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Seahawks at Colts Preview

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 DSCN13931495 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.

DSCN8031This 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.

What to watch for? Seahawks second 4 game stretch of the season

Five things to watch

Before the season started, I would have been more than happy with a 2-2 record. Of course, I would have assumed the Seattle Seahawks beat the Cardinals and the Rams. Instead, Seattle lost those both of those games, but they did defeat the Cowboys and the Packers, at home.

No matter how you slice it, the Seahawks have a record of .500, and last place in the NFC West.  

Who would have thought the division, who had a 7-9 Seahawks team win it two years before, would become the best division in football.

Quarterback

So much has been made of the performance of Russell Wilsonthis week.  Yes, he is the starting quarterback, there is a certain amount of pressure that comes with the position.

Personally, I think the 12th man has been a little hard on the young man.  I am not going to waste everyone’s time by stating the reasons why I believe that in this piece, but if you haven’t seen my opinion, or would like a refresher, click the link to the “Player Spotlight” piece I wrote on Wilson this week.

With all that said, or not said, I do want to see some improvement from him during the next four games.

Seahawks Pete Carroll Head Coach What to watch for? Seahawks second 4 game stretch of the season

Pete Carroll is a very tough man to get a good read on.

Far too often, Russell Wilson is missing wide open receivers.  As most of you probably know, I was a proponent of letting him sit on the bench, behind Matt Flynn, for a year so that he could learn the pro game.

If he doesn’t start making more correct reads, I think that is exactly where he will end up.

Pete Carroll is a very tough man to get a good read on.  On a personal level, I like the guy, but I would never play poker with him.

Honestly, I think Pete is putting himself in position to switch quarterbacks at any time.

It will be interesting to see if Wilson will be able to move the offense well enough to remain the teams starter, or if Pete will decide that it is time to try to “Win with Flynn”.

Offensive Line

Seahawks player grades vs Broncos: Offensive line

Seahawks offensive line grades

 

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

 

Max Unger #60

Last week: A-

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

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

 

Breno Giacomini #68

Last week: C-

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

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

 

JR Sweezy #64

Last week: C+

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

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

 

Paul McQuistan #67

Last week: b+

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

the grade: B+

 

Russell Okung #76

Last week: b-

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

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

 

Rishaw Johnson #63

last week: B

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

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

 

Allen Barbre #78

last week: B-

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

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

 

Edawn Coughman #70

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

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

 

the grade: c-

 

Lemuel Jeanpierre #61

last week: A-

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

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

 

Alex Barron #73

Last week: D+

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

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

 

Duce Lutui #72

last week: D-

Is there something to be said for consistency?

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

Seahawks player grades vs Titans: Offensive line

Seahawks offensive line player grades

 

 

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

Max Unger #60

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

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

the grade: A

Lemuel Jeanpierre #61

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

THe grade: A-

Paul McQuistan #67

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

the grade: B+

 

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

Frank Omlyale #65

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

the grade: B

 

Rishaw Johnson #63

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

The Grade: B

 

Russell Okung #76

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

the grade: b-

 

Allen Barbre #78

Allen Barbre demonstrating the flying block. Photo by Brett Bivens

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

the grade: B-

 

JR Sweezy #64

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

THe Grade: C+

 

Paul Fanaika #66

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

The grade: C-

 

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

Breno Giacomini #68

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

the grade: C-

 

Alex Barron #73

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

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

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

The grade: D+

 

Duce Lutui #72

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

the grade: D-

 

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

Seahawks Offensive Line Grades Regular Season game 2011-10

Seahawks Player Grades

 

 

Offensive Line

1) Russell Okung (B)

Russell Okung blocking for Marshawn Lynch

Last week C+

THE GOOD:

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.

THE BAD:

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

THE GOOD:

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.

THE BAD:

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

THE GOOD:

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.

THE BAD:

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

THE GOOD:

It was a rough day for the usually reliable Gresham.

THE BAD:

He allowed a blocked punt and was called for holding.

6) Paul McQuiston (D-)

Last week C+

THE GOOD:

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.

THE BAD:

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 Offensive Line Grades Regular Season Game 2011-8

Seahawks Player Grades

 

 

Offensive Line

1) Max Unger (A)

Last week B-

THE GOOD:

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

THE BAD:

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

2) Robert Gallery (A-)

Last week B-

THE GOOD:

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

THE BAD:

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

3) Russell Okung and Paul McQuistan (C+)

Last week: Russell B- and Paul was not graded

THE GOOD:

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

THE BAD:

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

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

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

 

 

Seahawks Offensive Line Grades Regular Season Game 2011-8

Seahawks Player Grades

 

 

Offensive Line

1) Russell Okung, Robert Gallery and Max Unger (B-)

Robert Gallery blocks two Bengals on a Marshawn Lynch run.

Last week: Russell B, Robert F+ and Max C-

THE GOOD:

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.

THE BAD:

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-

THE GOOD:

John manhandled a defender and pushed him out of a running lane and had a nice backside cut block.

THE BAD:

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 Offensive Line Grades Regular Season Game 2011-7

Seahawks Player Grades

 

 

Offensive Line

1) Russell Okung (B)

Last week he led the line with a B-

THE GOOD:

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.

THE BAD:

Okung missed a cut block on a screen pass and had a false start.

2) Max Unger (C-)

Last week he was inactive due to injury.

THE GOOD:

He had a great block at the point of attack on Marshawn Lynch’s touchdown. Max did a solid job in pass protection.

THE BAD:

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+

THE GOOD:

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.

THE BAD:

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+

THE GOOD:

He did a nice job selling play action and had a great cut block that led to Marshawn Lynch’s touchdown.

THE BAD:

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

THE GOOD:

He is a rookie and there is pretty much no where to go but up after a performance like the one he had sunday.

THE BAD:

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 Grades Regular Season Game 2011-6

Seahawks Player Grades

 

 

Offensive Line

They all did a nice job selling the play action.

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

1) Russell Okung (B-)

Last week B-

THE GOOD:

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

THE BAD:

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

2) Robert Gallery and James Carpenter (C+)

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

THE GOOD:

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

THE BAD:

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

4) John Moffitt (C)

Last week B-

5) Lemuel Jeanpierre (F)

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

THE GOOD:

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

THE BAD:

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

Seahawks Offensive Line Grades Regular Season Game 2011-5

Seahawks Offensive Line Player Grades

 

1) Paul McQuinstan (B+)

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

He went from worst last week to first this week.

THE GOOD:

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

THE BAD:

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

2) Russell Okung and John Moffitt (B-)

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

THE GOOD:

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

THE BAD:

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

4) Lemuel Jeanpierre (C+)

Last week he did not receive a grade

THE GOOD:

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

THE BAD:

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

5) Max Unger (D)

Last week B

He had a vey inconsistent game.

THE GOOD:

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

THE BAD:

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

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

6) James Carpenter (F)

Last week B+

THE GOOD:

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

THE BAD:

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

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