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Morning links: O-line finally clicking

Post by Eric Williams on Jan. 15, 2011 at 8:52 am with 94 Comments »
January 15, 2011 8:52 am
Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Sean Locklear (Joe Barrentine/TNT).

We’ve written extensively about the Seattle Seahawks’ juggling offensive line all season, with 10 different starting offensive line combinations this season. But now after a season-long process led by offensive line coach Art Valero, Seattle’s offensive line appears to be finally clicking at the right time, writes Dave Boling of The New Tribune.

Here’s what offensive tackle Sean Locklear has to say about the improved play up front.

“It sucked that it took all year to get it going,” said Locklear. “We’d been beating ourselves, with somebody having a problem on a play and then saying, ‘Oh, my bad.’ Well we had to decide to stop saying ‘My bad’ and just get the job done.”

John McGrath of The New Tribune provides another interesting report from here in Chicago, where Bears’ fans are not exactly lining up at the ticket window for Sunday’s contest against Seattle, and are actually looking forward to next week’s potential matchup against hated NFC North division rival Green Bay.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said he will kick to Chicago return man Devin Hester on Sunday. Here’s what Seattle special teams coach Brian Schneider had to say about stopping the talented returner. Schneider: “Once you get tentative, that’s when he’s really good. And not that he’s not good when you’re not tentative, but when you see breakdowns is when guys are tentative. So we’ve just got to go and let it all hang out. He can make you look really bad. He makes everybody look really bad, but when you’re hesitant and playing on your heels, that’s when you get into a lot of trouble.”

ESPN’s Mike Sando offers his final words on the Hawks-Bears game.

Bill Simmons of ESPN picks Seattle to win 33-30.

Art Thiel of writes that Matt Hasselbeck is the perfect guy to start for Seattle against Chicago on Sunday.

Doug Farrar of and John Crist of continue their break down of Sunday’s game, with predictions by both at the end: Farrar goes 17-14 Seattle, while Crist says 23-17 Bears.

Clare Farnsworth of writes that the strengths of both teams’ defenses are at the middle linebacker position, with Seattle’s Lofa Tatupu and Chicago’s Brian Urlacher.

Listen to audio of Marcus Trufant, Jordan Babineaux, Ruvell Martin, Warren Moon and Chris Spencer talking about Sunday’s game from ESPN 710 Seattle’s Dave Grosby and his weekly The Huddle show.

Vaughn McClure of The Chicago Tribune writes the Chicago’s Pisa Tinoisamoa was held out Thursday but returned to practice Friday, but is expected to start at strong-side linebacker for the first time since having his right knee scoped on Dec. 3.

Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times says that the Bears have to generate a pass rush against Hasselbeck to have more success defensively.

Rod Mar of offers some tips on photographing football.

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  1. Not only that, Lock, but it’s sucked watching that unit for 5 years. It hasn’t just been a “this year” problem, it’s been ongoing for a heck of a long time. We’re still pathetic in short yardage situations but this improvement has been a pleasant, and needed, surprise. I hope they can keep it up (and improve short yardage) for three more games!

  2. My 5yo just looked me in the face and said. “I have a bad feeling the Seahawks might lose. I WANT them to win, but I think they might lose. The Bears are pretty good.”

    I should add though, for some strange reason he really likes the Broncos, so maybe it’s just his developing brain having a difficult time with reasoning and logic.

    Damn I’m excited for this game though.

  3. For what it’s worth, my 4-year old daughter just said the Seahawks are going to beat the Bears!

  4. Dukeshire says:

    The timing couldn’t be better for the o line coming together. And they will certainly be tested again tomorrow. Aside from injuries subsiding (knock on wood) moving Gibson to RG has been great. That position has improved and Lock is now playing closer to what we’ve come to expect of him at RT.

    Speaking of the o line and solidifying, doesn’t Chuck E owe us a certain picture now that Okung has played the second half of the season? I think so…

  5. Dukeshire says:

    Lol, watching games with kids when they are into it is a lot of fun.

  6. SeahawkFan12 says:

    For what it’s worth my 5-yr old daughter just said the Seahawks are going to win. And for what it is worth, the Sehawks BELIEVE they will win.

    “We all we got!”
    “We all we need!”
    “We all we got!”
    “We all we need!”
    “We all we got!”
    “We all we need!”

  7. Yeah. I remember chuck and the Okung thing too. He was going to do something if Okung played in a certain number of games or didn’t get hurt and miss games again.

  8. If the refs steal this one from us like many previous games (St. Louis Game was the exception, I thanked them for the spot they gave us personally) then l will hold a 10 year grudge against Chicago like I have promised against the refs and Pittsburgh

  9. I’m real nervous about facing the Bears D’, especially now that Briggs is back, so hopefully the O-line will play another solid game, because it’s needed this week!

  10. Great article by Dave Boling. And timely. Isn’t it great that our O linemen will talk to reporters now? That was a dumb Alex Gibbs rule. I like hearing what Spencer and Locklear have to say.

    The O line has been much maligned, but they have done a good job this year. The merry-go-round we have had at both guard positions has prevented Chris Spencer and Both Tackles from excelling. Polumbus and Gibson deserve huge credit for playing well enough as our new guards that now our much-maligned C and RT are free to handle their own assignments without always compensating for the G struggling next to them.

    I think having Alex Gibbs coaching them all summer really helped these guys to come into the season believing in themselves for a change – but then losing Gibbs in September was a blow that again hurt continuity. Now the line is peaking at the right time. I still don’t think either of these guards will be our starters next year, but they made a great statement last week about their own work ethic, and now they can make a bigger statement in Chicago!

  11. GeorgiaHawk says:

    That’s what I said in the last thread! Epoxy and bondo!

    Man I can’t take it any longer! I’m going to go out and walk for two hours until the first game starts!

  12. Dukeshire says:

    I just heard the craziest stat; Green Bay hasn’t trailed by more than 7 points in a game all season. Think about that for a moment… That is unbelievably impressive.

  13. That is impressive.

  14. Can you imagine the grin on John Schneider’s face if he gets to watch his old Packers team come to Seattle to play his new Seahawks team in the playoffs?!

  15. Soggybuc says:

    I really enjoyed the Ruvell Martin interview. I’ll take guys like Obo and Ruvell any day over an Ochocinco or owens

  16. Who is everybody rooting for tonight? Personally I’m almost a Packer fan right now, also hoping the Ravens defeat the Pittsburgh Squealers.

  17. Dukeshire says:

    Rooting for Packers, of course. But laid money on Steelers.

  18. I know this is looking too far down the road, but I’d be heartbroken if we lost to the Steelers in the Super Bowl. I could handle losing to the other three AFC teams, if, indeed, we lost to the AFC team. But nothing would be sweeter than beating them in the Super Bowl too.

  19. I’m beyond heartbreak at this point in the season.

    Just the fact they’ve shortened the offseason for us by this much is a huge win. It has been quite awhile since we could talk NFC Championship or Superbowl.

    The last two offseasons have been painfully long…probably because our seasons was pretty over by November. Here we are mid-January with a solid shot and continuing.

  20. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I love it! Big Ben getting the big beat down!

  21. vichawkfan says:

    here we go Packers here we go!!!

  22. Palerydr says:

    Love the fact Steelers are in the process of taking a beat down. Didn’t like em before Super Bowl against the Hawks and have positively hated them since. Nice to see Jim Zorn on the sidelines as Baltimore QB coach. There was a reason he became head coach when he did and that’s cuz no one wants Daniel Snider as their owner. I hope he gets another shot to be a head coach.

  23. Palerydr says:

    Wow ratfacerapistberger looks like he put money on the Ravens

  24. bayareahawkfan says:

    Redding making a heads-up and being escorted into the end zone by Pistol. Nice to see former Hawks doing well, as well as Zorn. Note I’m leaving out a certain WR :).

    Sadly, I read on Sando’s blog today that the condition for BAL’s 5th to escalate to a 4th was if Josh started 10 games. Apparently he came in in the middle of a game, and proceeded to start the next 9.

    Oh well – I have total faith in the FO to maximize it, regardless.

    I agree with comments here that I’m still happy they’ve shortened the offseason like they have, and am feeling great about tomorrow, whatever the outcome. Going to be hard to get to sleep tonight…

  25. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Ray Lewis sure looks slow!

  26. I have some money on the Ravens, so this lead they have makes it even better! Always hated the Steelers, always love seeing them in trouble even though I like some of their players, and the head coach.

  27. bayareahawkfan says:

    Remember how bad Suisham was for the Redskins right before they cut him? Looks like Pittsburgh didn’t…

  28. GeorgiaHawk says:

    BobbyK- Do you by any chance have a scouting report on Greenbay?

  29. Dukeshire says:

    Lewis has lost a step, that’s true. But his technique is so good he’s still in great positions to make plays.

    I see the Steelers beating themselves as much as anything. The Ravens were the better team in the first half, that’s for sure.

  30. Duke – I went the Money Line only for tomorrows game, 3.8:1.

  31. GeorgiaHawk says:

    The Big Ben theory.- No NFL QB will win the Superbowl having been accused more than once of Rape!

  32. montanahawk says:

    Can’t help but Cheer when the Steeler’s screw up….Absolutely looove seeing Rothlesloser get sacked. The prob is, they sleeze out of things & somehow come up with a win. Here’s to hoping that Ravens keep it going. Just heard the Rothlesloser got sacked a 4th time. Guess half time is over… back to the tube.

  33. Dukeshire says:

    pabuwal – The Hilton has it at +425 (My BET US account currently has it +375, still…). I like it. Unless you think the Teddy Bears are going to beat them up and are willing to give 10, that’s the bet, IMO. The ‘Hawks are a live dog, great value. Hopefully you get paid again!

  34. Beautiful play by Wilson few minutes ago.

  35. GeorgiaHawk says:

    If we end up drafting before Pittsburgh and we don’t draft Mike Pouncey, just watch! Pittsburgh will pick him. Just watching his twin brother Maurkice,( who is a rookie center and pro-bowler), ought to tell us something about what Mike can do for us!

  36. Dukeshire says:

    JacDG – That diving tip with the right hand? Awesome play.

  37. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Just great! Officials take away a punt return TD for Ravens! Gotta beat the Stealers big or else you will be playing the Zebras and the Stealers!

  38. How about the defensive Holding on #62 defense at the 2 yard line – but the replay kept showing the Holding by the OLmen taking down the DL guy so he couldn’t do anything.

    No cal from the officials!! , no comment from the announcers!


  39. bayareahawkfan says:

    …and thats why TJ doesn’t get the ball more. Wow.

  40. Dukeshire says:

    The refs didn’t cause Balt to cough it up twice in their own territory and get beat deep in the second half.

  41. SeahawkFan12 says:

    And TJ Hooz-yo-momma drops a 1st down pass…SO glad Obo and BMW are on our side!

  42. Yolohawk says:

    They’re not saying Hooooooooooosh in Baltimore. That’s Booooooooo.

  43. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Way to go Houshmandzadeh! You wanted the ball and they threw it to you and you dropped it! That’s one reason you are not a Seahawk anymore! Mr mouth!

  44. GriffinNW says:

    Hahahaha I’m soooo glad it was Housh that blew that last play.

    Dude complains for more catches, and drops the one that could have continued their drive/season.

    Oh Housh, so glad you’re gone.



  45. Dukeshire says:

    I don’t get why everyone is pilling on Housh. Who cares at this point? Seattle cut him and that was that…

  46. Steelers D is vicious – and Flacco, even though it’s against that D – just isn’t that good.

    tough to see how Kelly Jennings is better than Josh Wilson, but hey, bygones at this point.

    Playoffs are so much damn fun when your team is still a part of it . . .

  47. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Who said that the refs caused Balt to cough the ball up twice in their own territory and get beat deep in the second half? There was much more to this game than that.

    Like I said, if you don’t beat the Stealers big then you will be playing the Zebras and Stealers!

  48. GriffinNW says:

    Duke- Cuz the guy is a clown. Complained about not getting his, running his mouth, etc etc. Then, when his number is called, he chokes.
    Thought I ABSOLUTELY HATE to see the STEALers advance, seeing Housh be the one to end the drive/season on that easy catch attempt, brought a smile to my face.


  49. Boldin’s dropped TD was the biggest drop of the game for the Ravens.

  50. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I don’t get why everyone is pilling on Housh?

    Dukeshire- I don’t get why you don’t get it?

  51. Dukeshire says:

    GeorgiaHawk – I didn’t say anyone said that. My point was that Balt had control of that game heading into half (up 14) and pissed it away themselves in the 3rd quarter that had nothing to do with the refs. Rice doesn’t fumble and Flacco doesn’t throw a pick, Pitts loses that game. I’m just not a conspiracy guy.

    GriffinNW – I suppose. I’m just glad he and his bloated contract are gone, regardless what he does elsewhere.

  52. GeorgiaHawk says:


    I couldn’t have said it better!


    Your right! Boldin’s drop was big. Hard to believe that was the same player that played for Arizona.

  53. Dukeshire says:

    GeorgiaHawk – Well, because he was cut and never said a bad thing on his way out the door. He was overpaid and bitched about not getting the ball but why it’s important to pile on now, considering all the great things that are happening here, makes no sense to me. Who gives a shit about Housh at this point? You? That’s fine, but I got bigger things to worry about like tomorrows game. So no, I don’t get why it’s important to pile on.

  54. I thought we paid Hoosh’s 7mill contract this year? Balt gave him league min..

    Hooshless in seattle!

  55. Hope Matty-vanilla-Ice throws a couple of picks tonight..

  56. Dukeshire says:

    mocarob – Seattle picked up the 6.15 mil that was guaranteed and then Schneider and Carroll were able to rework the likes of Lock and Hill to offset the loss. But he signed a 5 year $40 mill deal so they unloaded the remainder of the deal as well when they cut him.

  57. GeorgiaHawk says:


    That’s like saying who gives a shit about anything that is unrelated to tomorrows game between the Seahawks and bears.

    That makes no sense at all.

    I am a Seahawks fan #1, and an NFL fan #2. I enjoy watching football win or lose, and I doubt anyone here is worried about Housh. We are just enjoying the game and all it has to offer.

  58. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I wouldn’t be bitchen going out the door either if I got payed in full and then got to choose what ever team I wanted to play for.

  59. Dukeshire says:

    GeorgiaHawk – It’s not like that at all, get real. And clearly people here are “worried” about Housh based on the several comments calling him out for his big drop. There were at least 3X as many derogatory comments directed to Housh as there were complimentary posts for Pistol after a TD saving play. Both ex-Seahawks…

    And of course we’re enjoying the game. We’re all football fans. You and I see it differently, so what. Why is it important for you to correct me? I only made a general comment for something that seems odd to me.

  60. Dukeshire says:

    GeorgiaHawk – So, you have a problem with the fact he was the teams leading receiver his only season here? Or do you dislike him more for what he represents; the awful failing of Tim Ruskell? Is it for demanding the ball? I just don’t get why people are happy he choked today.

  61. I can’t believee how utterly bad I despise the Steelers. “Hate” is way too nice of a word as to how much I “like” Rapistburger and his crew.

  62. Duke, c’mon man…chill. It’s not like you to get into petty arguments.

    Housh is a big mouth and got paid far more than he earned…I have no problem with anyone who’s a bit resentful about that.

    I liked the fact he got humbled at the end of the game earlier. Maybe he’ll learn to keep his mouth shut and cash his big checks.

  63. I’m okay with the Stealers winning today because it’s going to hurt that much more when they get the crap kicked out of them in Foxborough next week. They get to be NE’s whipping boys again!

  64. Dukeshire says:

    Audible – Yeah… good point. Defensive today, for some reason.

  65. My only problem with that is that they can beat the Patriots (regardless of what happened in the first meeting). And who’s to say the Jets can’t win tommorrow and the Stealers will host the AFC Championship Game? I don’t like it.

  66. GeorgiaHawk says:

    If we just see it differently then why would you say ” get real”!

    Really, ask yourself, who is trying to correct who?

    I’m with the others that are clearly worried, and you can be in your own little world on this one!

  67. I don’t think there’s anyone on this blog whose #1 focus this weekend isn’t on the Seahawks game tomorrow.

  68. Dukeshire says:

    You were trying to correct me. (“How could I not see it?” etc…) You know what? I give up, this is absurd…

  69. GeorgiaHawk says:


    I don’t like it either! Seeing the Stealers win like they do sometimes makes me think back to 2005, and that puts me in a bad mood!

  70. I don’t want anyone to take this the wrong way (especially since we wouldn’t have made the play-offs without the two TDs from Leon Washington against San Diego) but I worry sometimes when your team returns a kick for a TD.

    Case in point: Atlanta relies on ball control and wearing teams out (and keeping their defense rested) and with their kick-off return for a TD to take a 14-7 lead, they make their (IMO) suspect defense take the field and and spend another however-many minutes getting tired (as they couldn’t stop Green Bay again).

    Again, I don’t want anyone thinking I wouldn’t take any return TD tomorrow if we could get it.

  71. GeorgiaHawk says:


    Your still my favorite blogger, I don’t care what they say about you!

  72. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Yes, Greenbay int in endzone. Go packers!

  73. I like the Hasselbeck haters!


  74. GeorgiaHawk,

    Let it go man…Duke is one of those guys who make the blog worth reading, and he’s not sleeping well the past couple of nights. So, you always gotta cut him slack…he’s earned it over the years.

    I think the Stealers have zero chance of beating NE in NE.

    Man, we’re wound tighter than Heidi Klum’s butt!

  75. Dukeshire says:

    Lol, It’s all good, I’ve been short with everyone lately. lol. Thanks though.

    BTW, the Packers offense looks so strong. Wow.

  76. Is the Stealers having zero chance to beat the Patriots the same zero chance as we had against the Saints?

  77. chrisj122 says:

    If this doesn’t piss you off as a Seahawk fan, then you’r way to passive.

    This article is just ridiculous and down right offensive.

  78. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Atlanta has picked a bad time to have the worst game of the season.

  79. Yeah, the same zero chance we had.

    28 – 14 Green Bay!

    It’s starting to look like destiny! NFC Championship at Quest Field!!!

    What an amazing season!!!

  80. Dukeshire says:

    Boy, that’s a fact. Pick 6 to end the half? Ouch.

    “This is a losing team. If the Bears can’t destroy them by 20 points, we should close Soldier Field and never speak of football again.” I will be happy to remind them of this after the game (hopefully).

  81. Ya know, NO has a far superior offense and an equivalent defense to Chicaco.

    They also have a team full of players with playoff and Superbowl experience, and one of the top 3 QBs in the NFL.

    Chicago just doesn’t compare to them at all. If we can beat them on the road, and NO at home…with Hasselbeck’s playoff experience, a nothing to lose underdog mentality…we’re going to beat Chicago tomorrow. I really feel like we play a clean game, we host the NFC Championship!

  82. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Why is it that just about every time I watch the half time show I hear someone say Seattle doesn’t have that much talent!
    I think we have just as much talent as the Bears, if not more!

    I know we have a better Coach!

  83. Since when did Justin Forsett spend a couple of years in Indianapolis?

    Maybe we should make fun of the moron writing that column for not knowing his facts before he blabs like he’s a know-it-all?

  84. I know he knows Mike Williams didn’t get to 400+ pounds, but he seemed to be serious on the J-Force comment.

    Either way, he can screw himself and then go to hell.

  85. Watching these Packers and thinking about hosting the Championship game, makes a little voice go off inside my head….’be careful what you wish for”. LOL

    Ya know…a win tomorrow is almost as good as a SB win this year for us…I wouldn’t be ashamed to lose to Green Bay. Damn, they’re good.

    That said, I’d like to kick their asses too!

  86. 35-14 Green Bay! Wow….can you believe how this season is just unfolding for us?

  87. What do you think the Seahawks are thinking tonight?

    We all know tomorrow is a winnable game. Not a given, not easy, but winnable.

    Anything can happen at Qwest and especially during the playoffs.

    We’re two games away from the SB.

  88. I guess this is why Atlanta didn’t get any respect, despite being a No. 1 seed. Green Bay could win it all. They’re peaking at the right time.

  89. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I hope that for Greenbay this is the peak, and next week is the valley.

  90. Hey guys, Eric posted a new case you’re just refreshing this page.

  91. As dearly as I and the rest of us would love to see a Seattle – New England/Pittsburg/New York Super Bowl, it’s way too easy for me to imagine the ‘powers’ residing in the NFL head offices preferring a Green Bay – Chicago NFC Championship game. I don’t like fearing conspiracy but I really hated the lingering sense that the zebras played SB 40 as well as the Steelers and the Seahawks. Here’s hoping the Bears play so poorly for some reason, and the Hawks so well that there’s nothing the refs can do to influence who wins!

  92. As dearly as I and the rest of us would love to see a Seattle – New England/Pittsburg/New York Super Bowl, it’s way too easy for me to imagine the ‘powers’ residing in NFL head offices preferring a Green Bay – Chicago NFC Championship game (big market money talks in the NFL). I much prefer dismissing the notion of conspiracy but I also really hated the lingering sense that the zebras played SB 40 as well as the Steelers and the Seahawks. I don’t care who you were a fan of and I don’t care that the Hawks screwed up on a number of other things that could’ve cemented the Super Bowl victory – there was controversy. And that’s a regrettable thing. Here’s hoping the Bears play so poorly for some reason, and the Hawks so well that there’s nothing the refs can do to influence who wins!

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