RENTON, Wash. – The Seattle Seahawks need to do something different this weekend to get more of a pass rush, and coach Pete Carroll said they will make changes. He isn’t saying exactly what those changes will be, but one untapped option could be rookie linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis.
At 6-foot, 235, Pierre-Louis is a bit of the small side for a consistent pass rusher, but he is the fastest linebacker on the team (4.4-second speed) and a man who knows how to get after the quarterback from his years at Boston College.
“Yeah, I did a lot of blitzing in college,” Pierre-Louis said. “I’d say easily 40 percent of the plays my last year I was rushing the passer, up the middle and off the sides.”
And it worked. Pierre-Louis started all 13 games last year for the Eagles, posting six sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss. He also had a career-best 108 tackles.
The Seahawks might try to use Pierre-Louis as an edge rusher to utilize his speed.
“They’ll make the right decisions and dress it up a little bit differently,” Pierre-Louis said. “And if they go with me in that role, I have no problem going there. I’m comfortable with whatever this team needs me to do and any decisions to make. If they feel I could help the team more as a rush end, then I’ll definitely do that.”