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Seahawks will keep building offensive line “same way we always have”

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 03:  Wide receiver Tyler Lockett #16 of the Seattle Seahawks is congratulated by guard J.R. Sweezy #64 and tackle Justin Britt #68 after making a catch for a 63 yard touchdown in the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders at CenturyLink Field on September 3, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Seahawks head into the offseason with a pair of starters on the offensive line ticketed for free agency, something that would guarantee the group would be a focus even if the Seahawks didn’t struggle up front for long periods last season.

They did have a hard time last season, though, and it led to some criticism about the way the Seahawks have gone about putting together their offensive line. One critique has been a fondness for moving players from other positions to those in front of quarterback Russell Wilson, but General Manager John Schneider said Wednesday that the team plans to keep doing things the same way.

“In terms of our philosophy we are going to keep attacking it the same way we always have,” Schneider said, via the Seattle Times. “Whether or not we convert guys, if that’s what you are asking, it really for us just depends on what the draft looks like.”

Schneider also added his voice to those that have discussed changes at lower levels of football — “heck my sixth-grade son’s team runs a spread offense,” Schneider said — that have left linemen headed to the NFL in need of more work on fundamentals than they might have needed in the past. Schneider said “we have to spend a lot of time” teaching those fundamentals, which likely helps explain why they’re as comfortable teaching them to former defensive linemen as they are to college guards and tackles.

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19 Responses to “Seahawks will keep building offensive line “same way we always have””
  1. jerry944 says: Feb 25, 2016 7:45 AM

    There wont be any seahawks fans in a couple years just as there were not any prior to 2012..thats why their fans are called the 12s..they all jumped on the bandwagon in 2012

  2. fumblenuts says: Feb 25, 2016 8:40 AM

    Seahawks will keep building offensive line “same way we always have”

    And how is that working for you??

    Run Russell Run……….

  3. sb44champs says: Feb 25, 2016 8:52 AM

    Thanks for starting C Max Unger and starting MLB Stephone Anthony. What a trade for New Orleans! And Seattle gets to keep overrated, overpriced, one-dimensional TE Jimmy Graham LOL

  4. crewchief15 says: Feb 25, 2016 9:15 AM

    Well they’ve really only “built” it once successfully! Seahags use the word “philosophy” a lot, well their Offensive “philosophy” just retired. I know everybody thinks Rawls is the next coming, but he’s not as proven of a “philosophy” as ML.

  5. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Feb 25, 2016 10:57 AM

    fumblenuts says:

    Seahawks will keep building offensive line “same way we always have”

    And how is that working for you??

    Run Russell Run……….
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    Well let’s see, despite losing Jimmy Graham and Marshawn Lynch for more than half the season, the Seahawks were 4th in total offense, 2nd in rushing, 4th in scoring offense, and #3 in explosive plays, so I’d say pretty well.

    Expect those kinds of stats to continue to pile up even more next year while they maintain the best defense in the NFL.

  6. bobseahawk says: Feb 25, 2016 11:00 AM

    You commenters crack me up, Go Hawks. In Russell we trust..

  7. RegisHawk says: Feb 25, 2016 11:15 AM

    And how is that working for you??

    We’ve been to the playoffs 4 years running and 5 out of the last 6. That basically matches the best of the Holmgren era (with an extra SB appearance and a Ring to go with it).

    How’s your team doing? Do you even remember 4 years ago? I doubt it.

    As for having no fans in a few years, that also is doubtful…we keep getting disenfranchised Clara and Cowpuke fans coming over.

  8. eyeamlothar says: Feb 25, 2016 12:44 PM

    sb44champs says:
    Feb 25, 2016 8:52 AM
    Thanks for starting C Max Unger and starting MLB Stephone Anthony. What a trade for New Orleans! And Seattle gets to keep overrated, overpriced, one-dimensional TE Jimmy Graham LOL

    ==========================================
    Seahawks were going to cut Unger last year due to the cap hit (per John Clayton.)

  9. chawk12thman says: Feb 25, 2016 1:03 PM

    Unless you subscribe to the theory that Offensive Linemen are born that way, there isn’t anything wrong with his approach.

  10. laserw says: Feb 25, 2016 1:42 PM

    What offensive line? For half the season the Great Intentional Grounder was running for his life. I guess you draft an offensive line that finally gets a clue in the second half of the season.

  11. thebirdofprey says: Feb 25, 2016 2:43 PM

    Seattle is terrible at drafting the offensive line and I don’t know if its scouting or listening to Cable but something needs to change.

    The slow starts for 3 years have mainly been due to offensive line clicking by Week 5 or 6. Drew Nowak was horrid, Justin Britt was drafted late in the 2nd round and he is equally as bad at LG as he was at RT as a rookie. Terry Poole was drafted in the 4th round and sat on the practice squad all year.

    Wilson needs protection or a change in this system – its BS that every college offensive lineman isn’t worthy of being drafted high. That kind of statement makes me angry because its arrogant and discounts the fact Seattle ranks 31st in pass protection.

  12. Drunk Uncle says: Feb 25, 2016 3:20 PM

    Pretty arrogant of the Seahawks to think that Russell Wilson will never get injured so they might as well continue to not protect him. This team is going the direction of the old Colts – 7 or 8 star players who eat up all the cap space, and garbage (i.e. DLs converted into OLs) on the rest of the roster.

  13. usdcoyotesfan says: Feb 25, 2016 4:33 PM

    So sick of hearing about what a class act Russell Wilson is. I punked that guy when he was in college at Wisconsin. In 2011, I went to Madison, WI with some friends to watch our South Dakota Coyotes play his Badgers. After the game, we were at a bar when this clown showed up, started acting like he owned the place, then came over to our table, talking about how he was going to “whoop on everyone” for not giving him “respect.” Him being 5’11” 200 lbs. and me 6’6″ 250 lbs. I put him in his place very quickly. I’m just glad the guy who took a video of the incident deleted it instead of putting it out in cyberspace.

  14. thebirdofprey says: Feb 25, 2016 5:40 PM

    There goes Paul Bunyan and his tall tales again…

  15. rpmschevy says: Feb 26, 2016 1:57 AM

    What an arrogant fool Jerry is. Obviously knows nothing of NFL history. Seahawk fans kept a stinking Californian from trying to relocate the team. Seahawks forced, twice, along with KC fans, to change NFL rules for noise.

    You know nothing but all you haters spout off like you have intelligence.

    40 years cheering for the Hawks. See you all next year. GO HAWKS!!

  16. thisdamnbox says: Feb 26, 2016 2:21 AM

    jerry944 says:
    Feb 25, 2016 7:45 AM
    There wont be any seahawks fans in a couple years just as there were not any prior to 2012..thats why their fans are called the 12s..they all jumped on the bandwagon in 2012

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    You mad, bro?

  17. RegisHawk says: Feb 26, 2016 10:12 AM

    That one-trick coyote talks big from his grandma’s basement in South Dakota.

  18. 206townbiz says: Feb 26, 2016 12:23 PM

    Saints fans need to stop with the “we won that trade” crap. You sound as bad as Rams fans saying they won the RG3 trade. Last I checked the Skins got a divisional title from the trade. Till the Rams at least do that, they haven’t won ish. They haven’t even got a winning record from it yet. Same goes for you Saints fans. Get your wins up before you talk about winning that trade. Till then, hush up. Last I checked it’s about wins and losses, not how many potential pro bowl players you aquired through a trade.

  19. indiecomicsfan says: Feb 26, 2016 1:23 PM

    The Hawks most certainly should change the way they build the O-line and this is the one case where Schneider should not have spoken. I am starting to think that maybe Cable needs to be replaced (if we could find an O-line coach with a good record of establishing O-lines who can pass protect as well as run-block).

    Having said that I never get tired of seeing the comments from the haters/fans of teams who did not make the playoffs. You know you have a great team when the rest of NFL fandom has to desperately stretch for whatever meager insult they can come up with because they are tired of your team getting so many accolades.

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