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Morning links: Andrews gives Hawks big body up front

Post by Eric Williams on Sep. 18, 2010 at 9:12 am with 18 Comments »
September 18, 2010 9:12 am

My story today deals with the juggling offensive line for the Seattle Seahawks, which will likely continue during the first half of the season as Russell Okung and Chester Pitts work their way back from injuries.

Stacy Andrews initially had been brought in to play right tackle, but will get his first start with Seattle at right guard. Already, it’s the second different offensive line combination the team will start this season. Seattle started six different offensive line combinations in the team’s 5-11 campaign last year.

“You would like to be able to keep him at tackle,” Hawks offensive line coach Art Valero said. “And that was our goal originally to bring him in there, but he does have some guard play in his background, so to move him inside isn’t foreign for him.

“If all your players looked like that, it’d be great. He’s a good-looking kid, and he’s got long arms and he’s strong. And he’s athletic and there’s a tremendous upside to him.”

Greg Johns of reports that safety Lawyer Milloy is looking forward to hearing silence on the road at Denver on Sunday – an indication his team is winning the game.

ESPN’s Mike Sando reports that linebacker Leroy Hill may not have violated the league’s suspension policy after all by attending last week’s game. Sando cites the rule in question, which does not specifically state that Hill cannot attend the game on his own.

Tony Ventrella of interviews receiver Ben Obomanu.

Clare Farnsworth of presents the Seahawks Dream Team as voted on by the fans.

NFL playbook takes a look at the Seahawks-Broncos matchup.

Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated says in this video link that he does not believe San Diego restricted free agent Vincent Jackson will be traded.

Mike Ditka joins ESPN 710 Seattle’s Jim Moore and Paul Silvi, and says the Seahawks are now the favorite in the NFC West in this audio link.

Denver Broncos

Lindsay Jones of the Denver post reports rookie wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, who’s been out with a foot injury, will likely see his first action today,

Mike Klis of the Denver Post writes that the Seattle Seahawks are running Denver’s zone blocking scheme on offense while the Broncos have adopted more of a power, man blocking scheme.

Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post reports that much like Seattle, Denver’s offensive line has injury issues.

San Francisco 49ers

Matt Maiocco of reports that cornerback Shawntee Spencer apologized to linebacker Ahmad Brooks for taking a cheap shot at him during a strip drill that caused a minor scuffle during practice. You can also view video of that here.

David White of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that running back Brian Westbrook is healthy and ready to play.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee said the Niners would not divulge how they intend to fix the communication issues between offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye and quarterback Alex Smith.

Arizona Cardinals

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that running back Tim Hightower is trying to address his fumbling issues.

More Somers: A scouting report on the Cardinals-Falcons game.

Darren Urban of says cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie understands he has to be patient because teams might not throw his way.

St. Louis Rams

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch notes that defensive lineman Chris Long will play at Oakland for the first time, the place where his father Howie Long became a Hall of Fame player.

Arizona Cardinals linebacker Calais Campbell was fined $5,000 for roughing the passer against St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford last week.

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  1. I’m guessing Andrews will be our RT next season (since Lock will now be a FA at the end of the year). But for now, this is a way for him to get on the field. I would imagine he’d be our RT if he would have been here from day 1 of training camp, but Lock has been working there all off-season too.

  2. Soggybuc says:

    I think your correct Bobby, while i have nothing against Lock and hes done a very servicible job for us at RT(lets pretend 09 didnt happen) i have never viewed him as the top tier of lineman.

    That Ditka interview is great. you cant help but that guy.

  3. Dukeshire says:

    I had forgotten that NFL Network assembled such a brain-trust for their Playbook series; Sharpe, Bardinger and Theisman. lol. Somewhere a village is missing 3 idiots.

  4. I would agree, and I think Andrews is only at RG as a stop-gap, and that he will win the starting RT within this season – likely within a few weeks.

    The spot I’m wondering about is who is the long-term starter at RG. Pitts could start at either guard position, but the guard position opposite Pitts is in question going forward – likely a battle between Gibson, Locklear, and Hamilton. I think guard will be a big priority next offseason. Locklear will be gone. If they bring in one more quality guard, we could have a very good line in 2011.

    please guys, just stay healthy for now.

  5. ryanryan says:

    yeah duke, not sure i like either of those three to have faith in the hawks.

  6. Dukeshire says:

    Pitts can’t be counted on for anything right now. Still has yet be full go for an entire practice. I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t see the field this season. But that furthers my agreement with Stevo; they will need to address G in the draft next April. Okung coming back would likely move Polumbus back to RT, I would think. At that point, they may begin working Lock at guard. We’ll see, but the good news is that they have versatility.

  7. Wrotto & Andrews at G?

  8. Dukeshire says:

    It’ll be murder on Montlake today, Bobby. Sorry bro, but your black-shirts are going down. Go Dawgs! ;)

  9. Dukeshire says:

    … they’re going down with a W that is. Not a fair fight.

  10. snydro22 says:

    “Go down” in the record books, maybe.. Good Lord.. Most points scored at Husky Stadium..

    It felt like it was 1995 and Tom Osborne was running up the score on a helpless Arizona State squad..

    If only Locker were as good as Tommie Frazier..

  11. Dukeshire says:

    Of only Locker were as good as Marques Tuiasosopo. How was Locker not benched? 4 for 20?!?

  12. wabubba67 says:

    Had flashbacks to the Oklahoma St./UW game in Seattle (the first with lights), when Thurman Thomas came in and kicked our asses. Sarks doing a great job, but his team is young, not terribly deep yet, and not quite ready for prime time.

  13. maddog12 says:

    What happened to Locker? I thought he was a Heisman candidate. Now he looks awful.

  14. snydro22 says:

    Not ready to put a Javon Snead label on him.. yet..

    Wabubba is spot on in his evaluation.. Two, maybe three years from now, with Williams and Sefarian-Jenkins on board, and hopefully a strong pocket-passer flinging balls at them — watch out.. Sark is building something special. I hope the lousy play of 2010 doesn’t hinder the process too much..

  15. Duke, Yes you’re right that “Pitts can’t be counted on” to start at G for us this year. I’ve started drinking the kool-aid on Pitts because the coaches have been talking about his as if he is only weeks away from contributing… on the other hand, we have yet to see any Seahawk return from microfracture knee surgery. I was skeptical about Pitts before they signed him and should remain so. We need him, but I should say I’ll believe it when I see it.

  16. Dukeshire says:

    It would be such a great bonus if he were healthy enough to play. I am curious why they activated him from the PUP list, however. I presume they too thought he was close. Microfracture. Very ugly word.

    God I love Sundays!!! Bring on the Donkeys.

  17. Maybe all the Locker for Hawks in the First round talk is now over.
    He’s not a #1 NFL QB, heck he’s not even the #1 QB in the pack 10.

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