Seahawks: Losing Mebane proves costly

| 2 years ago

Seahawks: Losing Mebane proves costly


PFF-headlinesIn 2013, the Seattle Seahawks defense was arguably one of the best defenses in league history, taking the team all the way to Super Bowl victory. However the 2014 defense is not quite the same vintage. It’s still been better than most defenses in the league, but not the elite unit it was one year before.

Free agent departures have contributed to the drop off, they lost frequent starters such as Brandon Browner, Chris Clemons, as more significantly, run-stopping defensive end Red Bryant.  With 21 stops and an 8.4 Run Stop Percentage (RSP), Bryant ranked fifth-best among all 4-3 ends, and his work on early downs helped create favorable down and distance scenarios for the Seahawks aggressive secondary.

The recent loss of Brandon Mebane make this defense even more vulnerable. Mebane role is relatively simple, stop the run and command double teams. He finished 2013 with 22 stops and an 8.3% RSP, prior to his injury this season he had 9 stops and a 6.3% RSP. Commanding double teams enables the Seahawks’ linebackers, like K.J. Wright, to fly around untouched and create havoc; Wright’s 11.4 RSP ranks fourth among 4-3 outside linebackers. However with Mebane absent against the Chiefs in Week 11, Wright had zero defensive stops and Jamaal Charles ran for 158 yards.

  • RA

    To dig further into this issue…

    SEA like to rotate the D-line often. For example if you look at last years team Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett were not starters, they were rotational ends. This year injuries have derailed that approach in a sense. Take a look at some of these injuries and follow along.

    Last year
    RE1- Clem / RE2 – Avril
    LE1 – Red / LE2 – Bennett
    DT1 – Mebane / DT2 – Mcdaniel / Mcdonald

    This year
    RE1 – Avril / RE2- Marsh (IR)
    LE1 – Bennett / LE2- Scruggs (IR)
    DT1 – Mebane (IR) / DT2 – Mcdaniel / DT3 – K Williams / DT4 – J Williams (IR)

    It goes deeper than just missing Mebane. SEA has been choke slammed by injuries this year well beyond the D-Line and I dont think many people realize just how bad it has been. I could make a very very long list but you get the idea.

    • Lord Mad

      Get better depth then. Seahawks have been lauded for drafting but the depth isn’t as good as claimed. Last year your boys had very little injuries.

      • RA

        Better depth? So they are supposed to have starting quality 3rd string players? Troll elsewhere.

        • Lord Mad

          Yes, better depth. It’s not trolling to tell you what Seahawks lack. Obviously there is such a huge drop off after your starters and that has been your downfall more often than not lately. I’m trolling by pointing out the truth? Go suck a lime.