John Steven Adler asked via Twitter whether the loss of Mike Gibson showed the Seahawks were moving away from a traditional zone-blocking scheme to more of a mauler-type mentality.
It’s a question that comes from the trends of the recent additions along the offensive line.
Just look at the offensive linemen Seattle has acquired since the unexpected resignation of line coach Alex Gibbs on Sept. 4:
T Allen Barbre, signed Sept. 28: 6-4, 300.
T Breno Giacomini, signed Sept. 28: 6-7, 318.
G/T Stacy Andrews, acquired in trade Sept. 5: 6-7, 340.
G Evan Dietrich-Smith, signed Sept. 5: 6-2, 308.
Now, of those four players I am only familiar enough with Andrews to say that he is certainly more of a mauler-type right tackle than the more mobile, athletic linemen favored under Gibbs.
And there has been no indication that Seattle is making a wholesale change to the blocking scheme. It’s still a zone system, but there’s quite a bit of evidence that the specs for Seattle’s offensive linemen are changing as the team has brought in bigger players.