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Guy’s role in the Seattle Seahawks’ defense

It’s always great to see someone get a chance fulfill their dreams, especially a Wildcat. At Kentucky’s Pro Day I could tell how excited Winston Guy was about the entire draft process and how he relished the opportunity to prove himself at the next level. Although he didn’t participate in drills, scouts and coaches from different NFL teams were constantly around him asking questions. You could tell there was league-wide interest in the Lexington native, and most were trying to gauge exactly who Winston Guy was, and how he would fit into their locker room. Still, only one team can draft you, and for Guy it was the Seattle Seahawks. Guy finally knows where he will be heading to start his career, now the question is what his role will be with the Seahawks and how does he fit in?

First and foremost, Guy is going to be asked to make his living as a special team gunner, a position he has the tools to excel at. He heads to Seattle with 297 career tackles and physical mindset after playing close to the line of scrimmage in Rick Minter’s defense. In Seattle, he also will be asked to backup both safety positions, which are interchangeable positions in defensive coordinator Gus Bradley’s scheme. Bradley, a Monte Kiffin disciple, runs a pure Tampa-(Cover) 2 defense, where the safety position is one of the most important on the field. What that means for Guy is that he’s mostly responsible for the deep half of the field, sometimes short zones, and a little man to man coverage. His main objective will be to keep everything in front of him, be a sure tackler, and give up yards and not scores. It’s the bend, but don’t break method.

Guy will not have the pressure to come in and contribute immediately, either. Seattle’s safety position is one of the strengths of the team. Former first round pick, Earl Thomas, has found a home at the free safety spot and is one of the more exciting playmakers in the NFL. On the strong safety side is Kam Chancellor. He had an outstanding 2011 season, and with his experience could help with Guy’s development as a Tampa-2 safety. This pick for Seattle was about depth. In today’s league, Super Bowl contenders have to have outstanding depth to cover up for inevitable injuries throughout the season.

The fact that there was not another safety in Seattle’s 2012 draft class helps Guy out tremendously. The former Cat will have a leg up on any competition vying for the backup safety position because he is a draft pick. Teams are stubborn. They don’t want to admit they are wrong on a pick, and will keep those guys around a little longer if they call their names on draft day. I’m interested to see Guy make the transition from Minter’s defense to Bradley’s. They are different schemes, and usually where there is a different scheme there are different principles. Ultimately, this shouldn’t be a huge problem for Guy because of his versatility. He’s able to do a lot of things on the football field, and should be able to grasp things quickly. He’s in a great situation.

Article written by Rashawn Franklin

11 Comments for Guy’s role in the Seattle Seahawks’ defense

  1. Maxwell
    8:04 pm May 2, 2012 Permalink

    Not only am I a huge UK fan, but I happen to be one of the 15 Seahawks fans not living in Washington state. So excited about this.

  2. barn
    8:32 pm May 2, 2012 Permalink

    when are we going to get some news on bennett??

  3. Smh
    8:33 pm May 2, 2012 Permalink

    What was it Winston said on his KSTV interview? Matt, said he asked for him to not put in online, supposedly trashed UK and wished he never went there?

  4. tyrus
    8:37 pm May 2, 2012 Permalink

    Make the team roster Guy and your NFL career will last about 6.0 years. Save your money!

  5. Mudcreekmark
    8:50 pm May 2, 2012 Permalink

    Lord only knows how good he could have been if he would have went to a big time program! I wish KSR would have the balls to stop even mentioning his name. How could a UK fan pull for the guy? He thinks he’s too good for us so screw him.

  6. tmo
    9:01 pm May 2, 2012 Permalink

    EVERYONE NEEDS TO GO TO right now and vote for UK to hose the commercial!

  7. Victheslick
    9:11 pm May 2, 2012 Permalink

    Does anyone on KSRs website know that Junior Seau died today? You think they would have at least mentioned it considering he was one of the best to ever play the position. That being said, I hope Winston and Danny have long careers ahead of them.

  8. JBR
    9:35 pm May 2, 2012 Permalink

    Guy is gifted physically. He is an NFL specimen, and will excel at special teams, as you said. BUT, to pencil him in at a back up safety may be jumping the gun. I hope he does succeed, but has everyone forgotten his career at UK before this past year? Very underwhelming when compared to his ranking and hype out of high school. Anyone that knows football, and especially the position (safety) will tell you very quickly why Winston did so well this past year…Rick Minter. You see, Minter saw the strengths and weaknesses of Guy…that is why he changed positions. I’ll put it bluntly…he is simply not smart enough to play safety…anywhere, anytime. He could not cover, was constantly out of position, took horrid angles on the ball which led to numerous missed tackles. Minter dumbed it down for him and let him use his athleticism…moved him closer to the line of scrimmage, and told him to “go get the football”. Made it simple, no thinking, closer to the line meant the angle problem did not need to be solved by him…Minter maximized what he had. Winston will make a team if they want use a position on a special teamer…but it is doubtful unless he gets a masterful teaching coach that he will ever play minutes at safety.

  9. Trav
    9:50 pm May 2, 2012 Permalink

    Glad to finally have a UK guy on my Seahawks! I’m right there with you #1

  10. UL2UK8
    10:05 pm May 2, 2012 Permalink

    I agree with #8, Guy is lost when the other team passes the ball. His theory that he would have been drafted higher if he could have showed what he could do is flawed. He got to play against they best players in the SEC, and was outplayed over and over. College teams would throw at him, NFL teams will light him up. It is hard to play safety in the NFL when you can not cover the pass.

  11. Ruppster
    10:14 pm May 2, 2012 Permalink

    I will never say that going to a top notch program doesn’t help your chances of getting drafted, but if you have talent you will get picked no matter where you go to school. Look at Steve McNair and dozens of other players over the years. Scouts are so thorough they see ever player who has all the measurable talents. Big Ben went to Miami (OH). Jerry Rice and Walter Payton went to super small schools. But they had talent. Guy blaming UK for his problems is ridiculous.