Huard: 3 positions the Seahawks could shake up soon

Sep 26, 2022, 11:41 AM | Updated: 11:47 am

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Seahawks CB Mike Jackson breaks up a pass intended for Atlanta's Drake London on Sept. 25, 2022. (Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

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The Seahawks played an overall better game against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 3 after a lopsided loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2, but the result was the same with Seattle losing 27-23 to fall to 1-2 on the year.

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Things got on track offensively for the most part with the Seahawks totaling 420 total yards and 23 points after being shutout for six quarters coming into the game. Additionally, Seattle converted 9 of 17 third-down opportunities and ran 69 plays, a season high by 20.

But the team struggled defensively, allowing 179 rushing yards and seven explosive passing plays of 20-plus yards.

With the Seahawks 1-2 and heading to Detroit this weekend, could we see personnel changes? Former NFL quarterback Brock Huard shared his thoughts Monday morning during Brock and Salk on Seattle Sports 710 AM.

“I think there are three spots you’re going to look at. You don’t have many other options (on the) D-line, edge, linebacker. Your depth is not going to challenge there,” he said.

Defensively, there are two positions Huard is looking at, and they’re both in the secondary.

“I do wonder at safety, is (Ryan) Neal back and healthy and can he go? He was a nice little spark when this defense did turn things around over the last few years in the second half of seasons,” Huard said. “Because the safety play just isn’t good enough and Quandre Diggs has said that now back to back weeks.”

Josh Jones has been the strong safety the last two weeks after starter Jamal Adams went down with a season-ending injury in Week 1.

As far as the other secondary spot, Huard thinks that Michael Jackson’s starting corner position opposite rookie Tariq Woolen could be up for grabs.

“Woolen is gonna play, he’s gonna keep learning, he’s gonna keep growing, he’s gonna keep developing. He’s right there,” Huard said. “But the other corner spot with Michael Jackson, is that Artie Burns who finally is healthy off of his injury? Is that Sidney Jones who may play the ball a little bit better?”

The Falcons, Huard said, regularly beat the Seahawks’ secondary one-on-one for contested catches.

“They went up on your head and pulled it away, they broke the tackles on a touchdown by Drake London,” he said. “They made those contested plays that frankly top 11 picks in the draft make in (Kyle) Pitts and Drake London. Those two are just studs.”

The third spot Huard’s keeping an eye on is left guard, where third-year lineman Damien Lewis is playing.

“Damien just struggled mightily. And (Falcons defensive tackle) Grady Jarrett is a phenomenal player and he embarrassed him in a couple big moments,” Huard said.

Lewis also was tagged for holding on the Seahawks’ final two drives, with the latter one coming after a big gain that put Seattle in the red zone before it was called back.

“The holding call is a tough one. Gosh, it’s a tough one at the end,” Huard said. “Just get your hands in. You get them outside the frame, you’re gonna get that call. It wasn’t egregious.”

Listen to Monday’s Blue 88 segment at this link or in the player below.

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