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Thats one BIG dude...
One of the most anticipated areas of change to watch, at least for me, is the new, massive defensive front Seattle has created.
A healthier Red Bryant returns at the 5-technique end spot; Brandon Mebane has been moved to nose tackle; and the 330-pound, light-footed Alan Branch will play primarily the 3-technique—Mebane’s old spot—to create a potentially devastating trio to build around up front. These are a trio of massive players that can play multiple positions along the line.
In the first preseason game we saw that Seattle has acquired some decent depth. Jimmy Wilkerson played both inside and outside as a pass rusher, registering a sack from the end spot. Junior Siavii, at 340 pounds, played and proved he could again be solid depth inside.
Seattle also got contributions from a variety of young players across the defensive line—Pierre Allen, Jameson Konz, Pep Levingston, A.J. Schable—and may have a young, deeper-than-expected group to compete behind the veterans. (Update: With Schable and Allen not expected to play, keep your eye on Dexter Davis)
Mebane saw limited action last week, but was disruptive; Branch showed explosiveness off the ball, also breaking up the pass—his 6’6” frame causing the ball to hit him in the armpit. Now that Bryant has fully come back (the coaching staff realized he was "back" after he tackled Dominique Byrd and a full run downfield during practice) we should see more of the defensive scheme in action.
Seattle didn't run much of their 4-3 under versus San Diego. This is because the team wanted to install the base defense and simply worry about getting players on the field.
Also, without Bryant and Clemons, Seattle doesn’t have the right personnel to run the 4-3 under with full effectiveness. Bryant’s presence at the 5-technique tackle is one of the main reasons the 4-3 under was successful.
Now with all three big guys playing up front, the Seahawks can install more complex parts of the scheme. Expect to see a little more of what a versatile front line will have to offer versus Minnesota—and a fuller package as the preseason progresses.