Those of us that have been watching the Seahawks play the last year have figured out that our defense is physical and stout. Pete Carroll has brought in big playmakers that fly to the ball. The smallest guy on the defense is one of the biggest playmakers, and is by no means small.
Brandon Browner(6’4″ 221 lbs) and Richard Sherman(6’3″ 195 lbs) are the two corners on the end. Earl Thomas(5’10″ 202 lbs) and Kam Chancellor(6’3″ 232 lbs) fill the two safety spots. These four guys can match up with the biggest receivers in the NFC West, and give them trouble all day long.
Seattle’s defense the last two years has been stingy towards the run. This year, they are still very strict with the run, and only have allowed one rusher past 100 yards in a game. Likewise, the defense has only allowed one 300 yard passer this season as well. The Seahawks are sitting at 4-3 so far this season, and the defense is setting the tempo even before the game starts.
This past game in San Fransisco, opinions were brought out that the Seahawks are too physical. Coach Jim Harbaugh commented about the Seahawks, and actually sent a memo out to the league office.
“I wouldn’t use the words ‘locked up.’ There’s another word I would use, ” Harbaugh said. “But we’ll take that up with the officials in New York and get their view of it. Yeah, I think that’s just an important thing to address. I mean, what is this all being defined as? Is it physical play? Is it within the rules? I think that’s the biggest question: Is it within the rules what’s happening? We have to ask that question. We have to know what the interpretation is.”
Pete Carroll defended his troops by going to ESPN and expressing his thoughts.
“I don’t think a guy should be able to speak out and go ahead and cause an investigation,” Carroll said “That’s too easy. I don’t think that’s going to happen. Wasn’t it just a couple of weeks ago, when the 49ers were talking about not doing things like that, with the Giants something like that? I thought there was something about that, where we don’t go out and express our concerns at all. If the officials look at it, they won’t have anything to even look at and I don’t think they even need to. It’s a regular game.”
Earl Thomas told Seahawks.com what is going on.
“I’ve been sold on Richard Sherman even before he started balling like he is now. It was a confidence thing,” Thomas said. “And you can see it now; he’s playing with a lot of confidence and making a lot of stuff look easy out there. He’s tall and he’s long, and he uses his body well.”
Even though Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers walked away with a win in San Fransisco, they are still calling foul on Seattle. Seattle’s defensive backfield, known by some as the “Legion of Boom” isn’t going to backdown from the style of play they are accustomed to. They are going to feed off of receivers hearing footsteps and dropping the ball. Dropped passes by the opposing receivers is huge for them, and they will challenge those receivers to catch any passes thrown to them.