The Seattle Seahawks offensive line underwent intense scrutiny (again) after a dismal showing against the Los Angeles Rams in the playoffs. It was even more glaring when the Rams defensive line was almost completely muted both against the pass and run the following week versus the Green Bay Packers.
When Russell Wilson voiced frustration over how much he was getting hit, the flashbacks of J’Marcus Webb, Bradley Sowell, Justin Britt at any position other than center, Luke Joeckel, and a host of other failures all came to the forefront. Just how much have the Seahawks set themselves back by having such sub-standard pass protection?
So here we are in the 2021 offseason and the Seahawks, perhaps a bit contrary to popular belief, have not decided to blow up the o-line. After all, this didn’t seem to be much of an issue through the first half of the season. While Corey Linsley and Kevin Zeitler were a couple of notable names coveted by Seahawks fans, Seattle signed neither but did trade for Las Vegas Raiders guard Gabe Jackson. While Jackson has never made a Pro Bowl or an All-Pro team he’s graded consistently well and is a rare example of continuity on a franchise that has been mediocre to horrible for years.
The team re-signed center Ethan Pocic to a one-year $3 million, brought back Cedric Ogbuehi as a reserve tackle, Jordan Simmons as a reserve guard, and is still searching for depth as we speak. Notable depth includes Jamarco Jones, Phil Haynes, and Kyle Fuller.
Continuity will be the theme for the 2021 Seahawks offensive line, with the assumption that Duane Brown, Damien Lewis, and Brandon Shell will all return to their respective starting positions. Pocic should be favored to remain the starting center but his cheap contract suggests that competition could be on the way. That leaves Jackson as the new starter, replacing the retired Mike Iupati at left guard.
With that in mind, do you think the Seahawks have addressed the offensive line adequately enough? Keep in mind the NFL Draft is three weeks away and we may see Seattle go OL on Day 2, just as they did last year. As things stand, we expect just one new starter this season, whereas I’m sure there might have been thoughts about significantly upgrading at center or even right tackle (despite nothing glaringly wrong about Brandon Shell’s 2020).
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