Turning the Corner
That is now in the past. The Seahawks have learned from their mistakes and have attempted to move on. Longtime offensive line coach Tom Cable was removed and replaced by Mike Solari, a more than capable coach, who has been a head offensive line coach since 1997 when he was hired by the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Seahawks went through the 2019 draft, to pick up Jamarco Jones out of Ohio State in the fifth round (156 overall). Year after year, Ohio State has proved that they can spit out offensive linemen into the NFL at an amazing clip and with much success. In the first preseason game against the Colts, he went down with a high ankle sprain which was not the way he wanted to start his professional career. When he comes back though, he’d be a prime candidate to possibly unseat a struggling Ifedi if the opportunity arises.
The other huge acquisition to the Seahawks offensive line is D.J. Fluker, a five-year player who previously was with the Los Angeles Chargers for four years and then played for the New York Giants last year. He’s a savvy veteran with a huge frame that has already been a stabilizing force the line.
A sneaky good signing that happened not too long ago was that of J.R. Sweezy. He was The Seahawks starting right guard from 2012-2015, which included two super bowl appearances, and one ring. Bringing back into the fold could prove to be extremely beneficial towards the Seahawks attempts to get back the organization back where it was not too long ago. It will add depth to the already pretty solid guard play in Fluker and Pocic which once again just adds to the very rich depth that the Seahawks have on the offensive line.
As Carroll and all of the 12th man learned, if a team can’t block or pass protect upfront, the can’t go far. With the NFC West expected to be better across the board, there is even more emphasis on line play.