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Okung emerges in year three

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In an effort to beef up a bad offensive line, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and G.M. John Schneider used their first draft pick in 2010 on tackle Russell Okung.

Injuries and ineffectiveness have prompted some to suggest that Okung may be a bust, based on his first two seasons in the league.

But in his third season, Okung is stepping up.  As Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune points out, Okung hasn’t given up a sack through nine games.

Russell’s playing real well,” center Max Unger told Williams.  “I think he’s done a good job.  He’s had some pretty tough injuries his first couple years.  But he’s a very talented guy, I don’t think there’s any question about that.  And he’s kind of putting it all together right now.”

Okung has 10 penalties, but that’s not causing anyone to take a dimmer view of his performance.

“Russell Okung is off to a really good year,” coach Pete Carroll said.  “He’s really playing solid, and he’s getting better and improving and he’s more confident.  You can see that there are more plays where he is demonstrating his power and overwhelming at times by making some big-time blocks.”

They’ll need Okung to make some big-time blocks on Sunday, given that the Jets are hoping to rattle the unrattleable (that’s probably not a word) Russell Wilson.

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9 Responses to “Okung emerges in year three”
  1. cali49er707 says: Nov 11, 2012 9:19 AM

    Any true real niner fan acknowledges Seattle is a good dangerous team.

    And I HATE the Seahawks but, I have to respect that they are solid & YES it pains me too admit!!!

  2. seattlerogueburner says: Nov 11, 2012 10:29 AM

    Glad Russell is protecting Russell. Seahawks fans have stuck by Okung hoping he has a healthy season, and this year we can finally cheer. Stay healthy, stay deadly!

  3. clubergo says: Nov 11, 2012 10:47 AM

    Its hard to replace a Walter Jones who gave up 14 sacks for a career..With Moffit at LG Okung is more affective.. This team ever gets 14+ games with the starting rotation. we will see what they can do….
    And let’s give some credit to the Other Russel for not getting sacked.

  4. bobhk says: Nov 11, 2012 10:57 AM

    High round NFC W linemen are doing well: okung, staley, Davis, iupati, etc. how is carpenter?

  5. Nevis says: Nov 11, 2012 11:27 AM

    And he’ll probably never finish a 16 game season.

  6. agold831 says: Nov 11, 2012 11:55 AM

    He’s not the best tackle in his draft class.. The Redskins passed on Okung for a reason. Where’s the story on Trent Williams’ pro-bowl caliber season?

  7. beastmode5150 says: Nov 11, 2012 12:35 PM

    Agold, it’s because the skins aren’t good.

  8. xplicitpits says: Nov 11, 2012 1:05 PM

    Okung is a beast. Shut down some of the best this year. It also helps when you have a QB that can get the ball out timely and elude the rush! Think of the guys he has faced in the last 4 weeks Aldon Smith, Vandenbosch, Allen, & before them was Tyson Chandler who is having a monster year. Don’t sleep NFL! Does anyone else get that feeling that this year might just be we’re stars align? Bye week hits just perfect? Strength of schedule from beginning to end falls in place? This team hits their stride just in time? I don’t want to Jinx, but keep letting these terds write more articles about the horrid Cowboys & Eagles while Seattle sneaks right through & bullies the NFL’s best. Week 16 in Seattle will be big!

  9. themackstrong says: Nov 11, 2012 10:52 PM

    Okung is legit, I talk about that watching him against all those premiere rushers . He was good his two years just had players roll up on him when engaged in a block and next he was judo thrown in a game to end his season. Hardly as fragile as some were painting him on that bust label. By he way I was glad when the Skins drafted Williams and Okung fell to us in that draft because he creates major holes in the run game which is what Trent Williams was supposed to do better. Someone asked about Carpenter, he got beat by speed rushers at RT early in the year. Seasoned ended at practice but moved into LG he is a monster and getting solid at pass protecting from there. Giacomini is about the only weak link on that line.

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