Seahawks secondary coach Jerry Gray has high expectations. So that’s why he’s frustrated with the way Seattle’s pass defense has played, ranked 30th overall in the league and giving up 266 yards a contest.
Gray said the back end of the defense is still learning to master the team’s press coverage technique, with the corners playing mostly with their backs turned to the ball, which makes it harder to make game-changing plays like interceptions. Earl Thomas is among the league leaders with five picks, but Marcus Trufant and Kelly Jennings only have a interception each.
“The hardest thing is when you’re playing press man,” Gray said. “You’re not going to get as many (picks). Most of the guys that play off, they’ve got vision to break and they are doing those things, and you will get a lot more interceptions because again, the rush is going to get there and they’re going to throw the ball faster. But when you’re playing off with your back turned, it’s hard to get picks.”
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