RENTON – So how do you best describe what the Seattle Seahawks can do on the field right now during an organized team activity better known as the OTA?
“We’re holding the Olympics in underwear here,” coach Clint Hurt said of classes that do not allow full pads or contact.
Therefore, not much evaluation of the players is also conducted.
“Nothing will be decided any time soon,” Hurt said of some of the fighting for the team’s position. “… We don’t make decisions until we get the gaskets.”
This will not happen until the fees start in late July.
The priority at the moment is teaching and learning.
It may be more important than ever for Seattle this spring when Hurt replaced the sacked Ken Norton Jr. by setting up a new defense that would preferably include a 3-4 front over 4-3 in the past. It will also use more than two high security types – meaning both security lines are built deep – instead of a single height of the past.
The new scheme marks the most significant change Pete Carroll has made in Seattle’s defense as he enters the 13th season of his coaching career at the Seahawks.
But there was no doubt that change was needed after the last few years Seattle ranked 22nd or worse in the yards, allowing each of the last three years as well as struggling to consistently get bags and create turnover.
The defensive struggle coincided with the movement of key members of the Legion Boom. When Seattle led the NFL with the fewest points allowed for four consecutive seasons from 2012-15 – the highest number of consecutive seasons that allowed the fewest points in the Super Cup era – the Seahawks had a reputation for being fairly easy to defend.
“We play man with man or Cover Three (zone), nothing more,” Cam Chancellor said in 2013. “It’s no secret.”
But when Seattle’s staff changed and crimes in the NFL continued to develop, just lining up and daring an opponent to defeat you no longer acted so well.
As Hurt said several times after being hired to replace Norton, Seattle’s goal is to be able to cast a number of different defensive views on crime to add elements of both surprise and disguise.
“You have to change your appearance and where you bring things from and what you don’t,” Hurt said after the OTA on Tuesday. “In general, in general we will play a lot more nickel material than in the past. You know, we still have a few where we still have the opportunity to do that.
“So they’re still going to be guys in the traditional sense, still being on the edge and rushing by in the traditional 4-3 views, so that’s still going to be part of the system. We just have a lot of different things we can do. ”
Hopefully, this will allow Seattle to better face weekly teams that can execute a variety of offensive schemes. I also hope that he will be able to make the best use of each player’s skills.
“I think the defense is going to make them in a better position to play a game they know how to play,” Ryan Neal said on security. “Last year we had a few problems, but this year I really see that we want to fix it and allow, you know, people to rush who needs to hurry, allowing people to cover up who needs to cover up. And that’s just really the setting. You know what I mean? It’s a simple change. ”
On paper, maybe just.
But the multiplicity of schemes will allow players to communicate with each other before vaccination, which has been a notable problem for the past few years.
“Guys (should) know who should be where, who is in charge of things, who has difficulty based on the call,” Hurt said. “So there is a lot of learning involved.”
To this problem can be added the fact that Bobby Wagner – the average lineback for the last 10 years, whose job was to pass the sound game from coaches to the rest of the defense – is gone, now replaced by Jordan Brooks, the first in Seattle. round selection in 2020.
“You definitely have to adjust to that, because obviously being with Bobby, you could let him handle it, and then you can just focus and go play,” Hurt said. “So he’s obviously mastering the new system and obviously has to transfer calls with the rest of the defense. But I will say that I am proud of where he is. I know it’s alien to him, but he wanted to capture and capture it, and he did it very well. ”
Seattle now also has several key veterans. Notably, the initial security measures of Jamal Adams (shoulder) and Quandre Diggs (leg) are still recovering after the operations, leaving the initial security responsibilities at the moment to Ryan Nile, Hugo Amadi and Josh Jones.
But even without some key veterinarians taking on significant leadership roles when they return, Hurt feels the defense is making significant progress.
One of them, he said, is to understand the importance of accountability and that the new protection will only work if everyone will do their part, starting with the teaching and learning that is taking place now.
“That’s all for me,” Hurt said. “That’s what you have to do. It doesn’t matter if it’s a famous player like Jamal or Kew Diggs, or a young guy. Everyone, and coaches too, should be held accountable for what happens here. They have to feel that standard. ”
Hurt noted that this is the standard that has been achieved by saying that the team is going further in its training and communication than he thought.
“I was curious to see how they would handle things, and the guys were really hungry and schematically attacked what we were doing,” he said. The payoff, as everyone hopes, will come in the fall.