Thursday, April 18, 2013

Seahawks could use Cliff Avril at OLB

Flexibility at outside linebacker: With starting outside linebacker Leroy Hill likely not returning to the team, Schneider reiterated one of the reasons the team made the move for Cliff Avril was his experience playing strong side, outside linebacker in college at Purdue, which could allow K.J. Wright to move to weak side, outside linebacker.

Further, he did not rule out the possibility of pass rush specialist Bruce Irvin seeing some time at outside linebacker as well, saying that the duo’s athleticism gives Seattle more versatility defensively.

“Athletically, absolutely,” Schneider said, when asked about the ability for Irvin to play outside linebacker. “But really, as a pass rusher he needs to improve his game as well. And I’m sure he’d tell you the same thing. But athletically, there’s no question.

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