Hey all, last night I wrapped up the offense, so today let's tackle the defense. First off, some overall observations:
- The defensive line looks fantastic, though I am worried thats largely in comparison to the not-so-great looking offensive line.
- The only main cog I didn't see blitz yesterday was Deon Grant. The defense is so very different from last year. Bradley is not afraid to send any one player; he trusts the scheme and trusts the players to hold their assignments. On one play, Hill came up showing blitz, ran between the tackles to pick up the RB and opened the way for Tatupu coming right on his heels, forcing a quick throw to Morrah (who dropped it with LoJack in coverage). It looked like a running play.
- The secondary remains a bit suspect. That is to be expected without the best member (Trufant) out there, but its still noteworthy.
- Every member of our defense moves around a bit, there is just a ton of motion. We haven't seen that in years past. A few times the tackles swapped spots right before the snap, and at least twice Kerney moved inside basically as a LB in the 3-3 defense. Mebane was an end! Just a lot of looks we've never seen these guys doing.
I went to tonight's training camp at Husky Stadium and again had a pretty good time. A lot of things jumped out at me, so I won't waste time.This post will focus on the offense; I'll get a post on the defense up tomorrow morning (it's late!). Thanks to DSA Hawker for giving me the formatting ideas, ha ha. Here are a few beginning notes:
- Cory Redding sat out this practice, as did Will Herring, D.D. Lewis, Michael Bennett, Chris Spencer and Walter Jones. Deion Branch was back and looked fine coming in and out of his breaks.
- It's been said a hundred times, but Cory Redding is just an enormous human being. He was standing next to D.D. Lewis and made Lewis look like Josh Wilson. The funny thing is seeing Cory Redding looking small next to Red Bryant.
- The offensive line is very concerning. There, I said it. More on the o-line later.
- One thing that is becoming clear watching practice is that the Seahawks plan to use shotgun formations much more than they have in the last ten years. This is very good news, I think, especially with the porous offensive line. It might well take some time for the Hawks and Matt to get fully comfortable in the gun, but remember that it was Hasselbeck who pushed to get the "Rifle" (basically a, uh, sawed-off shotgun?) formation into the offense in 2007 with much success.
Hey everyone, the Hawks will be in a full padded practice at Husky Stadium at about 6:45 to 8:30 tonight. Should be a good time, I'll be back afterwards with notes, hopefully by around 9 tonight.
No registration is required for tonight's practice and it is totally free. Hope to see you there!
Gregg Bell reports that during a team meeting yesterday, NBA Legend Bill Russell swung in by surprise (to the players) and spoke to the team for an hour. This isn't the first time Russell has done something like this, though:
The stately, 75-year-old former center renowned for team play then posed for pictures with the Seahawks, who are coming off a 4-12 season and have a new coach in Jim Mora.
When Mora was Atlanta's coach from 2004-06, he brought Russell and former Atlanta mayor and United Nations ambassador Andrew Young in to talk to his Falcons.
In the first potentially serious injury of Seahawks camp (well, other than back spasms and Trufant's back), Chris Spencer left the field today on a cart after suffering an ankle injury. The severity of the ankle injury is not known. Steve Vallos stepped in and played with the first team today, but no matter how much I like Vallos, I don't know that he is a successful starting Center at this level. We'll keep you posted as more information is revealed about this injury.
Update: Danny O'Neil says:
Coach Jim Mora said it does not appear to be serious and said the initial indication is that it was not a high ankle sprain.
There are two reports on Tyson Jackson's deal, but either way, he's going to be wealthy.
- PFT is reporting that Jackson will earn $57 million over five years with $31 million guaranteed. This is a drop from 2008's third overall pick (Matt Ryan) who signed a $66 million contract with $34.75 million guaranteed.
- A fellow from the local Kansas City sports station said on Mitch in the Morning today that the deal is worth $56 to $58 million with $30 million guaranteed.
Alright, projections for Curry go below. What will his contract be and when will it be signed?
I apologize if today is a bit thin, but there really wasn't a whole lot to reflect on. So hopefully my notes turn out to be more than it looks like in front of me. So I am going to start off my "article" with a nice little thing that I think will get everyone jazzed:
HOOK AND LADDER!
Yes, well, it wasn't really a hook and ladder per say, more of a In and Ladder, but it was still a hook and ladder -- and it actually worked.
Burleson was wideout left on the play, and Housh was wideout right. Hasselbeck dropped back and both Burley and Housh streak for about 20-ish yards. Burleson runs a long curl, while Housh cuts towards the middle of the field and inwards a bit to get separation from the three defenders around him.
Hasslebeck fires a pass to Housh up the right side about three yards into his cut. At the same time, Burley is running towards Housh from the left. Housh catches the ball cleanly and takes about three more steps. Burleson runs behind Housh without hesitation and Housh flips him the ball.
All of the defenders are chasing 84 at this point, and when they realize that Burleson has the ball it is too late and he's running up the right sideline for a TD.
Hass snapped the ball and Forsett instantly took off. Hasselbeck pitched the ball to Forsett, who was running a hard right sweep. He was a little deep when he got the ball so he ran hard to approach the line of scrimmage. The defense bit and came up to stop the sweep. That is when Forsett stopped and then threw up a bomb to Michael Bumpus who was running up the right sideline uncontested. He caught the ball and took off for a TD.
That was actually the second time they ran that play. Both times they used Forsett as the running back/passer, and both times it worked lovely. The first HB pass went to Ben Obomanu, who had about 15 yards between him and the DB trailing him. Forsett threw a beautiful pass then, and followed it up with another beauty to Bumps. It was awesome.
Maybe we should make Forsett our 3rd string QB? Yeah, I'm talking about Teel and Rowe -- more to come on them.
There's plenty more to read, just click "Read More" below for player by player wrap-ups!
Consider this a bit of reading catch up. I've been a little busy at work lately, so I've been slow in getting this stuff to the forefront. Here we go:
Rob Staton has been doing a great job keeping things going over at the Seahawks Draft Blog. Among other things, be sure to check out "10 to Watch in 2010;" a write-up on (get ready for this) Ndamukong Suh; a fantastic piece where he scouts out the two top safeties in the draft, Eric Berry and Taylor Mays; and finally, Rob's take on the "Great Rookie Stalemate of 2009."
Danny O'Neil wrote a nice piece on Ray Willis, though it appears he barely made it out alive.
This is 315 pounds of potential malice we're talking about here, and he has just been asked why so many people tend to fight him in practice. The big man is not amused by this line of questioning. Not even a little bit.
Apparently, Willis is the fiestiest guy on the team and, for whatever reason, seems to be involved in just about every fight that breaks out. He also doesn't seem to have a sense of humor about it. This offensive line has severely needed someone with a mean streak since Hutch left, and if it's going to be Willis then so be it!
- Clare also writes about Rob Sims and how "football is fun again," for the young and often criticized lineman (who is quietly putting together one of the best camps of all the Hawks).
- Danny O'Neil writes about the budding backfield tandem of Julius Jones and T.J. Duckett.
- Ryan Divish tackles Mora's running game, while Dave Boling hypes Duckett. Boling also notes Max Unger's versatility.
- Eric Williams says that Rob Sims and Sean Locklear are looking for redemption after both players' frustrating 2008 campaigns.