Focus on: Seeing Red (Bryant)

Posted Sep 16, 2013

While others on the Seahawks’ defensive line make the flashier plays, the consistent, down-and-dirty efforts of end Red Bryant help them do it – and also helps the team just keep winning.

As Red Bryant sat in the locker room at CenturyLink Field on Sunday night, chatting with linemate Brandon Mebane and father-in-law Jacob Green, the smile on his face was almost as large as he is.

Now we know why. The Seahawks’ five-technique end graded out well for his performance in the Seahawks’ home opener against the defending NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers, just as he did in the season-opening victory against the Panthers in Carolina last week.

The 6-foot-4, 323-pound Bryant was credited with two tackles against the 49ers, but as usual his efforts in the 29-3 victory went beyond what shows up on the stat sheet.

“Red has come out of the chute playing great technique,” coach Pete Carroll said on Monday. “He’s hard to move. He’s been very consistent. He’s doing the things that we’re counting on him to do. I’m really happy with the progress he’s made through camp.

“If Red lines up and just gets in your face, he’s really hard to do anything about. So he’s doing a great job so far getting it started. We’ve had great results with him.”

Bryant’s efforts helped the Seahawks hold Frank Gore to a 1.8-yard average on nine carries. That’s the same Frank Gore who has had 212- and 207-yard efforts against the Seahawks in the past.

Bryant – who is married to the former Janelle Green, the daughter of the Seahawks’ all-time sack leader – was as gracious in the locker room as he was supportive of his teammates on the field. He’s willing to do anything, and everything, to help the team win.

“The sky’s the limit,” he said when asked about a Seahawks defense that has allowed the fewest points in the league and ranks No. 3 in average yards allowed after two games. “Every man in here knows the opportunity that we’ve got in front of us and we just want to take full advantage.

“So we stay humble, stay focused, keep working, and we’ll see where that’ll take us and how far that takes us.”

And it’s OK to take the occasional break to enjoy the fruits of that focus, as Bryant was doing with family and friends on Sunday night.