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Seahawks general manager: Improving lines top priority

Tod Leiweke, John Schneider

We’re about to start rolling out our team needs series for the upcoming draft.   Seahawks G.M.  John Schneider has been kind enough to give us some free advice when filling out Seattle’s post.

“Well, starting any organization or any football team I think you have to look at both sides of your line,” Schneider said on ESPN radio  in Seattle Thursday when asked what his biggest priorities are.  “So I would say offensive, defensive line are priorities for us, no question. But were looking for depth at every position. But I think it starts on both sides of the ball.”

Looking at Seattle’s roster, we wholeheartedly agree with Schneider.  The offensive line has been a mess for years and it still needs major work.

The team got better production than they could have hoped for from their defensive line last year, but they don’t have young core guys to build around at either end or tackle.

The Seahawks have been soft up front for a few years.  If Schneider can fix that, a lot of the other problems on the roster won’t look so bad.

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12 Responses to “Seahawks general manager: Improving lines top priority”
  1. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Apr 1, 2011 1:34 PM

    How much could the Seahawks need? Didn’t they win their division last year?

  2. oldassgoat says: Apr 1, 2011 2:10 PM

    So, to summarize: BREAKING NEWS! The Seahags are looking to improve 1 of 53 positions in the draft. Who woulda thunk it?

  3. oldassgoat says: Apr 1, 2011 2:11 PM

    I think it’s a smokescreen – he’s rally going to draft a new 12th man.

  4. jhorton83 says: Apr 1, 2011 3:38 PM

    Hey, a GM with actual common sense for once. Based on all the rumors flying around, you’d think that QB was the top priority for every team in the first round. The Seahawks have much bigger needs than that.

  5. schmitty2 says: Apr 1, 2011 3:39 PM

    tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says:
    Apr 1, 2011 1:34 PM
    How much could the Seahawks need? Didn’t they win their division last year?

    Um yeah they were 7-9 and got spanked by many teams. Dont give a team too much credit for winningthe NFC west and having a fluke playoff win

  6. volsunghawk says: Apr 1, 2011 4:38 PM

    Really glad to hear that the Hawks will be focusing on the lines. There some bright spots on the D-line, like Mebane (if he’s re-signed), Bryant, Clemons, and Brock (again, if re-signed). But the depth along the D-line is awful, and a guy to replace Cole would be a great start.

    The O-line is good at LT if Okung can avoid the fluke injuries he had in his rookie season. Stacy Andrews will finally be moved to RT (a move the team wanted to make last season, until injuries forced them to keep him at RG)… could pay off well. But the interior of the O-line is awful. The Hawks don’t have a real starting caliber guard, and while Spencer was decent at center last year, he’s a FA and I’m fairly sure the team could upgrade the position.

    That doesn’t mean the team wouldn’t draft a QB if a good prospect was available at 25… but if the better prospects are gone at that point, it wouldn’t make any sense to pick a QB just because Hasselbeck is on his last legs and Whitehurst is a question mark. In that scenario, I think they’d probably want to grab the BPA on the line and stick it out with Whitehurst for another season.

  7. zeckwreck says: Apr 1, 2011 4:41 PM

    Hey Schmitty2 – That was a fluke win against The Saints? Did you watch the game? That was a complete and utter ass whooping. They dominated out the gate, and were completely deserving of that playoff spot. They went farther than a lot of “dominant” teams too…

  8. rickmirer says: Apr 1, 2011 5:25 PM

    Zeckwreck: I’m with you. That game was amazing for both teams but the Seahawks beat the Saints in a shootout, something no one expected.

  9. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Apr 1, 2011 5:29 PM

    Uhhh…schmitty2, it’s called sarcasm. Even in print, that should be obvious.

  10. schmitty2 says: Apr 1, 2011 6:29 PM

    tuckercarlson..my bad. I guess the other 38 people who gave it a thumbs down didn’t pick up on it either

  11. schmitty2 says: Apr 1, 2011 6:34 PM

    zeckwreck says:
    Apr 1, 2011 4:41 PM
    Hey Schmitty2 – That was a fluke win against The Saints? Did you watch the game? That was a complete and utter ass whooping. They dominated out the gate, and were completely deserving of that playoff spot. They went farther than a lot of “dominant” teams too…

    41-36 is an ass whuppin? And yes I’m aware the Saints scored 16 points in the 4th quarter to make it closer but still…..

  12. thevalsalvamanouvre says: Apr 1, 2011 7:14 PM

    Man, Schnieder and Carroll say something three months ago and it’s suddenly breaking news. As a Seahawks fan, it’s obvious that both lines need work. We also need a new QB, SS, a CB or two, a couple of linebackers, and someone to teach Gus Bradley how to defend a screen.

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