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Morning links: O-line shuffle continues

Post by Eric Williams on Oct. 1, 2010 at 10:10 am with 15 Comments »
October 1, 2010 10:10 am
Former Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman Chester Pitts (Joe Barrentine/TNT).

By cutting veteran lineman Chester Pitts on Thursday the Seattle Seahawks now have five offensive linemen on the active roster who were not with the team at the beginning of training camp.

But Seahawks offensive line coach Art Valero has done a nice job of coaching on the run and getting his unit ready to play on Sundays.

That’s one thing about coaching here with John Schneider,” Valero said. “Hey, they’re going to turn the roster over. They want to make sure they get their kind of guys. And the guys who aren’t here weren’t necessarily the type of guys they see as guys that fit into the future. So hey, load up on big guys and see if they can play. And if they can, they can. And if they can’t, they can’t. You never know unless you try.”

Greg Johns of talks to Matt Hasselbeck about his pre-game rituals.

Tim Booth of the Associated Press says the running back Leon Washington looks like he’s fully recovered from a compound leg fracture that ended his season last year.

You’ve probably already seen this, but here’s the full interview of former Seahawks head coach Jim Mora with ESPN’s Doug Gottlieb on Michael Vick. It’s classic Mora, but I don’t blame his reaction from hearing the questions from Gottlieb.

Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck talks with ESPN’s Kevin Calabro and Jim Moore in this audio link.

ESPN’s Mike Sando breaks down Matt Hasselbeck’s performance in different personnel groupings over the first three games.

St. Louis Rams

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams are bucking the league trend to use two or more back to share the load with Steven Jackson as the primary ball carrier.

More Thomas: Running back Steven Jackson missed another practice on Thursday and looks like he might not play on Sunday.

Thomas again: The Rams are bracing for Seattle’s return game after Leon Washington’s two touchdowns last week.

Doug Farrar of the Shutdown Corner breaks down St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford’s performance so far this season.

San Francisco 49ers

Kevin Lynch of Niners Insider reports that San Francisco new offensive coordinator Mike Johnson has a simple plan for the offense – get the ball into the hands of playmkers like Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree.

Matt Maiocco of says Johnson is the most important person in the Niners organization right now after the team removed former offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye. The link also includes video of Johnson addressing the media.

Scott Barrows of the Sacramento Bee writes that Johnson wants to keep defenses guessing.

Arizona Cardinals

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic profiles emerging kick returner LaRod Stephens-Howling.

Morning links
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  1. That was a funny interview with Mora – classic. But Mora has to show better restraint than that and take the high road. That probably explains why he’s out of both head coaching jobs more than anything.

  2. Dukeshire says:

    Gottlieb and Mora are both dimwits. They deserve each other. Oh, and no one has ever been contentious with Gottlieb before? Sure. If I never hear from either one of them ever again it will be too soon.

  3. bigmike04 says:

    Are john and Pete stupid??? They signed 2 guys that are from Packers who just sucks in general, one is slow OL that is terrible blocker and otherone is just not that good, make no sense to cut for 2 guys who should be finding another source of income than cut Wrotto and Gibson who are capable to play in the league while the other are not that capable at all.

    Thought cutting pitts make sense and here to them bringing him back when he healthy…

  4. bayareahawkfan says:

    Anyone else see this?

    Housh frustrated with lack of involvement in Ravens’ offense:

    I loved the tougher mindset TJ brought to our WR corps when we signed him, and I thought I’d miss him maybe a little when he left for Baltimore, but it’s looking like as more time passes, it was good to cut him loose.

    He’s *still* complaining about touches, even though it was obvious that would be the situation, at least to begin with, when he signed there.

  5. Dukeshire says:

    That’s real odd, Housh questioning his lack of touches. In Baltimore’s case, Anquan is just killing it right now, I’m sure that plays into it a bit there, TJ.

  6. Bay area… I read that last night…. PRICELESS.

    Such a cancer. Thank god he’s gone

  7. Cutting Pitts to bring him back later really does not make sense. Either Carroll is blowing smoke and Pitts is done, or they are making a risky move

    Right now Pitts is available for any team to sign. Schneider is signing projects like Allen Babre and Breno Giacomini to the practice squad, which illustrates the lack of good O linemen available. Its hard to believe another team won’t take a chance on Pitts and sign him.

    This was to keep a roster spot for someone else? Who is so important? Julius Jones? Pul-ease. E.J. Wilson was inactive and injured last week. DB Mike Ness was inactive last week. What team would bother to steal those guys?

    If PItts is truly getting healthy, he’s a valuable pro and he won’t be around for us to sign later. i don’t believe anything Carroll says about him at this point.

  8. Love what the team is doing this year. But JJ being on this roster is just a mistake. If we are changing the roster at other positions we should cut JJ and get someone younger who can play special teams as the 4th option at rb. go hawks

  9. Jim Mora is a duesch!

  10. bigmike,

    The two linemen we picked up each have higher upside than Wrotto and Gibson. Before you call the coach and GM stupid, maybe you should know what you’re talking about.

  11. nighthawk2 says:

    Gottlieb sounds like a real idiot. High road and then take a shot at Mora off the air? On this, and this is a first for me, but I have to side with Mora. This guy is insinuating that Reid is a better coach with Vick than Mora was because Vick is playing better now (Reid is better coach, but what Gottlieb is insinuating is insulting to a guest). Couldn’t have anything to do with the personnel around him, the opponents to date, etc? What a jerk.

    This just jumps out at me: “And the guys who aren’t here weren’t necessarily the type of guys they see as guys that fit into the future. So hey, load up on big guys and see if they can play.” Load up on big guys? That was the direct opposite of Alex Gibbs philosophy regarding linemen for the Zone Blocking Scheme, so is it accurate to say that they are going in a completely different direction and if so that part of the reason Gibbs is gone may be due to some philosophical differences regarding the ZBS vs. big linemen?

    I saw Babre play last year during the Packers OL injury woes and he seemed to, well, suck frankly. I don’t recall if Giacomo played last year or not. If we’re not using the ZBS or the WCO anymore, I don’t really see the value of these guys over Gibson (over Wrotto, yes, anyone is an upgrade over Wrotto).

  12. HawksKD says:

    Just saw Leroy Hill shut down for the year…. Career with seahawks mos likely OVER.

  13. Dukeshire says:

    Wrotto has signed with the Bills. To their practice squad. Somehow he still has eligibility left. I find that very hard to believe, but I’ve read it several places. I’ve gone over the eligibility requirements, and if he’s been active for only 5 games, then he’s okay. He’s started 5 games but I guess he wasn’t active for any others. Really weird to me.

  14. Dukeshire says:

    Yep, IR. I can’t imagine he’ll play another snap for the ‘Hawks.

  15. Not a Mora fan at all, but considering the way some of those questions were phrased, I don’t blame Mora for being irritated this time.

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