A closer look at the Right Tackle position
He was viewed as the long-term solution at the RT spot, and when he was injured last year, it was seen as a huge blow to the development of the offensive line.
The Seahawks have had trouble putting together continuity on the line in recent years. For some reason, the injury bug seems to hit them hard, and often, especially along that unit.
Maybe more than any other group, an O-line needs to have those five guys on the field together and gaining confidence in one another, and that hasn’t always happened with this team.
So, we can forgive some pundits who painted a gloomy picture when Carpenter went down last year, but something happened on the right side that has given the team some hope.
The good in the bad
Carpenter had the same growing pains as any rookie, but the team knew that they needed him on the field as much as possible to grow into that role, so there was definitely some panic buttons hit when ex-Green Bay Packer practice-squad player Breno Giacomini was inserted in at Right Tackle.
He was a 5th Round draft pick in 2008 by the Packers, and was never able to get many snaps with that team.
This helped fuel Beast Mode
Having said that, when Giacomini entered the line-up, the running game actually got better.
He is a big man, standing 6’7”, and weighing in at 318lbs.
He showed his nasty physicality run blocking for Marshawn Lynch, and was a big part of Lynch’s strong season.
Giacomini’s strong play earned him a 2-year contract with the team this offseason, and O-line Coach Tom Cable, and Head Coach Pete Carroll have been raving about how much he has grown and learned the game, and how his confidence is getting better and better with each rep.
Is this our man for the future?
Could he be the future at Right Tackle?
There are a lot of people who think he is, and with Carpenter not being ready to get back on the field yet, Giacomini will certainly get his chance to solidify himself as the long-term solution at the position.
It’s a win-win situation for the Seahawks.
They have the player who has been playing at a high level already in the line-up, and they have the youngster who they drafted as their answer at the position on the mend, and ready to back him up and learn the game at the NFL level.
There may be a battle at that position when Carpenter returns to the line-up, but again, that can only help the Seahawks, because competition breeds good players, and Coach Carroll loves seeing his players compete.
Add to this group veteran O-lineman Frank Omiyale (the Chicago Bears released him earlier this season), who has experience both at Right Tackle, at Guard, and with Coach Cable (who coached him for one year with the Atlanta Falcons), and there is depth at RT that can only help the Seattle Seahawks in 2012-13.