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Earl Thomas & Pete Carroll
Losing a veteran like Lawyer Milloy can cause problems for a team like the Seahawks, whose two remaining safeties, Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas, are just entering their second year.
Part of the job of a safety is to be able to stare down quarterbacks and anticipate throws, to stay a step ahead of the receiver your assigned receiver, or to blow through the offensive line and make a play on the quarterback.
While the position takes a great deal of inherent talent as well as a great deal of intuition, learning the small cues and quirks of an offense are hard for a young safety to learn without a veteran on the field to teach him in playing situations.
This is the greatest value that Atari Bigby brings to the Seattle Seahawks, and was likely the most important factor they considered when making moves to fill that hole in their secondary.
Indeed, if there are marked improvements in the play of Chancellor and Thomas throughout this season, the Atari Bigby pickup could serve to be one of the more interesting free agency acquisitions the Seahawks made this summer.