The good, the bad, and the ugly in the first quarter of the Seattle Seahawks season

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The ugly: Secondary problem

As the 2023 NFL season kicked off, the Seattle Seahawks had high hopes for their secondary, a unit that was anticipated to be a formidable force on the defensive front. Anchored by the experienced safety Quandre Diggs, rising star Tariq Woolen, and the fifth overall pick in the 2023 draft, cornerback Devon Witherspoon, expectations were soaring. However, the reality on the field has been different, as the Seahawks' secondary has shown vulnerability, particularly in giving up points to opposing wide receivers, save for a dominant showing against the New York Giants in Week 4.

The secondary has been vulnerable to opposing wide receivers, allowing them to make big plays and score points. This uncharacteristic weakness has put added pressure on the Seahawks' offense to outscore their opponents.

Understanding the challenges faced by the secondary is essential. Injuries, changes in defensive schemes, and communication breakdowns can all contribute to a secondary's struggles. It's a complex interplay of factors that the Seahawks' coaching staff and players must address.

The good news is that the talent is there, and the potential of this secondary unit remains intact. Quandre Diggs is a proven leader and playmaker. Tariq Woolen's sophomore slump, if any, can be overcome with experience and guidance. Devon Witherspoon, though a rookie, has shown glimpses of his potential and can develop into a shut-down corner with time. As the season progresses, the Seahawks' secondary has an opportunity to learn from early setbacks, make necessary adjustments, and come into its own

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