“(Ethan Pocic and Germain Ifedi) are going to compete and obviously what you hope is that they prove to us day in and day out that they are two of the best five. And then you’ve got to move one of them somewhere, and that’s a good problem to have.’’ — Tom Cable to KJR
This is so like the Seahawks.
With holes across their offensive line, they draft two guys with high picks in consecutive years — yet are so uncertain where to play them that they decide to pit them against each other at the same position.
In an interview with KJR, relayed by Bob Condotta, Tom Cable confirmed what Pete Carroll has been saying: The Seahawks basically have no clue where their linemen will start.
Sure, he narrowed it down a bit more: Second-round pick Ethan Pocic will battle 2016 first-rounder Germain Ifedi at right tackle. (Carroll had merely said Pocic would work on the “right side.”)
But the fatal flaw behind Seattle’s O-line coaching continues: The team has no real plan, just a loose outline.
Assuming they can avoid making the same mistakes they have made with James Carpenter, John Moffitt, Drew Nowak, J’Marcus Webb, et al., the coaches need to get this unit organized as soon as possible.
If they are to have any hope of scoring points early next season, they need to settle on a starting five by the second preseason game. That would give them three weeks to get in sync for the very important opener in Green Bay.
The Seahawks have definitely upgraded the overall talent of their line, but there will be no continuity — unless Pocic bounces Ifedi back to right guard and George Fant stays at left tackle as Luke Joeckel plays left guard.
Also worth considering: What if Ifedi can’t win either job? And what if Joeckel doesn’t come back healthy enough from his ACL injury to start the season?
It’s entirely possible that the line could look like this in Week 1 (L-R): Fant, Rees Odhiambo, Justin Britt, Mark Glowinski, Pocic.
Cable said Glowinski played left guard last year because Ifedi was a right-side player and Glow had a year of experience in the league. Now Glowinski is back at his more comfortable right guard, apparently fighting off Oday Aboushi and the loser of the Ifedi-Pocic battle.
By draft pedigree, the line should be Joeckel, Odhiambo, Britt, Pocic, Ifedi (1-3-2-2-1). But it could easily end up Fant, Odhiambo, Britt, Glow, Pocic (U-3-2-4-2).
Hopefully we’ll know sometime before the season starts.