Handing out Seahawks preseason grades
By Dan Viens
THE OFFENSIVE LINE
This was the most scrutinized position group, and for good reason. For this team to be a legitimate Super Bowl contender the line has to perform at a high level.
Preseason results were mixed.
The move of Justin Britt to center looks genius so far. He looks like a completely different player….a good one at that.
Rookie guard Ifedi and 2nd year player Mark Glowinski are strong as oxen and played extremely well. The interior of the line held up well in pass protection (a MAJOR issue in 2015) and dominated at times in the run game.
The tackles, however, were a different story. Bradley Sowell has been “OK” at left tackle, but clearly that’s a spot that could be upgraded. Garry Gilliam hasn’t been as good at RT this preseason as he looked there during the latter part of last year.
Free agent signee J’Marcus Webb has been hurt and also bad, prompting the move of Gilliam back to the right side after he prepared all offseason to play LT.
The success of the OT’s on this team could very well determine how well this offense does. That’s a bit of a scary proposition.
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There were some exciting moments turned in by backup players, with a couple dramatic finishes the result. Overall it appears the team is deep, fast, and young….with a lot of high upside rookie about to make this roster.
The failure of the starting offense to mount and sustain drives, however, is a concern heading into the regular season.