My story today takes a closer look at Seattle Seahawks defensive end Alan Branch, who has been everything the team had hoped for as a disruptive force inside at 3-tech defensive tackle.
Branch, who signed a two-year, $8 million deal to join Seattle in free agency this season after four years in Arizona, said the Seahawks’ defensive system is a perfect fit for his skill set.
“Really, this system just allows me to be aggressive, which is the way I like to play, so I’m loving it right now, honestly,” Branch said. “It’s probably the best fit I’ve played under for a while; being able to go out there and cause havoc in the backfield.”
Art Thiel of SportspressNW.com writes about Seattle as the overwhelming underdog heading to Pittsburgh, noting that fullback Michael Robinson’s sprained ankle shows how thin the team’s depth is at certain positions.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com provides this report from Thursday’s practice.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes about Pete Carroll trying to ready his players for playing in the Eastern time zone, where they have struggled.
Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated predicts that Seattle will not score a touchdown against Pittsburgh.
Pat McManamon of Fox Sports Ohio wonders if the window has closed on the aging Steelers.
Scott Brown of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review gets comments from Steelers players after former NFL player Warren Sapp declared the team “old, slow and it’s over.”
Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes the humbled Steelers are seeking redemption against Seattle.
Michael Wilbon of ESPN.com takes a closer look at how new league rules have handcuffed pass defense to the point where last week quarterbacks threw for more yards in Week 1(7,842) than in any other week in NFL history.