Linebacker O’Brien Schofield wasn’t happy to be cut by the Cardinals. But he was happy to be claimed by the Seahawks. And the Seahawks were happy to get him.
“Honestly, I didn’t like the way that I got let go, but at the same time I really appreciate the opportunity; it was definitely a blessing,” Schofield said, via the Associated Press. “Now I’m able to start a different part of my life with the Seattle Seahawks, and I’m ready to go.”
His new head coach agrees. “He’s quick and strong enough to be physical when he needs to be,” coach Pete Carroll said. “He’s got a really good sense. He’s just a natural outside ‘backer, 6-2, 250-something pounds. We are very fortunate to get him.”
Schoefield’s new position coach also agrees. “I am so impressed. He looks the part. He walks like a linebacker, talks like a linebacker.” Ken Norton Jr. said. “He’s made a fantastic first impression.”
Via quotes distributed by the team, Schofield also called his departure from Arizona a “rough process,” but that he’s “happy that I get a chance to see Arizona two times a year.”
Obviously, Schoefield doesn’t have to face Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson twice a year. Though Wilson was knocked for his size prior to and during the 2012 draft, Schofield said that Wilson “hides behind those linemen when he’s rushing,” which makes it difficult for pass rushers who may not realize Wilson has run right past them as they try to get to the pocket.
Schofield will help the Seahawks in their effort to run right past the 49ers for the division crown, and possibly beyond, in 2013.