Left guard remains the Seahawks' Black Hole
Posted by Danny O'Neil
But he was the veteran voice Seattle felt it needed on its offensive line, and someone who could stabilize the position that has been a black hole for the previous five seasons.
Well, Gallery has suffered two injuries in last than a month, and Seattle is expected to start Paul McQuistan at that position. He would be the third different starter in three games at left guard, which is a lot even by Seattle's turbulent standards at that position. McQuistan would be the 13th different player to start at left guard since the departure of Steve Hutchinson. That's the most different starters at any position on the roster in that time, and it's not even all that close. Seattle has had 10 different starters at right guard.
And if that wasn't hard enough, consider that Detroit had a similar problem at left guard, starting 14 different players at that position from 2001 to 2009, a revolving door that ended only when the Lions acquired (wait for it) Rob Sims from the Seahawks.
That was the biggest mistake Seattle made in terms of personnel last year. He didn't fit what Alex Gibbs wanted on Seattle's offensive line to the extent that Seattle didn't bring him back even though he was a restricted free agent last offseason, instead trading him to Detroit.
Well, Gibbs was gone a week before the regular season started, and Seattle started running the power-zone plays Sims was well-suited for, and then, this offseason made it a point to get bigger on the offensive line when that was Gibbs' biggest issue with Sims, namely he was too big.
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