5 cents worth: Seahawks seek new nickel back for Sunday in San Diego; Chargers blow 11-point lead late last night
The Seahawks were in nickel defense — with five defensive backs and two linebackers instead of their base four DBs and three linebackers — on 57 of 62 defensive snaps against Green Bay in the opener. That’s why linebacker Malcolm Smith was a non-factor; he was on the sideline watching nickel back Jeremy Lane play.
And that’s why Lane going on injured reserve with a designation to return in eight weeks and Seattle signing former Carolina Panther starter Josh Thomas yesterday matters more this week than last.
I don’t think the Seahawks will be in nickel as much Sunday in …