Seahawks' new secondary is looking to become the successor of the historic ‘Legion of Boom’


A notable time in Seattle Seahawks’ organization history is when the ‘Legion of Boom’ reigned supreme of all defenses in the NFL.

From the beginning of the 2011 season to its slow-burning end in 2018, it’s hard to argue the amount of impact that defense set during its time in Seattle.

The “Legion of Boom” is no more, but that doesn’t mean Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll isn’t trying to transition into a new era with this revamped secondary. He knows how important that part of the defense is to the team.

“I’ve always felt like our secondary should be notable,” Carroll said to reporters in Wednesday's presser. “We should play in a noteworthy fashion. That’s the way I’ve expected it over the years. It was just a matter of who the new guys were gonna be.”

Obviously, the process itself has taken a few years, but it does seem that the Seahawks have finally found a suitable secondary with this new group.

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Carroll has noted that he has seen it start to come together during training camp.

It starts with cornerback Shaquill Griffin, who is coming off a Pro Bowl season in 2019. Quandre Diggs who was acquired back in Oct. 2019, finished with three interceptions in just five games.

The Seahawks then would acquire cornerback Quinton Dunbar after a trade with Washington back in March. He would be on the right corner position with Griffin on the other side.


Then the big move that put it all together: All-Pro strong safety Jamal Adams coming from the New York Jets in July.

The Seahawks had their new “Legion of Boom,” or at least until they set a new name for themselves.

Of course, as you could expect, there were some setbacks in the Seahawks secondary earlier on in the season.

Griffin (concussion & hamstring) and Adams (groin)both have missed four games, and Dunbar missed six games with a knee issue. Diggs has been the only one who has not missed play all season.

But now, everyone is almost back and ready to go. Carroll said that Dunbar is expected to return to practice this week.

When you look at the numbers for what this secondary has done, you may be surprised as to how well they are really doing.

Diggs has a career-high four interceptions this year, and Adams is about to break the sack record for safeties in a season ( he has 7.5 in just eight games).

The group has also turned this around for the defensive in the past four games, allowing just 19.5 points per game. 

I just feel like we’re getting back together again. It’s taken a while to get the band back out there, and we’re moving in the right direction. Hopefully, we can finish with a strong showing to wrap up this season.

Pete Carroll on the secondary all healthy again

Seattle has four games remaining on their schedule with the New York Jets coming up on Sunday. A game Adams has been waiting for all season long.

The bad taste that the Giants game left the team and fans felt last Sunday is something most want to forget about. This game on Sunday is a game that the team can really redeem themselves and come out firing on all cylinders.

They may not be the ‘Legion of Boom,’ but the Seahawks might have found the successor to that historic group after all.