Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said his defensive unit has been focusing this week on improving on third down situations in practice after his team’s struggles against Detroit.
According to Bradley, the defense worked specifically on third down situations for two sessions at practice for the second straight day, along with this morning’s walkthrough.
“So much of it is execution,” Bradley said. “Paying attention to details. If we win half the ones we lost, it could have been a different outcome in the game. So our guys know it, and I think it hit them harder than anybody.”
Bradley said the play that stung the most was when Seattle was up 17-7 in the second quarter, and on 3rd and 11 from midfield Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor got beat for a 46-yard touchdown by Titus Young, putting the Lions back in the game.
“We’re playing a coverage, a route that we’ve seen before, and we just got a little bit lax,” Bradley said. “The play got extended, and they got behind us.
“I think that’s one thing we pride ourselves on is explosive plays. You really haven’t seen that we’ve gotten beat on the deep ball, and then for a play like that where we were expecting it was just disappointing.”
Bradley seemed to indicate that defensively they’ve been okay at the beginning of the play, but once the play is extended guys have failed to adjust. He said that the Seahawks will look to play tighter coverage (man principles) a little more in those situations, but that’s also something they tried against Detroit in the final drive last week.
“At times it’s difficult when they spread us out,” Bradley said. “They get to empty – five wides (receivers) – and they’re out there doing the quick game. So I think it just comes back to us playing tighter coverage.”
Considered a long shot to play this weekend by Seattle head coach Pete Carroll on Monday, receiver Doug Baldwin was a full participant in practice today.
Baldwin missed last week’s game at Detroit with a high-ankle sprain. Offensive guard John Moffitt (knee) also was a full participant today, along with running back Marshawn Lynch (back).
Receiver Braylon Edwards (knee) and defensive tackle Jason Jones (ankle) missed a second straight day of practice, and rookie defensive lineman Greg Scruggs (oblique) was added to the injury report today, and did not practice.
Cornerback Byron Maxwell (hamstring) was a limited participant for a second straight day.
For Minnesota, tight end John Carlson (conussion) and receiver Percy Harvin (hamstring/non-injury related) did not practice.
Safety Mistral Raymond (ankle), cornerback Antoine Winfield (knee) and running back Adrian Peterson (ankle) were limited participants.
And defensive tackle Fred Evans (knee), defensive tackle Letroy Guion (ribs), linebacker Erin Henderson (elbow), punter Chris Kluwe (knee) and quarterback Christian Ponder (knee) were full participants.