It’s been half a season since the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers last played. But the Seahawks are quite familiar with the makeover the Carolina secondary underwent.
Young guys Josh Norman, Bene Benwikere and Tre Boston have jumped into starting roles. Veteran safety Roman Harper is the only carryover from when the Seahawks beat the Panthers 13-9 Oct. 26.
Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin said the Panthers defense is more technically sound now than back then.
“You could tell before there were some pieces that seemed out-of-place back in Week 8,” Baldwin said.
“Now everything is coming together. Their front seven, it’s documented how talented they are. But now their back four is starting to play together. With the (limited) points they’re allowing, the yards they’re allowing, they’re playing a different style of defense.”
Baldwin is impressed by the Panthers defensive backs.
“They’re young, so they’re still getting a feel for it, but they pose a threat to us by being so athletic,” Baldwin said. “They don’t play like rookies. We have to be on our game against them, making sure we don’t make dumb mistakes. Don’t take for granted they’re young guys, because they’ve shown a propensity for making plays.”
Quinn a hot commodity: Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn reportedly spent part of the playoff bye week interviewing for four head-coaching jobs – with the San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears, Atlanta Falcons and Buffalo Bills.
The Seahawks led the NFL in scoring defense (15.9 points per game allowed) and have not allowed a point in their last six fourth quarters.
“He’s great at relating to his players; understanding how to coach certain players and how to back off of other certain players,” cornerback Richard Sherman said of Quinn.
“I think that’s really important for a head coach to be able to relate to a team. Some coaches aren’t social with their players, they’re not great at communicating, they’re not personable.
“He’s great with discipline and attention to detail. He keeps us down-to-earth, making sure we understand our strengths and weaknesses.”