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I started this after the “Canada Day” Seattle Seahawks game but never got around to finishing it, all I managed to accomplish was the title. The reason why I chose Jon Ryan to be the subject of this piece was two fold.
First, he’s Canadian so he seemed to be the perfect subject following Canada Day at CenturyLink and second, he became this first punter since 1946 to average 60-yards per punt in a game (3 punts minimum).
When I think of punters and kickers I think of small guys. Usually they are the only people in an organization who are smaller than the teams ball boy.
Usually they are about as athletic as a program designer at Microsoft or an engineer at Boeing (had to give a little love to the local companies), but not Jon Ryan, at 6’0″ 216 pounds he is not your typical punter.
In high school Jon was Sheldon-Williams Collegiate High School’s running back, kicker and punter.
Of course, when you attend a high school that currently has 650 students enrolled, you will probably have to pick up some slack. Then, in college, he was the University of Regina’s (About the size of Eastern Washington University) leading receiver as well as handling the teams punting duties.
To further attest to his athleticism, he was fast enough to be a sprinter for Regina’s track team.
A wild finish
Seattle Seahawks 14, Green Bay 12
When: 5:30 PST, Monday, September 24, 2012
Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington
Bad calls all the way around.
As I am writing this the news is breaking that the NFL and NFLRA (Referee Association) have reached an agreement. The real refs will be back for tonight’s game in Baltimore.
This will end all of the complaining about bad calls right? Fat chance, but I am very happy they have reached an agreement and we can now move on.
It looks like the referees, which is a part-time profession, will receive $173,000 dollars per season, according to Pete Prisco’s twitter account.
Here then are my Five Seahawks who impressed against the Packers Monday night.
Jon Ryan #9
When the lights were on, and the Seattle Seahawks needed it the most, Jon Ryan delivered a couple booming kicks, including a 73-yard punt that was muffed.
That punt was the longest in the league this year.
Of course, it is still well shy of the NFL record 98-yard punt by Steve O’Neal back in 1969. Ryan is currently ranked 7th in the league for punts downed inside the 20-yard line, and 4th in the league for average return against.
Both of those stats are attributed to Jon and an outstanding punt coverage team.
Speaking of joint effort, the punt unit has the second best net punt average in the NFL.
Ryan is currently ranked 7th in the league for punts downed inside the 20-yard line
Bruce Irvin #51
Before the first snap one thing was for sure, at the end of the night we would know a lot more about this Seahawks team. Sure they handled the Titans in the first week but that had a lot to do with getting pressure on their QB’s. The Titans have had injuries along their offensive line so that was not a true test. This game against a very good football team would become a true test and would provide many teaching opportunities on both sides of the ball. The atmosphere in Qwest saturday was much closer to a regular season game and it was apparent the 12th man was up for the game.
The Seahawks won the coin toss and elected to receive. Josh Wilson took the kickoff out of the end zone and was only able to make it to the 15-yard line. The first play from scrimmage went no where because the line didn’t do a very good job of blocking at the point of attack. What happened was as Russell Okung was trying to get to the second level to block the linebacker Ben Hamilton was knocked down and fell on Okungs right Ankle taking him down as well. Justin Forsett tried to cut it back inside and was able to gain a yard. After getting no push on the next play while trying to run the ball the offensive line did a great job in pass protection giving Matt Hasselbeck all day to find Deion Branch who dropped the ball. Jon Ryan would boom the punt and Jordan Babineaux got down the field in a hurry to make the tackle.
The Packers went for it all on the first play of the drive with Aaron Rodgers airing one out, testing Rookie Safety Earl Thomas, to Greg Jennings. Earl was right there with Jennings but Aaron placed the ball perfectly in front of him for a nice reception. The bigger mistake was made up front with the front seven getting sucked in on the play fake so when Aaron rolled out he had no worries other then delivering the ball right where he wanted it. Red Bryan recognized that he wasn’t going to get to the QB on second down and put his hand up deflecting the ball and causing the incompletion. The next play the Packers would pick up the first down and follow that up with a TD pass from Aaron Rodgers to the fullback John Kuhn. On the play three Seahawks defenders; Marcus Trufant, Will Harring, and Earl Thomas were covering TE Andrew Quarless, Rookie out of Penn State, and left David Hawthorne to cover Kuhn from the middle linebacker position. Harring should have recognized the Fullback and dropped down to cover the route and let the safety and CB cover the TE.
Josh Wilson returned the Kickoff to the Packers 49 yard line giving the Seahawks great field position to start the next drive. Mansfield Wrotto was in to replace Russell Okung at LT who, after the first drive, was taken by cart to go get X-Rays taken of his ankle. The left side of the offensive line did a nice job recognizing the blitz and picking it up on second down allowing Matt Hasselbeck to find Mike Williams, who continues to make his bid for a roster spot and I think that he has earned it, working between level in the zone defense and picks up 17-yards.
The next play WR TJ Houshmandzadeh forced the defender to turn his hips and then he broke the route off into a curl giving himself plenty space to make a 15 yard reception. On 2nd and 4 the offensive line gave Matt, who rolled out of the pocket, almost 6 seconds to direct Deion Branch and throw the ball to him in the back of the end zone for a TD.
Marcus Trufant made an excellent play getting his hand in between the receivers hands on first down and knocking the ball away. On the play he stayed in the hip pocket of the receiver and matched him stride for stride down the field. The defense continues to show a weakness in the play action pass. With the lineman and the linebackers are not sticking to their responsibilities, this time Nick Reed failed to hold his corner and made it easy for Green Bay to pick up a first down on a quick shovel pass to the TE. On the next play we would finally get to see what Earl Thomas brings to the Seahawks when he came in and almost picked off the ball flying over Kelly Jennings to do so. Kelly fell on his elbow on the play but after getting it taped up he returned to the game. Pete Carroll called a timeout to make sure his defense was on the same page on 3 and 6 from the 12-yard line. What ended up happening is the Safety, Lawyer Milloy, and the LB, David Hawthorne, both covered the Slot Receiver while letting the TE split them on a streak to the end zone for another passing TD by Green Bay.
After getting the ball back Seattle tried a pitch to Justin Forsett that went for no gain. I took a picture of this play. Click on the picture to enlarge it and the caption explains why this team is having so much trouble running the ball.
That was pretty much the end of the first quarter. Tomorrow morning Part II will be posted. Have a good one
As with any Seahawks game held at Qwest field the 12th Man flag was raised, something that Pete Carroll later confessed that he missed. The coin toss was won by the visiting Titans who elected to receive, setting up an initial drive that looked far to reminiscent of last year. They put together a 10 play drive that lasted 5:51 seconds and was capped off by a 1 yard touchdown run by defending NFL rushing champion Chris Johnson.
Despite the similarities to last years squad it was not all bad from the Seahawks defense. On the first play of the drive Aaron Curry got into great position to make a play before being tackled by the pulling guard but it forced Chris Johnson to the outside where Marcus Trufant had been moments earlier. Marcus flipped his hips as soon as the ball was snapped turning his back toward the play and ran down the field ten yards and basically out of the play before the WR caught up to him to apply the block. Had Marcus noticed the play he could have force the runner back inside to Will Herring, David Hawthorne and Lawyer Milloy.
Two plays later Marcus found himself playing what appeared to be Man to Man on the outside and while his man cut to the outside he had a TE running a streak to the other side and he seemed to be unsure which one to cover as he had help underneath from Aaron Curry, who fell behind the target while looking into the backfield. I’m not sure who was responsible on the play but one of those two blew the coverage. That play led to a 2nd and 1 hand off to Johnson Curry, Red Bryant, who would later get good pressure on the goal line stand, and Brandon Mebane all got good pressure and Red got away with tripping Johnson. Playing in the offensive backfield is a key to stopping a running attack and it is good to see that kind of penetration.
On the long screen pass Earl Thomas could not get off his block and was pushed down the field by the WR until the play ran into him. The next play was the pass to Justing Gage which was a nice job by Vince Young noticing the weak spot in the zone and throwing it between defenders but then Josh Wilson and Hawthorn gave up on the play and if it weren’t for Thomas Gage would have rolled into the end zone. The Seahawks defense would make two nice plays to deny Johnson’s touchdown before he ran off tackle for the Score.
The Seahawks offense started out with a play action pass attempt to Deion Branch who was double covered and the pass was batted away. Two consecutive pass completions from Matt to Deion led to a first down. On 1st and 10 they tried the first running play. It was to the right side between the Guard, Max Unger, and the Tackle, Sean Locklear. Max got shoved back about 2 yards and there was nowhere for Julius Jones to go. After two incompletions the Seahawks would punt the ball away.
As the Seahawks defense took the field for the second time Kevin Vickerson was in at DT to replace Colin Cole. On 3rd and 1 the Titans tried a play action pass that did not fool Chris Clemons and he pursued Vince Young as he rolled out forcing him to get rid of the ball without getting a chance to set his feet. Meanwhile down the field Josh Wilson was stuck to the WR like glue and did a nice job driving on the ball making an interception on the Seahawks sideline.
The first play after getting the ball back Locklear tried to push the rushing DE, Former Seahawk Jason Babin, past Matt but was unable to change the direction of the rush and as Matt stepped up in the pocket he was sacked. This was the second time in the game that Sean was beaten by Babin. Two plays later, on third down, Jones would short arm a ball and the Seahawks would be forced to punt. The fans at Qwest were booing Julius’ effort but the fact is that even if he had made the catch he would have been well short of the first down marker and in that situation I would like to see Matt try to squeeze a ball downfield. If its intercepted then it works just like a punt. Punter Jon Ryan made the perfect punt until Jordan Babineaux ran down the field and knocked the ball into the end zone for a touchback.
Kevin Vickerson created havoc on the next two running plays holding his position on the first and making the tackle for a short gain then beating two blocks to team up with Bryant, who beat his blocker, to drop the RB in the backfield. The very next play Chris Simms dropped back to pass and Clemons beat his man on a beautiful inside swim move and picked up the sack. The Titans would punt the ball away.
After a quick slant From Matt to TJ for a 1st down J. Jones gave a lot of effort after being hit in the backfield to pick up a couple. The next play Max Unger could not get to the second level fast enough to cut off the middle linebacker who was able to read the play and get around the outside of Russell Okung, who was already in-gauged, and made the tackle in the backfield. The next play was off tackle right side and Sean did a great job sealing the edge while Ben Hamilton pulled and open a big hole. Sean handed his guy over to Unger and was able to get to the second level and make another key block. That coupled with Unger pushing the DE up the field led to the first down. After an incompletion and a two yard reception by TJ the first quarter was over.