Seattle Seahawks Offseason Moves Suggest a Better Overall Defense in 2011

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Seattle Seahawks Offseason Moves Suggest a Better Overall Defense in 2011
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The headlines surrounding Seattle this short offseason have focused on big signings on offense and big losses at defense.  Sydney Rice and Zach Miller are expected to serve as capable targets for the Seahawks’ green quarterbacks.  Robert Gallery was brought in to serve as a mentor to a young offensive line as they work to learn Tom Cable’s system in limited time.

The offense may have gotten a boost but what is Seattle doing about their defense which ranked 27th overall in terms of yards per game allowed? 

To begin with, they didn’t re-sign veteran safety Lawyer Milloy and lost Jordan Babineaux in the Seattle exodus to Tennessee.  They didn’t sign a marquee corner to play opposite Marcus Trufant and instead re-signed chronic disappointment Kelly Jennings.  They asked Lofa Tatupu to restructure his contract and subsequently released the defensive captain.

None of those headline grabbers sound like improvements.  So what has defensive-minded coach Pete Carroll been thinking through all this?  What has he done to make his defense less of an embarrassment than last year?

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