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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.



August 21, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Projecting a depth chart: Defense

Posted by Danny O'Neil

The Seahawks have not announced or released a depth chart, but that doesn't mean we can't try and project one based on playing rotations from Saturday's exhibition game.

A couple of notes before we get started. There are several players omitted from the depth chart: DT Colin Cole is on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, and there's no timetable for his return. RCB Walter Thurmond is also missing. He has been out for more than two weeks now because of a sprained ankle. It remains to be seen whether Thurmond factors in as a starter or if Kelly Jennings retains that role.

Also, Matt McCoy is listed as the backup middle linebacker ahead of rookie K.J. Wright, but that is strictly based on the fact McCoy entered the game in the second quarter on Saturday night.

Finally, the defensive line is the roughest of estimations, a reality from the number of injuries across the front to the interchangeable parts. DE Chris Clemons has not played in the exhibition season yet, but he solidly projects as the starting LEO. Also, several players who played significant roles Saturday -- like Pep Livingston and Maurice Fountain are not on the depth chart, but will factor in significantly.

As always, thoughts an observations are welcome, especially if you have a point about the defensive-line rotations you have observed so far.

LDE
DT DT
RDE
CHRIS CLEMONS
BRANDON MEBANE ALAN BRANCH
RED BRYANT
RAHEEM BROCK
JUNIOR SIAVII KENTAWN BALMER
JIMMY WILKERSON
 
WLB
MLB
SLB 
 
LEROY HILL
DAVID HAWTHORNE
AARON CURRY 
 
MALCOLM SMITH
MATT McCOY
MIKE MORGAN 
  
K.J. WRIGHT
  
LCB
FSSS
RCB
MARCUS TRUFANT
EARL THOMASKAM CHANCELLOR
KELLY JENNINGS
RICHARD SHERMAN
JOSH PINKARDATARI BIGBY
BRANDON BROWNER
BYRON MAXWELL
MARK LeGREEJERON JOHNSON
KENNARD COX

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Sando said some tough things about Curry today on 710. Looks like he's a bust, just a run of the mill SOLB. we could have had Sanchez. Thanks...  Posted on August 22, 2011 at 3:33 PM by GMd2. Jump to comment
When Cole gets back I think Balmer is probably gone. I can see a rotation of Mebane, Branch, and Cole at the Nose tackle and 3-technique. Did...  Posted on August 22, 2011 at 10:49 AM by GMd2. Jump to comment
Maurice Fountain made an immediate impact. would like to see more of what he can do as he learns the Defense.  Posted on August 21, 2011 at 8:06 PM by Nael. Jump to comment