, in front of a national audience, to take on the heavily favored Green Bay Packers? More…
Seahawks linebacker player grades
KJ Wright #50
In much the same way I praised Earl Thomas last week, I see a football player who has grown mentally when I look at KJ Wright. KJ is avoiding blocks by being one step ahead of the blocker, and using technique. It looks to me like his coverage skills are much better than they were a season ago, he is putting himself in position to make plays. When Red Bryant tipped a Peyton Manning pass at the line, Wright was there to catch the ball and returned it 29 yards.
the grade: A-
Leroy Hill #56
Leroy Hill played the run very well on Saturday. When the Broncos were running at him, he was able to shed blockers and when they ran away he pursued the play from the backside. Hill showed great awareness when he noticed that Jeron Johnson had stripped the ball out of the running backs arms and it was on the ground. A Broncos player was actually in better position to recover the ball, but was oblivious to the fumble.
For the most part Leroy struggled in coverage. There were two plays in particular that caught my eye. The first one, Leroy was giving a running back 4 yards in man coverage. In the NFL that is wide open, against Peyton Manning you might as well be in a different city. The second play, Hill had his back towards the line of scrimmage. He was chasing a tight end down the field trying to mirror him. Leroy’s coverage was decent. The problem is in the NFL if defenders aren’t paying any attention to the quarterback he will sling the ball in to his receiver no matter how tight the coverage. By the time the defender realizes the quarterback has thrown the ball it is in the hands of the intended target.
the grade: b+
Korey Toomer #59
Korey Toomer showed awareness on the first Jon Ryan punt that was blocked. Toomer noticed the block, and fell on the ball to keep Denver from picking it up and scoring a touchdown. Korey was also doing a good job shedding blockers, and was able to pick up a quarterback hit for the second week in a row.
the grade: b
Bobby Wagner #54 and Barrett Ruud #57 both receiver C grades.
Barrett Ruud was traded to the New Orleans Saints today for a conditional pick, based upon him making the team.
Allen Bradford #44
Allen Bradford played pretty solid in the game, but he did have a missed tackle. Just like last week, the missed tackle continue to be a problem around the league.
the grade: C-
Seahawks trade of Barrett Rudd
Defensive end Dexter Davis was waived/injured today.
Seahawks re-signed cornerback Donny Lisowski to fill his roster spot.
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.
Seahawks Secondary Player Grades
The funny thing about this group is that individually they all played pretty average with the exception of Kennard Cox (who stunk it up pretty bad) but as a group playing in the scheme of the defense they held the Browns to only 159 yards passing. I find myself torn at this point because these are individual player grades but at the same time their effort led to the production by the defense.
I think what I will do is leave out the sum of their play (at least for now) and just evaluate each player on his own.
1) Chris Maragos (C+)
Chris was signed from the practice squad earlier in the week.
He mad a nice tackle on special teams while covering a kick.
It is sad that I have him listed as the top grade here.
2) Richard Sherman, Walter Thurmond and Brandon Browner (C)
Last week: Richard B+, Walter B and Brandon B+
5) Kennard Cox (D)
Last week B-
Cox had a few plays where he had good coverage.
On the play when Josh Cribbs muffed the fair catch Kennard ran behind Cribbs but if he had stayed in front when Josh muffed the punt he would have been in a position to compete for the ball. He got called for the block in the back on Leo’s big punt return. I think it was a bogus call but the fact remains that Cox was reaching for the guy and gave them an opportunity to make a bad call. He should have kept his hands to himself there was nothing he could have done because he was out of position anyway. He had 2 missed tackles including one that would have been a sack.
1) Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor and Jeron Johnson (C)
Last week: Earl B+, Kam A+ and Jeron B-
4) Atari Bigby (C-)
Last week C-
If he had only made one big play
He missed a tackle on a punt coverage.