Seahawks go with quantity over quality in pass rush

The Seattle Seahawks need a better pass rush in 2020 and they chose an unusual route to try to do so.

While fellow NFC playoff contenders made splash moves to try to improve their pass rush, the Seattle Seahawks chose not to make a big-name signing. And they won’t be getting Jadeveon Clowney back either now that he has signed with the Tennessee Titans. The Seahawks announced their 2020 53-man roster on Saturday. 

Seattle did add linebacker Bruce Irvin and defensive end Benson Mayowa this offseason but neither of those guys had ever had to be the main pass rusher on any of their teams. Seattle brought in Damontre Moore too. The Seahawks still have L.J. Collier and Rasheem Green. Plus, Seattle drafted Darrell Taylor and Alton Robinson.

So by the math, general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll clearly wanted numbers over individual talent. This is a gamble. At the end of the 2020 season, 12s might look back and say, “We should have gotten proven talent like Everson Griffin or Jadeveon Clowney.”

Or this could be like most every other season when we glance over any season that just ended with a Seahawks playoff team and say, “Why do we ever doubt Schneider and Carroll?”

Seahawks defensive philosophy

Bit wait, the numbers to help the Seahawks pass rush don’t end with the defensive line and Bruce Irvin. Seattle traded for safety Jamal Adams who had 6.5 sacks for the Jets last year. If Seattle gets creative defensively, then they can bring good pressure.

And this will be the biggest challenge to how far the Seahawks can go this year. The players are probably good enough defensively. But is defensive coordinator Ken Norton, Jr. good enough to lead his unit? Is he able to change what he has done in the past?

Because the truth is, Seattle, even with a great group of linebackers and secondary, needs to change a bit of their philosophy. They will need to use their speed and never let the offense know who’s coming. More blitzing possibly. By throwing numbers at the pass rush problem, Seattle might have done the right thing.