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While head coach Pete Carroll and his Seattle Seahawks enter 2014 as defending Super Bowl champions, they are a team with a few questions marks.
Then again, you can expect them to have the answers, which has been the case the last two years. Including a total of five postseason games, the Seahawks are a combined 28-9, and none of those defeats has been by more than seven points. All told, Carroll’s club is 22-4 since opening the 2012 season with a 6-5 mark.
This upcoming season, there will definitely be one change on the starting offensive line. The unit had its share of issues in 2013, due mainly to injuries that sidelined tackles Russell Okung (eight) and Breno Giacomini (seven) and center Max Unger (three) for a combined 18 regular-season contests.
Then-rookie Michael Bowie stepped in Giacomini’s spot for those seven games. The seventh-round pick from 2013 also saw action at left tackle and started at both right and left guard during the regular season (Week 16) and playoffs (versus the New Orleans Saints).
But enter 2014 second-round pick Justin Britt, whom offensive line coach Tom Cable (via Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com) praised last month. The University of Missouri product intends on giving Bowie a run for his money in terms of that right tackle job.
It can only mean good things for the Seahawks if the 6'6", 325-pound rookie prevails. It would give Carroll a starter with terrific potential, as well as a swingman in Bowie who has already seen action at four of the five offensive line spots.
A little stability on Seattle’s offensive line this season wouldn’t hurt.
Some statistical support for this piece was provided by Pro Football Focus, Pro-Football-Reference, and NFL.com, while depth charts are provided by Ourlads.