MVP: Jarran Reed
Reed supplied the kind of interior pass rush in 2018 that the Seahawks have not had in many years. Seattle has been pretty successful at getting to opposing quarterbacks since Carroll became head coach in 2010 but a lot of sacks came from defensive ends. Defensive tackle pressure has been an issue for a while.
Reed nearly single-handily fixed that this year. Entering his third season, Reed had a combined three sacks and five tackles for loss. Reed was a second-round pick out of college, though, so Seattle always wanted more from him. The defensive tackle fulfilled his potential and more this year.
Reed tied for second among all NFL tackles with 10.5 sacks. He also had 12 tackles for loss. In fact, Reed played so effectively as the season wore on that it made defensive end Frank Clark‘s job somewhat easier. Clark had 14 sacks but he wouldn’t have gotten that many if not for Reed eating up blockers in the middle.
Linebacker Bobby Wagner is Seattle’s best defensive player. But let me ask you this, imagine an interior of the Seahawks defensive line without Reed? This is why Reed is the defensive MVP for Seattle in 2018.
Clearly, Clark and Wagner should be on this list for several seasons to come. Clark will be a free agent after this year but Seattle will either extend or franchise him. Not do so would be criminal. Wagner is under contract though next season. Reed is also a free agent after 2019. Ouch.
And Bradley McDougald should be mentioned here too. I talked about him earlier in this article, but his experience and talent made a very young Seattle secondary much better.