Loss of DE Bryant a big blow to Seahawks

Posted Nov. 03, 2010 @ 7:33 p.m.
Posted By Dan Arkush

When the Seahawks decided this offseason to move 320-pound Red Bryant from tackle to end, daily team observers tell us the coaching staff couldn’t get over how quickly Bryant seemed to adapt to his new role. “They couldn’t stop raving about him,” one observer said. “It was like, ’Wow, look what we found!’” But with Bryant being placed on injured reserve after suffering an injury to his right knee in the Week Eight loss in Oakland, the Seahawks now find themselves with a real potential problem on the defensive line, with ex-Niner Kentwan Balmer, who had been playing inside in place of injured DT Brandon Mebane, considered a substantial downgrade. “He (Balmer) just doesn’t have the same explosiveness as Bryant,” the observer said. “Not only was Red a key factor in the run game, but his steady penetration and ability to blow plays up was huge. He also had become a very popular emotional leader.”