Riddle me this, Bat-12s; what has been the Seahawks biggest trouble spot on defense so far? Far too easy, as we all know that the cornerback position has been an utter nightmare. Now that Sidney Jones has a couple of games under his belt and D.J. Reed is back to his natural position, we may see some improvement on the back end of the defense. That presupposes that Jamal Adams doesn’t have a repeat of his abysmal Thursday night performance.
But why did the Seahawks wait for game four to bring in Jones? All we heard was that the Hawks step-kick technique is so complex, it takes weeks to learn, and many more to master. Want some insight into the system? Just read what Richard Sherman had to say about it himself in the Player’s Tribune. Here’s the tldr version: it’s a very aggressive style of press coverage. It’s a technique that Sidney Jones was not familiar with, hence the long wait.
So 12s, who is the master of that technique? Who was available up until just two weeks ago? One more riddle: who did the defending Super Bowl champs sign? Yes, we have the same answer for all of our questions. It was former Seahawks LOB legend, Richard Sherman. Pro Football Focus rates him at 54.7; certainly not great. But that is higher than Tre Flowers or Sidney Jones. And the Buccaneers won it all last year on the strength of a great defense, yet still added Sherman. Just a thought, 12s, just a thought.