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Five Seahawks who impressed against the Cowboys Sunday

Team effort leads to win

Seattle 27, Dallas 7
When: 1:05 PST, Sunday, September 16, 2012
Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

On Sunday we saw the Seattle Seahawks team that we expected in the season opener against the Cardinals. The Seahawks out physical’d the Cowboys in all three phases of the game.

I guarantee that there are a lot of Dallas players who spent Monday in the Cowboys training facility, or a massage parlor, trying to recover from getting their butts handed to them.

Marshawn Lynch #24

Marshawn Lynch has the third most rushing yards (207) in the NFL, after Sundays game.

Despite nursing a back injury, that has limited him in practice, Marshawn has the second most carries in the NFL (47).

Sunday, Lynch gashed the Cowboys defense for 122-yards on 26-carries and capped the day off with his first touchdown of the season.  It looks like Marshawn is starting the season right where he left off at the end of last year.

Malcolm Smith #53

Even as a backup linebacker/special teams player, Malcolm Smith showed he can impact a game.  More. . . 

Seahawks player grades vs Titans: Linebacker

Seahawks linebacker player grades

 

 

This is part 4  of the player grades against the Titans. Previous posts include quarterback, running back and defensive line.

Heath Farwell #55

Heath Farwell punched the ball free in the 4th quarter. Photo by Brett Bivens

I did not expect Heath Farwell to be the top preforming linebacker on Saturday but that’s exactly what he was. He may not have gotten very many snaps but I feel he did enough to earn more against Denver this week. When there are two defenders in on a tackle one of them should be going for the ball and that is what he did against the Titans. A perfect punch was delivered to the ball causing it to pop out and then he recovered in. A few plays later he nearly had a diving interception but was unable to come up with a rather difficult catch.

THe grade: A-

Leroy Hill #56

Leroy Hill gets some pressure on Matt Hasselbeck. Photo by Brett Bivens

THe good:

When Leroy Hill was assignment correct in his coverage he was solid and did not give up any completions. One of his biggest attributes is his ability to rush the passer from the linebacker position and he was able to get some while blitzing. Leroy did a nice just keeping contain against the run showing that he has matured as a player.

THe bad:

At times he can be fooled by a decoy in his line of sight as became evident when he got caught peeking in at the running back in the flat and lost a feel for where the tight end was in his zone and gave up a completion.

the grade: B

 

Bobby Wagner drags Chris Johnson down from behind. Photo by Brett bivens

Bobby Wagner #54

The good:

When the Seahawks used their 2nd round pick on Bobby Wagner I had one concern, his coverage ability. On Saturday he was solid in that department. Bobby showed how fast he can get into the flat and cover a running back as well as the ability to run stride for stride with tight ends. Awareness is an important attribute of any middle linebacker and he showed an ability to read what the offense was doing before it happened, especially against the screen.

the bad:

Rookies make mistakes and Wagner is no different. I have been talking about how solid he is against the run and how that will cut down the big runs against the Seahawks defense. What does he go out on CenturyLink Field and do on Saturday? Loses gap integrity and the Titans gash the Seahawks for a big run. My biggest pet peeve of any linebacker is hesitation in blitzing. Once you decide you’re going after the quarterback you need to do it full out or you are basically just taking yourself out of the play. I saw hesitation from Bobby Wagner but I’m hoping that’s him being a rookie. I absolutely cannot stand missed tackles and he managed one of those as well.

the grade: B

 

Malcolm Smith #53

Malcolm Smith has come a long way since last year. Getting pressure on the quarterback, covering the tight end, and reading the screen play were a few things that stood out to me as improvements over this time last year. He was extremely solid while in the game against the Titans.

THe Grade: B

 

Mike Morgan #48

The Good:

Mike showed a lot on one play. The Titans ran a reverse, never being fooled by it he was able to keep backside contain. Not only was he able to keep contain but just about everyone else fell for it and he was left on an island with the receiver. He had perfect technique and won the battle picking up a tackle for a loss. Mike Morgan also showed an ability to create pressure while blitzing.

The Bad:

Morgan did lose backside contain on a play that was designed to go away from him but the running back cut back towards him.

Grade B-

 

KJ Wright #50

the grade: C

 

Korey Toomer hits the quarterback late in the 4th quarter. Photo by Brett Bivens

Korey Toomer #59

The Good:

Korey Toomer did a solid job avoiding and shedding blockers and was able to get a quarterback hit during the game.

the bad:

Toomer needs to learn to play more assignment correct and avoid over pursuing plays. He struggled in coverage and had a couple missed tackles during the game.

The grade: C-

 

Kyle Knox #43

Kyle knox tracks down ball carrier from behind. Photo by Brett Bivens

The Good:

Something about this kid impresses me. As I was breaking down his plays I couldn’t figure it out but there is something about him that leaves me impressed.

the bad:

Kyle Knox needs to work on his tackling technique in the worst way. Three times he should have had tackles but either could not wrap them up or had improper technique and never touched the ball carrier. He was out of possession on the punt that was returned against the Seahawks for a touchdown.

 

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 Linebacker Grades Regular Season Game 2011-8

Seahawks Player Grades

 

Linebacker

1) Leroy Hill (B)

Leroy Hill upset he didn't come down with an interception.

Last week B

THE GOOD:

Leroy recognized a quarterback scramble and made a tackle that saved a touchdown in the first half. He also had a tackle for a loss, a tackle for a short gain and a quarterback pressure.

THE BAD:

Hill got a little too aggressive on one play and over ran the running play.

2) KJ Wright and David Hawthorne (C)

Last week: KJ had a B- and David had a C

4) Heath Farwell (C-)

Last week B-

THE GOOD:

Malcolm smith had a worse game then him so he didn’t wind up getting the lowest grade.

THE BAD:

He got called for a clear block in the back on a punt return. Worst part was is the block was not necessary.

5) Malcolm Smith (D+)

Last week C

THE GOOD:

He is a rookie and he can look at the game as a learning experience.

THE BAD:

He missed a tackle on a punt coverage and lost outside contain on a running play towards the end of the game.

Seahawks Linebacker Player Grades

 

 

1) David Hawthorne (A-)

David Hawthorne and KJ Wright combine for a tackle against the Falcons. Photo by Brett Bivens

Last week C

THE GOOD:

In the passing game he was able to record a sack, get and interception, have another play where he had excellent coverage and get pressure on the quarterback. In the running game he was able to shoot the gap and make a tackle for a loss and another tackle for short gain. On one play he took on the fullback in the hole and left the running back no where to go.

THE BAD:

David was having a bit of trouble being too aggressive and jumping the run too early causing him to get caught out of position on a few running plays. On one play he did a terrible job in coverage.

2) Leroy Hill and KJ Wright (B)

Last week: Leroy C+ and KJ led the linebackers with a B+

THE GOOD:

Hill had a couple tackles for loss and a tackle for no gain. He got some pressure on the quarterback and did a good job for the most part in coverage. Wright had three tackles for short gain including one where he recognized Colt McCoy scrambling. He also had a tackle for a loss and a pass defensed.

THE BAD:

Leroy missed a tackle and on a play action pass he was late getting out to the flat to cover the tight end. On KJ’s pass defense he should have intercepted the ball and he bit really hard on one play action and found himself out of position.

4) Malcolm Smith (C)

Last week he did not play.

Seahawks Linebacker Grades Regular Season Game 2011-4

Seahawks Linebacker grades from the Falcons game

 

 

1) Aaron Curry (B-)

Aaron Curry tackles Michael Turner 10/2/2011. Photo by Brett Bivens

Last week C

THE GOOD:

He did a nice job avoiding a cut block and fighting off blockers to make tackles near the line of scrimmage. I was impressed on one play when he didn’t over pursue (like he normally does) and he set the edge forcing the runner back inside to help. He didn’t make the tackle but in my book it was his best play of the game.

THE BAD:

He still isn’t dropping deep enough to keep opposing quarterbacks from dropping hitting receivers underneath the secondary.

2) KJ Wright and Leroy Hill (C+)

Last week: KJ C+ and Leroy A-

THE GOOD:

KJ did a nice job setting up outside forcing the play back inside where he had help. Both players were able to fight of blockers and make plays. Leroy was able to get pressure on the quarterback.

THE BAD:

Wright had a missed tackle on a touchdown run. Hill hesitated on a 3rd and short when he was in position which resulted in a first down. On one play he stumbled in coverage allowing for and easy completion.

4) Malcolm Smith (C-)

Last week C-

THE GOOD:

He is a rookie and has plenty time to learn from his mistakes.

THE BAD:

On punt coverage he had a chance to make a play but he lowered his shoulder and hit the guy without wrapping up and the guy bounced off and kept going.

David Hawthorne makes a tackle against the Falcons 10/2/2011. Photo by Brett Bivens

5) David Hawthorne (D+)

Last week B

THE GOOD:

David did a good job reading the run and hit the quarterback.

THE BAD:

He missed four tackles including one that led to a touchdown. Hawthorne struggled in coverage.

Seahawks Linebacker Grades Regular Season Game 2011-3

Seahawks Linebacker Grades

 

 

1) Leroy Hill (A-)

Last week C+

THE GOOD:

Leroy did a good job getting pressure on the quarterback and recording a sack. He was also able to get penetration in the running game and recorded a tackle for a loss (one of his team high 11 tackles). He was left one on one with Larry Fitzgerald and kept him from catching the ball. He showed his awareness recognizing the tight end screen and blowing it up and later in the game by keeping the player in bounds so he couldn’t stop the clock. Hill laid a big hit at the end of the game that caused a fumble and time ran out during the fumble recovery.

THE BAD:

Leroy lost his gap control a couple of times and he needs to show a little more awareness in zone coverage.

2) David Hawthorne (B)

Last week C-

THE GOOD:

David had a pass defensed and had really good coverage near the end of the game. He hurried the quarterback a couple of times.

THE BAD:

He got caught giving too much room in coverage.

3) KJ Wright (C+)

Was a backup last week but replaced Aaron Curry as the starter

THE GOOD:

On the first defensive play he dropped in zone coverage and jumped way up to deflected the pass that Earl Thomas intercepted. Unfortunately Brandon Browner was called for illegal contact on the play so the interception was negated. Kj made a sweet swim move to make the fullback whiff on a block attempt.

THE BAD:

There was one play where he couldn’t get off his block.

4) Aaron Curry (C)

Last week B-

THE GOOD:

On one play he did a really nice job avoiding a blocker to make a tackle.

THE BAD:

Aaron didn’t drop deep enough in the zone to keep Kevin Kolb from hitting hid receiver under the second layer of the zone.

5) Malcolm Smith and Matt McCoy (C-)

Last week Smith didn’t get graded and McCoy got a C+

THE GOOD:

Malcolm downed a punt inside the 5 yard line.

THE BAD:

McCoy was late in his play recognition. Smith had trouble covering kickoffs getting caught out of his lane once and missing a tackle on another.

Linebacker Grades Regular Season Game 2011-1

Image by Ryan Gray

Linebacker

1) Matt McCoy (B-)

On the punt return for touchdown he was blocked in the back and knocked down making him unable to get to the area the returner used to break through the coverage.

THE GOOD:

Matt played well on special teams staying true to his lane responsibilities. He was able fight through a block by a guard to make a tackle for a short gain and had an amazing flying hit on Frank Gore that stopped him dead in his tracks. Matt him so hard Gore’s knees buckled like he had been shot.

THE BAD:

McCoy was flagged for illegal block in the back on a punt return.

2) Aaron Curry, KJ Wright and Malcolm Smith (C)

5)  Leroy Hill (C-)

Leroy is trying to resurrect a promising career that has been disrupted by drugs and injuries.

THE GOOD:

Hill showed how explosive he can be when he blew up a pulling guard in a running lane and still made the tackle for a loss.

THE BAD:

Leroy lost the outside contain on a run and later in the game got called for a horse collar which was a bad call but they could have called him for a face mask on the same play. A face mask would have been a good call because Gore’s head did get jerked on the play.

 

 

Linebacker Grades Preseason Game 2011-4

Linebacker

1) Matt McCoy (A-)

Last week D+

THE GOOD:

Matt was crashing in on the run getting a tackle for a loss and a tackle for no gain. He was also able to get pressure on the quarterback hitting him twice and did a nice job sniffing out a screen play.

THE BAD:

He didn’t play like this all preseason.

2) Malcolm Smith (B+)

Last week he led the linebackers with a B-

THE GOOD:

Malcolm played his most solid game of the preseason. For the most part he stayed under control and let the play come to him rather then make the mistakes of trying to do to much which has plagued him all preseason. He had a nice open field tackle and did a nice job sniffing out the screen. On Tate’s big Kickoff return he had a nice block that helped spring him.

THE BAD:

On one play he overran his gap responsibility reverting to the way he had played previously in the preseason.

3) Aaron Curry and KJ Wright (B-)

Last week: Aaron brought up the worst on the team with an F and KJ had a C+.

THE GOOD:

Aaron was playing smart football staying at home and not biting on a fake reverse. On 3rd and 2 he filled the hole and stepped up making a tackle for a loss and on another play he crashed in the hole and drove the fullback into the backfield leaving the running back nowhere to go. KJ did a good job filling the running lanes and had a tackle for no gain. He got outside to cover a tight end in the flat and made a nice open field tackle.

THE BAD:

Curry had a big hit but did not wrap up to make the tackle and the ball carrier gained extra yards because of it. Before making that nice play on the tight end I mentioned above KJ was late getting outside and they took advantage of it.

5) Leroy Hill (C+)

Last week C-

THE GOOD:

Showed awareness staying at home on a miss direction and made the tackle.

THE BAD:

He didn’t play long enough to make many plays.

6) David Vobora (C-)

Last week D+plagued

THE GOOD:

David stayed at home and made a nice open field tackle.

THE BAD:

He had two missed tackles including one on the quarterback.

 

Linebacker Grades Preseason Game 2011-3

Linebacker

1) Malcolm Smith (B-)

Last week B

THE GOOD:

He played the run outside in maintaining his outside responsibilities yet crashing down and making a play on the running back inside. He got pressure on three occasions including on 4th and short and when he sacked the quarterback. Malcolm showed he can fight off block which is something the linebackers have had a lot of trouble with in Seattle. He had an excellent play in Punt Coverage getting down the field and making the tackle.

THE BAD:

Smith over ran his gap responsibilities taking himself out of the play twice, bit hard on play action leaving a tight end wide open and got an ineligible man downfield penalty. Malcolm missed two tackled including one that would have been a sack.

2) KJ Wright and Michael Johnson (C+)

Last week; KJ B and Michael didn’t receive a grade

THE GOOD:

KJ got a quarterback hit. Michael was excellent in pursuit making two tackles from behind and got pressure on the quarterback.

THE BAD:

When Johnson got his pressure he missed the tackle on the quarterback.

4) Leroy Hill and Mike Morgan (C-)

Last week: Leroy B- and Mike D

THE GOOD:

Hill was in position and forced the fullback to hold.

THE BAD:

Leroy missed a tackle for loss and was called for a face mask penalty. Mike had a chance to pin the Broncos at the ten yard line but he got too close to the ball (when it hit the ground after being punted) and it bounced by him and lost almost ten yards because of it. This is a bit nit picky but for a guy who has to make the team on special teams you need to be error free.

6) Matt McCoy and David Vobora (D+)

Last week: Matt D+ and David was not on the team.

THE GOOD:

Matt was able to fight off a blocker and get pressure on the quarterback by bull rushing the running back.

THE BAD:

McCoy missed two tackles, got stuck inside on a running play and missed a tackle. He also miss played a run when he chose to dive over a pile of players to try and make a tackle when the running lane was literally one step away and he could have taken that step and met the running back in the hole. Instead he missed the running back and the back was left to break a big run. David was too aggressive running too far upfield on a run and opened a huge hole for the running back and bit hard on the play action leaving the tight end wide open.

8 ) Aaron Curry (F)

Last week D+. There is so much to say on him I am just going to do this in list form

THE GOOD:

Blew up wide receiver screen

Got off the blocker filling the running hole forcing the back to look for a secondary hole.

Pressure on blitz

On 3rd and short he took on a blocker and stayed in the hole.

Had a big hit on punt coverage

THE BAD:

Couldn’t get off a tight end block

Missed tackle on wide receiver screen

Missed tackle on punt return

Celebrating a mundane tackle on 3rd and 23 after 1 4 yard gain when the running back ran right into his arms and it wasn’t even a solo tackle.

Faked a blits then couldn’t get back to fill his responsibilities in the zone coverage

Overly aggressive and overran his gap responsibility

Aaron ended up 1:1 with Eddie Royal in coverage which is a major miss match and I don’t expect Curry to be able to cover him but if he has a chance to tackle Royal after Eddie makes the catch I expect Aaron to be able to tackle but he couldn’t.

Followed player out of his zone then was caught in no mans land as he watched the man in his zone make a catch.

He was late getting outside on the touchdown pass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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