Michael Brockers knew game-deciding play was going to be a run

AP

So how did the Rams stop the Seahawks on fourth down in overtime on Sunday? According to defensive tackle Michael Brockers, it helped that they knew a run was coming.

“[I]t was probably in the third quarter I seen that same formation before, and I got out of my gap and they got about three yards,” Brockers explained during Wednesday’s PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio. “So we called a call that we had been practicing on all week against that formation, and I told coach to trust me and call it again, don’t can it and let me get my redemption back on that play and make it up for the team. So he called it, I was ready, I was like, ‘OK, I see this formation, I know what they’re gonna do,’ and when [Russell Wilson] handed the ball to Marshawn Lynch I was in the backfield, and me and Aaron [Donald] took him down to the ground.”

How did Brockers know the run was coming?

“[W]e pick up on tendencies, and when you see Marshawn probably a yard or two behind Russell and you just know that zone read scheme that they do is coming,” Brockers said. “I knocked the tackle back in the backfield so he didn’t have anywhere to go and wrapped [Lynch’s] legs up so he couldn’t keep those things going, because if you don’t he can get that yard. So we just did a great job. We did our job on that play and I think it all came out at the end.”

The penetration from Brockers forced Lynch to actually stop. By the time he got started again, Donald was on top of Lynch. And getting he job done was easier because the Seattle offensive line isn’t what it used to be.

“It’s very makeshift,” Brockers said.  “You have a lot of guys who aren’t playing positions they they started when they came into the league. Like you have [J.R.] Sweezy who also was a really good guard in this league and he used to be a defensive tackle. [Justin] Britt who played tackle last year has now moved to guard, so you got a lot of people who aren’t playing a position that they started with or playing a new position and when you got things like that, you know, you got great defensive linemen I feel like we have, you have to take advantage of that. And we came out got six sacks and we got a lot of pressure on Wilson.”

Here’s the part that should concern the Seahawks going forward.

“We tried to make them one dimensional,” Brockers said. “You try to take away the run game and make them pass and they played right into our hands.”

With a quarterback making more than $20 million per year, the idea that an opposing defense would try to beat his team by forcing him to do what quarterbacks are paid to do is a little alarming. The question is whether other teams will be able to make Seattle one dimensional — and whether the Seahawks will be able to win with Wilson throwing more than 40 passes per game.

70 responses to “Michael Brockers knew game-deciding play was going to be a run

  1. That’s OC Bevell for ya. Doesn’t have sense not to use the same formation previously used in the 3rd quarter. This is the same idiot who called the failed pass in the SB. And folks wonder why Lynch’s Mother is all over him like white on rice. Can that fool already!

  2. Wilson is an overhyped creation of the media.

    He was successful in the past because he had a great running game and a great defense behind him. Kind of like Troy Aikman, only not as quite as good.

    All knowledgeable football fans understand this to be true.

    If left to carry a team on his shoulders, Russell Wilson WILL fail.

  3. You can be dumb and be a good football player…but not at the NFL level. It’s cool to see players out there paying attention instead of just running around.

    Plus, Seattle fans have become d-bags.

  4. They still put up 30 points on the Rams and responded to what the Rams gave them. If the Hawks had the same healthy defense as much of last year the Hawks win. But with 50% of the secondary being average they’ll need 35+ to beat teams. Could be a long season in Seattle…

  5. Absolute deception on the part of the St. Louis defense. They stole the signs. Must have played with the radio signals.

    There is absolutely no chance he could have made that play without his team and coach filming a walk through.

    Then again, maybe he put the work in.

  6. Tough to pass when your guys can’t block. Russell knows he’s getting crushed if he holds the ball longer than 3 seconds. Gonna have to take a page out of Brady’s book and get that ball out before the pressure can get home. Mama Lynch is right, Bevell isn’t the right guy for the job.

  7. Marshall Faulk: Well, of course the Rams taped Seattle’s walkthrough. That’s the only way they could have known that play.
    Kurt Warner: I was thinking the same thing.
    Mike Martz: Wait. What?

  8. This sounds exactly what I expect from professional NFL players.

    Good for them. It was still the right call from the Seahawks.

    100% of the time for 1 yard the ball should go to Mashawn Lynch. Statistically it isn’t going to work 100% of the time, but its still the right call.

  9. The Hawks have relied on Tom Cable to make do with a makeshift O-line for the last couple years but this year it seems the most concerning. Every year their are issues but down the stretch Cable gets them clicking and hopefully that’s the case this year as well.

    Also must keep in mind, St. Louis always plays Seattle tough and it took them OT in their stadium to finally pull off a win.

  10. Hardcore Hawk fan here…

    Oh Brockers, you’re so smart. Nobody saw that coming. Jesus, can our O-Coordinator be any more predictable. Yes, we all knew it was coming and yes, Hawk fans have a hot/cold relationship with Bevell (our O-Coordinator). Just ask Mama Lynch.

    With that said, the Rams played their Super Bowl last Sunday. Now you can go to Washington and lay over like you always do.

  11. If a pats player had said we knew the run was coming, people would be out calling taping of practice. But since its a rams player, they studied and noticed tendencies because only the pats cannot scout or study or notice tendencies but the rest of the teams can do that.

  12. Everyone knew they were going to run there. I know many call the execution of the play the problem.

    The fact is you line up 3 WR and TE is sent to go block a S. While Donald and Brockers are left to be blocked one on one but Justin Britt (1st game at LG) and Gilliam (1st game starting/learning RT). Both had to block it perfectly with no help but both got blown up. That’s why its a back call along with 6 sacks all coming on empty formation.

    Green Bay is a far better match up for Seattle than the Rams. Look forward to that game in prime time seeing the season going the right direction before a home stretch.

  13. “With a quarterback making more than $20 million per year, the idea that an opposing defense would try to beat his team by forcing him to do what quarterbacks are paid to do is a little alarming.”

    Why is that alarming? Name a team that doesn’t want to take away the run. Peyton’s playoff losses to New England @ Gillette, they did the same thing.

    It’s been the gameplan in St. Louis for years. Stop Marshawn, don’t lose containment on Russell, and you’ve got a chance.

    And Brockers blew that play up because he’s an earth moving DT that can be every bit as dominating as Donald. Every passing year he reminds more and more of Marcus Stroud.

  14. You knew it was coming because of all the !#$× Bevel took over that call in the SB. Bevel had to call a run and he probably knew you thought it was coming.

  15. It’s like he knew what play they were going to run.

    I guess you can add the Rams to the long list of cheaters.

  16. Wilson has proven he can throw with the best of them, but he doesn’t design the plays. Bevell has proven he doesn’t know how to use the weapons he has.

    Graham, Lockett, Wilson and Lynch should be enough to give any team nightmares, but not with stale, unimaginative plays and formations that telegraph the coming play.

    Pete is on the threshold of losing both the defense and offense. They’re gonna start to tune him out.

  17. So essentially this loss falls on JS and PC for continuing to treat the o-line almost as an afterthought. Past time to stop bringing in projects, converts and barely serviceable guys to play on the line and draft some real o-line guys.

  18. Congrats to the Rams on winning their yearly Super Bowl.

    Seattle will actually be trying to win it all again. Something, that, mid-way through December, the Rams will be eliminated from even remotely qualifying for.

  19. The problem is Bevell doesn’t realize that and keeps calling the same plays that don’t work. Let Wilson throw 40+ a game.
    He is more than capable.

  20. there’s one little speedy guy the ‘hawks need to get the ball to more often…. the 2nd coming of a healthy Percy Harvin without the attitude… Tyler Lockett

  21. So a team can identify what play their opponent is going to run by seeing tendencies, and recognizing a formation from earlier in the game?

    Wow. After hearing Roethlisberger whining last week, you’d think that was impossible, and the only explanation could be cheating.

  22. All props the Rams for the solid game. The deserved the win. But its going to make this Seahawks team better. Wilson isnt the best in the league at passing but now he knows exactly how long he can hold onto the ball before the sack. With an o line like the Seahawks, you dont get that info until you face a great pass rush like the Rams. The Rams earned a solid win. And the Seahawks will learn from it.

  23. Really depressing to hear that the last two teams the Seahawks played have the Wilson and Lynch figured out better than do Bevell and Carroll.

    Wilson looked average last Sunday; Bevell doesn’t know how to utilize talented stars like Graham; and Pete tries cute plays in crunch time.

  24. Considering Wilson was sacked 6 times and pressured and hit many other times, he played remarkably well in completing more than 75% of his passes. They generally had to be short because there was no time to throw. Remember- that front four made Luck and Manning look far worse than Wilson looked on Sunday.

    Why did the Hawks lose? Primarily because the o-line was manhandled. Pass coverage was also weak in allowing 11 YPA to Nick Foles. I didn’t see Wilson missing throws; he did the best he could with his time by completing short passes. The Seahawks prefer to run and throw downfield, but there are times when you can only take what your o-line gives you. Maybe it’s time to start investing in it like Dallas instead of putting undrafted guys and former d-linemen in there.

  25. Brockers noticed it too… our offensive line is a a bunch of retreads from other positions. I just don’t get their experimental o line.

    I also don’t get how you have a team with so much potential for the last few years, and you leave a proven mediocrity like Darrell Bevell running the offense. It would be nice to see Russell audible out of some of these plays.

    He must have some dirt on Paul Allen. Like proof of insider trading tips on the stock market.

  26. wow, for once giving credit and recognition for actual good coaching and scouting of an opponents tendencies.

    no excuses for Seattle like “it’s like they knew what we were going to do….”

  27. The Rams must have someone going thru the Seahawks locker rooms for Play Sheets…. As the haters would believe if this was the Pats player making that statement….. LOL…

  28. It’s been reported that Wilson received an audible from god telling him to fake the hand off and bootleg right, but he chose to ignore it.

  29. OMG the Rams were spying on the Seahawks’ practices! It’s the only reasonable explanation for knowing what the other team was going to run!

    Call Warner, Faulk, Roethlisburger, Martz, Goodell, Wells, the specter of Spector, and Chris Mortensen! I want to hear the outrage!

    Does anyone see how stupid this is? Anyone?

  30. Meh. Rams have the best D-Line in NFL right now.

    This ain’t gonna happen on Sunday Night against GB.

    Seattle O-Line will be fine, just like it has been past two SB seasons 😉

  31. Congrats Rams. But when Butler said word-for-word the same thing (albeit for a pass play) that ended the SB, a few Seahawks fans and others claimed the Pats must have cheated. No. Seattle’s great athleticism makes them playoff contenders but they’re not the best disguisers. You’d think they’d have spent all off-season on that. Or maybe they just thought it didn’t matter – that it was just the wrong call because Lynch would have been unstoppable. Well, think again, and expect other teams to now make that read.

  32. If the Hawks had the same healthy defense as much of last year the Hawks win

    why do people say things like this? If SF had Montana & Rice last year, If the Dolphins had Shula & Greise, If, if if.

    It is what it is. You get to play the players you have now, not your all time HOF team.

  33. Wilson is an overhyped creation of the media.

    He was successful in the past because he had a great running game and a great defense behind him. Kind of like Troy Aikman, only not as quite as good.

    or as big a jerk

  34. Wait, he new what play was coming? They must have been cheating. Did he have the Seahawks playbook?

    TIC

  35. If Brockers played for the Patriots, someone would be claiming that he stole the signs or the plays.

    All smart players & teams learn from what they see.

  36. Get ready Haternation, it’s going to be like this all year long. By about game 6 I expect you’ll all have moved on, or changed your screen names.

    Brunelle, Bettis and the rest of the babbling idiots at ESPN should also be feeling pretty stupid right now as well.

  37. “How did you know the run was coming?”

    “Well we figured they wouldn’t be stupid enough throw the ball again seven months after they lost the Super Bowl by doing that, so we just assumed they’d be smart and run Lynch to get that yard”

  38. This was a great stop and all, but depending on when he actually made this statement, if he was still talking about this on Wednesday, then there’s a good chance that St Louis loses this week. Win or lose, be over it by Tuesday night or bad things typically happen.

  39. “All I take from this comment section is there are a lot of butt-hurt Hawks fans and insecure Pats fans.”

    Some might be insecure. Some might be combative and pointing out how much vitriol has been aimed at their favorite team for things which are either common around the league, or for which there’s not any actual evidence. If every Patriots fumble is going to get greeted with taunts about air pressure in football – and you know it will – then you should expect a player comment like this to get exactly the treatment it’s getting…

  40. This was a great stop and all, but depending on when he actually made this statement, if he was still talking about this on Wednesday, then there’s a good chance that St Louis loses this week. Win or lose, be over it by Tuesday night or bad things typically happen.

    Called it.

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