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Post by Dave Boling / The News Tribune on Aug. 31, 2010 at 7:09 am with 5 Comments »
August 31, 2010 7:09 am

Somebody had asked about the long-snapping for the Hawks and I tried to go back through the tape and chart each one, but I apparently DVR-ed it on the wrong cable box and the Minnesota game was not there. Sorry. In a general sense, my impression as I watched the game was the same as I’ve had during the rest of the preseason, Clint Gresham is not consistent enough. That’s especially so with the short snaps, where there should be an extremely small variance in placement. There’s been too much and it can lead to costly mistakes during the regular season.

A couple views from Monday’s light workout: Fans should be encouraged by the fact that Russell Okung was out of the boot and on the hoof at practice. Certainly seems highly unlikely that he’ll be ready for the opener, though. All these high-ankle sprains are different, and remember that Josh Wilson was back on the field in only a couple weeks with his. If Okung is or is not a quick healer, it’s going to be a good thing to learn about him early in his career. Also good to see Chester Pitts out there taking snaps. But he, too, does not look close to full speed.

Injury issues again leave me thinking that the line could be the limiting factor in team development. The impact certainly is obvious on the rushing game, which I wrote about in the paper this morning. Remember … on the day Pete Carroll was hired, he established a priority that the Seahawks would have a strong running game. They’re averaging a puny 3.4 yards per carry in the three preseason games.

However, one point that should be encouraging out of the Minneapolis game: This staff arrived at a scheme that allowed the offense to operate at least somewhat effectively with Mansfield Wrotto at left tackle. By using a number of combinations of tight ends, Wrotto, and backs – along with quick passes and rollouts – they were able to reduce Jared Allen’s effectiveness. To see the staff be able to scheme around a mismatch disadvantage like that is encouraging.

For those Curry questioners out there … I’m with you. I still think the athleticism is there, but the production is not. It continues to look to me as if he’s thinking rather than reacting. As many others have pointed out, the trick will be to get him into a situation where his skills can be best utilized. But something really needs to “click” for this guy. At times in practice, I’ve seen him just slap away a blocker and get to the passer. So, it’s in there some place. Especially in games, with the added pressures, his concerns over making mistakes may cause him to just hesitate that brief moment that keeps him from making the play. My opinion: Way too early to consider him a bust as some have here. I just think he’s still on the slope of the learning curve. For the fourth player taken in the draft, frankly, you’d should expect to see more by now.

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  1. I’d say with Curry he will become the stud player BobbyK is dreaming about in his 3rd or 4th year. He’s just a very slow learner. Coming out of Wake Forest we were sold this guy had the football instincts to go with the football measurables. Tatupu’s instincts + Curry’s skills = Robo-Linebacker.

    The long-snapping was poor on the 2 consecutive FG attempts by Mare (first one was called back by penalty and the second one was missed).

  2. BrianBlades says:

    PFT is reporting that Hill is staying with the Hawks at a reduced salary. See their headlines for details.

  3. chuck_easton says:

    Hill reduced his salary from 6 million down to $2.125 for the season.

    Part of the deal is the remaining years of the contract are also voided.

    This can go a couple of ways.

    1) Hill is now on a one year audition to prove he’s a keeper and so he can justify starting and making more money.

    2) Hill is now much easier to trade to some other team as his salary isn’t prohibitive.

    Stay tuned. I think there is more coming on this one.

  4. grottowes says:

    Leroy Hill, Ray Lewis, Leroy Hill, Ray Lewis, so he smoked a doobie, he violated a leauge rule, he violated an antiquated law, he committed a victimless crime. Oh wait, thats right, drug dealers finance terrorism. Seahawks will never win a superbowl.

  5. yellaman says:

    On the Curry Concerns, we must remember this guy should be used in the same compacity as we used Julian Peterson. They both have the same skill set with Curry being bigger and faster a player. The hawks should be moving curry around in blitz packages and simplifying his assignment reads in space. Curry looks lost when he has to read coverage assignments. The hawks need to utilize his skill set better and not try to conform him to their sets right now. That is one of the issues I have with some coaches is that they try to make a player fit their scheme instead of adjusting to player personnel. later down the road they can draft for scheme needs but when you are taking over a team that still has some talented players on it you need to use what you have to to make the player effective. Another concern is the offensive line, they are missing some personnel moves before we see improvement in this group. The hawks probably should have drafted another guard and/or signed another tackle during the off season. This group just doesn’t get it done. Drafting Okung was a step in the right direction but I still believe we need another guard and possibly a RT before we can run the rock effectively. Unger should be playing Center because the guard position isn’t working out as well as I had hoped. but maybe these concerns will go away on Sept 12th GO HAWKS

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