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Known for its deafening roar, the Seattle Seahawks boast one of loudest stadiums in the NFL today. CenturyLink Field has become a pitfall for opposing team as the Seahawks have gone 17-7 in the last three seasons at home. One of the reasons for the Seahawks success at home is their ball-hawking defense. The Seahawks secondary is full of playmakers who feed of the crowd’s frenzied activity.
Earl Thomas is the leader of the Seahawks secondary and was selected to his second Pro Bowl last season. The third year free safety out of the University of Texas has been a force on defense and the Seahawks are excited about his future. Thomas finished the year with 49 tackles and 3 interceptions and 1 of those interceptions was returned for a touchdown. He also defended 9 passes, forced 1 fumble, and recovered 1 fumble. Coach Pete Carroll had a few words to say about Thomas during an interview with ESPN 710 Seattle. “There’s no end to the potential Earl has,” Carroll said, “because he’s so fast and he’s so tough, but more than that, he’s just so driven to be great.”It sounds like Coach Carroll isn’t real worried about the free safety position for the 2013 season!
The 4th year player out of Virginia Tech, Kam Chancellor is the starter at safety for the Seahawks and he is looking for a breakout year. Chancellor had 75 tackles, forced one fumble and recovered two during the 2012 season. Although his numbers would not show it, Kam is known around the league as a hard hitter who cleans up plays. In April of this year, he was signed to a contract extension of 5 years and $35 million with over $17 million in guaranteed money. The 6-3, 232 pound safety is looking to establish himself as one of the premier safeties in the NFL and I wouldn’t be surprised if 2013 is his year.
The cornerback position is another part of the Seattle secondary that is one of the best in the league. Richard Sherman leads the cornerbacks into the 2013 season with a monster 2012 year behind him and more promise on the horizon. In 2012, Sherman had 53 tackles, 1 sack, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovered, and 8 interceptions. 1 of those interceptions was returned for a touchdown in the Seahawks 58-0 blowout against the Arizona Cardinals. Sherman is also known for a rather loud mouth as he has gotten into several arguments with other NFL players. He got into a Twitter fight with the New York Jets star cornerback Darelle Revis and he also called into question the voting of Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White as the 39th best overall player in the NFL. Sherman’s hard-nose style of play and colorful attitude make him a perfect fit for Pete Carroll’s swarming defense. Brandon Browner is another cornerback who will make an impact for the Seahawks this season. The three year veteran out of Oregon State had a productive 2012 season with 35 tackles, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery and 3 interceptions. Although Browner has been suspended in the past because of PED’s, he will become a free agent after the 2014 season. Because of the upcoming expiring contract, you can bet that Browner will play with his hair on fire to earn more money to test the market, or receive an extension from the Seahawks.
There is more depth behind the two starting cornerbacks and that starts with veteran Antoine Winfield. The 36 year old corner was not resigned by the Minnesota Vikings after 9 years of solid play. The Seahawks are hoping that he can provide some veteran leadership to the young cornerback corp. Behind Winfield, there are a plethora of young corners with tenacious ball skills who are itching to get a chance for some playing time. Jeremy Lane, Walter Thurmond, Tharold Simon and Byron Maxwell are just a couple of those names.
The hard-hitting Seahawks secondary is one of the best in the NFL and they are looking forward to the 2013 season. Their defensive line thrives at putting pressure on the quarterback and the secondary excels at forcing turnovers. Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers better be ready for Week #1 because Earl Thomas and co will be waiting in line.
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