Seahawks Reporter: Wilson Must Be More Decisive

Seattle's offensive line has underperformed, but Russell Wilson needs to get the ball out of his hands more quickly

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
September 18, 2018 - 8:59 am

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The Seattle Seahawks’ offensive line doesn’t have the greatest reputation. In fact, many analysts consider that unit the team’s weak link – which is why Russell Wilson so often scrambles or gets sacked. 

While that unit deserves criticism, Curtis Crabtree believes Wilson does, too.

“If you look at the collection of guys that they have on the offensive line now, they’re not a bad group of guys,” the Sports Radio KJR Seahawks reporter said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “You’ve got Duane Brown, a former All-Pro and first-rounder. You’ve got Justin Britt, who’s made a Pro Bowl as an alternate replacement and a second-round pick, at center. You’ve got Ethan Pocic, a second-round pick, at left guard. Presumably, when they’re healthy, they’ll have D.J. Fluker – another first-round pick – at right guard and Germain Ifedi, another first-round pick, at right tackle.”

That’s three first-round picks and two second-round picks along the line. That’s not bad.

Nevertheless, Wilson had a rough night in Chicago on Monday. He fumbled twice, threw an interception and was sacked six times in a 24-17 loss. If not for an 11-play, 99-yard touchdown drive in garbage time, his final stat line of 22-of-36 for 226 yards and two scores would have looked much worse.

“The offensive line has had its issues for sure – (but) that's why I kind of (put) some (blame) here at Russell Wilson,” Crabtree said. “There were times in the game – same thing last week in Denver – where they’re calling quick passes to try to get the ball moving, and Russell just doesn’t throw the ball. He sits there and he holds it, and now the offensive line that was blocking for a play that they expected to be a three-step drop and throw and Russell’s still got the ball three seconds into the play and is trying to figure out something to do – now all of a sudden it’s kind of getting tough on them. There’s a lot that goes into the equation for sure.”

The Seahawks (0-2) will try to get in the win column in their home-opener this Sunday. They host Dallas (1-1) at 4:25 p.m. ET.