Duane Brown sees more improvement in improved Seattle offensive line

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The Seahawks have performed well for most of the past decade despite not having a high-performing offensive line. With the return of Mike Solari to coach the unit, and with a greater effort to invest in the quality of the personnel, the offensive line improved.

Look for more improvements in 2019.

“I think Germain Ifedi is going to have a really big year,” left tackle Duane Brown told reporters on Tuesday. “I think every year has improved. I think last year he took a big step. The thing with offensive line players and young linemen, it’s all about confidence. The more confidence you have when you step on the field, no matter who your opponent is, I think you have a chance to perform well. I think he’s gained more and more confidence throughout his career and I look forward to seeing what he can do.”

A first-round pick in 2016, Ifedi has been a full-time starter since his rookie season.

The Seahawks also have a first-round pick from 2013, who initially played for the Chargers and now lines up next to Ifedi as the team’s right guard.

“[D.J. Fluker] is a very, very key part of our offense,” Brown said. “Big, strong guy that helps us a lot in the run game. He’s also a big personality in the locker room. Very passionate about the game and shows great leadership. I’m very, very happy about being on the same line with him and I’m looking forward to the season with him. Last year everyone was kind of getting involved with the system, now we know it like the back of our hands, and I think we’ll play a lot faster and a lot tougher.”

It’s a scary thought, for Seattle’s opponents. It’s a fascinating thought for those who believe that the Seahawks can do what they did in 2018, and then some.

4 responses to “Duane Brown sees more improvement in improved Seattle offensive line

  1. For Fluker and Iupati it isn’t so much about if they can be good it is whether they can stay healthy. I think Pocic may end up the odd man out as he was drafted to fit the zone blocking style of Cable and isn’t the masher that Solari likes. His best fit is back-up Center right now as that is a position that tends to demand less size and more maneuverability.

  2. This version of the Seahawks is gonna be dangerous. Look for them to upend the Rams and take control of the NFC, behind what I expect to be Russell Wilson’s greatest year to date.

  3. It is not true that the Seattle OL of the past 10 years were not good. They had C Max Unger, who played well after being traded to New Orleans and was a pro bowler in Seattle. They had Russell Okung at LT, who allowed the fewest sacks of any LT when he was in the lineup. Okung is still playing LT at San Diego. They had James Carpenter at LG, who left Seattle as free agent. He was not bad at all. At RT was Gino Giacamini, another solid starter. They also had a good blocking TE Zach Miller. At RG was JR Sweezy, who played G for Seattle last season before leaving the team again as a free agent this off season.

    In fact, other than Unger, who was traded for Jimmy Graham, the other OL starters left as free agents because Seattle would not pay them market value. Seattle tried to get by with OL making the minimum in 2016, and it was a disastrous season. They improved themselves by trading for Duane Brown, re-signing JR Sweezy last year and signing Mike Iupati as a free agent in this offseason. so, the line has improved compared to 2016, but it is not as good as the one they had in 2012-2015. Their 2016 OL included Justin Britt, George Fant, Garry Gilliam, Mark Glowinski, Joey Hunt, Germain Ifedi, Rees Odhiambo and Bradley Sowell. You get what you pay for.

  4. I don’t mean to leave Chris Carson out of course as he’s a giant part of the running game. I just think he’s a constant/given that we don’t really need to discuss as a possible Improvement this year. He is a beast always.

    I am more concentrating on Penny getting better as a second-year player in backing Chris up and the line being a better pass blocking unit so the running game can even be stronger as the defense has to be honest and respect the passing game. Running on a nickle defense is a lot easier than running on goalline D if you catch my meaning.

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