I seem to remember a time back in 2007 on a snow drudged field when a guy named Atari Bigby changed the game defensively for the Green Bay Packers by just absolutely steamrolling the Seahawks offense. I can’t pull up his statistics from the game, (I tried), but I remember him causing at least one and I am almost positive multiple turnovers during a game when Seattle started up 14-0.
The oldest addition to the safety position at the “twilight” age of 29 was not coy in what he is being brought in to do for the Seahawks:
“From what I get from it, is special teams. Come in a little bit on defense, but they told me that they have their starters.”
Seattles tandem at safety is
arguably the youngest in the league, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor are both entering their second seasons and Chancellor is slated to start his first regular season game in September.
Thomas is already regarded as one of the best young safeties in the league, many argue he is on the precipice of top 10 status at his position if he follows through with a strong follow up to his rookie season. Chancellor on the other hand was a fifth round draft pick last season and while it appears he will be an imposing figure in the box no one really has any idea how good he is against the pass at the NFL level.
I am not overtly thrilled with Chancellor being thrown into the ring when options like Michael Huff, Donte Whitner, and Quintin Mikell were available (along with $15.5 million in cap space remaining). At the same time though, it’s very difficult to criticize Pete Carroll for making this team younger and building through the draft. Russell Okung, Earl Thomas, James Carpenter, John Moffitt, and Chancellor are all Carroll draftees who are slated to start. He didn’t acquire any player over the age of 30 in free agency which is something else I am content about. Sidney Rice, Zach Miller, and Brandon Mebane are all young pro bowl caliber cornerstones at their respective positions. Isn’t that a refreshing turnover from paying Housh the same amount as they just paid Rice?
Hopefully Bigby can provide some depth at the nickel and dime back positions. I really like what I am seeing from Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman, but the fact Kelly Jennings is manning one of the first four corner positions gives me reason to stop and pray that he will keep getting bumped down the depth chart.