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Pete Carroll's Seahawk defense: The scheme, philosophy, & identity

Breaking down the identity of Pete Carroll's defensive schemes, his player types, and his philosophies.

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Just be yourselves

Power run game. Press man. Special teams. Cover-3, man free. A game-managing point-guard quarterback. Explosive plays. Balance.

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The Seahawks' L.O.B., the cover-3 & man-free

To understand Seattle's elite pass defense, it makes sense to look at Pete Carroll's football philosophy.

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The Seahawks' versatile & athletic front-seven

Breaking down how Seattle stifled a high-octane Saints' offense.

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Earl Thomas, the Seahawks and the Cover-3 scheme

"We didn't do anything special" - Pete Carroll, on his defense's impressive performance against the Saints.

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The Seahawks' NASCAR package

Detailing how the Seahawks used the NASCAR package against the Cardinals, and the advantages the scheme creates.

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Defining the Seahawks' D: The Defensive Line pt II

The LEO and the 5-Techique.

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The Seahawks & the 4-3 Under: Winds of change?

The over-front vs. the under-front.

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Defining the Seahawks' D: Pete Carroll's Journey

From Arkansas to Minnesota to New York to San Francisco to Boston to Los Angeles.

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Defining the Seahawks' Defense: An Introduction

With innovation comes creativity.

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Bruce Irvin & the 'spinner' role in the Hawks' D

The 'spinner' in Seattle's defense.

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The Seahawks & the Cover-3

"We play man-to-man or Cover-3 -- not much more than that. It's not a secret." - Kam Chancellor

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An alien on the loose

The Seahawks and the A-gap blitz.

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Bobby Wagner with that sideline-to-sideline speed

Sideline-to-sideline speed at linebacker makes up for compromised gaps.

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What Can We Expect From The Seahawks Defense?

It's tough to describe the Seahawks' 'brand' of defense.

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On Sideline-to-Sideline Speed at Linebacker

The importance of "team speed" on defense.

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Amoeba/Psycho Fronts

The NFL chess match.

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On the NFL 'Chess Match'

A look at the issues faced by D-Coordinators in the modern NFL.

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More Notes on 4-3 Under/Over & the 3-4

We've been talking about the 4-3 Under/Over and propensities for the 3-4, the Defensive Front Seven, and just in general, player types and schemes to watch for on the Seahawks defense in 2012 a lot recently, so I thought I'd share a few more notes on the subject.

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The Seahawks' defensive scheme versatility

"Our defense is a 4-3 scheme with 3-4 personnel. It's just utilizing the special talents of our guys." - Pete Carroll

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Breakding down Seahawks' defensive sub-packages

"The later you go in the draft the more holes, limitations, flaws a player has. Success becomes a function of how he's utilized."

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The Seahawks & the modern hybrid front

A look at modern hybrid schemes.

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Seahawks 4-3 Player Types: Defensive Line

Breaking down the types of players Pete Carroll looks for on his defensive line.

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Seahawks 4-3 Player Types: Linebackers

Breaking down the types of players Pete Carroll looks for at linebacker.

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Seahawks' 4-3 Under Player Types: Safeties

Breaking down the types of players Pete Carroll looks for at safety.

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The Seahawks' 4-3 Under Player Types: Cornerbacks

Breaking down the types of players Pete Carroll looks for at corner.

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The 4-3 Under D, Part II: The Seahawks' Hybrid

A look at the 4-3 Under defense that the Seahawks ran in 2010. How it works, what type of personnel it needs, and where it will be going in 2011.

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The 4-3 Under Defense, Part I: An Introduction

The 4-3 Under defense is the base defensive package that the Seahawks run. Pete Carroll has been running this defense nearly his entire career, so as long as Carroll is the coach of the Seahawks, this is most likely the defense you're going to see on the field.

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