Seattle Seahawks' Legion of Boom

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Cardinals (6-2) at Seahawks (4-4)

8:30 p.m. Line: Seahawks by 3

When these teams met in Seattle last season, Arizona was 9-1 and held a three-game lead in the N.F.C. West on the second-place Seahawks. Seattle won that game, 19-3, and did not lose again until falling to the Patriots in the Super Bowl. The Cardinals, though, lost three of their last five games and finished second in the division to Seattle. You can bet that the fact that this game represented a turning point for both teams last season is on the minds of their coaches heading into this one.

It should be noted that the Cardinals lost quarterback Carson Palmer before that 2014 game, and his absence led to some unstable play at quarterback that contributed greatly to their late-season slide. Arizona is 19-4 in the last 23 games started by Palmer dating to 2013. The Seahawks’ Pete Carroll, who coached the 35-year-old Palmer at Southern California, has certainly taken notice.

“Carson is...

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2011 SeasonEdit

The inaugural year of the Legion of Boom saw the Seahawks finish 7th in points allowed and 9th in yards allowed, as well as 11th in passing yards allowed and 4th in interceptions.

They started the season in San Francisco and allowed 209 yards of total offense, though the 49ers got two late kick return touchdowns to win 33-17.

In week 5, though surrendering 464 yards and 25 points to the New York Giants, the Seahawks forced 5 turnovers and won the game, 36-25. Brandon Browner sealed the victory with an interception returned 94 yards for a touchdown, and Kam Chancellor ended it with an interception minutes later. Earl Thomas intercepted a pass in the game as well, and Walter Thurmond forced a fumble. Thomas and Chancellor also each recovered a fumble.

In week 7, the Seahawks held the Cleveland Browns to 6 points and 300 yards of offense, though the offense had 3 points in the loss.

In week 11, the Seahawks beat the St. Louis...

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PHOENIX -- The Seattle Seahawks' "Legion of Boom" secondary was built with players who have been underrated, undervalued, undersized and miscast in other places, only to come together in rare ways under the direction of head coach Pete Carroll. And in that regard, defensive backs coach Kris Richard is the ideal person to lead the unit.

Richard played cornerback for USC when Carroll took over the program in 2001. He spent just one season under Carroll, but he made an impression on his coach that lasted past Richard's five-year NFL career. Selected in the third round by the Seahawks in 2002, Richard played in 39 NFL games, starting one, and never had an interception. When his career ended in San Francisco, he knew exactly what he wanted to do -- and who he wanted to get him there.

• Richard Sherman for MMQB: What I've learned in the past 12 months

"I don't know exactly what [Carroll] saw, but what I do know is that after I walked off the practice field at USC for...

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SEATTLE - DECEMBER 01: Cornerback Brandon Browner #39 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after making an interception against the Philadelphia Eagles at CenturyLink Field on December 1, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Eagles 34-14. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

SEATTLE - DECEMBER 01: Cornerback Brandon Browner #39 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after making an interception against the Philadelphia Eagles at CenturyLink Field on December 1, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Eagles 34-14. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

SEATTLE – Brandon Browner is officially a Seattle Seahawk again.

The Seahawks announced Monday that Sunday’s reported deal had been finalized, with Browner signing a deal to return to the Seahawks after a season each with the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots.

The cornerback was cut by the Saints after a poor season, but said that he’d been playing with a torn knee...

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According to Wikipedia and an ESPN article, the name "Legion of Boom" started when Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor appeared on the "Bob and Groz" radio show on 710 ESPN Seattle on August 2, 2012.

Kam Chancellor was back on the show on October 2, 2013, and they discussed the origin of "Legion of Boom". You can hear the audio here. At 42:17 in the audio, Bob/Groz say the following to Kam:

Bob/Groz: "There's been a bit of controversy with the name 'Legion of Boom'. I don't know if you're aware of this. What I do know is that you're aware of where it started."

Then they played a snippet from the August 2, 2012 show:

Bob/Groz: "What have you done in the offseason?"

Kam: "I changed my diet up, just eating a lot cleaner, just eating chicken, fish, vegetables, fruit, trying to stay light to where I can run fast, but also still have a little weight to keep that boom."

Then back to Oct. 2, 2013:

Bob/Groz: "Kam, we've always given you...

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Super bowl XLVIII will showcase the NFL’s top rated defense against the top rated offense when the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos do battle in New Jersey. This is the fifth time since the AFL-NFL merger that the number one overall defense and the number one overall offense has faced off for the championship. Historically, the defense has had the better results in these match ups, boasting a 3-1 record, with the Joe Montana and Jerry Rice led 49ers 55-10 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXIV being the exception. The Broncos have the “Superman” Peyton Manning, while the Seahawks are ready to lower the Legion of Boom.

The Seattle Seahawks defense allowed a league low 14.4 points per game, while the Denver Broncos offense scored a league high 37.9 points per game. Statistically, Peyton Manning’s Broncos had one of the greatest offensive seasons in league history as they scored 606 points during the regular season. Manning himself set NFL records in...

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Seattle Seahawks rumors have Brandon Browner returning to the “Legion of Boom.” These Seahawks rumors may have just been confirmed by a report on NFL.com, as well. NFL analyst Chris Wesseling is stating that Browner will sign a one-year deal with the Seahawks on Monday, April 18.

Browner is a free agent who can sign with any team during the NFL offseason, and it appears that he wants to return to Seattle. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Browner had stated during the 2015 NFL offseason that he wanted to return to Seattle. Now, the opportunity has presented itself again. This will allow him to return to the “Legion of Boom” with teammates Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman, and Kam Chancellor.

The Seattle Seahawks rumors are being met with mixed reactions on social media. He left the team following the 2013 NFL season and a Super Bowl victory by the team. That signing with the New England Patriots turned some Seahawks fans against him, but that could be reversed if...

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It has been a long time since we have seen a secondary dominate the way the Seattle Seahawks' Legion of Boom has. In a season in which the passing game has run amok, the Seahawks secondary has gone counter trend and played at a considerably higher level than every other secondary in the league.

That makes the Legion of Boom historically impressive.

How are they doing it? Personnel is a part of it. Long, strong Richard Sherman, with five more interceptions than any other player in his three years in the league, probably is the game's best cornerback. Nobody is playing free safety like Earl Thomas. Kam Chancellor is an old-school strong safety who lights up ball-carriers. This is a young, passionate, committed group of ballplayers.

But there is more to it. The Seattle defensive backs play with unusual physicality and confidence. There is no trepidation in their backpedals. They don't appear to fear failure as much as they anticipate making game-changing plays....

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RENTON, Wash. -- The Legion of Boom begins preparations for the 2015 season as the Legion of Bruised.

By the end of Super Bowl XLIX, most of the highly acclaimed secondary for the Seattle Seahawks was hurt. In fact, only cornerback Byron Maxwell wasn't hurt, and he's no longer here after signing with the Philadelphia Eagles as a free agent.

Cornerback Richard Sherman had a torn ligament in his elbow; free safety Earl Thomas had a separated shoulder; strong safety Kam Chancellor had a torn knee ligament; nickelback Jeremy Lane had a broken arm and torn ACL; and cornerback Tharold Simon had a separated shoulder.

The aggressive play of Seattle's defensive backs had taken a toll on a team that played 38 games over 17 months (reaching back-to-back Super Bowls) and 56 games over 29 months in the previous three seasons.

"These last few years we've played a lot of games," Sherman said on John Clayton's 710 ESPN Seattle radio show. "It's tops in the league. It...

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Legion of boom

Kam Chancellor, Seattle’s behemoth 6-foot-3, 230-pound safety, ended his eight-week contract holdout that caused him to miss the first two weeks of the season. He made the vaunted Seahawks’ “Legion of Boom” secondary instantly whole again and instantly spectacular in a 26-0 win over the Bears. Chicago quarterback Jimmy Clausen, in for hamstring-hurting Jay Cutler, was 9-for-17 for 63 yards. Yes, 63 yards. Boom!

Skittles down

Perennial Pro Bowl running back Marshawn Lynch left last week’s game against the Bears with a hamstring injury in the third quarter. Lynch got on the field late, arriving on the sideline with 7:40 left in the first quarter. Lynch will miss tonight’s game with that injury. But he was hardly missed last...

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Seattle's getting the original Legion of Boom gang back together, with the Seahawks re-signing cornerback Brandon Browner, 31, to a one-year contract.

ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported news of the agreement. FS1 NFL Insider Mike Garafolo confirmed Browner will sign on Monday.

From 2011-2013, Browner was part of Seattle's storied Legion of Boom defense along with Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor, that culminated in the Seahawks' Super Bowl XLVIII win.

The following year, Browner enjoyed another Super Bowl victory as part of the New England Patriots before playing a year with the New Orleans Saints.

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Brandon Browner recently said he played on a torn MCL last year. Back in Seattle and healthy, he's hoping for a bounceback.

— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) April 17,...
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The Legion of Boom are the defensive backs of the Seattle Seahawks since 2011. The current starting players are outside cornerbacks Richard Sherman and DeShawn Shead, inside cornerback Jeremy Lane, and safeties Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas. They quickly earned a reputation for consistently leading the NFL in numerous defensive categories. The crowning achievement of the group is their team's victory in Super Bowl XLVIII

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Before the 2011 season, the Seahawks drafted cornerback Richard Sherman in the 5th round of the 2011 NFL Draft and signed cornerback Brandon Browner as a free agent from the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League (CFL), adding to 2010 draftees free safety Earl Thomas and strong safety Kam Chancellor. They first met during the 2011 NFL lockout at a basketball game against Jamal Crawford, and played good team defense together from the start.[1] After an injury to Marcus Trufant, Sherman earned his first career start on...

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Earl Thomas and Deshawn Shead are slated to return to the Seahawks all-star defense according to the Week 13 Seahawks injury report.

There is no question about it. When the Legion of Boom starters are on the field, there is a difference in the game. This week, the Seahawks are expecting them full strength.

Earl Thomas missed the first game in his career last week against Tampa Bay with a hamstring injury. Although coaches praised Steven Terrell for stepping in and playing well, there seemed to be less punch in the backfield. Thomas, whom many consider the best safety in the league, is difficult to replace.

Oct 30, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Brock Coyle (52) and Seattle Seahawks cornerback DeShawn Shead (35) react to a play in the first quarter against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Deshawn Shead, whom also had a hamstring injury, will also return...

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The Seattle Seahawks are a professional American football franchise based in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) West division. The Seahawks joined the NFL in 1976 as an expansion team, along with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Seahawks are owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and are currently coached by Pete Carroll. Since 2002, the Seahawks have played their home games at CenturyLink Field (formerly Qwest Field), located south of downtown Seattle. The Seahawks previously played home games in the Kingdome (1976–1999) and Husky Stadium (1994, 2000–2001).

The Seahawks are the only NFL franchise based in the Pacific Northwest region of North America, and thus attract support from a wide geographical area, including some parts of Oregon, Montana, Idaho, and Alaska, as well as Canadian fans in British Columbia and Alberta.[5]

Seahawks fans have been referred...

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Did the Legion of Boom have an off year last season? “Most people would give their left arm to have our defense,” Sherman said.

RENTON — Remember that off game when Stephen Curry hit only five threes? Or that off Eminem song that peaked at No. 4? How about that off “Star Wars” flick that earned a mere $650 million?

Well, that’s how Richard Sherman feels about the Legion of Boom’s “off” year.

In 2015, the Seahawks gave up the fewest points in the NFL for the fourth straight season. They kept opponents to single digits five times — six if you include the 9-7 playoff win in Minnesota.

But for the first time since 2012, the Seahawks failed to lead the league in pass defense, finishing an abysmal second out of 32 teams.

Train wreck, right? Not quite.

“Most people would give their left arm to have our defense,” Sherman said. “But when you’re held to the standard that we are, being No. 1 in points allowed, No. 2 in total yards and No. 2 in passing...

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Blanket Coverage, the Richard Sherman Family Foundation, was formed in 2013 by Richard Sherman to provide students in low-income communities with school supplies and clothing so they can more adequately achieve their goals.

During his high school days, his childhood idol Magic Johnson came to Dominguez High School in Compton, CA and spoke to Richard and his classmates on the importance of setting and achieving your goals. Since that time Richard has made it his focus to preach those same sentiments and help students achieve their fullest potential.

Since forming Blanket Coverage, Richard Sherman and the Blanket Coverage team have made it their mission to provide school supplies for students across America. Richard has visited several elementary and high schools, speaking to the student body on making the world a better place than when they entered...

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