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Seahawks will keep building offensive line “same way we always have”

Oakland Raiders v Seattle Seahawks

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 03: Wide receiver Tyler Lockett #16 of the Seattle Seahawks is congratulated by guard J.R. Sweezy #64 and tackle Justin Britt #68 after making a catch for a 63 yard touchdown in the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders at CenturyLink Field on September 3, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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The Seahawks head into the offseason with a pair of starters on the offensive line ticketed for free agency, something that would guarantee the group would be a focus even if the Seahawks didn’t struggle up front for long periods last season.

They did have a hard time last season, though, and it led to some criticism about the way the Seahawks have gone about putting together their offensive line. One critique has been a fondness for moving players from other positions to those in front of quarterback Russell Wilson, but General Manager John Schneider said Wednesday that the team plans to keep doing things the same way.

“In terms of our philosophy we are going to keep attacking it the same way we always have,” Schneider said, via the Seattle Times. “Whether or not we convert guys, if that’s what you are asking, it really for us just depends on what the draft looks like.”

Schneider also added his voice to those that have discussed changes at lower levels of football -- “heck my sixth-grade son’s team runs a spread offense,” Schneider said -- that have left linemen headed to the NFL in need of more work on fundamentals than they might have needed in the past. Schneider said “we have to spend a lot of time” teaching those fundamentals, which likely helps explain why they’re as comfortable teaching them to former defensive linemen as they are to college guards and tackles.