Our Seattle Seahawk's defense might be the best of all-time in the NFL. You may think that sounds like a big win hangover statement or that I’m a pontificating homer or just maybe you are seeing what I’m seeing. Either way my friend, I want to share this with you and hear your thoughts.
My theory starts with the premise that Seattle had the best defense in the NFL last season (which is arguable but definitely fair to say) and have added outstanding DE depth. Defensive ends Clemons (3 consecutive 10+ sack seasons) and Red Bryant are returning starters who are both proven anchors on our line and are still starting. Irvin (Led all NFL rookies with 8 sacks last season) was a DE last year but is expected to start at linebacker when he returns from suspension. Irvin is able to move to LB because we have signed two other pass rush specialists at defensive end. Another returning back-up DE is (above average back-up) Schofield. Avril (20.5 sacks last two seasons) and Bennett (9 sacks last season) add two pocket collapsing bookends who will operate like QB hit men off the bench when all players are on the field in a few weeks. I ask you, has there ever been this type of DE depth on an NFL roster before?
With Irvin converted to LB and Clemons and Bryant we now essentially have 3 defensive ends on the field at all times with two pass rushing DE specialists who would be starters on other teams backing them up. At defensive tackle we have (2013 Pro-bowler) Brandon Mebane starting alongside veteran (6’ 7" slightly above average starter but injury prone) Tony McDaniel. Our back up DT’s are young and unproven but are not going to be needed much because of the versatility and depth at DE which if you have read this far you that know already.
Our young starting linebackers Wagner and Wright are already looking better than last year with experience and Irvin will hopefully make a huge difference as he will hopefully have an impact similar to Aldon Smith Clay Mathews behind the line of scrimmage. Our depth at linebacker is average to compared to other teams and is unproven. Our incredibly young secondary was considered the best in the league last season and is visibly physically stronger with a year’s more experience. After two games this season our secondary is still being called by most everyone the best in the NFL.
Our defense is looking great this season but it is going to get quite a bit better if players stay healthy and out of trouble. It is my contention and the real difference between what we saw in this year’s and last year’s defense, from what is about to come, is a more punishing and more consistent collapsing of the opponent’s QB pocket. We are going to create a mad dog front seven that relentlessly punishes the backfield with tidal waves of aggressive penetration.
We gave a good dose of that chaos to the 49ers on Sunday and it was around in substantial amounts during the regular season in 2012 but dissipated because of attrition. We suffered considerable D-Line injuries last year and were visibly not as aggressive upfront in the playoffs against the Falcons and Washington. If guys stay healthy this season I believe we have a legitimate chance to become the greatest defense of all-time. What are your thoughts?