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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 2011-4

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.

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 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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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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The Battle of the Draft Picks

Sunday was a battle of two former AFC Western Division rival but that was not the only connection between the two teams. Let’s take a moment to remember the 2009 NFL Draft: The Chiefs were on the clock, Aaron Curry was in New York at Radio City Music Hall but they decided to Draft Tyson Jackson leaving Curry to be drafted 4th overall by the Seattle Seahawks. It is very possible that if the Chiefs had drafted Curry the Seahawks would have picked Jackson. During the 2010 NFL draft the Chiefs, once again, were selecting one spot earlier than the Seahawks. The Chiefs selected Eric Berry with the 5th pick leaving Russell Okung still on the board allowing Seattle to draft Walter Jones replacement. Had Berry Still been available it would have been very hard for Pete Carroll and John Schneider to pass on such a talented player. I don’t think anyone expected Earl Thomas to be available at 14 where the Seahawks selected him.

The 6-4 298 LB DE out of LSU, Jackson, has had less then a stellar career thus far. He has 56 total tackles for his career, 18 this season. He has no sacks but did get a quarterback hurry sunday in the 4th quarter. That was about all he did the entire game, of course he didn’t start and didn’t really play until the Chiefs had all but wrapped up the game.

At 6-2 255 lbs,  Aaron Curry, out of Wake Forest, was considered the most NFL ready player in the draft and the one with least risk. He did not fill a position of need for the Seahawks but he was one of those athletes that you watch and think to yourself “this guy has amazing natural gifts”. He was the first draft pick I have actually jumped up and down cheering while watching the draft. He hasn’t had the start to his career that we all had hoped but he is head and shoulders above the player that was chosen before him. Curry has 48 tackles this season, 109 for his career of which 5 are sacks. He also has 4 forced fumbles to add to his resume. I was hoping he would have some extra fire in his belly and show the Chiefs what a mistake they made by not selecting him instead of Jackson with the 3rd pick, but if he had the fire it didn’t produce results on the field. He started the game by passing a Chiefs receiver off to a wide open middle of the field in pass coverage. The Seahawks linebackers have had a rough season in pass coverage this entire season. He also had a problem playing too high both while tackling and while taking on blocks. He bounced off the ball carrier twice while trying to tackle high on the shoulder pads. He had trouble fighting off blocks and for the most part once they engaged he was out of the play. I took some exception to his celebrating after making a tackle on a running play after the RB gained 5 yards and after making a tackle on a WR after a 7 yard completion. The Seahawks were down and these were not great plays by any stretch of the imagination. I do love the fire but would much rather see it before the play is whistled dead. He finished the game with 6 tackles.

Eric Berry, 6-0 211 lbs. out of Tennessee, was the first Safety taken in the 2010 NFL draft and is expected to have a long pro bowl caliber career. He is having a fine rookie season he has 61 tackles, 2 of which are sacks, 1 forced fumble and 2 interception. After  watching him sunday I saw a solid player who didn’t make mistakes but didn’t make any big plays either. He is a solid tackler who wraps up and tackles low. He finished the game with 3 tackles.

Injuries have plagued Rookie Left Tackle Russell Okung. He has missed more games than he has played in. Sunday was no exception. Once again he had someone roll onto his leg and hurt himself. He was able to come back in the game and finish. He played solid in the Seahawks loss but that is no surprise from the player who has been, when healthy,  a bright spot on an offensive line that is terrible. Lets hope that he can avoid these freak injuries for the remainder of his career.

Taken with the 14th overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft Earl Thomas has not disappointed. Sure he has made some rookie mistakes but he has also made some huge plays. The only knock on him draft day was his size. At 5-10 202 Lbs he lacks the ideal size you would like to see at the Safety position but what he lacks in size he more then makes up for with ability and a knack for being around the ball. He has 63 tackles, 5 interceptions and a TD. That TD came sunday in the loss to the Chiefs. Kennard Cox blocked a punt and Earl returned it 10 yards for the score. He ended the game with 8 tackles including a big shot on Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles that could be heard in the stands. Unfortunately, he found himself out of position a couple times including during the Chiefs final TD of the game.

Earl Thomas is beat for a TD in the Seahawks loss to the Chiefs on sunday. Photo by Brett Bivens

When I decided to write this last week I was assuming that it would be an opportunity to see which one of these young stars played better when they were on the same field. It turned out to be more of comparison to see who sucked less than the others. If the Seahawks had been able to run the ball at all I would declare Russell Okung the winner but, fair or not, I can’t pick an offensive lineman who was part of that group. That leaves Eric Berry and Earl Thomas. Eric wasn’t even the best rookie safety on his team sunday so by default the award goes to Earl Thomas for scoring his first TD in the NFL and winning a free haircut for everyone in attendance. Congratulations Earl, now that you have won Battle of the Draft Picks you can focus on Defensive Rookie of the Year.

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