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The old adage is “Why change what works?”
But for defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and the Seahawks, the question may become “Why not change what works?”
The Seahawks have been showing more looks of man-press defense at OTAs, Hugh Millen said as he joined Mitch this morning.
The Seahawks primarily played zone defense last year, but some key offseason additions could allow the Seahawks defense to put even more trust in their secondary. Antoine Winfield brings last year’s third-highest defensive passer rating, and Walter Thurmond appears primed to finally have a healthy season. This can allow the team to play man-press coverage while “dialing up” blitzes, Millen said.
The case of Marcus Trufant left the Seahawks vulnerable at the nickel corner position. He had a defensive passer rating of 90-plus, Millen said. This statistic forced the Seahawks to play more zone to prevent the big play from the slot receiver.
Millen said he was “struck by the fact that the fans are going to love this scheme.”
But the Seahawks must feel comfortable with their cornerbacks to play this scheme well. By playing man-press, the Seahawks could leave their defensive backfield vulnerable if blitzes don’t get to the quarterback.
But it appears, at least for now, the coaching staff is comfortable with the new scheme.
“At this juncture, they feel like they can really dial up the blitzes,” Millen said.
Why change what works? Because this scary defense could get even scarier.