The Seahawks offense had a hard time getting anything going on Sunday in its season debut against the Packers. Much of the blame rests squarely upon the offensive line.
Seattle knew this was a need heading into the season after Russell Wilson’s performance suffered because he was constantly under pressure. Wilson was sacked 41 times and took 111 hits during the regular season, and he was sacked six times in two postseason games.
To address the line, the team brought in former first-round pick Luke Joeckel, who washed out with the Jaguars. Head coach Pete Carroll said in March that he expected Joeckel to play left tackle, but Joeckel landed at the top of the depth chart for the left guard position.
Last year, he set an NFL record with 51 of his punts landing inside the 20. And of his 98 punts, only one went into the end zone for a touchback.
Good luck, Jets. It’s going to be a long season.
The signs were there last season when the Bengals stumbled around, reverting to their old undisciplined ways, struggled badly without the suspended Vontaze Burfict early, and fell apart at midseason on their way to a 6-9-1 record. A.J. Green missed most of the second half of the year. Andy Dalton regressed. Their run of five straight playoff berths ended.
They brought back Marvin Lewis for his 15th season. They made their usual tweaks in the draft and free agency. Burfict got suspended again. None of it provided any faith that they could rejoin the Steelers and — maybe — the Ravens in AFC North contention.