Good afternoon, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today – Thursday, August 4 – about your Seattle Seahawks.
Andy Dickerson On The State Of The Offensive Line
In March, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll promoted run game coordinator Andy Dickerson to offensive line coach. After serving nearly a decade as a run-game guru for teams including the Los Angeles Rams and Cleveland Browns, the Tufts University alum came to the Seahawks in 2021. Now with a new title and plenty of young talent to groom, Dickerson is taking his new role in stride and building for the future.
The Seahawks selected Mississippi State tackle Charles Cross with the No.9 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, and Washington State tackle Abraham Lucas with the No. 72 overall pick. With several young players on the interior and exterior of the offensive line, the Seahawks will look to Dickerson to bring the pups up to speed. After the conclusion of Wednesday's practice, Dickerson took the podium to answer several questions about his group.
"A lot of the playbook is in, but you see Charles rolling with the ones and we've had Abe (Lucas) rolling with the ones, so we give them the information and we let them fly," he said. "We have extra meetings with the rookies, myself or Keli'i (Kekuewa) will meet with them extra. We have rookie meetings, but then he will grab them early in the morning sometimes, so you just keep giving them the information. Again, we had the rookie minicamp and there weren't different plays then, so they have had that knowledge. You keep stacking it and giving them the reps. Correction is direction, so every time something happens at practice, that's why you practice. You learn it, you get better, you change the synapses, and you react the right way when you need to."
When it comes to the right tackle competition, Dickerson is optimistic about a competition that so far has featured Lucas, Jake Curhan and Stone Forsythe all getting work with the No. 1 offense.
"Just like with everything, we are rolling guys through," Dickerson said. "We have a plan and a chart like, 'Who got these reps and who got these reps in pads?' You asked about pads, so everybody is in helmets, but then you get pads on. So, you see different combinations of players and how everybody is working together. Again, we are just rolling people through to get the different looks and making sure that we are getting different types of blocks, different pressures, and different things to continue the evaluation process."
With Cross being the top pick for the Seahawks, many eyes will be on him for year one. Dickerson broke down what he's seen from Cross thus far.
"I think that he has been pretty consistent and steady with it because he's quiet, but not quiet," he said. "He's just been himself. He comes in and he has good questions and he's engaged all of the time. He's answering questions, I'm asking questions to the right side about a combination block and he's answering it. I don't think I have learned anything new yet from just spending time with all of the guys, but I'm just happy with the way that he comes to work every day. He has a great demeanor, has a smile on his face, and he will say, 'It's time to get to work coach, let's go.'"
Listen to Dickerson's thoughts from the presser here.
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