Pete Carroll sees new role in Seahawks defense for Brandon Browner

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Brandon Browner was one of the charter members of Seattle’s “Legion of Boom” secondary. Now back with the Seahawks after two years split between the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints, head coach Pete Carroll sees a different role for Browner’s return to Seattle.

We’re going to play him at safety in base downs and then in nickel we are going to use him to match up at different spots playing inside,” Carroll said, in an interview with Brock Huard and Mike Salk on 710 ESPN Seattle. “So we may be able to develop a really unique role for him. We have seen him play, back to his New England days they used him quite a bit inside and he really matched up on tight ends and slot receivers and things like that that he matched up well, and we are going to see how that develops.”

Seattle struggled to cover tight ends last season. Greg Olson, Tyler Eifert and others made critical plays against Seattle’s defense in key moments last season.

While Browner may no longer be capable of playing right cornerback for Seattle to the same level he did from 2011-2013, he may be able to be a strong matchup against opposing tight ends and bigger receivers inside. He may still get some time at right cornerback as well. Jeremy Lane re-signed with the team this offseason and can play both on the outside and in the slot. His versatility could allow Seattle to move him inside on passing downs and put Browner, DeShawn Shead or other options on the outside depending on matchups as well.

“There is always some stuff we are developing and there are some good things we are going,’’ Carroll said. “But you will see us be a little bit more matchup-oriented because of that, because of the guys that give us the chance to do that. We would always do it if we had the opportunity. That may mean there may be some more dime packages and things like that rather than nickel.’’

27 responses to “Pete Carroll sees new role in Seahawks defense for Brandon Browner

  1. He doesn’t have the speed or the coverage skills, and he’s a penalty machine. But he brings that swagger and anger and he can match up against any big man inside and he can do well against the run.

    He and Pete and Kris Richard will make it work. Go ‘Hawks.

  2. Que the Saints fans complaining about all the personal fouls and ignoring that he simply wasn’t a good fit for their defense like he was for the Patriots on the final Seahawks possession…

  3. He was the weakest link. I’m hopeful with this new approach though. Kam can only be allowed to blow TE coverage so many times before we have to start making moves to account for it.

  4. haha to all you haters that were saying “Pete has no idea what he’s doing, Browner is a terrible cb at this point blah blah blah”

    See, they have a plan. If that plan doesn’t work out they will cut him. It’s like that. Say what you will about Pete but he’s pretty much a defensive guru especially in the backfield and he’s creative. Does things that most of you don’t understand until you see the results.

  5. Of course Cheat giving zero props to the Cardinals or Deone Bucannon for basically inventing the position of dollar linebacker. Rams and a few other teams too.

    I guess imitation is the sincerest firm of flattery.

  6. Of course they had trouble with Greg Olsen, and Tyler Eifert in key situations. Olsen is the #1 Receiver for the Panthers, and Eifert is on the verge of being the #1 TE in all of football. Right now he’s Top3.

  7. Stating the obvious. He won’t be with the team long if they don’t carve out a specialized niche for him. He was a liability even when he was at his best.

  8. Browner will probably be lucky to make the team. Carroll’s language here is more hopeful than matter of fact. At this point, there’s an admission that Browner is not a starting corner or a nickle, but might have a role as a safety to match up against some tight ends. Browner’s other problem is that if he has a reputation and gets flagged because officials are now looking for him.

  9. jmethane says:
    Say what you will about Pete but he’s pretty much a defensive guru especially in the backfield and he’s creative. Does things that most of you don’t understand until you see the results.
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    But we HAVE seen the results. Just go back and watch any Cardinals game from last year.

  10. PFT-made-me-change-my-handle says:
    May 11, 2016 9:31 AM
    jmethane says:
    Say what you will about Pete but he’s pretty much a defensive guru especially in the backfield and he’s creative. Does things that most of you don’t understand until you see the results.
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    But we HAVE seen the results. Just go back and watch any Cardinals game from last year.
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    Yeah, I guess you couldn’t be any good at defense when all you have done is put together a defense that has led the League in fewest points allowed for 4 straight years–something not done since the ’50s. I mean, Pete must really suck.

  11. People are always butt hurt when a player who under performs on a team they follow, does better elsewhere.

    As far as how coaches see things vs no-coaches? I just go back to that old Jim Mora post game press conference rant where he tells the media that they don’t know anything and they never will even if they think they know (in reference to a players assignment on any given play)

  12. PED Carroll is desperate to recapture the old magic he lost after the worst play call in the SB. The team will never be the same.

  13. PFT-made-me-change-my-handle says:
    May 11, 2016 10:22 AM

    Seems to me these teams went 1-1 last year and Cardinals won in Seattle in a game that actually mattered.

    Oh yeah, they kinda won the NFC West too.
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    I NEVER complain about the refs, but that game was horrible. The refs killed 5 Seahawks offensive drives with offensive holding penalties. Having a 2nd and 25 on every drive makes it tough to put a drive together.

    I wouldn’t even have cared about it, but for the fact that when I re-watched the game, I caught at least 20 offensive holding violations by the Cards, and the refs didn’t call any of them. There’s something wrong with the fact that the Seahawks have had by far less penalties called on their opposition than any other team over the last 2 seasons. Looking at the actual penalty stats is shocking. Parity anyone?

  14. Seems to me your HC thought that game was important when he decided not to rest his starters. He also decided not to pull them at halftime because he felt none of them, with the exception of Palmer, had put in enough effort to deserve a rest.

    PED accusations from the cheating franchise is laughable.

    Oh yeah, the Seahawks have kinda won the NFC West for half the seasons they’ve been in it. How about the Cards?

  15. His job should be to shadow opposing TE’s. Kam obviously has trouble with them…and 2-3 losses as a result of a TE walking all over their defense is pathetic.

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