Given the Patriots' struggles rushing the passer in 2009, it has been noted here that the team would have been better had it kept defensive lineman Richard Seymour.
I still believe that is the case, although this comment from Raiders coach Tom Cable at the NFL combine surprised me: "We'd like to see a little more pass rush out of [Seymour], which he'd probably be the first to tell you that."
Seymour finished with four sacks in 2009 and all of them came in two games.
I had expected more production from him as a pass-rusher in 2009, especially when considering the differences between the Patriots' 3-4 scheme and the Raiders' 4-3 scheme. Defensive linemen in New England often note that their responsibilities are to two-gap. That means they aren't shooting gaps at the snap, and thus, there are fewer opportunities to penetrate and harass the quarterback.
Given more freedom in Oakland, I thought Seymour might hit double-digits in sacks.