Getting after the quarterback wasn’t always a challenge for Seattle’s defense, but things changed in a hurry when defensive end Chris Clemons suffered a torn ACL versus the Washington Redskins.
Despite having a monster rookie season, defensive end Bruce Irvin failed to generate a consistent pass rush on his own. Without Clemons, Irvin turned in the worst single-game performance of his young career. On 25 pass-rush snaps, he recorded one measly quarterback hurry.
With Clemons’ status for the 2013 season opener in doubt, general manager John Schneider spent big in free agency by adding two of the biggest names on the open market. Fans and media members alike viewed defensive ends Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett as sensational gets for the Seahawks.