This is Part One of Emerald City Swagger’s eight-part series previewing the Seattle Seahawks. We kick things off with Jaymin Bernhardt’s analysis of the offensive line.
Year in and year out, Seattle Seahawks fans say the same thing. We need a new offensive line! This is pathetic! Russell gets zero time in the pocket to throw the football! Imagine how much better he’d be with a decent offensive line? Everything that has been said is true.
The offensive line under Pete Carroll watch often seems like it was put together with spit and bailing wire. So much so, that just a few years ago, Gary Gilliam and George Fant were the starting right and left tackles respectively.
Gilliam went to Penn State where he was a tight end. He only caught eight career passes and no touchdowns to speak of. Carroll converted him to a lineman. It isn’t easy to switch positions at the professional level. Fant had only played one year at Western Kentucky and before that hadn’t played since before high school. If that doesn’t scream makeshift offensive line, I’m not sure what does.