It's not who you might think, 6/8/2023
When Peyton’s Colts were a top team, they got out to early leads and then had Freeney & Mathis rushing passers who had to pass.
Our talented pass defense should set Jamal free to move up to blitzing box safety (or LB? We’re light there), allowing Nino, Love to go ball hawking behind lots of solid coverage options.
Dre & Mario are speedy replacements for Al Wood and Poona - and all those Edge performers!
< just hope they solved the run defense >
It was nice to see MJ get substantially better as the year progressed. We really need a real uptick in Nickel coverage. As In 2013!
Hey Ken, Question. What does Pete mean when he says "He's had a fantastic offseason of work"? This isn't the first time he's said that. Does he mean he's killing it in the weight room? What else do they have these guys doing? I know Eskridge has been working out with Geno for example. Are other players getting reps somewhere?
Interesting that Jackson is so overlooked. Sports Info Solutions has Jackson as a top 10 cornerback; and some Hawks fans (Seattle Overload) think Jackson played better than Woolen last year.
I did not see this coming.
The outside media assumes that the #5 pick in the draft, if he's a CB, must play on the outside. Seasiders have always known better, thanks to Kenneth, that Spoon projects best as a slot corner given his size, tackling prowess, and playsniffingoutability. MJ had a good year last year and didn't need to be replaced. Spoon was just the must-have player at that point in the draft. He wasn't drafted for need. At least early in his career, and given our apparent wealth a the CB position, Spoon at slot corner sounds fine to me.
Interesting that, if it plays out this way, both our first round picks will be focused on improving our playmaking in the middle of the field, where we've had issues in recent seasons. It's almost like these guys can see our weaknesses and make moves to address them!
MJ apparently has a good chip on his shoulder. There is such a thing as a bad one.
Been hopefully dreaming of a slotted 'Spoon (you love what I did there) to go along with TW and HeeHee at outside corners, with Coby and Tre being backups along with Q and Prez at safety, spelled by Love. This is LOB2 coming on strong! Hopefully, they'll dominate enough to get their own nickname. How's about the Defensive Stacked Field, Pacific Deathwest, or Pete's Dragons? No? Here's hoping we can get to the point of an SSJ poll to select our favorite after (during?) the season.
I've been saying how Jackson showed improvement during the course of last season and finished very close to Woolen's level. If he has been working hard and improving even more then I can believe he is a long term answer at outside CB if they want to sign him. I cannot imagine they want to pay him serious money, though. It won't shock me either way, but for at least this year I can see Witherspoon playing the nickel cornerback spot and maybe the third safety spot depending on how fast he picks up both positions responsibilities.
Playing from that position would allow Witherspoon to stay close to the line of scrimmage and impact plays more often compared to an outside CB spot. It was also our weakest link in the backfield. Coby Bryant had something like a 120 passer rating against compared to the figures SSJ gave us for Woolen and Jackson is a huge difference. If Witherspoon could drop that down to 100 or less our third down efficiency would improve. CB and Safety are clearly the strength of this defense. If the front seven can play just average NFL level, our backfield will propel this defense to significant improvement over last year.
Makes sense: Jackson and Brown are both fighting to make the roster while essentially competing against each other, and Pete loves to heap praise where it's due even though sometimes he can go overboard. I'm not sure Jackson is still PS-eligible at this point but Brown probably is, so he has that edge. Would love to see Tre Brown and Michael Jackson both find their spots, whether it's with the Seahawks or elsewhere. They've both flashed at times, both seem like great guys.
If Witherspoon winds up in the slot because of Jackson’s play on the left side, there will be much tsk-tsking from the football punditocracy. In fact, there is nothing wrong with having an elite position group. It’s practically a necessity for a team that hopes to go deep into the playoffs.