Reason 3: The Seahawks defense is going to be a lot more aggressive
12s have been promised that the Seahawks defense is going to be a lot more aggressive beginning this year under new defensive coordinator Clint Hurtt. And Seattle has the players to do it as well. Jamal Adams, in fact, needs to be used in schemes designed to take a few more chances on chasing down opposing quarterbacks than whatever former DC Ken Norton, Jr. was trying to do last year.
Seattle, as stated way back on page one of this article, has intentionally gotten younger. This should mean more speed. And more speed should allow for better pass rushing. Better pass rushing should lead to opposing quarterbacks being under more stressful situations and that in turn should cause more turnovers.
There are, clear, lots of ways a defense can get itself off the football field. Maybe I shouldn’t say “clearly” there because the Seahawks defense in 2021 seemed to have no clue how to not allow an offense to dictate the pace of play. Seattle’s defense was on the field for 34 minutes and 43 seconds on average for each game last season. That was two minutes worse than any other team and that is astoundingly awful.
But this year the defense might look more like 2012 through 2015, at least as far as not sitting back and waiting to see what an offense is going to do and instead creating chaos for an opposing offense, instead of 2018 through 2021. And if nothing else, if the young players on defense make mistakes, they will learn from them and hopefully be much better in the long run.