The biggest story in Monday’s beat down of the New York Giants was either the 11 sacks that the Seattle Seahawks recorded or the coming out party that Devon Witherspoon held in the world’s largest media market.
Given that Witherspoon was responsible for 2 of Seattle’s 11 sacks, I’m going to go with the second option and say that Witherspoon was THE STORY.
But there’s an interesting sub-story that is being overlooked: Seattle’s secondary, specifically their starting corners, are F-A-S-T.
From the NFL Rookie Watch account on
Devon Witherspoon BROKE OUT in tonight’s game against the Giants:— NFL Rookie Watch (@NFLRookieWatxh) October 3, 2023
• 7 total tackles
• 2 TFL
• 2 sacks (T-most on team)
• 4 QB pressures
• 3 QB hits
• 1 interception (TD)
Witherspoon was the FASTEST recorded player on the field tonight at 20.25 MPH.
Witherspoon also… pic.twitter.com/NV852d5LHf
Clicking on the “Show more” gives you the exciting tidbit that Witherspoon recorded the fastest sack of the night at 2.6 seconds.
Let’s focus on the speed we saw on the pick-6 though.
20.25 miles per hour is fast.
But . . .
It wasn’t the fast speed on the field Monday night.
In fact, it wasn’t even the fastest speed on Witherspoon’s 97-yard pick-6.
From the News Tribune’s Gregg Bell:
NFL NextGen Stats: Devon Witherspoon ran 20.25mph on his 97-yard pick 6 Monday. Total distance 117.3 yards, 2nd longest this season. +17.8% Seahawks win probability as he scored.— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) October 4, 2023
Tariq Woolen 22.25mph blocking for him. Fastest on a play from scrimmage of any player this season
You read that right.
Tariq Woolen’s top speed (22.25mph) was 2 full miles per hour faster than Devon Witherspoon’s top speed of 20.25mph.
Those were our starting outside cornerbacks on Monday night.
Granted, Witherspoon moved to the slot after Jamal Adams got hurt, and was in the slot on the play that yielded his pick-6.
And, if the Seahawks are smart, Witherspoon will probably stay in the slot the rest of the season (because he’s a holy terror from that position).
But still . . .
Those were our starting corners on Monday night!
So that we can all enjoy it (again), here’s the play that gave us those speeds:
DROP THE RIGHT NOW Y'ALL— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) October 3, 2023
On a side note, No. 20 (Julian Love) was also burning on that play.
For some perspective on the speed Seattle’s cornerbacks showed on the pick-6:
- Last season, the fastest in-game speed was attributed to WR Parris Campbell at 22.11 miles per hour.
- Seattle’s own K9 was No. 2 last year with a 74-yard touchdown that he hit 22.09mph on.
- Woolen’s hit 21.58mph on his first career touchdown last season.
- DK Metcalf topped out at 22.64mph on his epic chase-down of Budda Baker in 2020.
And . . .
- The fastest recorded NFL game speed of all-time belongs to WR Tyreek Hill at 23.24 miles per hour (achieved during his rookie season).
Bottom line: If either Woolen or Witherspoon get their hands on the football and have green grass (or artificial turf) in front of them, THEY’RE GONE! There just ain’t very many players in the league that can catch them.
Also lost in the excitement of Monday night’s outstanding defensive performance . . .
Witherspoon’s pick-6 was the 2nd-longest in Seahawks history.
The second-longest interception return in Seahawks history: Devon Witherspoon pic.twitter.com/TRHHPe5dcd— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) October 3, 2023
The future sure looks bright in Seattle.
Especially after a big win.