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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Around the NFC West: Carroll's vision

By Mike Sando

NFL Films' Greg Cosell recently put together a compelling piece detailing how, in his mind, the Seattle Seahawks could be constructing "the model for the NFL of the future -- the ideal fusion of Saturday and Sunday football."



This might seem like overkill for those weary of all the praise flowing Seattle's way since the team added Percy Harvin, Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett over the past 10 days. Cosell prefaces his remarks by professing his own distaste for the annual rush to anoint the teams most "active" in free agency. He spends the rest of his piece explaining in detail why Seattle's recent activity is different.

"It's easy to say they acquired good players who will make them better," Cosell writes, "but to me, that's too simplistic and misses the point. It’s the kind of players they targeted, and how they fit into Seattle’s larger world view of how best to compete and win in a constantly changing NFL landscape."

The short version: Seahawks coach Pete Carroll saw first-hand at the college level the challenges associated with defending the wide side of the field. Harvin's addition allows the Seahawks to manufacture space despite the NFL's narrower hashes. On defense, meanwhile, Seattle's super-sized cornerbacks and deep supply of pass-rushers allow for "disruption outside with taller, more aggressive corners" and "pass-rush flexibility and adaptability with athletic and versatile hybrids who can align all over."

There's a lot to digest, but Cosell's succinct explanations make for relatively quick reading. I should have a chance to follow up with Carroll from the NFL owners meeting later Wednesday.