The Seattle Seahawks certainly finished the 2020 regular season on a high note with a 12-4 record and being crowned NFC West champions.
It is also worth noting that Seattle won the final four games of the season, and six of the last seven.
There was a point of the season, after the bye week to be exact, where the Seahawks did not look like their normal self’s on either side of the ball.
It was concerning for a lot of Seahawks fans, especially regarding the defense and if they were ever going to fix the issues at hand.
The defense was even on pace to shatter the NFL record for most yards allowed in a season.
Seahawk fans were fed up and wanted defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. fired for the lack of change on defense.
It was looking at all types of bad on the defensive side of the ball and people wanted answers for what was going on.
Then Week 11 hit and things started to really turn around for the defense.
The defense was only allowing 13.7 points per game since then, and at the time ranked 23rd in the league for yards allowed and lowered their average of yards per game by over a hundred yards through 10 games.
Who is to thank for this huge turnaround? You might have a hard time saying it out loud, but it is coach Norton.
When Norton and the defense came together after their Week 10 victory over the Arizona Cardinals to have the ‘accountability’ meeting is when people pointed to the change of the environment.
Whatever was wrong with the defense before that meeting, it seemed talking to one another explaining each and everyone’s assignment changed everything.
There are a lot of voices on a coaching staff, but Norton deserves the bulk of the credit for this incredible turnaround.
Additionally, the development and the use of new guys has been huge: players such as Jordyn Brooks, Alton Robinson, D.J. Reed, Ryan Neal, Poona Ford, Benson Mayowa, LJ Collier, and Ugo Amadi have all been an important piece of this year’s defense.
It also does help that Jamal Adams is able to have the freedom he does with this defense.
Now that the Seahawks defense is heading into the playoffs peaking at the right moment, is it time for Seahawks fans to take back the firing comments they said so early in the season?
Possibly. Criticism is normal from fans. But it's time to celebrate the growth of this defense and be happy about where it is.
The real test comes on Saturday when the Seahawks face the Los Angeles Rams, as they look to shut that team down as they did back in Week 16.