Raheem Brock Getting Opportunity to Make Life Miserable for Quarterbacks
"I want to hit the quarterback,'' the Seattle defensive lineman said Monday.
He wasn't getting that chance as much earlier this year when he was new to the Seahawks after having spent most of his career with the Colts, including earning a Super Bowl XLI ring after the 2006 season.
Released by Indianapolis after the 2010 season, he signed with Tennessee but was let go on Sept. 5. A day later, the Seahawks signed him. Based on the games he's played the last two weeks it seems an obvious advantage to have him around, but it wasn't like that in the early days.
Red Bryant was starting at defensive end along with Chris Clemons to start the season, and there just wasn't that much room at the inn for Brock to get playing time. Then Bryant went down with an injury and everything changed.
"When I got here, I didn't have that many reps,'' Brock said. "It was kind of like my rookie year with Indianapolis. I had to prove myself. But that was OK, I don't mind hard work.''
In the ensuing weeks after Bryant's injury, Brock and Clemons have become a tandem the Seattle defense can throw at opposing quarterbacks.
The best performance yet may have come Saturday when both players applied consistent pressure to New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees in a 41-36 playoff win by Seattle. Brees got his yards, but he never got too comfortable thanks to the Seahawks' applying the pressure.
Brock got one sack, forced a fumble, had a couple of tackles behind the line of scrimmage and forced Brees into some quick throws. All in all, not a bad afternoon.
"Chris and I can apply a lot of pressure,' Brock said. "We come after the quarterback on every down.
"It was a different experience for me coming over here for Indianapolis, but was as defense found a way to gel, and to do it at the right time. Guys have come in and out here. But right now we're starting to get hot and to get comfortable with what we're doing.''