Seahawks safety Marquise Blair
I am a fan of Blair’s. I think he can likely play either safety spot and do so well. But he also has some issues that are keeping him from playing a lead role on the defense. There shouldn’t be any doubt as to his speed and physicality, he has both. But while he is exciting to watch at times, he should also make 12s nervous.
One of Blair’s issues showed again against the Bears and that is he can be very undisciplined when making tackles. He was credited with four missed tackles (he actually led the team with 9 combined tackles so it means he is getting to the area to make a tackle easily but needs to wrap up better when he gets there) but possibly even more worrisome was his unnecessary roughness penalty with his helmet-to-helmet hit on a Bears receiver.
This isn’t the first time Blair has made a “tackle” like that. He seems to make a habit of two things each season: He gets hurt and misses a bunch of games but in the limited number of games he does play, he has an unnecessary roughness penalty. He has to be much better with technique or he could cost Seattle a game or two.
The only problem for Blair moving forward is his past issue with injuries. He has to prove in 2022 that he can stay healthy. He has the physical ability to be a starting safety in the NFL but no team is going to count on him to be so if he is always hurt.