Notes from the Nest: Seahawks answer all questions, eliminate Cards
An elite pass rush that should get better for the Seahawks
The Cardinals once again could not protect Kyler Murray, as Seattle harassed the QB all day, finishing with 5 sacks. Uchena Nwosu continues to be a dark horse defensive player of the year candidate. He’s got 7 sacks, but half of those have come in the past few weeks. Play anything close to that mark the rest of the way and we’re looking at a dude that could have 15+ sacks, which is a true game-wrecker in my book.
How about Bruce Irvin, coming back for not just a swan song, but to be a legit core piece of a defense that has looked like a top 5 defense during this 4-game win streak? He was always unheralded back in the LOB era, but he was always really good. Watching him get a sack on Kyler Murray brought so much joy to my soul.
I view his return and level of play as that of a sizable mid-season trade for a player that helps you get to the playoffs. Seattle is getting that and didn’t have to give up any compensation to do so.
Shelby Harris, probably the least notable name when you first heard of the return in the Russell Wilson trade, is becoming more and more of a force at the defensive tackle position. He registered one sack today, but the tape shows a guy that is constantly walling off running lanes, and pushing his opponent back into the quarterback. It’s nothing that you’d consider star material, but it’s good solid play that is helping Seattle win games.
Now imagine what this pass rush will look like when they get Darrell Taylor back and healthy. This defense is playing great, and may only get better over the rest of the season. John Schneider better win Executive of the Year.