Getting to the quarterback plagued the Seattle Seahawks last season. This year, thanks to a new head coach, things are different.
In 2009, opposing signal callers were brought down for a loss just 28 times. They were hit 81 times, or about 5 times per game. Patrick Kerney led the unit with five sacks, while Lawrence Jackson (4.5) and David Hawthorne (4) were the only other Seahawks who had more than two sacks.
Through six games in 2010, Seattle’s on pace to nearly double its sack total from the previous season. The unit has 19 sacks so far. Its leader, Chris Clemons, already has out-produced Kerney by half of a sack. Ten players have recorded sacks this year, compared to the 13 from all of last season.
The sacks should continue thanks to a favorable remaining schedule. Of the team’s final 10 games, four opponents – Oakland (Week Eight), Arizona (Week Ten), Carolina (Week Thirteen) and St. Louis (Week Seventeen) – currently rank within the top-10 of most sacked teams. Three of those four – Arizona, Oakland and Carolina – reside within the top six.
When head coach Pete Carroll came to Seattle at the beginning of the year, he championed a spirit of competition: to compete not only with the opponent, but with oneself and one’s teammates. Through six games, that never-rest-on-your-laurels attitude has paid off and opposing quarterbacks will be taking note if they haven’t started to already.
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