STACY ROST

Seahawks LT Duane Brown on O-line’s shaky outing: ‘We have to be better’

Sep 8, 2019, 6:19 PM | Updated: 6:45 pm

Veteran tackle Duane Brown said the Seahawks' O-line "has to be better" in Week 2. (Getty)...

Veteran tackle Duane Brown said the Seahawks' O-line "has to be better" in Week 2. (Getty)

(Getty)

Critics pegged the Seahawks’ young secondary as a weakness going into their matchup against Cincinnati – something the Bengals were admittedly able to exploit for most of the game – but few expected the offensive line to struggle as much as they did in the Seahawks’ 21-20 win Sunday.

Seahawks 21, Bengals 20: Recap | 710 reacts| Photo gallery

Even the ever-optimistic Pete Carroll admitted he was surprised.

“I was really surprised that we had trouble protecting today; we struggled with our play-pass stuff, which has been really strong for us, and it just didn’t work out as well as we wanted it to,” the Seahawks head coach said post-game. “So we didn’t get our shots and we wound up with a lot of negative situations behind the sticks. That’s always hard and it just made for a hard day.”

The unit played well through a handful of brief preseason appearances, even without starting left guard Mike Iupati. On Sunday, though, Seattle’s offense finished with an uncharacteristically low rushing yard total (72 on a combined 25 attempts) and surrendered four sacks.

Granted, a single game – in particular a Week 1 outing – is hardly enough to build the measure of any team. Last year’s O-line, which boasted four of the team’s current starters, surrendered 12 sacks across the first two games before establishing a successful rushing attack in Week 3.

A little rust was expected across the league with so many starters having sat out August’s preseason games. It’s a factor, left tackle Duane Brown acknowledged, but not an excuse.

“It’s a lot of that,” Brown said about shaking off the rust. “We didn’t get a lot of plays in the preseason, but it’s no excuse. We’re a veteran group and we know what to expect…

“(We) didn’t run the ball consistently, didn’t do a great job of pass protection. I’ve got to take my hat off to (the Bengals’ defense). They had a good game plan; they’ve got good players over there. But our standards are a lot higher than our performance was today and we have to be better. The standard that we set for ourselves, especially in the run game, was not met today. And in pass pro, we’ve got to keep Russ (quarterback Russell Wilson) clean – bottom line. So I’ll be better, we’ll be better as a group. That’s where it starts. It starts with us up front.”

Last year’s Seahawks offensive line finished 17th overall in pass-blocking efficiency – a notable improvement from years’ prior – and helped Seattle gain a league-leading 160 rushing yards per game. Now the group is in its second season under O-line coach Mike Solari and has size on its side.

“We’re anywhere from 320 (pounds) to 360 or 370, across that line,” tackle George Fant said earlier this summer. “So, we’re embracing that run first smack them in the mouth mentality and I think upstairs is, too.”

Brown and the rest of the Seahawks’ offensive line will have a chance to meet their standards on Sept. 15 when Seattle faces off against the Pittsburgh Steelers in a 10 a.m. kickoff on the road.

“We’ll be alright,” Carroll said, when asked about establishing the run next week. “We have a long ways to go. We’re just getting started. This is not an indication of anything. This is just our first game; we didn’t play very well up front like we wanted to … Give (Cincinnati) credit. That’s a good group up front.”

Follow 710 ESPN Seattle’s Stacy Rost on Twitter.

Wright: Seahawks’ new pass rush reminiscent of vaunted 2013 defense

Stacy Rost

Seattle Seahawks NFL Draft Bo Nix...

Stacy Rost

Seahawks Draft Profile: How would Oregon QB Bo Nix fit?

Bump and Stacy look at Oregon QB Bo Nix as a potential fit for the Seattle Seahawks in their latest 2024 NFL Draft preview.

2 days ago

Seattle Seahawks Draft Laiatu Latu...

Stacy Rost

Who’s the best non-OL pick for Seattle Seahawks at No. 16?

What happens if the Seattle Seahawks pivot from the offensive line with their first NFL Draft pick? Seattle Sports Stacy Rost assesses the situation.

7 days ago

Seattle Seahawks QB Geno Smith quarterback...

Stacy Rost

Are Seahawks really not Super Bowl contenders because of QB?

FOX Sports' Joel Klatt said the Seattle Seahawks "don't have the requisite quarterback play" to be a Super Bowl contender. Is he right?

16 days ago

Seattle Seahawks Leonard Williams...

Stacy Rost

Seahawks Notebook: Did Hawks overpay for Leonard Williams?

Did the Seattle Seahawks pay Leonard Williams too much in free agency? Stacy Rost dives into that and more about the offseason.

1 month ago

Seahawks Broncos Russell Wilson...

Stacy Rost

Rost: It’s wrong to say we saw Russell Wilson’s spectacular failure coming

Looking at what led to the recent downfall of Russell Wilson is a delicate balancing act between realization and honesty, Stacy Rost says.

1 month ago

Seattle Seahawks safeties...

Stacy Rost

Rost: 4 big questions after Seahawks release Diggs, Adams and Dissly

The Seattle Seahawks' big releases greatly impact two positions. Stacy Rost dives into the main questions the Hawks now must answer.

1 month ago

Seahawks LT Duane Brown on O-line’s shaky outing: ‘We have to be better’