One of the most interesting position battles for the Seattle Seahawks this offseason will be up front and “center” (buh dum tis!). It is no secret the Seahawks have to get better in the interior of their offensive line, and it starts with the center.
Former NFL center Austin Blythe held the position last year and it was not exactly up to par, especially when facing the likes of the San Francisco 49ers. Seattle brought in Evan Brown from Detroit, and drafted Olu Oluwatimi from Michigan this spring. They also have in-house Joey Hunt as well.
Offensive coordinator Shane Waldron recently spoke about the position and how they’re a long ways from finalizing anything. When asked, head coach Pete Carroll seemed to echo the sentiment of Waldron in this regard. From John Boyle at Seahawks.com:
“Evan has come in here and commanded the leadership with the experience—he has more experience than Olu’s got—so we’ll see how it all works out. Joey is an experienced football player too, so we have a really good spot. We’re just going to let it happen and see what happens, see how it goes. We’re not going to set any timelines on it or anything like that, it’ll work itself off, but Olu has done a nice job jumping in. He’s a bright kid and it shows up and he gets it, he’s confident. You could see him playing.”
We truly are a ways out from anything even remotely close to being settled. The calendar just turned to June, and there are two newcomers – a rookie and a free agent – who are learning Waldron’s system. Not to mention getting in-sync with fellow linemen and quarterback Geno Smith
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