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3rd down ‘D’ focal point, says Bradley; Baldwin full go

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 1, 2012 at 4:24 pm with 8 Comments »
November 1, 2012 4:25 pm

Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said his defensive unit has been focusing this week on improving on third down situations in practice after his team’s struggles against Detroit.

According to Bradley, the defense worked specifically on third down situations for two sessions at practice for the second straight day, along with this morning’s walkthrough.

“So much of it is execution,” Bradley said. “Paying attention to details. If we win half the ones we lost, it could have been a different outcome in the game. So our guys know it, and I think it hit them harder than anybody.”

Bradley said the play that stung the most was when Seattle was up 17-7 in the second quarter, and on 3rd and 11 from midfield Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor got beat for a 46-yard touchdown by Titus Young, putting the Lions back in the game.

“We’re playing a coverage, a route that we’ve seen before, and we just got a little bit lax,” Bradley said. “The play got extended, and they got behind us.

“I think that’s one thing we pride ourselves on is explosive plays. You really haven’t seen that we’ve gotten beat on the deep ball, and then for a play like that where we were expecting it was just disappointing.”

Bradley seemed to indicate that defensively they’ve been okay at the beginning of the play, but once the play is extended guys have failed to adjust. He said that the Seahawks will look to play tighter coverage (man principles) a little more in those situations, but that’s also something they tried against Detroit in the final drive last week.

“At times it’s difficult when they spread us out,” Bradley said. “They get to empty – five wides (receivers) – and they’re out there doing the quick game. So I think it just comes back to us playing tighter coverage.”

Considered a long shot to play this weekend by Seattle head coach Pete Carroll on Monday, receiver Doug Baldwin was a full participant in practice today.

Baldwin missed last week’s game at Detroit with a high-ankle sprain. Offensive guard John Moffitt (knee) also was a full participant today, along with running back Marshawn Lynch (back).

Receiver Braylon Edwards (knee) and defensive tackle Jason Jones (ankle) missed a second straight day of practice, and rookie defensive lineman Greg Scruggs (oblique) was added to the injury report today, and did not practice.

Cornerback Byron Maxwell (hamstring) was a limited participant for a second straight day.

For Minnesota, tight end John Carlson (conussion) and receiver Percy Harvin (hamstring/non-injury related) did not practice.

Safety Mistral Raymond (ankle), cornerback Antoine Winfield (knee) and running back Adrian Peterson (ankle) were limited participants.

And defensive tackle Fred Evans (knee), defensive tackle Letroy Guion (ribs), linebacker Erin Henderson (elbow), punter Chris Kluwe (knee) and quarterback Christian Ponder (knee) were full participants.

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  1. rgbuckl says:

    Sweet! Although I’m excited to see how Kearse will do, how great would it be to have Baldwin back at full speed? I am also jazzed about Kearse after hearing that he’s been doing so well against our starting D. (Hopefully that wasn’t just on 3rd down situations!) ;-)

  2. sluggo42 says:

    My thoughts exactly Sweet. Baldwins High ankle sprain sounds more like a high anxiety sprain!

    Well as I predicted (probably the only person on the planet) that the 3rd down “D” would get the lions share of attention, and we shall see what they did.

    With RW’s emerging as a serious threat in the passing game, we will certainly have a lot of points going on the board this week, and if we can get the ball back into our hands, we can also tilt the TOP into our favor now.

    Definately looking forward to this weeks game, on both sides of the ball!


  3. Dukeshire says:

    Execution. To a degree, but I really believe much of the 3rd and long issues relate to scheme. Let’s mix it up a bit, please. Man. Or zone blitz.

  4. princeaden says:

    I will choose the “like” button on Duke’s comment..

  5. bbnate420 says:

    I like the news about Baldwin, but it’s all about how he responds to the work on Friday. If Baldwin plays, there’s much less need for Edwards.

  6. Duke is 100% correct. The fact the other team’s quarterback has all day to let a play develop is more of a problem than players adjusting once the play get extended.

    Let’s see some designed delayed blitz, stunts, something other than rushing straight ahead man on man.

  7. bbnate420 says:

    I’m not an expert on scheme by any means, but I agree that we need more pressure on 3rd down. No matter how good the coverage is, not that our underneath coverage is that great, receivers will get open given enough time. I’m all for taking some more chances. Of course, if it backfires I reserve the right to change course. That’s what’s nice about not having any responsibility! ;-)

  8. mojjonation says:

    Saying that Seattle is predictable on third down and long situations may be oversimplifying. While the lack of pass rush on third down is cause for concern, blitzing is only part of the answer also. Getting the proper blitz is crucial. Pittsburgh and Philly blitz so much you could call them predictable in that they send extra guys after the QB more than most teams. The difference is that you don’t know where it is coming from. Sending your safety from the right side and running into the left tackle every time is not a blitz. It’s a recipe for failure.

    Baldwin is back. Hopefully he can be a key contributor on all downs but make third his bread and butter.

    There is nothing new to say about what Kearse has and hasn’t done in college. All I can say is I hope he pans out and brings something to the table.

    Would this team ever think of throwing to set up the run? I know it’s not PC’s way of doing things, but you gotta switch it up to give opposing defenses something new to look at.

    How about letting the opposing offense get into say 3rd and 5 or 3rd and 4? Maybe keeping the extra receivers off the field and letting Seattle stay in their base defense would help. Great in theory. Terrible in possibility.

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