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Cliff Avril knows he’ll have to be efficient to get to Peyton Manning


The Seattle Seahawks sacked quarterbacks 44 times during the regular season, but they’ve only managed three in the postseason. The Denver Broncos on the other hand allowed a league low 20 sacks on Peyton Manning during the regular season, including none in the post season. The Seahawks need that to change if they’re going to win the Super Bowl and defensive end Cliff Avril says it is all about being efficient and timing.

From Pro Football Talk:

“I remember getting close to him quite a few times actually,” Avril said in a recent visit to Pro Football Talk on NBCSN.  “I hit him two, three times and it’s like, ‘How’s this ball still getting out?’  It was crazy.  You know, Peyton Manning back then, when I was playing him, it was all about timing, everything’s timing with him.  And it’s still the same, so you just can’t have any wasted motion as a pass rusher trying to get to him.”

Still, the Seahawks defense will have a tough task getting to Manning. They’re likely planning quick passes to neutralize their defensive front and secondary. That is what Manning did against the San Diego Chargers in the Divisional Round to get around the windy conditions, throwing for an average of 6.39 yards per pass.

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