Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 6/26/12
Can the stops keep coming?

The Seattle Seahawks played very impressively on defense last season.

A great season came with great marks – Seattle finished seventh in total points allowed and ninth in total yards allowed. If the defense can make big plays this upcoming season, they have the ability to carry the 2012 version of our Seahawks into the playoffs.

D-Line

The defensive line has been the biggest improvement.

The team has brought in Jason Jones check out his profile here), along with Bruce Irvin from the draft.

The team last year lacked in the pass rush department (especially on first and secon down), and Irvin was predicted to have the most talent in the draft.

Despite contract disputes with defensive end Chris Clemons, I expect he will be playing for Seattle in 2012. Defensive leader Red Bryant will also be returning, and the line will be looking as strong as ever.

If Bruce Irvin remembers which team he plays for, he’ll help the D-Line. (zimbio.com)

Secondary

Seattle’s secondary has been considered one of the best units in the NFL.

Free-safety Earl Thomas has played very well his first two seasons in the league, could we see an ALL-PRO season from him in 2012? I think so.

Fellow safety Kam Chancellor has been putting up career marks, along with defensive backs Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman.

Not to mention the return of Marcus Trufant, who will be an excellent piece in the nickel situations.

A handful of the secondary have appeared in the Pro Bowl the past few seasons.

Not only is the secondary talented, but they are also young with a lot of room to continue their growth. They have the ability to provide Seattle with a top defense for the years to come.

Linebackers

The biggest question mark would be at the linebacker position. Seattle entered the draft with this being one of their biggest needs aside from a pass rusher.

David Hawthorne has now joined the Saints, leaving LeRoy Hill and K.J. Wright as the returners from last season. Both were a bit shaky last season, failing to cover receivers consistently and their good run defense had a lot to do with the dominance of the defensive line.

Seattle grabbed Bobby Wagner in the draft, and he will definitely get his chance to make a mark in 2012 in the middle of this trio.

Looking ahead

With all that said, Seattle will face a very tough schedule in 2012.

They play the NFC North, with the offensive juggernauts Green Bay, Detroit, and now Chicago.

The team will also face off against the AFC East, including the challenging Patriots and the Bills – who quietly played very well offensively last season.

It will be up to the defense to keep the games close.

Although there are big question marks surrounding the linebackers, Seattle is continuing what could be considered one of their top defensive units in the past thirty years.

Expect new players to step up and make a name for themselves as the season moves on.

Things are looking promising in Seattle – at least on the defensive side of the ball.

To answer my own question. YES. The Seahawks will have a top 10 NFL defense in 2012/13.

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