By Jason Puckett
I'm like many fans, I want to see the Seahawks show more pressure on defense and I'd like to see the defense utilize the speed of their linebackers. However, we've seen this season that Pete Carroll and Gus Bradley feel more comfortable at times not blitzing or sending defensive backs from the corners.
But, this video below illustrates, at least in my opinion, that if Seattle were to walk their linebackers up and show blitz and allow Wagner, Hill and Wright to explode through the middle, the quarterback would have little or no time to get rid of the ball. Now, it's just one example but I think this can be more effective if they elect to go this route.
The play in question is a 3-10 situation with 1:02 left in the second quarter of the Seahawks first game this season against Arizona. Seattle shows that they are going to send six defenders, but at the last minute, defensive end Bruce Irvin drops back in coverage. Both Leroy Hill and K.J. Wright blitz right up the middle causing John Skelton to move right and not step up in the pocket, which he generally does when he feels pressure.
The Cardinals are a one dimensional football team and with the Seahawks secondary in question, I would fully expect to see Arizona try and spread Seattle out and throw on them at will. So, with that said, Seattle should send as much pressure as possible and force Skelton and company to beat you. If they can beat you with that passing then you deserve to lose.