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Seahawks photo blog: Reunited and it felt so good

Seahawks 21, Raiders 3

CenturyLink Field

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Braylon Edwards talk to a fen before the game. Photo by Brett Bivens

John Moffitt is faster with his new porn-stache, even his hair is having trouble keeping up. Photo by Brett Bivens

There is no place I would rather be on game day. The City of Seattle is a stunning sight. Photo by Brett Bivens

For some, Thursday night was the end of a dream. For others, it is just the beginning. Photo by Brett Bivens

Jeron Johnson and Chris Clemons team up to make a stop. Photo by Brett Bivens

Bobby Wagner drags down the ball carrier. Photo by Brett Bivens

JR Sweezy is making the transition from DT to G look easy. Photo by Brett Bivens

Vai Taua delivers a blow to a defender. Photo by Brett Bivens

Rishaw Johnson leads the way. Photo by Brett Bivens

Josh Portis breaks out a little stiff arm action, must have learned that from Marshawn Lynch. Photo by Brett Bivens

Bruce Irvin sacks the quarterback and earns the 12th man a free hamburger. Photo by Brett Bivens

Jaye Howard earned the 12th man free pancakes and a hair cut with this safety. Photo by Brett Bivens

Greg Knapp was sure his offense was prepared for the Seahawks defense. I guess that is about as prepared as one could expect a Knapp offense to be. Photo by Brett Bivens

Seahawks news update:

Kellen Winslow has been released after refusing to take a pay cut.

Seahawks player grades vs Broncos: Linebackers

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-

 

On a sad note Tuskeegee Airman/12th man George Hickman passed away today. Last year he raised the 12th man flag. Photo By Brett Bivens

Leroy Hill #56

the good:

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.

the bad:

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 news

Dexter Davis waived/injured today by the Seattle Seahawks. Photo by Brett Bivens

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 Titans: Defensive backs

Seahawks defensive back player grades

 

 

Brandon Bowner #39

After making the pro bowl last season, Brandon Browner wasted no time proving he hadn’t been resting on his laurels during the off season. On the first play from scrimmage Brandon intercepted Matt Hasselbeck’s first pass in CenturyLink Field as a member of an opposing team and took it to the house. It wasn’t Matt’s fault, but Browner made an outstanding play by staying with the action through the whistle. It appeared the pass was going to be incomplete, but it bounced off Earl Thomas‘ arm and Brandon grabbed it.  Being a big physical corner allows him to play the run well and Saturday was no exception.

the grade: A-

 

Earl Thomas #29

Earl Thomas is ready for some action Saturday. Photo by Brett Bivens

Earl Thomas seems to be playing at a different level this year. I think he is starting to understand the game better than he has in the past. Instead of relying solely on his physical talents to run around and make plays he’s using his head more. That’s a scary thought for opposing offenses. This could be the year that Earl breaks away from being a talented young safety and becomes a dominant force, like Troy Polamalu. In the first preseason game I noticed Earl playing the run extremely well. I couldn’t have asked for much more out of him.

the grade: b+

 

Jeremy Lane tackle the Titans tight end. Needs to keep his head up or a better player will hurdle him. Photo by Brett Bivens

Jeremy Lane #1

The good:

Jeremy Lane is a big physical corner, the kind of kid that Pete Carroll likes to see play the position. He was playing the run very well and was one of the best tacklers on the team Saturday. Late in the game Jeremy stripped the ball that could have ended the game but unfortunately it was recovered by the offense

the bad:

On the play where Jeremy stripped the ball he didn’t stick with it. Unlike when Heath Farwell punched the ball out earlier in the game, Heath’s eyes never left the ball and Farwell was able to recover the fumble. Jeremy Lane seemed content with stripping the ball. He hesitated, for just a moment, before going after it. In the NFL if you hesitate at all in the NFL you miss out and he learned that lesson the hard way…I hope. Jeremy needs to work on his timing a little bit and avoid pass interference penalties. Now for a little rant, I cannot stand to see players who don’t either kick the ball or throw it who don’t wear a single digit number.

the grade: B

 

Kam Chancellor #31

Kam Chancellor did not see much action against the Titans but he did have a big hit on Chris Johnson. The play was a run up the middle and I’m sure Chris was feeling that hit most of the week.

the grade: C+

 

DeShawn Shead #5

DeShawn Shead, an undrafted free agent out of Portland State, was not tested in the passing game but he did have an opportunity to show that he can play the run very well.

The grade: C+

 

Coye Francies looked good returning a kickoff on Saturday. Photo by Brett Bivens

Coye Francies #37

the good:

Coye Francies looked very solid in coverage against the Titans. When he kept the receiver from going out of bounds and stopping the clock he also demonstrated awareness of the situation late in the game.

The bad:

Tackling is an area that he needs to improve on if he want to stay in the NFL.

the grade: C+

 

Richard Sherman #25, Chris Maragos #42, Marcus Trufant #23, Jeron Johnson #32 and Byron Maxwell #41

all received C grades.

 

Winston Guy #27

The good:

Winston Guy showed some awareness recognizing the draw play.

the bad:

Winston looked lazy out there to me. I did not see him finishing plays but I did see him half heartedly try to tackle and miss it. If he doesn’t want to be the NFL bad enough there are other players that can replace him who do.

the grade: C-

 

Phillip Adams #35

the good:

It was tough to find something Phillip Adams did well, but on one play I saw him take on a blocker and still tackle the running back.

the bad:

Most of the time when Phillip was in position to tackle he missed it, having 2 missed tackles in the game. On the long touchdown run he was in position to make a play or force the running back inside to help. Instead, he spun himself out of bounds and completely took himself out of the play. If it were up to me, I would have already cut him and brought someone else in.

the grade: F

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seahawks Defensive Back Grades Regular Season Game 2011-6

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.

Cornerback

1) Chris Maragos (C+)

Chris was signed from the practice squad earlier in the week.

THE GOOD:

He mad a nice tackle on special teams while covering a kick.

THE BAD:

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-

THE GOOD:

Cox had a few plays where he had good coverage.

THE BAD:

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.

 

 

Safety

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-

THE GOOD:

If he had only made one big play

THE BAD:

He missed a tackle on a punt coverage.

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 Back Grades Regular Season Game 2011-4

Seahawks Defensive Back grades from the Falcons game

 

 

Cornerback

1) Richard Sherman (C+)

Last week he did not receive a grade.

THE GOOD:

He had a big block on Leon Washington’s big punt return and had a solo tackle.

THE BAD:

He isn’t getting any playing time on defense.

2) Brandon Browner (C)

Brandon Browner levels Julio Jones 10/2/2011. Photo by Brett Bivens

Last week C-

Yes, there were times when he had trouble in coverage deep but he played the underneath routes pretty well especially the wide receiver screens. On that long pass to Julio Jones to start the third quarter he couldn’t have had much better coverage but a perfectly thrown ball and a great play by a wide receiver will beat great coverage any time.

3) Marcus Trufant (D)

Last week B+

THE GOOD:

A couple times he had really good coverage and had a pass defensed.

THE BAD:

He played too soft in coverage especially on 3rd and 1-yard and when he had safety help over the top. On one play he completely blew his coverage and to top it off he had a missed tackle.

4) Kennard Cox (D-)

Last week C-

THE GOOD:

Hopefully with the additions made this week he will either “shape up or ship out”.

THE BAD:

He missed his block on two different kick returns both led to a tackle and on Washington’s big punt return he missed a block that ended up being the reason Leon was tackled short of the end zone.

 

Safety

Jeron Johnson pushes Julio Jones out of bounds 10/2/2011. Photo by Brett Bivens

1) Jeron Johnson (B-)

Last week he did not receive a grade.

THE GOOD:

Jeron had a big tackle that upended the kick returner after Sidney Rice’s touchdown. He showed he understands angles by the way he used the sideline as an extra tackler when there was no one around to help. On Leon’s punt big punt return he had a big block to help spring him.

THE BAD:

Johnson doesn’t see a whole lot of time on the field to show what he has but he takes advantage of the time he gets.

2) Earl Thomas (C+)

Last week B-

THE GOOD:

Earl had four tackles at or behind the line of scrimmage and was causing havoc in the running game all day with the way he was crashing in on the run.

THE BAD:

Thomas gave up on a Michael Turner run early in the game. In the NFL (especially when facing a back like turner) the play isn’t over till the whistle. He was a little late in his coverage at times and had a couple missed tackles.

3) Atari Bigby (D+)

Last week C

THE GOOD:

Atari was able to get a little pressure on Matt Ryan and also had a pass defensed. He did a good job keeping contain and forcing the running back inside.

THE BAD:

Bigby struggled a little in coverage like most of the secondary. He was late in his run recognition at times and had a couple missed tackles.

Defensive Back Grades Preseason Game 2011-4

Image by Ryan Gray

Cornerback

Richard Sherman (B-)

Last week D+

THE GOOD:

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.

THE BAD:

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+

THE GOOD:

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.

THE BAD:

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+

THE GOOD:

Kennard has finally played his way off the team. Byron showed his ability to tackle making a nice open field tackle.

THE BAD:

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+

THE GOOD:

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.

THE BAD:

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.

Safety

Josh Pinkard (B-)

Last week C-

THE GOOD:

Josh played in the box well crashing in on the run and had a quarterback pressure.

THE BAD:

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+

THE GOOD:

He did not make any above average plays in the game.

THE BAD:

He showed he needs to work on his hands when he dropped an interception thrown right at him.

Defensive Back Grades Preseason Game 2011-3

Image by Ryan Gray

Cornerback

1) Marcus Trufant and Byron Maxwell (B+)

Laste week: Marcus C- and Byron C+

THE GOOD:

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.

THE BAD:

Trufant lost his base on one play and fell down in coverage.

3) Brandon Browner (B)

Laste week B

THE GOOD:

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.

THE BAD:

Browner had an illegal hands to the face call.

4) Kennard Cox (C+)

Last week C

THE GOOD:

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.

THE BAD:

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

THE GOOD:

This was Walter’s first action of the preseason.

THE BAD:

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.

Safety

1) Earl Thomas (B)

Last week C

THE GOOD:

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.

THE BAD:

2) Atari Bigby and Mark Legree (C+)

Last week: Atari D+ and Mark C-

THE GOOD:

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.

THE BAD:

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+

THE GOOD:

Josh was able to get penetration on 4th and inches.

THE BAD:

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Defensive Backs Grades Preseason Game 2011-2

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. QuarterbacksOffensive LinemenRunning Backs, Tight EndsWide ReceiversDefensive 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.

 

Cornerback

1) Brandon Browner (B)

Last week he also received a B.

THE GOOD:

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.

THE BAD:

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-

THE GOOD:

Byron did a solid job in coverage. Ron was able to knock the ball away from the receiver.

THE BAD:

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.

THE GOOD:

Neither played long enough to make many mistakes.

THE BAD:

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.

7) Richard Sherman (D)

Last week he received a B-

THE GOOD:

He had a nice tackle on a kick off and had a play where he had nice coverage deep.

THE BAD:

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.

 

Safety

1) Kam Chancellor (B)

Last week B

THE GOOD:

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.

THE BAD:

He got a little dinged in the game.

2) Jeron Johnson (C+)

Last week he led all safeties with a A-

THE GOOD:

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.

THE BAD:

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.

3) Earl Thomas (C)

4) Mark Legree (C-)

Last week C+

THE GOOD:

Overall he did a pretty solid job in coverage.

THE BAD:

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.

THE GOOD:

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.

THE BAD:

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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Brett

 

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Defensive Backs Grades Preseason Game 2011-1

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 Chargers game. QuarterbacksOffensive LinemenRunning BacksTight EndsWide ReceiversDefensive 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.

 

Like the linebacking unit the defensive backs lost their veteran leadership. The team decided not to bring back 37 year old Lawyer Milloy in an effort to become younger not only in the secondary but the entire team.

Image by Ryan Gray

 

Cornerbacks

1) Byron Maxwell (B+)

The Seahawks drafted Maxwell in the sixth round of this years draft.

THE GOOD:

Byron did a nice job against the outside run holding his ground and not allowing the back to turn the corner forcing him back inside where he had help. He did and excellent job sticking to his man in coverage.

THE BAD:

I’m not saying he was perfect but he played a solid game and made no glaring mistakes.

2) Brandon Browner (B)

Brandon spent two years in the CFL and from what I have seen so far I cannot figure out why he never made it in the NFL before.

THE GOOD:

He showed good coverage ability especially when you take into considering he is an unusually tall cornerback standing 6’4″ tall. Brandon made a play on a ball to deflect it away from the receiver where he had his back to the quarterback and had to look back to find it in the air. That was a very difficult play to make and he made it look easy. Earlier in the game he found himself one on one in the open field and did a nice job sticking to technique and making the tackle.

THE BAD:

He’s been available for two years and he wasn’t brought in until now.

3) Richard Sherman and Ron Parker (B-)

Pete Carroll was familiar with Sherman after playing against him when they were both in the PAC-10. Parker is also a rookie but he is of the UDFA variety.

THE GOOD:

Richard showed good coverage skills and good awareness against the screen. He was playing well and was playing against the Chargers second unit. Ron also showed an ability to cover the wide receivers.

THE BAD:

Parker only got his number called on 7 defensive formations.

5) Marcus Trufant (C+)

The only player on the Seahawks roster (excluding Specialists) who has more experience in the NFL is DT Ryan Sims. Trufant is the longest tenured Seahawks player.

THE GOOD:

He had good position on the receiver in coverage and played aggressively.

THE BAD:

Marcus only played in one series. It was the first series when the Chargers systematically moved the ball down the field for a touchdown.

6) Jesse Hoffman (C)

This guy broke up two TD passes but unfortunately he was very inconsistent and made some major mistakes as well.

7) Kelly Jennings and Kennard Cox (C-)

Most Seahawks fans had assumed that they had seen the last of Jennings when the team didn’t seem to show any interest in him at the start of free agency. Kennard Cox was a special teams standout last season.

THE GOOD:

Kelly didn’t play very long. Kennard made it through the game healthy.

THE BAD:

Once again Kelly got beat deep due to his inability to compete for the ball in the air. Although Kennard was a special teams standout he had a knack for getting penalties called on him and during the game got called for holding on a punt return.

8 ) Marcus Brown (D+)

Brown earned the worst grade of all cornerbacks.

THE GOOD:

He only played the last two series so he didn’t have too many opportunities to make mistakes

THE BAD:

Marcus played soft in coverage and was beat with relative ease playing against end of 90 man roster competition.

 

Safeties

1) Jeron Johnson FS (A-)

Jeron played in all but the first two defensive series of the game. He is an UDFA out of Boise State.

THE GOOD:

He was outstanding in pass coverage both in man coverage and zone. Johnson also showed an ability to crash down on the run and recorded a tackle for loss. He played consistently throughout the game.

THE BAD:

He got called for offsides on a kickoff.

2) Rickey Thenarse SS (B)

Thenarse was brought in as an Undrafted Free Agent (UDFA). He played in the last four defensive series of the game.

THE GOOD:

He played well in coverage and had a pass deflection. He was consistent and avoided making mistakes.

THE BAD:

Its tough to evaluate overall ability when he is only playing against guys who are just filling a roster.

3) Kam Chancellor SS (B-)

Kam backed up Lawyer Milloy last year and has developed into a good young safety.

THE GOOD:

He was very disrupted in the running game. Kam looked like he is continuing to improve and ready to step up as the teams new starter.

THE BAD:

Nothing stood out in his limited playing time.

4) Mark Legree FS (C+)

Legree was added in the 5th round og the 2010 NFL Draft.

THE GOOD:

He showed coverage ability in very limited duty.

THE BAD:

He was only in on 12 defensive formations.

5) Earl Thomas (C-)

He received the lowest grade out of all the safeties but that isn’t too troubling with such limited action.

THE GOOD:

He did his job in pass coverage in the two series he played in.

THE BAD:

A safety blitz was called and he half heartedly rushed the quarterback. A pet peeve of mine is when a player is asked to blitz and they give it less than all their effort on the play. This puts extra pressure on the rest of the guys in coverage.

 

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