2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Seahawks' impressive defense getting attention

    2013-09-19 18:22

(Eds: Adds details, quotes. Will stand. With AP Photos.)
By TIM BOOTH
AP Sports Writer

RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Expectations are so high in the Seattle Seahawks locker room that what's impressive to others is merely acceptable to them.

In two games, the Seahawks' swarming defense has surrendered only 10 points, shutting down Carolina and San Francisco. They've made Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick look confused, created game-changing turnovers and shown just how much fun it is making the game miserable for others.

And the Seahawks are putting on this defensive show missing at least three expected starters.

Impressive, right?

``I'm not really impressed,'' All-Pro safety Earl Thomas said. ``I expected that.''

On a team with offensive stars like Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch, Seattle's defense is deservedly getting praise for what they've done to start the season.

The numbers are only likely to get better facing woeful Jacksonville on Sunday, a matchup between the worst total offense in the NFL and the best total defense.

``Watching the defense is just, `Wow, how can you make the defense that much better?''' Seattle defensive end Cliff Avril said.

The Seahawks lead the league in fewest yards allowed and turnovers. Seattle also doesn't give up big plays, leading the NFL by allowing just two plays of 20-plus yards thus far.

They get especially tough in their half of the field. Of the 19 drives by Carolina and San Francisco, only three of them reached inside Seattle's 20. One resulted in the only touchdown the Seahawks have allowed - a 3-yard TD pass to Carolina's Steve Smith - one turned into a San Francisco field goal and the other ended with a deflected pass that landed in Thomas' hands for his first interception of the season.

According to STATS Inc., Baltimore and Kansas City are the only other teams that have allowed just three red zone drives.

``Just making sure you're on your keys,'' Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner said. ``Anybody out of position in the middle of the field, they gain a couple of yards. You do that in the red zone and they score a touchdown. We don't want anybody scoring touchdowns.''

While they were the best scoring defense in the NFL a season ago, Seattle is playing even more aggressively than before.

That might not seem possible considering the physicality they've become known for, especially on the outside. But new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is bringing more pressures and allowing his secondary to play more man defense. It was a move the Seahawks defensive backs lobbied for when Quinn first arrived.

That means All-Pro Richard Sherman and his fellow cornerbacks are typically isolated in one-on-one coverage on the outside. That's also led to Thomas inching closer to the line of scrimmage even if coach Pete Carroll has noted that maybe he should take a few steps back.

``We have a lot of talented players on the back end. We have a lot of talented players throughout this team. In the back end we felt there was a certain mentality about it,'' Sherman said. ``We had a phrase, `You man up, you stand up.' We wanted to hold everyone in the back end accountable every single play. We just preached that to (Quinn) that we think we can stand up against basically anybody. And if we can't, then fair enough, you can adjust the defense accordingly. But until then let us take a chance.''

The grabbing and clutching, that physical pressure the defense puts on receivers especially can border on illegal at times and has drawn the ire of opponents not used to that kind of physicality. Kaepernick insinuated as much earlier this week when he said he believes the Seahawks, ``Get away with a lot of things on defense.''

Sherman, of course, had a quick response.

``We got away with three picks, two fumbles, five turnovers. We got away with a 29-3 victory it looked like,'' he said. ``That's the way it looked to me.''

The reality for the rest of the league is Seattle's defense may only get better in the weeks to come. Defensive end Chris Clemons is expected to return in the next two weeks after a major knee injury suffered in January's playoff win over Washington. Cornerback Brandon Browner has missed the first two games with a hamstring injury and linebacker/defensive end Bruce Irvin will return from his four-game suspension after Seattle's game at Houston.

``It's going to be scary,'' Wagner said. ``Bruce is going to add another level. (Clemons) is going to add another level. Everybody is going to add another level to everything. ... Nobody's going to be able to get on the outside. You're not going to be able to throw the ball. You're not going to be able to run the ball. It's just going to be a great defense to be on.''

---

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Jake LockerOct 23 01:32p

Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker (thumb) will return to the starting quarterback job when he is healthy, according to head coach Ken Whisenhunt. The team has decided to start [ More ]

Calvin JohnsonOct 23 01:32p

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) has been more encouraged about the progress of his high right ankle sprain this week, even though he's been limited in practices so [ More ]

James StarksOct 23 01:22p

Green Bay Packers RB James Starks (ankle) is participating in practice Thursday, Oct. 23.

Jamaal CharlesOct 23 01:12p

Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (head) will participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 23, and the team does not plan on adding him to their injury report.

Jadeveon ClowneyOct 23 12:42p

Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) said he would be surprised if he does not play in Week 8.

J. BabineauxOct 23 12:22p

Atlanta Falcons DT Jonathan Babineaux (foot) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 23. LB Prince Shembo (knee) was limited during practice, while OG Justin Blalock (back) fully participated in practice.

Reggie WayneOct 23 12:12p

Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne (elbow) is not participating in practice Thursday, Oct. 23.

Ezekiel AnsahOct 23 12:03p

Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah (toe) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 23, while RB Theo Riddick (hamstring) fully participated in practice.

Brian CushingOct 23 11:42a

Houston Texans LB Brian Cushing (knee) has had his knee drained multiple times over the last few weeks, according to a source. The team hopes that rest will help heal the knee.

Toby GerhartOct 23 10:42a

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Toby Gerhart (foot) appears ready to return in Week 8, in the opinion of beat writer Hays Carlyon. The team contends they will mix and match running backs.

Brandon PettigrewOct 23 10:23a

Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah (toe) returned to practice Thursday, Oct. 23. TE Joseph Fauria (ankle), OT LaAdrian Waddle (calf) and TE Brandon Pettigrew (foot) sat out of practice.

Calvin JohnsonOct 23 10:12a

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) did a lot more in practice Thursday, Oct. 23, as he was cutting and running routes.

Reggie BushOct 23 10:12a

Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) is not practicing Thursday, Oct. 23.

Nate WashingtonOct 23 09:41a

The Tennessee Titans have been fielding calls from teams for WR Nate Washington, who recently lost his starting job to WR Justin Hunter. Washington is in the final year [ More ]

Derek MoyeOct 23 02:33a

The St. Louis Rams auditioned free-agent WR Skye Dawson (Buccaneers) and WR Derek Moye on Tuesday, Oct. 21. Moye was eventually claimed by the Tennessee Titans on Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Larry DonnellOct 23 01:03a

New York Giants TE Larry Donnell is just scratching the surface, according to tight ends coach Kevin M. Gilbride. Some of his mistakes, including fumbles and blocking deficiencies, are [ More ]

Geoff SchwartzOct 23 01:03a

New York Giants OG Geoff Schwartz (toe) is destined to return to practice next week, but he still has a ways to go before he is ready for a [ More ]

Eli ManningOct 23 01:03a

New York Giants QB Eli Manning has completed 65 percent of his passes, which would be a career high. He also has 14 touchdown passes to just five interceptions, [ More ]

Odell Beckham Jr.Oct 23 01:03a

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. might be moved around over the final nine games, according to receivers coach Sean Ryan. He said Wednesday, Oct. 22, that he [ More ]

Rueben RandleOct 23 01:03a

New York Giants WR Rueben Randle could be used in the slot over the final nine games, as the team works to replace WR Victor Cruz (knee). 'The other [ More ]

Trent RichardsonOct 23 12:53a

Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson (hamstring) said Wednesday, Oct. 22, that he expects to play in the Week 8 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was injured in the [ More ]

R. Griffin IIIOct 22 11:43p

Updating a previous report, there is no chance Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) plays in the Week 8 game against the Dallas Cowboys Monday, Oct. 27, multiple sources said Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Zach MettenbergerOct 22 11:03p

The Tennessee Titans plan to start QB Zach Mettenberger in Week 8 against the Houston Texans, a source familiar with the situation said Wednesday, Oct. 22. Indications are Mettenberger [ More ]

Jake LockerOct 22 10:53p

Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker (thumb) is in the final year of his contract after the team declined to pick up a fifth-year option. He is reportedly making progress [ More ]

LaMarr WoodleyOct 22 10:53p

Oakland Raiders DE LaMarr Woodley (biceps) suffered a torn biceps in the Week 7 game against the Arizona Cardinals, a source said Wednesday, Oct. 22. It is believed his season is over.

Brian CushingOct 22 10:03p

Houston Texans LB Brian Cushing (knee) will miss at least a week due to his knee injury. The ailment has been bothering him for the past two games.

Justin TuckOct 22 09:43p

Oakland Raiders TE David Ausberry (foot), CB Keith McGill (groin), CB Carlos Rogers (knee), DE LaMarr Woodley (biceps) and FS Usama Young (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 22. [ More ]

Bobby WagnerOct 22 08:03p

Seattle Seahawks SS Kam Chancellor (ankle), DT Jordan Hill (ankle), CB Byron Maxwell (calf), C Max Unger (foot) and LB Bobby Wagner (toe) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 22. [ More ]

Zach MillerOct 22 08:03p

Seattle Seahawks FB Derrick Coleman (foot) and TE Zach Miller (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 22, and they have been ruled out for Week 8 against the Carolina Panthers.

Frostee RuckerOct 22 06:53p

Arizona Cardinals DE Calais Campbell (knee) and TE Troy Niklas (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 22. S Rashad Johnson (knee) was limited, while DE Frostee Rucker (calf) practiced in full.

Johnathan JosephOct 22 06:53p

Houston Texans LB Brian Cushing (knee), CB Johnathan Joseph (knee), CB Darryl Morris (ankle), LB Brooks Reed (groin), LB John Simon (ankle) and LB Jeff Tarpinian (knee) did not [ More ]

Cyrus GrayOct 22 06:33p

Kansas City Chiefs WR Donnie Avery (groin) has been ruled out for Week 8 against the St. Louis Rams. WR Junior Hemingway (hamstring) and CB Christopher Owens (knee) did [ More ]

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2014 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group