Before this week ends, figured I should listen to some fine Seattle-based sports-talk radio. Get the temperature, so to speak.
They seem confident. Which makes for good listening.
Here’s Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill, asked on ESPN 710 about how to stop the Redskins’ offense.
“We sort of implemented the same plan, how we stopped Cam Newton’s read-option and [Colin] Kaepernick,” Hill said. “You know, we’ve seen that offense twice already, sort of. There’s similarities. They don’t do the exact same things, but we already have sort of a plan in place. We can pull from those two games, that we did pretty well against those teams to stop that.
“So I think that’s the biggest thing that’ll help this defense, or one of the biggest things, is we’ve seen it before, we know how to play it, we know we have to be assignment-correct,” he continued. “We know we have to tackle….Like I said, we’ll be ready for it….We’ll be ready.”
For whatever it’s worth, the Redskins were 4th in the NFL in points-per-game and 5th in yards-per game. That’s slightly ahead of San Francisco (11th, 11th) and Carolina (18th, 12th).
“People get out of their gaps and worry about the wrong things, I think that’s the biggest thing,” Hill said, when asked about stopping the option. “I mean, they’re a good team now, you can’t take anything away from them. They have a good O-line, the left tackle’s a Pro Bowler, the back is running hard. Even though you have the back on your assignment, you have to tackle him, you know what I’m saying? You have the quarterback, he creates open space where he can make you miss.
“So just because you have that assignment, you still have to make the play,” he continued. “It’s tough. They have players. They have players that can create problems for the defense. But you have to stay on your assignment, you have to make the play when it’s time for you to make the play.”
Hill seemed to be more concerned than, say, ESPN 710 host Mike Salk.
“I don’t know that I’m terrified of their wide receiving corps,” Salk said this week. “I don’t know whether an 85-year Santana Moss is somebody I’m supposed to be worried about….The wide receiving corps and that defense, neither one really scares me that much.”