RENTON, WA – Last Friday, the Seahawks acquired their first harm scares of the 2020 season, as projected beginning defensive tackles Jarran Reed and Poona Ford every exited apply and didn’t return.
Luckily, coach Pete Carroll indicated in a digital Zoom press convention on Monday that neither Reed or Ford’s harm was critical and each gamers could be again in motion quickly. Despite dodging two bullets, nonetheless, their absence from Sunday’s apply illustrated the Mount Everest-sized crevacce between the starters and the remainder of the group’s defensive tackles when it comes to expertise.
Behind Reed and Ford, the largely untested trio of Bryan Mone, Demarcus Christmas, and undrafted rookie Cedrick Lattimore have suited up for a mixed 4 NFL common season video games. In reality, Christmas and Lattimore have not even dressed for a preseason recreation.
But quite than view the shortage of snaps as a detriment, Carroll provided a special take assessing the state of Seattle’s defensive sort out group.
“Isn’t that awesome?” Carroll smiled. “Think how young – all these guys have all their games ahead of them.”
While Carroll has been identified to often throw a sarcastic zinger into his responses talking with the media, it is evident he has loads of confidence in Seattle’s present solid of characters at defensive sort out.
In specific, Carroll provided a glowing evaluation of Mone, a second-year nostril sort out out of Michigan who performed in 5 video games as a rookie. He produced 4 tackles on simply 89 defensive snaps within the common season after which pitched in with two tackles in a Divisional Round loss to the Packers.
After re-watching lots of Mone’s snaps on movie earlier in the summertime, Carroll believes the big-bodied run stuffer will probably be able to tackle an even bigger function for the Seahawks in 2020.
“I’m really, really excited about Bryan Mone,” Carroll stated. “He played really well in the plays he played last year. He plays really stout, strong and he’s willing to run like crazy and chase the football.”
One of the shining stars of Seattle’s coaching camp to this point, Mone produced two spotlight performs in pre-practice on Sunday exhibiting the excellent effort Carroll calls for from his gamers. Using these examples as educating tape, Carroll confirmed each performs to the remainder of the group throughout a gathering on Monday morning.
Carroll additionally famous that Mone, who weighed in at over 350 kilos final yr, reported to coaching camp at a leaner 340 kilos. In higher bodily form and with a yr within the Seahawks system below his belt, he “definitely” envisions him as a key element of the defensive position rotation behind Reed and Ford.
“I think he gives us – because he’s been with us in his second season – he feels like he’s been around. He knows our stuff and he’s a real bright player too… We know that he can play football.”
Away from Mone, Carroll and his employees are getting their first intensive look at Christmas. The 2019 sixth-round choose missed his total rookie season on the PUP listing with a again harm and has been seeing snaps on the apply area at each at nostril sort out and the Three-tech place.
“Christmas is important to us, how he develops,” Carroll commented. “This is the first time really we’ve seen him. He’s really like a rookie right now because last year didn’t amount to much of anything for him unfortunately. He’s had a good offseason and he’s right in the mix of it too.”
For these involved about general depth at the place, Carroll additionally made certain to name-drop defensive ends Rasheem Green and L.J. Collier, who will cut back inside throughout nickel packages to the Three-tech function so as to add pace to Seattle’s inside move rush.
While Green has been spending nearly all of his time with the first-team protection at base defensive finish, Collier has performed intensive snaps rotating in at defensive sort out over the primary week of camp. Coming off a disappointing rookie yr, Carroll has seen “a different guy” on the apply area to this point.
“He’s quicker, he’s explosive, he’s in great shape, and he’s battling,” Carroll stated. “He’s off to a terrific start.”
Over the previous couple of months, the Seahawks have been persistently linked to a number of veteran defensive tackles on the free agent market to bolster the place. Among those that reportedly have been on the group’s radar, Damon Harrison and Marcell Dareus nonetheless stay unsigned and it is attainable they may nonetheless be added at some level.
Nonetheless, Carroll’s general outlook in regards to the younger nucleus at the place suggests Seattle could not really feel such a transfer is important. For now, he appears content material persevering with to develop gamers equivalent to Mone and Collier into pivotal contributors within the trenches.
“It looks a little different when you start to mix our guys and we do have some depth and we have some guys that can play and give us some real good athleticism. It can be a really fast defense and it’ll start with those guys ability to run up front.”