Seahawks GM John Schneider spoke to reporters at the NFL Owners Meetings in Boca Raton on Tuesday, and a few of his comments were pretty interesting. Schneider laid out current plans for what the Seahawks will be looking to do on the offensive line, he gave some thoughts on how they plan to replace Bruce Irvin, and he said that Kam Chancellor will "absolutely" be in Seattle in 2016.
First things first, as relayed by Bob Condotta and Shiel Kapadia, the Seahawks plan for the offensive line -- if the season started today -- includes a competition between Garry Gilliam and Bradley Sowell for the left tackle spot. With Gilliam the favorite there after starting at right tackle all of last year, recently signed tackle J'Marcus Webb will get a shot at the right tackle spot. Filling in for the departed J.R. Sweezy at right guard, we'd see second-year pro Mark Glowinski.
That would mean Seattle's starting line, as of today, would be:
LT Garry Gilliam
LG Justin Britt
C Patrick Lewis
RG Mark Glowinski
RT J'Marcus Webb
Obviously, much could change through the rest of free agency and the Draft, and obviously Bradley Sowell could beat out Garry Gilliam for the job, but that's how things look right now.
As for replacing Bruce Irvin, Schneider said that he sees Mike Morgan and Cassius Marsh helping to fill in at the strongside linebacker spot on base (run) downs, and he added that Frank Clark could help as a weakside rusher on passing downs. This is pretty much what we figured would happen -- Seattle will replace Irvin with a number of different guys, and roles will depend on which personnel grouping and down we're seeing. And, again, a lot can happen in the rest of free agency and the Draft.
One last note from Schneider, for those that are worried about a potential Kam Chancellor trade, was that Schneider reiterated that Chancellor will be a Seahawk in 2016. He is not allowed to lie about these things, I think. That's a rule, right?