Pete Carroll pulled Brandon Browner out of the shadow of the CFL because he had a reputation for press coverage. While the rookie CB has shown glimpses, especially against bigger receivers (Browner himself is 6'4"), he has also been a penalty-waiting-to-happen when on the field.
Through five games Browner has been flagged three times for defensive holding, twice for pass interference, once for illegal contact, and once for roughing the kicker.
Many of these plays wiped out otherwise stalwart efforts by the Seahawks defense. Carroll—a former defensive back and a defensive-minded coach—must find a way to get the most out of Browner without getting too much of Browner, as has been the case.
Carroll loves to press, and nobody on the Seahawks roster has the potential to succeed in press coverage like Browner. But he must learn to keep his hands off the receivers after five yards, as he's consistently being caught red-handed.
If Carroll wants to make this look like a smart pickup he has to get Browner to focus. Last week's game-clinching 94-yard pick six is a good start—and one that vaulted his WPA (Win Probability Added) higher than all but one other CB in the entire league at .69.
Browner has potential, but consistency will be the key. Carroll must be the one to both evoke and demand it.