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Rams at Seahawks photo blog

Photos from the Seahawks game in week 17

In the final game the Seahawks played in 2012 they beat the Rams 20-13

Taima led the Seahawks onto the field Sunday. Photo by Brett Bivens

It was fan appreciation day at CenturyLink Field. Photo by Brett Bivens

Chris Clemons getting a hit on Sam Bradford. Photo by Brett Bivens

Doug Baldwin hauling in one of his two reception during the game. Photo by Brett Bivens

This pass to Zach Miller would have been Russell Wilson’s record tying 26th touchdown pass if not for a pass interference call on Anthony McCoy. Photo by Brett Bivens

Danny Amendola making a great catch against Marcus Trufant. Photo by Brett Bivens

Seattle is always tough on Steven Jackson. He has yet to rush for 100 yards against any Seahawks defense. Sunday was no exception as he managed just 52 yards. Photo by Brett Bivens

Jeremy Lane was in position to make a play on the ball. Unfortunately he went for the interception rather than knocking the ball away and the play resulted in a touchdown. Photo by Brett Bivens

Marshawn Lynch out for a little jog. Photo by Brett Bivens

Russell Wilson scrambles for yardage against the Rams. Photo by Brett Bivens

Seahawks player grades vs Titans: Defensive backs

Seahawks defensive back player grades

 

 

Brandon Bowner #39

After making the pro bowl last season, Brandon Browner wasted no time proving he hadn’t been resting on his laurels during the off season. On the first play from scrimmage Brandon intercepted Matt Hasselbeck’s first pass in CenturyLink Field as a member of an opposing team and took it to the house. It wasn’t Matt’s fault, but Browner made an outstanding play by staying with the action through the whistle. It appeared the pass was going to be incomplete, but it bounced off Earl Thomas‘ arm and Brandon grabbed it.  Being a big physical corner allows him to play the run well and Saturday was no exception.

the grade: A-

 

Earl Thomas #29

Earl Thomas is ready for some action Saturday. Photo by Brett Bivens

Earl Thomas seems to be playing at a different level this year. I think he is starting to understand the game better than he has in the past. Instead of relying solely on his physical talents to run around and make plays he’s using his head more. That’s a scary thought for opposing offenses. This could be the year that Earl breaks away from being a talented young safety and becomes a dominant force, like Troy Polamalu. In the first preseason game I noticed Earl playing the run extremely well. I couldn’t have asked for much more out of him.

the grade: b+

 

Jeremy Lane tackle the Titans tight end. Needs to keep his head up or a better player will hurdle him. Photo by Brett Bivens

Jeremy Lane #1

The good:

Jeremy Lane is a big physical corner, the kind of kid that Pete Carroll likes to see play the position. He was playing the run very well and was one of the best tacklers on the team Saturday. Late in the game Jeremy stripped the ball that could have ended the game but unfortunately it was recovered by the offense

the bad:

On the play where Jeremy stripped the ball he didn’t stick with it. Unlike when Heath Farwell punched the ball out earlier in the game, Heath’s eyes never left the ball and Farwell was able to recover the fumble. Jeremy Lane seemed content with stripping the ball. He hesitated, for just a moment, before going after it. In the NFL if you hesitate at all in the NFL you miss out and he learned that lesson the hard way…I hope. Jeremy needs to work on his timing a little bit and avoid pass interference penalties. Now for a little rant, I cannot stand to see players who don’t either kick the ball or throw it who don’t wear a single digit number.

the grade: B

 

Kam Chancellor #31

Kam Chancellor did not see much action against the Titans but he did have a big hit on Chris Johnson. The play was a run up the middle and I’m sure Chris was feeling that hit most of the week.

the grade: C+

 

DeShawn Shead #5

DeShawn Shead, an undrafted free agent out of Portland State, was not tested in the passing game but he did have an opportunity to show that he can play the run very well.

The grade: C+

 

Coye Francies looked good returning a kickoff on Saturday. Photo by Brett Bivens

Coye Francies #37

the good:

Coye Francies looked very solid in coverage against the Titans. When he kept the receiver from going out of bounds and stopping the clock he also demonstrated awareness of the situation late in the game.

The bad:

Tackling is an area that he needs to improve on if he want to stay in the NFL.

the grade: C+

 

Richard Sherman #25, Chris Maragos #42, Marcus Trufant #23, Jeron Johnson #32 and Byron Maxwell #41

all received C grades.

 

Winston Guy #27

The good:

Winston Guy showed some awareness recognizing the draw play.

the bad:

Winston looked lazy out there to me. I did not see him finishing plays but I did see him half heartedly try to tackle and miss it. If he doesn’t want to be the NFL bad enough there are other players that can replace him who do.

the grade: C-

 

Phillip Adams #35

the good:

It was tough to find something Phillip Adams did well, but on one play I saw him take on a blocker and still tackle the running back.

the bad:

Most of the time when Phillip was in position to tackle he missed it, having 2 missed tackles in the game. On the long touchdown run he was in position to make a play or force the running back inside to help. Instead, he spun himself out of bounds and completely took himself out of the play. If it were up to me, I would have already cut him and brought someone else in.

the grade: F

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seahawks 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.

Seahawks Defensive Line Grades Regular Season Game 2011-3

Seahawks Defensive Line Grades

 

1) Chris Clemons (A)

Raheem Brock sacks Kevin Kolb and Kolb fumbles. 9/25/11 Photo by Brett Bivens

Last week A-

THE GOOD:

Chris was after Kevin Kolb all day. He had a couple quarterback pressures including one where he jumped up and deflected the ball. Clemons was also able to hit the quarterback a couple times and added a sack. On third and one he got into the backfield and tackled the running back 4 yards behind the line of scrimmage. He showed awareness not falling for the miss direction and holding the outside contain forcing the running back back inside.

THE BAD:

He had a couple missed tackles and couldn’t get off a block by the tight end.

2) Brandon Mebane and Red Bryant (A-)

Last week: Brandon B- and Red led the DL with a A

THE GOOD:

Brandon held strong at the point of attack throughout the game and was able to get a lot of penetration in the running game including recording a couple tackles for loss. Red showed his strength squeezing the running lane down and holding strong at the point of attack. He had a couple tackles for no gain and a quarterback pressure.

THE BAD:

Mebane had a missed tackle.

4) Alan Branch (B+)

Last week C+

THE GOOD:

Alan showed his strength fighting a double team and still breaking free to make the tackle. He was able to get penetration in the running game on multiple occasions. Branch was able to get pressure on the quarterback on one play.

THE BAD:

On one play he was pushed down field on a running play and he had a missed tackle on another.

5) Raheem Brock and Anthony Hargrove (B-)

Last week: Raheem and Anthony C+

THE GOOD:

Raheem held strong at the point of attack. He was able to get pressure on the quarterback including recording a sack with a forced fumble. Anthony had a couple quarterback pressures including one on the play when Marcus Trufant got his interception. He was also able to get penetration in the running game picking up a tackle for no gain.

THE BAD:

Brock got flagged for two offsides penalties and on one running play was pushed down the field. On special teams Hargrove missed a tackle on kick coverage.

Clinton McDonald with Kevin Kolb getting his helmet ripped off by Raheem Brock in the background. Photo by Brett Bivens

7) Clinton McDonald (C+)

Last week B+

THE GOOD:

He held up strong at the point of attack.

THE BAD:

Clinton doesn’t get a whole lot of playing time but is proving to be a solid rotational player.

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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2011 Seattle Seahawks: Expectations for Free Agency and the NFL Entry Draft

Originally posted on Bleacher Report on February 14, 2011
Written by Darin Pike

Pete Carroll inherited a difficult task when he returned to the NFL to become head coach and executive VP of football operations for the Seattle Seahawks. Make that two difficult tasks, actually.

Executive VP of Football Operations
He joined forces with John Schneider to overhaul depleted talent following several years of poor drafting and a rash of injury woes. They utilized aggressive roster moves before, during and after training camp to upgrade talent and trim some excess fat in player and salary ranks.

If not for the uncapped year, the 300 roster moves would not have been possible, and Seattle wouldn’t be in the situation it is now…able to continue a roster overhaul during the 2011 offseason.

Head Coach
The Seahawks were led by coaching legend Mike Holmgren for a decade. In one short year, it became evident what he meant to his former team. During the 2009 season, players and coaches were seldom on the same page. Jim Mora routinely questioned player performance in the public eye. Rather than take responsibility for his shortcomings, he passed blame to those under him.

The team needed a leader on the sidelines they could trust; that is exactly what they received with Carroll.

The return to the playoffs (and notching a win in front of the home crowd) was a solid first step. They have something to build on and significant salary room to do so.

Seahawk fans should have immense optimism heading into free agency and the draft, provided the NFL can get a labor agreement in place. Over the coming weeks I’ll be writing a series of articles on the following position groups, detailing what Seahawk fans should anticipate from their team.

Editor’s Note: Since published, the NFL has endured two extensions and no labor agreement.  Seattle will likely head into the NFL Draft without having the opportunity to solidify several key needs due to their Free Agents: Quarterback, Offensive Line, and Defensive Line.

 

Offensive Line: Let the Controversy Begin

I figured my initial piece should cover the issue that has plagued the Seahawks for the past four seasons. This article is mostly finished and should be hitting Bleacher Report on Tuesday. Editor’s Note: Article has already been published.

I’ll summarize the actions (or lack thereof) taken by former GM Tim Ruskell. I also offer some perspective on the direction a good GM would have gone and talk about what Seattle needs to do to blow open some running lanes and protect whomever happens to be parked under center for the 2011 season.

Spoiler alert: The solution does not involve a Round 1 draft pick for the offensive line. Fans and analysts have mocked Seattle using first and/or second-round picks to shore up line issues; I have a little different perspective that I believe will make the team better now and in the future.

Those of you envisioning a Mike Pouncey or Derek Sherrod being announced at pick 25 can get ready to tear my piece apart, but please keep an open mind until after you read what I have to say.

 

Quarterback: Is the Future Already Here?

I have to think that most fans that follow the Seattle Seahawks would answer this question, “Heck no”…or perhaps with a little more graphic modifier.

I believe Charlie Whitehurst does have a future in Seattle. That job is likely as a career backup, but an important role all the same. I’ll be looking one step down the depth chart and discussing Nate Davis and how he could figure into Seattle’s long-term QB plans.  Editor’s Note: Since publishing, Nate Davis has been released.

The next step must include some discussion on the NFL draft, versions 2011 and 2012.

As for the present…we have to figure that No. 8 is the best option the team has to win in 2011. I won’t do a complete rehash on why Kevin Kolb isn’t worth two first round picks, but I have begun some comments on what Seattle fans should expect in the short term. The labor discussions do play a role here, as they impact the team’s ability to implement a new signal caller.

Regardless of the direction Seattle takes, the QB position will likely be somewhat unsettled for the next few years. As Seattle upgrades talent on the offensive, anything that can be done to create stability under center will be critical.

 

Shutting Down Opposing Passing Attacks: Role of the DBs

I listed the quarterback quandary before our cornerback issues because the QB is the most important position on the field. However, Seattle has a very pressing need to address the CB and SS positions this offseason.

Steps have already been taken along this path with the addition of Brandon Browner from the CFL, but will that be enough?

Marcus Trufant has put together some very solid performances for the Seahawks. Pete Carroll looked forward to seeing the former Pro Bowl CB during the 2010 season, and at times he did. Slowed by injuries and pain, we also saw a man on the field that was frustrated with a body that didn’t respond as it once did.

Walter Thurmond most certainly figures into Seattle’s plans going forward. Kelly Jennings hasn’t endeared himself to the fanbase, but the same may not be true with the coaching staff. I’ll offer some additional comments on his performance and the backfield as a whole.

 

Shutting Down Opposing Passing Attacks: Generating a Consistent Pass Rush

One pleasant surprise for the Seahawks was Pete Carroll and Gus Bradley’s ability to scheme their way into a pass rush.

At times they frustrated opposing offensive linemen, QBs and offensive coordinators. The sack attack they threw out against the Chicago Bears early in the season was a prime example of generating suffocating pressure off the ends.

To be successful during the 2011 season, Seattle needs to also apply some pressure up the middle. The team as a whole logged a respectable 37 sacks, but a grand total of two came from the nose tackle positions. Two…as in one for Brandon Mebane and one for Colin Cole. While these two were solid against the run, they seemed to do little more than take up space and act as decoys on passing downs.

Seattle needs to re-sign Mebane and look to find a NT that can offer depth and be useful on passing downs. I’ll also discuss the rushing defense and what we can expect from the Seahawks to regain the early success from the 2010 season.

 

Linebackers: The Not-So-Pleasant Surprise of the 2011 Defense

When analysts were attempting to dissect the 2010 Seattle Seahawk defense during training camp, one group that seemed solid was the linebacker corps.

The promise of having Lofa Tatupu, Aaron Curry and Leroy Hill on the field together was inspiring. David Hawthorne provided a solid insurance policy, as he played very well when he had to replace Tatupu during the 2009 season.

Times have changed. The physical phenom in 59, Aaranimal, played with intensity but without focus. Tatupu played hurt most of the season, slowed by knee injuries. Hill…well, at least Seattle was able to renegotiate his contract so it didn’t cost them $5 million for him to sit out another year.

While Seattle seemed to struggle across the board in their passing defense, they were particularly susceptible to being burned by screens and short passes to RBs, along with giving up long gains to opposing tight ends. Some of that falls to the safety positions, but by and large the LB crew was not able to fill holes in pass defense.

Seattle needs to take a strong look at this group and find ways to upgrade talent or improve performance. Carroll has his guy coordinating the unit from the MLB position but won’t hesitate to pull the plug on Lofa if his injury issues aren’t resolved.

 

2011 Offensive Weapons: What to Expect from the RB, WR and TE Positions

Following the three aspects of the defense, I’ll wrap back around to the offensive side of the ball for a conversation on the skill positions. While Seattle lacks elite talent in these areas, they do have solid playmakers at every position.

Given distinct issues at other positions, I would not anticipate significant movement on draft weekend in these areas.

Now…I type that knowing full well it is impossible to predict what Pete Carroll will do or find on draft day. Should elite talent be unexpectedly available, you can be sure he won’t let the player slide past his grip.

I’ll look forward to comments and discussion on pending personnel moves as I release each individual article. I’ll particularly be interested in thoughts on the QB position, be it now or after that piece is published. I’m not overly comfortable with any of the first round QB prospects in this draft. I’ll just say there is a lot of potential there—potential for greatness and potential to bust. Big time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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