The Seahawks may have given up 30 points to the Ravens in a hard to swallow home loss on Sunday, but the scoring had little to do with the team’s defense, thanks to two Seattle turnovers that resulted in 14 points for Baltimore.
In fact, Seattle’s defense – in particular the secondary – looked very good against quarterback Lamar Jackson and the Ravens.
Jackson completed just nine of his 20 pass attempts, instead doing most of his damage in the running game. While drops were part of the reason Jackson’s line was inefficient, it was also thanks to the play of cornerback Tre Flowers, who had his best game of the season on Sunday.
“He played really good ball,” coach Pete Carroll said on Wednesday. “He had a couple other plays in the game. Did a nice job. He’s taking a technical step forward here in the last few weeks with his game. I’m fired up for him. His confidence is up. He’s more aggressive. His technique is really the best it’s been all year. He can feel it coming. We got a good play out of him and a couple really nice plays.”
Flowers finished with five combined tackles and one pass defended. He earned an 80.4 overall grade from Pro Football Focus, one of just two players on the team to earn a grade over 80 on the day (the other being Jadeveon Clowney).
Flowers shined as a run defender in his first year, but was understandably challenged in the passing game – having made the transition from safety to cornerback out of college.
The reputation Carroll and his staff have of turning unheralded draft picks into superstar defensive backs – aka how the Legion of Boom got started – is certainly a great sign that Flowers could continue on the path to superstardom over the next few seasons.