Gotta love Lofa Tatupu (man that guy is a beast).
Now, to the article.
I'm sure we all remember the old saying, "defense wins championships" and considering the Pittsburgh Squeelers Superbowl win last year, it's a hard statement to rebuff.
I'm going to breakdown the Seahawks' defense for the upcoming season and see if they have what it takes to get back into the top ten in the NFL and possibly the top five.
Also what that might translate to in terms of wins and losses.
With the change in coaching staff, the effects could potentially thrust the defense upward, be one step forward, or two steps back.
The new defensive philosophy of Casey Bradley will incorporate a variation of the "Tampa Two" defense that has safeties each playing one half of the field in deep zone, the inside linebacker Lofa Totupu playing midfield coverage, an increase in blitzing, an aggressive mindset, and a majority of pressure generated by the front four.
This new approach at defense should create more turnovers with the increased pressure on quarterbacks and running backs without giving up big plays.
This will be due mainly to the coverage assignments of the safeties, cornerbacks, and inside linebacker.
The aggressive style of play should be an upgrade over the stagnant play of the overworked defense of the 2008 season.
Now to take a closer look at each position...