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Tatupu remains Seahawks' trusty traffic cop

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Dan Arkush

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By Dan Arkush

Change has been a constant under Pete Carroll in Seattle, but one thing has remained the same: MLB Lofa Tatupu is still the defense’s undisputed traffic cop. According to daily team observers, after a tough 2009 season that ended prematurely because of a torn pectoral muscle, Tatupu is directing signals better than ever. “He never comes off the field,” one observer said of Tatupu. “They’re asking him to do more with so many different looks. What’s been different is that he can play both coming forward and going backward.” We’re told that when Carroll is asked about his defense’s best qualities, he almost always immediately mentions Tatupu, who excelled at USC under Carroll’s direction. “The keys are his instincts — his first step is always toward the ball — and how smart he is. He’s also stayed healthy. When he was out with the pectoral last year, it allowed the rest of his body to get fully healed.”

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