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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.

June 17, 2009 at 8:37 PM

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Secondary a primary concern

Posted by Danny O'Neil

The Seahawks allowed more passing yards than any other team in the league last season yet Seattle opted not to overhaul the secondary in the offseason. The most significant addition was the signing of Ken Lucas to a one-year deal.

Well, what does history have to say about the fate of the league's worst passing defenses recently?

Well, of all the teams to finish last in the league in passing yards allowed going back to 2000, none finished in the upper half of the league the following year. The Broncos had the biggest climb in the rankings. They allowed the most passing yards in 2000, an average of 246.6 yards. The next year Denver gave up 205.1 passing yards per game, No. 16 in the league, which then stood at 31 teams.

But just not to be too grim, it's worth noting that the Atlanta Falcons allowed 237.5 yards passing in 2003, the most int he league. The next season Atlanta advanced to the NFC Championship Game.

The coach? Why that was Jim Mora, hired to Atlanta in 2004, and he feels more prepared for his second tour as a head coach, according to this story from the league's official Web site.

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