Seahawks: Three best case scenarios for Seattle in 2020
By Lee Vowell
The Seahawks sack opposing quarterbacks with consistency
Forget the fact that the Seahawks will get more sacks in 2020. Seattle had 28 in 2019 and this was near the bottom of the league. There are a lot of reasons for Seattle’s failure and here are two of those reasons.
One was a lack of defensive imagination from defensive coordinator Ken Norton, Jr. Two was that a base of 4-3 made it more difficult for Seahawks defensive ends to get a push from outside as they needed to hold technique to keep teams honest from running the ball outside.
But here are some real reasons the Seahawks will not only get more sacks this year but, more importantly, get consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
Jarran Reed should play the entire season. Last year Reed was suspended for the first six games. In 2018, he got 10.5 sacks. Reed should be able to get 7 this season and be a threat from the interior of the defensive line.
Seattle signed Bruce Irvin and Benson Mayowa this offseason. Maybe neither are going to get 10 sacks but they add depth to a group that will be better this year. Teams won’t know where the pressure is coming from.
L.J. Collier, Darrell Taylor and Alton Robinson are young pass rushers who will bring some power and a lot of speed and help disrupt opposing offenses. If these three help make the pass rush even mid-level in 2020, the Seahawks could make the Super Bowl. If that happens, Russell Wilson can lead Seattle to a win.