Dec 16, 2012; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Seattle Seahawks guard J.R. Sweezy (64) in play against the Buffalo Bills at the Rogers Centre. Seahawks beat the Bills 50-17. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Defining Expectations For 2013: JR Sweezy

JR Sweezy isn’t exactly a popular Seahawk. His feel-good story from training camp in 2012 quickly turned into a nightmare for Seahawks fans. Sweezy worked hard and did his best, but a guy who’d never played on the offensive line in his life had no business starting at RG for the Seahawks.

Sweezy was a drive killer in 2012. He couldn’t pass block, and often blocked the wrong player in the running game, especially early in the season. Unfortunately, that is what happens when you ask a defensive tackle to play offensive guard.

But that was last year.

I’ve read a number of comments where Sweezy is referred to as a “failed experiment. That is simply untrue. The experiment wont be over until the 2014 season. At this point we’re still in the early stages of things, and so far things are looking pretty good for the converted DT.

This likely wont be a popular opinion, but I expect Sweezy to win the starting RG job during training camp. And I don’t mean he’ll be handed the position either. Paul McQuistan and John Moffitt both have a stake in this process, but I expect the job to belong to Sweezy when when the games finally begin.

Sweezy simply possesses an athleticism that none of the other options at RG possess. He stronger, quicker and more powerful. What he lacks is technique, experience, and general know-how for the position Those are 3 things where Sweezy will be much improved 2013.

This time last year, Sweezy was just learning the basics (and I mean BASICS! Like where to line up, who to block on the simple plans, etc.). That’s no longer an issue this time around. He can now concentrate on technique details like footwork and how to use his hand properly, as well as blocking assignments on the more complex blitz situations.

This 2nd training camp is going to be huge for his development as an offensive player. I expect that we’ll see him take a major step forward as a player, and once that happens he’s going to hold that starting RG job for very long time.

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  • Bruce McDermott

    To me, what happens to Sweezy this year may depend as much on Carpenter as on Sweezy. If Carp comes back and dominates at LG, McQuistan might be the RG for a year, because his experience is undeniable. Moffit appears at this point to be a long-term back-up, and Sweezy the future at RG. The question is whether the future is this season or next.

    If the Hawks end up needing McQuistan to stay at LG, the RG’s job is Sweezy’s right now. Assuming, of course, that none of the rookies or second year guys completely rip it up…

  • akmac61

    That “nightmare” comment is new. JR started one game before becoming a back-up again. He did start in the post-season and that says something about his progress. Sweezy is most likely far more popular than the author indicates. It is probable that he will improve a lot this year.

    • All Coug’d Up

      Sweezy was easily one of the least popular Seahawks last season. From draft day till the final whistle, I’m not sure anybody thought about him except when he missed a play… some of these community comment bashes crack me up from a general knowledge standpoint. He started in the Playoffs because of necessity due to injury, not because he suddenly jumped everyone and earned the job.

      The authors at 12th are far more knowledgable than given credit for and pay attention to every aspect of the team year round. Hahahaha

  • manyo360

    it aint easy being sweezy…. dude did a fine job last year toward the end, one of my favorite seahawks.

  • Hawkman54

    Yes – Sweezy was my favorite to scream at. Allot of the crap Breno caught was do to mess ups by JR- I to hope Carp is back and healthy so McQuistan can have a go at RG , at least until JR has a better feel and understanding of the job and role of a ORG.

  • Matthew Mullen

    You know what, he messed up. A lot. But he still managed to at least somewhat function at RG for an NFL team that went 11-5 in a division with 3 very good defenses. Was he even a mediocre starter last year? No. But the fact that he functioned at all at this level of play with effectively 0 knowledge speaks volumes about his pure physical talent. With a full offseason knowing what to do with Tom Cable coaching him I think he’ll be at worst a mediocre Guard this year, with a fairly high ceiling.