A day after last season came to an end, Pete Carroll was asked about what he wanted to see improve heading into the 2022 season, and the Seahawks coach didn't hesitate when pointing to the pass rush.
"We need to improve the pass rush," he said. "That is an area that we need to get better in."
The Seahawks took a step towards improving that pass rush early in free agency, signing former Chargers linebacker Uchenna Nwosu.
A second-round pick out of USC, Nwosu spent his first four seasons with the Chargers, recording 15.0 sacks in 63 games. Taking over a starting role last season, Nwosu had 5.0 sacks, 40 tackles, eight tackles for loss and 17 quarterback hits.
Nwosu said signing with the Seahawks was a good schematic fit, with Seattle asking him to step into a similar role to the one he played in Los Angeles.
"The scheme," he said. "I feel like the best thing for a player is not always the best amount of money, it's about the scheme, being able to fit in. and I hear the culture here is really good, which fits me. There's also a lot of 'SC alumni, which makes it very comfortable for me, and it's not too far away from home. The city's great. So I just felt like it was overall the right move."
Asked what kind of player the Seahawks are getting, Nwosu said, "They're getting a very, very high energy player. A guy that knows what he's doing on the field, a guy they can be completely confident in. A playmaker, and a guy who plays hard and gives everything he has to the team."
Check out photos of Seahawks linebacker Uchenna Nwosu from his first four seasons in the NFL with the Chargers as well as his college days at USC.