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Seahawks DC Gus Bradley on taking on New England’s Tom Brady and no-huddle offense: “Let’s go.”

Post by Eric Williams on Oct. 11, 2012 at 5:05 pm with 19 Comments »
October 11, 2012 5:29 pm

You don’t have to look far to understand where Seattle’s confident, brash nature on defense originates from.

All you have to do is spend five minutes talking to Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley – the leader of the NFL’s No. 1-ranked defense heading to this weekend’s slate of games.

The charismatic Bradley said that while his unit understands that the Patriots have good players and a good scheme on offense, his defense will mold what they do to handle New England’s up-tempo style ofplay.

“We’ve kind of built a personality, a philosophy,” Bradley said. “And I think it’s important that each team we play, we really stay within that philosophy.

“Carolina was a classic example. Here we’re seeing speed option, and we still played our defense. We adjusted it somewhat, but we’re very cautious not to get away from who we were. And we want to play fast, and make sure everyone knows what we’re doing and communicate. And that’s really the same approach we’re going with in this game.

“So I think it’s going to really be a situation where, ‘You know what we’re doing. And we know what we’re doing – you’re going to check at the line of scrimmage – now let’s go.’”

Bradley understands that his unit might not be able to substitute as much with New England running the no-huddle offense, so it will be important that defensive lineman like Brandon Mebane, Alan Branch and Red Bryant are in good enough condition to play at a high level for an extended series if they get stuck on the field in Seattle’s base scheme defensively.

“I think we’ll see it right away in the first series or the second series,” Bradley said. “I mean they’ve had a lot of 12, 13 and 14-play drives. So within those series, maybe if there’s a deep incompletion or something like that, there’s going to be times like that that we have to be on it on the sidelines and make sure we get our rotations in.”

Bradley went on to say the play of cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner will be important once again, because they will be challenged with the amount of single safety the Seahawks play, putting pressure on the duo to cover on the perimeter.

“Our guys have a great mindset going into it,” Bradley said. “They love the challenge, just like they did last week, and the Green Bay week. And they’re saying, ‘Let’s go.’

“It’s not going to change who we are. And we understand the difficulties of it. And if it’s more difficult, we’ll adjust.”

On the injury front for Seattle, center Max Unger (hip), and defensive linemen Clinton McDonald (groin) and Jaye Howard (foot) did not practice for a second straight day.

Offensive guard John Moffitt (knee) remains out, and running back Marshawn Lynch (back) was a full participant today.

For New England, quarterback Tom Brady, a limited participant on Wednesday with a right shoulder issue, was not on today’s injury report. And receiver Julian Edelman, who did not practice on Wednesday because of a hand injury, was a limited participant today.

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  1. Eric, what’s the story with Unger? Is it maintenance or is this something that will keep him out of this weeks game? As far as the defense goes I hope it rains hard and we hit Brady hard as well.

  2. bird_spit says:

    Lets hope they ruin Brady’s day, starting early in the first Q. Then let the 12th man loose…let it rain, let it rain. Got to like the swagger on D. I just wish our passing game had the same swagger.

  3. GeorgiaHawk says:

    It’s time for Earl Thomas to have a career day!

  4. Dukeshire says:

    Well, they will be able to substitute as often as NE. Defenses are allowed time to sub if the offense does. At issue is the fact NE can run so many plays and formations with the same personnel. Without substitution. That is where Seattle’s defense will be tested regarding stamina.

    This game will tell us what kind of defense they have: beat up on poor offenses (or offenses playing poorly), or truly one of, or the, leagues best. Can’t wait…

  5. freedom_X says:

    Seattle’s personnel would seem to be capable of matching up with any given offensive unit, with the exception of end. If Irvin is needed to counter a pass heavy attack, can he adjust if NE switches to lots of running plays his way in their base personnel? How about Red Bryant, if NE switches tack and throws a lot?

    I remember Seattle running right at Jason Babin last year when they played the Eagles, and watching Babin get blown off the line by McCoy and the other TE’s Seattle sent his way when Seattle ran all over the Eagles. Can Irvin hold up more respectably than that, if they need his pass rush?

  6. GeorgiaHawk says:

    “Long as I remember Brady’s been comin’ down”
    “Lot’s of passing yardage’ confusion on the ground.”
    “Good D- backs through the ages tryin’ to stop this one.”
    “And I wonder still I wonder who’ll stop the Brady?”

    “Now we have a defense with three Pro Bowl backs or more”
    “Caught up in the fable I watched the tower grow”
    “Three year plans and new deals wrapped in golden chains.”
    “And I wonder still I wonder who’ll stop the Brady.”

    “Heard the 12th man saying’, how we cheered for more.”
    “The crowd had rushed together to see Irvin do some harm.”
    “And the rain kept pourin’, and the 12th man on my ears”
    “Now I know that, sure I know that Irvin will stop Brady”

  7. You know Brady is going to force some throws into coverage & Im thinking a couple picks are more than likely. After Earl dropped that one last week, nothing would make me happier than him taking one to the house!! #12thMan

  8. confucious says:

    Our offense needs to control the ball for our defense to succeed. Otherwise as Duke alluded, The d is going to get gassed. If there were ever a game where the hawks needed balance I would say that this is the one.

  9. Dukeshire says:

    Yes, hard and fast up front on d line, and control the clock on offense. Otherwise, likely a long day.

    Brady has one pick all season, why would multiple be likely Sunday? It might happen, but he’s not careless with the ball.

  10. JazBadAzz says:

    I’m worried about Brandon Llyod more than anyone else the patriots have….poor Browner was abused when he was with the rams last year, and now he has brady…oh boy!

    But Browner is a lot better, and with Kam being able to play the run as good as many LB’s, I’m not worried if they try to run out of a pass formation…keep that in mind if Irvine is on the field during a no huddle pats series!

  11. confucious says:

    Not at all. In fact what I think seperates Brady is his exceptional vision of the field. He has the ability to decode coverages and process checkdowns very quickly. Assignment correct defense will be important to cause Brady to hold the ball longer and create time for the pass rush to rattle him. He may be good but he HATES to get hit.

  12. princeaden says:

    Bradys savvy under duress and Welkers quickness and change of direction are what scare me the most. I think more than anything we don’t need to necessarily sack Brady 8 times as much as pressure, harass and hit him consistently.

  13. bird_spit says:

    It is time for big red to get his sacks. It’s time for big red to take over the game. I think it has been a challenge he has looked forward to, and on Sunday he will fulfill it. Book it..

  14. Sparky12 says:

    Now that our defense is number one, and likely to at least stay in the top five, I fear we will loose Gus Bradley as someone will offer him a head coach position. As much as I do like Pete Carroll, I would want the Seahawks to offer Gus the head job here and send Pete down the road. This guy is a truly great coach!

  15. Hey spark just alittle info for ya- this defense is carols not bradleys in all reality Gus is really assistant d cordinator.carol is a defensive coach who created this D.

  16. Hey spark big game 2 days it’s goin to be crazy!

  17. PugetHawk says:

    Hawks defense will make Brady throw some incompletions, whether they be intentional throw-aways or just well defended balls, and that will stop the clock and allow for substitutions. Mix in the 12th Man with all morning to get fueled up and its a pretty stiff combination even for a Hall-of-Famer like Tom Brady.

  18. Sparky12 says:

    JIRISH: I see your point, and yes, Pete & John got most of the guys that make our current defense. An yes, Pete made this defensive group, but Gus is the one who makes it tick, and has these guys playing to their current level. Pete is a great rah-rah, keep it up-beat coach, but Gus is the game planner and the guy who these players respond to. Pete has mentioned more than once that Gus has had a great game plan for these guys. Am I wrong here guys?

    So if push came to shove, I still believe Gus has more upside in his future than Pete. I just like his style. And don’t get me wrong, I like PC a bunch.

  19. TAXEXPERT says:

    Two words to insure victory. PASS RUSH

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