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Former 3x Pro Bowl LB for the Seattle Seahawks Lofa Tatupu joined JMV ahead of the Colts season opener game vs Seattle for an in-depth scout of what the Colts should expect at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday. A year ago Seattle’s defense ranked 22nd in defense, a far cry from their Super Bowl contending days with the “Legion of Boom”.

Tatupu thinks that the defense should be stronger but is worried that they may come out rusty due to the starters not playing in the preseason at all:

“We started out strong against the run last year but I guess that was a little deceiving because everyone was throwing for 400+ yards on us… In the secondary opposite of D.J. Reed I’m wondering who is going to fill in there at the second cornerback spot but it remains to be seen because again, we haven’t played any of our starters in much of the preseason.”

Russell Wilson is one of the best Quarterbacks in the NFL and will be a big test for the Colts secondary. His mobility in the pocket and ability to scramble when a play breaks down is what makes him so difficult to defend. JMV wanted to know if he is still as mobile and willing to leave the pocket as he used to be heading into his age 32 season:

“No he doesn’t, but physically he’s absolutely ripped. As he grew in knowledge and wisdom and experience in the league, he has relied less on something that makes him dangerous. His ability to get out of the pocket and make things happen and sometimes force the other team to use a safety or middle linebacker to spy on him and shadow him wherever he goes used to be a bigger part of his game. I think a lot of it was when we were giving up so many points last year he felt pressure to go put up 40 and that’s how it was for the first half of the season.”

If the Colts want to win their season opener for the first time since 2013 they’re going to have to contain Wilson and that high powered Seahawks offense in a raucous Lucas Oil Stadium.

 

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