As Pete Carroll was counting down the final days of
Browner practiced on Wednesday for the first time in a month, so the band has indeed been reunited just in time to take its show on the road for Sunday’s NFC wild-card playoff game against the Washington Redskins at FedExField.
To carry this band analogy to its logical conclusion, now that the secondary is back to full strength there’s left cornerback
And this band already has a name: The Legion of Boom.
“Getting Brandon Browner back is a big deal to us,” Carroll said on Wednesday. “He’s been a big part of what we’ve done here and he’s been a significant factor in the style that we play.”
Browner was an alternate to the Pro Bowl last season, and played in the NFL all-star game as an injury replacement. He returned two of his team-high six interceptions last season for touchdowns, including one to ice the Week 5 upset of the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants in the Meadowlands.
This season, Browner had three interceptions before missing the final four games of the regular season because he tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance that violated league policy.
Browner won’t meet with the media until Thursday, but that didn’t stop his bandmates, er, teammates from talking about just what his return means to the Seahawks as they enter the postseason.
“It feels great. It feels fantastic,” Sherman said. “Getting him back is a big boost for us. I think it will be big for our defense.”
And that’s literally, as well as figuratively, because Browner is 6 feet 4, 221 pounds. He will be able to use his size against the Redskins’ smaller receivers – 6-1, 215-pound Josh Morgan, 6-foot, 210-pound Pierre Garcon and 5-10, 205-pound Santana Moss. Browner’s stature, and style to match, also will come in handy against the Redskins’ No. 1-ranked running game that features the rookie duo of Alfred Morris, who has rushed for 1,613 yards and 13 touchdowns; and quarterback Robert Griffin III, who has added 815 rushing yards and seven TDs.
“His presence, his physicality will be a huge factor in this game, I’m sure,” Sherman said.
The reuniting of this band of coverage brothers in the Seahawks’ secondary also includes
“It’s real big for us,” Trufant said of Browner stepping back in. “B.B. is a big part of this team, a big part of the defense. Now that we get him back, it makes us even better.”
The Seahawks did win all four games Browner missed, and finished the regular season ranked No. 6 in pass defense and No. 4 in overall defense. That’s a credit to the jobs rookie
“I was proud of the young guys that stepped in while Browner was gone,” Thomas said.
Don’t get him wrong, Thomas also is delighted to have the band back together.
“Getting Browner back is big for us,” he said. “We’ll get our chemistry back this week and just do what we’ve been doing – which is playing great ball. It’s going to be great to have him back, because he’s just following along with the ball hawks we’ve got back there.”