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Poll time: How many sacks for 2010 Hawks?

Post by Eric Williams on May 12, 2010 at 11:01 am with 13 Comments »
May 12, 2010 11:04 am

It’s been three years since the Seattle Seahawks had a consistent, effective pass rush. That would be the 2007 season, when Patrick Kerney finished second in the league in sacks with 14 ½, and the Seahawks finished fourth in the league with 45. Since then, Seattle has posted 35 sacks in 2008 and 28 in 2009.

And in a draft where Seattle appeared to address several needs, adding a dynamic pass rusher was one they did not hit on. Instead, the Seahawks will go with leaner guys at defensive end like Chris Clemons and Nick Reed, and try to get linebackers Aaron Curry, David Hawthorne and Leroy Hill coming off of the edge to create more pressure. That said, I thought we would take an early poll to see what you think Seattle’s sack total will be in 2010.

What will the Seahawks’ sack total be in 2010?

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    Well, they had 28 sacks last season and a leap to 45+ would have put them third best last season, I don’t see the improvement being quite that dramatic but I do think it will be significant. I think the change in scheme is a far better use of their front 7 and much more effective , improved safety play and heathy (Tru mostly) secondary, Curry’s development, in addition to a superior strength / conditioning program and the intangibles like Carroll’s pressure for competition all will produce a very noticeable difference.

  2. Hawks are going to get exactly 3/4 of sack more a game on average for a total of 40 sacks give and take 2. I think Curry and Hill will get some good licks on QB’s this year. Might get a little more pressure up front, but I don’t really see them gettin’ any more sacks.

  3. rollo73 says:

    The addition of the “elephant” position should net the team at least 5 more sacks. I don’t believe the Hawks failure to get pressure on the QB last season was becasue they couldn’t, it was because they didn’t.

  4. NFCW is gonna run more/pass less this season. Good on PC & JS to concentrate more on DL run stopping players than overspending to get a pass-rusher this last offseason. Maybe a LDE pass-rusher & QB for ’11 draft?

  5. If the offensive line is productive in allowing J-Force, LenWhale, and Washington to get the running game going…

    And if the offensive line can properly protect Matt when he drops back to pass (which it naturally should if the running game is respected)…

    I expect us to have a lot of sacks.

    Face it. We didn’t have great players at getting to the opposing QB in ’05, yet we finished with almost 50 sacks! Our offense put our defense in position to play with the lead and attack.

    On paper, I think our front four are relatively terrible at getting to the QB (but strong at stuffing the fun). We do have guys like Curry would could change things with respect to pressure, but I think our offense holds the key to our defense getting to the QB or not. I think we all can agree that we have no defensive lineman who scares any opposing QB.

  6. Dukeshire says:

    “I think we all can agree that we have no defensive lineman who scares any opposing QB.”

    Perhaps not yet, but it’s coming. This offseason has been so impressive, I can’t wait to see what year two has in store.

    And this isn’t Mora’s ill defined Tampa 2 hybrid west coast nonsense. This D will bring pressure from all different positions not simply rely on the front four.

    And lastly, the offense. Absolutely, the O and D have a symbiotic relationship. The more time the O is on the field and the less the D is on the field, the better each unit becomes. You don’t always have to have the lead for the first three quarters (like they did on ’05) although it makes the game a lot easier, only at the end of the 4th. The key is to play like you have the lead. Own the clock. Own field position. Convert 3rd downs. Etc… The rest will fall into place.

  7. That will definitely seem to be priority #1 for next off-season (good DL at getting pressure).

  8. bird_spit says:

    2005 had Tubbs sucking the energy of the interior lineman, Winstrom coming from the edge.. The rookie LBs (Lofa and Hill) having all pro rookie seasons, with Hill on the attack, and Lofa in coverage. We had Rocky Bernard, and Darby sliding thru the gaps that were the result of the big man Tubbs play. The believe the downfall was the injuries to Tubbs from 2006-2007.

  9. I would hardly call Wistrom a “coming off the edge” type of guy. He was a solid run stuffing DE and only adequate at rushing the passer. There’s a reason he was released after Kerney was signed (the need for pass rushers at DE… and I know they played on opposite sides).

  10. DisplacedSeahawkFan says:

    I don’t think that we are going to have many sacks this season. I think that the strength of our defense is going to be our secondary, i.e., breaking up passes and getting interceptions. Also, I think that this is going to be one of the worst seasons for our linebacking corps.

    Hill will probably get at least a four game suspension, and there is no proven commodity backing him up. Carrol said that he wants to create competition at every position this year, but he has ignored the linebackers. Given that, and Hill’s problems, I don’t know why we didn’t go after Bobby Carpenter when we had a chance. I don’t think that any of our linebackers are going to have double digit sacks this season.

    Lastly, watching what Carrol did at USC, it seems that he relies heavily on the front four to create pressure. Our front four isint capable of producing a consistent pass rush. Hopefully we can address that in FA this season and in the draft next season.

  11. Soggybuc says:

    Uhmm, I think the reason we didnt address the LB position is because its already the deepest area on the team. both herring and hawthorn would be starters on many teams.

    Seems like the plan is definately going to be stop the run with the front. and then attack using our LBs and elephants. while run stuffers might not be good at bull rushing the QB they can be effective at opening blitzing lanes.
    Lofa or the Heater straight up the A gap FTW.

  12. Southendzone says:

    If we can get L.Hill to switch from weed to meth, crack, or steroids it will help the pass rush.

    Other than that I’m very glad to see some new blood getting a chance. PK was so ineffective these last couple seasons.

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