During the first two years under head coach Pete Carroll, listing the strengths of the Seattle Seahawks defense would have been a quick article. Heading into the 2011 season, there were more questions than answers, and the odds were against the unit escaping from the mid-20s rankings of years past.
But Carroll insisted that he liked the talent on the team and the defense in particular.
After the season concluded, it was much easier to see why.
The team showed the solid run defense from early in 2010 for an entire season, and questions in the secondary turned into areas of strength.
Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley helped forge a top-10 unit, utilizing size, youth and speed to create turnovers and stymie opponents.
The following slides break down the components of the 2012 Seahawks defense, starting with the areas that should be good in 2012 and progressing to excellent.
For Seahawks fans, having any component of the team described as excellent is a nice start.