Disputing Seahawks’ optimism, Pro Football Focus says Seattle enters 2017 with worst offensive line in NFL

Despite what the Seahawks think are improvements to the offensive line, Pro Football Focus on Tuesday rated Seattle’s OL worst in the NFL heading into the 2017 season.

During the Seahawks’ mini-camp last month, offensive line coach Tom Cable made what might have seemed like a surprising admission.

“I’m the most excited coach on the staff right now,’’ Cable said as he then recounted how he felt the team had made the additions needed to revamp a group that was heavily-criticized in 2016 and generally seen as the Seahawks’ weakest position group.

“Our personnel guys nailed this,’’ Cable said.

Not everyone is as impressed, though.

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Pro Football Focus on Tuesday released its preseason rankings of all 32 NFL offensive lines and slotted Seattle dead last.

Wrote PFF: “Even with the addition of Luke Joeckel, there’s little reason to think this won’t yet again be the worst offensive line in the NFL. They finished dead last a season ago in snap-adjusted run-blocking grade and snap-adjusted pass-blocking grade. Getting PFF’s lowest-graded left tackle, George Fant, out of the starting lineup should help, but it won’t fix the unit overnight.’’

You can scoff at PFF’s rankings. But as this Monday Morning Quarterback story also published Tuesday notes, PFF carries a lot of weight around the NFL with 26 teams subscribing to the site and perusing its numbers.

That obviously doesn’t mean the ranking impacts anything that will happen on the field in the fall. But it does suggest that the view around the NFL remains that Seattle’s weak link is the offensive line — I realize that’s not breaking news — and that the team’s offseason moves are no guarantee of improvement, which is the more relevant part of any OL discussion.

And, in fact, what PFF cites as one reason it thinks the line could be better even if the Seahawks might dispute it —…

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