The Seahawks can play defense after all
As I mentioned at the start, Jamal Adams was out for the game, and Riq Woolen was in for just a bit over a fourth of the defensive snaps. Frank Clark and Darrell Taylor, a pair of seriously underperforming players, had a total of 17 snaps. The Hawks seemed to play addition by subtraction, and it worked. No, I'm not suggesting that Seattle's defense was better without Devon Witherspoon. If he'd been on the field, the Hawks would have played even better. No, it was another substitute who came up big in this game.
I suppose it isn't exactly accurate to call Julian Love a backup. He did have well over 600 snaps on defense coming into the game, after all. And he had played strong safety in every game that Jamal Adams had missed earlier in the season, too. I like Adams - well, I like how he plays - but Love is clearly better in coverage.
He proved that with two huge interceptions in the fourth quarter. His game-clinching pick is the one that will be remembered, and rightfully so. Apparently, Tyler Lockett has been giving Love lessons in ballet, because the dude was en pointe. We shouldn't overlook Love's earlier pick in the Seattle end zone that stopped Philadelphia from taking a two-score lead. Nine tackles, two pass breakups, and those two picks. Yeah, Julian Love was a stud, alright.
And I can't leave out the man who's been one of the Seahawks' best defenders since he arrived in Seattle six weeks ago. Leonard Williams has been everything the Hawks expected he would be, and more. No, he didn't add to his three sacks, but he did have two big tackles for a loss that helped shut down two of the Eagles' drives. With every game, it becomes even more clear that Seattle needs to make this man a serious offer to keep him on the team next season and beyond. Yes, Lee Vowell already said that, too. Can I help it that he's the Nostradamus of football?