Friday, January 21, 2011
On the bright side: Seattle Seahawks
By Mike Sando
The premise: We spend much of the offseason focusing on teams' problems. Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. and I discussed some of those Friday during a wide-ranging conversation on the NFC West, but there were also some positives. I'm breaking out one for each team, concluding with the Seattle Seahawks.
Matt Williamson: Tom Cable is a really good hire to coach that offensive line. The Seahawks' line is a major problem. Cable can fix that. He is an O-line guy by trade. I thought the biggest weakness on the Raiders was the line, and he turned it into a good group despite not having a lot of talent. Seattle will get a running game going. They still need bodies, of course.
Mike Sando: Cable's hiring makes signing Robert Gallery in free agency seem like a natural fit. Seattle has never really replaced Steve Hutchinson, but with Russell Okung at left tackle, Gallery could stabilize that left side.
Matt Williamson: By no means would they be 'Hutch' and Walter Jones, but Seattle fans were used to having that left side you could run behind on short yardage and not worry about the quarterback getting hit so much. I think Okung is going to be a great one. Gallery is a well-above-average left guard who doesn’t play enough because of the injures. He is hard to count on for 16 games.
Mike Sando: Please elaborate on Okung. You said you thought he could be great.
Matt Williamson: I love him physically. He is always in balance, he has a good punch and is a good run blocker. I think he would have been up for rookie of the year consideration with Ndamukong Suh and Sam Bradford if he played a full season. All three can be elite players from this draft. Okung stands out immediately. They rarely gave him help and he wasn't even healthy. I'd like to see him healthy for a stretch. I don't think we have seen close to how good he really is.