Seattle Has Good Problem At CB

The Seahawks are set to face Randy Moss with a good problem at cornerback.

Shaky pass defense cost Shawn Springs his starting job. Improved play Sunday could help him get it back from Ken Lucas.

"Next week, I could start Shawn," coach Mike Holmgren said. "They're going back and forth. The important thing is helping each other, first of all, and they're really putting the team first in that situation."

The cornerback position is crucial because Seattle closes the season with games against Vikings WR Randy Moss, Rams WR Torry Holt and 49ers WR Terrell Owens. During a 34-7 victory over Cleveland on Sunday, defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes went with CB Ken Lucas ahead of Springs and the results seemed to be positive.

Lucas batted away a third-down pass early in the game, and he added a red-zone interception a bit later. But Springs led the team with 10 tackles while adding his first sack of the season.

"I've said all along that we have three starting cornerbacks," Holmgren said. "After last week (in Baltimore), where Shawn struggled just a little bit, I want him to feel good about things again and so we started Lucas."

Lucas is determined to keep the starting job.

"I put a lot of pressure on myself to go out and have a good game because I want to prove to everybody that I should be playing more," Lucas said. "But at the same time, we have so many good players on our defense that everybody can't play at the same time."

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