Again, why do a profile on someone as seemingly minor as Red Bryant?
The man has played in all of 10 games in his NFL career over 2 seasons. According to that NFL.com link above, he’s recorded 16 tackles and accumulated exactly 0 other stats. Yet, if you’ve been reading all the early stuff out of OTA’s and Training Camp, Red Bryant is all anyone can seem to talk about. Pete Carroll is absolutely in a froth over this man’s potential to make The Leap.
Without question, our biggest weakness this year is perceived to be the defensive line. It was our second biggest weakness last year, but that’s only because our O-Line was the God damned apocalypse. And, while we brought in a highly-touted rookie Left Tackle and a veteran Left Guard to shore up our O; we’ve done next-to-nothing for our D-Line. E.J. Wilson in the draft, Chris Clemons in a trade for Darryl Tapp (who, in my opinion, are basically the same player). We lost Grant Wistrom Patrick Kerney to injuries/retirement … so HOW exactly are we supposed to generate a pass rush?
Well, certainly not with Red Bryant, who in the biggest news thus far this off-season, has made the move to End from his more natural (?) Tackle position.
Supposedly, it works like this. On one side – going against the Right Tackle – you’ve got Bryant. He’s there to stuff some run and collapse some pocket. Then you’ve got the tackles (presumably Mebane, the quicker one, and Vickerson, the fatter one), then you’ve got the speed end. The speed end being either Clemons or Nick Reed. With Aaron Curry coming from the outside if we want a blitzer.
Apparently, teams do this. Don’t ask me how the world works, all I know is that Pete Carroll is ALL jazzed up, and when Pete’s jazzed, we’re all jazzed. Jazz.
I’ve always kinda liked Bryant and hoped he’d be a force for our line. On the plus side, he’s still young, this being only his third year. Durability has been an issue, but I feel that’s always going to be an issue with big guys. Knees aren’t meant to handle such bulk on top. You just hope he plays in more games than he doesn’t, and that when he plays he makes a positive impact. And, if you can generate one magical season (see: Marcus Tubbs), then your value will be forever known and appreciated and missed when you ultimately need microfracture surgery.
Plus, Red Bryant is married (or engaged, I can’t remember) to legendary Seahawk Jacob Green’s daughter. Jacob Green is easily in my top 5 Seahawks of all time, without question. That guy was an animal in the 80s.
You’ll notice, lost in all the Bryant Brouhaha is Lawrence Jackson. He’s a USC guy who played under Carroll, a former first round pick, and he’s currently blocked by a guy who’s got 20-30 pounds on him, who was formerly a DT. Is it safe to say that if Carroll were the Seahawks coach at the time, he wouldn’t have drafted Lo-Jack? Of course not, but I’m saying it here.