By Lee Vowell
The Seahawks defensive tackles will change quite a bit in 2019. That could be a good thing as Seattle’s defensive interior needs to improve.
Jarran Reed was extremely good for the Seahawks in 2018. After a couple of years to begin his career with just being decent, Reed became a straight up beast last season. Reed had 10.5 sacks and was a disruptor. The problem was that he simply didn’t have much help on the inside of Seattle’s defensive front.
Seattle had quite a lot of trouble stopping the run last year. The Seahawks ranked 30th in yards-per-rush allowed in 2018. For a team that wants to go deep in the playoffs, 30th against the run will not get them there. Time and again against good running teams, Seattle was gashed. In fact, it is a bit surprising that teams didn’t try to run more against Seattle as Seattle finished fifth in rushing attempts against.
But there is hope for 2019. Poona Ford was excellent in limited snaps last year and will get the opportunity to play a bunch more this coming season. Seattle also singed Al Woods to simply come and try to slow the run. Woods is a proven veteran and just needs to do the one job he is asked to...