Ken Norton, Jr. needs to be fired
I don’t know for sure whose decision it was to basically go into a prevent defense so early in the second half but Seattle appeared to do so. Either that or Norton, Jr. simply stopped being aggressive and thought his defensive line was good enough to put pressure on Bears quarterback Nick Foles on their own.
Seattle hasn’t been good enough to do that all year. Yes, Seattle did get four sacks, 2 each by Carlos Dunlap and Rasheem Green. But Seattle still gave up so many receptions over the middle that the Bears were able to dominate time of possession and eventually outlast Seattle.
Norton, Jr. doesn’t know how to call a defensive game consistently. He never has. Norton, Jr. also doesn’t know how to get the best out of the talent he has. Jamal Adams isn’t playing anymore but would it have mattered in this game if he had?
Seattle was once again terrible on third down. Chicago converted 7 of 14 third down attempts. Many of these were third and 8 or more. Some of the blame goes on the players and Seattle was without D.J. Reed as well. But the coach schemes these key downs and Seattle simply isn’t aggressive enough.
Relying on a defense to constantly make stops in the red zone to win games is not a way to succeed. Seattle is 4th in the NFL in points-allowed but they are easily last in time of possession. Seattle’s defense lets opposing teams to keep drives alive so much the Seahawks weak offense has more pressure put upon it. Ken Norton, Jr. needs to go. (So does offensive coordinator Shane Waldron.)