Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 7/21/13
The Seattle Seahawks burst onto the NFL scene in 2012 and brought a new defensive style with them. General manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll have shunned the traditional scouting methods and are making their own mold. The acquisition of veteran CB Antoine Winfield adds to an already deep secondary. However, as good as they are, the team's top need that must be met if they want to take it to the next level is the pass rush. The pass rush has to improve from a year ago as the style that the Seahawks play requires the front four down linemen to get pressure on the quarterback. The addition of DE Cliff Avril should help, but many are watching the recovery of DE Chris Clemons who had 11 1/2 sacks in 2012 before injuring his knee. The suspension of DE/LB Bruce Irvin will hurt the team early in the season and they hope another free agent pick up DE Michael Bennett will help offset the suspended linebackers absence. According to Bob Condotta of the News-Tribune, the pass rush is the top issue on a team with very few needs. Condotta writes: 'The Seahawks' biggest defensive flaw a year ago might have been a pass rush that recorded 36 sacks, just off the NFL average of 36 1/2. It's one of the few areas Seattle was below average statistically in 2012. The pass rush might have been the difference in the playoff loss to Atlanta with Clemons - who led the team with 11 1/2 sacks - out with a knee injury. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has said there is a chance that Clemons will be back for the start of the season, but also that he won't be rushed back from an injury that usually requires nine to 10 months of recovery time. Clemons' progress will be a key story line of camp. Seattle signed free agents Avril and Michael Bennett to augment the pass rush, but Avril showed up to Offseason Training Activities with a case of plantar fasciitis. Avril participated some in minicamp, though, and should be good to go for training camp.'  
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