Seahawks O-Line Continues To Struggle In 2011

The Seahawks 2011 Offensive Line Is A “Work In Progress”

The Seattle Seahawks have plenty of questions entering the final week of preseason play, including whether or not Tarvaris Jackson should start at quarterback, but there may be no bigger red flag than the team’s offensive line.

Despite the criticism Jackson has received in the preseason, it’s hard to judge the guy fairly when he’s protected as poorly as he was during Saturday’s 23-20 loss to Denver, when he was sacked five times.

Gallery Is The Only Vet With Substance On Seahawks 2011 O-Line

It’s been a constant battle for the Seahawks to return to the glory days of Walter Jones and Steve Hutchinson, who helped mold Matt Hasselbeck and Shaun Alexander into stars when the Seahawks went to the Super Bowl in 2005.

It’s not like general manager John Schneider isn’t trying. He grabbed Russell Okung with a high first-round pick in 2010 but the potential star can’t seem to shake his recurring ankle injuries, including the one limiting his preseason duty at the moment.

Seattle grabbed another offensive lineman, James Carpenter, late in the first round this season.

But the Alabama product doesn’t look ready for primetime. Highly touted Broncos rookie linebacker Von Miller absolutely abused him during Saturday’s defeat.

Max Unger, a third-year center, is slow regaining his legs after missing all but one game last season thanks to turf toe. John Moffitt is a rookie as well.

That means Robert Gallery, who signed with Seattle after the lockout, is the only real vet on this line. His seven years of service are more than double the rest of his linemates’ experience combined.

Factoring in the line’s inexperience and Okung’s injury woes, it’s probably fair to temper our expectations for Seattle’s offensive output this season.

Jackson or Charlie Whitehurst may not have much time to throw, they may have trouble properly utilizing Sidney Rice downfield and Marshawn Lynch may not have many holes to run through.

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