Aug 27, 2011; Tampa, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins defensive end Tony McDaniel (78) jogs off the field during a preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Fernando Medina-USA TODAY Sports

Quick Follow Up On New Seahawk Tony McDaniel

In my rush to publish an announcement on the newest member of the Seattle Seahawks, I got a little carried away on some of my analysis. I just re-read it, and my first thought was “wow, that was harsh.”

The truth is that I haven’t had a chance to examine how McDaniel was used in Miami, and if that’s different than what the Seahawk’s ask their 3-tech DT to do. Until I’ve had a chance to do that I cannot, with complete confidence, tell you how he’ll do with the Seahawks.

Different teams ask their DTs to play the game in very different ways. Some 2-gap, while other’s 1-gap. Some are asked to get into the backfield and be disruptive, others are asked to do their best to “eat blocks.”

Sometimes the problem has more to do with what the team is asking the player to try and do, than it does with the overall talent level of the player.

There are plenty of examples; look at the Kansas City Chiefs entire defensive line. That was a unit of disruptive 1-gap specialists trying (and failing) to 2-gap in Romeo Crennel’s defensive scheme.

Perhaps that was the case with McDaniel in Miami.

Finding a player’s strengths and then putting them in a position where they can be successful has been the key trademark of Pete Carroll’s tenure with the Seahawks. If anyone can find a way to turn McDaniel’s physical talent into production, it’s him.

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  • Hawk_Eye

    Exactly! Give the guy a chance to play first and then let’s see how he does. If anyone can get Tony to play to his potential, it’s Pete Carroll and his staff.

  • WC

    Yeah man, They obviously saw something they like or think they can scheme with. I’m excited to see what havoc our final front 7 shall wreak! I’d love to see a guy eat up blocks the way that (not Aldon, but ____) Smith does in SF, while our athletic DEs swarm from all different positions and tear S…t up in the backfield! Anyways, I can’t friggin wait for me some football!!!!! Go Hawks!!!!!

    • 12thMan_Rising

      You’re thinking Justin Smith. and yes, if McDaniel and eat blocks the way he does and open up blitzing/rushing lanes for our DEs and LBs, then he will be a great pickup.

  • All Coug’d Up

    I think Red Bryant and Chris Clemons had some of the same critical evaluations on their way to the Seahawks…

  • Coug1990

    Your previous article on McDaniel is what people were saying about Branch two years ago. He had been a bust at Arizona before Pete and John got to him.

    Mike Sando did a side by side comparison of Branch and McDaniel’s numbers. In much more limited time, his relative numbers were much better than Branch’s.

    Still, with Bennett and others, he will only be used in run situations.