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Bates: Tyler Polumbus will start at left tackle and just who is the O-Line coach

Post by Ryan Divish on Sep. 9, 2010 at 5:41 pm with 20 Comments »
September 9, 2010 6:56 pm

After being asked to leave practice for a fair amount of time, the media met with offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates following practice.

Obviously, the first thing he was asked about was the situation at left tackle.  Is Tyler Polumbus going to be the starter?

“Right now, it looks like Tyler,” Bates said. “Chester (Pitts) has been practicing, but we’re going in with the mindset Tyler is going to be starting.”

Polumbus and Bates were together in Denver for a short time, so there is some familiarity.

“He’s got great length,” Bates said. “He’s got good size. He’s good for the zone offense. Good left tackle. He can play right tackle and likes the game of football.”

Wow, that quote is just a Snydro joke just waiting to happen.

Obviously all of the changes, particularly having a left tackle, who will be starting with just a week of practice with a new team, is unusual. Or is it?

“You know it’s the National Football League,” Bates said. “You’re going to have injuries. You’re going to miss out on guys. You can’t look in your rearview mirror. You’ve got to move on. Tyler has come in and done a great job this week. We’re going to go play with the 11 we’ve got on the field, and that’s the attitude we’re going to take.”

Bates was asked by EW about weighing Pete Carroll’s demand for ball control and the idea of actually taking a few shots down field.

“We’re going to be aggressive, but you’ve got to be smart with the football,” Bates said. “The number one statistic with wins and losses is turnovers. Coach Carroll preaches it and so we’re going to live and die with it. You can’t play scared. If you feel like you got a shot, if you got a one on one situation, let’s take it. But you just got to be smart.”

One thing that I found interesting is the situation with the offensive line coach. We all know that Alex Gibbs took his whistle, his gigantic vocabulary of curse words and insults (he was my hero) and his gruff attitude and went home. Originally, it seemed as though Pat Ruel was hired to replace him.

Here’s the press release:

Seahawks Hire Pat Ruel to Coach Offensive Line

Renton, Wash. - The Seattle Seahawks have named Pat Ruel, who was Head Coach Pete Carroll’s offensive line coach the past five seasons at the University of Southern California, to fill the same position with the Seahawks, the club announced today.

Ruel, 59, has NFL experience. He was a guard for the Miami Dolphins (1971-72) and coached the offensive line with the Detroit Lions (2000), Green Bay Packers (2001-02), Buffalo Bills (2003) and New York Giants (2004). He also coached at Washington State (1978-81), spending two seasons as the offensive line coach before adding the duties of offensive coordinator his final two years.

He was not retained by Lane Kiffin at USC, and was preparing to coach for the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL in 2010.

Ruel, whose given first name is Golden, played at Coral Gables High School and the University of Miami. He and his wife, Marti, have a daughter, Sabra.

But earlier this week, Pete Carroll said that Art Valero will handle the day to day duties till Ruel got up to speed.

But if you go to the team website you’ll see that Valero is listed as the Offensive line coach and Ruel as the assistant O-line coach.

Bates was asked, what, if anything changes with the departure of Gibbs?

“Yeah, Art Valero is now the offensive line coach, and he’s going to have some different eyes, everyone has different ideas,” Bates said. “You can’t be someone else so we’re going to go in without Alex and Art’s got the job now.”

Bates admitted that some things will change with Valero in and Gibbs gone besides use of profanity.

“Yeah, like I said. Art has been at Tampa, he has been at St. Louis. He has learned some football that has been different than Alex,” Bates said. “You have to be comfortable with the style of the way you’re coaching and your philosophy. I think the toughest position would be if we made him do exactly what Alex did. There’s going to be a lot of carryover, but at the same time you’ve got to be yourself.”

So what does it mean in the grand scheme of things?

As Alex Gibbs would say:  Not &*(&^ % much

But I found it interesting.

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    Ryan, is Bates that bland or is he just unable to answer questions directly? It’s like he went to the Crash Davis school of cliches. What the hell does “He has learned some football that has been different than Alex,” mean? Will they be running a different scheme or going about the ZBS differently?

  2. snydro22 says:

    I would argue with your baseless accusations, but:

  3. snydro22 says:

    Should I be nervous that I’m sandwhiched between Sam Kinison and Richard Jeni on that list? They both died pretty young..

  4. Dukeshire says:

    Not unless you’re planning on killing yourself. Either with drugs or a gun.

  5. snydro22 says:

    Actually Sam Kinison was killed by a drunk driver. He had just gotten sober.

  6. Dukeshire says:

    I know the other driver was drunk, but I thought an autopsy found he had cocaine and tranquilizers in his system.

  7. It is disheartening that after drafting probably the best LT in the draft and making all these off season moves, we are still going into the season with a make-shift offensive line. We can only hope that Okung can return soon. Only then can these guys start building some cohesion.

  8. snydro22 says:

    I think he had almost 3 months sober, and a clean autopsy.. They replayed all the appearances on Howard Stern leading up to his death not too long ago. It was fascinating. Died way before his time.

    Anyway, I’m not worried about Polumbus at LT one bit.

    However, the Niners should be plenty worried with all of their rookies along the line.. They won’t be able to hear themselves think..

  9. Carlsonkid says:

    Basically , we’re screwed . Thanks for nothing Alex Gibbs . I for one hope he never works in the league again , even if he wants to . You don’t commit to a job in the NFL and then bail one week before the start of the regular season because you’re “burned out” . You should’ve been able to figure that out before you took the job , knowing it’s a long season after having been in the league for years …

    A patchwork offensive O-line with a new coach that has a different coaching style from what they’ve been taught all through preseason and training camp ? A 34 year old QB who’ll be running for his life all year long , again ? Not exactly the blueprint for a successful situation .

    Whatever happened to “Win Forever” ? I’m pretty sure that ” forever” includes right now . LOL , honestly I don’t think any of us were expecting too much this year , and that’s a good thing because it looks like 5 wins might be out of the question at this point .

    God bless you Matthew Hasselbeck – now run for your life !!

  10. ruminator1 says:

    not the first time gibbs has done something like this.

    great start to the nfl tonight

  11. Dukeshire says:

    He must have had a relapse. Although I was being sarcastic before, I’m aware that drugs were not his official cause of death.

    I imagine the 12th Man will be able to get more than one false start out of their line Sunday.

  12. ruminator1 says:

    Offensive lineman Josh Beekman, who was released by the Bears on cut-down day, will work out with the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday with hopes of signing a contract, according to an NFL source. The Houston Texans have also expressed interested in Beekman.

  13. seahawk44 says:

    Seahawks will beat the 49ers for these 5 reasons:

    1. Tatupu and Trufant back on the field and playing like they can.
    2. Justin Forsett proving he deserves to be starter.
    3. Red Bryant wrapping up Frank Gore.
    4. New FB Robinson’s shared knowledge of the 49ers.
    5. The 12th Man !!!!!

  14. I originally wanted Beekman in the draft.

  15. Just don’t let SF reciprocate on Rocky Bernard’s sack of Alex Smith.

  16. azhawkman says:

    I still remember that sack of Bernard on Smith. I’d like to see Clemons fill that image on Sunday. I keep going back to the fact that I think this team is better than what we ended the season with last year. Better on the OL, RB, WR, potential on the DL, healthy at LB, improved and healthy DBs. That is something for a unit that beat the NIners in December when they still had a shot at winning the division and couldn’t get it done. On the flipside, the Niners are historically good out of the gate and trail off as the season progresses. If we can get pressure on Smith with 4 then I think we have a good shot. The 12th Man will definitely get that OL to false start a couple times, it will be shaking! GO HAWKS!

  17. How about our D reciprocating for the hit on Matt last year?

  18. This is the week when us fans are full of unqualified HOPE, but the football beat writers are completely blocked from giving us any information. Sigh. The coaches are mouthing empty platitudes. They don’t want to give up any information to the 49ers. Asking Jeremy Bates questions is silly, he’s not going to talk three days before the opening game.

    The local press really fumbled the whole Gibbs – Pat Ruel story. First, one spread the rumor that Gibbs might have stormed off angry, but there was no basis for that.

    Then, all the local writers began reporting that Pat Ruel was being brought in to “replace Gibbs”. But what I heard Carroll announce was that Asst O Line Coach Art Valero would be taking over preparation for game 1, and Ruel was hired. Whether Ruel ends up as the Asst or takes the head O line coach job at some point remains to be seen. Local writers thought the story line “new coach replaces Gibbs at the last minute” was a sexy story. But that’s not what happened. It will be a while before our O linemen will be listening to ‘new guy’ Ruel. Art is the coach they’ve gotten to know all summer long.

    Unfortunately, this year’s real opening day storyline is frighteningly similar to last year’s opening day story line: “Starting left tackle still injured, the team has no worthy backup healthy and prepared to replace him. New offensive coordinator’s game plan will be limited.”

  19. Snydro: “I’m not worried about Polumbus at LT one bit. However, the Niners should be plenty worried with all of their rookies along the line.”

    Snydro, Really? You wouldn’t rather have Mike Iupati and Anthony Davis starting on the Seahawks line instead of Mike Gibson, Tyler Polumbus, and Sean Locklear??? I sure as heck would. I have major 49ers envy right now.

    Sure, we will make it LOUD at Qwest to make things difficult for the 49ers on Sunday, [WARNING: Approach our South End Zone and we will Blow Your Ears Out!] but realistically, its OUR offensive line that will be struggling the most on Sunday.

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