Projecting Seahawks offensive line after first week of camp
By Lee Vowell
Let me say from the beginning, this is a ridiculous thing I am trying. Taking a guess at what the Seattle Seahawks will do with their offensive line is pure folly.
Still, I will try. In fact I will give two thoughts. The first is what I think the Seahawks will do with their line. The second is the most wildest possibility, but one that could still happen. Because as 12s all know, anything can happen with coaches Pete Carroll and Tom Cable and the Seahawks.
Best guess at what will happen
Starters: LT George Fant, LG Luke Joeckel, C Justin Britt, RG Mark Glowinski, RT Germain Ifedi
Backups: LT Joeckel, LG Rees Odhiambo, RG Oday Aboushi, Multiple positions Ethan Pocic and Jordan Roos
I think Seattle still has a lot of hope that George Fant will breakthrough at left tackle and become a multi-year starter. This would benefit the Seahawks in many ways. First, Seattle does not like to spend a lot of money on the offensive line. Having Fant be a solid player at the line’s most important position gives the Seahawks a cheap contract for several years. Secondly, Fant, who is still learning how to play left tackle, has athleticism and potential. He could help make a weak-link unit a decent one.
With all that said, Seattle brought in Luke Joeckel to push Fant. Joeckel still seems set to play left guard, however. His experience will help young Fant and give Britt stability to his left.
Justin Britt became a good player last year. He is the anchor of the line, but entering the final year of his current contract. Ethan Pocic has not gotten any time at center in training camp so far. Mostly because he has been impressive at different positions. My feeling is he would be the center should Britt get injured, though.
Mark Glowinski is a solid pro but will probably never make a Pro Bowl. It seems like he will start in Seattle for the next 36 years, however.
Germain Ifedi needs to get better. No one can blame a rookie lineman for having a tough time in the NFL. There are experienced beasts on the other side of the ball. But now Ifedi has moved back to his college position of tackle and has not yet had a great camp. With a year of experience himself now and moving back to a familiar position, Ifedi has no excuses not to be better in his second season.
The other guess at what could happen
Starters: LT Joeckel, LG Odhiambo, C Britt, RG Glowinski, RT Pocic
Backups: LT Fant, LG Joeckel, RG Aboushi, RT Ifedi, Multiple Roos
If the Seahawks want Fant to simmer a bit longer and give him time to think about what he has done, Joeckel will start. Plus, Odhiambo has had a really good camp so far. He could be pushing to start at guard even if Fant remains at tackle.
If Seattle has any inkling that Ifedi is not panning out, Pocic could start. Seattle has high hopes for Pocic as it is, so Cable would not be afraid to start who he thinks is best.
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At the very least, the line should be better than in 2016. Whether this is hope or desperation talking, I am not sure. But for the first year in a while, there appears to be some legitimate talent among the linemen. Instead of the Seahawks giving Cable blueberries and expecting him to make lemonade, there seems to be some actual lemons this year.
Good lemons. Not bad lemons.