Seahawks trusting three players on roster to help with pass rush in 2020
By Lee Vowell
The Seahawks haven’t made a ton of high-end moves to improve their pass rush in 2020. That means they must be trusting these three players.
The Seahawks need pass rushers but they have not yet done a ton to entice 12s to be excited about 2020. Sure, they signed Benson Mayowa and Bruce Irvin, but how effective are these two going to be in Seattle informs really? We don’t know and maybe not much.
This means the Seahawks are probably thinking three players that were on the 2019 roster are going to be much better in 2020. In fact, if this is the case then the fate of a potential Super Bowl season might rest on the three players below. If Pete Carroll and John Schneider are right, then celebration! But if they are wrong, sadness.
Here are the three players Seattle might be relying upon to be good against the pass next year.
Sure, Rasheem Green led the Seahawks in sacks in 2019, but he had 4. 4. Shall I repeat that? Yes, I will. 4! But let me not completely blame Green because he may have done his best and the fact that his best was also the Seahawks best wasn’t his problem but rather a global problem with Seattle’s football team. No player on any NFL team should lead his team in sacks when he finishes the season with just 4 sacks.
But Green was drafted in the third round of 2018 to be a pass rusher. He came out of college a bit young and a bit inexperienced but with the hope he could one day learn and be a good Jedi. I mean, pass rusher. Maybe he takes that next step in 2020 and gets to 8 sacks. If he does, yay! If he doesn’t, doom.
Maybe the Seahawks were just saving L.J. Collier for 2020 and beyond. That or they just miserably failed in selecting him in the first round of the 2019 draft. Collier was a healthy scratch most games and finished with just 3 tackles in his rookie season. That sounds like a joke, but if it is the joke is on the Seahawks.
Collier surpassed 20 or more snaps in a game just three times in 2019. In week 9 against the Panthers, he played a season-high 37 snaps. He got no tackles. He did, literally, nothing. However, if Schneider and Carroll are smarter about football than we are, and they better be, then Collier will be decent in 2020. And, who knows, maybe he will get like 10 tackles?
Jarran Reed got 10.5 sacks in 2018. Imagine that. And that was second on the team! Imagine that! Reed’s 10.5 sacks in 2018 would have led the Seahawks of 2019 by 2,998,376 percent. OK, maybe that is an exaggeration, but not by much. Still, the Seahawks re-signed him this offseason in hopes he could get back to that 2018 level.
In 2019, Reed got suspended for the first six games of the season and then ended up with just 2 sacks in 10 games and zero tackles-for-loss. That is awful. Seattle clearly thinks Reed can get back to a 2018 level in 2020. If he can, playoffs! If he cannot, weeping.