Give them as much credit as you want to, the fact is that the Seahawks offense has not been the same since D.J. Fluker and J.R. Sweezy found their current places on the offensive line. And Russell Wilson might actually survive a season without being the league’s most sacked quarterback.
With Fluker on the mend to start the season, Seattle started Ethan Pocic at left guard and Sweezy on the right side. While the focus was on the potential troubles of Germain Ifedi against the likes of Von Miller and Khalil Mack, problems went much deeper than just at right tackle. Wilson was sacked six times in Week 1 and six more times in Week 2. The Seahawks rushed for 64 yards against the Denver Broncos and 74 yards against the Chicago Bears.
Then Fluker returned and Sweezy moved to the left side.
Including Seattle’s 27-3 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, Wilson has been sacked just seven times in the last four games: 65-of-96, 784 yards, 8 TD, 1 INT, 8.16 Y/A.
On the ground, the team has rushed for 113, 171, 190, and 155 yards, respectively. The Seahawks are 3-1 with this much more efficient offense, with the only loss being a close one to the NFL’s premier team, the LA Rams.
Both Fluker and Sweezy were signed to cheap one-year deals in the offseason, with fans not very excited by the prospects of Fluker — a former first round bust with the San Diego Chargers — and Sweezy only expected to be a backup winding down his career. What does Seattle do now with the guard tandem?
Well, obviously now is not the time to decide but you’d have to think that if he keeps on this track and remains healthy, Fluker will be a high priority. He’s still only 27 and the last big-time extension for a guard averaged $11 million per season over five years. The Seahawks already extended Duane Brown for $12 million per season and could hesitate to invest in a position they’ve opted not to really invest in prior to now. There’s also the question of what Pocic’s future is and how confident they’d be in relying on him to start next season given the struggles of the offense to open the year.
Again, not questions we have to see answered today, but something to think about at a time that Seattle’s offense is playing about as good as it has in any of the last three years.