One of the staples of the Seattle Seahawks defense under Pete Carroll is that the outside cornerbacks do not travel with the top opposing receivers. Shaquill Griffin is looking to change that in 2020.
Griffin expressed his desire to move beyond his left cornerback position, among other things he envisions for himself entering next season.
“I want to get more consistent in press so I can stay on the line (of scrimmage) the whole time,” Griffin said on the Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast. “I want to work on my endurance. I want to be able to press a person all four quarters of a game until he just can’t take it anymore.”
“I want to work on more man press techniques and be able to move around,” he continued. “If one game I have to be in the slot – maybe travel a little bit more.”
I’m sure some were wondering why Griffin didn’t shadow Davante Adams in the Seahawks’ playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers. Instead we were treated to Adams owning Tre Flowers and Ugo Amadi on pivotal third downs, in addition to his two touchdowns. Schematically, it’s just something the Seahawks have seldom done over the years.
Griffin, who made his first Pro Bowl (chosen as an alternate) and looked considerably improved from his 2018 season, has experience playing at both LCB and RCB, particularly in his rookie season when Richard Sherman still occupied LCB.
Now some obvious complications out of this idea is that if Griffin moves around, he’ll have to swap spots with someone else. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Tre Flowers play on the outside left, and he ideally should not ever be placed in a slot corner role. Ugo Amadi is learning the ropes of nickel corner and we may yet see the Seahawks invest more in that position in the draft.
It’s worth a shot, if you ask me. We may be wanting to believe the Seahawks can just re-create the 2012-2013 magic, but the recent drafts and free agent signings do not suggest that this is feasible. If you can’t replicate the talent that made the scheme work so well, Carroll and whoever is on the defensive staff in 2020 have to be willing to adjust.