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Seattle’s physical secondary provides tough challenge immediately after the snap

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 3, 2013 – 2:00 pm

When the Seattle Seahawks take the practice field this afternoon, it will be “Turnover Thursday”.

Seattle head coach Pete Carroll told the story on Wednesday of why “Turnover Thursday” has helped the Seahawks to an 11-1 record over the last two years when they win the turnover battle.

“To us it’s the emphasis that we place on what we think is the most crucial element to winning and losing games. We, in essence, dedicate a day to it so that we never forget to focus on it and pay attention. There’s a competition on it all day long to see who wins between the offense and the defense.

“If the offense can throw a no-hitter, no turnovers in a day, then they win it, otherwise the defense wins it. It’s just a continued emphasis on what we think is so crucial to us in how we play, so that’s it.”

Already in 2013, the Seahawks have forced 13 turnovers (second in the NFL) and it’s their ball-hawking secondary that is receiving a ton of attention from the Colts this week.

“They’re all big, physical (and) fast. They have all the attributes,” Colts quarterback Andrew Luck says of what he will be facing on Sunday.

“Not just fast, they can also catch the ball. They do a great job in press (coverage). They do a great job off (the ball). We’ve got our work cut out for us.”

At the safety position, Seattle has all-Pro Earl Thomas at free safety and lined up next to him is the 6-3, 232-pound Kam Chancellor.

At the corner position, Richard Sherman leads the NFL with 14 interceptions and 47 passes defensed since 2011. Opposite Sherman is the 6-4 Brandon Browner who has a 6-8 wing span.

All of the starting defensive backs for the Seahawks posses wing spans of at least 6-2 and three of the four have two interceptions in 2013.

Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton talked earlier this week about the importance of what he needs to do immediately after the snap in trying to create separation.

Hilton’s head coach Chuck Pagano is a former defensive backs coach and knows the task his receiving corps will face this weekend.

“They basically get up there and get their hands on you and they can take you out of a game,” Pagano said of the Seahawks corners.

“They’re playmakers, they’ve got ball skills, they can run down the field, so it’s going to be extremely difficult for our core of wide receivers to get away from those guys and get loose and get open.”

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