Which side of the ball for Seahawks needs to add star power more?

Jan 28, 2022, 12:27 PM
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Seahawks coach Pete Carroll looks toward the scoreboard during a Dec. 5 game against San Francisco. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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Coming off a 7-10 season, the Seattle Seahawks can’t go into 2022 without a big addition of two. The thing is, what positions should those big additions be at?

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Mike Salk asked a question throughout his 710 ESPN Seattle morning show Thursday that was very much in the theme of that: If the Seahawks had $100 million to spend this offseason, what percentage of it would you spend on the offense, and what percentage would you spend on the defense?

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When former NFL quarterback Brock Huard made his daily appearance on the show at 7:45 a.m., he didn’t need too much time to think about his answer.

“I would spend 65% on the defense and 35% on the offense,” he said. “I would make sure that I get a couple of the very best players, impact players. (Seahawks coach Pete Carroll) even said it at the end of the year – we need more star-power, more splash plays, more flashy plays, more impact plays. You need that.”

The Seahawks are already undergoing changes on defense with their parting of ways with defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. after four seasons, so the hope is the next DC will be able to get more out of players like strong safety Jamal Adams, who had no sacks a year after setting an NFL record for most sacks by a defensive back in a single season, and the starting cornerbacks who had just two of Seattle’s 11 interceptions in 2021.

As has come up a lot already in this young offseason, Huard pointed to the defensive line’s trouble winning the war at the line of scrimmage and creating pressure on opposing quarterbacks as an area where the Seahawks need to improve. And that’s where he’d like to see the majority of Seattle’s available capital spent, especially after looking at the four teams that will be playing in the NFL’s conference championship games this weekend.

“I think there’s more in need defensively within your front seven (than on offense),” he said. “… If there is one thread through these final four playoff teams, it’s not where they drafted their quarterback, it’s not necessarily age of head coach – though there’s a bunch of (young) offensive minds. I think the single biggest thread through all the four remaining teams is how dominant their front four defensively can be. And when (the Seahawks) won a Super Bowl, that group got some 50 sacks and 39 takeaways and had impact and splash players.”

You can hear the full conversation between Huard and Salk in the final segment of the podcast at this link or in the player below.

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