Can Seattle Seahawks Offensive O-Line Even Stay Together?

When the Seahawks selected James Carpenter in the first round of the NFL Draft, even his college coach couldn’t believe it. That horse has been beaten dead, but you generally assume that a players college coach would react in a more positive manner than “James Carpenters a first round pick?”.

I didn’t like the selection very much either, and Carpenter has done nothing to prove me or Nick Saban wrong, he has struggled during the pre-season and has been especially awful in pass protection.

Moffitt, the third round draftee that is currently slotted in as the starting right guard has been the better player out of the two, maybe it’s clear why the Seahawks were prepared to take him with their second round draft choice.

The plan looks great on paper, especially with Tom Cable in the fold. Four offensive lineman that are in their first or second seasons (Unger missed one), with arguably the best offensive line coach in the game guiding them for the long haul

I don’t think even Cable envisioned the early struggles that have been compounded by durability issues courtesy of a pair of players who have had them their entire NFL career.

I lauded the signing of Robert Gallery, arguably the best available guard on the open market this off-season; but he already is having an MRI and it’s not even week one yet.

Russell Okung, yeah, that’s another dead horse, and that’s the problem; Okung is only entering his second season and he has had three ankle injuries after going through college without any games missed.

I might as well add John Carlson in here as well, yes, having Zach Miller is a saving grace, but Carlson was going to be relied upon to block in multiple two TE formations and his career as a Seahawk is likely over.

So in short they have…

A struggling tackle who can’t pass protect and entered training camp in poor condition (maybe he should come to Pullman cause I have dropped 6 pounds from all these hills)…

A duo at guard and center with 17 total NFL games under their belt that includes one player who has been lost to injury for an entire season already…

and the best two players situated on the left side that can’t stay healthy, Okung has missed essentially the entire pre-season with another ankle injury and Gallery is having knee issues. That’s three players with legitimate injury concerns and the other two have never even played in an NFL game before. It’s easy to look at this unit and see all of the promise of having four players in only their second season (or less), but that’s just one way to view it. I see a struggling unit that has already unraveled without Okungs presence with 3/5’s of the line having legitimate injury concerns and the other 2/5’s having no idea what they’re doing.

In addition to this, Pete Carroll decided to let go of guard Mike Gibson, arguably his most steady backup presence at guard. He has failed to pursue any significant reinforcements in case when they find out Gallery will sit out for 3-4 games. Andre Gurode just signed as a backup to Matt Birk in Baltimore (he couldn’t start for us?). Only one body was added and that was tackle Jarriel King off waivers from the Giants; I will excuse you if you’ve never heard of him before because I honestly haven’t either.

This offensive gameplan is getting muddled. Multiple pro bowl pass catchers were acquired in mega deals but this offensive line hasn’t even been able to block for a guy who couldn’t do much with the leagues best offensive line and running game in Minnesota.

If Hutch couldn’t get it done, what makes you think John Moffitt or Robert Gallery will?

I’m starting to believe this season is really a throw-a-way season, the Seahawks need Jesus to avoid a 3-13 campaign, and those are strong words for me, I loathed that trade.





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