Wow. I didn’t see this coming.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Seattle Seahawks offensive line coach Alex Gibbs abruptly resigned just a week before the regular season starts.
UPDATE: The Seahawks just confirmed Gibbs has stepped down because of fatigue.
Now, Gibbs has been known to wear out his welcome, hence the bouncing around he has done his career. And Gibbs is no spring chicken at 69 years old.
But it does come as a surprise that this would happen just before the season starts.
I had heard rumblings that Gibbs was grating on the players in his position group, but this is nothing new.
Seattle does have an experienced guy on the staff in Art Valero, the assistant offensive line coach, who has coached offensive line for 30 years. So I would expect him to move up, and Luke Butkus, the nephew of Dick Butkus, to fill Valero’s role.
Still, this is very odd timing.
Also, Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network is reporting the Seahawks have acquired OL Stacy Andrews from Philadelphia.
UPDATE: The Andrews signing has been confirmed. The Seahawks reportedly gave up a seventh rounder in the 2011 draft.
I would think this means Ben Hamilton will not make the final roster. Schefter reports that Seattle gave up a late-round pick in 2011 for Andrews.