For a week, Seattle defensive end Raheem Brock was looking for
He felt his hand was missing a second Super Bowl ring, taken
away in the final minutes last year by the Saints in winning their
first championship with a victory over Indianapolis.
”If you all watch the game the last time we played them I was
playing a little (angry) against them,” Brock said last week,
referring to the first meeting with New Orleans in the regular
season. ”It will be fun, it will be nice to take them out of the
Brock was right. Seattle upset the Saints 41-36 last Saturday,
knocking the defending champs out of the NFC playoffs when few
people seemed to be giving the Seahawks a chance. And Brock
actually had a hand in dismissing the Saints. The veteran finished
with four total tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack and a forced
”I definitely wanted to get them back. I wanted to get them
back during the season. To take them out of the playoffs, that was
a great feeling,” Brock said earlier this week. ”I know I was
talking about it on Twitter a lot. … The whole game was great
just how we won that game, us being underdogs, everybody is against
us. It was great.”
This playoff run is quite a bit different from what Brock
experienced in the past. This season, he’s on the first division
champs in league history with a losing record. They are 10-point
underdogs for the second straight week heading into Chicago on
But just being in the postseason, that’s all too familiar to
Brock, who has yet to miss the playoffs in his career. That would
be 9-for-9 overall, with 18 total postseason games.
Brock is coming off one of the best regular seasons of his
career after leaving Indianapolis after last season and being cut
by Tennessee at the end of training camp.
Officially, he didn’t start a single game this season – the
first time in his career – but has become an invaluable pass rusher
for the Seahawks opposite emerging defensive end Chris Clemons.
”Both of those guys bring an intensity that if you’re not right
getting off the ball on the line of scrimmage, they’re going to get
you,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. ”Particularly by design we
wanted speed on the edge. … They’ve had a very good year.”
When Brock arrived in Seattle it proved a difficult transition.
He was on the opposite side of the country from his family, playing
away from the East Coast for the first time in his career.
”I had to go out and prove myself all over again, so it was
kind of like my rookie year in Indianapolis all over again,” Brock
said. ”I don’t mind a challenge, I just had to go out there and
prove myself and work my way up to get more reps, and now I’m
getting a lot of reps.”
Brock’s closing charge to a successful season began in Week 12
against Carolina, and he finished with six sacks in Seattle’s final
five regular season games. He had 2 1/2 sacks and a forced fumble
in Seattle’s season finale win over St. Louis that wrapped up the
division title, then followed up with another strong effort against
Combined with Clemons, the duo finished third in the league
during the regular season for sacks by defensive end tandems with a
And Brock is doing it playing defensive end almost exclusively
for the first time in his career after playing some end, but mostly
tackle, in Indianapolis.
”One of the reasons why I left Indy was to get the opportunity
like I have now, to get after the quarterback like I have been
playing at the end,” Brock said. ”I’m just happy to be able to
take advantage of that.”