Seattle Seahawks Secondary One of NFL’s Best: A Fan’s Opinion

The Seattle Seahawks have improved up and down the roster this year, but the biggest improvement is probably the secondary. Instead of opposing quarterbacks having their way with Seattle, the cornerbacks and safeties are instead setting the standard. Even with several injuries that the team has had to deal with, suddenly the secondary has become a huge strength for the Seahawks.

One of the assets that the Seahawks and head coach Pete Carroll have been working with is the height and size of this secondary. At the left cornerback position is Richard Sherman(notes), who stands at 6-3. He was a fifth-round pick by the Seahawks in the 2011 NFL Draft, and was one of the players that really stepped up when Marcus Trufantgot placed on injured-reserve for the year. In the last four games, Sherman has 18 total tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and 8 pass deflections from that corner.

Brandon Browner(notes) is holding down the right cornerback position, and he stands at 6-4. The Oregon State alum and NFL rookie has also put up some great numbers over the past four games, including 6 pass deflections. He now has 10 pass deflections and an interception that he ran back 94 yards for a touchdown. Now that Browner and Sherman are locking down the sidelines, suddenly the Seahawks have become a dangerous team on defense. It has allowed the defensive line to take more gambles, and that has paid off with more success by Chris Clemons.

In the safety slots, Seattle has Kam Chancellor(notes) and Earl Thomas(notes), two more guys that are known for their size and toughness. Chancellor has 59 total tackles, a sack, 3 interceptions and 8 pass deflections already this year. Thomas has 67 total tackles, an interception and 4 pass deflections of his own. With all four of these guys reliable in the secondary, Seattle has become much tougher on pass defense. The St. Louis Rams threw for just 181 yards on 20-of-40 passes and the Ravens only went for 255 yards on 52 attempts the week before.

As the season heads into the stretch run, it is this group of four players that could develop the most for the Seahawks. With each game the group gains more experience, and with youth on their side, they could be together on the field for a numbers of years. That is an exciting thought to have if you are a Seahawks fan, but not if you are an opposing quarterback.

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*Ryan Christopher DeVault is a lifelong fan of the Seattle Seahawks that continues to hold out hope that the team is heading in the right direction with a new coach, a weak NFC West, and some great young players on defense.

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Updated Friday, Nov 25, 2011