Seahawks fans focused most of their frustration in Sunday’s 21-20 win over the Bengals on free safety Tedric Thompson. The third-year player out of Colorado known for his “ball-hawking skills” really has yet to hawk any balls as a Hawk and that got even worse in Week 1 as he gave up a huge touchdown to John Ross to end the first half.
Another touchdown for John Ross!@andydalton14 ➡️ @WatchJRoss. 55-yard @Bengals TD! #SeizeTheDEY #CINvsSEA— NFL (@NFL) September 8, 2019
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Head coach Pete Carroll was not too pleased with the play after the game and on Monday it sounded like he was ready to make a change, telling 710 ESPN Seattle that Lano Hill “deserves” a shot and that it was “such a costly play.”
Hill is a strong safety so if they made that switch it would likely also include Bradley McDougald moving over to free.
Sounds like there may be a change at safety coming. Carroll told 710 ESPN Seattle that SS Lano Hill "deserves" a shot. Obviously, Tedric Thompson struggled in the game yesterday. Definitely a storyline to monitor this week.— Ben Arthur (@benyarthur) September 9, 2019
More Pete Carroll on @710ESPNSeattle: Said Shaquill Griffin played one of his better games. Said the DPI on Tre Flowers was a call that could have gone either way. On Tedric Thompson's misplay: "That was such a costly play. He doesn't do that."— Brady Henderson (@BradyHenderson) September 9, 2019
Pete Carroll says there will be competition at the safety spot opposite Bradley McDougald. He says Lano Hill “deserves” a shot #Seahawks— Jessamyn McIntyre (@JessamynMcIntyr) September 9, 2019
It does not sound as though the team is ready to give rookie Marquise Blair a shot at starting. Same goes for fellow classmen Ugo Amadi, who played 21 defensive snaps. Blair played zero defensive snaps. The team also has DeShawn Shead hanging out there if they opt for something more veteran than Lano.
That being said the safety problem is a problem regardless. Even if Blair or Amadi were the second coming of Earl Thomas, we know that ET struggled early in his career. The Seahawks will likely have problems at safety this season and while not a good thing, we must remember that every team except the Patriots has problems at some position.
Man, now I’m just depressed.
The Seahawks travel to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers next weekend.