Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

02 Nov 2010

Seahawks Place Bryant, Hamilton on Injured Reserve

The Seahakws have placed guard Ben Hamilton and tackle/end Red Bryant on injured reserve, ending their seasons. The real news here is the loss of Bryant, a defensive tackle whose move to end was one of the keys to Seattle's shockingly good run defense so far this season. Bryant ranks in the top ten ends in the league in percentage of his team's rush plays, and the Seahawks are near the top of the league in nearly all of our defensive line stats. The Seahawks have given up only seven 20-plus-yard runs all year -- four of them came in the second half against Oakland after Bryant got hurt.

Posted by: Vincent Verhei on 02 Nov 2010

5 comments, Last at 03 Nov 2010, 4:01am by Tundrapaddy


by Doug Farrar :: Tue, 11/02/2010 - 8:56pm

Kentwan Balmer moves into Bryant's slot, which is a pretty serious downgrade. It's a real shame -- Bryant was on the bubble in the previous regime, and then, Pete Carroll found a better spot for him in a new hybrid defense.

by Karl Cuba :: Wed, 11/03/2010 - 12:48am

Doug, this hybrid defense looks to me like a cross between a Clancy Prendergast style under 4-3 using a predator and a 3-4 elephant. It's a pretty smart defense, it's a way of gaining the advantage of the variability of a 3-4 in terms of being able to bring rushers from all over without the need for a stud, two-gapping nose tackle or dominant pass rushers. A good group of end-tackle tweeners can make this scheme work. I'm as suprised as anyone, I thought that Carrol has always been a decent defensive coach but this scheme is much more coherent than I expected.

I also liked Bryant, very quick with good strength (which probably means good hands but I haven't seen enough of him to know for sure).

It's also nice/annoying to watch a real 49er offense being run in the NFL, even if it's a rival of the 49ers running it, Bates knows his stuff.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on the Seahawks schemes.

by Tundrapaddy (not verified) :: Wed, 11/03/2010 - 4:01am

'A cross between a predator and an elephant'?

I thought Chef said that predator and elephant DNA just won't splice.

Having said that, I haven't been able to see a single Seahawks game this year, and am thus reduced to reviewing the 'Audibles' and DVOA, along with box scores and drive charts. But I did not expect the defense to be doing what it's been doing.

by John (not verified) :: Tue, 11/02/2010 - 9:48pm

I can tell Seahawks fans are quite the vocal minority here.

by Karl Cuba :: Wed, 11/03/2010 - 12:49am

Not in Seattle, they're bloody loud there, a menace to visiting teams.