It has been five full games since Cary Williams has played for the Seahawks. His presence was controversial from the moment his signing was announced. Enough time has passed that we can get some idea of how his presence impacted the Seahawks defense.
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Red zone is a pretty massive drop. Anyone who watched the Seahawks earlier in the year saw the backbreaking mishaps in the red zone. Cincinnati stands out in that regard, both Tyler Eifert touchdowns were Williams’ responsibility, per Pete Carroll.
Having DeShawn Shead, Jeremy Lane and Marcus Burley step in after Williams has reduced mistakes. These are not lockdown corners, but the hope has been that just being assignment correct could improve Seattle’s red zone numbers. Early returns suggest that has been the case.
The passing game
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Since the dawn of the Legion of Boom back in 2012, Seattle has always had more interceptions than opponent touchdowns passes. They were regularly in the 60s or low 70s in opponent passer rating. That was not the case with Williams back there.
The Seahawks allowed more than twice as many touchdowns as interceptions with Williams in the lineup. They have completely reversed that after his departure.
The combined passer rating against the Seahawks from 2012-2014 was 71.8, their YPA was 6.1, and their completion rate was 59.5%. Those are very similar numbers to what Seattle has posted since Williams left.
It is easy to point to the quarterbacks the Seahawks have faced as the reason, but that does not really hold water. Roethlisberger put up a ton of yards, but had a low 80s passer rating due to two interceptions and just one touchdown pass. Teddy Bridgewater is the second-highest rated passer in the NFL the last three weeks. Yes, Seattle faced Jimmy Clausen, Case Keenum and Johnny Manziel, but they faced Clausen, Nick Foles, Colin Kapernick, and Matt Cassell the first half of the season.
Better, but big test ahead