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I'm sure its been talked about before and i missed it, so can someone explain why he wouldn't be good inside. I love Red but his lack of pass rush on 1st and 2nd down kill us.


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He did play inside his first 2 years and almost found his way off the team until the coaching staff realized he looked awkward inside and moved him outside.

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His run stopping skills are mediocre if that. Now his production comes from special teams only, he's invisible otherwise. Kudos for getting his money tho, that's one crafty, fat burglar.


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His run stopping skills are mediocre if that. Now his production comes from special teams only, he's invisible otherwise. Kudos for getting his money tho, that's one crafty, fat burglar.


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His run stopping skills are mediocre if that. Now his production comes from special teams only, he's invisible otherwise. Kudos for getting his money tho, that's one crafty, fat burglar.


Red's been playing hurt all year, i don't think its a case were he got paid and doesn't work hard anymore. Hopefully he can get healthy and he's back to his old form. With more teams going to the read option he sure make me nervous out on the edge.


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Red himself would talk about getting his technique correct, that his pad level would get him in trouble playing DT. His height gave him issues when it came to getting his pads lower.

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I think he was ineffective when he started inside, in fact I think it was Quinn who put him on the outside.

I'm not sure why scifly would say his run stopping skills are mediocre if that.. He's been a beast stopping the run, unfortunately he's been hurt and his injury is such that him even playing is a credit to him.


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I think the vibe was that he's too tall to play inside and lost leverage against better guards.

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His run stopping skills are mediocre if that. Now his production comes from special teams only, he's invisible otherwise. Kudos for getting his money tho, that's one crafty, fat burglar.


Red's been playing hurt all year, i don't think its a case were he got paid and doesn't work hard anymore. Hopefully he can get healthy and he's back to his old form. With more teams going to the read option he sure make me nervous out on the edge.


As much as you are correct, don't bother trying to tell some that it's because he was hurt. Remember Shaun got paid and then his effort dropped off according to people like this despite him playing on a broken foot for a couple of weeks.

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The problem we have with Red is...we are wasting a pass rusher when he is out on the field.

We need to re-think the whole concept. I'm hoping Dan Quinn helps with that.

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Being that Dan Quinn was actually the guy who put into motion moving Red outside, I don't see it changing anytime soon.

Plantar fasciitis, which is apparently what he suffered through this year is absolute hell, if he can get that under control, you'll see a different Red Bryant out there.


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Love Red and he is a team leader but adding more guys at DE and keeping him on the field less might work out better for our pass rush. vs heavy passing teams like New Orleans and Atlanta it would benefit us to have 2 de's on the field who can rush the passer but play the run to some degree.

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The references to playing too high and needing improved hand work are the reasons I remember for moving him inside.

I have no doubt that a healthy Red Byrant will return to his dominating style of play next year.

With regard to scheme, there has been a continual league wide shortage of pass rushers for years now. The scheme the Seahawks have chosen to respond with has been innovative. Much better than sitting on ones hands and waiting a series of years for a pass rusher to show up. The scheme acknowledges the shortage of pass rushers. I have no ax to grind with the team over their chosen method to deal with a shortage the league has no control over. I think they have been smart about how they have dealt with the talent shortage.


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The problem we have with Red is...we are wasting a pass rusher when he is out on the field.

We need to re-think the whole concept. I'm hoping Dan Quinn helps with that.

Wishfully, we find another human cannon ball, someone like a Cotez Kennedy for Quinn to throw at O-lines.
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I'm curious if he would be able to now. He's clearly a different player than he was a few years ago and 6' 4" isn't unheard of at all for DT. I mean hell Alan Branch is 6' 6". I think it was clear he was hampered by his foot so maybe he'll be fine outside but it is definitely an issue for early pass rush.

Of course Red might just not be able to play at a low of pad level regardless of what he does. He needs to get healthy, but depending on what happens in free agency I'd be open to him spending more time inside. He obviously owns at blocking kicks inside though that's pretty different to be fair.

He's just such a beast I feel he could do some damage inside.


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I'm curious if he would be able to now. He's clearly a different player than he was a few years ago and 6' 4" isn't unheard of at all for DT. I mean hell Alan Branch is 6' 6". I think it was clear he was hampered by his foot so maybe he'll be fine outside but it is definitely an issue for early pass rush.

Of course Red might just not be able to play at a low of pad level regardless of what he does. He needs to get healthy, but depending on what happens in free agency I'd be open to him spending more time inside. He obviously owns at blocking kicks inside though that's pretty different to be fair.

He's just such a beast I feel he could do some damage inside.


He has the stature of a beast, but he doesn't play like it.

I like Red. I just think he is playing out of position.

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I'm curious if he would be able to now. He's clearly a different player than he was a few years ago and 6' 4" isn't unheard of at all for DT. I mean hell Alan Branch is 6' 6". I think it was clear he was hampered by his foot so maybe he'll be fine outside but it is definitely an issue for early pass rush.

Of course Red might just not be able to play at a low of pad level regardless of what he does. He needs to get healthy, but depending on what happens in free agency I'd be open to him spending more time inside. He obviously owns at blocking kicks inside though that's pretty different to be fair.

He's just such a beast I feel he could do some damage inside.


He has the stature of a beast, but he doesn't play like it.

I like Red. I just think he is playing out of position.


They moved him to the outside because he wasn't playing well inside. His play immediately improved when Quinn moved him. How does that equate to him playing 'out of position?'

Plantar Fascitis is pretty dabilitating, ya know? Especially for a big guy.


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I will say it ... He makes a lot of $$ and his production is not there. I see him as replaced if they can find a better scheme wise player. He is very much a one trick pony. Edge pressure is a must and with Irvin a situational player we have to get more push on every down.


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The 4-3 under scheme is designed to create pressure from the LEO and three-technique. The whole point of the scheme is to create favourable match-ups for those two players and exploit one side. The five-technique isn't asked to do a lot of pass rushing.

The reason this scheme doesn't work in terms of a pass rush is because we have a 6-6, 325lbs monster playing the three-technique, and not a 295lbs athletic interior pass rusher.


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I'm curious if he would be able to now. He's clearly a different player than he was a few years ago and 6' 4" isn't unheard of at all for DT. I mean hell Alan Branch is 6' 6". I think it was clear he was hampered by his foot so maybe he'll be fine outside but it is definitely an issue for early pass rush.

Of course Red might just not be able to play at a low of pad level regardless of what he does. He needs to get healthy, but depending on what happens in free agency I'd be open to him spending more time inside. He obviously owns at blocking kicks inside though that's pretty different to be fair.

He's just such a beast I feel he could do some damage inside.


He has the stature of a beast, but he doesn't play like it.

I like Red. I just think he is playing out of position.


They moved him to the outside because he wasn't playing well inside. His play immediately improved when Quinn moved him. How does that equate to him playing 'out of position?'

Plantar Fascitis is pretty dabilitating, ya know? Especially for a big guy.


I take it you don't actually watch the games? That's the only explanation for this question.

His play "immediately improved" 2 years ago. That's the response?

His injury is definitely a consideration. The bigger point, which keeps getting ignored, is that he is the ONLY DE IN THE NFL THAT IS NOT IN THE LINE-UP TO RUSH THE PASSER. That's why he is playing out of position - he is not rushing the passer, as a DE.

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The 4-3 under scheme is designed to create pressure from the LEO and three-technique. The whole point of the scheme is to create favourable match-ups for those two players and exploit one side. The five-technique isn't asked to do a lot of pass rushing.

The reason this scheme doesn't work in terms of a pass rush is because we have a 6-6, 325lbs monster playing the three-technique, and not a 295lbs athletic interior pass rusher.


Great points and people are being idiots to think Red is the problem.

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I would expect Red Bryant to play as well inside as he does outside. I just don't see how a roof over his head will alter his game.


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The 4-3 under scheme is designed to create pressure from the LEO and three-technique. The whole point of the scheme is to create favourable match-ups for those two players and exploit one side. The five-technique isn't asked to do a lot of pass rushing.

The reason this scheme doesn't work in terms of a pass rush is because we have a 6-6, 325lbs monster playing the three-technique, and not a 295lbs athletic interior pass rusher.


You just explained why we need to change it up. Thank you.

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The 4-3 under scheme is designed to create pressure from the LEO and three-technique. The whole point of the scheme is to create favourable match-ups for those two players and exploit one side. The five-technique isn't asked to do a lot of pass rushing.

The reason this scheme doesn't work in terms of a pass rush is because we have a 6-6, 325lbs monster playing the three-technique, and not a 295lbs athletic interior pass rusher.


Great points and people are being idiots to think Red is the problem.


Great points to explain why we need to change it up, actually. And it's ridiculous to label someone as an "idiot" who questions the scheme. Some of us aren't sheep that march in step with everything this team does, especially when it's clear we need to adjust. The losses to Detroit, Miami and Atlanta are red lights blinking in every possible direction what the issue is.

So you think it's working the way it is?? Really? What other team just pisses away a pass rusher like we do?

Get off the Red suck fest and objectively evaluate.

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McGruff wrote:
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The 4-3 under scheme is designed to create pressure from the LEO and three-technique. The whole point of the scheme is to create favourable match-ups for those two players and exploit one side. The five-technique isn't asked to do a lot of pass rushing.

The reason this scheme doesn't work in terms of a pass rush is because we have a 6-6, 325lbs monster playing the three-technique, and not a 295lbs athletic interior pass rusher.


Great points and people are being idiots to think Red is the problem.


If he fails with the 2 gap that is a problem. Perhaps due to injury, but the first 49er game watch the video and see what they did


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His run stopping skills are mediocre if that. Now his production comes from special teams only, he's invisible otherwise. Kudos for getting his money tho, that's one crafty, fat burglar.


He definitely had a rough year

To say he is playing out of position is silly, the five technique is supposed to be a bigger guy who can set the edge. The Hawks need a stud three-technique who can rush the passer. We tried to make Mebane that guy and it never worked out, Mebane seems like an adequate nose tackle. I'm not against bringing Branch back but I think if we could get a better pass rusher inside we'd be a much more effective defense.


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He had a rough year due to injury, and we still had a top five defense and the top scoring defense in the league.

We need to upgrade the pass rush. Obviously. But there is multiple ways to do that that don't involved cutting your team captain and defensive leader. Add an interior pass rusher. Add a rotational end. Add a blitzing WSLB. Design better blitz schemes. Stop playing a stupid arse soft zone with 200 pound corner backs and inexperienced linebackers.

But cutting one of the two guys you've designed your entire defense around? It's idiotic.

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Get off the Red suck fest and objectively evaluate.

How objective...

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The question I have is if Branch is a free agent and we have a lot sunk into Red ( and is healing from plantar fasciitis we have a few options. Both Julius Peppers and Kevin Williams have played with it and had similar performance drop offs, but came back

However when Red is not 100% we drop off. He has been hurt to some degree this year and last , so I think it would be wise to address it , unless we go to a conventional 4-3 that I don't see happening. We can:

sign Branch
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I agree Red didn't work well inside and I don't see it.


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I'd probably move Red to 3 tech and let Branch walk. I realize Red has had a foot injury for the latter half of the year, but teams have been rolling to his side for the last couple years knowing he can't close the distance. His INT TD against the Bears was the best thing to come of it. And at 3 tech he won't have the problem getting out of his stance with the long legs for the most part. He moves inside on some passing situations anyway.

I'd also draft another DT and let McDonald walk. He was a liability in run D when he came in for Mebane.


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The 4-3 under scheme is designed to create pressure from the LEO and three-technique. The whole point of the scheme is to create favourable match-ups for those two players and exploit one side. The five-technique isn't asked to do a lot of pass rushing.

The reason this scheme doesn't work in terms of a pass rush is because we have a 6-6, 325lbs monster playing the three-technique, and not a 295lbs athletic interior pass rusher.


Great points and people are being idiots to think Red is the problem.


Great points to explain why we need to change it up, actually. And it's ridiculous to label someone as an "idiot" who questions the scheme. Some of us aren't sheep that march in step with everything this team does, especially when it's clear we need to adjust. The losses to Detroit, Miami and Atlanta are red lights blinking in every possible direction what the issue is.

So you think it's working the way it is?? Really? What other team just pisses away a pass rusher like we do?

Get off the Red suck fest and objectively evaluate.


So do YOU think it was working the way it WAS??! Red played WORSE at DT. He's already been there, done that and bombed the exam. Why do you insist on putting him in a position he's terrible at... or is your memory actually that short? Last time I checked there were two stars on top of your anchor, so I'd assume that something is very functional between your ears. Knock it off already. This is completely bonkers.


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So do YOU think it was working the way it WAS??! Red played WORSE at DT. He's already been there, done that and bombed the exam. Why do you insist on putting him in a position he's terrible at... or is your memory actually that short? Last time I checked there were two stars on top of your anchor, so I'd assume that something is very functional between your ears. Knock it off already. This is completely bonkers.


I don't have a short memory, but I don't remember much of Red Bryant at defensive tackle because he started a whole 1 game (10 total games) for one of the worst teams in memory over 2 years before he moved to End.

I'd presume that he's a better player now than he was 3 years ago and might actually have improved as a DT in that time


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The three tech has to get off blocks and pressure the QB, that's never been Red's strength. His strength are his gap integrity, strength and ability to bat passes.


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So do YOU think it was working the way it WAS??! Red played WORSE at DT. He's already been there, done that and bombed the exam. Why do you insist on putting him in a position he's terrible at... or is your memory actually that short? Last time I checked there were two stars on top of your anchor, so I'd assume that something is very functional between your ears. Knock it off already. This is completely bonkers.


I don't have a short memory, but I don't remember much of Red Bryant at defensive tackle because he started a whole 1 game (10 total games) for one of the worst teams in memory over 2 years before he moved to End.

I'd presume that he's a better player now than he was 3 years ago and might actually have improved as a DT in that time


Red became the the Red we love after he moved to Defensive End. He got paid to be a DE. He's not going to be moved to DT. You can't have your cake and eat it in this situation.

Changing a players position when he's not effective at his current position (Red at DT, Mike Rob at QB, Sweezy on D) is one thing. Changing a person's position when they ARE effective is another. (ET to corner despite being a pro-bowl safety, Kam to LB despite being a pro-bowl safety, Mike Robinson to full-time backup qb despite being a pro-bowl fullback).

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So do YOU think it was working the way it WAS??! Red played WORSE at DT. He's already been there, done that and bombed the exam. Why do you insist on putting him in a position he's terrible at... or is your memory actually that short? Last time I checked there were two stars on top of your anchor, so I'd assume that something is very functional between your ears. Knock it off already. This is completely bonkers.


Not sure what my military rank has to do with a football forum discussion. I guess it's a matter of "when you don't have anything reasonable to offer to a discussion, default to the baseline and take a shot at the individual"? Stay in your lane, dude.

Ayways, back on point: So you think it's working having him play DE exclusively as a run-stopper? Like, seriously? I guess we'll see how he plays when he is healthy again. Red played "worse" at DT which was three seasons ago. The theory is he may be better moving back now with more game experience under his belt. But more importantly, the idea to move him back to DT is a concession that it's not working really well at DE and there's nowhere else to play him. He is expensive and has a long term deal on the books. Something has to give.

And it's not bonkers to want the defense to improve, especially when our biggest weakness is rushing the passer and we are starting off behind the 8-ball having a non-pass rushing DE take the majority of the snaps. Sometimes it helps to take off the homer glasses and honestly assess players we really like, which isn't easy.

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So do YOU think it was working the way it WAS??! Red played WORSE at DT. He's already been there, done that and bombed the exam. Why do you insist on putting him in a position he's terrible at... or is your memory actually that short? Last time I checked there were two stars on top of your anchor, so I'd assume that something is very functional between your ears. Knock it off already. This is completely bonkers.


I don't have a short memory, but I don't remember much of Red Bryant at defensive tackle because he started a whole 1 game (10 total games) for one of the worst teams in memory over 2 years before he moved to End.

I'd presume that he's a better player now than he was 3 years ago and might actually have improved as a DT in that time


Red became the the Red we love after he moved to Defensive End. He got paid to be a DE. He's not going to be moved to DT. You can't have your cake and eat it in this situation.

Changing a players position when he's not effective at his current position (Red at DT, Mike Rob at QB, Sweezy on D) is one thing. Changing a person's position when they ARE effective is another. (ET to corner despite being a pro-bowl safety, Kam to LB despite being a pro-bowl safety, Mike Robinson to full-time backup qb despite being a pro-bowl fullback).


That's the debate - you say Red is effective at DE? I'm not so sure about that.

Besides, this is a fan forum - the crazy ideas are welcome here. We aren't the defensive staff - and I doubt they move him.

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 Post subject: Re: Playing Red Bryant inside?
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So do YOU think it was working the way it WAS??! Red played WORSE at DT. He's already been there, done that and bombed the exam. Why do you insist on putting him in a position he's terrible at... or is your memory actually that short? Last time I checked there were two stars on top of your anchor, so I'd assume that something is very functional between your ears. Knock it off already. This is completely bonkers.


Not sure what my military rank has to do with a football forum discussion. I guess it's a matter of "when you don't have anything reasonable to offer to a discussion, default to the baseline and take a shot at the individual"? Stay in your lane, dude.

Ayways, back on point: So you think it's working having him play DE exclusively as a run-stopper? Like, seriously? I guess we'll see how he plays when he is healthy again. Red played "worse" at DT which was three seasons ago. The theory is he may be better moving back now with more game experience under his belt. But more importantly, the idea to move him back to DT is a concession that it's not working really well at DE and there's nowhere else to play him. He is expensive and has a long term deal on the books. Something has to give.

And it's not bonkers to want the defense to improve, especially when our biggest weakness is rushing the passer and we are starting off behind the 8-ball having a non-pass rushing DE take the majority of the snaps. Sometimes it helps to take off the homer glasses and honestly assess players we really like, which isn't easy.


I agree with you that Bryant's contract is not favorable given his role and his, so far, decreased production in his role as DE.

However, moving him inside won't help us, either, because as ENGLISH posted, Seattle is trying to get pressure from the DT position and Red doesn't offer that. We either need to make it work by drafting the proper 1 and 3 techs and leave the 5 tech alone or we have to abandon the entire scheme which also means dumping the LEO - in essence leaving us in need of 2 defensive ends.

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 Post subject: Re: Playing Red Bryant inside?
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[quote="HawKnPeppa"]So do YOU think it was working the way it WAS??! Red played WORSE at DT. He's already been there, done that and bombed the exam. Why do you insist on putting him in a position he's terrible at... or is your memory actually that short? Last time I checked there were two stars on top of your anchor, so I'd assume that something is very functional between your ears. Knock it off already. This is completely bonkers.


I don't have a short memory, but I don't remember much of Red Bryant at defensive tackle because he started a whole 1 game (10 total games) for one of the worst teams in memory over 2 years before he moved to End.

I'd presume that he's a better player now than he was 3 years ago and might actually have improved as a DT in that time


Red became the the Red we love after he moved to Defensive End. He got paid to be a DE. He's not going to be moved to DT. You can't have your cake and eat it in this situation.

Changing a players position when he's not effective at his current position (Red at DT, Mike Rob at QB, Sweezy on D) is one thing. Changing a person's position when they ARE effective is another. (ET to corner despite being a pro-bowl safety, Kam to LB despite being a pro-bowl safety, Mike Robinson to full-time backup qb despite being a pro-bowl fullback).


That's the debate - you say Red is effective at DE? I'm not so sure about that.

Besides, this is a fan forum - the crazy ideas are welcome here. We aren't the defensive staff - and I doubt they move him.[/quote]

What's funny is that somebody here brought up the idea of big Red moving to DE before it actually happened and it wa met with ridicule. Then it happened and we all went "WHOA". He's actually really good at his job when his feet are right. I'm pretty sure his feet weren't right the whole second half of the season though.

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 Post subject: Re: Playing Red Bryant inside?
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So do YOU think it was working the way it WAS??! Red played WORSE at DT. He's already been there, done that and bombed the exam. Why do you insist on putting him in a position he's terrible at... or is your memory actually that short? Last time I checked there were two stars on top of your anchor, so I'd assume that something is very functional between your ears. Knock it off already. This is completely bonkers.


Not sure what my military rank has to do with a football forum discussion. I guess it's a matter of "when you don't have anything reasonable to offer to a discussion, default to the baseline and take a shot at the individual"? Stay in your lane, dude.

Ayways, back on point: So you think it's working having him play DE exclusively as a run-stopper? Like, seriously? I guess we'll see how he plays when he is healthy again. Red played "worse" at DT which was three seasons ago. The theory is he may be better moving back now with more game experience under his belt. But more importantly, the idea to move him back to DT is a concession that it's not working really well at DE and there's nowhere else to play him. He is expensive and has a long term deal on the books. Something has to give.

And it's not bonkers to want the defense to improve, especially when our biggest weakness is rushing the passer and we are starting off behind the 8-ball having a non-pass rushing DE take the majority of the snaps. Sometimes it helps to take off the homer glasses and honestly assess players we really like, which isn't easy.


I agree with you that Bryant's contract is not favorable given his role and his, so far, decreased production in his role as DE.

However, moving him inside won't help us, either, because as ENGLISH posted, Seattle is trying to get pressure from the DT position and Red doesn't offer that. We either need to make it work by drafting the proper 1 and 3 techs and leave the 5 tech alone or we have to abandon the entire scheme which also means dumping the LEO - in essence leaving us in need of 2 defensive ends.


Makes sense. Nice to see people can provide an intelligent counter-response without defaulting to being a moron. Thanks! :th2thumbs:

I think the line of demarcation for fans is you either like the Carroll scheme ... or you don't. The strong/traditional defenses have BOTH edge rushers and a penetrating DT on the line. It seems like have to settle for a mixed bag, as dictated by the scheme. Conceptually, I get the idea of it -- I just don't know if it's functioning correctly.

Ultimately, the pass rush must be fixed in any possible way. We can't keep letting teams drive down the field and snatch wins from us. A pocket collapser is probably the #1 need.

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That's the debate - you say Red is effective at DE? I'm not so sure about that.

Besides, this is a fan forum - the crazy ideas are welcome here. We aren't the defensive staff - and I doubt they move him.


Until the plantar fasciitis became an issue, yes, absolutely he was effective at DE in the context of our defense. That's why he got paid. Most injured players tend to have a dropoff in production.

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 Post subject: Re: Playing Red Bryant inside?
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That's the debate - you say Red is effective at DE? I'm not so sure about that.

Besides, this is a fan forum - the crazy ideas are welcome here. We aren't the defensive staff - and I doubt they move him.


Until the plantar fasciitis became an issue, yes, absolutely he was effective at DE in the context of our defense. That's why he got paid. Most injured players tend to have a dropoff in production.


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Not sure what my military rank has to do with a football forum discussion. I guess it's a matter of "when you don't have anything reasonable to offer to a discussion, default to the baseline and take a shot at the individual"? Stay in your lane, dude.

Ayways, back on point: So you think it's working having him play DE exclusively as a run-stopper? Like, seriously? I guess we'll see how he plays when he is healthy again. Red played "worse" at DT which was three seasons ago. The theory is he may be better moving back now with more game experience under his belt. But more importantly, the idea to move him back to DT is a concession that it's not working really well at DE and there's nowhere else to play him. He is expensive and has a long term deal on the books. Something has to give.

And it's not bonkers to want the defense to improve, especially when our biggest weakness is rushing the passer and we are starting off behind the 8-ball having a non-pass rushing DE take the majority of the snaps. Sometimes it helps to take off the homer glasses and honestly assess players we really like, which isn't easy.


I agree with you that Bryant's contract is not favorable given his role and his, so far, decreased production in his role as DE.

However, moving him inside won't help us, either, because as ENGLISH posted, Seattle is trying to get pressure from the DT position and Red doesn't offer that. We either need to make it work by drafting the proper 1 and 3 techs and leave the 5 tech alone or we have to abandon the entire scheme which also means dumping the LEO - in essence leaving us in need of 2 defensive ends.


Makes sense. Nice to see people can provide an intelligent counter-response without defaulting to being a moron. Thanks! :th2thumbs:

I think the line of demarcation for fans is you either like the Carroll scheme ... or you don't. The strong/traditional defenses have BOTH edge rushers and a penetrating DT on the line. It seems like have to settle for a mixed bag, as dictated by the scheme. Conceptually, I get the idea of it -- I just don't know if it's functioning correctly.

Ultimately, the pass rush must be fixed in any possible way. We can't keep letting teams drive down the field and snatch wins from us. A pocket collapser is probably the #1 need.


I think it's a work in progress. By not having the same scheme as the other 4-3 defenses, Carroll and Schneider can look for those 'tweeners' who won't get drafted in the higher rounds. In terms of what we can get in value, it's a good idea.

However, as we're seeing this year, it leaves us very vulnerable where it comes to finding the pocket collapsing interior rusher because we really need one and everyone who plays a 4-3 wants one, so we're not going to find value there. It's a tough spot.

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