Seahawks’ Brandon Browner says not much has changed, besides what position he’s playing
RENTON – Brandon Browner may be playing a different position, but the original member of the Legion of Boom feels like he’s back with the same old Seahawks.
“We’ve got the same core group of guys. They work hard here. That’s why they’ve been so good for so long,” Browner said Thursday after Seattle’s Organized Team Activity, the first of the offseason open to the media. “You’re pretty much gonna get what you get. Single-high safety here and you’re going to play a lot of cover-3 here in Seattle. Personnel’s changed a little bit; guys got a little better at what they’re doing. Looks a lot better.”
The Seahawks are using Browner, who previously manned the cornerback spot opposite Richard Sherman before leaving the team two years ago, as more of a safety. You can see the reasoning behind the move, as the 6-foot-4, 221-pound Browner’s size can be used to cover opposing tight ends and help stop the run. And it’s not the first time Browner has played in that role, either – he was used in a similar manner in 2014 by the Patriots, who he helped beat the Seahawks in the Super Bowl.
“It’s kind of similar to some of the things I did in New England. I’ll be matched up on guys that fit my size, be in there on the run a little bit. It’ll show my skillset a little bit,” he said. “I love it.”
Browner also likes that the new position throws him back into the heat of competition, which has always been head coach Pete Carroll’s M.O. with the Seahawks.
“That’s been the most fun part since I’ve been here – the competing,” Browner said. “In New England and New Orleans, I felt like we were doing a lot more as far as running and things of that nature, but we get the work done here. It’s a lot shorter, but we’re competing with each other, so it makes the work efficient.”
The 31-year-old Browner’s enthusiasm for competing is translating on the field, according to Carroll.
“He’s brought back such a tremendous attitude. He’s very competitive and always been such a tough competitor. It seems like he’s really happy to be a part of it and it really shows, and he’s busting his tail in everything that we’re doing,” Carroll said. “He’s learning some new stuff, which is good, and he’s looked very good at it. I think it’s going to work out really well for us if we just keep making progress. I’m really fired up to have him back. He’s a great kid.”