Grades for the defense and special teams
Except for Darrell Taylor, the defensive line continues to not get much pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Seattle had 3 quarterback hits, 2 were by Taylor. The Rams running backs averaged 4.25 yards a carry. A lot of the defensive scheme this year was based on a good defensive line and that plan has failed so far.
Bobby Wagner had one of his worst games in recent seasons and was in on just 4 tackles and seemed completely lost in throws over the middle where the Rams did most of their damage. Jordyn Brooks was in on 11 tackles but, like Wagner, covered horribly. The lack of communication between the linebackers and secondary is one of the biggest worries about the Seattle defense this season.
Let’s be honest, Jamal Adams is terrible in coverage. Almost all of the impact plays he has made in his time with the Seahawks come in run defense or pressuring opposing quarterbacks. He has some memorable plays getting lost on deep throws, too, and this happened again on Thursday when he was beaten by DeSean Jackson for a 68-yard gain that changed the momentum of the game. Adams allowed a touchdown throw to tight end Tyler Higbee as well.
The corners were too slow to cover crossing patterns by the Rams as well. If I am a team playing Seattle I will run crossing patterns all game and feel sure Seattle can’t stop them.
However, on the bright side, Quandre Diggs continues to play decently. He had an interception and 5 tackles.
After making 37 straight field goals, Jason Myers then missed two straight. He did make one later in the game but his missing a 35-yard try helped changed the flow of the game in favor of the Rams.
Special teams get a B overall, however, because of the brilliance of punter Michael Dickson. Especially his double-punt wonder in the second half.