Being the leader of the worst defense in the NFL is not easy for future Hall of Fame Linebacker Bobby Wagner. The six-time Pro Bowler has watched a Seahawks defense that continues to make mistakes at critical moments in games. The Seahawks defense has given up a league-high 3,180 passing yards. That is an average of 353 passing average through the first nine games of the season
INJURIES HAVE TAKE THEIR TOLL
In all fairness, the Seahawks defense has been gashed with injuries which have caused continuity issues. Cornerbacks Quinton Dunbar, Shaquill Griffin, and All-Pro Safety Jamal Adams played the first two games as a unit before the injuries ravaged the secondary. Since then, the Seahawks defense has been playing catch with a rotating secondary. Adams is back in the lineup after missing four games.
SIGNS OF IMPROVEMENT
The return of Adams and the continued improvement of Tre Flowers at right cornerback and D.J. Reed at the other corner spot saw the Seahawks hold the Rams to just six second-half points. Rookie Jordyn Brooks has settled down at the outside linebacker and continues to improve each game. Reed recorded a game-high 10 tackles against the Rams. If the Seahawks defense is to continue its upward projetry each player will need to stay disciplined in their reads and gap protection.
The Seahawks defense has been experimenting with the blitz and the plan has produced nine sacks in the last two games. On Thursday the Seahawks will face Arizona Cardinal quarterback Kyler Murray. An elusive dual-threat quarterback who can run and throw.