After a rough season of blocking, the Seahawks enter 2011 with the most new faces of any O-Line in the league. All the new additions mean that Max Unger, a third-year center, is the longest tenured Seahawk. The Seahawks also brought in former Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable to run the offensive line and protect new quarterback Tavaris Jackson. One thing to watch is the running game, the second-worst in the NFL last year. The Seahawks added former Raider Robert Gallery and drafted John Moffitt, this could mean a more energized running game but we will have to wait and see on this work in progress.
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Left Tackle - Russell Okung
Okung missed most of the preseason with an injury but is ready to build on his promising 2010 season. Okung has shown that he can be an elite tackle but has a lot of room to grow and become more solid.
Left Guard - Robert Gallery
Gallery is the veteran presence on this line and a very solid guard that Tom Cable made sure to bring with him from Oakland. At the same time, the big man sprained his knee in the final preseason game which means that rookie James Carpenter will move to left guard until Gallery returns.
Center - Max Unger
An average center who is a better pass blocker than run blocker, will need help from the guards to try to make something happen in the middle.
Right Guard - John Moffitt
Looks like a very solid rookie guard so far with good natural blocking skills but needs a lot more experience before he can be a game changer for the running game.
Right Tackle - James Carpenter
Has not looked as good as Moffitt in camp and will begin the season at left guard in place of injured Robert Gallery. Needs work but he is a big guy with solid blocking skills. Breno Giacomini appears to be the interim starter coming into the season.
The Seahawks had one of the worst blocking units in the game and focused specifically on changing that in the off-season. The addition of Tom Cable at line coach and the signing of Robert Gallery are great moves that will pay off immediately. James Carpenter and John Moffitt are good looking rookies but are going to need all of Cable's help they can get to become elite linemen. Okung is a good tackle who should continue improving. The line is improved but the inevitable growing pains are likely to continue to leave Tavaris Jackson on his back. Look for an improved running game though.
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