In Seattle, the Seahawks are on a mission. With an offense that is as explosive as any in the league, the defense under new coordinator Ray Rhodes is making significant strides. The players in Seattle are excited with the aggressive defensive scheme of Rhodes and with the ability to create turnovers.
As one Seahawks linebacker noted, "We have the opportunity to make plays and go after people, that itself is a major selling point to us players. For the first time in the past couple years, we believe that we will play to the strength of the players and not that of a scheme."
Unable to stop either the run or pass in the 2002 season consistently, head coach Mike Holmgren is on the hot-seat. Improve the embarrassing defense, make the playoffs, or be relieved of his duties as head coach of the upstart Seahawks is what the situation is in Seattle according to those close to the team.
Rookie defensive backs Marcus Trufant and Ken Hamlin have been steady and consistent in training camp. Both provide the Seattle defense with speed and quickness that has been lacking in recent memory.