NFL rumors are swirling around Brandon Browner. When the veteran decided to go back to the Seattle Seahawks earlier this year, the assumption was that he would become the starting corner back opposite Richard Sherman. It’s a role that he once held for the team. However, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has something else in mind. According to NFL, Browner will be playing more of a hybrid role on defense this upcoming season. It’s a new position being created for him.
Even though he is considered one of the best defensive minds in the NFL, Pete Carroll is always studying. He wants to learn new ways of doing things. That’s the formula for continued success in the National Football League. Carroll recently revealed that he studied how Bill Belichick used Brandon Browner when the latter was playing for the New England Patriots. He wanted to see things from a different perspective.
With the NFL become more and more of a passing league, a lot of safeties are being utilized at linebacker. The Los Angeles Rams, for example, are using Mark Barron at weak side linebacker next season. He had been playing safety for most of his career. The goal is to become better at pass coverage. By having a natural defensive back playing linebacker, it makes the task a little easier. Of course, you need players who aren’t afraid to hit, which is not a problem for Barron and Brandon Browner.
With Brandon Browner being a hybrid role player, the Seattle Seahawks appear set to go with Jeremy Lane as the starting corner back opposite Richard Sherman. DeShawn Shead should receive a good amount of snaps behind Lane and Sherman. Browner will also be utilized from time to time as a corner back. It will be limited duty, though. Pete Carroll seems really intent on using Browner inside the box.
The Legion of Boom is one of the most feared defensive units in the NFL. Jeremy Lane, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, and Kam Chancellor can change the tide of a game by forcing teams into abandoning the passing game. If Brandon Browner can become a star in his new role, then the Seattle Seahawks become more of a threat to win another Super Bowl.
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