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Thursday, February 5, 2009
Seahawks starting over on defense

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Tim Lewis, the Seahawks' new secondary coach, offered a view into how the new defensive staff is putting together its playbook.

Head coach Jim Mora has been on staff the past two seasons, but he wasn't running the defense. That will change now that Mora is in charge. The new staff features assistants pulled together from diverse football backgrounds. The new defensive line coach, Dan Quinn, was most recently with the Jets. Lewis comes from the Panthers. Coordinator Gus Bradley comes from the Bucs. They are pulling together a playbook.

Here's how Lewis described the process during a session with reporters Thursday:

"Although Jim [Mora] has been here and worked with [assistant secondary coach] Larry Marmie and [assistant defensive line coach] Mike Phair on the defensive side, and [defensive quality control coach] Tom Headlee, the fact of the matter is, we're starting to put the book together from the very basics: terminology -- what we call what, what we call this, what we call this -- pass game, run game, run structure.

"It's kind of amazing, but it's very good. It's kind of refreshing. I moved into a new situation in Carolina where the system was already in place, so I just had to learn it, but here we're kind of putting it all together. We're just putting it together from scratch, just the way we line up in the huddle. It's good."

We'll see a new Seattle defense in 2009, in other words. I hadn't realized the changes would be so fundamental in nature.