Sidney Jones IV
I can hear your groans. “Seriously”, you might say, “Sidney Jones?” Well, yes. Think about it like this. Coming into the 2021 season we may have assumed the Seahawks pass rush would be good. At least, that’s what the Seattle brass thought. The pass rush will be good and take the heat off of a questionable cornerback group was the thinking, correct?
But then the pass rush wasn’t good. But the outside cornerbacks held up. The issue with Seattle’s pass defense was the atrocious scheme and coaching of the linebackers. Teams would throw crossing patterns over the linebackers when they should have been told to drop back 12 yards instead of 8 yards. Ken Norton, Jr. was fired for a reason: He wasn’t a good coach.
But Sidney Jones was pretty decent and got much better with more playing time as the season wore on. In fact, and take from this what you will, but Pro Football Focus graded Jones as the 29th-highest-graded cornerback in the NFL in 2021. Seattle ended up with two of the top-29 CBs in the league this year.
Jones, of course, played at the University of Washington so maybe he feels more at home playing in Seattle. Jones tied for the team lead in passes defended this year with 10. As I said, he got better as the season wore on and had 9 of his passes defended in his last 9 games. His QBR-allowed was 84.3 which is solid. He is worth bringing back next year and one should assume he will be even better in 2022.