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Pass rush still Seahawks' primary concern

7/20/2010

After the obligatory questions about his book and the one the NCAA threw at USC, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll answered 710ESPN Seattle's questions about the football stuff we care most about around here.

There was his revelation about Seattle deciding against pursuing Terrell Owens, and also these nuggets (taken from the final minutes of this audio block):

  • Defensive lineman Red Bryant was Carroll's biggest surprise of the offseason. Carroll thinks Bryant can be a 335-pound presence at defensive end, noting that Bryant "looks like a different player" since the conversion from defensive tackle.

  • Carroll thinks Kevin Vickerson, the defensive tackle acquired from the Tennessee Titans, further changes the dynamics of the defensive line. Vickerson is roughly 350 pounds.

  • Chris Clemons and Aaron Curry will rush from the outside in nickel situations, as expected.

  • The team isn't sure whether linebacker Leroy Hill will face NFL discipline beyond the recently levied one-game suspension.

Bryant and Vickerson might indeed help the defensive line. They give it more size and power against the run. But the Seahawks, despite rough games against the run on occasion, had bigger concerns last season. The pass rush has been weak ever since Patrick Kerney's body gave out. The team hasn't done much to solve that problem and it's clear Carroll remains concerned.

Carroll said he hopes the Seahawks' home crowd can help Clemons and Curry maximize their speed off the edge. The team plays half its games on the road, of course.

"We still are really working hard to figure out how we are going to rush the passer," Carroll said.

Expect that to remain a theme for Seattle this season.