The Seattle Seahawks have not looked like a team that’s made two consecutive Super Bowl appearances, starting out the 2015 NFL season with a 0-2 record. But the defending NFC champs could look a lot better defensively on Sunday when Kam Chancellor is expected to make his season debut.
The safety returned to the Seahawks on Wednesday, ending a contract holdout that began in training camp. With Seattle losing and the organization unwilling to give in to Chancellor’s demands, he’s given up his quest to restructure his contract, which has three years remaining.
"Ima go help my teammates that are understanding of my position and the ones who aren't," Chancellor said in a text message to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith. "God forgives all, why can't I? Time to help us get back to the big dance. I can address business after the season. Me and Marshawn started a mission 2 years ago. I can't let my Dawg down....Real talk."
Seattle’s defense, which ranked No.1 in the NFL in 2013 and 2014, has clearly missed the three-time Pro Bowl player. Not only did the Seahawks allow 27 points to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in their Week 2 loss, but they surrendered 34 points to the St. Louis Rams in Week 1. Rodgers threw for 249 yards with a 116.9 passer rating, and the Rams were only able to score 10 points when they visited the Washington Redskins in their other game this season.
Chancellor was a second-team All-Pro selection in each of the past two years. Having totaled 398 tackles, eight forced fumbles and eight interceptions since joining the league in 2010, Chancellor has had a significant impact on Seattle’s defense.
Since Kam Chancellor joined the Seahawks in 2010: Def. Snaps per TD Allowed Chancellor On Field 60.8 Chancellor Off Field 36.5
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 23, 2015
Seattle’s defense has been the NFL’s best in the last few years, and their offense looked to get a major boost in the offseason with the addition of Jimmy Graham. But the tight end has had little impact through two games, and he’s reportedly unhappy with his role in Seattle, according to Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman.
Graham was one of the league’s best tight ends when he played for the New Orleans Saints, surpassing 1,200 yards in two separate seasons and catching at least nine touchdown passes each year from 2011-2014. He’s been underutilized with the Seahawks, catching just seven passes for 62 yards and a score.
Three Seattle players have more catches than Graham in 2015, and the tight end was only targeted twice in Sunday night’s loss to Green Bay. He’s been used primarily as a blocker or a decoy with the Seahawks.
"I'm disappointed," Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said, via ESPN Seattle. "Because we really have had the intent, just like you would think, exactly like you guys think, like everybody thinks. We want him to be a big part of the offense."
The Seahawks’ offense and Graham could have a big day on Sunday. Seattle hosts the Chicago Bears, who have allowed more points than any team this season.