New England Patriots: Richard Seymour

Bruschi on why pushing rule was needed

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In his weekly chat on ESPNBoston.com, Tedy Bruschi explained why the NFL implemented a rule that penalizes players for pushing teammates into the line of scrimmage on field goal attempts. While with the New England Patriots, Bruschi was on the field on such plays:

“Eliminating the pushing on the FG block is smart. When I got behind Richard Seymour and put both of my hands on him and pushed at the snap, we would absolutely obliterate offensive linemen. It would get the point when I couldn't push any more and I would take my right shoulder and fire into the middle of Seymour's back. Nine times out of 10, there was a mass of humanity on the ground. I thought it was cool. I was always the one still standing getting to witness it. But I can just imagine what those offensive linemen felt each time. We used to crush those guys.”

Revisiting the Seymour trade

December, 28, 2012
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Bill Williamson, who covers the AFC West for ESPN.com, writes a blog post with the title: "Was Richard Seymour era a success?"

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The piece comes as the Raiders have placed Seymour on season-ending injured reserve, likely ending his four-year tenure with the team. The 33-year-old Seymour is a free agent after the season.
"While Seymour did help the Raiders at points, it’s difficult to say the trade for Seymour was a success, simply because he didn’t help the Raiders become a winner. [Al] Davis shocked the NFL when he traded for Seymour totally out of the blue a week before the 2009 season started. The Raiders gave up their No.1 pick in the 2011 draft for Seymour," Williamson writes.

"The Raiders are 25-38 since making the trade, and they paid Seymour more than $40 million in salary and bonuses in his four seasons. He was a good player in first two seasons in Oakland, but started to slow down last season. This season was all but wiped out because of injuries. Seymour never changed the culture of the defense like the team had hoped."

Williamson notes that the Patriots seem to have made out well in the deal, selecting offensive tackle Nate Solder with the 2011 draft pick acquired for Seymour.

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Seymour downplays Sunday's game

September, 28, 2011
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Ezra Shaw/Getty ImagesRichard Seymour said Sunday's clash with the Patriots is just another game.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- You can take Richard Seymour out of New England, but you can't take New England out of Richard Seymour.

During a conference call with the local media on Wednesday afternoon, Seymour was asked if he put an asterisk next to a Week 4 meeting with his former team, the first time their paths have crossed since he was dealt away before the start of the 2009 season. As if still adhering to the Patriot Way, Seymour downplayed Sunday's meeting between his Raiders and the Patriots.

"I feel that way about all of [the games]," he said. "This one is no different."

It's hard to imagine that after eight seasons and three Super Bowl titles with New England this one could mean just as much as, say, Oakland's Week 5 visit to a Houston Texans squad that wasn't even in the league when the Patriots drafted Seymour with the sixth overall pick in the 2001 draft. But that's the way Seymour pegged it.

"Well, I think it’s a big game for us and we gotta bring out our A-game in order to beat them," said Seymour, swapped for a 2011 first-round draft pick (Nate Solder). "This is a team we respect, they have a lot of good players, so we’ll put our best foot forward."

During a 12-minute conference call that featured a couple of interruptions from planes flying over the Raiders' practice facility, Seymour talked being a leader in Oakland, lobbed praise on the likes of Patriots offensive linemen Matt Light and Logan Mankins, and explained his "X" celebration ("It means X-rated; When I put the X up, put the kids to sleep, because little kids can't watch that," he said.)

More importantly, he explained why he returned to the area last month to pay his respects to Myra Kraft.

"For me, Myra was a great lady," explained Seymour. "The Kraft family was great to me and my family and I have a lot of respect for her and I just wanted to pay my respects. It’s not anything about football, it’s about life -- how valuable and precious life is. I know how much Mr. [Robert] Kraft cared for his wife and loved her, he was always an example for me and my wife, in how he treated her and how she treated him. For me, it’s about the type of person you are at the end of the day, so i wanted to pay my respects."

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Revisiting the Seymour trade

September, 28, 2011
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Kirby Lee/US PresswireTwo years after trading him away, the Patriots meet Richard Seymour Sunday in Oakland.
The Patriots face Richard Seymour for the first time since trading him to Oakland on Sunday. Did the deal work out? We examine the swap two years later:

SEYMOUR DEAL: A GOOD GOODBYE?
To be sure, the Patriots' defensive line has not panned out as planned when the team dealt Seymour away. At that time, the addition of rookies Myron Pryor and Ron Brace were touted as moves to solidify a group that also included Vince Wilfork, Ty Warren, Jarvis Green and Mike Wright.

Warren missed all but one game during the 2010 season and was waived this summer. Green, who missed time in 2009, chased big free-agent money in Denver, but didn't even make the team's roster out of camp and hasn't played in an NFL game since. Wright has battled concussions, while a variety of injuries have limited Pryor, who went on season-ending injured reserve last week. Brace can't seem to stay on the field, either, and is currently on the physically-unable-to-perform list.

The Patriots ultimately spent much of this past summer reconfiguring their defensive line, going so far as to change their philosophy to a base 4-3 defense in order to optimize new arrivals Albert Haynesworth, Shaun Ellis and Andre Carter.

Early results haven't shown much improvement, but players swear that will come in time.

Maybe a better metric than just plain sacks is the number of sacks generated per opponent pass attempt. The Patriots' defense generated one on 6.5 percent of attempts in 2008 (slightly above the league average of 6.27). Since then, that number has shrunk each year, though not terribly (6.1 percent in 2009, 5.9 percent in 2010).

Through three games this season, the Patriots are generating a sack on 4.7 percent of all dropbacks, showing the rush remains an area of concern.

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Cable: No regrets on Seymour trade

February, 28, 2010
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INDIANAPOLIS -- When dissecting the blockbuster trade in which the Patriots sent defensive lineman Richard Seymour to the Raiders for a 2011 first-round pick, the majority of analysts seem to think Oakland gave up too much.

But Raiders coach Tom Cable said Sunday that he has no regrets on the deal. He believes Oakland got fair value.

"I think so, when you look at what he brought to our team," Cable said at the NFL combine. "The ability of opponents, or lack thereof, to run at him, to run at that side of the line of scrimmage. We'd like to see a little more pass rush out of him, which he'd probably be the first to tell you that. With all those things considered, yeah definitely, if you can get that out of a first-round pick you've done yourself [well]."

Cable was asked if what the team received from Seymour was about what it expected.

"I think he was everything I thought he would be," Cable responded. "I heard a lot about who he is as a person and what he would be like in the locker room and on the practice field, and preparation and all those things. To me, [he] accomplished everything I had heard about him.

"The thing I was probably most excited about was how much he impacted our young players on our football team. He's been in the NFL quite some time and knows how to prepare, how to get himself ready, how to take notes, the time it takes day to day, week to week as you go through the season and ultimately how to take care of your body. So I think there was a lot of good lessons learned there for a bunch of young football players."

The Raiders last week placed the exclusive franchise tag on Seymour, meaning unless he is traded he will be a Raider next season. With the tag, Seymour will be guaranteed a salary for next season of at least $12.398 million, which is the average salary earned last year by the five highest-paid defensive ends in the league. If the average for next season is greater than that on April 15, Seymour will get the new amount. Oakland would like to sign him to a long-term deal.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

5 for Friday

November, 20, 2009
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Five quick-hit Patriots thoughts on Friday:

1) Without Rodney Harrison, Tedy Bruschi, Mike Vrabel and Richard Seymour, many questions have been asked about filling a leadership void on defense. This was the adversity-filled week to find out, and second-year linebacker Jerod Mayo officially declared that a big part of the torch has been passed his way with his strong remarks Thursday.

2) After playing all but two plays in a sub package against the Colts, this week's game should feature more of a return to the base 3-4 alignment against the Jets' No. 1 ranked rushing offense. The outside linebacker spot opposite Adalius Thomas will be important to watch. If Tully Canta-Cain isn't healthy enough to play, it could thrust Pierre Woods back into the lineup. Woods hasn't played on defense in the last three games.

3) The Patriots need to be more efficient in the red zone, but their 25th ranking in that area is a bit misleading when considering the Buccaneers are the NFL's top red-zone offense. Would you rather be the Buccaneers (12 TDs in 17 trips) or the Patriots (18 TDs in 40 trips)?

4) With Jarvis Green (knee) unlikely to play and Ty Warren with a nagging ankle injury, and with the physical Jets running game to stop, this could be the week the Patriots call on rookie Ron Brace more along the defensive line. Brace saw his first action since Week 2 when he was on the field for the final two goal-line plays Sunday in Indianapolis.

5) Nine games into the season, the Patriots have already had five different players as a primary kickoff returner because of injuries: Laurence Maroney, Julian Edelman, Kevin Faulk, Brandon Tate and Matthew Slater. That hasn't helped them in the field-position game. The team's average drive start is the 24.9 yard line -- 13th in the AFC and 22nd in the NFL.

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