Clint Hurtt has finally found his branch on the Kiffin tree
I have to say, I was impressed by how aggressive Hurtt was willing to be with his defensive scheme on Monday. I understand the circumstances were incredibly ideal to be aggressive, between the weakness of the Giants' offensive line, Daniel Jones' struggles pushing the ball downfield, and the absence of Saquon Barkley. I don't care. In the NFL, it's a good thing when you beat the teams you're supposed to beat, and it's a good thing when you execute an ideal game plan under generous circumstances.
Eleven sacks. What in the Simeon Rice got into these guys? And they came from everywhere. Everyone from Witherspoon to Mario Edwards got involved. In years past, the Tampa 2 and most other variations of Kiffin-inspired defenses have been simple in nature — get pressure with four, play good coverage, close gaps in the run game, and profit. Hurtt, by contrast, is learning just how many adept blitzers he has on the roster. And he still has one more toy in Jamal Adams that he hasn't gotten to play with much.
This game feels like a clinic on the possibilities that lie ahead for the Seahawks' defense. There are so many ways that Hurtt could dial up the pressure on opposing QBs, from every part of the field and in every down and distance. It's a concept that Bill Belichick has been honing for years with his variations on the "amoeba" defense, where he plays one down lineman and a million linebackers, refusing to give away any idea of who is bringing pressure on any given down.
If the Seahawks can find a way to mimic that approach from a conventional three- or four-down look, there's no telling how effective this defense could be, with all the talent they've gathered over the last few years.