The Legion of Boom, compiled of the hardest hitting and BEST defensive backfield in the NFL. It is a nickname, but the actuality of it is all too real. L.O.B. is made up of Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner. These four are what made the Seahawks the best secondary in the league last year. It has a mixture of speed, power, length, and technique that is unmatched around the NFL. Their 14 combined interceptions and 44 passes defensed doesn’t tell the story of what they did in 2012. What they will do in 2013 is even scarier.
Four all-pro caliber defensive backs is more than enough, but the addition to the superhero backfield got even better with the addition of Antoine Winfield. Winfield was rated the number 1 corner in all of football according to profootballfocus.com. Who was number 2? Richard Sherman. Winfield will provide an inside corner who will be able to help in the run game because of his sure tackling, and allow even more question onto who you test in the passing game. Although Russell Wilson is the unquestioned leader in the locker room, the defensive backfield runs the show. They are loud, they are unabashed and will let you know they are there.
Off the field they are quite good friends it seems like. L.O.B. cannot be spotted individually anymore. Sherman, Thomas, Browner and Chancellor have been taking vacations together and will eat dinner at each others house most nights. They have been spotted in Vegas, Miami, Orange,TX (helping at ET’s football camp), and front row at a Mariner’s game. The Seahawks have been embracing Seattle as their own. Being visible, throwing out first pitches, and even walking around Pike’s Place Market.
It is this trust and friendship that will carry over to the field. No team has as much chemistry as the Legion of Boom, and no team will end up going farther in my opinion. It will be interesting to see who other teams go after. With Sherman talking the most it seems as if QB’s want to shut him up, resulting in the QB getting burned most of the time. I expect Sherman to get picked on more than any other receiver. Seattle welcomes that. As the confidence grows so does his talent, he has something to prove and his play will show that.
The Seahawks, playing single high safety most of the time are hard to burn over the top as well. Thomas possesses such great speed that it is almost impossible for him not to cover the ground needed to break up an intended pass. He is the engine to the defense and it is him who will be the defensive MVP in 2013. Chancellor and Browner will be the enforcers on the defense. Browner’s ability to blow up bubble screens and short passes are what make him elite. He is physically imposing at 6’4 and makes his living bullying opposing receivers. Chancellor knows how to lay the big hit, he is a linebacker playing safety. His speed makes for a slower safety, but the way the Seahawks can play with Thomas over the top makes his enforcer role all the more effective.
I expect greatness from this defense, there is no excuse. They are healthy, they are hungry, and they have a bigger chip on their shoulder from the year before. The team believes they are championship caliber and many will see this coming fall.