Sack by sack, I loved the assorted fronts the Seahawks showed on defense in the first half! On any given down, I saw 3, 4, 5, and 6 man fronts.
Sack #1 Seattle started with a 4 man front.
Seattle started with what appeared to be a loose looking 4 man front with K.J. Wright lined up at the LOS over the “B” gap,
The stunt here is that the Wright is disguised as a DT and drops into coverage as the ball is snapped. Bruce Irvin runs a speed rush off the left edge, then uses a counter-club move to throw himself inside the tackle putting himself right in the middle of the pocket where he sacks Aaron Rodgers for the first sack of the the game at 11:02 in the first quarter. Other play notes include the fact that Seattle starts with 2 safeties over the top of the defense in an apparent Cover-2 and #32 SS Jeron Johnson starts the play shaded to the right at typical LB depth, and at the snap, rotates quickly to the left and over the top to pick up the TE seam route up the left hash giving this play a secret Cover-3 look. Meanwhile Leroy Hill (in this look) appears to be the “Mike” backer and slides from the middle to the right side, at the snap, to pick up the RB Kuhn on a pass route to the right flat. Everything about this play causes confusion. Is it a 4-3? Is it a 3-4 with a blitz? It’s Cover-2, right? But is it Man or Zone? It appears to be nickel coverage with eight DBs. Great disguise Seattle.
Does Aaron Rodgers know what’s coming?
Pre-snap: 4 – 3 ? Cover-2, pressing corners (man coverage?)
At the snap 3 men rush the rest drop into coverage
Too much pressure?
With a speedy outside rush, Bruce Irvin forces the OT into quick retreat.
DT Jason Jones gets nowhere while occupying 3 of the Packers’ linemen.
Exploiting the respect given him on his powerful speed rush, Irvin gets into the pocket with a counter club move.
3 beats 5 on this play with great disguises and solid pass coverage
Sack #1 goes to Bruce Irvin
Sack #2 Seattle started with a 4 man front and ran a blitz, and did not use a banana peel
4 down-linemen, FS over the top middle at 16 yards depth, SS at 8 yards depth and closing. This looks like a great pass play option.
At the snap, SS is closing in. He’s now only 7 yards from Rodgers and the QB is only 3 yards deep in what turns out to be a 7 yard drop.
The Packers are fully engaged at the line and the Seattle SS is only 6 yards from Rodgers. and there’s no receiver replacing the SS’s vacated zone. It’ll be a moot point.
Moot point. As Rodgers gets ready to step into what appears to be a short pass to an open receiver on his right (bottom of screen,) he slips. The old banana-peel blitz! Gets ‘em every time. Brandon Mebane was there to take credit for the slip.
Sack #3 4 down-linemen and one heck of a strong push by Bruce Irvin. This is the same route he took to his first sack. Speed rush outside then counter/club inside to the middle of the pocket. It didn’t help Rodgers that everyone was covered he doesn’t take off running to the right side to make up some yardage on this 2nd & 20.
This was a straight up 4 – 3 set up front. But after 2 sacks already in this first quarter, the Packers keep 6 in for protection. Now the 2nd sack was an accident. Funny how the psyche doesn’t care that it was an accident. The Pack felt overwhelmed enough to get some backup. Too bad they don’t have the FB Kuhn blocking the QB’s play side.
Shh! Do you hear that?
How’s that Monty Python skit go? Good day, Bruce! Hello Bruce!! Good day Bruce! Have you seen Bruce? Ah, there he is! With a handful of quarterback.
Sack #4 Seattle starts with a 5 man front, with 3 down-linemen. On this, it’s not so much about what Seattle did, rather it’s what Green Bay did to lose this opportunity at an easy first down and a good gain.
This is a 3rd & 1 early in the 2nd quarter. Seattle already has 3 sacks. 5 down-linemen! Rodgers under center, overload left with a TE and a WB, plus an offset backfield with a single TB 7 yards deep and a FB 4 yards deep behind the left tackle. Wow!
We are your overload. Overload left from offensive perspective. From defense this is strong/overload right. Seattle has right/left balance here. It doesn’t get any better matched as far as pre-snap set up. Notice safety help in back set at 13.5 yards. That’s good depth.
The WB will go action right. The Seahawks don’t move. How does Rodgers read that?
It looks as though the Packers scrape Kuhn along the line from L-R to pick up backside rush. Clever? Who needs clever?
Packers backfield view:
I’ve seen a formation like this called “Heavy Dempsey Left” or “Heavy Metal Left.” I can’t give you the rationale behind the names, but you can tell someone was thinking of making the defense expect the hammer to come down. There are 5 big offensive players near the line to the left of the center. That doesn’t count the center. Give this sack to Chris Clemons. Seattle’s 4th sack. There not breaking any records here.
#84 D.J. Williams goes action right. Seattle holds their ground.
After the backfield shifts right, the Packers look more balanced, even though the FB is down low to the left. Play action is coming. Rodgers opens reverse opens from the right while the backs move forward on the left. There’s a play fake that’s supposed to look like either back is involved. But Kuhn (#30) will scrape down the line toward the right and pick up the outside rush.
Watch Seattle’s backers start playing the run.
What’s the point of the reverse open? It seems if Rodgers is going to have a good option to scramble on this play-action pass, he should open play side. Maybe the fake works better when your movement is less efficient. He leaves himself blind to the right rollout for too long. You know the QB almost always rolls out to the opposite side of the play, even on the fake.
Backside protection looks great. So what happens? Doesn’t Rodgers have Williams slipping out to the flat here? He certainly shouldn’t even need Kuhn to bail him out, though the tough guy tries.
John Kuhn misses a crucial cut block on Chris Clemons, though Clemons did get taken off-route for a split second. It was at this moment Rodgers had Williams open heading into the right flat with nearly 10 yards of open running room. He’s about 5 yards ahead of the OLB who’s assigned to cover that area. Now’s the time to lob it out there.
…mate!! This play was too convoluted. For a 3rd & 1 and Green Bay’s looking to neutralize Seattle’s defense, they only gave them another big play. Why let Williams slip out to the flat if you weren’t going to use him? This was an easy read. The sack went to Clemons.
Sack #5 Here’s a Green Bay 3rd & 6 with just under 10 minutes left in the 2nd quarter. The Packers have a TE left. Seattle has 4 down-linemen with the left DE split way out wide. FB Kuhn, set to Rodgers’ right in the backfield, heads out to the right flat. It’s a straight 4 man rush, no blitz. All receivers are covered well, right from the snap.
Rodgers must be thinking, “Who’s watching me?”
Pretty straightforward. Look at Earl Thomas near the 40 yard line. He’s about 15 yards deep. He made this sack happen, sprinting 7 yards up the hash line to discourage Rodgers from attempting a pass to #88 Jermichael Finley, seen here on the hash at the Packers 48 yard line. The Packers needed to make the Seattle 46 yard line for a 1st down.
If Rodgers releases the ball now, maybe Finley gets the 1st, what with size and momentum.
But alas, Rodgers doesn’t throw and has no options now that the pocket has collapsed. It’s a symbiotic relationship between the D-line and the coverage guys. This I’d give at least 1/8th of a sack to Earl Thomas. Very well played. Show us the next frame, please.
Put a fork in it? Not so fast. While the Seahawks have 5 sacks at this point (credit Chris Clemons for his 2nd on the night,) they haven’t created a turnover and aren’t even cashing points in on field goals. So while great pressure on defense can benefit the field position game, these sacks are meaningless, if not exciting AND motivating!
Sack #6 Seattle started with 6 Seahawks at the line. They all watch for the run. Rodgers goes play action left and rolls right. But Rodgers rolls too far, holds the ball too long. The Seattle defense bit the run fake for a second, enough to give Rodgers a chance to toss a 15 yard pass to Greg Jennings who’s still 15 yards under the safety, who for some funny reason sets up about 20 yards deep and backpedals right from the snap. Credit Aaron Rodgers with this sack. Of course Brandon Mebane gets the official stat.
This sack was all about a QB being at a loss after 5 sacks in the first 2 quarters with 4 minutes remaining before intermission. He essentially gave into this one. He didn’t pick up the easy toss to Jennings who has the entire middle of the field to work with. The safety over the top is a country mile away. Rodgers waits and waits and Brandon Mebane arrives with a coy smaile, “I’m sorry I made you wait, Mr. Rodgers, my dog ate my bus pass.”
Aaron Rodgers just didn’t want to believe his receiver was open.
It’s 1st & 10, how is that 20 yard strike to Jennings a bad option?
This is the first time in this play that Rodgers looks like he might throw. It’s a little late. I wonder if Sam Bradford studied these plays as much as I have. If so he might have just a few more decent plays out there than Aaron Rodgers did in this game’s first half.
Brandon Mebane gets the sack, but also drew a 15 yard penalty for a face mask.
C. Clemons off the left tackle takes a hard stop-to-cut inside a retreating LT. No disguise, no blitz.
Sack #3 for Clemons, #7 for the Seahawks in the first half.
Sack #8 Seattle had a strong first half when it came to coverage and great pass rushing. I am foregoing the inclusion of sack # 8 to leave a little mystery. Let’s me not flog a dead horse.
Green Bay may have underestimated Seattle’s ability to pressure the quarterback.
With all due respect to the Seahawks and their fans, I’m concerned about tonight’s ineffective play. As many sacks as we had, we were unable to convert them into more than 7 points. Green Bay played Chicago in Week 2, they sacked Jay Cutler 7 times and intercepted him 4 times and still only managed 16 offensive points. Chicago sacked Rodgers 5 times and they produce 10 points. I know we want to keep the win from Monday night, but until the last 8 seconds, we scored less against Green Bay than Chicago and Chicago was sacked 7 times and gave the ball away 4 times on interceptions. To think Green Bay’s offense only scored 4 points more against Chicago than they did Seattle, speaks to the great defense of the Bears.
DeathWatch Week 3-
Each week I mention DeathWatch as a way to highlight the demise of any NFL team’s chance of making the playoffs. In this special installment of DeathWatch, I feature the replacement refs whose demise was sudden. They will not make the playoffs and I’m sure most of us are happy about that! If nothing else, Seattle may deserve this win for hosting or roasting the last hurrah of the substitutes referees. Thanks for filling in guys. Seattle, thanks for taking on the martyr role in this final display of lackluster officiating. We may not get the “buck-stops-here” award for being the last stop on the replacement express, but we DID get away with a win. I think that’ll suffice. Good luck out there this week.