Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Kam Chancellor: Seattle D can't be copied
By Terry Blount
RENTON, Wash. – Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor realizes teams will try to emulate the Seattle defense, but Chancellor says it can’t be done.
The Denver Broncos, who the Seahawks play in their first preseason game Thursday night at Denver, beefed up their defense in the offseason by signing cornerback Aqib Talib, defensive end DeMarcus Ware and safety T.J. Ward.
After being dominated by the Seattle defense in Super Bowl XLVIII, a game the Seahawks won 43-8, did the Broncos try to copy what beat them?
“I’m sure it’s very impactful,” Chancellor said. “Teams are probably trying to imitate us and do what we do, but I don’t think it’s possible. You can go get guys our size and our speed, but you can’t teach the heart side of it. You can’t teach the want-to. Guys here have the want-to.”
Chancellor also believes the Legion of Boom secondary has made an impact in another way when he was asked if the LOB’s aggressive play influenced the NFL’s decision to call defensive holding more aggressively this season.
“A little bit,” Chancellor said with a chuckle. “The league will have their rules -- the extra touching rule [beyond five yards of the line of scrimmage], the holding rules and whatnot.”
Chancellor said the Seattle coaches make sure the players are prepared for he changes.
“One thing we do here is emphasize what the league is dishing out,” Chancellor said. “When they started with the helmet-to-helmet contact, our coaches explained to us what it was, how not to do it and the proper way to do it.
“Now the coaches are doing the same thing with the illegal contact, showing us the proper way to do it in man coverage. I think guys are adjusting to it and practice is going well.”