Jamal Adams is back, Carlos Dunlap was a great addition, and reinforcements are coming. Could the Seattle Seahawks be turning it around defensively?
The Seattle Seahawks defense has been hit by the injury bug all year, with some key players still out. Those key players include Pro-bowl cornerback Shaquill Griffin, defensive end Jonathan Bullard, cornerback Neiko Thorpe, and CB Quinton Dunbar. They have had a ton of more injuries on the defensive side of the ball this season.
The Seahawks are currently on pace to allow the most passing yards in NFL history and the third most Total Offensive Yards in NFL history.
Although they still have some guys out, the defense has looked good the last two weeks. Only allowing 23 points to the Rams, and 21 points to the Cardinals in the Week 11 win for the Seahawks. And on Monday Night Football in week 12, the Seahawks defense only allowed 17 points to the Eagles. Yes, it was against the Eagles who have been bad this season, but that doesn’t stop the fact that this was good for the defense.
Before the arrival of Carlos Dunlap, the Seahawks had 12 sacks in 7 games, in the three games after the arrival they have had 17 sacks in three games.
Every year, Pete Carroll knows he can lean on one player to be consistent, that player is the captain of the defense Bobby Wagner. He (Wagner) has been a beast on defense for these hawks, racking up 101 Tackles through 12 weeks.
Why have the Seahawks been so bad?
The answer is simple, they have Ken Norton Jr as their defensive coordinator. They need to fire him. Norton has been the defensive coordinator for three years and the Seahawks and the team has been in the cellar of the league in pass coverage all the three years.
Who could the Seattle Seahawks replace Norton with?
Dan Quinn or Kris Richard. Both have been Defensive Coordinators for the Seahawks in the past. While Quinn had a more balanced team that proved to be one of the best defenses since 2000.
Richard had a defense that seemed to struggle up front but was good in pass coverage.
Until the Seahawks fire Ken Norton Jr. we will have to keep watching this pitiful defense struggle and be good in others. For now, the offense will continue to lead the team.
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