Bob's note on Peterson in another thread got me thinking about the Seahawks front seven again. I figured I'd make my reply into a new post to get the discussion going again.Seattle used to play a static 4-3 front with a dediciated ROLB and LOLB making Anthony Simmons one of the few worthwhile SLBs.dan pompei of Sn thinks addition of peterson could more than offsetloss of hutchison... not sure i agree, but he could be huge if all the way back from achilles injury... he was turning into perennial pro bowler (though SLBs are rarely IDP gold... marcus washington has been about as good as it gets lately, around top 20)...
That was before Ray Rhodes (and now John Marshall as DC) came to town, though, and with Leroy Hill at 6'1', 225, I think Peterson will line up strong side at all times. The interesting problem is deciding who leaves the field on passing downs when the Seahawks want an extra pass defender on the field.
You'd have to think Julian Peterson is a three down player (making it possible he could rival the Dansbys and Washingtons of the IDP world). But do you take Tatupu (your defensive captain) or Hill (a surprise stud in pass rush last year) off the field? Are either of them good enough in coverage to routinely handle a slot receiver? Do you put Peterson on the line then? Who leaves? Both Bernard and Tubbs were effective collapsing the pocket from the inside last year. And Fisher and Wistrom are your primary pass rushers.
I'll look into this a bit more tonight. Anybody already have a good feel on this one?
EDIT: There was some discussion of this when Peterson was signed, including Weiner Dog's reply below, but I don't know that it's been resolved...
Peterson (6'3" 235) is far more suited to cover TE's than Hill (6'1" 229). It's been well documented than Peterson can essentially play every position on the field outside of DT.
I could see Wistrom getting yanked on passing downs with either Hill or Peterson rushing the passer. The remaining LB's (Tatapu and either Hill or Peterson) would then be the two nickle LB's. It's painfully obvious Wistrom cannot get to the QB anymore.
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