Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports takes an interesting look at the key to success for run defenses on first and second down – the inside triangle.
Kirwan describes the inside triangle as the two defensive tackles and the middle linebacker in a 4-3 defensive front, and the two middle linebackers and the nose guard in a 3-4 alignment.
Kirwan notes that Seattle is one of the few teams making a change in personnel with the team’s inside alignment, with rookie Bobby Wagner looking to fill the huge shoes left by the departure of middle linebacker David Hawthorne.
Kirwan: First-down problems as well as second and 4- to 6-yard issues can be attributed to the quality of an inside triangle. In 2011, six teams limited opponents to fewer than 4 yards a carry on first down (Pittsburgh, Baltimore, San Francisco, Jacksonville, Seattle and Minnesota) and for the most part have very good inside groups.
Andrea Torres of the Miami Herald has a nice feature on Kennard Cox, who has created a foundation to help kids in South Miami. Cox, a free agent, said he’s still negotiating a deal to return to Seattle.
Matt Bowen of the National Football Post breaks down the zone blitz concept.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com provides a recap of last week’s OTAs.
More Farnsworth: The Seahawks released Central Washington University receiver Justin Hewege and signed former University of Oklahoma product Cameron Kenney.
ESPN’s Mike Sando recaps network analysts Tim Hasselbeck and Teddy Bruschi breaking down the NFC West. Bruschi actually picks Seattle to overtake San Francisco for the NFC West title, and says running back Marshawn Lynch will be the division’s MVP.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times points out that the Seahawks have two of the top 10 most productive tight ends over the last five seasons with Zach Miller and Kellen Winslow in the fold.
Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post reports that former Seahawks offensive tackle Ray Willis has signed as free agent deal with the Jets.
Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus takes a closer look at prototypical linebackers for 4-3 and 3-4 defensive alignments.