The Seahawks released cornerback Tre Flowers per his request on Tuesday. Flowers was not good but he wasn’t the only issue in Seattle. 12s seemingly loved to dislike Flowers more and more since his rookie year and maybe rightfully so, but while Flowers didn’t cover well, he was also coached poorly.
Let’s remember how much hope we had after his rookie year of 2018. This was when Flowers played opposite Shaquill Griffin (we miss you, Shaq!) and as the season wore on Flowers was better and better. For someone who had not played cornerback since forever – Flowers was a safety in college and the Seahawks thought wise, because of Flowers’ size, to make him a corner in the NFL – Flowers was really good in his rookie year.
After 2018, Flowers wasn’t good. But he also had Ken Norton, Jr. as coach of the defense and a revolving door of defensive backs coaching. Deshawn Shead is the DB coach in 2021 but he is also in his first year of coaching. This isn’t like when Kris Richard was the DBs coach (and a great one) before becoming the defensive coordinator for Seattle.
Norton, Jr. doesn’t know how to coach the defense overall and really doesn’t know anything about cornerbacks. Maybe Shead does but he is learning his way as a coach. Before Shead, Nick Sorensen was Flowers DB coach. Before becoming a DB coach, Sorensen coached Seattle’s special teams. Not exactly a step one should take special teams to DBs.
Seahawks release Tre Flowers
Sorensen now coaches for the Jacksonville Jaguars as guess what? The special teams coach.
Here is how bad the Seahawks cornerbacks are this year. Per Pro Football Focus, D.J. Reed is graded as the best but is 40th overall in the NFL. Flowers is actually number two on the Seahawks team and 83rd overall. Think that’s bad? Third-best is nickelback Ugo Amadi at 110th overall. Sidney Jones is 114th.
So releasing Flowers does little to fix the cornerback issue in Seattle. Maybe trading for Stephon Gilmore or signing Richard Sherman would have helped because both those guys are veterans who know how to play the game.
You know who doesn’t know how to coach defense? Ken Norton, Jr. This shows in the fact that of the pitiful amount of passes defended by the Seahawks in 2021 (18) just 3 come from true corners. Tre Flowers wasn’t good his last three years, but with Ken Norton, Jr. as his DC, Flowers never had a chance.