Taking a look at the DB’s of the Hawks
The Seahawks are entering uncharted waters. They are heading into the season as the favorite to win not only the NFC West, but the Super Bowl as well.
With all of the shiny awe inspiring weapons they have on offense, the guys that keep the team in games reside on the other side of the ball.
Here is my player by player write up on each member of the Legion of Boom.
Brandon Browner has lightning speed, and plays the ball extremely well against the man he is covering.
His 94 yard TD return still holds the record for the Seahawks, and barring another stupid reason to miss games next year, his numbers should eclipse the numbers of his first year in Seattle.
Last year when his suspension started, he was only 10 tackles off his mark from the previous season.
He would have gotten those 10 for sure since our opponents were playing from behind and passing for much of the time the Hawks were on defense.
4th year strong safety out of Virginia Tech. Drafted in the 5th round, Kam Chancellor didn’t see much significant time during his rookie season in 2010.
And then 2011 happened. Chancellor became a household name for the 12th man in the Pac-Northwest, garnering a nod to the Pro-Bowl that season as well.
A hard hitting safety, Kam is known for punishing receiver’s who dare try to hang onto the ball. But, even with 101 tackles last season, his game needs to see some improvement this year.
In 2011, he had 13 passes defensed, compared with only 4 this past season. And then there were the interceptions. 0 in 2012.
Winston Guy didn’t get much mention last year, mainly because he didn’t see any time.
The second year SS out of Kentucky will hopefully get some more time this season. It’s not easy following a player like Kam on the depth chart.
At 6’1″, 218, Guy isn’t the biggest guy on the team, but Pete Carroll is hoping that he will be the guy the Kam was in the Nickel when they first drafted him.
3rd year SS out of Boise State. Jeron Johnson was signed as an undrafted free agent.
Johnson is another player who has yet to see significant time on the defensive side of the ball. He has been used a lot on special teams thus far, like Guy, is fighting for real time behind Kam Chancellor as a starter.
That will probably never become a reality for Johnson, but he did get into the action in all 16 games last year.
Look for Carroll to use him a bit more this season.
2nd year man Jeremy Lane (out of Northwestern State) has some big shoes to fill this season. After Wednesday’s news of the Jacksonville Jaguars signing Marcus Trufant, the reality of him no longer being a Seahawk became true.
Lane started 3 games last year, I don’t expect that number to go up this year, but I do expect his production to increase by a lot.
15 tackles in his rookie year aren’t bad, but they are nothing where they will be this season as he will step up production with the added playing time.
Third year corner out of Clemson, Bryron Maxwell saw time in 9 games each of the past two seasons.
While his numbers haven’t been great, he did show some upside last year, as he got his hands on 4 passes defensed.
Another guy who has been a spot guy instead of a go to guy, I expect this trend to continue this next year.
But, coming from a guy who got drafted while watching a movie, I somehow don’t think he is too worried about starting, just getting the most out of his time on the field.
One of the biggest interceptions against the San Francisco 49ers had to have been when the Seahawks signed him after the Niners released him in 2011.
Maragos is a 4th year free safety out of Wisconsin, who played in all 16 games last season.
With a guy like Earl Thomas playing ahead of you, cracking the starting lineup isn’t the easiest thing to do.
But Maragos saw plenty of action in select packages, and recorded 11 tackles in 2012.
Sherm is a beast, plain and simple. The third year corner out of Stanford will smack you around with both his fists and his mouth.
Not to be outdone by his game on the field, Richard Sherman has been the outspoken leader of the Legion of Boom in the media as well.
With numbers that have increased in his first two years, including doubled in interceptions, forced fumbles, and fumble recoveries, the best is still yet to come from this guy.
The best thing about the depth of this secondary unit is, even if offensive coordinator’s want to stay away from Sherm, they will still have to contest with Earl, Kam, and the rest of these guys if they want to come away with any sort of passing game.
The original Boom member, the 4th year FS out of Texas may be the best of the group too.
Thomas has been a first class defender for the Hawks. Starting every game in his pro career, he roams the center of the field looking to unleash his powerful body on a defender.
With 10 career interceptions, Thomas has some great hands for a defender. Probably the best on the defense.
And last year he got in to break up a career high 9 passes to go along with his 3 interceptions. Not to mention his ability to intimidate receivers as well. Those drops don’t show up on the stat sheet.
Only getting into two games last year, he made his best with the time given by recording 3 solo tackles while starting only 1 game.
His best year was 2010, where he recorded 37 tackles, and 7 passes defensed, while getting into 14 games.
If the games are there, his numbers will be there as well. It all depends on how well he can keep up, and keep in the game.
The big free-agent signing of the group, Antoine Winfield is a veteran of 15 years with a more than adequate resume.
Last season with the Vikings, Winfield had picks and 101 tackles.
I can’t wait to see what kind of influence a veteran like this will have on the youngsters who make up the Legion.
If anything, they may be able to teach the old guy some new tricks.
Whatever happens, this Seahawks secondary will be the jewel of the NFC West, that’s for sure.