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DVR Run Analysis - Arizona @ Seattle; 24-Oct-2010

Postby CamasMan » Sun Oct 24, 2010 9:52 pm

Here's my weekly DVR analysis for the Cardinals/Seahawks game.

* Though we had more running yards, more carries, and the same yards per carry as in the Chicago game, the team faltered in the end zone and failed to capitalize on opportunities. We shot ourselves in the feet with penalties. Regardless, with a lead near the end of the game, we were able to burn the clock and take first place in the division.

The interior of the line deserves special mention. They showed clear improvement. Okung went out in the 1st quarter, and Polumbus subbed well. Locklear, on the other hand, probably had the worst game of his career.

Overall, our running backs had 133 yards on 34 carries for 3.9 ypc.

* Q1 - 57 yards on 10 carries for 5.7 ypc. Highlight: Lynch gets 39 yards going down the left sideline.

[15:00] The right side is perfect as Baker and Andrews open a nice hole. Locklear goes to the second level to take a linebacker as Lynch waits for the play to develp then pushes two defenders for eight yards.
[14:24] Robinson lines up in the I-formation, gets a quick handoff and powers for three yards and a first down. This time it was Okung and Spencer opening the hole with Hamilton taking a linebacker.
[13:43] The formation is tight. Robinson gets his man, falls and recovers. The line gets compressed and Lynch cuts outside - just beating Robinson's man. Lynch breaks one tackle and is off to the races with Butler clearing the way for 39 yards and a first down.
[13:07] Spencer and Hamilton double on one DT while Andrews takes the other. Spencer is late breaking to the linebacker, who is untouched. Meanwhile, Okung ignored the DE and went upfield. Bad teamwork overall. Forsett is met by both defenders in the backfield for a one yard loss.
[11:45] The line pushes to the right with Okung cutting his man to the ground. Lynch goes into the hole, is delayed by Hamilton, chooses a side and fights for four yards.
[11:04] The DL tracks Lynch to the right. Not much there as Lynch gets two yards. Okung went upfield to engage a linebacker, but TE Chris Baker falls forward on Okung's ankle. Okung comes out of the game.
[9:48] Locklear called for a false start on the Arizona one yard line. His game starts falling apart.
[9:29] Locklear and Andrews both go to the second level, allowing the untouched DT to hit Lynch in the backfield for a four yard loss.
[8:14] Locklear is slow to get to the DE. The DE blows by untouched. Lynch, meanwhile, is running to left tackle, but is caught from behind by Locklear's man.
[3:54] My DVR rebooted itself. Apparently Lynch got four yards off right tackle.
[:51] The line gets a nice push - especially Polumbus, Andrews, and Robinson. Lynch takes it up the gut for four yards.

* Q2 - 17 yards on 6 runs. 2.8 ypc. Highlights: None, really. Forsett's 11 yard run is 9 yards away from a first down.

[13:48] The line pushes to the right as Lynch draws the defense that way. Lynch cuts back as Carlson comes across to cut his man for a five yard gain.
[12:34] Lynch finds no hole and bounces to the right. Baker and Butler get bad angles on their matchups. Baker's man escapes and limits Lynch to one yard.
[11:16] The defense is spread with a 3-3 base. Some linemen go forward and hit the LBs perfectly. Forsett powers for eleven yards, but is far from a first down.
[7:57] Locklear and Carlson allow their men to shed. Lynch cuts and breaks two tackles, but barely makes it back to the line of scrimmage.
[1:46] Locklear blocks well. Spencer gets into a stalemate, but the defense pursues Forsett well and Spencer's man sheds to limit Justin to two yards.
[:56] On 3rd and 1, the D is stacked against the run and swamps the middle. Forsett loses two yards.

* Q3 - 11 yds on 4 runs. 2.7 ypc. Lowlight: Locklear holds, negating a 24-yard run.

[14:06] The lines flow to the right and there is no hole. Lynch stops moving, and Locklear can't hold his block any longer. Two yard gain.
[12:50] Andrews and Carlson both pull and take out their men perfectly. Forsett finds the hole, but it's sealed by LBs for a four yard gain.
[12:02] The D plugs the middle. Lynch cuts to the left, splits two defenders and fights for three yards.
[3:28] Locklear holds. A 24 yard run called back.
[1:37] Andrews and Carlson pull again, but confuse their assignments. A man gets free to limit Forsett to two yards.

* Q4 - 48 yds on 14 runs. 3.4 ypc. Highlight: Burn that clock! Forsett gets 14 yards and a first down then goes to the ground to keep the clock running.

[14:42] Hamilton pulls while Spencer and Andrews get their men. Lynch gets an ankle caught from behind, but is able to break forward and fight for six yards.
[13:31] The left side (Carlson, Polumbus, and Hamilton) get beat as the action flows to the right. The fall down like keystone cops. Meanwhile, Lynch runs to the right and is delayed by Andrews so Lynch cuts back and finds three unblocked men. No gain.
[11:34] Carlson whiffs on his block, but Lynch breaks the tackle, splits two guys and earns six yards.
[10:47] Polumbus loses his man and isn't called for a hold. Lynch cuts away from "Troy's" man for three yards.
[9:21] Lynch runs right while the line keeps their defenders to the left. Lynch runs around the edge for four yards and stays in-bounds for good clock management.
[5:43] The D stacks against the run. Lynch is hit by the MLB, who is unaccounted for.
[4:48] Obomanu is late on a block and holds but gets away with it. Hamilton gets a nice push. Lynch powers for two yards with the D stacked against him.
[3:26] Locklear holds again, killing a 15 yard run.
[3:17] The line is compressed, but Forsett goes low and sneaks around the left side then cuts inside Polumbus' downfield block. Forsett is grabbed and pulled as he powers for ten yards.
[3:09] The D is stacked again. The MLB is unmatched and trips up Lynch for a one yard loss.
[3:03] Williams is out of position to block his man, but Forsett has a quick first step to the left, blowing by the untouched cornerback. Justin then hits the safety, breaks the tackle, gets 14 yards and a first down then goes down to keep the clock running.
[2:18] The D overloads the run. Forsett is hit by one LB, spins away, is hit by another LB, spins away, and is met by a crowd for a one yard gain.
[2:00] The D overloads the run again as Lynch powers for two yards.
[1:18] Lynch is swamped for no gain.
[1:13] Lynch is met in the backfield, breaks the tackle and powers for three yards.

* Overall Blocking - Usually, our tackles are good and the interior is suspect. This week, the interior played their best game of the year, but Locklear had his worst. He gave up sacks, was caught for penalties, and made mental errors. I've seen this happen before and he typically plays flawlessly the following week. Spencer deserves credit for the most improved blocker. Hamilton looked stronger as well. Let's hope Okung comes back soon as he played well before his injury.

* Play calling - The personnel calls were VERY conservative. Almost all of Lynch's plays had two receivers, two TEs and one man in the backfield. Robinson was in the backfield with Lynch early in the game, but not in the second half. Even Forcett usually had just two receivers. I believe that we wanted to save some tricks for our trip to Arizona in three weeks. Two receivers on one side was about as creative as we got - aside from Robinson's run.

* Runners - No TDs. No fumbles. Lynch continues to see running to the outside as his safety valve. He continued to run hard and break tackles, getting 24 touches and 3.7 ypc. Forsett's average was down to 4.6 ypc this game, which is still solid with 41 yards on 9 runs. Robinson had one run on a 3rd and short. It's clear that Robinson is being developed as their short yardage guy.

* Overall - Because we didn't do well in the redzone, had penaltiels, and didn't capitalize with TDs on turnovers, the running game didn't feel as good as it did last week. The truth is that these 133 yards are the most we've earned all season. And give credit to Arizona. Their defensive ends played well and they often stacked the D against the run. Locklear was underwater this game and I expect him to bounce back strongly next week. Don't miss the fact that the interior - including Spencer - played very well.

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Postby Thorfin » Mon Oct 25, 2010 5:42 am

Great, as usual, Camas.

Locklear is confirmed to have had a truly bad game. I remember thinking during the game that our interior running seemed better. The Lynch pick-up looks better and better. He breaks tackles. The other team looks like they're just struggling to grab hold of him and hold on rather than trying to strip the ball from his hands.

I'm amazed at how Okung's presence makes a Huge difference in our entire offense, running included. When he's in there, we look so much better. I hope we see him healthy for more than 1 game this season. And while I'm hoping, I hope Pitts gets healthy. I always thought that was a long-shot, however. But since he's still on the team, the coaches must believe there's a strong chance he's ready to go soon.
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Postby South Sider » Mon Oct 25, 2010 7:19 am

Makes you wonder if Okung wasn't entirely healthy when he came back the first time. Looked to me like he was limping on that same ankle. Locklear might bounce back next week but these are the kind of games that make me wonder if he has a long term future on this o-line. I mean would you want to rely on him in a big playoff game sometime down the road? I know right now we don't have alot of choice, it was just a thought.

I thought the running game was what kept us from completely falling apart in that game. Those were some tough grind it out yards. Every one of them really earned by Forsett and Lynch. I thought in the past this was exactly the kind of thing this team was missing when things weren't going right and the other teams defense was being stingy. Just grind it out football. Nice

Sounds like minus Locklear you give the o-line really high grades this week Camasman. It is always good to hear about progress being made cause that's what this team is all about.
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Postby Stealth » Mon Oct 25, 2010 8:10 am

South Sider wrote: Locklear might bounce back next week but these are the kind of games that make me wonder if he has a long term future on this o-line. I mean would you want to rely on him in a big playoff game sometime down the road? Sounds like minus Locklear you give the o-line really high grades this week Camasman.

I always thought of Locklear as one of our most solid and consistant linemen. Right now he is the 2nd best lineman on the team...am I wrong? He did get called on two holdings, but from what I saw the were ticky tac. You see the same thing almost every play. He got flagged for them because the play was going right to him, and the ref was staring him down.
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Postby South Sider » Mon Oct 25, 2010 8:28 am

I am not so sure those holding calls were legit or not. But he did also get beat bad on one play where the d-lineman blew past him and got to Matt and caused that fumble. To me it seems like he can be stellar for a string a games then all of a sudden just look horrible. I really don't know what to think of him.

I do know this. His contract is up after this season and I know they see Andrews playing RT long term when they get the guard positions figured out. So there's that. Unless they can somehow retain him for depth, that would be a bonus.
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Postby CamasMan » Mon Oct 25, 2010 8:51 am


Yeah, the game couldn't end soon enough for Locklear. I'm not sure if he wasn't 100% physically, if he was intimidated by AZ's left DE, or what. It's possible that he got banged up, but because Okung was already replaced by Polumbus, Locklear had to hold station.

Okung went out at 11:04 in Q1, and Locklear's next three run plays were absolutely horrible. I hear that AZ was talking trash. Maybe they told Lock that they killed Okung and were coming after #75 next. One thing about AZ the last few years: they're mean b@sterds.

In the run game, we played best with Okung in the lineup, but Polumbus played well too. I think AZ had a slow start, rather than Okung having a huge impact.

@South Sider - I think Okung was healthy enough. Baker fell on Okung's other ankle. Let's hope Russell heals quickly and gets back soon. Honestly, living down here in the land of Greg Oden, I hope this injury for the big guy is his last.

I'm sure there's more to the Locklear story in this game than we know. If history holds, he'll be perfect next week.

Good observation about the running game holding the team together. It was one of the factors that let us win ugly. AZ's defense is tough, and our tough running kept our passing game from getting shut down.

Yeah, our interior run game really improved. Spencer was solid. Hamilton strong. The exception was 13:31 in Q4 where the whole left side fell down (Hamilton missed a cut block.) and three unmatched defenders came after Lynch's backside. They'll get a good laugh at that in the film room!

@ Stealth - Lock has been really solid this year. Something went sideways for him this game.

Regarding those holding calls, they looked ticky tac at the time, but slowing it down, they were real and they probably affected the plays. He also had a false start at the one yard line. Ugh.

Polumbus and Obomanu also had holds during the game, but neither play was for big yards so they weren't called. I think if it's a big run and you appear to hold near the critical cut, you get the penalty - even if it's a small thing. If the runner gets three yards or less, they cut some slack.

If Locklear played like this week after week, I'd be calling for his head. But this game was an anomaly. He was solid in previous weeks. I expect him to be solid next week too. Rather than sending him hate mail, we should probably send him a few ice packs.
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Postby G-Money » Mon Oct 25, 2010 9:31 am

Nice job Camas, enjoy the read.

I am just curious why Matt was holding the ball so long, he could have avoided alot of sacks and the break down of the o-line.

I hope Chris Baker get a get well card to Okung for rolling up on the rookie's leg.
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Postby CamasMan » Mon Oct 25, 2010 10:09 am

The good news is that Matt didn't throw picks. The bad news is that he held the ball too long and got sacked. Expect Matt to throw more balls away next week.

BTW, one reason we didn't run a fullback in the second half is that we didn't have one. Robinson left the game with a knee injury. Let's hope it's nothing major. Robinson is starting to improve his lead blocking and is developing as our short yardage ball carrier.

I'm wondering if the trash talk affected Locklear.

"And less than a year later, in a pivotal early-season matchup Sunday, the Cardinals tried to scare the audacity right out of the resurgent Seahawks once again. After Arizona linebacker Daryl Washington sacked Hasselbeck in the first quarter, teammate Joey Porter stepped over the quarterback, hit him and knocked Hasselbeck to the turf once more.

Hasselbeck rose and screamed at the Cardinals defenders. It triggered trash-talking and physical play between the Seattle offensive line and the Arizona defense that would last until Seahawks coach Pete Carroll admonished his players for going too far in the third quarter. It was just one play, but it declared what the Seahawks would soon prove."


Less than a year ago, former coach Jim Mora was calling for his team to be dirtbags. In this game, Carroll yelled for the Seahawks to play cleaner.

"It happened after guard Mike Gibson was called for an unnecessary roughness penalty after an Olindo Mare field goal to make the score 16-0. Carroll screamed at Gibson for the mistake, and then he screamed at the entire offensive line, telling those players to focus.

'There was too much jawing going on out there,' Carroll said after the game. 'We were wasting a bunch of energy. That's totally out of our realm of focus. That's not what we're dealing with. It's not how we want to play. We don't do that.'"

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Postby South Sider » Mon Oct 25, 2010 10:41 am

I hope you are right Camasman concerning Robinson's blocking ability. I read or heard somewhere that unlike Forsett, Lynch likes to run behind a lead blocker.

Interesting stuff regarding the trash talking and Carroll having to reign in the players. The one thing for sure minus all the talking is that Seattle is definately alot more physical these days. That part I love.

And I imagine over the next few years that aspect of the team will only get better with the type of players they like to bring in. It's nice not to be known as a bunch of daisies anymore.
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Postby CamasMan » Mon Oct 25, 2010 8:30 pm

Good news: Robinson injured a hamstring, rather than the knee. A hamstring can sideline a guy for a while, but a knee injury can end a season.
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