The Seahawks protection proceeded with its pattern of playing extraordinary guard, keeping the Rams out of the end zone in Seattle’s 20-9 win that secured a NFC West title.
The Seahawks safeguard hit absolute bottom in Seattle’s Week 9 misfortune at Buffalo.
In that game, the second of three misfortunes in a four-game range, the Seahawks surrendered 44 focuses, the most they’ve permitted in the Pete Carroll/John Schneider period.
After that misfortune, Carroll said of his group’s protection, “It’s such an out of character game across the board that I don’t even recognize us.”
However for the entirety of Seattle’s initial season battles on safeguard, Carroll, guarded organizer Ken Norton Jr. furthermore, veteran pioneers like Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright demanded that things would improve.
It might not have appeared to be likely at that point, however the Seahawks protection has undoubtedly made something happen in a gigantic manner, and it indicated again in Sunday’s 20-9 triumph that improved Seattle’s record to 11-4 and secured the group’s first NFC West title since 2016.
The Seahawks began the year 5-0 in enormous part since Russell Wilson and the offense were setting up such crazy numbers, however they’re ending on a good note, and as division champs, since they are back to playing the kind of safeguard that was the calling card of Carroll’s groups a decade ago.
“There were times during the season where everybody had enough statistics to go ahead and blow us out and like we weren’t worth anything on defense, but this defense is good, and they’ve shown it, and they’ve declared it,” Carroll said. “This is the kind of defense that we’ve played in years’ past when we really had good teams down the stretch. To show like that again, week after week after week, and to show it again in the most difficult challenge that we had, and not give up a touchdown all day long, that’s big time. It was really consistent, the mentality was great, it didn’t matter who was making plays, it was just guys playing football together in a really connected way, and it really showed up.”
Jamal Adams, who came to Seattle in an offseason exchange and has satisfied the charging, making another Pro Bowl while recording 9.5 sacks, 80 handles and 10 handles for misfortune in 11 games, made it a stride farther than his lead trainer, pronouncing Seattle’s guard the best in the association.
“For everybody out there, they need to start putting respect on this defense’s name,” Adams said. “Because this defense is playing lights out. And to me, we’re the best defense in the league. You can quote that, you can do what you want to do with it ,but at the end of the day, I believe in these guys, I believe in this coaching staff and what we bring to the table day in and day out. I know how hard we work, so we’re just going to continue to get better because we haven’t even played our best football yet and that’s the scary part.”
And keeping in mind that on a superficial level it may appear to be over the top to say that regarding a guard that was surrendering in excess of 30 focuses per game for a large portion of a season, Adams and friends have for sure played just as any protection in the group since the time the Week 9 misfortune in Buffalo.
Following that misfortune to the Bills, the Seahawks positioned toward the end in complete protection (455.8 yards per game), rearward in passing safeguard (362.1 passing yards per game) and 30th in scoring (30.4 focuses per game). The next week, the Rams got off to a snappy beginning, however Seattle’s guard gave indications of progress in the subsequent half, and has constantly improved over time half of season.
Counting the Week 10 misfortune to the Rams, in the course of the last seven games, have had the NFL’s best scoring safeguard (15.0 focuses per game), positioned third in complete protection (302.1 yards per game), 6th in pass guard (203.0), third in adversary yards-per-play normal (4.6), fifth in rival passer rating (78.3) and recorded 24 sacks, tied for the most over that range.
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