Like most defensive players, linebacker A.J. Hawk doesn't spend a lot of time watching other team's defenses.
He's more focused on studying his opponent's offense.
But when the Packers linebacker stood on the sideline at CenturyLink Field early in the 2012 season when Green Bay played the Seattle Seahawks in a game you might remember, he had a feeling he was watching something special. So it comes as no surprise to Hawk that the Seattle defense was the top-ranked unit in the NFL in 2013 and was a major reason the Seahawks have reached the Super Bowl.
"First off I'm a fan of their defense and how they play," Hawk said Wednesday during an appearance on ESPN Radio's The Herd with Colin Cowherd on location at Super Bowl XLVIII in New York. "When we played them it was early last season, so I don't know if nationally they had the attention they deserved yet. Now they've gotten it obviously, being the No. 1 defense in the league. But I stood there and I was very impressed, and I loved the physicality."
Here's how Hawk described the Seahawks defense during his appearance on The Herd:
"Their corners are going to walk up, they're going to press. Their safeties are coming downhill and hitting people, and their linebackers and D-line make plays everywhere. I was really impressed by their front four, that they can find a way to get pressure with just a four-man rush. When you can do that and you have studs in the back end, that's why they're the No. 1 defense in the league. They make plays everywhere, and I have a lot of respect for them."
Hearing Hawk talk about the Seahawks defense, it's worth wondering how far away the Packers are from matching that description? The Packers ranked 25th in the NFL in total yards allowed, 25th against the run and 24th against the pass.
In case you missed it on ESPN.com:
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