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Decker doesn’t see the Seahawks as overly physical


The Seahawks’ secondary is often noted for the way it gets physical with opposing receivers, and it’s often said that the Seahawks get away with too much illegal contact, defensive holding and pass interference. Broncos receiver Eric Decker, however, does not see it that way.

Decker said he thinks every team in the league is physical, and he doesn’t see a big difference between the Seahawks and anyone else.

“In this league it’s a very physical game,” Decker said. “You see a lot of defenses, especially with the passing game becoming more prevalent, cornerbacks getting to the receiver at the line of scrimmage and at the top of routes. I think they do it well. They challenge teams and are the best at it in the NFL. As far as pushing the envelope, I wouldn’t say so much. I’d say they do as much as other teams do, even ourselves.”

What Decker says the Seahawks do well is what defensive backs are supposed to do.

“I’d say they’re really sound in their coverages,” Decker said. “They play few coverages and they do it really well. They definitely will mix it up, as far as playing press or playing off. We’ll try to confuse you with holding the safeties a little bit. They mix it up well and we have to be ready for anything.”

We’ll see on Sunday if Decker still thinks the Seahawks aren’t overly physical after he plays them.

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36 Responses to “Decker doesn’t see the Seahawks as overly physical”
  1. erock27 says: Jan 30, 2014 9:28 AM

    He’ll be the first to cry for pass interference

  2. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Jan 30, 2014 9:28 AM

    Mr Decker. Here’s a list of severe injuries the 49ers have incurred while playing the Seahawks in the last 3 years alone:
    2011- DeLanie Walker, broken jaw
    2012 – Vernon Davis, concussion
    2012 – Mario Manningham, torn ACL
    2013 – Ian Williams, broken ankle
    2013 – Mike Iupati, broken fibula
    2013 – Frank Gore, broken ring finger
    2013 – Joe Staley, compound dislocation of right thumb
    2013 – Navarro Bowman, torn MCL, ACL

    Good luck Sunday fool

  3. nflgiant says: Jan 30, 2014 9:32 AM

    Decker is trying to stay positive in the middle of an on coming super storm.Thats good.The only problem is that the storm is getting closer,and will leave alot of destruction in it’s path.Seattle 31 Denver 13.

  4. JackedUpSports says: Jan 30, 2014 9:43 AM

    people are underestimating how smart this defense is. sure theyre physical, but they didnt get to be number 1 without being smart first

  5. rrddzz says: Jan 30, 2014 9:45 AM

    Not once does Decker say he doesn’t see the Seahawks as overly physical… #reaching

  6. kesselrunning says: Jan 30, 2014 9:49 AM

    Looks to me like he respects the Seahawks.

  7. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 30, 2014 9:59 AM

    We have Super Bowl trophies.

  8. braceyourselffor12 says: Jan 30, 2014 10:05 AM

    They’re not physical. They hold and commit PI on every play and the overrated secondary also aims for the heads of opponents. What else wouls you expect from a group ran by Pete theCheat.

    Legion of Frauds.

  9. dbara43 says: Jan 30, 2014 10:05 AM

    You left out Johnny Knox, the Bears receiver who had to retire after being hit by Kam Chancellor, and remember we broke Percy Harvin in 2012 when he was with the Vikings.

  10. russellwilsonismymvp says: Jan 30, 2014 10:07 AM

    I really laughed at this one. Great bulletin board material for the Seattle D. Don’t swat the hornets nest, Decker.

  11. jslucer says: Jan 30, 2014 10:08 AM

    All Time Best Offense Ever!!!!!! vs. Decent Defense (Not even in the top ten all time)…and you really think they will hold that offense.

  12. seabrawk12 says: Jan 30, 2014 10:14 AM

    Way to stir up the boys Decker. I’m sure the Seahawks D will be more than happy to display their “average” physicality just for you on Sunday.

  13. seatownballers says: Jan 30, 2014 10:22 AM

    Look at the teams that Seahawks beat to get their record and postseason.
    Now look at Broncos schedule. It’s not even close. Denver faced the chiefs, but they only have a strong front and pas rush, no play makers in the secondary.

  14. negativten says: Jan 30, 2014 10:26 AM

    Ya,I do think they will “hold” that offense

  15. dodohead418 says: Jan 30, 2014 10:46 AM

    I think Decker is going to learn Sunday.

  16. JSpicoli says: Jan 30, 2014 10:58 AM

    He will on Sunday.

  17. doubleogator says: Jan 30, 2014 11:08 AM

    You broke Percy Harvin in 2012, nothing to brag about he seems to get broken quite easily…

  18. beastmode5150 says: Jan 30, 2014 11:57 AM

    I am glad he said this.

  19. jrdennis says: Jan 30, 2014 11:58 AM

    Enjoy that 2nd place trophy Seattle.

  20. taintedsaints2009 says: Jan 30, 2014 1:32 PM

    decker didn’t say anything here that insulted the seahwaks. he basically said seattle doesn’t “push the envelope” any more than other teams by blitzing or taking risks with coverage.

  21. jr325 says: Jan 30, 2014 1:41 PM

    exactly, if anything he is debunking the talk about Seattle cheating more than other teams and getting away with holds and physical play. I dont see anything deeming “bulleting board” material in his comments.

  22. mckaymatt says: Jan 30, 2014 1:52 PM

    Lol…and people wonder why Lynch doesn’t want to talk to the media.

    “As far as pushing the envelope, I wouldn’t say so much. I’d say they do as much as other teams do, even ourselves” – Decker

    I wouldn’t say that is saying they aren’t physical…my opinion on it is that they aren’t as dirty as people like to claim…

    Maybe I’m wrong on this but I don’t see this as him taking a shot at them.

  23. ebrownwareagle says: Jan 30, 2014 2:10 PM

    I think it’s Safe to say New England’s Offense is A little maybe a lot better than Seattle’s and they only scored 16 on Denver. You Don’t have to be a Great D to stop a Mediocre offense in Seattle. ??? Is what does Seattle do when they go 4 wide. With a Great QB in PM not just Good. And San Fran’s Offense is not even in the same Stratosphere as Denver’s. Yea they may have Talent, But they don’t Have a PM under Center. Could be a long day for Seattle.

  24. furious76 says: Jan 30, 2014 3:23 PM

    Man Seattle fans are getting annoying with their over confidence.

    Did the D in Seattle break any records this year? I didn’t hear of any. The fans broke the noise record, but that’s all I have heard of it.

    The Broncos offense Broke just about every offensive record in the books this year. You have a very good D taking on the best offense ever fielded in the NFL…. good luck.

    Not to mention the D vs. run in denver is awesome. Wilson will have to go TD for TD with Manning, I just don’t see him getting it done with the speed on the LB core in Denver.

    DEN 34 SEA 17

  25. salmen76 says: Jan 30, 2014 3:38 PM

    Seattle will win this Super Bowl! In fact, the Seahawks will be up by 24 at halftime. The Broncos receivers will get off the bus with alligator arms. Peyton Manning will be running for his life after every snap. The Broncos allowed the scrub Cowboys to score 49 points on them. Seattle beat the Broncos so bad in preseason (40 to 10) that John Elway called a team meeting and chewed the entire team and coaches out! Geaux Saints!

  26. jjackwagon says: Jan 30, 2014 4:54 PM

    Praying for a blizzard and hoping it ends in a tie.

  27. frostymugobeer says: Jan 30, 2014 4:57 PM

    MAKE NO MISTAKE…. these are all grown men playing and neither team is going in “scared” of the other.
    seahawaks have a very good Defense and avg offense.
    Broncos have a GREAT offense and avg defense.
    game will likely be decided by about 7-10 points.
    possibly by a turnover.
    Manning has the experience and poise so I give the edge to the broncos.

    But as I said there is NO WAY Decker or any other Broncos receiver believes they have never seen a Defense playing as tough as Seattle….because they have

  28. artambriz says: Jan 30, 2014 4:57 PM

    Does anybody know who was covering T.Y Hilton???????? Yeah Shut it She-hawks fans 4 GOOD W.R’S & a running game with 2 decent R.B’S not an old 1 (S.F)!! Respect your opponent.

  29. ratsfoiledagain says: Jan 30, 2014 5:49 PM

    Its easy to pick single plays and say a player sucks.

    Look up you tube for Dieon’s early seasons. You’ll see him get burned on more than a few occassions.

    It happens. I guess Barry Sanders sucks cuz he was tackled for losses many, many times

    Every player that became very good, great, or HOF worthy, were not lights out from day one.

    But, haters will hate, no matter the reason.

  30. 12thmangohawks says: Jan 30, 2014 5:52 PM

    So many people cant stand Seattle or the Hawks becuase weve got it best and they know it. Best city, best football team, best everything.

  31. kcrobxer says: Jan 30, 2014 6:02 PM

    Anybody saying the Broncos’ record setting offense can’t be stopped needs only look at the result of the last record setting offense that made the Super Bowl. The New England Patriots were completely shut down by a New York Giants defense that was far less heralded than Seattle’s D. Expect this to be a fairly low scoring, down-to-the-wire affair.

  32. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jan 30, 2014 7:42 PM

    Decker was not insulting the ‘Hawk secondary, as the headline (and closing comment) of this article strongly implies.
    He was clearly referring to the amount of illegal defensive holds, grabs, contact – not the quality of said contact.
    As for the collision contact and run support, Decker would certainly concede that the ‘Hawks DBs are very physical, Kam Chancellor in particular. But Decker was not speaking to this component in describing their physicality.

  33. bert1913 says: Jan 30, 2014 8:00 PM

    decker meet kam, kam meet decker

  34. dan1961 says: Jan 31, 2014 1:31 AM

    Anybody that calls the Seahawks offense average has not watched the Seahawks much this season they scored 23 against the Saints in the Playoffs and 35 on Monday night football the Saints finished the Season ranked 4th in total defense. They scored 29 points and 23 points against the 49rs that finished the season ranked 3rd in total defense . What did the Broncos score against New England 26 points 3 more points than the Seahawks scored against the 49rs against the Patriots what did their defense rank at the end of the Season 30th and how about the Chargers? And as far ad the Seattle defense is concerned they are the first team to lead the league in total defense scoring defense and takeaways since the 1985 Chicago Bears so yes I think they can hold their own against the Broncos offense.

  35. dan1961 says: Jan 31, 2014 1:34 AM

    I know who was covering TYHilton it was Brandon Browner he had a bad game that day but Brandon is not playing in this game its Maxwell

  36. geicocaveman says: Jan 31, 2014 1:35 AM

    Seattle plays very physical, but Denver has the size to match up. Nice weather means Denver by 10.

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