Film Breakdown: Seahawks Seeking Role for Shaquem Griffin
The Seahawks have struggled to generate a pass rush most of the 2019 season and entered last Monday’s game with the 49ers ranking near the bottom of the NFL in sacks, quarterback hits, and hurry percentage.
Thanks in large part to star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, that changed on Monday, as the Seahawks were able to sack Jimmy Garoppolo five times and recorded 10 quarterback hits as a team.
Interestingly, Seattle appeared to bench veteran defender Ziggy Ansah, instead giving linebacker Shaquem Griffin a chance to play 14 reps rushing off the edge. Though the former UCF star didn’t finish with any statistics, coach Pete Carroll seemed encouraged by what he saw and indicated the team was seeking a role for him to utilize his 4.38 40-yard dash speed.
“He’s active. We’re going to find ways to utilize him," Carroll commented on Tuesday. "It’s really clear, more than it has been, that we might be able to build a role that could be a factor. We have to work at that more so just to use his speed. He’s instinctively a good rusher. He’s just not very big."
"You have to do special things with him. We’ll put that together and see if we can make that a good complement to what we’re doing.”
After biding his time on special teams all season thus far, how did Griffin perform? Check out my latest film breakdown as I review 11 of his defensive snaps to see how he held up against the 49ers.