Tatupu, Hill big part of Seattle's defensive turnaround

Lofa Tatupu and LeRoy Hill might be rookies, but the two linebackers have played a big part in leading Seattle to the Super Bowl.

Updated: February 2, 2006, 1:36 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

DEARBORN, Mich. -- Most teams wouldn't even want to think about starting two rookie linebackers in a Super Bowl game. The Seattle Seahawks, on the other hand, don't want to think about where they might be without the accomplishments of the first-year tandem of Lofa Tatupu and LeRoy Hill.

"There's a chance," defensive tackle Chuck Darby acknowledged, "that we'd be sitting at home right now without those two guys."

A second-round draft choice, Tatupu has started all 18 games (including two ...

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