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Seahawks MMQB: Decepticons win this battle 28-24 over Autobots

“Autobots, roll out”

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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:

Autobots – Seahawks

Decepticons – Lions

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.

Earl Thomas vs. Lions Seahawks MMQB: Decepticons win this battle 28 24 over Autobots

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.

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 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 Defensive Back Grades Regular Season Game 2011-8

Seahawks Player Grades

 

 

Cornerback

1) Richard Sherman (B)

Last week A-

THE GOOD:

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.

THE BAD:

He missed a couple tackles and was beat deep on one play by Miles Austin.

2) Roy Lewis (B-)

Last week C-

THE GOOD:

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.

THE BAD:

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+

THE GOOD:

He usually plays much better than he did against Dallas.

THE BAD:

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.

 

Safety

1) Earl Thomas (A-)

Last week D+

THE GOOD:

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.

THE BAD:

Earl Played a solid game.

2) Atari Bigby (C)

Last week C-

3) Kam Chancellor (D+)

Last week B-

THE GOOD:

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.

THE BAD:

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 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 2011-3

Defensive Back Grades

 

 

Cornerback

1) Marcus Trufant (B+)

Marcus Trufant tackles Larry Fitzgerald 9/25/11. Photo by Brett Bivens

THE GOOD:

Marcus made a few nice open field tackles and played a wide receiver screen perfectly diving around a blocker to make the tackle. He had an interception late in the second quarter as the Cardinals were driving down for a possible field goal.

THE BAD:

He was called for pass interference and there are plays where you would like to see him tighten up his coverage just a little.

2) Walter Thurmond (C+)

THE GOOD:

Walter had a nice block on an interception return and had a TFL (Tackle for loss).

THE BAD:

Thurmond missed a block on a punt return.

3) Kennard Cox and Brandon Browner (C-)

THE GOOD:

Kennard is a good special teams player. Brandon had really good coverage at times including the play where Kam Chancellor intercepted the ball. He also had a nice block on a punt return.

THE BAD:

Cox missed a tackle on punt coverage. Browner got called for illegal contact that negated Earl’s interception. He fell down in coverage on one play and at times played softer then you would like to see.

 

Safety

Kam Chancellor's 1st career interception. 9/25/11 Photo by Brett Bivens

1) Kam Chancellor (A)

THE GOOD:

On Earl’s interception return he had a big hit on Todd Heap. He got flagged on the play but it looked completely legal to me. Kam got a quarterback hit while blitzing. He had a pass defensed and on 3rd and short came in and got a TFL. With 1:08 left in the game he intercepted a pass in Seahawks territory. After the offense couldn’t pick up a first down they punted it. On the punt return the Cardinals tried a lateral and Kam almost intercepted it but he did interrupt the play and the rest of the team was able to get over and keep it from being a big play.

THE BAD:

Chancellor was late getting over to help Brandon Browner over the top.

2) Earl Thomas (B-)

THE GOOD:

Earl had an interception that was negated by a penalty and got a pass deflection on a play where he blitzed. On that play he started from 8 yards back and timed it perfect as he started to run in for his blitz right as the center snapped the ball. He did a nice job crashing in on the run.

THE BAD:

Thomas missed a couple tackles including one on kick coverage.

3) Atari Bigby (C)

Bigby will most likely start in Kam Chancellor’s place tomorrow against the Atlanta Falcons.

Defensive Back Grades Regular Season Game 2011-1

Cornerback

Marcus Trufant (B-)

THE GOOD:

Marcus did a nice job coming in supporting the run and also hit a receiver which caused him to drop the ball.

THE BAD:

Trufant was playing up on the line and missed his attempt to redirect the receiver who was able to run right by him and make a big reception down the field.

Byron Maxwell and Richard Sherman (C+)

THE GOOD:

Byron forced a hold (more like a horse collar) while covering a kick but was unfortunately hurt on the play. Richard had a big block on a punt return that sprung Leon Washington.

THE BAD:

Losing Byron to injury really weakened the special teams unit.

Brandon Browner (C)

For his first game in the NFL I would say he had a pretty good game.

Safety

Kam Chancellor (A)

Kam is a first year starter who has been making a name for himself. His nickname is “Bam Bam” but I found out recently it stems from a previous nickname that he prefers “Kam Bam”

THE GOOD:

Chancellor has the ability to play sideline to sideline as shown when he got out to the sideline to support the run and recorded a tackle for a short gain. He showed his toughness taking on a block by the guard cutting him down and forcing the running back to cut back inside where defenders were waiting. Kam came up in run coverage on 3rd and short and made a tackle for no gain. He went out to covered the fullback in the flat and picked up a tackle for loss. At the goal line he saved a touchdown by cutting through the traffic and hitting Frank Gore stopping his moments so that others could bring him down.

THE BAD:

When Alex Smith scrambled for the touchdown he was in position to make the stop but reached out to tackle him instead of driving through him.

Earl Thomas (B-)

You can really see how much Earl has learned over the last year. He has become a smart instinctual player who fly’s around the field.

THE GOOD:

He recognized the tight end crossing behind the line after the snap and met him out in the flat to tackle him for a loss. Thomas was able to diagnose the end around and disrupt it. On a blitz he noticed the quarterback handing the ball off to the running back and was able to stay under control and tackle him for a loss. Earl also shot in through everyone and tackled a wide receiver on a WR screen for minimal gain.

THE BAD:

Earl had a big hit on one play but didn’t wrap up and missed the tackle. He still needs to work on controlling the chaos he brings as show by a play down near the goal line he went through the line backwards expecting to meet resistance and instead knocked Alan Branch out of the play. On the kick return for a touchdown he left his lane responsibility outside moving over two lanes before he saw Ginn cut it to the outside and by that time he couldn’t recover fast enough to stop him from running right by where he should have been.

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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