SEATTLE - OCTOBER 02: Wide receiver Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons makes a catch against Brandon Browner #39 of the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on October 2, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. The Falcons defeated the Seahawks 30-28. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
No "tape" analysis from me this week, I just don't have the time. It's a shame, I really want to look at our defensive line's pass-rushing non-performance against a terrible Falcons offensive line, which is massively worrisome.
Instead, I wanted to follow up on Pro Football Focus' Samual Monson tweeting a quick note about the pass coverage numbers of Jets CB Darelle Revis (3.6 quarterback rating) and our CB Brandon Browner (a perfect 158.3 quarterback rating). It's not exactly a serious bit of analysis and the quarterback rating stat is a rather poor one, but still such a high rating is telling, as it requires a very high YPA, completion percentage and multiple TDs allowed on throws to Browner.
Football Outsider's Doug Farrar took umbrage, first over twitter and later in dedicating the whole of Cover-2 to Browner. It's absolute must-read material for Seahawks fan, detailed scouting on several throws made to Brandon Browner covering Julio Jones. As Farrar points out, Browner's performance against Jones might seem poor at a casual glance, but that would be ignoring how many of Jones' catches went for only a few yards or even negative yardage, or how many times he was targeted but did not make a catch. What Farrar seems to have failed to realize was that Monson's rating notes were for week 1-3, not including week 4.
Those familiar with Pro Football Focus know it as a play-charting site, though one that lacks the reliable advanced statistics of Football Outsiders (DVOA, DYAR) or Pro Football Reference (ANY/A), instead relying on an ill-defined "rating" system. By their ratings, both Marcus Trufant and Brandon Browner grade out badly, with Browner adding to his overall rating with good plays against the run, but again taking away from it by negative penalty rating.