The Seattle Times reports that the Seahawks plan some major changes for their defensive line in 2009, including installing defensive tackle Cory Redding at LDE and moving defensive end Patrick Kerney from the left side to the right. Redding would reportedly then be replaced in nickel situations by Darryl Tapp.
The Ball Says: This report, if true, is a significant blow to the IDP values of both Kerney and Tapp, as the former will now be faced with usually the opponent’s best lineman (the LT) while the latter will see his role reduced from every-down end to situational pass rusher. We’ll be monitoring this situation very closely, and while both Kerney and Tapp are presently ranked among our Top 25 Defensive Linemen (25th and 18th respectively) that ranking may not last long.
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