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Assessing Need: Strong Safety

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Lawyer Milloy started off the season as a fan favorite.  He was the cool old guy who was still able to make plays, and his timing on DB blitzes was impeccable.

Unfortunately, that's about where his contributions ended.  The real Lawyer Milloy would show up halfway through the season.  A slower, broken-down shell of himself.  He was frequently invisible for most of the games I watched, and the few times he was visible was when he cleaned up after a play, made an ineffective blitz run, or was simply on the TV camera for half a second.

For the first half of the 2010 season, I had my thoughts that Milloy would age like a fine wine, but as the year went on, those thoughts turned into what they really are--delusions.  Milloy got slower, less effective, and more of a liability in the secondary.

I heard some interesting whispers that Milloy may retire in this offseason.  Those rumors are completely speculative, but if true, it may drive fan opinion back to support for Lawyer.  He knew he was at the end, and called it quits before wearing out his welcome.  I love stories like that.  I've always liked Lawyer in his Seahawks tenure, and if he does retire, then I hope the best for him.

Now if he does retire, where does that leave the SS position?  Personally, I think  it's in decent hands.  Jordan Babineaux will never be starting-caliber at safety, but for a one-year plug, I think he'll be alright.  Kam Chancellor is very much a work in progress, but if he's un-blocked by a retiring veteran, I won't be opposed to seeing him get more snaps.

The Strong Safety position is in some flux right now, and much of it depends on Milloy's call, but in the big picture, I don't think it's too much to worry about.  If he sticks around, it's another old man we'll spend more time bitching about than is necessary.  If he doesn't, then the role goes to either Babs, Chancellor or a draftee.  Either way, it's a position worth being concerned about, but there are much bigger fish to fry on this Seahawks roster.