PLAYS OF THE DAY: DEFENSE DOMINATES TWO-MINUTE DRILL
Defense: Forget one play; the entire unit was on for an entire period. It happened during the two-minute drill, and here’s what happened as a result of the aggressive efforts:
Russell Wilson completed 3 of 5 passes, but the possession by the No. 1 offense against the No. 2 defense stalled when Wilson was “sacked” on third down and his fourth-down pass was incomplete.
Tarvaris Jackson threw two incompletions while directing the No. 2 offense against the No. 1 defense – with All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman and middle linebacker Bobby Wagner providing blanket coverage on tight end Cooper Helfet on the second throw. Jackson was then “sacked” twice, with linebacker K.J. Wright getting to him on fourth down.
Brady Quinn, who quarterbacked the No. 3 offense, was 2 of 7 and also “sacked” once.
It wasn’t what the offense wasn’t doing. It was all the things the defense wasn’t allowing it to do.
“Today we just decided to lock guys up,” Wright said after practice. “We did straight man-to-man coverage. You know, ‘I got this guy. Don’t let your guy catch the ball.’ DQ (defensive coordinator Dan Quinn) tightened it up, and we came through today.”
That’s the plan under Quinn in his first season as the coordinator – to be more aggressive.
“We love it,” Wright said. “We like guys just communicating, and we love that man-to-man coverage.”
POSITION WATCH: CORNERBACKS
Any discussion of this position starts with Sherman and Brandon Browner. They’re not only the starters, Sherman was voted All-Pro last season and Browner played in the Pro Bowl after the 2011 season.
But the discussion doesn’t stop there. That’s because the Seahawks have depth and then some at a position where they’ve struggled to find capable players in the past. There’s second-year corner Jeremy Lane, who had an interception in today’s 7-on-7 drill. There’s Walter Thurmond, a former fourth-round draft choice who has the skills to be a starter if he can just stay healthy. There’s Ron Parker, who has made impressive plays in each of the first two practices. There’s Byron Maxell, a third-year player who is getting work on the corner as well as at nickel back. Oh, and don’t forget about Antoine Winfield, a three-time Pro Bowl corner while with the Vikings who was added in free agency during the off-season; and Will Blackmon, who continues to impress the coaches after being signed in February.
It’s good to have,” Browner said after practice when asked about the depth that has only gotten deeper at his position. “Anybody goes down, you’ve got guys to step up and play like nobody’s missing.
Just as Browner did during training camp in 2011 when Thurmond was sidelined. Just as Sherman did later that season when he stepped in after Marcus Trufant and Thurmond were injured.