In my story today, Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn says his defense will be more aggressive in the secondary this season, with more man coverage for talented cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman.
Putting Seattle’s corners on an island more often will allow Quinn do dial up more exotic blitz packages to get after the quarterback and heat up the pass rush.
According to ESPN Stats and information, Seattle sent five or more rushers just 23.7 percent of the time last season. The league average in 2012 was 29.5 percent.
“We have a real style of how to play three-deep (zone) and man-to-man,” Quinn said. “So I think it’s no surprise to see the increase of that technique and style. It’s a culmination of really embracing that style and then having terrific guys who can do it.”
Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle highlights a Richard Sherman interception during practice this week as continued evidence that the Stanford product can backup his talk on the field.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com wraps up Seattle’s last OTA session of the offseason.
More Farnsworth: He notes that former Seattle running back Curt Warner visited practice to chat with running backs coach Sherman Smith and Marshawn Lynch.
John Boyle of The Everett Herald talks to offensive guard J.R. Sweezy about his continued development.
ESPN’s Mike Sando wonders if the potential for Chris Clemons to return for the season opener is offseason optimism or legitimate hope.
Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times writes that Walter Thurmond is finally healthy, and could be a surprise contributor for Seattle this season.
Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. gives Seattle an ‘A” grade for the team’s offseason moves. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this. Williamson: “Along with San Francisco, the Seahawks might be the best team in the league — and this offseason only reinforces that notion for me. Adding (Percy) Harvin as an explosive element to this offense is gigantic. When healthy, he is one of the best players in the league and he was playing at an extremely high level last season before being sidelined with an ankle injury. Seattle will get creative with how it employs him.”
Dan Pompei of The National Football Post reviews the offseason moves of the NFC West. He says Seattle signing Percy Harvin is the biggest offseason move in the division. Pompei: “They paid a dear price for Harvin, giving up first, third and seventh round picks. But despite the fact that Harvin can be high strung and unreliable, the trade should make Pete Carroll very happy. Harvin is an unusual talent as a kicker returner and offensive weapon. I call him an offensive weapon instead of a wide receiver because he is capable of so much more than running a route and catching a ball. Harvin can line up in a lot of places and do a lot of damage to a defense. He changes game plans. What’s more, he has an extraordinary will to win. If the chemistry is right, he can take the Seahawks offense to a higher level.”
Joe Fortenbaugh of the National Football Post says after 15 years the NFL’s instant replay system could use some tweaking, of course pointing to Golden Tate’s debatable, game-winning score against Green Bay as prime evidence of a sometimes-failing system.
Fox Sport’s NFL blog Laces Out gives Michael Robinson props for breaking the mold of behind-the-scenes footage in the league with his Real Rob Report.
Bill Barnwell of Grantland uses the premise of Kickstarter to create campaigns he’d like to see implemented in the NFL, including sending Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez back to college, and the construction of a Jerry Jones hologram so he can be hired as the new coach of the Dallas Cowboys. Fun read.