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Morning links: Where’s the pressure?

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 12, 2011 at 8:07 am with 17 Comments »
November 12, 2011 11:40 am

The Seattle Seahawks only have 13 sacks at the midpoint of the season, tied third-worst in the league. While the Seattle has been stout against the run, one of things they give up in having a heavy front is generating consistent pressure on the passer.

Also, the Seahawks have not been ahead very much this season, so teams have not been forced to pass.

Carroll: “We should be getting two or three a game if we’re doing just average, so we’ve got to get to the quarterback more.

“We need to do all of the things – we need to pressure better and more effectively, we need our guys to rush, we’ve got to cover and hope they hold it more – so it’s a combination of things. We’ve got to get ahead in games too, so they’ll have to throw the ball more, and when we’re dictating situations that’ll help quite a bit.”

According to J.J. Cooper of Football Outsiders, Seahawks rookie tackle James Carpenter has given up six sacks so far this year, tied for fourth-most in the league.

ESPN’s Mike Sando reports that Seattle cornerback Brandon Browner is tied for second in the league with six defensive coverage penalties. Antonio Cromartie tops the list with seven.

Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. breaks down the Seattle-Baltimore game here. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this. Williamson says the Ravens have to be careful of a letdown after Baltimore’s big win over Pittsburgh last week. He likes the Ravens over Seattle 17-10.

Clare Farnsworth of reports that John Carlson was named Seahawks man of the year for his work in the community.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that the Seahawks will get a good look at at a talented Ravens’ defense, something they hope to become in the future.

Dave Wyman of ESPN 710 Seattle takes a closer look at some good predictors of winning teams – third down percentage, turnovers, sacks and penalties. Not surprisingly the Seattle Seahawks are at the bottom of the list for all of those.

Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports breaks down the Seattle-Baltimore game here.

Edward Lee of the Baltimore Sun writes that Seattle kicker Steven Hauschka has no extra motivation going up against the Ravens, who released him midway through his first season in Baltimore in 2009.

Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun provides five matchups to watch on Sunday.

Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times writes that even though he hasn’t broken out this season, the Ravens are still taking a cautious approach with Seattle kick returner Leon Washington.

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  1. Soggybuc says:

    Really enjoyed Kirwans breakdown, probably his best work of the year!

  2. Is there even going to be a top pass rusher in free agency or the draft this off-season? Clemons is a pretty solid pass rusher, but there’s practically no one around him who can threat the opposing QB, seems like Kam and Earl seem to be the only other players who can consistently get after the QB when they blitz. A good pass rusher has been a need for quite some time now, more or less as long as a QB has been, I hope that we’ll be able to fix that soon

  3. I would like to have someone that can push the middle of the line back into the QB.Is there one of them in the draft?

  4. HawkyHann says:

    Curious if others like Gus Bradley? Can we not do better?

    From Sando: The Seahawks’ last three opponents have converted 24 of 52 chances on third down. That percentage would rank 30th in the NFL if applied to this season as a whole.

    A look at his performance.

  5. Personally, I don’t have a beef with Bradley. Is he perfect? No. Is he a moron? No. I’m fine with him.

    If our defense added Ware and Suh, people would be talking about Bradley for one of the head coaching positions that are going to open up this off-season.

    It’s tough to get pressure when:

    1. You don’t anyone (aside from Clem) who can rush the passer.
    2. You’re hardly ever playing with a lead.

    It was kind of like Bates last year. Some of his playcalling drove me nuts (like those damn low percentage fades on 3rd/4th downs) but he had a hard time making chicken salad when he didn’t have any chicken. I don’t think any of us could have called the plays last year and gotten much yardage. The talent was simply that substandard to get anything done consistently.

  6. John Schnieder said on the radio that their focus in the draft and “offseason” was to build one of the lines. They obviously focused on the O-line. Adding Branch helped the D-line but they didn’t really attack it the way they would like IMO. When there are so many holes to fill you can’t fill them all I guess. Based on what Schneider said I would say it is very likely that they attack the D-line this offseason. I just hope they do it in addition to getting a good QB. Without that, nothing else is going to matter too much probably.

    I wonder how much the strength of the D-line prospects in this coming year’s draft played into their decision? Anyone know if this is a strong or weak class for d-linemen?

    Also I wonder if the longer time-line needed to develop an O-line unit vs. defensive line was a factor in focusing on the O-line first. Seems like an indivdual D-lineman can have perhaps a more immediate impact compared to O-line where the teamwork and communication has to develop with reps/experience.

  7. Soggybuc says:

    I think it has more to do with the fact that this D is on the field more than most. you give anyone enough attempts and they will complete some. overall our D has been fairly good for the last 2 years but it is hard to maintain when your on the field for 35 minutes a game with about 3 minutes of rest.

  8. freedom_X says:

    No, we can not do better than Bradley. As long as Pete Carroll is coach.

    The defense is Carroll’s concept and baby. Bradley is the implementor and hands-on guy. And I believe Bradley is probably doing as good a job as anyone to carry out the scheme.

    Carroll’s not bringing in Dick LeBeau, because that’s not his philosophy. He probably wouldn’t even bring in Monte Kiffin who is kind of a mentor.

    Finally, as BobbyK is saying – it’s also about talent. Does anyone thing Seattle has all this awesome defensive talent that’s just waiting to be unlocked?

    I think they’re getting huge mileage out of defensive talent that was considered meager (especially at the beginning of camp.) They’re taking no-names and mid-round picks and getting good play out them. That’s not a bad day’s work for anyone.

    Even the mighty Belichick is finding it hard to craft a defensive without talent. Shocking though it may be – their defensive draft record in the last 5 years is scarcely better than Seattle’s, and their D is the tank because of it.

  9. When Carroll plays a large run stuffer like Red Bryant at the End position, it implies he feels stopping the run is more important than stopping the pass. Add in Branch and Mebane and it just about becomes redundant. How can you have any type of consistent pass rush with 3 run stoppers? If they bring in this mythical pass rusher next year, which position does he take?

    It could be more effective if Brock was a better situational pass rusher this year, but he’s been invisible.

  10. boucherm says:

    Yeah, playing Red is a trade-off and seems to show either the coaching staff’s priority is stopping the run or that they’re making the best chicken salad with the ingredients they have now. I see him as a really high quality 3-4 end, which is basically the job he does now.

    As others are mentioning, playing ahead is huge for the pass rush, not just in allowing more opportunities, but better knowing when those opportunities are there, the typical “pin your ears back” situation. Indianapolis is a great example of this, as even the best pass rush duo in the league isn’t being very effective when always playing from behind.

  11. I don’t think we’re looking to replace a guy like Red, but there’s no question he is a guy you want on the sidelines in a 3rd and long.

    The way I look at it, you have to stop the run. We can do that. However, we only have four players (our starters) who are worth anything. The depth is bad.

    We need an outside pass rusher, no question. But we need to add him to go with Clem/Red (not to replace either), as stated about our depth being bad. Clem isn’t a spring chicken and, again, Red needs a breather especially when it’s time to rush the passer.

    We also need a traditional 3-tech defensive lineman who can rush the passer. Again, we don’t need to replace Branch, we simply need another quality player who can do something (get pressure) that we’re not getting enough of right now. Even if we do use a 1st round pick on a 3-tech who can rush the passer, it’s not like he’s worthless if he isn’t starting. He’d still probably play almost as much (or more) as Branch (provided he’s not a bust) and Bane just b/c of how defensive players need to rotate to stay fresh. In reality, you really need to be 3-deep at end and tackle (and I know there are different responsibilities each each of those four positions) and we are not 3-deep with that many quality options. We’re 2-deep with our starters, but as many have said, the depth is pretty bad. Things would get prett ugly if any of our starters got hurt and had to miss significant time.

  12. I used to think stopping the run for any defense was priority one, but that was before the NFL turned into the National Fantasy Football League.

  13. HawkyHann says:

    OK, so sounds like most are comfortable with Bradley. I get frustrated with the lack of blitzes and inability to get off the field on 3rd downs. However, we do lack talent.

    I know people are high on KJ, and would like to see him have an impact on the game tomorrow. No big plays stick out to me.

    Run Marshawn tomorrow. Come on Oline…improve. Go Seahawks.

  14. First need is a true 3-tech DT. Branch is decent DT, but doesn’t have the inside moves to be what we need. In my opinion, the real real they signed Branch is to have an adequate backup for Red Bryant. When Red went down injured last year, Carroll’s D line scheme was toast. But Branch is not really a classic 3-tech, as those guys are a rare breed.

    Second need is an OLB who can rush the passer. In Carroll’s scheme, the WLB should be getting more sacks.

    Upgrade those two positions and keep Clemons healthy, then they can send Earl Thomas on a blitz now and then and we’ll have plenty of pass rush. This D isn’t too far from putting it together.

  15. As for complaints about Gus Bradley, both his starting CBs were injured, and the two current starters are both rookies to the NFL. Given that, what is Gus supposed to do to stop opponents on third down, bring a gun to the game and shoot at the other team’s wideouts?

    There aren’t many questions about this team that can’t be answered with “they’re young and will need time to grow up and learn the game.”

  16. agzactly says:

    True that Stevos,there is nothing like getting beat to teach anyone valuable lesson. Hopefully they can use that lesson to play better.

  17. HawkyHann says:

    Our corners are fine. I’m glad to see Sherman starting. I’ve been over Trufant since 2007 and never liked Walter.

    We are suspect covering TEs and RBs. Misdirection plays kill us. Remember the Cleveland game. They outsmarted us on third downs throwing to some backup RB scrub. We’ll see those same plays today vs Ray Rice.

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