The Seattle Seahawks have the best secondary in the league, hands down. No one even comes close. We have three All Pro selections; Richard herman, Kam Chancellor, and Earl Thomas, not to mention a right corner who probably could have gone to the Pro Bowl if he had more starts under his belt. Today, I’m going to focus on the back end of that incredible secondary and talk about our safeties.
First we’ll look at Strong Safety. Other teams may have an army, but we have a Hulk. Kam Chancellor is our starting Strong Safety, and with good reason. He has transformed himself over the last three years into the hardest hitting, scariest safety in the entire National Football League.
Just ask the Denver Broncos, or Vernon Davis. Chancellor spends most of his time near the line of scrimmage punishing runners, but he is not inept at dropping back to cover receivers. Last season Kam had three interceptions, 12 passes defended, one forced fumble, and 99 tackles in 16 games. That is not bad at all, especially when you add in his postseason play. Chancellor is the member of the Legion Of Boom that casual fans overlook, but true fans, players, and coaches know EXACTLY who he is, and they fear him.
Next up for the Strong Safeties is Jeron Johnson. Johnson hasn’t seen a whole lot of playing time, but he contributes on special teams and has done an adequate job on the few occasions when he’s been asked to fill in for Chancellor. Odds are this will be his last year as a Seahawk, however, since he is not a dynamic playmaker and PC/JS will likely look to add more impressive depth behind The Enforcer.
Next up is Terrance Parks. Parks has done almost nothing in the NFL. He was signed as an undrafted free agent to the Chiefs in 2012, was signed in the offseason by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL and spent 2013 with them, and then signed with us this offseason. He spent a lot of his time in the CFL on injured reserve, which makes it seem like this is a try and see, low risk high reward situation. We know how PC/JS excel at those, so this could end up being an ok signing, you never know.
After Parks is Dion Bailey. Bailey was signed this offseason as an undrafted free agent out of USC. He split time between linebacker and safety, so the man can hit. Last season his college stats were 62 total tackles, six and a half tackles for a loss, five interceptions, and one forced fumble. So he can create turnovers. Bam Bam Jr?