The cornerback play is concerning
Coming into this preseason, I was reasonably optimistic about the group of corners the Seahawks put together. Now, two weeks in, I am no longer optimistic. I still need to see more of Tre Brown before I am able to generate an opinion, but Tre Flowers and Ahkello Witherspoon have been big disappointments thus far.
The team desperately needs DJ Reed on the field who is still nursing an injury that has held him back for both preseason games. I figured, of those four guys, the Seahawks would be able to find two every-down corners with ease as the competition would drive out the best in all of them. However, we have not seen that, yet.
We know that this team is capable of winning shootouts, but as we saw last year, that’s something that isn’t sustainable. The Seahawks defense began to show consistency in the back half of last season, but I don’t think any fan will be able to tolerate it taking that long again this year.
Some of this falls on the pass rush as playing cornerback is much easier when the opposing quarterback is constantly under stress. However, given the defensive line seems it’s going to be hit or miss this year, the corners need to be comfortable being stranded on an island with wide receivers. I think it will get better, but this team cannot afford to have weak cornerback play for most of the season.