It’s no secret the Seahawks could improve their play on the offensive line. What might be a secret is that improvement could already be on the team.
The Seahawks have some pretty good players on the offensive line already. But if you want to make a deep run in the playoffs, you need more than pretty good. The goal to growing an organization, as a good friend once said, is not to hire someone to replace your worst team member. It’s to find your new best team player. So let’s identify those team players on Seattle’s offensive line.
Obviously, Seattle has their best lineman at left tackle, with Duane Brown. Brown was named a second-team All Pro, although he missed out on a fifth Pro Bowl nod. As Frank Clark tweeted, “Duane no pro bowl ya’ll some goofies”. It’s true, Clark is indeed a beast on the field and on Twitter. Justin Britt is locked in at center, and hopefully, John Schneider figures out how to keep both D.J. Fluker and J.R. Sweezy at guard. I have to say, Fluker and Sweezy sounds like the worst ambulance-chaser law firm you’d ever see advertised at 3 a.m. on local access cable, but I love those guys on the field.
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I’ll admit, right tackle Germain Ifedi stepped up his game in 2018. But he still ranked just 71st in the league, according to Pro Football Focus. They ranked Brown fifth in the league, and he could use a better bookend. The goal is to find someone even better than fifth in the league to replace Ifedi, not just someone that’s 70th in the league. Russell Wilson would definitely appreciate an upgrade at right tackle.