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Keep up to date with Northwest Pro Sports’ 2015 NFL free agent tracker by Brett Bivens.
What a crazy start to the start of the 2015 NFL League year
Big names like Ndamukong Suh (MIA) and Byron Maxwell (PHI) got the big pay days that we had heard about all weekend. Suh’s 6 year $114 million dollar contract includes $60 millions guaranteed. That will give him the largest contract a defensive player has every received once he actually signs the deal. Apparently crime does pay.
The bigger news of the day was two block buster trades that happened about 5 minutes apart from one another.
First, The Seahawks sent their first round pick (31st overall) and center Max Unger to the Saints in exchange for their 4th round pick (13th of the round) and tight end Jimmy Graham. Neither Unger nor Graham had much to say after the trade as I’m sure it came as a shock to both.
Shortly after that trade the Rams and Eagles swapped starting quarterbacks. The Rams sent oft-injured Sam Bradford and their 2015 5th rd pick to Philedalphia in exchange for Nick Foles, the Eagles 2015 5th rd and 2016 2nd round selections.
Day two of free agency has gotten off to a fast start with the Chiefs signing WR Jeremy Maclin (Eagles). The Eagles signed RB Ryan Matthews (SD) after losing out on Frank Gore (IND) after all signs pointed to Gore becoming and Eagle over the weekend.
There are a lot of free agents left on the market who look to make a big impact for any team willing to do what it takes to sign them.
Some are ready to sign, while others have their head in the clouds as far as compensation is concerned. They will need to digest their true market value before they are willing to sign for less then they thought. Sometimes agents blowing smoke up a player’s…well you know…actually hurts them during this process.
Keep up to date with this draft tracker. You can search by player, position and team. For teams search use SEA for Seattle or NE for the Patriots.
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And keys to the game
By Carl Hoglin
The Seattle Seahawks travel east to face the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday in a matchup between two sophomore Quarterbacks. Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck have both made huge strides for their respectable teams and will continue to do so after Sundays game.
This will be the first matchup between the two since they came into the league last year in different rounds. Andrew Luck was taken #1 overall by the Colts last year, where Russell Wilson was taken #75 overall.
Nevertheless, a football game isn’t decided by what rounds their Quarterbacks are taken.
Both teams have had a great September start, with the Seahawks going 4-0, and the Colts sitting at 3-1. These two teams have played against each other 10 times before, with Sundays matchup being number 11. Seattle has won the matchup between these two teams only 4 times.
The last time these two teams met was in 2009, well before both Quarterbacks were drafted. Since 2009, both of these teams have vastly changed. Seneca Wallace and Peyton Manning are no longer running the shows.
Both Offenses are strikingly similar in stats. Russell Wilson is 59/96(61.5%) for 787 yards with 6 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Andrew Luck is 81/127(63.8%) for 915 yards with 5 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Wilson has been sacked 13 times for a loss of 84 yards. Luck has been sacked 10 times for a loss of 59 yards.
The Seahawks have managed to total up 1409 offensive yards(577 rushing, 832 passing). The Colts have put up 1495 total yards(601 rushing, 894 passing). Both teams have put up 12 touchdowns. Seattle is managing 27.2 points a game, good enough for 6th in the league. Indianapolis is pushing 26.2 which puts them at 9th in the league.
Defense has been a focal point for both of these teams. Seattle is only allowing 11.8 points per game(2nd), while Indianapolis is allowing 12.8(9th). Seattle boasts the Legion of Boom, which has accounted for 6 of the teams 7 interceptions. Indianapolis has managed to intercept opposing Quarterbacks 6 different times themselves. Indianapolis has registered 13 different sacks, Seattle has only put up 11. Indianapolis has forced three different fumbles, whereas Seattle has managed to force 6.
These two teams have played two of the same teams. We can use them as a slight comparison.
Both teams have played San Francisco and Jacksonville.
The Seahawks trounced the 49ers(in Seattle) 29-3, while the Colts went to Candlestick and dismantled the 49ers 27-7. The Seahawks also bludgeoned the Jaguars(in Seattle) 45-17, whereas the Colts went into EverBank Field and took care of the Jaguars 37-3. In the two weeks the Seahawks outscored the two 74-20, while the Colts outscored the two by 64-10.
Going into Lucas Oil Stadium with a unbeaten record, Seattle has to be on their game. Indianapolis’ only loss came at home to the Miami Dolphins.
If the Seahawks are wanting to leave with a win, they have to be fully prepared.
Russell Wilson will have to be himself, calm under pressure and precise. Facing the looks of Cory Redding, Aubrayo Franklin, and Fifi Moala, Wilson will have to make quick reads.
The Colts defense is allowing 200 yards passing a game. Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin, and Sidney Rice all need to create separation and get open. Greg Toler, Vontae Davis, Antoine Bethea, and Sergio Brown all will be keeping close tabs on them.
Marshawn Lynch needs another big game. Colts’ defense is allowing 100 yards rushing a game. Lynch needs to get all of that himself to wear them down. The offense cannot go three and out repeatedly and expect to win.
Richard Sherman and the rest of the Legion of Boom need to pressure Reggie Wayne, Darrius Heyward-Bey, and Dwayne Allen. The defense has to put a stop to the offensive power that the Colts possess. Sherman, Chancellor, and Thomas all have two picks each, and need to nab atleast two more. Maybe Brandon Browner will get two this week to catch up with the rest of the LOB. The Seahawks have held opposing offenses to 300.2 yards a game, and this game needs to be less. If Andrew Luck gets on a streak like Matt Schaub did last game it will put more pressure on the offense to put up more points. The defense gets Bruce Irvin back this week, after serving a 4 game suspension for PED use. Irvin may be a little rusty because of the loss in action.
Although the injury report is rather vague at this point, both teams have a few key players either questionable or probable for Sunday. Injuries at certain positions can debilitate a team if they don’t have capable backup.
Breno Giacomini is questionable, and Russell Okung is out, that leaves Seattle with two backup tackles. Max Under(center) is also listed as questionable at this point. Without those three key players, Seattle is missing 3 offensive linemen for the second game in a row.
Colts’ Ahmed Bradshaw and LaRon Landry are both listed as questionable for this game as well.
While the focus is on these two sophomore quarterbacks and how exactly they will perform, there will be a game going on. Russell Wilson, and Andrew Luck cannot be on the field 100% of the plays.
This war between two teams should be brutal, both teams want to extend their winning records. Neither team is going to just roll over and allow the other to steamroll to a win. When the game clock rolls down to 0, the winning quarterback will be crowned like the rest of the game didn’t matter. The Seahawks went into Houston, and played a great team, now they have to go into Indianapolis and face a better team. Indianapolis faced a good defense when they faced the 49ers, but they haven’t faced the caliber that the Seahawks possess.
A defensive battle
Written by: Carl Hoglin
This Sunday, the 3-0 Seattle Seahawks roll into Houston to battle the 2-1 Texans.
Two unrelenting defenses taking it out on opposing offenses, which one will stand the beating? Which team has enough depth to outlast the struggle that will ensue on Sunday? Will Seattle remain undefeated, or will Houston add another notch to the win column?
Houston and Seattle have only played twice after the Oilers left and the Texans were formed. Each team has managed to best the other on their home fields respectively. Seattle trounced Houston 42-10 in a 2005 meeting between the teams. Houston bludgeoned Seattle 34-7 in the latest meeting in 2009.
The last meeting in 2009 featured some of the key players that Houston has managed to build a team around. The only players still playing for the Seahawks since then are: Brandon Mebane, Max Unger, Red Bryant, and Jon Ryan.
This will be a huge struggle between two powerhouse defenses. In three games for both defenses, Seattle ranks first in yards per game, while Houston ranks second. The Seahawks have managed to only surrender 27 total points on defense, while 17 of those came while the second team was on the field versus Jacksonville. Seattle gave up 7 points to Carolina, and 3 points to San Francisco.
Houston has given up 82 points. 28 to San Diego, 24 to Tennessee, and 30 to Baltimore.
Seattle is allowing only 146.7 passing yards per game (1st), while Houston is allowing 157.7 (2nd). Houston is averaging only 91.3 rushing yards on defense (9th), whereas Seattle is allowing 95 (12th). Both Seattle and Houston have managed to pile up 8 sacks already this season. Seattle has managed to pick off opposing QB’s 5 different times, while Houston has only managed 1 pick so far this season.
Both Seattle and Houston will have problems moving the ball against these stout defenses.
Leading their respective offenses, Russell Wilson, and Matt Schaub will have to both be on their games in order to succeed. Wilson is 47/73 for 664 yards with 6 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Schaub is 85/128 for 838 yards with 6 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Both teams have amazing backs in Marshawn Lynch and Arian Foster. Lynch has rumbled 210 yards on 62 carries, and Foster has steamrolled 190 yards on 49 carries.
Seattle is managing 28.7 points per game putting up an average of 379 yards per game (247 passing, 132 rushing). Houston is averaging 388 yards per game(259 passing, 128 rushing).
Both teams have outstanding receivers, the Texans in Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins, while the Seahawks have Sidney Rice and Golden Tate.
Any one of these players, on any given Sunday, can make or break a game.
Gary Kubiak and Pete Carroll have built highly respectable teams.
- Time managing Quarterbacks with powerhouses at Running Back.
- Big sure-handed receivers that can fly down the field.
- Complete total offenses that can light up any defense not full in tune.
- Strong, unrelenting defenses that can play lights out against any offense, any given game.
Either side of the ball for either team can take control and tilt the tables for their respected team. This game will boil down to who was better on the field, who wins each battle will win the final battle.
Are Houston’s receivers bigger than Seattle’s cornerbacks? Can Seattle’s defensive line hold Arian Foster? Can Russell Wilson escape JJ Watt and his teammates on the defense?
Seahawks offensive line grades
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.
- 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.
- Max was pushed into the face of Matt Flynn and gave up a sack.
the grade: A+
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Pass protection, at times he is a complete wall at left tackle.
- Pancake while run blocking.
- 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.
- Good job holding the pocket.
- Getting push in the running game.
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
- He isn’t expected to make the roster.
- 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.
- Held the pocket strong.
- 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.
- 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.
- His play on the field.
the grade: D-
Duce Lutui #72
last week: D-
Is there something to be said for consistency?
- He plays nasty football.
- He plays nasty bad football.
the grade: d-
Seahawks offensive line player grades
Max Unger #60
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 #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
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 #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
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 Player Grades
1) Russell Okung (B)
Last week C+
Russell was solid in the passing game and running game all day. He several nice blocks including a cut block and blocking own the field.
He did lose one of his run blocks and was called for unnecessary roughness for hitting a guy while he was on a pile. Personally I love the nasty attitude and can’t be too hard on him for it.
2) Robert Gallery and Max Unger (B-)
Last week: Robert A- and Max led the line with an A
Gallery had several nice blocks including a cut block on a screen pass and a couple pancakes. He showed athleticism blocking downfield and they both had nice blocks on the 20 yard Justin Forsett touchdown. Unger did a nice job getting to the second level and had a couple pancake blocks.
Unfortunately Robert also struggled on several play. He was unable to seal the lane a couple times, was pushed into the backfield on one play and on one play him and Max Unger were doubling a defender and they couldn’t block him. He also lost a block in the passing game that led to a quarterback pressure and a false start. Max was unable to get outside to block for a screen pass on one play and struggled a little in the running game losing a few of his blocks including a play that led to a tackle for a loss.
4) Breno Giacomini (C+)
He is new to the line up this week replacing James Carpenter
He had several really good blocks in the running game getting push at the line, sealing lanes and picking up a pancake. He also had a big block to spring Justin Forsett on his touchdown.
He missed a cut block and struggled in the passing game giving up a couple quarterback pressures including one on the second interception. He also got the quarterback hit and gave up a sack.
5) Clint Gresham (D+)
Last week C
It was a rough day for the usually reliable Gresham.
He allowed a blocked punt and was called for holding.
6) Paul McQuiston (D-)
Last week C+
He had a pancake block and did a nice job sealing a running lane. He has a couple nice run blocks and a couple pass blocks including one where he showed a lot of awareness when McQuistan lost his pass block and he went over to help him to avoid the sack.
Paul was unable to seal 3 running lanes, lost his run block on several occasions and was pushed into the backfield. He had a bogus false start penalty where he was reacting to the pass rusher jumping the snap but he also was called for a legitimate false start and a hold.
Seahawks Player Grades
Last week B-
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.
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-
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.
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
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.
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 Player Grades
1) Russell Okung, Robert Gallery and Max Unger (B-)
Last week: Russell B, Robert F+ and Max C-
Okung had some solid blocks in the running game including getting to the second level. He also did a solid job protecting Jackson’s blind side all day. Gallery did a nice job sealing running lanes. On one running play he pushed the defender 8 yards down the field and on one of Marshawn Lynch’s big runs he had a nice block at the second level. He bought Tarvaris Jackson extra time with a nice cut block to stop the backside pursuit as Jackson scrambled on one play. Unger made some outstanding blocks in the running games including a key block that sprung Lynch on a big run. He also showed his athleticism on a play where Gallery fell down and he dove over him to block Demarcus Ware and avoid the sack.
Russell fell down on a run block and missed two blocks in the running game that led to tackles for a loss. Robert had trouble staying on his feet. He was knocked down from a bull rush by Ware on a pass block and he was also knocked down twice while run blocking including one time when he pulled the defender down with him and was called for the hold. Speaking of penalties, he was also called for a false start that killed a drive. Gallery was unable to get out to a pass block on one of Jackson interceptions and it led to a quarterback hit. Max was inconsistent run blocking and at times was pushed around. He also missed a pass block that led to a quarterback hit.
4) James Carpenter (C)
Last week D
5) John Moffitt (D)
Last week he got the worst possible grade F-
John manhandled a defender and pushed him out of a running lane and had a nice backside cut block.
He struggled blocking in both the running and passing game. He was called for a holding penalty, got the quarterback hit on an interception and he gave up a sack.
6) Clint Gresham D+
Usually I don’t have a grade for the long snapper but because he made no effort to block on the field goal where the guy jumped over him I figured he deserved to be called out.
Seahawks Player Grades
1) Russell Okung (B)
Last week he led the line with a B-
Russell was able to get good push in the running game and had a couple nice run blocks. He had a solid game in pass protection.
Okung missed a cut block on a screen pass and had a false start.
Last week he was inactive due to injury.
He had a great block at the point of attack on Marshawn Lynch’s touchdown. Max did a solid job in pass protection.
He struggled a little in the running game. He had a missed block at the 2nd level, got no push at the point of attack a couple times and was unable to hold his block at times.
3) James Carpenter (D)
Last week C+
James had a pretty decent game while run blocking. He had a pancake block, a nice block at the 2nd level and a nice cut block.
He struggled in pass protection allowing a sack on a missed cut block, three quarterback pressures and a quarterback hit. He also had a false start penalty.
4) Robert Gallery (F+)
Last week C+
He did a nice job selling play action and had a great cut block that led to Marshawn Lynch’s touchdown.
Gallery missed a few blocks in the running game including a couple key blocks. The first was on the last play of the first half when he ran rights past a free defender to go double up another defender who was being blocked well and already in the end zone. The defender he ran past was free to tackle Lynch short of the goal line. The second was on 3rd and 1 in the fourth quarter when he missed his block and it led to a tackle for a loss. He didn’t see a pass rusher on one play which led to the quarterback being sacked and got beat a couple times that led to the quarterback being hit.
5) John Moffitt (F-)
Last week C
He is a rookie and there is pretty much no where to go but up after a performance like the one he had sunday.
John gave up a sack, allowed three quarterback pressures and a quarterback hit. He wasn’t much better in the running game missing a cut block, not being able to seal the running game and at one point being thrown to the ground by the defender. Oh, and he had a false start to top off his day.
Seahawks Offensive Line Player Grades
1) Paul McQuinstan (B+)
He went from worst last week to first this week.
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.
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-
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
6) James Carpenter (F)
Last week B+
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.
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.