4) Can the Offensive Line Keep Russell Wilson Healthy?
The most important player on the Seahawks is quarterback Russell Wilson. He is a model dual threat on offense. Wilson can make all the throws, as well as make plays with his feet. The stat that makes you scratch your head, however, is the fact that he has been sacked at least 40 times in five of his six seasons for a total of 248. The quarterback has shown remarkable toughness and durability by only missing only a single play in his career.
This year’s team has some question marks on the offensive line. However, the unit seems to be intact from early preseason and continuity is in their favor. Left Tackle Duane Brown is the best of the group and will protect Wilson’s blind side. It was why the Seahawks sent both a second round (2019) and third round (2018) pick to Houston for the four-time Pro-Bowl tackle.
Center Justin Britt has made 31 straight starts which means he and Wilson are very familiar with each other. Second-year pro left guard Ethan Pocic who started 13 games last year and right tackle Germain Ifedi (29 straight starts) are back to protect Wilson. The only newcomer is Guard D.J. Fluker, who has been a starter for both the Giants and Chargers in his career. This might be the best and most cohesive unit Wilson has had in his career.