Matt Waldman’s Rookie Scouting Portfolio revisits a play that reminds him of Kam Chancellor and the spirit of the Legion of Boom.
Most of you know me as a Browns fan. My football roots are in Cleveland but when the Browns were sent to Baltimore I looked for a team to adopt as a fan. I grew up on Marty Schottenheimer’s brand of football:
- Power run game.
- An intelligent quarterback with an aggressive mindset.
- 4-3 defense.
- Shutdown corners.
- Intelligent and physical safeties.
Most of all, I looked for teams that were resilient. They could take a beating and not lose their will. The Titans of the Eddie George, Steve McNair, Samari Rolle and Keith Bulluck era were that immediate replacement. Then I saw what Pete Carroll was building in Seattle and the trade for Marshawn Lynch was the tipping point.
However, it was the Seattle defense that has been the foundation of this team. As much as I admire Russell Wilson’s emotional resiliency, the Legion of Boom has been his equal in that department. While many will remember Chancellor as a hitter, it’s this display of resiliency that I’ll remember most.
Plays like these that I will always associate with Seattle’s defense during this era and Chancellor was in the middle of it all.