Seattle Seahawks Need Russell Okung to Return Quickly

By Todd Pheifer

The Seattle Seahawks are a great NFL football team, but they have weaknesses that must be addressed. Specifically, the offensive line has been a troubling problem for a Seattle team that needs to open holes for Marshawn Lynch and protect Russell Wilson.

If the Monday Night Football game against the St. Louis Rams is any indication of future challenges, the Seahawks need Russell Okung back … quickly.

With Okung out of the lineup, the Seahawks have been forced to play Paul McQuistan at left tackle. McQuistan has been adequate at times, but he has struggled against certain pass rushers like Robert Quinn of the Rams. Needless to say, McQuistan is not a long-term solution.

Russell Wilson is an elusive, mobile quarterback, but he can only escape so many pass rushers. Wilson has proven to be a tough football player, but eventually he is going to get hurt if he absorbs too many sacks. Not to mention that Wilson cannot get the offense going if he is constantly being chased.

Unfortunately, Okung may not be back until late in the season and somehow the offensive line must find a way to survive. In addition, there is always the reality that Okung may not be able to step right in and dominate. Okung’s particular type of toe injury can be tricky in terms of getting healthy.

Seattle has a great defense and they have a lot of weapons on offense. The Seahawks may be even more explosive when Percy Harvin finally gets on the field. Unfortunately, the offense is not going to get very far if Wilson is constantly on the ground.

Hurry back, Mr. Okung. The Seahawks need you … badly.

Todd Pheifer covers the Seattle Seahawks for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @tpheifer, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google+.

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