MIAMI – Many of the biggest names in football are making their way through radio row leading up to Super Bowl LIV.
The Griffin twins – Shaquill and Shaquem – made their rounds on Wednesday afternoon in a promotion tour for Mountain Dew. They were kind enough to stop by the NBC Sports Northwest set to join the Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast.
Each brother was asked about an area where they want to improve heading into 2020.
Shaquill is coming off of his first Pro Bowl season as he joined the NFL’s elite in Orlando, Fla., last week. The honor served as validation that he has the potential to be in the conversation with the league’s top corners.
“I had that feeling where you’re like, ‘You know what? I deserve to be here. I earned it. I can get used to this,’” Shaquill said.
Much of his improvement in 2019 was due to offseason weight loss. Shaquill trimmed 20 pounds in 2019, going from 215 all the way down to 194. He also said he focused on his ability in off-man coverage.
Now Griffin’s focus is honing in on becoming a true lockdown corner.
“I want to get more consistent in press so I can stay on the line (of scrimmage) the whole time,” he said. “I want to work on my endurance. I want to be able to press a person all four quarters of a game until he just can’t take it anymore.”
Griffin also expressed his desire to shadow a team’s top receiver throughout a game.
“I want to work on more man press techniques and be able to move around,” he said. “If one game I have to be in the slot – maybe travel a little bit more.”
That’s not something he’s ever done in the NFL, and it’s also not something Seattle typically does with its corners. Even Richard Sherman, who was widely regarded as the best corner in the league during his time in Seattle, rarely moved away from his post on the left side of the Seahawks defense.
Now that side belongs to Griffin, and he’s been there for most of the last three seasons. He said he’s brought up the idea to the coaching staff and plans to do so again this offseason.
Given the inconsistency of Tre Flowers, allowing Griffin to shadow an opponent’s top receiver should be an idea the Seahawks strongly consider. Griffin is far and away Seattle’s best corner, and it makes you think how games like the Divisional Round against the Packers could have been different.
Maybe Davante Adams still would have caught eight passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns, but Griffin likely would have been able to limit some of that production.
It will come down to how much Pete Carroll is willing to shift his trends and try new things.
Regardless, Griffin expressed his belief that Seattle’s defense as a whole will take a collective step forward next season. The group has a long way to go after ranking 18th in DVOA, 22nd in points allowed and 26th in yards allowed.
“This defense is going to be so much better,” Griffin said. “I’m just excited to see what we can really bring to the table, and I’m excited for others to see as well. We’re a young defense and man it’s going to be great.”