Three games into the 2010 regular season, the Seahawks’ once-wafer-thin offensive line has allowed only five sacks. Credit the team’s energetic new coaching staff for utilizing its personnel effectively, and credit said personnel for holding their own.
But the biggest surprise so far? They’ve done all this without No.6-overall pick Russell Okung.
That could change heading into Week 4 at St. Louis, when the Seahawks visit the also-rebuilding Rams. Okung is recovering from a high ankle sprain suffered in the preseason, and might return to the field for his NFL debut on Sunday.
Pete Carroll says nothing is etched in stone, however, and that they’re taking a cautious approach with their top draft choice.
The same goes for Chester Pitts, who hasn’t seen any action since sustaining a season-ending knee injury last year with the Houston Texans. He could start at left guard alongisde Okung, who would be in at left tackle.
If Okung and Pitts both play, expect Justin Forsett to go nuts on a weak Rams defense. Forsett was the feature back against the Chargers last week, and though he didn’t find the endzone, he still piled up almost 100 yards from scrimmage — 63 yards on the ground, and 31 yards on three catches. Pitts and Okung would ideally improve the run blocking to a much higher level, creating all kinds of gaps that would really get the Hawks massive rushing yardage.
Imagine what Leon Washington could do with that kind of running room.