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Loss of Rhodes, Hamlin didn't derail defense

The Seahawks had to deal with adversity and defensive personnel changes all season, but were never thrown off course.

Updated: February 2, 2006, 2:10 PM ET
By Michael Smith | ESPN.com

DETROIT -- Their defensive coordinator, Ray Rhodes, suffered a mild stroke before the start of the regular season and has had to relinquish a lot of his duties to linebackers coach John Marshall. Their starting free safety, Ken Hamlin, was lost after six games following a nightclub brawl that left him hospitalized with severe head injuries. And the Seahawks started the year with seven new defensive starters -- six of the front seven -- including an undersized rookie middle linebacker.

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