Less than satisfied with the pass rush in the Seahawks’ preseason-opening loss to the Broncos in Denver, coach Pete Carroll had a hunch a return to CenturyLink Field for his team’s home opener would produce more satisfactory results.
Five sacks, 10 quarterback hits, countless pressures and a 41-14 victory later, the what’s-up residue from the opener was jolted back to the what’s-next anticipation after the relentless showing against the San Diego Chargers on Friday night.
“It was better. We were more active. We moved around pretty well,” Carroll said after practice on Monday, and after reviewing video of that Seahawks’ back-at-home, back-on-track outing.
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It was the type of performance that showed the Seahawks’ pass rush should be just fine, despite the losses of three key contributors from last season’s defense that led the NFL in average points and yards allowed and registered more sacks (44) than any Seahawks team since 2007 (45). Ends Red Bryant and Chris Clemons were released and signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, while versatile tackle Clinton McDonald signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency.
“It’s just different dynamics,” line coach Travis Jones said. “There are always changes in the NFL on every team. So you have to be flexible.”
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But that’s what Jones wants in his linemen – the versatility to allow this flexibility.
“We want to see how many guys can play multiple positions, then you can roll people in as you need to,” he said. “I want to have guys that can be able to play different positions for me and not be pigeon-holed at one spot. It just provides more versatility for you and gets more guys plays and reps and roles.
“It’s just a big benefit, and the competition adds to it.”
Monday, as the Seahawks began preparing for Friday night’s game against the Chicago Bears at CenturyLink Field, the No. 1 line in the base defense featured Bennett and Avril at the ends and Williams and
At the top of Jones’ must-do list for every practice, and even more so in every game, is effort.
“I was pleased with the effort and that’s first and foremost what we look for,” he said. “And it certainly was there, and with good intensity. It wasn’t always pretty, but it was good effort in the pass rush. And that’s exactly what I’m after.”
Especially when it translates into getting after the passer the way the Seahawks did on Friday night.