Final defensive grades for the Seahawks in 2019
By Lee Vowell
First off, Rasheem Green had 4 sacks this year and that led the team. That should say all you need to know really. Green’s 4 sacks ranked 97th in the NFL. Seattle was tied for 2nd-worst in the NFL with 28 sacks. Among the other 6 worst teams in the NFL in sacks (the Dolphins, Falcons, Lions, Chargers and Bengals), Seattle was the only one with a winning record. Try that again in 2020 and the Seahawks might not be so lucky.
Especially if Seattle cannot re-sign Jadeveon Clowney who was Seattle’s only consistently productive lineman. Find the money to bring Clowney back, Mr. Schneider! Quinton Jefferson might have been second-best and that is not what you want to be saying about your favorite team. Ziggy Ansah was basically a no-show and Jarran Reed produced little after returning from suspension in week 7.
Seattle drafted L.J. Collier in the first round in 2019 and defensive end should be a position where a player can step in and be pretty good. But Collier was a healthy scratch a lot of times and appears to be a bust early on. Seattle needs to choose better with their first-round picks.
Still, if Seattle had a better defensive coordinator, the line might have gotten more help by an imaginative pass rush scheme.