The first three games of the 2013 season have been an absolute nightmare for the Seattle Seahawks' offensive line. On 102 pass plays, they’ve allowed seven quarterback sacks, seven quarterback hits and 23 quarterback hurries. Which, in turn, means second-year quarterback Russell Wilson is being hurried once every 2.8 snaps.
Individually, the biggest culprits have been Paul McQuistan, Russell Okung, Max Unger and Breno Giacomini. According to the analysts at Pro Football Focus (subscription required), those four linemen have all collected negative pass-blocking grades.
The only players to post positive pass-blocking grades are J.R. Sweezy and James Carpenter. Neither offensive guard has allowed a quarterback sack on 181 combined snaps. The Seahawks' early-season grades are surprising, since they finished the 2012 regular season with the 14th-best pass-blocking offensive line in the NFL.
Aside from struggling in pass protection, Seattle’s front five have also struggled to get a consistent push up front in the run game. As it sits right now, the Seahawks are the second-worst run-blocking offensive line in the league. Based on Pro Football Focus’ (subscription required) ratings, Okung is the only lineman to post a positive run-blocking grade.