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Russell Wilson congratulates Robert Turbin after a touchdown.  Photo by Seahawks.com

Seahawks win with ease

Seahawks beat Chargers 41-14

 

The Seattle Seahawks’ 1st unit could do no wrong as they jumped out to a 24-0 lead before handing over the reigns to the backups.  Russell Wilson was in the zone and there was nothing the San Diego Chargers’ defense could do about it.

During the Seahawks opening 4 drives Wilson was 11/13 for 121 yards through the air and

Russell Wilson congratulates Robert Turbin after a touchdown.  Photo by Seahawks.com

Russell Wilson congratulates Robert Turbin after a touchdown. Photo by Seahawks.com

added another 31 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground.  Russell did a good job of spreading the ball around but his favorite target was Percy Harvin, who caught 4 passes for 31 yards.

Wilson wasn’t the only Seahawks’ offensive player to have a big day.  3rd year running back Robert Turbin had 81 yards, 3 more than the Chargers running backs combined, and a touchdown.  Most of those yards came on one run.  Zach Miller blocked a defensive back and sprung Turbin outside.  Robert used a Marshawn Lynch esque stiff arm to pick up about another 10 yards at the end of the run.  Unfortunately he averaged just 3.1 yards per carry the rest of the game.

Marshawn Lynch did see some game action, the first two offense plays, where he did some minor pass blocking/decoy work.

Terrelle Pryor runs in a 44 yards touchdown. Photo from Seahawks.com

Terrelle Pryor runs in a 44 yards touchdown. Photo from Seahawks.com

Terrelle Pryor was unable to do anything special with his arm but he looked like Colin Kaepernick with the ball in his hands.  Especially when he went running up the left sideline on the way to his was to a 44 yard touchdown.  His long strides eat up a lot of ground quickly in the open field.

James Carpenter saw his first live action this preseason and it started roughly.  On the opening drive he had miss communication with center Lemuel Jeanpierre and they let a free rusher through the line resulting in the only sack of Russell Wilson during the game. As a matter of fact, it was the only sack the Seahawks offensive line gave up all night.  After that, he was solid.

Fellow offensive lineman Justin Britt looked a lot better than he did last week.  He managed to clean up some of the mistakes he made during the first preseason game.  Justin did very well in his run blocking assignments but struggled a little bit in pass protection.  Chargers’ Melvin Ingram was able to force some pressure, on the quarterback, by using a combination of his speed and a bull rush which gave Britt fits.

Rookie linebacker Brock Coyle looked very good for his second preseason game.  There is no hope that Brock will beat out starting middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, but I’d say he has done enough to lock down the backup role heading into the regular season.  The young man is always around the ball whether it is a run or a pass.  That will take him far during his career.

The Seahawks defense made it tough for Chargers’ quarterbacks all night.  They ended up with 5 sacks, 9 quarterback hits and pressured them just about every time they dropped back to pass.

After the first unit defense left the game the secondary and linebackers struggled in coverage.  Rookie Kevin Pierre-Louis looked a bit lost at times.  A big factor is probably that he has missed a lot of time nursing an injury.  These next couple week will be crucial for him to catch up.

Tharold Simon had a 105 yard interception returned for a touchdown called back after a

Tharold Simon returns an interception for a touchdown.  Play would be called back by penalty.  Photo from Seahawks.com

Tharold Simon returns an interception for a touchdown. Play would be called back by penalty. Photo from Seahawks.com

questionable illegal contact penalty by him.  This came after dropping an interception shortly before.  The Chargers turned that into 7 points of their own.

On special teams Bryan Walters stood out returning punts as he looked considerably better than Earl Thomas.  The Seahawks need to find a replacement for Golden Tate who joined the Lions during the offseason.  Punter Jon Ryan was a little disappointed that he never had a chance to do more than just hold for kicks.

At the end of the day the score doesn’t matter, it’s the experience that does.  The young players got to feel the atmosphere in CenturyLink Field and the joy of winning.  As for the Chargers, at least they did better than the Broncos in the Super Bowl.

 

Go Seahawks!

Seahawks player grades vs Broncos: Offensive line

Seahawks offensive line grades

 

This is part 5 of the Seahawks player grades against the Broncos. The quarterback, running back, linebacker and defensive line grades have already been posted.

 

Max Unger #60

Last week: A-

Max Unger continues to prove why he got his new contract during the offseason.  Last week he was the best offensive lineman on the Seahawks, and he backed that up by doing it again.

the good:
  • Ability to consistently get to the second level, and deliver solid blocks.
  • Ability to seal the running lanes up the middle and give the running back a large hole to run through.
the bad:
  • Max was pushed into the face of Matt Flynn and gave up a sack.
the grade: A+

 

Breno Giacomini #68

Last week: C-

After struggling a bit last week Breno Giacomini responded in week 2 of the preseason.  His aggression is a positive, but he needs to learn how to turn it off before he makes stupid mistakes.  That said, a stupid penalty couldn’t take away from the outstanding job Breno was doing out there on Saturday.

the good:
  • 3 pancake blocks in pass protection.
  • 1 pancake while run blocking.
  • Push in the running game, including on a 4th and 1 play.
  • Cut block, took out 2 defenders and created a big hole for the running back.
the bad:
  • Missed a cut block attempt while pass blocking.
  • Fell while trying to run block.
  • Got pushed back into Matt Flynn, while in pass protection.
  • He got baited into his 2nd unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in 2 weeks, when he head-butted a Broncos player.
  • Holding penalty.
the grade: A

 

JR Sweezy #64

Last week: C+

I didn’t think JR Sweezy could impress me more than he had last week, but thats exactly what he did.  When the Seahawks drafted him and switched him to the offensive side of the ball I expected him to compete for a practice squad position. Now, he is definitely competing for a roster spot.

the good:
  • Strength to push defensive tackles out of the lanes, and open big holes to run through.
  • Aggressiveness, always plays through the whistle and looks for someone to hit.
  • Solid pass protection.
the bad:
  • Struggled getting to the 2nd level to make blocks.
  • Struggled to get outside and set up block on screen pass.
the grade: B+

 

Paul McQuistan #67

Last week: b+

Paul McQuistan has really improved his pass blocking ability this season.  Every snap Paul was in pass protection he was solid.  McQuistan struggled a couple times while run blocking.

the grade: B+

 

Russell Okung #76

Last week: b-

Russell Okung has had a career marred by injury.  Every game he makes it through without being carted off I feel is a success.

the good:
  • Pass protection, at times he is a complete wall at left tackle.
  • Pancake while run blocking.
the bad:
  • Russell missed a couple run blocks.
  • Missed 2 pass blocks, one he was forced to hold to save Matt Flynn, and the other led to a quarterback pressure.
  • Should have been called for a false start, but the officials missed it.
the grade: b+

 

Rishaw Johnson #63

last week: B

For the second week in a row, Rishaw Johnson looked good when he had a chance to play.  I hope that he gets an opportunity to play against better competition in the game against Kansas City this week.  If not, I think the Seahawks might try to sneak him onto the practice squad.

the good:
  • Good job holding the pocket.
  • Getting push in the running game.
the bad:
  • Rishaw plays near the end of games which means he’s playing against end of the roster type players at best.
the grade: b

 

Allen Barbre #78

last week: B-

Though Allen Barbre was not quite as good this week as he was last, he still had a very solid game.

the good:
  • Threw defender to the ground like a rag doll.
  • Ran defender out of the play on a running play.
  • Solid pass protection when left on an island
  • Cleaned the linebacker out of the hole on Russell Wilson’s quarterback sneak.  (That was the key block that allowed the Seahawks to move the chains.)
the bad:
  • Pushed into the backfield on a running play.
  • Missed a run block.
  • Allowed a sack.
the grade: C+

 

Edawn Coughman #70

Edawn Coughman may wear Michael Sinclair’s old number, but he sure isn’t doing it justice.

the good:
  • He isn’t expected to make the roster.
the bad:
  • Lost a run block.

 

the grade: c-

 

Lemuel Jeanpierre #61

last week: A-

I don’t have to pick a player who disappointed me the most along the offensive line.  Then again, Lemuel Jeanpierre didn’t have to go out and play like an undrafted rookie free agent.

the good:
  • Held the pocket strong.
the bad:
  • Knocked to the ground at the second level while run blocking.
  • Slow getting to the second level while run blocking.
  • Completely missed a run block.
the grade: D+

 

Alex Barron #73

Last week: D+

Pete Carroll, John Schneider and Tom Cable have got to be extremely disappointed in the job Alex Barron has done since joining the Seahawks.

the good:
  • He can’t be the worst on the line, as long as Duce Lutui is lined up next to him.
  • Monday is a cutdown day so, he might not be around by the end of that day.
the bad:
  • His play on the field.
the grade: D-

 

Duce Lutui #72

last week: D-

Is there something to be said for consistency?

the good:
  • He plays nasty football.
the bad:
  • He plays nasty bad football.
the grade: d-

Seahawks player grades vs Titans: Offensive line

Seahawks offensive line player grades

 

 

This is part 5 of the Seahawks player grades against the Titans. Quarterback, running back, linebacker, and defensive line have already been done.

Max Unger #60

Max Unger and Duce Lutui prepare to block on Matt Flynn’s first snap as a Seahawk. Photo by Brett Bivens.

After receiving his fat new contract extension Max Unger has to be feeling pretty good right now and that is exactly how he is blocking. I couldn’t find a single play where he missed a block. The only thing he could have done better saturday would have been to pick up another pancake or two.

the grade: A

Lemuel Jeanpierre #61

Lemuel Jeanpierre was doing it all on Saturday. He was pass blocking , run blocking and even getting to the second level. During the course of the game I only saw his miss one block and that was a running play.

THe grade: A-

Paul McQuistan #67

Paul McQuistan is another offensive lineman who received a contract from the Seahawk this offseason.  Unlike Max Unger his was not an extension but rather a new 2 year deal worth $4 million. Watching the game he looked like he was just about perfect but as I was going through it snap by snap I noticed on one play he grabbed a defensive lineman and tackled him. Russell Okung quickly jumped on the defender making it look like Okung had pancaked him unless you were paying close attention and clearly the refs were not because it was never called. Other than that Paul did a great job on Saturday.

the grade: B+

 

Frank Omlyale finished a block while Alex Barron takes a seat. Photo by Brett Bivens

Frank Omlyale #65

Blocking was not the issue for Frank Omlyale on Saturday as he was pretty solid on every snap. I did knock him down a bit for being on the slow side and struggling to get outside to throw effective blocks, he also had a false start and those drive me nuts at home.

the grade: B

 

Rishaw Johnson #63

Rishaw had a few really nice blocks but also ended up on the ground a lot. Despite being on the ground a lot I never saw him miss a block and overall I think he did a pretty nice job for an undrafted free agent.

The Grade: B

 

Russell Okung #76

On Saturday Russell Okung showed how nasty he can be. He got a pancake, he was shoving people way down the field and looking to hit someone. The best part is he made it through the whole game without being carted to the locker room. Russell missed a couple of cut blocks so he definitely has room for improvement.

the grade: b-

 

Allen Barbre #78

Allen Barbre demonstrating the flying block. Photo by Brett Bivens

On one of Allen Barbre’s first plays in the game he went for a cut block and completely missed leaving the running back no where to run and eventually tackled for a loss. After that he seemed to settle down and play pretty well especially in tandem with Frank Omlyale against stunting defenders.

the grade: B-

 

JR Sweezy #64

For a young man trying to learn a new position on a different side of the ball at the highest level of football I think he is doing an amazing job. He is doing a nice job staying with his man through the play and finishing his blocks. JR Sweezy has also shown an ability to get to the 2nd level effectively.

THe Grade: C+

 

Paul Fanaika #66

I was surprised how badly Paul Fanaika struggle against lower competition. He was having trouble sticking his blocks and completely missed on a run block and a pass block. I see him being lazy with his feet out there and trying to reach for guys.

The grade: C-

 

Breno Giacomini taking care of some business. Photo by Brett Bivens

Breno Giacomini #68

In training camp I noticed Breno spending a lot of time teaching JR Sweezy what he should be doing. After watching them both on Saturday I would say, as much as I like to see him helping the young man out,  Breno needs to spend more time working on his own craft than he does helping the coaching staff teach the kid if he wants to make an impact. He did have some nice blocks during the game, especially at the second level and I loved the fire I saw in him when he took on the Titans alone along their sidelines. I would like to see him tone that back just before he picks up the penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct but I’m not too upset about that. He seemed to struggle with the speed of the Titans line and at times he was left blocking air.

the grade: C-

 

Alex Barron #73

Breno being flagged for taking care of business (notice flag in air above and to the right of Breno). Photo by Brett Bivens

Can you believe Alex Barron is a former first round pick? Saturday he played more like a first round cut. Is it possible to be big, slow and weak? I didn’t think so before the Titans game.

I saw him getting thrown to the ground, completely missing blocks and just straight getting beat. He was able to avoid getting an F by making a few nice blocks that leave a glimmer of hope that his career is not over.

The grade: D+

 

Duce Lutui #72

If I were Duce Lutui I would be telling my agent to start looking at Canadian Football League teams that might be interested because after Saturday I have no confidence in him. He looks leaner but he is getting thrown all over the place and can’t stay cleat side down. I don’t know which is worse, let him eat to where he’s so out of shape that he can only play a few plays a game or keep him light where you get severally really crappy plays out of him. The coaching staff was even kind enough to pull him out and put him back in later in the game against lower competition and he still couldn’t block. Truly one of the saddest performances of a lineman I have seen at this level from a guy who was suspected to be a contender. He better turn it around because his days in the NFL could be numbered.

the grade: D-

 

Tomorrow defensive backs, wide receivers and tights ends will be graded. Thank you for taking the time to read my ramblings.

Seahawks Offensive Line Grades Regular Season Game 2011-8

Seahawks Player Grades

 

 

Offensive Line

1) Max Unger (A)

Last week B-

THE GOOD:

Max was getting good push at the point of attack and at the end of one running play he was pushing the pile trying to pick up a little extra yards. He did a nice job sealing the running lanes and getting to the second level. He did a decent job in pass pro including holding a block for 4+ seconds.

THE BAD:

Haloti Ngata pushed him to the ground on one running play and he couldn’t seal the lane on another. He also got the quarterback hit on one play.

2) Robert Gallery (A-)

Last week B-

THE GOOD:

Other than a few plays he was solid in all aspects of the game. Robert pushed Haloti Ngata down the field on one play and he is one of the best nose tackles in the game today. He showed a lot of his nastiness today blocking through the end of the whistle.

THE BAD:

He had a couple run blocks that he wasn’t able to hold and they ended with tackles for a short gain. Ray Lewis beat him bad on one play and was able to get a quarterback pressure.

3) Russell Okung and Paul McQuistan (C+)

Last week: Russell B- and Paul was not graded

THE GOOD:

Russell did a pretty good job run blocking. He was sealing running lanes well including on Marshawn Lynch’s touchdown. At times he did a nice job in pass pro including one play where he held his block for 4+ seconds. Paul did a great job sealing the lane on Lynch’s touchdown.

THE BAD:

Okung lost a couple run blocks and struggled blocking at the 2nd level. He tackled a pass rusher and was lucky that he wasn’t called for a holding penalty on the play. Russell got beat on the outside by Terrell Suggs. Okung was also called for a false start.

5) James Carpenter, John Moffitt and Lemuel Jeanpierre (C)

Last week: James C, John D and Lemuel was not graded

 

 

Seahawks Quarterback and Running Back Grades Regular Season Game 2011-6

Quarterback and Running Back Player Grades

 

 

Quarterback

Charlie Whitehurst hit Doug Baldwin during the 2011 preseason. Photo by Brett Bivens

Charlie Whitehurst (F-)

Last week B+ in almost half a game after replacing Tarvaris Jackson (injury)

THE GOOD:

Charlie did a good job handling the high snaps from backup center Lemuel Jeanpierre. He showed and ability to fit the ball into small windows and get it out in a hurry at times.

THE BAD:

Whitehurst did have trouble handling one of the high snaps. He was throwing into a lot of coverage and should have had more interceptions but he was lucky that the Browns secondary cannot catch balls that hit them in their hands. On his final pass of the game he threw a ball (on fourth down) that had 0% chance of being completed. There were no open receivers at the time but he threw it to the worst possible one. The others had a low chance of success but at least there was some chance. He struggled finding the open receiver and on multiple occasions threw the ball to someone who was covered when he had a receiver open. At the goal line he threw the ball out of bounds in the direction of Michael Robinson but he had Cameron Morrah at the 1-yard line with a couple steps on the line backer. That should have been an easy touchdown but Charlie never made an attempt. He had a lot of trouble hanging onto the ball when he was sacked or at one point even when there was no pressure on him and he lost control of the ball while attempting to throw it. He threw an interception on the play after Leon’s SHOULD BE touchdown. They had great field position and the quarterback needs to show poise in that situation not frustration like Whitehurst did. Late in the game he had Sidney Rice wide open and all he needed to do was throw the ball on target but instead threw the ball so that Rice was forced out of bounds. They still got a big completion but that play should have been a touchdown. He started to panic in the pocket towards the end of the game.

 

Running Backs

1) Leon Washington (A-)

Leon Washington evades tacklers. Photo By Brett Bivens

Laste week he led the backs with an A-

THE GOOD:

First, to get it out of the way, he had a punt return for a touchdown. The block in the back was a bogus call and I am not about to take that return away from Washington because he deserves it. What I will say though is he shouldn’t have been show boating before he got in the end zone and taken that big hit. It kinda reminded me of last year when he was show boating and got tackled just short of the end zone. He needs to stop that. When he got the ball in his hands he did everything in his power to make something happen. He averaged 5.6-yards per carry and was showing his wicked ability to cut and make people miss. At times he just decided to run over a would-be tackler. He showed patience setting up his blocks and vision finding cut back lanes. He also showed the speed needed to get to the edge and that he has an ability to pick up the blitz.

THE BAD:

He only had 7 carries and took a kick off back to the 14-yard line. If you are going to take the ball out of the end zone on a kick off you better get back to the 20 at least.

2) Justin Forsett (B-)

Last week B-

THE GOOD:

He showed his ability to make hard cuts and make people miss. He did a nice job picking up the blitz and giving his quarterback more time to throw.

THE BAD:

He only averaged 2.9-yards per carry and part of the reason was because he was hesitating to hit the hole. On special teams he had a missed block during a kick return.

3) Michael Robinson (D+)

Last week C+

THE GOOD:

On Leon’s punt return for the touchdown he had a nice block that sprung him at the beginning of the return. He had a couple nice run blocks.

THE BAD:

He struggled most of the game. Michael had a missed tackle on punt coverage and one on kick coverage. He missed a block on a kick return but the worst mistake was at the goal line when he lead the running back into the hole and dove on the ground blocking no one. Had he blocked one of the two defenders bearing down on the running back it would have probably been a touchdown.

Seahawks Offensive Line Grades Regular Season Game 2011-6

Seahawks Player Grades

 

 

Offensive Line

They all did a nice job selling the play action.

Russell Okung protects Tarvaris Jackson's blind side against the Falcons pass rush. Photo by Brett Bivens

1) Russell Okung (B-)

Last week B-

THE GOOD:

He played his best game since being injured in the preseason so hopefully it is a sign that his ankle is feeling better. Russell had a few nice blocks both in the running game and in pass protection.

THE BAD:

Okung lost his block on one running play and he had trouble picking up a stunt.

2) Robert Gallery and James Carpenter (C+)

Last week: Robert did not play and James had an F

THE GOOD:

Gallery was solid when he was asked to move around. If he was pulling or being asked to block at the second level he was spot on. At the beginning of the game Carpenter was getting of the snap extremely quickly. He blocked well in the running game including a play where he was blocking two defenders at the same time. He wasn’t able to hold the block long but for a bit he had one blocked with each hand.

THE BAD:

Unfortunately when Robert was asked to line up and block the guy in front of him he struggled a lot of the time. As stated above James was getting off the snap well but then he started jumping before the snap and got called for two false starts on the same drive. He missed a cut block but reached out and grabbed the foot of the defender and tackled him. That play was not called but it easily could have been. James gave up a sack when he was beat by a double move on the inside.

4) John Moffitt (C)

Last week B-

5) Lemuel Jeanpierre (F)

Last week (playing in place of Robert Gallery) C+

THE GOOD:

Jeanpierre had a pancake block on a run at the goal line, too bad no one else blocked on that play.

THE BAD:

Four snaps were too high and he is lucky that Charlie Whitehurst was able to keep them from being disasters. He had trouble sealing runnings games and blocking in the running game when asked to block 1:1 at times.

Seahawks Offensive Line Grades Regular Season Game 2011-5

Seahawks Offensive Line Player Grades

 

1) Paul McQuinstan (B+)

Paul McQuinstan blocks on a screen pass against Atlanta 10/2/2011. Photo by Brett Bivens

He went from worst last week to first this week.

THE GOOD:

He was solid in the running game except for one play. Paul showed strength pushing a defender down the line and opening a big running lane. He got good push at the goal line on Marshawn Lynch’s touchdown. He had a pancake and was able to seal running lanes. He showed athleticism by getting to the second level to block in the running game. McQuinstan did a good job in pass pro as well including working with Okung while defenders were stunting.

THE BAD:

He got called for holding, missed a cut block and was unable to hold one run block that caused a takle for no gain.

2) Russell Okung and John Moffitt (B-)

Last week: Russell C- and John led the unit with an A-

THE GOOD:

Russell did a nice job early in the game clearing a passing lane on a short pass. He had some plays where he really held strong in pass pro and did a good job working with McQuinstan against stunting defenders. For the most part Okung was strong while blocking in the running game. On Marshawn Lynch’s touchdown run from the 1-yard line he got good push driving the defender into the end zone. He had a pancake and did a nice job sealing some running lanes. He showed toughness trying to play through cramping but eventually had to be pulled from the game. John did a good job working with James Carpenter as a unit. On the quarterback sneak he was able to get good push that gave Tarvaris plenty of room to get over the first down line. He showed the extreme power he posses when he pushed his defender into the line and collapse the whole line. Later in the game he had a nice cut block.

THE BAD:

Okung reached for Osi Umenyiora instead of keeping his feet under him. On that play Osi easily beat Russell and stripped the ball away from Lynch from behind. He was beat for two sacks and got the quarterback hit a couple more times. On one play John was working with Carpenter and they could not move the defender out of the running lane and on one play he got pushed into the backfield while run blocking. Moffitt gave up a sack and got beat to the inside by on a passing play. After that play he came off the field and went back into the locker room to get IV fluids.

4) Lemuel Jeanpierre (C+)

Last week he did not receive a grade

THE GOOD:

He showed awareness on a passing play when James Carpenter was getting beat on the outside. He ran around Carpenter and laid out the pass rusher knocking him to the ground. Lemuel showed some power when he pushed a defender 5-yards down the field during a running play. He had a nice block on the Safety Kick return that helped spring Leon Washington to a decent return.

THE BAD:

On a passing play he got bull rushed and pushed back into the quarterback and on a running play he was not able to seal a running lane against a linebacker.

5) Max Unger (D)

Last week B

He had a vey inconsistent game.

THE GOOD:

At times he did a very good job getting to the second level to block in the running game. He was able to seal running lanes and open holes. At times he was solid in the passing game including a play where he had a nice cut block on a wide receiver screen.

THE BAD:

As a center his first job is to snap the ball and get it to his quarterback. Three times while in the shotgun he had snaps that were off target. A couple times he couldn’t get blocks at the second level, one of which he couldn’t get off his initial block (I would assume there was a hold but you couldn’t see it from the camera angle). He missed a cut block on a quarterback scramble that led to Jackson getting tackled. Max had some trouble keeping the running lanes open long enough for the running back to get through them and he had a false start.

James Carpenter struggles to block Darnell Dockett of the Cardinals. Photo by Brett Bivens

6) James Carpenter (F)

Last week B+

THE GOOD:

He worked well with John Moffitt. He was able to seal the edge on Marshawn’s 47-yard run and had good push on a 3rd and 1. At times he held up in the passing game.

THE BAD:

At times James had trouble sealing the running lane. He missed a couple of cut blocks, one of which led to pressure on the quarterback. He was beat inside and outside in pass pro giving up 2 sacks, getting the quarterback hit once and pressured three more times. He picked up a false start penalty.

Seahawks Offensive Line Grades Regular Season Game 2011-3

Seahawks OL Grades

 

1) James Carpenter (A)

James Carpenter in pass pro against the Cardinals 9/25/11 Photo by Brett Bivens

Last week B-

THE GOOD:

His pass blocking was definitely better than it has been. He had a couple nice cut blocks in the passing game including one to clear a passing lane for a WR screen . Four times he held his pass block for 4 seconds or more including getting a pancake on one of them. James was able to notice and pick up the blitz which is something he has been struggling with. In the running game he showed how strong he is pushing Darnell Dockett out of one play and pancaking him another. At one point he had a nice cut block to open a running lane and earlier in the game he showed an ability to get to the second level and set the edge.

THE BAD:

He still has plays where he is missing assignments but these are mistakes you expect from a rookie and his awareness is improving. A couple of these led to the quarterback being pressured. Carpenter also missed on a couple cut block attempts.

2) Max Unger and John Moffitt (B-)

Last week; Max C and John D+

THE GOOD:

Max was showing his strength on a couple plays where he pushed the defender out of the play. He showed agility getting to the second level and blocking. Unger did a nice job selling the play action and had an excellent cut block that saved a sack. Max and John worked with Paul McQuinstan sliding protection to pick up the blitz. Moffitt had three pancakes including one on Darnell Dockett. He was able to pass block one on one for 4+ seconds during a play. In the running game he showed his power clearing the defensive end out of the running lane. Later in the game he cleared a lane for the wide receiver to run through on a screen pass.

THE BAD:

Unger got his quarterback hit, had a false start, a bad snap that could have cost the team the game and had trouble sealing a running lane. Moffitt had some trouble in pass pro getting his quarterback hit once and sacked another. On the sack he was reaching out for the block instead of shuffling his feet to stay between QB and pass rusher. He missed a couple run blocks including a cut block at the point of attack. John made a mental mistake and blocked the wrong defender at one point.

4) Paul McQuinstan (C)

He is replacing Robert Gallery until he can come back from injury and was not graded last week.

5) Lemuel Jeanpierre (C-)

Last week C-

THE GOOD:

Lemuel only played on special teams and as a unit they were unimpressive.

THE BAD:

On a kick return he was about to block a member of the coverage team but instead of lowering his shoulders and hitting the guy he stood up and let the Cardinal’s player blow him up. He needs to be more aggressive then that if he wants to stay on this team for any length of time.

Seahawks final offensive play against Cardinal 9/25/11 Photo by Brett Bivens

6) Russell Okung (D)

Last week C-

THE GOOD:

On three plays he did an outstanding job in pass protection. He did a good job selling the play action and was playing a bit nasty pushing people around after the play.

THE BAD:

Russell was pushed down the line which closed off the running lane. On one running play he blocked a player who was already being blocked instead of blocking the guy who was unblocked. He missed a block or got beat multiple times including giving up a sack. He was part of a line that couldn’t pick up a first down in crunch time to close out the game. Notice in the picture Okung was beat on the final play as well.

Seahawks Offensive Lineman Grades Regular Season Game 2011-2

Seahawks Offensive Lineman

 

1) James Carpenter (B-)

Last Week F-

THE GOOD:

James is really getting the hang of cut blocking and had a couple nice ones in the running game. One was a backside cut block and the other was at the point of attack and both took the intended target out of the play. He also showed some toughness in pass blocking by taking a defender and knocking him flat on his back.

THE BAD:

Carpenter continues to struggle with the speed of the game and it was evident by his inability to get to the second level to seal a linebacker inside on a stretch play and by him getting beat on the outside speed rush.

3) Max Unger (C)

Last week C=

THE GOOD:

Max was doing well with the cut blocks and I was happy to see him fired up and mixing it up with the defenders after the play.

THE BAD:

At times he played too high and was not able to get any push because of it. On one play he was thrown down by a defender and on another he missed his block and got the quarterback hit.

4) Russell Okung and Lemuel Jeanpierre (C-)

Last week: Russell C+ and Lemuel was not graded.

THE GOOD:

Russell stone walled the defensive end one on one for over 4 seconds.

THE BAD:

Okung needs to play smarter football and avoid false start penalties but against the Steelers he got called for two. He also had trouble sealing the edge in the running game. Jeanpierre missed a block on special teams that led to the Seahawks starting a drive pinned inside the red zone.

5) John Moffitt and Robert Gallery (D+)

Last Week: John C+, Robert missed the game

THE GOOD:

John is a young player and I can see him taking small steps forward every game. These gains aren’t always going to be reflected by an increase in the grade for the week as opposed to the grade the previous week.

Robert had a one on one pass block of over 4 seconds and later had a pancake block on a passing play. He showed his awareness on a play where Unger was thrown to the ground and he hurried over and cut blocked the defender before the quarterback was hit. Cut blocks are a big part of Gallery’s game and later in the game had a nice one on a wide receiver screen.

THE BAD:

Moffitt continued to make coachable mistakes like the play where he tried to hand a defender off to Unger who was busy blocking someone and couldn’t take on the responsibility so the quarterback got hit. There was no reason for John to even attempt to hand the guy off because there was no other rusher for him to worry about. This wasn’t the only time John would end up getting his quarterback hit because later in the game he was beat to the outside and Tarvaris paid for it. He also had trouble Sealing the running lane.

After reading the good that Gallery did you would think that his grade would be higher but his lack of consistency killed him. Earlier I talked about his awareness but just after he made that nice play he missed a blitz pickup and it ended with a quarterback sack. He also got his quarterback hit a couple of times including a play where he over extended forward and the defensive tackle hit him on his back and dropped him to the ground. His run blocking left a lot to be desired as he wasn’t able to get any push on one play, basically tackled a defender and got called for holding on another and was unable to seal running lanes.

 

New so far this week:

  • Gallery hurst his groin and needs surgery. He is expected to miss 4-6 weeks so my guess is we won’t see him until October 30th when the Bengals come to CenturyLink and we will see Paul McQuinstan replace him at Left Guard in the meantime allowing James Carpenter to focus on Right Tackle.
  • Losing Gallery weakened the depth of the offensive line so the Seahawks dropped Wide Receiver Owen Spencer from the practice squad and added Guard Brent Osborne back on.

 

 

Offensive Line Grades Preseason Game 2011-4

Image by Ryan Gray

Offensive Line

I have adjusted the order of these posts. They will now be: Offensive Lineman, Quarterback/Running Backs, Wide Receivers/Tight Ends, Defensive Lineman, Linebackers, Defensive Backs.

1) Tyler Polumbus (A-)

Last week D-

THE GOOD:

Tyler did an excellent job in pass block including a play when he went 1:1 with the defensive end and he completely stonewalled the end. On a quick slant inside the red zone he had a perfect cut block to clear the passing lane for the throw. He had a cut block on the backside of a running play that allowed the running back to cutback and pick up positive yards when his primary lane was full.

THE BAD:

He was blocking a linebacker at the second level but allowed him to fight off the block to make the play. Later in the game he missed a backside cut block.

2) Lemuel Jeanpierre (B+)

No grade last week

THE GOOD:

He was solid in pass protection and excelled in the running game. Lemuel recorded a pancake block, was able to seal the running lane and showed agility getting to the second level and setting up a solid block.

THE BAD:

Jeanpierre played a very clean game.

3) James Carpenter, William Robinson, Paul Fanaika and Paul McQuinstan (C+)

Last week: Carpenter F+, Robinson and Fanaika did not grade and McQuinstan led offensive linemen with a B-

THE GOOD:

On one play James showed his strength and agility when he pulled and opened a hole by pushing three defenders past the first down marker. He played Right Guard on a running play at the goal line and was able to get the push necessary for a touchdown. James was able to seal the running lane and push the end out of the way. William had one of the most beautiful cut blocks I have ever seen opening a hole for the final touchdown run. Fanaika showed his strength pushing people down field and did a solid job in pass protection. McQuinstan showed strength holding at the point of attack and clearing the running lane. He had a cut block on a TD run and did a solid job in pass pro. Paul continued blocking down field until the whistle blew.

THE BAD:

Carpenter missed a cut block on the backside of a running play, couldn’t get in front of the defensive tackle fast enough to keep him from making a play and was called for a false start penalty. Fanaika was too slow to get to the second level in time to make a decent attempt at a cut block on the linebacker. McQuinstan did not have the footwork needed to get ahead of the defender and stop lateral movement towards the ball carrier and was unable to sustain a block on a linebacker. He also got called for two holding penalties.

7) Max Unger and Breno Giacomini (C)

Last week: Unger C+ and Giacomini C-

9) Robert Gallery and Mike Gibson (C-)

Last week: Gallery C+ and Gibson did not grade.

THE GOOD:

Robert Had a nice cut block down field. Mike was able to get under the defenders pads on one play and clear them out of the hole.

THE BAD:

Gallery was pushed back into the backfield on a running play and later missed a cut block. Gibson seemed over powered much of the game being thrown down on a running play and getting pushed around in the passing game getting the quarterback hit.

11) John Moffitt (D-)

Last week D-

THE GOOD:

He had a good backside cut block, was able to seal a running lane and had a play where he did an excellent job in pass protection.

THE BAD:

John was being over powered when he got thrown out of the way by John Henderson on one running play and got blown up on another allowing his assignment to get a tackle for loss. He was unable to get push on a running play to open the hole. At times Moffitt was still unsure who his blocking responsibilities were, he missed a cut block and was penalized for a false start.

 

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