More concerns for Seattle’s O-line

The Seahawks are doing some shuffling of their personnel in order to shore up their pass-protection issues.

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(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

More concerns for Seattle’s O-line


When you hear a draft evaluator say that a college tackle projects as a guard in the NFL usually it means that they don’t have the requisite size and/or athleticism to play in space against the league’s top-tier athletes. While the deficiencies can show up in run blocking, the main worry is that a sub-par technician on the edge will get exposed frequently in pass protection.

This is the reality that the Seattle Seahawks are dealing with at the moment with Justin Britt. A second-round pick last year, Britt moved from right tackle to left guard for today’s practice. As a rookie he was our lowest-graded right tackle in pass protection, and he didn’t do much to disprove that notion in Friday night’s preseason game versus the Broncos. On the second play from scrimmage Britt was wiped away by Von Miller in just under two seconds for a strip sack. He didn’t allow another pressure in his other four pass-blocking snaps, but the clean beats against Britt have obviously become a sore spot with the coaching staff.

The Seahawks are desperate for any combination of offensive linemen that can keep their $100 million quarterback Russell Wilson upright after finishing 18th in our pass-protection rankings a year ago. Filling in at right tackle today was Gary Gilliam, an undrafted free agent from 2014. Gilliam didn’t allow a pressure in 17 pass-blocking snaps running with the second team at left tackle on against the Broncos.

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  • Scott Humphreys

    Seahawks aren’t THAT concerned about pass blocking. They want to run the ball and if the pass blocking has to suffer then so be it.

    • David Stinnett

      They are as concerned as they appear to be. Not sure what you mean by THAT, but the information here is correct.

      • Scott Humphreys

        The pass blocking has been bad for a long time, they still led the league in rushing and that is their priority. They really don’t care what people from the outside think about their offensive line, they have a plan and a system and it involves running the football.

        • David Stinnett

          That is correct, but they do have their own level of concern about it. I do think those on the outside looking in are over-hyping it, but moves like this are always gonna get reported.

        • SeattleSteve

          It’ll be tough to run without a QB to keep a defense honest. The pass protection has to step up.

  • Julie

    Good grief, Von Miller has a regular habit of making lots of players look bad. It’s pre season, this is the time to make those moves and look at thier different options. PC /JS have done well by the Seahawks, let them and their coaching staff do their thing. Every year it’s the same thing, all the drama in pre season, and then things settle down. Always a 12 I believe in them. Go Hawks

  • osoviejo

    It’s “Garry.”

    Regardless of the team’s emphasis on the running game, this game of chicken they’re playing with pass protection is going to look pretty stupid when Wilson gets crushed one of these days. He’s a tough dude, no doubt, but they have to figure out a way to get him at least average protection.

    To that, I like the changes and have some hope that this edition will be more productive than last week’s. It should also help getting this group more reps if the team sees enough this week to settle on this lineup.

  • David Stinnett

    Thing is, the guys who finished the season and got us through the playoffs are all still on the team. So when we make changes we’re improving on THAT