Originally posted by zaghawk:
Sherman's smart, I think he realizes this, hence why rants aside, he gives props to LOB and his guys up front. As a Hawk fan, I hope the main guys will take favorable deals to stay together. Where I do think the Hawks WILL suffer is the depth. I don't think the 2nd/3rd guys in line are nearly as committed to Legion of Boom as the core of that group (and Browner is already gone).
I think the conventional wisdom is that they'll lose some depth on the defensive line. Their secondary is deep with talent - it's probably still going to be the best in the league next year unless there is some kind of drop-off in production. The other problem defenses have with production from year to year is that professional offensive strategists spend the entire off season trying to figure out ways to break defenses. For example, the only receivers who did any productive gouging of the Seahawk secondary were speed guys - I expect to see more offenses, including the Niners, try to challenge with speed and use bunch formations and movement to get speed guys clean releases off the line and beat that press coverage the Seahawks love to play.
[ Edited by crake49 on Feb 20, 2014 at 9:36 AM ]