More about that awesome defense

CHAWK LINES -- DefenseThe Seattle defense is the toast of the NFL again — now that Bobby Wagner, Kam Chancellor and Byron Maxwell are healthy and the unit is playing perhaps the best it ever has.

Pete Carroll said it has been “significant” to get back Wagner, who missed five games with a toe injury, and Chancellor, who sat out two games with a groin issue and got to rest his bad ankles.

I think the camaraderie of all those guys being back in there and feeling right has been resounding,” Carroll said Monday. “You can really feel it.”

With Wagner back in the middle, K.J. Wright has been able to move back outside, where he is more comfortable. And with Maxwell back, the Legion of Boom is once again whole — and Jeremy Lane will make it complete if he returns this week.

“The chemistry of the guys playing together and their sense for one another and playing familiar spots and all that kind of stuff has really paid off,” Carroll said. “We’re very fortunate that we’re coming together — rounding into really good health as we wrap up the season. That’s a significant part where a lot of teams are battling to try and stay healthy. Maybe we’re going in the right direction right now.”

The defense certainly is.

Here are some CHAWK LINES focusing on the recent dominance of that unit:

“It felt like we really were in control,” Carroll told 710 ESPN of the Eagles game.

The key to stopping the Eagles was shutting down the end sweep, Hugh Millen says.

The Hawks have shut the door on third down, allowing just 26.5 percent in their victories over Arizona, San Francisco and Philadelphia.

Chancellor, who has become more of a vocal leader this season despite his various ailments, said the win in Philly was indeed a message. “But the message wasn’t to anyone outside of this team. The message is to each other.”

Are the Seahawks better than the 1985 Bears, 1991 Eagles and 2000 Ravens?

Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn probably will be on teams’ coaching search lists again, and he told Peter King he will be ready — but will be fine if no team hires him because the Seahawks reached the Super Bowl again.

A few more revelations about the unpublicized good deeds of Marshawn Lynch can be found in this feature from MMQB.

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