"We need another pass rusher," Carroll said, according to the Tacoma News-Tribune. "We really do. That's why we went out and got Jason (Jones) last year. And we're going to have to double it up. We need a couple of guys."
This is a pass-first league and no matter how talented it is on the back end, a defense has to put pressure on the quarterback. The Green Bay Packers had a similar problem in 2011 when their defense gave up league-high 411.6 yards per game and huge chunks of yards in the passing game. The secondary had talent with Tramon Williams, Charles Woodson, Sam Shields and Morgan Burnett, but the lack of a pass rush outside of Clay Matthews put tremendous pressure on the secondary. The Packers subsequently took outside linebacker Nick Perry in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft and four front-seven players in their first six picks.