Week 5 of the 2019 NFL season is in the books, and there’s no debating that the Seattle Seahawks offensive line is not what most fans had hoped for heading into the season. The run blocking has been questionable at times and the pass blocking absolutely awful for long stretches. That said, the team is currently sitting pretty at 4-1 and in second place in a strong NFC West, so fans are certainly thankful that Russell Wilson has become used to dealing with pressure during his seven plus seasons in the NFL. Jumping right into the data, here is where the team stands in relation to the other 31 teams in terms of the metrics available for offensive lines.
Run Blocking: 24th (Up from 30th after Week 4)
Pass Blocking: 17th (Up from 26th after Week 4)
Pass Blocking Efficiency: 27th (Down from 21st after Week 4)
Pass Blocking Grade: 28th (Down from 27th after Week 4)
Run Blocking Grade: 12th (Up from 15th after Week 4)
Once again, for those who do not wish to read tiny type, here are the grades for the players who took snaps at offensive line.
- Duane Brown: Overall 71.5, Pass Blocking 77.6, Run Blocking 65.1
- Mike Iupati: Overall 37.3, Pass Blocking 12.9, Run Blocking 53.4
- Justin Britt: Overall 61.9, Pass Blocking 40.4, Run Blocking 65.0
- D.J. Fluker: Overall 64.1, Pass Blocking 18.1, Run Blocking 65.0
- Jamarco Jones: Overall 79.1, Pass Blocking 66.1, Run Blocking 83.3
- Germain Ifedi: Overall 51.5, Pass Blocking 36.0, Run Blocking 56.0
- George Fant: Overall 48.5, Pass Blocking 70.2, Run Blocking 49.9
And, as a refresher on how to interpret those grades
The Player Grading Scale:— PFF (@PFF) October 9, 2015
89-85 Pro Bowler
Needless to say, it’s likely to be a long night for the quarterback when four of the five starting offensive linemen grade out at 40.4 or lower. So far this season, of the 30 quarterbacks with at least 100 dropbacks, Russell Wilson has been the 23rd most pressured quarterback in the NFL.
ESPN has released this week’s version of the Pass Block Win Rate (PBWR) rankings, but most weeks they only post the top ten. The Seahawks, unsurprisingly, are not in the top ten in that category. However, one fan did ask where the Seattle tackles rank, so we know where both Ifedi and Brown rank in terms of the qualified tackles across the league.
Ifedi ranks 46th out of 66. Duane Brown is 30th out of 66.— Seth Walder (@SethWalder) October 8, 2019
So, the Hawks best and most expensive offensive lineman is roughly average, while Ifedi has regressed from just above average to being in danger of slipping into the bottom quartile, which we know thanks to Ben Baldwin of The Athletic and Seth Walder of ESPN.
Ifedi was actually also 82% last year.— Seth Walder (@SethWalder) May 1, 2019
However, Ifedi’s regression is a subject for a different post. The point of this post is that the offensive line is performing nowhere near the levels many fans had hoped heading into this season.