The Seahawks were able to reach 10 wins and return to the playoffs in 2018 even with the loss of several All-Pro veterans in the offseason. But despite their ability to find success in a re-building year, not all depth issues were resolved just as quickly. In fact, one glaring hole from 2018 remains their biggest area of need heading into 2019: pass rush.
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The pass rush isn’t the only area where Seattle can take a step forward. The team ranked 30th in opponent rushing yards per attempt (4.9). The absence of Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas was also felt in the secondary as the year progressed; Seattle led the league in interceptions through the first three weeks, but saw a dip after a season-ending injury to Thomas in Week 4 and nagging injuries to other returning starters, like safety Bradley McDougald.
To be fair, the Seahawks had 44 sacks in 2018, their most since 2013. As elementary as this sounds, though, sacks totals alone aren’t indicative of a punishing pass rush. Seattle’s defense was in the middle of the pack last year in sacks, opponent passing yards per game (240.1), yards per completion (10.8) and opponent passer rating (93.7).
Compare those numbers to the top defenses in the league last year. The Chicago Bears, Baltimore Ravens and Buffalo Bills sit atop several defensive categories. The Bills allowed just 179.2 passing yards per game (compared to Seattle’s 238). Quarterbacks facing the Ravens’ defense completed 58 percent of pass attempts on average (Seattle allowed 65.11%). The Bears — who finished the season with the same number of sacks as the Seahawks — allowed just 6.3 yards per pass attempt (compared to Seattle’s 7.5).
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Source:: MyNorthwest.com – Sports