Can the Seahawks defense return to its vintage form?


Long gone are the days of the Legion of Boom.

The hard-hitting foursome of Brandon Browner, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman was arguably the most dominant secondary unit to ever play the game. The lore of the Legion of Boom has followed succeeding defenses, but no group has ever been the same in Seattle ever since.

Thanks to the additions of an elite group of defensive stalwarts, the Seahawks defense could soon be regaining its old form and putting up big numbers.

Sheil Kapadia of The Athletic released a series of bold, or not so bold, predictions for the 2020 season and this year could be Seattle’s best in the last four years.

"The Seahawks had an incredible run from 2012 to 2016 when they finished in the top five in defensive efficiency every season," Kapadia wrote. "Since 2016, they've gotten worse every year – going from fifth to 13th to 14th to 18th...

It feels like a rebound is coming.

Sheil Kapadia

In 2016, the Seahawks defense finished third in scoring and fifth in total defense. With Quandre Diggs in his first full season and Seattle trading for Jamal Adams and Quinton Dunbar this offseason, Kapadia believes the Seahawks have a chance to reach that top-10 benchmark again.

“Seattle acquired Quandre Diggs during last season and traded for Jamal Adams and corner Quinton Dunbar earlier this offseason,” Kapadia notes. “They have Shaquill Griffin at the other corner spot and are still strong at linebacker. The defensive line is a big question mark, but if the Seahawks can develop their young players or scheme things up, they have a chance to be a top-10 defense."


The Seahawks defense will certainly have the opportunity to develop young players like rookies Alton Robinson and Darrell Taylor, as well as second-year players such as Cody Barton and Ben Burr-Kirven.

Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright are one of the most productive duos in the NFL and remain cornerstones of the franchise. Bruce Irvin and Benson Mayowa are back to where they started their career and off to a strong start. After a disappointing two-sack season in 2019, Jarran Reed is hoping 2020 will be a different story.

The Seahawks don’t necessarily have a lot of star-power when it comes to their defense, but that doesn't mean that group won't be successful. The biggest looming question, however, is can Seattle improve from one of the NFL's worst pass rushes last year?

The Seahawks are banking on it.  

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