I was talking to defensive coordinator John Marshall about what he’s going to do if he finds himself short of linebackers come Monday Night. Right now, three of the seven LBs on the roster aren’t able to practice.
He said the backup to the backups are two safeties: Brian Russell and Deon Grant. He said the Seahawks are lucky because they’ve got some versatile guys, guys like Julian Peterson and Jordan Babineaux, who can play multiple positions and guys like Russell and Grant who can come in to finish out a game.
He said when he was the defensive coordinator with San Francisco the team went light on D-linemen for a game in Atlanta. Lo and behold, they suffered a couple of injuries on the line and had one of their players have to leave during the game because his mother, who was in attendance, had heart problems.
For four man fronts, Marshall didn’t have enough wide bodies so he recruited an offensive lineman to go in for a few plays.
“You just have to adjust,” he said.
I’m sure he doesn’t want to have to make those type of adjustments again…