04 May 2012
On the heels of the controversial Bruce Irvin draft pick (as discussed earlier this week by Mike Tanier) comes this piece by Clare Farnsworth on the Seahawks' official site breaking down Pete Carroll's unorthodox defensive schemes. Carroll's own description: "Our defense is a 4-3 scheme with 3-4 personnel." Farnsworth also talks about the common threads between Carroll's defenses in college and the pros: A yin-yang set of defensive ends (one big run stuffer, one small pass rusher); cornerbacks known more for size than speed; and at least one big, physical safety who plays almost like an extra linebacker. Another tidbit: Farnsworth predicts that sixth-round draftee Winston Guy will see the field often in triple-safety formations.
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Possibly the closest Super Bowl matchup in history also poses the question: how much does it mean when certain aspects of an NFL team improve dramatically in the second half of the season?