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Morning links: O-line shuffle

Post by Eric Williams on Sep. 16, 2010 at 8:10 am with 17 Comments »
September 16, 2010 8:11 am

Dave Boling of the TNT details all of the juggling that is occurring on the offensive line this week, as the Seattle Seahawks once again deal with injuries up front.


The dominoes of doom started toppling in the first exhibition game when rookie first-round tackle Russell Okung suffered the dreaded high ankle sprain. He’s still out and could be another couple of weeks from returning. Veteran tackle Ray Willis was put on injured reserve with a knee injury before the season started. Then guard Ben Hamilton did not solidify his grasp on the guard position, opening the way for Gibson.

And last Sunday, right guard Max Unger suffered a toe injury that will require season-ending surgery.

All these symptoms of line weakness grew out of a couple of historic pathologies, dating back to the loss of guard Steve Hutchinson, the unwillingness to recognize the reality that Walter Jones could not play forever, and the flawed plan of succession of Sean Locklear as Jones’ heir at left tackle.

But those are the kinds of problems that Carroll and staff tried to address with the drafting of Okung. And much to their credit, the Seahawks pieced together a line last week – and schemed around some personnel weakness – and saw Matt Hasselbeck sacked only once against the San Francisco 49ers.

In my story today wide receiver Golden Tate has received a dose of humility by being placed on the inactive list for last week’s game. He looked much better in practice on Wednesday.

Linebacker Leroy Hill says he’s feels like he’s 18 again.

Greg Johns of talks to defensive end Raheem Brock about his role with the Hawks.

Rod Mar of offers these pictures from Wednesday’s practice.

Brian McIntyre of has an excellent breakdown of the Seahawks personnel groupings and player snap counts. Definitely worth a look.

Doug Farrar of Football Outsiders has an interesting look at the Seahawks use of multiple defensive fronts.

Seahawks owner Paul Allen says he’s cancer free in this video interview on the Portland Trail Blazers web site.

If you don’t read anything today you should read this, a guest column by Matt Bowen for the Chicago Tribune on the long-term affects of dealing with concussions and the tough decisions players make when they have the symptoms during their careers.

With Jake Delhomme not practicing because of a bum ankle, Seneca Wallace could get his first start for Cleveland.

Ex-Seahawk T.J. Houshmandzadeh returns to play in Cincinnati for the first time since leaving two years ago.

Denver Broncos

Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post writes that the Broncos need to execute better on first down.

Mike Klis of the Denver Post says that new addition running back Laurence Maroney could be part of the team’s long-term plans.

San Francisco 49ers

Yahoo Sports Jason Cole writes that the Niners’ communication issues are a growing concern.

Kevin Lynch of Niners Insider has a simple solution for San Francisco’s issue with getting play calls in quickly — have quarterback Alex Smith wear a wrist band with the plays coded by name and number. That’s old school, but whatever works.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that head coach Mike Singletary defended Smith on the radio on Tuesday.

Arizona Cardinals

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic writes that the Cardinals are still looking to establish some rhythm in their passing game.

More Somers: Running back Beanie Wells is questionable with a knee bruise, and wide receiver Early Doucet may have sports hernia, which would put him out a few weeks.

Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson was named NFC defensive player of the week.

St. Louis Rams

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that rookie quarterback Sam Bradford learned a lot in his first game.

WR Vincent Jackson in St. Louis? Reporters at the Post-Dispatch debate the possibility.

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  1. snydro22 says:

    Great stuff – zero productivity until noon, now..

  2. Where’s everybody at? Still no BobbyK. My guess…now just a guess. Eric gave Bobby one of his sweater vests to take back to Minnesota…and one of the pissed off 49er fans beat him up on the way out of Qwest field…I think that’s about the only scenario that would keep Bobby away from this blog in the afterglow of such a great win on Sunday!

  3. snydro22 says:

    One flaw with your theory, Audible:

    People from San Francisco love men in sweater vests.. Just sayin..

    BobbyK posted last night, said he had a blast..

  4. Love the links Eric! Thanks!

  5. Dukeshire says:

    The Brian McIntyre breakdown is great. It will be interesting to track that for the season and see what trends develop.

    I’ll also be interested to see how Hill is used this weekend.

  6. Question Mr Williams: I know the QB has a speaker in his helmet, but do the rules preclude a different kind of communication system between the coaches and QB/players?

    What if the guy in the skybox, or on the sideline the playcaller has a wireless tablet-menu in lieu of a laminated playcard on the sideline? The position coaches, too. Position coaches give the play-caller suggestions of adaptive changes their position players might make in subsequent plays during the then-ongoing play. The OC has a computer-generated suggested playlist for the upcoming play based on tendencies and outcome odds for down/distance, opponent, etc. The OC chooses the play and pushes the play on the tablet that he wants to go with. The tablet broadcasts the play to the QB. The signal frequency between the broadcaster and receiver automatically changes in unison for every play, to help keep opponents from listening.

    Instead of a playcard strapped to his wrist, the QB has a protected thin/flexible wireless screen that names and shows a picture of the alignment, with a 3-second animation of what the players are supposed to do in the play.

    Each offensive player also has a heads-up display that shows where he aligns and what he is expected to do in the called play. That display is concealed from the opponent players. The QB has the option of changing the play at the LOS and can change the play even when the OL is set.

    Kinda expect somebody might object?

  7. Quick, someone take the controller away from klm008. “Dude, step back from the game!” Pretty soon we’ll giving them bionic knees and implanting microchips in their skulls!

  8. Dukeshire says:

    Some of what he said was not complete nonsense. This – “The OC has a computer-generated suggested playlist for the upcoming play based on tendencies and outcome odds for down/distance, opponent, etc.” – is fairly interesting and I’d be surprised to learn that something like that isn’t already in place. At least with regards to game planning. Although with the way the game is developing, all of his scenarios are probably just a matter of time…

    Of course until we get there, San Francisco may want to employ an OC that has command enough of the offense to actually call the plays correctly.

  9. chuck_easton says:

    OK, why don’t teams just get together on Sunday’s and play Madden 11 against each other and video broadcasts the ‘game’ out to the world? Would save millions in Salary.

    Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system to actually respond to KLM008. I don’t think it’s a bad idea. The whole speaker in the QB (and now one Defensive player) helmet was earth shattering for the NFL. I especially remember the angst a couple of years back about giving a D player the radio. All that talk about which D player? How do you ensure that only ONE headset is out there? There’s only ONE QB on the field and he’s ALWAYS out there, so that’s easy (this before that whole wildcat thingie).

    I remember when I was a cop in SF and we got computers in the cars. There was a huge backlash about how stupid of an idea it was and why was it necesary? Now name one department that doesn’t have them?

    The technology is there. What KLM is talking about could be done tomorrow. The NFL won’t actually do it until we are all walking around with personal communicator devices implanted in our heads.

  10. I think players get payed enough to memorize their gameplans and playbooks.

    I don’t think we need to use technology to dumb down the sport. Concussions already do enough of that.

  11. Dukeshire says:

    chuck_easton – Unrelated to football, when you were a cop in SF you didn’t happen to know George Koniaris did you? He was a sergeant in the Haight and his son Michael is now an officer. Mike and I are friends (played baseball together) and they are all life-long, old school 9er fans. Long shot I know, but can’t hurt to ask.

  12. chuck_easton says:


    Name sounds familiar, but I was in Bayview station all five years from 1995 to 2000.

    Back then I could root for both the 9rs and the Seahawks because we were in different divisions. I worked every 9rs home game for 3 years.

    Now I HATE the 9rs (similar to that whole reformed smoker thing…nobody is so anti smoking as a former smoker).

  13. Dukeshire says:

    Bayview? Yikes. Mike’s cousin, Matt Kenney was stationed there as a rookie (2003 maybe). Anyway, just curious.

  14. ljarllrajl says:

    I don’t like the idea of cyber play calling, kind of takes the football out of football a little bit. Bad enough I have to pump my own gas.

  15. snydro22 says:

    Move to Oregon.

    But I have no idea what pumping gas has to do with the conversation.

  16. ljarllrajl says:

    Just one more thing to worry about. Besides, who wants to make the game easier for Alex Smith and Jimmy Raye? Takes away from the homefield advantage. Might as well stay home and watch the game on High Def.

  17. BenderHawkFan says:

    “OK, why don’t teams just get together on Sunday’s and play Madden 11 against each other”

    I like it!!! ;)

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