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Monday Round-Up: NFL Network's Bucky Brooks Ranks Seahawks Safety Group No.1 for NFL Ahead of 2023 NFL Season

NFL Network Analyst Bucky Brooks ranks the league’s best teams by position groups, with Seattle taking home the best safety unit title heading into 2023.


Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Monday, July 17 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

While the Seahawks exceeded some national media expectations in 2022, there has been no shortage of hype (and praise) regarding Seattle's potential in 2023. A major advocate for Seattle's recent moves via free agency and the draft is former defensive back and NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks. In his latest ranking of the league’s top combos at every position, Brooks gives Seattle’s safety unit the No. 1 spot ahead of the 2023 season.

The back end of Seattle's secondary played a big part in the Seahawks' 9-8 playoff run leading to an NFC Wild Card appearance. With safety Jamal Adams recovering from a torn quad tendon, safety Ryan Neal emerged as one of the league's best coverage defenders in-tandem with safety Quandre Diggs. While Neal finished the year as Pro Football Focus' top-rated safety, Diggs was named to his third-consecutive Pro Bowl. The Texas alum finished the year with four interceptions, becoming the only player in the NFL to record three interceptions in each of the last six seasons. With Neal departing via free agency to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle signed safety Julian Love in March after four seasons with the New York Giants. In April, Brooks wrote about Seattle’s potential “Three-Headed Monster” with the acquisition of Love joining Diggs as Adams continues his recovery.

Love comes over from New York with a game that makes him an ideal candidate to be the Swiss Army Knife of Seattle's defensive backfield. As a former green dot defender (defensive play caller) with the Giants, the 25-year-old possesses the instincts, awareness and IQ to make plays from multiple spots. Whether he's lining up as a traditional safety or as a slot corner, Love's versatility will enable the Seahawks to move defenders around to create the best matchups in coverage while also producing some mismatches in pass rush and run defense. Considering he just finished his first season as a full-time starter with 124 tackles, two interceptions, five passes defensed and six tackles for loss as a Giants team captain, Love is upgrading Seattle's secondary with his versatility, intelligence and playmaking ability.

Moreover, Love's overall skills and positional flexibility will make it easier for the Seahawks to enable one of their top playmakers to reprise the role that helped him set the single-season sack record for defensive backs. Given the impact of pressure on turnovers, allowing Adams to consistently pin his ears back on blitzes should prove quite fruitful for Seattle.

Pete Carroll's defense hasn't finished in the top 10 in points or yards allowed since 2016. The Seahawks ranked 25th in scoring defense last season and 26th in total D. But with a three-headed monster at safety capable of wreaking havoc on foes from all over the field, Seattle's defense could return to dominance in 2023.

With the season approaching, Brooks doubles-down on his praise for the trio, while making his case for why Seattle's safety group could be the most-versatile and dangerous group league-wide in 2023.

The Seahawks' revamped secondary will allow Pete Carroll to tap into the complementary skills of his veteran safety trio. Diggs, Love -- a free-agent addition -- and Adams can create big plays in the deep middle, slot or inside the box. Moreover, the unit's versatility and overall awareness -- paired with talented CBs Riq Woolen (led NFL in takeaways as a rookie) and Devon Witherspoon (fifth overall pick of this year's draft) -- give the Seahawks the potential to create the second coming of the Legion of Boom. Adams missed all but one game last season with a torn quad muscle, but if he returns to form as an All-Pro safety who thrives as a pass rusher, the Seahawks will have the league's best combination of playmakers at safety.

Predictions and rankings won't help Seattle in its quest for another Super Bowl run - but getting the earned praise for a budding team with difference makers on both sides of the ball from national media is a good sign that others see Seattle's potential outside of the building.

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