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Pitts back as starter, Andrews sits

Post by Eric Williams on Dec. 17, 2010 at 1:16 pm with 15 Comments »
December 17, 2010 1:16 pm

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll made a change up front offensively heading into Sunday’s contest against Atlanta.

Seattle will see yet another change along the offensive line. Chester Pitts returns to the lineup after a three-week absence with an ankle injury and will start at left guard, kicking Mike Gibson to right guard with Stacy Andrews going to the bench.

It’s the ninth different starting offensive line combination for Seattle in 14 games, after starting the same starting five for three consecutive weeks for the first time this season.

“We get the experience of Chester back in there; he’s played a lot of years,” Carroll said. “That helps us some. Mike is still a young player for us. He’s done a nice job in the last couple weeks kind of assimilating into a starting role. And we’d like to see the movement they bring, too. Both those guys have good quickness, so we’ll see how it fits. We’re going to try it out and see how it looks like.”

Carroll said he has no concerns with Pitts coming back from the ankle after not playing for more than year with the microfracture surgery.

Pitts said he’s pleased to be back on the field.

“I’m really excited to be back and to be able to contribute,” Pitts said. “I’ve just got a lot of pride about being able to be part of the O-line and doing my job. So it’s really important for me to kind of get back in the swing of things, and contribute any way I can.”

As far as the receiver situation, Carroll said both Mike Williams and Ben Obomanu should be available on Sunday.

“Mike and Ben made it through this week, and we’re looking forward to seeing those guys play,” Carroll said. “Ben will be all right. We’ll make sure Mike is okay on game day. But we think both those guys, we’ll list them as probable.”

Along with Williams and Obomanu, Brandon Stokley (hamstring) fully participated in practice and should be available on Sunday. He’s listed as questionable.

Cornerback Roy Lewis (knee) will be a game-time decision, and Walter Thurmond (hamstring) likely will not play on Sunday. Both are listed as questionable.

Kicker Olindo Mare also is listed as probable with a hamstring issue, which could be a concern for Seattle. Jon Ryan would handle the kicking duties if Mare has issues on Sunday.

In terms of the game itself, Carroll said his guys are ready to face one of the best teams in the league in the Falcons, who bring the NFC’s best record into Qwest Field at 11-2.

“We’re going to have to put together a heck of a football game,” Carroll said. “This is a good opportunity for us. And you look at this one, and this is like a playoff game you have at home against a really good like coming in if you’re able to win the division. So we’ve taken a look at it like that, and I don’t know what it’s going to mean for our guys, other than the fact that we’ve really focused hard on these guys.”

Here’s the full injury report:

Stokley (hamstring), Thurmond (hamstring) and Lewis (knee) listed as questionable.

Matt Hasselbeck (left wrist), Obomanu (hand), Chris Clemons (ankle), Chris Spencer (shoulder), Mike Williams (ankle) and Olindo Mare (hamstring) listed as probable.

Atlanta: LB Curtis Lofton (knee) and RB Jason Snelling (hamstring) are questionable.

DE John Abraham (groin), DT Jonathan Babineaux (Shoulder), OT Tyson Clabo (ankle), LB Stephen Nicholas (knee), WR Roddy White (knee), LB Coy Wire (head).

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  1. HawkfaninMT says:

    Can we please settle on an OL already!?!?

    Offseason Priority Number 1:
    Find 5 guys that will stay healthy and make them practice until they can predict where the guy on the opposite side of the line will be standing at the end of the play 6 plays later…

    Some consistency is all I want for Christmas, keep my two front teeth

  2. Andrews must be really bad for them to not consider switching him to RT and sending Locklear to the bench.

  3. Dukeshire says:

    All I know is that I’m very happy to read this. This change is good news.

  4. It’s very important for the Seahawks to take the early lead against Atlanta, get the crowd pumped and hope that Matt Ryan makes a mistake. So whatever tricks Bates has up his sleeve (other than fade routes), he needs to pull them out on the first few drives. Seattle needs to take some chances to have a shot at upsetting the Falcons. I don’t want to see a conservative game plan. I want to see Obomanu scoring two long TDs, LW with a TD on a punt return and Jennings with a pick-six. Okay, forget the last one.

    I wonder what the football world would say if Seattle beat Atlanta 30-7. So much of sports is about confidence — believing that you can do something and not getting intimidated by a 11-2 team. That’s how the Patriots pummel other teams (aside from their coach doing some blocking). There was a time when the Seahawks believed that no team could come to Qwest and grab an easy win. We need to get that back. Hopefully PC can motivate the guys to pull off one of the greatest upsets in Seahawks history.

  5. “All I know is that I’m very happy to read this. This change is good news. ”

    I agree. Been underwhelmed by Andrews since he got here. I never see a push from him, and we don’t even bother trying to run right very often. Being huge ain’t enough.

    As many other places as it would be fun to spend that first-rounder next year, if we don’t pick a QB, I don’t see how we avoid using it on a G.

  6. Hopefully everyone understands that it will take more than one more draft to compete with the elite teams…. That said, it would be in our best interest to play the QB of the future next year…. meaning that we “MUST” draft (or access otherwise) that guy….. the 2011 season is very probably going to be as up and down as this year’s season….. We have many positions to improve on…. Too many to cover in just one mre draft….

  7. Isn’t Andrews a better RT than RG?

  8. Dukeshire says:

    In theory.

  9. Andrews is good RT and he’s not a G at all. Name one good starting 6-8 G in the NFL? He is a good RT and proved it at Cincinnati, but he’s not a great fit for the ZBS, and apparently Carroll still wants the ZBS fully implemented here. I think its a shame they won’t just put him at RT in place of Locklear. Andrews actually has produced a great push in the running game at times. He’s just too tall and big to pass protect well at G. At RT he size becomes an advantage.

    With Gibson and Locklear now forming the right side of our line, don’t expect much of a push in the running game on that side.

    By the way, when did it become okay for reporters to announce these kinds of position changes before a game? Why doesn’t Carroll keep these changes quiet until game time?

  10. Dukeshire says:

    Well, they weren’t getting much push anyway (let alone great, IMO) so I don’t know there will be a noticeable decline there. Actually, Gibson is quicker and more agile so I would expect him to be a more effective run blocker overall, in their scheme. But I do agree that putting Gibson there should improve pass pro, especially A and B gap blitzes that were left open by Andrews’ lack of lateral agility.

  11. I agree that Gibson is a more natural OG than Andrews. My point isn’t that Andrews should be kept at OG, but that he could provide run blocking at RT that Locklear cannot. Gibson is a little like Locklear – a technique player without a lot of power. Gibson next to Locklear pretty well eliminates any chance of running the ball to the right side.

    I’m sick of Bates’ timid offensive schemes where pass pro seems to be all that matters him. IMO keeping our QB’s uniform clean is Not more important that moving the football. Andrews can absolutely bulldoze people when he’s at RT. And, yes, he’ll also allow a sack once in a while. Well I say “Suck it up QB!” So what if the QB gets hit a couple times a game, if it means Marshawn and Forsett can run for first downs and scores. I’m afraid that Pitts-Spencer-Gibson-Locklear are four guys who won’t every win the LOS battle on 3rd-and1.

    By next season, Stacy Andrews will be starting at RT in Seattle, or he’ll be starting somewhere else.

  12. Dukeshire says:

    Stevos – Bates is timid? Lol. That’s one thing I have thought.

    You know, there is the very real possibility he’ll never be that bulldozer again. 2 years removed from his knee surgery and he’s still not the same player, positions aside (although he did play some guard in Cinci as well).

  13. Yeah, we are talking about a matter of degrees here.. Gibson or Andrews or Locklear… Hmmm… Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic? lol.

    Seriously though, I don’t see what Locklear offers any longer. I hope moving Gibson to RG is the first step in rearranging the right side to let Andrews move to RT. Time will tell. Likely won’t make a huge diff at this point.

    Seems like Seahawks are healthier this week than in a month or so. I hope they’ll play well down the home stretch and remind us why we were optimistic back in September.

  14. Dukeshire says:

    I am a bit surprised too, that Andrews isn’t being moved to RT. Lock’s play really has slipped.

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