Reporting Bill Swartz
The Ravens are showing off their Lombardi trophy in Baltimore. How do the Seattle Seahawks obtain the same privilege after the 2013 NFL season ?
One key area is the Pass Rush:
No secret Seattle couldn’t get consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks last season, especially in road games. Yes, with more strength, and technique, Bruce Irvin should improve at defensive end. Chris Clemens recovery from ACL surgery makes him a major question mark to start next season.
Seattle had hoped Jason Jones would give them a bigger push in the middle of the pocket, but he spent most of 2012 nursing a knee injury. I believe he’s too fragile for the Hawks to re-sign him.
The hope is youngsters Greg Scruggs and Jaye Howard will grow into a steady defensive line rotation.
This winter, there are several intriguing possibilities in NFL free agency Seattle might want to consider. Some players have the versatility to fit in the Pete Carroll /John Schneider scheme and philosophy.
One guy with lofty sack numbers, (11.5), is the Cincinatti Bengals Michael Johnson. He’s a tall drink of water at 6′-7″ and 270 pounds. There’s a strong possiblity the Bengals will use the franchise tag on the 25-year-old Johnson. If not, Seattle should be ready to pounce.
Cliff Avril produced 9 qb sacks on a talented Detroit Lions defensive line. The knock on him has been his average play against the run, and an unreasonable $12.7 million franchise tag. Avril’s unique skill set might be very attractive to Seattle, which has plenty of salary cap space.
On a bad Oakland Raiders team defensive tackle Desmond Bryant was a solid performer. The 6-5, 290 pounder from Harvard University was an undrafted freen agent. He might be too important for the Raiders to allow him to test the free agent waters.
Osi Umenyiora is once again a free agent after signing a short term deal with the New York Giants. Recording just half a dozen sacks over age 30, means Seattle might be able to get him at a discount.