The one-year anniversary of Ken Hamlin's injuries passed earlier this week (Tuesday morning). It didn't occur to me until after I finished speaking with him today for a story I just finished writing. Hamlin has needed only five games to match his career total for sacks (two). His two INTs are halfway to his total for the previous 36 games. Now the Seahawks are looking for Hamlin and the secondary to eliminate some of the deep passes that have hurt Seattle this season.
From my Friday story:
--The Seahawks have allowed 27 pass plays of at least 15 yards, one fewer than at this point last season. But opponents are having increased success with the long ball.
--The Seahawks have allowed touchdown passes of 40, 40 and 67 yards this season. They have allowed eight pass plays of at least 30 yards, up from five at this point last season. The 2005 Seahawks had not allowed a touchdown pass longer than 30 yards through five games.
--Last season, opposing quarterbacks threw 18 touchdown passes in 16 games, with a 77.4 rating. Seattle has allowed nine touchdown passes in five games this season, and opponents have an 89.3 rating.
This comes down to staying disciplined, for the most part. Hamlin made strides that way early last season, but Marquand Manuel was one of the most disciplined, error-free players on the roster. I think that had a lot to do with the success defending the deep ball as last season progressed.