Chris Clemons says he’ll be ready week 1, should we believe him?

Big hole to fill

We’ve heard it ever since the end of last year. Chris Clemons won’t be ready by the beginning of the 2013 season.

But since the end of May, Clemons himself has been saying he will be ready to go.

It’s one thing for the player himself to say he will be ready to go, they will go out there no matter what, even if that knee is hanging on by a thread. Hell, RGIII says he will be back week 1 too, and he was injured in the same game.

But on Wednesday, an optimistic Pete Carroll also said he hoped that Chris Clemons will be able to suit up week 1 at Carolina.

Is there something we’re missing?

Whatever the case may be, having Clemons back for the first game would be a best-case-scenario for the Seahawks for sure.

The Hawks already will be without Bruce Irvin for the first four games of the year due to suspension. This doesn’t leave too much wiggle room for the two new guys, Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett.

Already trying to go with a hybrid LEO end for Irvin, Clemons and Avril, Bennett will now have to get to the QB with even more ferocity than had been expected out of him.

Lining up Avril and Bennett opposite each other is not exactly what Carroll had expected, but with this scenario it may just become a reality.

What happens then?


There will be a huge void if Clemons isn’t ready week 1. (Photo: The Columbian)

Avril is already being primed for the LEO spot, taking reps with Bruce Irvin in practice this spring, but if he has to go out there more downs than was expected, the pass rushing duties will fall even harder on Bennett.

With all three LEO ends available, Carroll would have an easier time managing the players fatigue.

Now with the suspension to Irvin upcoming and the possibility that Clemons will miss time at the beginning of the season, the Seahawks little plan seems to have a squeeze on it.

Perfect scenario now is for Clemons to indeed be available for week 1 with him starting, and back at his team leading sack pace from last season.

Continuing on that perfect scenario is that someone can drive the point into our defenders heads that Addarall is not accepted in this league, but that is for another time I guess.

My thought

Cliff Avril will be brought along slowly the rest of this offseason with his foot injury. At the same time, Clemons will continue to rehab, get better and will be allowed to play week 1.

I don’t think there is any other choice right now.

There is a lot of pressure on this team to not only succeed this year, but for our defense to carry this team all at the same time.

I guess we will see come week 1 in Carolina.


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