Rough night for Seattle's O-Line

August, 8, 2014
Aug 8
12:15
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The Seattle Seahawks had some positive performances in the 21-16 loss at Denver on Thursday night to open the preseason, but the offensive line wasn’t one of them.

However, three starters -- center Max Unger, left guard James Carpenter and left tackle Russell Okung -- didn’t play.

Seattle’s quarterbacks were sacked three times, but it easily could have been double that number if not for the scrambling ability of Russell Wilson and Terrelle Pryor, who was the leading rusher for the Seahawks with 28 yards on seven carries.

“We had some troubles up front and Terrelle was compensating for that,” coach Pete Carroll said. “He was all over the field trying to create stuff. We missed a lot of guys in the trenches.”

All three quarterbacks, including Tarvaris Jackson, were constantly under pressure. And the run blocking wasn’t much better. Take away eight runs by Pryor and Wilson, and the Seattle running backs rushed for only 59 on 21 carries for 2.8 yards per carry.

Obviously, this will improve when the starters up front get on the field, along with running back Marshawn Lynch. However, the offensive line was the weak link on a Super-Bowl winning team last season. Thursday’s performance shows the team still has issues on the line, at least with the backups, for now.

Rookie Justin Britt, who is starting at right tackle, had some good moments and some that weren’t so good in his first NFL action, which is to be expected. Britt was fooled a couple of times on blitzes and defensive line stunts by the Broncos, but Britt held his own for the most part in his one-on-one blocking.

Terry Blount

ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter

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