It’s little secret that Seattle’s cornerback tandem of Richard Sherman (pictured above breaking up a pass during mini-camp) and Brandon Browner is one of the best — if not the best — in the NFL.
ESPN.com breaks down just how good the two have been in recent seasons, notably against the outside pass:
The tandem has shut down outside passing lanes for opponents. Against passes 10-plus yards downfield and outside the numbers, the Seahawks pass defense ranked among the top five in Total QBR, interceptions and completion percentage last season.
Perhaps their biggest impact is near the goal line, where their physical presence (Browner is 6’4” and Sherman stands 6’3”) shines. The duo has combined for four interceptions in goal-to-go situations over the last two seasons. No team has more than four interceptions in goal-to-go situations over that span.
And the intriguing thing to wonder now is how much better those numbers might get if the Seahawks can improve their pass rush.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— ESPN.com also has this wider-ranging story on the value of shutdown cornerbacks;
— Seahawks.com notes that some players and coaches were already roaming around the VMAC on Monday, 11 days prior to the official beginning of training camp;
— Another reminder that Russell Wilson is up for an ESPY Wednesday night for Best Breakthrough Athlete;
— Sando’s daily look around the NFC West;
— Sando also has some good explanations of the Forbes’ magazine pro sports valuations list of yesterday;
— The Seahawks are in the elite eight of the NFL.com all-time greatest uniform competition;
— Breno Giacomini is hosting a football camp this weekend.