The Most Exciting Tape I Have Ever Watched, Part One: King Laserface Dirties His Drawers

Prey.

This will set me behind some, but I have a lot more time tomorrow, so screw it.

Following the Matt Hasselbeck interception, a pass that was so underthrown Mike Williams became not just the defender, but a hopelessly out of position defender, Seattle manned up in a way I have never seen before.

I don't know if this is a turning point in Gus Bradley's development as a defensive coordinator. The guy was a rookie last season. Or if Seattle replaced Bradley with a think tank of the greatest defensive minds ever born, or, if maybe even, someone else was at work, Pete Carroll or Dan Quinn, but after 18 games of watching vanilla coverages and perfunctory, uninspired blitzes, the Seahawks unleashed a series of attacks that would make Steelers fans weep in envy.

Behold.

My favorite blitz I have ever had the honor to diagram.

Vlcsnap-2010-09-29-16h29m49s153_medium

Everything about this play was creative.

First, dig the personnel.

Double Leo on the weak side: Chris Clemons on Brandyn Dombrowski's outside shoulder and Raheem Brock on Dombrowski's inside shoulder. Brandyn must have been shitting himself.

Brandon Mebane starts over nose but Lofa Tatupu adjusts him over the right "A" gap.

Seattle has five on the line and Tatupu a yard back, three in man coverage and Lawyer Milloy in cover one over top. Ok, that's not ideal but sacrifices must be made.

The blitz progresses like:

Pack_of_wolves_medium

But to Rivers feels like:

Attack_medium

*Tatupu is shadowing Tolbert, but has the presence of mind to jump and shield Rivers throwing lane.

In words, this is how it works:

Step One: Blitzers real and imagined

Raheem Brock attacks wide left and Chris Clemons loops around and attacks in. Lofa Tatupu attacks left but shadows wide and contains Tolbert. Brandon Mebane starts opposite the right "A" gap and attacks left into the left "A" gap. Will Herring runs into the right "A" gap but fades away and into man coverage on tight end Kris Wilson. Aaron Curry and Earl Thomas attack off the right end. Seattle only commits five blitzers, but it feels like seven.

Step Two: Attack

From all the tricks and stunts and wide rushes and inside attacks, one pass rusher comes free. Curry attacks the right edge. Consider: Curry doesn't turn the corner like an All-Pro but he can stretch the edge like a mother. Curry attacks right tackle Jeromey Clary and stretches him wide. Thomas exploits the seam and shoots through and free towards Rivers.

Step Three: Panic

Thomas doesn't hit Rivers. No one hits Rivers, but Rivers, two-time Pro Bowl quarterback in his prime, is freaked the fuck out. He throws a wobbler off his back foot towards Antonio Gates and Gates sort of flails at it.

Incomplete.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Field Gulls

You must be a member of Field Gulls to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Field Gulls. You should read them.

Join Field Gulls

You must be a member of Field Gulls to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Field Gulls. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker