Like the 49ers, the Seattle Seahawks offensive line has been a major issue the past few seasons.
The thought here was quarterback Russell Wilson’s mobility would negate the need to have a more-than-effective O-line up front. Perhaps, but that only goes so far, and just a single hard hit could risk serious injury to Wilson and the Seahawks’ long-term hopes in this year and beyond.
Seattle made one move prior to the NFL trade deadline to address this issue by acquiring left tackle Duane Brown from the Houston Texans. That helps, but the rest of the O-line still needs a lot of work.
Chief among the needs are the guard positions, where rookie Ethan Pocic has been a disappointment and veteran right guard Oday Aboushi has struggled.
At some point, the Seahawks are going to have to think about getting younger on defense. Playmaking standouts like Michael Bennett, Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas aren’t getting any younger.