Red Bryant: Big man, bigger impact

Published on August 24, 2011 by     

Red Bryant was helped off the field with a minute remaining in the first half of Seattle’s seventh game.

He never returned last season, and Seattle’s run defense never recovered. Not when Brandon Mebane returned from his calf injury. Not when Colin Cole returned from an ankle injury in December.

Bryant was the most important player on Seattle’s defense last year. That’s the conclusion you take from looking at the rushing totals of the Seahawks’ opponents, a reality neatly delineated in that very game he was hurt.

Before Bryant’s injury, the Oakland Raiders had rushed 20 times, gaining 72 yards. After he was helped off the field, the Raiders rushed 19 times for 167 yards. That was part of a larger trend.

I was surprised by just how significant Bryant was last season. Coach Pete Carroll was crowing about the success of moving Bryant from defensive tackle to end during the offseason workouts, but I chalked it up to the sort of wishful thinking that tends to bloom over the offseason and even into training camp.

After all, Bryant hadn’t ever been much of a factor at defensive tackle — the position he was drafted to play — and there were some teams that looked at his height — 6 feet 4 — and top-heavy build and deemed him not a draftable prospect.

This year, the question isn’t about Bryant’s bona fides, but his durability. He has never played more than seven regular-season games in a season. He indicated he weighed 335 pounds when he reported to training camp, and that he wanted to get down in the 320s. The team held him out of training camp for more than a week partly to improve his conditioning and not to push his surgically repaired knee.

via Seahawks Blog | Red Bryant: Big man, bigger impact | Seattle Times Newspaper.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Fair Use Notice This website may at times present copyrighted material, the use of which might not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available in an effort to advance understandings of democratic, economic, environmental, human rights, political, scientific, and social justice issues, among others. The author believes that this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the U. S. Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the articles published on this website are distributed without profit for research and informational purposes. In most instances a link is placed to originator of Article and it is never expressly mentioned as written by, we use published by certain entities who write or publish for this said Blog..

Tell Us What's On Your Mind (0)




WP-SpamFree by Pole Position Marketing

REMEMBERING A LEGEND!

LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS

140505donald600

Where does Aaron Donald fit in first round of NFL Draft?

Aaron Donald did all the right things at the University of Pittsburgh, but the undersized defensive tackle needs ...
Untitled

Golden Tate Cheating With Russell Wilson’s Wife?

Some of you will read this post and say no way, but yes it's true and i have ...
140501clowney600

Mike Mayock can see Seahawks trading down in first round of NFL Draft

The Seahawks hold the last pick in the first round of next week’s NFL Draft, and analyst Mike ...
140502suafilo600

Do Seahawks have designs on building blocks in NFL Draft?

The Seahawks could go in just about any direction with the 32nd pick in the first round of ...
kveTl.AuSt.5

Family tragedies fuel Seahawks running back Robert Turbin

Sitting alone with both elbows on the table and hands folded, Robert Turbin waited. The Seattle Seahawks’ backup running ...
140430schneider600

This NFL draft is very different, but John Schneider’s approach isn’t

John Schneider has been involved in the NFL Draft for two decades and admits that he even dreamed ...
1c4jGw.AuSt.5

Earl Thomas reaches long-term extension with Seahawks

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network first reported Thomas’ extension. The extension will make Thomas the highest-paid safety in ...
trufant (1)

Marcus Trufant to retire a Seahawk

Marcus Trufant will retire a Seahawk. On Wednesday, the Seahawks announced the former Seahawks cornerback had signed with the ...

Shop for Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII Champs Merchandise at NFLShop.com

Shop for Conference Champs and Super Bowl XLVIII Match Up Merchandise at NFLShop.com

WELCOME TO THE SEAHAWKS 12TH MAN ARMY.

WE TAKE PRIDE IN GIVING SEAHAWKS FANS AROUND THE CLOCK UPDATES,  ALL SEAHAWKS ALL THE TIME. SO IF YOU WANT THE LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS DELIVERED FOR FREE RIGHT TO YOUR EMAIL BOX ONCE A WEEK, SIGN UP AND ENJOY!

WE HAVE BEEN PROUDLY SERVING DIEHARD SEAHAWKS FANS SINCE 2004.

Enter your Email

Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz