Seattle Seahawks: Why Seattle Needs to Move on from Breno Giacomini
When the Seahawks added Breno Giacomini off of Green Bay's practice squad on September 28, 2010, they were looking to add good quality depth to an offensive line that had been aging and underachieving under Jim Mora Jr. It was Coach Carroll's first year as the head coach, and by this point the team had already undergone major turnover. So, there were no guarantees Giacomini would stick to the active roster.
His first tour of duty in Seattle didn't last long. When injuries hit, Giacomini was the odd man out as he was released on October 23, 2010. He was on the active roster less than a month, but at some point he had to of made a good impression on someone inside the organization because he was re-signed before the 2011 season.
First-round offensive tackle James Carpenter was slated to open the season as the starter at right tackle. But due to injury, Giacomini stepped in and made his first career NFL start. To put it kindly, he flat-out stunk as a starter. He allowed one sack, two quarterback hits and two hurries. Not to mention he couldn't run block worth a lick.
The following week he was pulled in favor of Carpenter, who was now healthy. That appeared to be the end of Giacomini's run, yet he would get one more opportunity in Week 11. And since then his game has really improved. According to Pro Football Focus, he had his best game as a pro in the team's Week 15 win over the Bears in 2011.
However, his improved play towards the end of 2011 didn't carry over to 2012. All three phases of his game have absolutely fallen off a cliff. Currently, PFF has graded 69 offensive tackles through five weeks of play and he is the fifth worst. Based on its grading system, he has only received one positively graded game this season.
His poor technique in pass protection and the run game only make up two-thirds of his problems. The biggest disappointment of his game has to be the ugly reputation he has built. Officials target him as a dirty player that is penalty prone. Once a player has that reputation, it's hard for him to shed it. But Giacomini has no one to blame but himself for his antics.
In 13 career starts, he has managed to amass 16 penalties. Whether it's a false start, a hold or a personal foul, it all counts. Imagine how many drives he has single-handedly killed over the past two seasons. The Seahawks offense has a hard enough time moving the ball without one person pulling it down because of own mental mistakes.
Coach Carroll has already sent Giacomini to the bench this season for his poor play and bonehead miscues. After three personal foul penalties in two weeks, the head coach had seen enough. Journeyman offensive tackle Frank Omiyale filled in at right tackle. Even though Giacomini returned to finish out the game, it's unclear how things will look going into Week 5.
All these penalties and futile play lead me to believe Seattle needs to move on without this guy. He isn't doing any good whatsoever, but right now who will replace him? Will the journeyman do any better? Honestly, I don't think it could be worse. Omiyale has looked average in spot appearances here and there. Yet, he does one thing better than Giacomini. He doesn't draw those dreaded yellow flags.
Long-term, the Seahawks need to address the position at the end of the season. They either need to draft a right tackle or do some shuffling along the offensive line. If John Moffitt could ever stay healthy he could play right guard, Paul McQuistan could go back to left guard and you could put Carpenter back at right tackle.
Drop a comment below and let me know what you think the offensive line should look like when everyone is healthy. Yet, I think we all can agree that Giacomini doesn't do much for this team right now.
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