Something that began during organized team activities continued this week during minicamp – it’s hard to complete a pass of significance against Seattle’s secondary.
Cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner, along with safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor made it hard on Russell Wilson and the rest of Seattle’s offense during 7-on-7 and team drills.
Specifically, I don’t believe Sherman has had a deep pass completed against him in any of the practices open to reporters during this offseason.
Sherman said he’s feeling much more comfortable in Seattle’s defensive scheme heading into his third season.
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He chalked up the impressive play from Seattle’s secondary to confidence and film study.
“With teammates like this, sometimes we’ll be out there mid-play and Kam will tell me to jump this (route), and I’ll jump it, because it’s just trust,” Sherman said. “I know he’s going to where he’s supposed to be if he tells me to jump this. We’ll call plays out halfway though the play, and be moving pieces. If you saw it on film you wouldn’t necessarily be able to tell what coverage we’re in, because it’s probably not the most technical way to run it. But it’s works. We’re effective, and the chemistry is there.”
And Sherman reiterated what we’ve been told by defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and his teammates, that the Seahawks will play more man-to-man coverage in the back end defensively.
But as far as specific schemes, Sherman was keeping things close to the vest for a change.
“We’ve got a couple new wrinkles in there,” he said. “Like (San Antonio head coach (Gregg) Popovich said, ‘I don’t want to disclose it on TV.’ We can’t tell you all the little, new wrinkles, but there will be some new things out there.”
Sherman also was asked about San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh’s comments on Tuesday about Seattle’s PED violations.
“I don’t worry about him,” Sherman said. “We keep it here, and we keep it in Seattle. I put it in my notebook – handy dandy.”
Welcome back T-JackWith Tarvaris Jackson expected to re-sign with the Seahawks on Thursday, Seattle players are ready to welcome their former teammate back with open arms.
“It was kind of sad when he left,” said receiver Sidney Rice, who remains in regular contact with his close friend from the two’s time together in Minnesota. “He didn’t want to go, but it’s just another opportunity for him.”
Rice also addressed the issue of ball distribution. With the addition of Percy Harvin, Rice and other Seattle receivers have been asked if they are concerned about getting enough touches. But Rice said having Harvin will help get him better matchups on the perimeter, and winning cures all.
“We all wanted it (the ball) last year,” joked Rice. “Everybody wanted it last year, but it’s kind of different around here. I think everybody has the mindset that we want to win, and we’ll do whatever it takes to win. So that shouldn’t be an issue.”
* Rookie defensive lineman Jesse Williams played some 3-tech defensive tackle with the first-unit defense this afternoon.
* Will Blackmon got caught out of position, getting lined up late at cornerback. But he more than made up for it by jumping a ball intended for Doug Baldwin, as Russell Wilson went with a quick count to take advantage of Blakmon being out of position.
* Defensive tackle Jaye Howard flashed on a couple plays today, getting a good pass rush from the inside.
* University of Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian was at practice today, along with former Washington State University head coach Jim Walden. Former Seattle quarterback Jim Zorn was at practice on Tuesday.
* Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner changed his facemask to the same one Ray Lewis made famous to pay homage to the Baltimore middle linebacker who retired after the 2012 season.
* Running back Robert Turbin did not practice this afternoon, but did not appear to be limping on the sidelines. Tight end Zach Miller also did not practice, wearing a boot on his left foot for a second straight day. Tharold Simon (foot), James Carpenter (knee), Chris Clemons (knee), Greg Scruggs (knee) and Percy Harvin (hip) also did not practice. Defensive end Cliff Avril (foot) practiced for a second straight day, but again just went through individual drills.