Film Breakdown: Could Mike Iupati Be an Upgrade at Left Guard for Seahawks?

Iupati has an impressive resume with four Pro Bowls and two All-Pro selections, but injuries have been problematic.

As a key component of one of the NFL's most improved positional units, guard J.R. Sweezy resurrected his career by returning to the Seattle Seahawks, helping the offensive line pave the way for the team to lead the league in rushing yards.

After signing a one-year deal early in training camp, Sweezy started 15 games for Seattle and was named an alternate for the Pro Bowl, a strong bounce-back campaign following three injury-marred seasons with Tampa Bay.

As a reward for his strong season, Sweezy signed a two-year deal with the Cardinals and the Seahawks now hope to have similar success with former All-Pro guard Mike Iupati, who they signed to a one-year deal last week.

Like Sweezy did with the Buccaneers, Iupati struggled to stay healthy in recent seasons, missing 21 total games during the past two years with Arizona. But the soon-to-be 32-year old veteran has played left guard throughout his entire nine-year career and previously played for Seahawks line coach Mike Solari with the 49ers, making him a natural fit to replace Sweezy if healthy.

Closer to home and reunited with Solari, could Iupati wind up becoming an upgrade over Sweezy?

Check out my latest film breakdown as I revisit three of Iupati's games from the 2018 season to analyze his run blocking and pass protection skills.

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It's been too long since you did a breakdown. Finally!


This is very insightful.