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Valero on O-line: ‘It’s a matter of time’

Post by Eric Williams on Sep. 8, 2010 at 4:20 pm with 15 Comments »
September 8, 2010 4:20 pm

We got a rare opportunity to talk to someone from the offensive line, as assistant offensive line coach Art Valero talked to reporters after practice.

Valero talked about offensive line coach Alex Gibbs stepping down over the weekend, and the struggles the Seahawks had running the ball during the preseason, averaging just 3.6 yards per carry.

Valero was heckled by veteran Ben Hamilton and Chester Pitts, who have held on to a policy of not talking to the media this season, a Gibbs tradition, during his conversation with reporters this afternoon.

“We’re going to continue to grow,” Valero said. “Nothing is ever easy the first time you go out. We knew it wasn’t. You’re playing a lot of different people in a lot of different spots during the preseason. There isn’t really a lot of continuity with the running backs, with the quarterbacks and with the O-line – it’s everywhere.

“So, it’s a matter of time. Defenses are always faster than offenses because it just takes awhile. And the longer you press on the longer you persevere and good things happen. That’s what we’re all about.”

Valero went on to say that with all of the turnover along the offensive line because of injuries and new bodies being shuffled in and out, the unit will continue to be a work in progress.

“We knew that it was going to be a maturation process and it wasn’t going to be easy,” he said. “We knew that every play was going to be new, and that with every play the techniques were a little bit different, and it was a matter of them feeling comfortable on when to do things and when not to do things. When to call it, and when to not call it and those kinds of things

“And you only develop that when you play games, and when you play games together. And we had so many bodies that were in and out, and guys playing a quarter or guys playing two quarters that it’s difficult to really start putting it all together.

Now, as we continue to mature with the offense, we’ll continue to have better days.”

On the three running backs Seattle will use in Justin Forsett, Julius Jones and Leon Washington, Valero said it will take some time for the offensive line to get used to each player’s unique running style.

“Different plays for different people,” he said. “And you just have to go out and put the system in and let the system work for itself. And I think this system that Alex (Gibbs) has been a part of, and that Alex run, there’s a lot guys that you’ve never heard of that all of sudden have 1,500-yard season or 1,600-yard seasons. And they’ve developed. So it’s just a matter of staying with it and continuing to go.

“All three of those guys are incredible runners. And they’ll make us look good.”

And Gibbs stepping down, Valero had this to say: “Shock, and disappointment. He is not only a great person, he’s got more knowledge than anybody could ever imagine. He’s forgotten more football than people know. And when you lose somebody like that, it hits home. And it’s hard. You’ve just got to continue to go, because that’s what he would’ve done. So we feel good about. And we feel good about the time that we had to spend with Alex in our program.”

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  1. goneshootin says:

    Anyone know how much of a paycut is being proposed to Locklear, and whether he accepted?

    Collabro and Moore just reported this.

  2. robbmccurdy says:

    I’ll be driving up from Oregon for the game Sunday, any good parking lots where I can get a little taiilgating in maybe grill a burger and drink a beer out of a cup?

  3. goneshootin says:

    Locklear cut.

  4. Dukeshire says:

    robbmccurdy – Get there super early. Like 7:30, 8:00 a.m. early. I know that sounds crazy but any good spots around Qwest will be gone fast (Unless you’re willing to pay $25+ to park) The best spot used to be behind Pyramid Brewery. It was free and there would always be a bunch for tailgaters pregaming. They wised up a few years ago and charge something like $40 to park there now. Rape! In any case, under the Alaska Viaduct is good, although you won’t be able to grill but it’s just meter parking. Anyway, hope that helps some.

  5. Kind of saw that coming; but still surprised.

  6. goneshootin says:


    1. Don’t pay to park. Park about 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile South of the stadium. Like 1st Ave and Lander. This is where Home Depot, Sears and Starbucks headquarters are.

    2. Then, walk in up the small street/alley that’s 1/2 block West of 1st Ave. This is the parking lot of Sears/Starbucks. Just follow that alley/street all the way up. This is where the best tailgating happens. Just tell the folks you’re up from Oregon and cheering the Hawks… they’ll invite you right int.

    3. Then, when you walk to the end of that road, you’ll be right at Safeco Field. Just cross the street and keep heading up 1st. There’ll be more tailgating and a lot of sandwich/burger joints. I always walk up to Jimmy John’s, but it’s a good 5-6 blocks North of the Qwest Field on 1st Avenue.

    4. Regardless, you’ll then be in Pioneer Square. Go East 1 block and then head South back to Qwest Field so you come in through the North. In the NE corner of the parking lot, there’s even more tailgating.

    5. You can bring food and sealed bottles of water in. But, honestly, anything you can fit into your pantleg you’re good to go. They only check down to the waist!

    Have a good time.

  7. goneshootin says:

    I’m not suprised on Locklear at all.

    In fact, I’m suprised it didn’t happen earlier.

    He was being paid to be a Pro Bowl RT and a VERY SOLID 2nd LT.

    However, did you hear his comments on KJR during the OTAs last Spring?

    Basically said that he was never comfortable at LT last year, it all felt “back-handed”, and that it didn’t want to play it in the future.

    Well, part of the reason he was originally given the contract of that size was to be Jones’ replacement at LT.

    He lost a lot of points with those comments, I’m guessing.

    And, fact is, he’s gotten progressively worse since the Super Bowl.

    Frankly: seems like a guy who ‘got his’/got paid, and stop perfecting his craft.

    Good riddance.

  8. ruminator1 says:

    another option is to park near the airport and take the new train in. they are advertising 1/2 price parking

  9. Robmcc…
    A lot of the traditional tailgating area is gone near Pyramid they closed it to hold machinery prepping for the viaduct removal in 20 years or whenever it happens.
    Costs vary on proximity to the field cheaper to free the further you park from the stadium.
    We pay the man(and it hurts waiting to see how bad we get ripped this year) and park close easy access to the field easy exit onto the viaduct (its the only way you can go) usually very little traffic when leaving.
    West of Stadium between Occidental and First near where the steps come down between Qwest and the Event Center
    Lot gets full early but a lot of tailgaters, Blue Thunder usually plays a tune or two in the lot as well.
    We get there real early save a spot or two for friends
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  10. robbmccurdy says:

    Thanks for all the help with parking. I have no chance of getting there early, we’ll leave between 5 and 6 but it’s a 4-1/2 hour drive so the earliest we’ll roll in is 10:00 and I am guessing the spots between first and Occidental will be long gone. There will be four of us so if we have to pay $40 to park it will only be $10 each. I was told you can tailgate on a lot at 8th and Holgate, I was hoping it wouldn’t be full since it’s a ways away. Any guesses?

  11. goneshootin says:
    September 8, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Locklear cut.

    Where did you read that is a done deal? All I can find is speculation dating to 9/6/10.

  12. Hawks fans –

    O-line will gel. Hassy will prosper. Defense will bend but not break. The fighting blueberries will go the distance and Bill Levey will not ref the big game.

    Truly Yours,

    The 12th Man

  13. nighthawk2 says:

    Locklear has not been cut.

    So now that the Colts cut Tony Ugoh, do the Seahawks jump on that?

  14. GoHawk76 says:

    robbmccurdy- There is a fairly big lot on 5th between Main and Washington that usually has a handfull of tailgaters with BBQ’s and Beer. Price is usually $25-30.

  15. robbmccurdy says:

    Thanks for all the help. Can’t wait for the game!

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