Seahawks like look of fast, light ‘D’ line

Published on September 24, 2013 by     Tacoma News Tribune (Feed)

1st2P6.AuSt.5

Michael Bennett needs a different positional label.

He’s listed as a defensive end, though he often plays inside. Yet, by some NFL standards, he’s too small to be a tackle — 6-foot-4, 274 pounds.

Perhaps his position should be called “menace.”

Bennett has 2 1/2 sacks in two games for the Seattle Seahawks after missing the season opener because of a preseason knee injury.

He’s squat and square with quick feet and relentless motion. That’s enough to have surprised Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.

“He’s more than we thought he was,” Carroll said. “He’s got more variety to his game, it comes out of just the tenacity and the motor that he has. We are real excited about it.”

Bennett’s signing as an unrestricted free agent in March also was a surprise. The Seahawks knew Bruce Irvin and Chris Clemons would be in the fold at some point. They also had signed Cliff Avril, gobbling up a player who many people considered to be the top defensive end available in free agency.

The Seahawks signed Bennett anyway. Bennett, who had nine sacks last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, received a one-year contract worth $5 million.

“This is a classic example that I’ve tried to explain, that we were looking for guys with special qualities,” Carroll said. “We’re not just looking for just cookie-cutter guys. We want guys to have something. He has something really unique about him.”

That quality has allowed the Seahawks to put a lighter, faster defensive line on the field at times. Bennett was joined by Clemons, Avril and O’Brien Schofield for 14 plays Sunday against Jacksonville. Bennett is the heaviest of that group at 274 pounds.

“For years, we have been looking for an inside presence in the pass rush,” Carroll said. “I think that’s the best shot that we have right now. That’s not to mention the other guys are doing well too, but he has really jumped out.”

That has Carroll delighted when he thinks about what is to come.

Irvin, who had eight sacks last season, will return in Week 5 after he finishes serving his NFL suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Clemons played Sunday for the first time since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee during last season’s playoff game against the Washington Redskins. He led the Seahawks with 111/2 sacks last year and has had at least 11 sacks in each of his three seasons in Seattle.

Avril missed the opener because of a hamstring problem. He picked up a sack against San Francisco in Week 2 and averaged 9.7 sacks in the past three seasons.

“We’re a very fast group, and a couple of weeks from now we’re going to be flying, we’re going to be really fast,” Carroll said. “When we put all of that together, we’re still going to be in a mode of still trying to find our way right now for a while. I don’t feel like we have it nailed yet.

“We have some choices, so we’ll try to take advantage of our matchups, and we’ll mix and match those guys and move them around. They all feel comfortable in those kinds of roles. So it’s a good, adaptable group that should be really fun to watch as we grow. I think it’ll take seven or eight games before we really know what we’re doing.”

That could be bad news for the rest of the league.

via Seahawks like look of fast, light ‘D’ line | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Fair Use Notice This website may at times present copyrighted material, the use of which might not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available in an effort to advance understandings of democratic, economic, environmental, human rights, political, scientific, and social justice issues, among others. The author believes that this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the U. S. Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the articles published on this website are distributed without profit for research and informational purposes. In most instances a link is placed to originator of Article and it is never expressly mentioned as written by, we use published by certain entities who write or publish for this said Blog..

Tell Us What's On Your Mind (0)




WP-SpamFree by Pole Position Marketing

REMEMBERING A LEGEND!

LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS

140418wilson600

Despite Super finish, there’s much more to come for Russell Wilson

Asked what he liked about the Seahawks’ 2013 season, Carl Smith smiled and offered the obvious. “I really liked ...
Rice

Seahawks bring back receiver Sidney Rice

Wide receiver Sidney Rice agreed to terms Wednesday on a one-year deal to return to the Seattle Seahawks. Rice ...
122220

Seahawks with the most to gain: Bruce Irvin

Room to grow.Seattle has plenty of it, which seems odd to say considering the Seahawks are coming off ...
628x471

Kaepernick, Lockette being investigated for ‘suspicious incident’

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette is being investigated along with San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick and ...
140409-preseason-600-beauty

Seahawks preseason schedule announced, features Super Bowl rematch with Denver Broncos

Seahawks preseason features matchups with the Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers, Chicago Bears, and Oakland Raiders. While not quite ...
140408-ms-opener-trophy-600

Super Bowl champion Seahawks celebrated at Seattle Mariners home opener

The Super Bowl XLVIII champion Seahawks were honored during a special ceremony prior to the Seattle Mariners' home ...
etjml.AuSt.5

Extension shows Seahawks believe in Carroll-Schneider ‘lovefest’

Friday’s gathering at Seahawks headquarters wasn’t as much about a new contract as it was a renewal of ...
140404-carroll-presser-600

Pete Carroll agrees to new three-year deal with Seahawks

Entering the final year of his original five-year contract, head coach Pete Carroll has agreed to a new ...

Shop for Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII Champs Merchandise at NFLShop.com

Shop for Conference Champs and Super Bowl XLVIII Match Up Merchandise at NFLShop.com

WELCOME TO THE SEAHAWKS 12TH MAN ARMY.

WE TAKE PRIDE IN GIVING SEAHAWKS FANS AROUND THE CLOCK UPDATES,  ALL SEAHAWKS ALL THE TIME. SO IF YOU WANT THE LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS DELIVERED FOR FREE RIGHT TO YOUR EMAIL BOX ONCE A WEEK, SIGN UP AND ENJOY!

WE HAVE BEEN PROUDLY SERVING DIEHARD SEAHAWKS FANS SINCE 2004.

Enter your Email

Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz