It would be difficult for one to match up the measly 10 tackles that massively oversized defensive end Red Bryant has and call it elite production.
You don’t need to though, because his presence amongst the front four along the defensive line has definitively determined the state of the Seahawks rushing defense.
It was well noted that before Bryant went down with a season ending injury in 2010 that the Seahawks were ranked 2nd overall in rushing defense. Once he was carted off the field, that ranking plummeted to bottomfeeding status in a matter of weeks.
Five games into the season, NFC West squads are punishing running backs, with the Seahawks and 49ers ranked 1st (3.1 ypc) and 4th (3.6 ypc) in fewest yards allowed per carry. Naturally, this also would translate to 1st and 4th in fewest rushing yards allowed overall.
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that a mediocre Seahawks squad from last season was so dominant against the run with Bryant in the lineup and so terrible without him, and that with him healthy this season they are doing even better 5 games in.
Hopefully I didn’t jinx anything with this post, because that’s how far into the season it was when Bryant got hurt last year!