Have Seahawks done enough on offensive line to appease Russell Wilson?

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Of all of the frustrations coming from Russell Wilson and those around him about the Seahawks this offseason, there was one aspect of his frustration he made directly clear himself.

He’s tired of getting hit.

I’m frustrated at getting hit too much,” Wilson said in February. “I’m frustrated with that. At the end of the day, man, you want to win, you know.”

Wilson is a person that normally goes out of his way to talk about how great the 10th wide receiver and third-string center are during his press conferences throughout the season. Ask a question about DK Metcalf and he could name check every receiver on the roster and practice squad and say how great everybody is doing. So when Wilson makes a direct complaint about getting hit, it’s notable.

The clear implication from Wilson is that he wanted more from his offensive line moving forward.

“You never want to get hit,” he continued. “That’s just, that’s the reality of playing this position. Ask any quarterback who wants to play this game, and I think, at the same time, it’s part of the job and everything else. I think that the reality is is that I’ve definitely been hit, been sacked, I don’t know, almost 400 times. And so we’ve got to get better. I’ve got to find ways to get better, too.”

So what have the Seahawks done this offseason? They’ve brought back everyone on their offensive line except for Mike Iupati, who is retiring after 11 years in the league. Seattle made a trade to acquire Gabe Jackson from the Las Vegas Raiders last week to essentially replace Iupati in the team’s presumptive starting lineup. They have re-signed center Ethan Pocic, backup guard Jordan Simmons and backup tackle Cedric Ogbuehi. Duane Brown returns at left tackle, Damien Lewis at guard and Brandon Shell at right tackle.

Seattle’s offensive line was far from a disaster last year. The addition of Shell along with the play of then-rookie Lewis at right guard gave the Seahawks one of their most competent units in years. It wasn’t perfect. Injuries to Shell, Pocic, Ogbuehi and Jamarco Jones left the group short-handed late in the season. Wilson also had some self-inflicted problems by holding the ball too long at times as well.

The Seahawks seemingly didn’t feel like there was a need for wholesale changes up front given their decisions this offseason. They’re returning 4/5ths of their starters from last season with Jackson slotting into the group at one of the guard spots.

Will the addition of Jackson at guard be enough to quell Wilson’s frustrations? Can Shane Waldron’s scheme as new offensive coordinator maximize the output of the group as a whole with the plays they decide to run? Will the Seahawks add more to the group in the draft with one of their three remaining selections for this year?

Those are some of the questions that still don’t have answers.

22 responses to “Have Seahawks done enough on offensive line to appease Russell Wilson?

  1. Once the GM says so…then yes. Now hopefully Carroll and the new OC will teach Wilson that no O-line can block for a QB, if they don’t know where the QB will be.

  2. Appease Wilson? Not all the sacks were in the oline. Many are on Wilson himself. The oline also did not through the interceptions which caused Sea to change from a less Russ cook offense to one that didn’t turn the ball over so much. Wilson has many fingers pointed at oline, coaches, gm, but seemingly none at himself.

  3. He complained before about not having enough weapons, they get him DK Metcalf. Now he’s complaining about the offensive line. Maybe if he wasn’t taking up so much of the salary cap they could afford better linemen. Classic case of wanting his cake and eating it as well.

  4. At 5’11” Wilson is not, and never will be, one of the fastest “time to throw” QBs. Now he’s getting into his mid-30’s, while soaking up nearly 20% of the team’s salary cap. Back in 2014 and 2015 when the Seahawks were last in the SB, Wilson’s cap hit for the FOUR SEASONS COMBINED 2012 through 2015 was around 10 million TOTAL. I’m not going to take away that Wilson is a great QB, but I think these problems with the pieces surrounding him not being good enough for his tastes are just beginning.

  5. Russell Wilson didn’t start getting hit a lot until INJURIES afflicted the offensive line. It was never 100% healthy in the last half of the 2020 season, and the offensive performance reflected that.

    Pete Carroll is implementing the exact same strategy for 2021 as in the previous 3-4 seasons. Gabe Jackson merely replaces Mike Iupati, with NO other improvements. The first string gets the job done, but only when 100% healthy, with Simmons in rotation.

    2021 is merely status quo for Russell Wilson, which is clearly deficient. The real issue regarding INJURIES is the Strength and Conditioning staff, or assuming that players are readily expendable — lack of quality depth.

  6. Especially since Wilson took a pay cut to give the Seahawks room to sign offensive line talent. Oh wait, no he didn’t. My bad. He just vacuumed up every dollar he could.

  7. Some of these hits are his fault. Running around extends plays and allows time for receivers to get open as plays break down BUT it also means they you’re likely to get hit more. It is not as simple as good play = Wilson is god, bad play = offensive line is terrible

  8. No!!! That OL still has a bunch of older poor quality starting linemen, other than Pocic who’s not old he’s just terrible. SEA has to face some of the best and deepest pass rush’s in the league in teams like Arizona and LA 4 times next year despite having a terrible far over matched OL in front of RW3, who’s getting old himself.

  9. You know, as much as I understand what Russell Wilson is upset about, the fact is he’s paid a whole lot of money and that is a big part of the reason why the Seahawks can’t just go out and bring in top players for their “O” line.
    I know I am in the minority here, but I think these divas who play QB these days should just shut up and play.

  10. Wilson’s comments about his offensive will most likely lead to him getting hit more. I bet they stop helping him up after hits

  11. Couple of years ago, Wilson was wondering if the refs were not calling enough roughing penalties when he was hit, but stats show that some other quarterbacks around the league got worse treatment by refs so he sort of stopped blaming the refs. Now he is blaming his O line for getting sacked too often. Well, a few years back, Petey was telling Russell to get rid of the ball more quickly to avoid getting sacked. So, may be he should follow that advice, but of course it would be tough if his specialty is to buy time with his scrambling to allow his receivers to get open. IOW, it is his particular style of quarterbacking that makes it challenging for any O line to protect him. He needs to buy time with play action passes and that is why his win-loss record is below .500 for the past 4 years when Chris Carson is not playing. His record was pretty bad too when either Beast Mode or Thomas Rawls were not healthy.

  12. If Wilson has another second half season slump, I wonder what the “excuse” will be.

    He got a new OC, and has plenty of offensive weapons. Hopefully he won’t run around like a chicken with it’s head cutoff

  13. The offensive line is not the reason Wilson’s been getting hit so much. The vast majority it was due to play calling. Specifically, the play calls all too frequently required a 5 or 7 step drop (or equivalent in a shot gun formation). Everytime a QB takes a deep drop, the primary receiver is running some sort of long route. Either a post, crossing, or sluggo. Those routes take time to develop hence the hits.

  14. Considering they had 4/5 of their line as new starters last year, and with no training camp and pre-season, they played pretty well. The added continuity of a full off-season working together along with the experience from last year should lead to an above average line. Only question remains, will Wilson and the new offense get rid of the ball more quickly?

  15. Can Shane Waldron’s scheme as new offensive coordinator maximize the output of the group as a whole with the plays they decide to run?

    This is the key.

    Watch Seattle’s offense last year and then watch the Rams. Rams had several options off of the same look with guys running jet sweeps, sometimes getting the ball, sometimes a pass play, sometimes a handoff to the tailback…

    The D Line & LBs have to wait a moment to decide which one it is.

    Then look at Seattle’s offense. Hand it off to Carson or fake the handoff and try to throw a bomb. No motion, no creativity, nothing.

    I don’t think D Lines will be as apt to pin their ears back this year.

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