Sports Illustrated’s Peter King addressed the Seahawks situation on defense in his Monday Morning Quarterback column.
King said he talked to head coach Jim Mora, who offered defensive ends Lawrence Jackson and Darryl Tapp as players who stood out during the offseason.
Mora also spoke glowingly about the teaching ability of new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley. King said in order for Seattle to improve from its 30th overall ranking defensively they’ll have to do a better job of rushing the passer, which should included some production from rookie linebacker Aaron Curry.
Here’s an excerpt.
Early on, Bradley knows he’s going to have to get top pick Aaron Curry to rush the passer better than he ever did at Wake Forest. Curry never was put in position in college to rush the passer, but you don’t pick a linebacker fourth overall in the draft and tell him to eat space or drop in coverage. You tell him — at least in some obvious passing downs — to go get the quarterback. “I think Aaron’s a good blitzer,” Bradley said. “But until you put on the pads in training camp and see him in games, there’s going to be some doubt.”
I asked Mora for a couple of defensive players who’d stood out in the offseason, and he said Darryl Tapp and Lawrence Jackson. Both defensive ends. Both former high picks. So maybe there will be less pressure on Curry to be a 12-sack guy if these bookend ends emerge and if Patrick Kerney can stay healthy and give Seattle the production he’s used to giving.
Look for Bradley to bring some of the principles of Tampa Bay’s classic two-deep coverage to Seattle, only with more aggression. He’ll blitz more than Monte Kiffin did with the Bucs. Now he’s got to find someone to get home.
King also mentions Mora’s planned climb up Mount Rainier with league commissioner Roger Goodell.
Greg Johns of Seattlepi.com provides more details on the Mount Rainier trip.
Our own TNT columnist Dave Boling takes a look at how players like Matt Hasselbeck and Lofa Tatupu will get ready for the upcoming training camp.
Art Thiel of Seattlepi.com catches up with offensive tackle Walter Jones, who says the next two months are critical for what he needs to do to be ready for the team’s upcoming training camp.
CBS Sports ranks quarterback, running back and offensive guard as the Seahawks greatest needs in next year’s draft.
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ESPN’s Mike Sando notes that Jones posted on his twitter account that he was mistaken at JFK airport for American Idol star Ruben Studdard.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com wraps up last week’s minicamp.
Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane talks about how he’s adapting to his new role, and what it’s like playing alongside Colin Cole in this audio link.
Cole talks to KJR’s Ian Furness about the end of offseason workouts in this audio link.