“Richard Sherman,” not Richard Sherman, in The 7 Week Itch…
It’s been 7 weeks since Braylon Edwards has been featured in any significant capacity for the Seahawks. Has the marriage gone flat? As I sit in a Bellevue Starbucks, drinking a small batch (Ka’u) Clover™ individually brewed coffee, I’m reviewing the recent Detroit Lions games at Chicago. This game, Chicago’s play particularly, reminds me of a Seahawks-type game, with Chicago playing the role of Seattle. I see great opportunities within the Seahawks personnel and play-calling. But I’m missing one piece…the man who’ll play Richard Sherman’s role from The 7 Year Itch…
If Brandon Marshall wasn’t playing the Braylon Edwards role, I’m mistaken. But I watched this game a second time and noticed how ineffective Detroit was in defending Marshall. I thought, “Does Seattle have a guy who plays like Marshall?” Then I was reminded of another big play receiver, who wears a teen number on his jersey, who played a supporting role in Seattle’s recent victory against the New England Patriots, but my memory was a little vague. Oh yeah, that guy is Braylon Edwards! Mind you, even with Russell Wilson’s attention to Golden Tate and Sidney Rice, none of Seattle’s receiver cracks the NFL top 50 list for receiving yards. If Braylon Edwards doesn’t get enough looks, it is likely that his mind will drift elsewhere, just as did Richard Sherman’s mind in “Itch.” By the way, I watched Braylon play in Detroit (for the Jets) two seasons ago. He was quiet through the first half until 1 minute remaining when he caught a 74 yard TD pass from Mark Sanchez. Not to be outdone, within two minutes into the second half, Edwards gives up a fumble in the flat as he tries to transfer the ball to his outside hand as the Detroit defender reaches out to wrap him up. So there’s that.
Research led me through a desert that is the Seahawks’ passing game.
Before we leap to conclusions, I’m not here to say the Seahawks haven’t put together some good passing performances. I’m just here to say Braylon Edwards hasn’t seen a 50+ yard game yet this season and is primed for a special performance. I suppose sometimes you don’t necessarily get the big game production every game, but Edwards biggest game this season (5 receptions, 43 yards) came in Week 1 against the Cardinals. As a strategist I understand one cannot force a game plan to work. So perhaps one opponent is better than another when considering which players to feature. No opponent provides as good an opportunity to capitalize on a player’s talents as the Detroit Lions. In fact, the lack of Braylon Edwards in the Seahawks passing game could benefit Seattle since he may not draw much coverage. Golden Tate is the guy teams have been scouting lately. I do fear Seattle is icing Braylon Edwards. Receivers like him are usually best when they’re hot and kept hot. Of course, watching Brandon Marshall in film review today, I couldn’t help but think Detroit might not be inviting all those receiving yards, but they sure didn’t resist much. Marshall grabbed up a moderate 81 yards on 6 catches, but that represents more than half Chicago’s 150 total passing yards and better than a third of Jay Cutler’s 16 completions.
Save a marriage and create game planning confusion for future opponents
Taking advantage of Detroit by employing Braylon Edwards can reinvigorate the passing game while strengthening the bond between Russell Wilson and his playmaking receiver and it can draw attention away from playmakers like Golden Tate and Sidney Rice. The football season works out to be a grand composition. Since Seattle obviously has a big body playmaker in Sidney Rice, it stands to reason they might just forget what a great deal of decoy power Braylon Edwards can be, but only if you show off his potency. This week’s game in Detroit can serve as a return to a marriage that was surely built on a mutual connection. It’s a sort of homecoming for Edwards who grew up in Detroit. It can also serve to help him avoid the temptation of drifting from this passing marriage at the point which marks the 7 week itch.
Transformers: second of Richard Sherman double feature
Richard Sherman, the name, gets double billing this week. By mere accident I chose to use the wordplay on “The 7 Year Itch” for my Braylon Edwards feature. Then while composing the piece I learned that Edwards’ wouldn’t play the Marilyn Monroe part (The Girl), rather he’d play Richard Sherman, the man who gets the 7 year itch.
But just when I think my piece is done, I search images of Richard Sherman from “Itch” and find a Seahawks picture. Lo, Richard Sherman is a Seahawk! Wow! It’s not every day I walk into a double entendre, it’s every other day. This must be that other day. How apropos that Richard Sherman the Seahawks’ defender was featured in recent news as dubbing himself Optimus Prime. Frankly, I like that Sherman has this sort of fun outside the lines. As long as he stays healthy and doesn’t take his Twitter account too far, I’ll say he’s almost as funny with his wordplay as me. Yes, I did it. I went to a grey area where modesty is slightly blurred. But I do it for the good of entertainment and (facetiously) that’s good for mankind, right Optimus? So if you can help defend the world from the Decept-icons played by the Detroit Lions and return home to Cybertron played by the city of Seattle, and you can inspire legions of Autobots to grow up to be whole GM vehicle driving bots, so much the better. I hope I got my metaphors right.
Big name receivers will be showcased in Detroit. Calvin “Megatron” Johnson will draw lots of attention as the media wants to see who wins the marquee match up between Sherman and Johnson. I also hope/expect to see the Detroit native Braylon Edwards equally showcased. I’ll be disappointed otherwise.
Follow me next week when I review the Week 8 Super Feature “Beast Wars” starring Marshawn Lynch.
Seahawks fans, good luck in Detroit!