Seattle Seahawks looking for what goes wrong in their run defense

11/5/13 in NFL   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

Nov 3, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll during the 2nd half between the Seattle Seahawks and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Tampa Bay 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY SportsThe Seattle Seahawks have a defense that when working well is a fluid eleven part machine that is both efficient and reliable. But when even one of those 11 players makes a mistake, the resulting mess ruins the entire play. Safety Earl Thomas explained, saying that each player was tied to the other.
“Everybody is tied on a string on our defence,’’ he. “When somebody messes up, it just opens up a hole and you get gashed.’’
Those mistakes have been happening a lot more than there is room for and the results for the past two weeks are a testament to that fact. The Seahawks have allowed more than 200 yards against the Buccaneers and Rams. Allowing more than 200 yards had happened only once in 2011 and 2012 season. And even though they have won their game against both the teams, they will need to find the problem and resolve it before the game at Atlanta.  
Thomas called the match against both teams to be an eye opener as it helped realize the weak spots. Even so, he blamed himself for the failures, saying as free safety he should have performed better than he did.
“I’ve definitively got to play better to put the guys in better position to tackle better,’’ he said. “I’ve just got to do a lot of stuff better.’’
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said that the team needed to keep working hard and be ready for Atlanta.
“We’ve got to keep working hard at it.  And it’s a big, dedicated effort because we don’t want to go that way.’’
It shouldn’t be that tough for Seahawks when they face the Falcons. The Falcons rank at the bottom in FL for rushing yards, with just 64 yards for each game on average. But the same went for the Rams and Buccaneers, both of whom were at the bottom of the charts. And each of the team had rookie running backs who made career records against the Seahawks. This means that they should not underestimate what is coming for them.
Coach Carroll did not share the view, saying that the yards were a team failure and they all needed to improve.
“Unfortunately, we missed some reads on a couple of new plays that they ran,” Carroll said. “They (the Bucs) did a nice job in changing it up and we weren’t as sharp and the ball got out on us. ... We’re just off a little bit and we have not fixed it in these two weeks.’’
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11/5/13   |   Jess   |   34829 respect

PC actually said directly after the game that they were so focused on trying to strip the ball and takeaways that they aren't wrapping up and finishing tackles well, and need to get back to basics there. It's comforting that they recognize where part of the issue lies (and after he said that, I can see where that's happening), and that they'll be working on that this week.

Earl Thomas does *not* need to be blaming himself. That guy gives his all in every game.