In NFL news, the Seattle Seahawks have given up on Cary Williams, so the corner back has been released from his contract, according to USA Today.
Seattle Seahawks release Cary Williams
As long as the Legion of Boom have Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas, the Seattle Seahawks are going to have a pretty solid secondary. They simply need a solid corner back to round out the quartet. Head coach Pete Carroll was hoping that Cary Williams could fill that role even though he was released by the Philadelphia Eagles before his three-year contract had expired. The thinking was that Sherman, Chancellor and Thomas could help make up for whatever Williams lacked.
On Monday, the Seattle Seahawks realized that was not the case. The decision was made to release Cary Williams before the season even ended. Before the start of the season, the Seahawks gave the former Washburn University star a three year contract worth $18 million. Since $7 million of that was fully guaranteed, Seattle essentially paid Williams $700,000 a game to be an inadequate starter. The eight-year veteran failed to pull down a single interception in ten games with the Seahawks.
Replacing Cary Williams
In order to help Cary Williams latch on with another NFL team, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll did the right thing by telling reporters that the veteran corner back did a good job. Carroll stated that things simply did not work out because the defense has a lot of techniques that need to be learned to be fully effective in the defensive scheme. There is some truth to what Pete is saying because Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard does run the complicated scheme that Dan Quinn, now the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, left behind.
Pete Carroll stated that the Seattle Seahawks were going to use the players that are currently with the team to replace Cary Williams. Right now, DeShawn Shead is expected to take over the starting right corner back position. The four year veteran is naturally a safety, so expect to see Jeremy Lane and Marcus Burley to get some time on the field. Tye Smith is a rookie so Carroll might not be comfortable leaning on him at this point in the season. After all the Seahawks are still trying to sneak into the NFL Playoffs.
Seattle Seahawks weakness
The surprising Minnesota Vikings currently own one of the wildcard spots in the NFL Playoffs. They’re sitting on an 8-4 record. The Seattle Seahawks are currently 7-5, which has them clinging on to the other wildcard spot. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons, both sitting at 6-6, are breathing down the necks of Pete Carroll, Richard Sherman and others. The season has not been going as the Seahawks had hoped but they can still make adjustments and contend for the Super Bowl.
It should not come as a shock that one of the biggest priorities for the Seattle Seahawks in practice this week will be that other starting corner back position. NFL teams generally avoid throwing in the direction of Richard Sherman but they will be attacking the other side with more ferocity now that they know that there are question marks filling the position. Fortunately for Pete Carroll, they are playing three teams in a row that have quarterback issues. The big challenge will be Carson Palmer and the Arizona Cardinals in the final game of the regular season.
Can the Seattle Seahawks overcome a weakness in the secondary and get back to the Super Bowl?
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