4 reasons why the Seahawks could secure unlikely playoff spot in 2022
By Lee Vowell
Seahawks offensive line is going to be much better than expected
The Seahawks are going to start two rookies at the offensive tackle spots in 2022. They will be the third team to do that since 1970. I don’t know about the other two teams but the reasons Seattle is going to start those two rookies is for positive reasons and there is nothing truly negative about it.
Abe Lucas is going to be the right tackle. Jake Curhan started a bunch of games for Seattle at right tackle in 2021 and wasn’t terrible. But he was also much better blocking for the run than the pass. Lucas has lived up to his billing as being tenacious and offended when a defender tries to come near his quarterback or running back. He has looked brilliant this preseason.
While Charles Cross did have five penalties against the Bears in preseason game 2, four of them were false starts and that kind of thing is easily correctable. Overall, though, Cross has played a large portion of snaps through the first two preseason games and has not allowed one quarterback pressure. That is fantastic stuff and something he was already assumed to be good at. He will be a Pro Bowler sooner than later.
But the rest of the offensive line, whether it’s Phil Haynes or Damien Lewis at left guard, is good too. The tackles are bulldozers and should be able to open holes for the excellent running backs. Austin Blythe is a smart center who knows Shane Waldron’s offensive system well.
The Seahawks, even though they have looked bad this preseason, are capable of shocking the NFL once the real games begin and Seattle has all its presumed starters playing. This team can be good and there are many reasons why.