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Wednesday Round-Up: Pete Carroll Believes Seahawks' Secondary Can Be 'One Of Our Best Groups' In 2022

Corbin Smith of Sports Illustrated recently wrote about why Carroll has high expectations for the defensive backfield this upcoming season.


Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Wednesday, April 6 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

Pete Carroll Believes Seahawks' Secondary Can Be 'One Of Our Best Groups' In 2022

The secondary has always been a focal point for Pete Carroll-led Seahawks teams. That focus brought us the glory days of the Legion of Boom, with the likes of Richard Sherman, Byron Maxwell, Earl Thomas, and Kam Chancellor roaming the defensive backfield and shutting down opposing offenses.

Heading into the 2022 season, the team still features arguably the best safety duo in the league in three-time All-Pro Jamal Adams and Quandre Diggs, who is coming off of a career year in 2021 and was recently rewarded with a three-year, $40 million deal.

The team also re-signed CB Sidney Jones IV after his promising finish to the season as a starter after rookie Tre Brown went out with a knee injury, and signed former first round pick CB Artie Burns who played for the Bears last season under defensive coordinator Sean Desai, who is now in Seattle as the associate head coach-defense. Justin Coleman, Ugo Amadi, and Marquise Blair are some of the other names who will be competing for playing time come training camp.

This week, Corbin Smith of Sports Illustrated wrote about some of the new and returning faces in the secondary, and why Pete Carroll believes the group could be one of the team's best in 2022.

In the case of Burns, Smith says that the Seahawks have had their eye on the Miami product for years before he signed in Chicago and shined under Desai. "With Desai joining the Seahawks staff as an associate head coach, Burns was a natural fit to bring onboard as a possible successor for [D.J.] Reed," Smith writes. "'Sean did a great job with him,' Carroll said of Desai's work with Burns last season. 'We had really great information. He's a talented kid. He can do all the stuff we would like him to do, so, we're looking forward to it.'"

Smith expects Burns to compete with second-year cornerback Tre Brown, who played well in limited time. "With Jones likely slotted into one of the starting roles in the secondary, Burns will compete against Brown, who continues to rehab from a patellar tendon injury," Smith said. "The former Oklahoma standout played well in five games as a rookie, allowing just eight receptions on 17 targets for 75 yards and a 59.7 passer rating."

Click here to read Smith’s full preview of the Seahawks' secondary.

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