New coordinator thinks Seattle defense capable of more

Updated: October 16, 2003, 9:01 PM ET

KIRKLAND, Wash. -- Ray Rhodes believes his Seattle defenders are off to a solid start, yet capable of playing much, much better.

"I don't think we've really gotten close to playing the way we're capable," Rhodes said Thursday in his first comments to reporters since training camp.

It's a sobering thought because the Seahawks defense is vastly improved after ranking 28th overall and last in the NFL against the run in 2002. After last season, the defensive coaching staff was fired.

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