Seattle Seahawks Need to Shore Up OL Woes for the Sake of Russell Wilson

Tyson LanglandNFC West Lead WriterSeptember 12, 2012

AP Photo/Paul Connors
AP Photo/Paul Connors

Sunday's game against the Cardinals proved to be a longer week than expected for rookie quarterback Russell Wilson. Arizona's pressure packages right up the gut of the offensive line proved to be too much to handle. Converted defensive tackle J.R. Sweezy seemingly had the most trouble, especially when squaring off against Darnell Dockett.

Dockett killed any confidence Sweezy had built up throughout the preseason. By game's end, our friends over at Pro Football Focus had the rookie graded at a minus-7.5, making him the lowest graded offensive guard in all of Week 1. As a unit the Seahawks offensive line surrendered five quarterback hits and eleven hurries. Wilson was only sacked once, but that was to his credit, as he did a great job of avoiding pressure all game long.

In Coach Carroll's day after presser, he praised Dockett for the way he dominated the game in every phase: "Dockett was really tough. He was really good in this game. He caused a lot of problems. He just was very aggressive and he was hard to handle." 

The showing was definitely disappointing for both Coach Carroll and offensive line coach Tom Cable. They had felt this unit was making progress, considering they had four strong preseason showings. But it's back to the drawing board with DeMarcus Ware and the Dallas Cowboys defense coming to town this Sunday.  

Seattle will need to tighten things up if they expect to knock off the red hot Cowboys.


Arizona Cardinals

Kent Somers of the says Kevin Kolb is doing his best to block out all the negativity and naysayers.  

Andrew Nordmeier of Bleacher Report reviews Week 1 and looks at what questions remain unanswered for Arizona. 


San Francisco 49ers

Brandon Burnett of Bleacher Report breaks down right guard Alex Boone's first upcoming test this weekend. 

Daniel Brown of the looks at last year's handshake and Jim Harbaugh says it's now irrelevant. 


Seattle Seahawks

Eric D. Williams of The Bellingham Herald says Pete Carroll is watching the replacement officials like hawks. 

Jesse Reed of Bleacher Report analyzes how Russell Wilson and the Seahawks need to improve as they head into Week 2.


St. Louis Rams

According to Steven Gerwel of Bleacher Report, the Rams still have plenty of questions to answer as they head into Week 2.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reviews the Rams defense and gives us the reasons why Coach Fisher thought the defense struggled.


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