The Seattle Seahawks came into the 2015 NFL season with a cloud of mystery surrounding the team.
Star safety Kam Chancellor is holding out in order to get a better deal on his contract, putting a big strain on a Seattle secondary that has carried the team to successive Super Bowl's. That strain was too much as the Seahawks lost their season opener against the St. Louis Rams.
Changes in Seattle
The Seahawks did something they never have before, moving All-World cornerback Richard Sherman around the field. It seems like this is going to continue.
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According to Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, via the Seattle Times, moving Sherman to cover the slot receiver was designed to provide flexibility in a secondary that is missing a key player in Chancellor and saw veteran nickel corner Will Blackmon cut before the start of the season.
“It presented us with an option that we can match up according to the players that we’re going against however we feel we need to, and that’s a real good positive for us,’’ Carroll said on Wednesday.
“Putting Richard inside, it allows him to use all of the savvy and the instincts that he has.’’
This is a smart move from Carroll, especially when you consider that the Seahawks are travelling to Green Bay this weekend to take on Aaron Rodgers and his excellent Packers offense.
When the Seahawks beat Green Bay to open the 2014 season, Rodgers did not throw in the direction of Sherman once, not a single throw in any of his 33 passing attempts.
A big question that numerous NFL head coaches would love to know the answer to is: how do you stop Aaron Rodgers? It's not easy for any team, even one with multiple Pro Bowlers and All-Pro's on its defense, but having someone like Sherman who you can move around the field is a huge advantage for the Seahawks.