How Kam Chancellor’s return impacts the Seahawks

The holdout is over. PFF's Jim Seki examines the impact Chancellor will have on the Seahawks' defense.

| 1 year ago
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

How Kam Chancellor’s return impacts the Seahawks


The Seahawks’ defense received some great news today—Kam Chancellor has ended his contract holdout, and will return to the team.

What kind of impact will the safety’s return have on the 0-2 Seahawks?

Chancellor plays with consistency, averaging a +8.4 overall grade in the last four seasons. In the last two seasons, he has been ranked in the top 10 in run-stops by safeties, and also only allowed 8.4 and 8.6 yards per completion, both top-12 figures. It’s extremely rare to find defenders who can contain both the run and pass as Chancellor can.

In 2014, the former Virginia Tech star wasn’t healthy until the second half of the season, and his grades reflected it. He graded at -1.6 after Week 11, ranking 40th of 85 safeties (minimum 25 percent snaps played). Once fully healed, he went on a tear, finishing with a position-best +11.1 (playoff games included). Accolades in that span include top-five coverage- and run-defense ratings, the third-most defensive stops (22), and 10th-best yards per completion allowed (7.3). Keep in mind that he did all of this even though he was targeted 34 times, second-most among all safeties.

The Seahawks are off to a 0-2 start; while some think the sky is falling in the Emerald City, having Chancellor back at safety is good news.

  • crosseyedlemon

    I’m guessing if doesn’t make an impact and the Hawks continue to struggle if won’t take fans long to hang the nickname “Kam the sham” on him.

    • whatguythatguy

      No one gives a sh*t what nickname Niner fans hang on anyone.

      • crosseyedlemon

        I was actually referring to disgruntled fans in Seattle. San Francisco fans have been been so focused on the Giants and Warriors the past 2 years they probably don’t remember the Niners exist.