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Gallery says toughness key to good O-line play

Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 1, 2011 at 1:25 pm with 56 Comments »
August 1, 2011 1:34 pm

We had a chance to talk to new offensive tackle Robert Gallery and Seattle Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable this afternoon, and both provided some good perspective on the expectations of this year’s line, and Gallery’s role in bringing the young guys up to speed.

As expected, Gallery said that Cable played a major role in the Iowa product selecting the Seahawks.

“(It was) a very big factor,” Gallery said. “I now how he coaches, how he treats guys, and the way he handled himself as the head coach and the line coach in Oakland. And also the situation here, obviously it’s a great place. It’s run well from top to bottom, as I’ve learned even more being here.

“It was a big factor. I wanted to continue to be able to grow under him, and everybody knows how much I respect him.”

Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, center, talks with Seahawks quarterback coach Carl Smith at the Seahawks practice facility in Renton, Aug. 1, 2011. Jackson is not allowed to practice until Thursday. Joe Barrentine/Staff photographer

And Gallery said he’s embraced his role as the veteran leader for Seattle’s young line.

“I’ve been lucky to be under some great veteran guys in my career, and it’s my time to help lead these guys,” Gallery said. “I know this offense. I know what it takes to be good in this system and how you have to play, and the type of person you have to be, to be a good lineman in Coach Cable’s system. And I take pride in that. And I look forward to helping these young guys because there were guys that helped me when I was younger, and now it’s my turn.”

Cable said in talking to reporters today that getting Gallery in the fold was important for the growth of the offensive line.

“His experience in it (Cable’s running scheme) in the last, four years, he’s kind of seen everything,” Cable said. “From learning it from the beginning, to getting it to a point to where it’s the best in football, whether it’s running or throwing, he’s kind of gone through all of the ups and down and having to put a system in and grow with it.

“His value is extreme in that he can’t practice yet, he can’t be involved. But he can certainly be a sounding board for those guys.”

And one of the most important things that Gallery said the young guys will have to learn is toughness. Although technique also is important, Gallery said the mental aspect of the game will provide the edge his teammates need to be successful.

“Some guys don’t have that mentality,” he said. “Not all guys will be like that. But if you’re like me, I live for that stuff. The down-field stuff, the cutting guys – all legal stuff – but it’s stuff that slows guys down. That’s football, and as long as you’re doing it to the whistle, or right up to it, that wears on defensive guys.”

At 6-7, 325 pounds with a long, dark curly mane and a caveman beard, Gallery strikes an imposing presence, but he was well-spoken in addressing reporters this afternoon.

“My mom would be upset if I wasn’t well spoken and didn’t handle myself right,” joked Gallery. “I guess the persona is good. I guess if the right people are intimidated, that’s great. But I’m just like everyone else. I don’t pretend to be some bad boy.”

Gallery said he’s had a beard ever since he’s been in the league.

“When you look this good with it you’ve got to keep it,” quipped Gallery.

Here are a few tidbits from practice.

* The Seahawks confirmed the signing of cornerback Kelly Jennings today. He’ll get an opportunity to compete for the starting cornerback job opposite Marcus Trufant, a stacked competition that includes Walter Thurmond, Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman.

* WR Dominique Edison had a nice practice today, catching two deep balls in one-on-one against cornerback Ron Parker and Kennard Cox during practice.

* WR Kris Durham made a nice, back-shoulder catch on a throw from Charlie Whitehurst against Brandon Browner.

* The Seahawks switched last year’s seventh-round pick Jameson Konz to defense today, and they are trying him at Leo defensive end. Konz did play some linebacker at Kent State, but was drafted as an H-back.

* Speaking of Whitehurst, he had his best practice of the training camp today, throwing the ball much crisper and showing better accuracy.

* Also, according to ESPN’s Adam Schfeter, linebacker Lofa Tatupu has a visit schedule with the Oakland Raiders.

* And Oakland Raiders free agent tight end Zach Miller is reportedly visiting Seattle.

* The Seahawks also confirmed the signing of former Tampa Bay defensive lineman Ryan Sims, who will see some time at 5-technique and defensive tackle for Seattle. Seahawks defensive line coach Todd Wash, who coached Sims in Tampa Bay, talked about Seattle’s newest addition.

“I know a little bit about Ryan,” joked Wash. “We had Ryan for 2 and half years in Tampa. He’s lost a lot of weight and stuff. He’s made a real commitment to get back in the game and bust his hump. So we’re excited about having Ryan and to get him in here and compete.”

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  1. Audible says:

    I’m surprised more of us aren’t popping over the Miller visit.

  2. mikew177 says:

    The most exciting move of the off season. Our new O-line might not be pretty to watch this season but if they are able to stay together, barring injury or trade, with all the talent, strength, athleticism, etc, this will be something very special to watch.

  3. Dukeshire says:

    Glad to hear Charlie had a good practice.

    Eric, was Smith again at Will? And where has Wright been lining up, Sam?


  4. Dukeshire: Malcolm Smith worked with the first unit, and likely will continue to do so until Leroy Hill can practice on Thursday.

    K.J. Wright has been working at Mike with the second unit, which seems a bit odd, but that’s where they have him.

  5. Konz at Leo? Crazy.

    Zach Miller is a total stud. We might actually add so many great players that Jackson will be forced to be at least mediocre.

    Eric, Have they tried Wright at Leo at all? Sorry if you’ve said this before, I’ve been a little out of the loop for a few weeks.

    Duke, The little guy is awesome! He’s going to get a Sidney Rice jersey, too (if they make them that small).

  6. If we signed Miller, I wonder if we’d trade Carlson to Cleveland for a pick? It seems he was a Holmgren pick (although we know Ruskell was in charge) and even though they had good TE play last year, he’s something like 93 years old, and the Browns have like a million picks from the Falcons.

    This is way out in left field, but stranger things have happened.

  7. One more thing, since I’ve been out of the loop…

    what happens with players like Carlson after this upcoming season (i.e. guys completing their 4th year)? Do they become FAs or does the team have time to guarantee their 5th year by a certain time this year?

    Sorry. I’m not up to snuff on things I should usually know.

  8. freedom_X says:

    Carlson would be a completely unrestricted free agent. After 4 years, players are complete free agents unless a team uses the franchise tag, which I believe teams still have under the new labor agreement.

  9. Dukeshire says:

    Eric, thanks. I wondered if they might give him a go there.

  10. This OL will eventually jive, but the first couple of games could be interesting for T. Joke if we aren’t just handing it off every down. This is my only way to explain why they let Hass go. He might not of made it through the first couple of games to finally see the OL start to gel, or at least that might be what Pete and John were thinkin’.

  11. miller another cable guy? nice

  12. SandpointHawk says:

    Eric~ I can’t tell you how much I appreciate these practice reports. I might as well be speaking for all us remotely located fans. I was lucky enough to go to Cheney for years and saw their daily progress, but that’s a different story…Thanks so much for all your observations…

  13. SandpointHawk says:

    Wingman~ Pete gives his assistants a lot of latitude in regards to personal choices.

    It’s a “if he works for you I’m good with it” kind of thing.

    When or if the assistant and his chosen personal fail to perform….Of with their Heads…

    He’s a “Laid back Californian”, breed of shark…..IMHO

    (I’m OK with that, just don’t by the hype or the soon to be waterfront property…)

  14. SandpointHawk says:

    S/B *just don’t buy the hype*

  15. freedom_X says:

    I hope the Konz thing is just temporary because they’re thin on D-ends. If not, it’s bad news for Konz. In a cult-fan favorite way, I hope Konz makes it somehow, even if it’s special teams (it certainly would be a plus if a player with his athletic ability could be a impact special teams player.)

    To clarify on the 4th year F/A deal, current rookie picks can have the 5th year as an option. I assume that if Carlson only has a 4 year deal, then he’s a total F/A. There’s no option in his case. I believe the option would have to be there from the beginning, it’s not automatic and it’s not retroactive.

    According to an radio interview with Brandon Mebane on KJR, Denver was not a player at all for his services, unlike media reports, and no one really offered him a long term contract other than Seattle. That was the deciding factor in his return.

  16. JTClark says:

    If we get Miller, trading Carlson to Cleveland makes sense because of the Holmgren connection, but what about Chicago? Ruskell’s there and the Bears need a TE with Olsen gone….

  17. Audible says:

    Wow, a BobbyK sighting! We’ve missed you around here. Did you guys have another child, you stud?!

  18. Audible says:

    Would Carlson be redundant with Miller in the house? Does Bevell run two TE sets? Could you imagine Miller, Carlson, MW, and Rice on the same play? Especially against teams with short corners?

  19. freedom_X says:

    Mike Martz is in Chicago. The TE is relatively devalued in a Mike Martz offense. That’s why they moved Olson. I don’t think Chicago is a top bidder for Carlson.

    I don’t know that any team is really hot to pick up a TE, seeing as how Zach Miller hasn’t been a hot commodity (doesn’t even sound like many teams have been kicking his tires until the last day or two.)

  20. @ Audible – like they would ever run those sets.

    That was one of my biggest complaints last year. in “and goal” situations they had both Butler (who we haven’t talked about at all – how is that leg healing) and Tate in.

    I kind of understood Tate since he could jump. but why we didn’t have OBO, BMW, and any 2 of our TE’s out there I will never know!!!!

  21. The 5th year depends on the contract – if they signed a 4 year contract they will be a UFA at the end of that contract.

    IF they signed a 5 year deal they will be UFA after that contract expires.

  22. seatowntp says:

    SandPt. I clicked onto the blog the other day and the first words I saw when reading the responses were “Dead Heart”. Initially, I thought it was a reference to Pete Carroll. (After reading more of the responses I realized it was banter between posters.) The more that I have considered this phrase “Dead Heart”, the more I think it applies to PC. I don’t know him. I’ve never met him. I don’t know how he is in his home, in his community, with his friends. However, in the last week PC has been a stone cold Seahawk killer. Hass. Lofa. Who’s next? I understand the decisions (although I wonder where on field leadership will come from). But PC has been nothing short of an ice water in his veins assassin driven by winning.

  23. Audible says:


    Well, his head will be on the chopping block if he doesn’t turn this team around quickly…Paul Allen pulled the plug on Mora after just one year.

    No doubt Carroll felt bad…he still has to do his job. It’s really that simple. Removing Lofa and Hass gives younger up-and-coming players a chance to step up and become leaders…

    I think he’s really trying to figure out who’s going to work out and who is not, so we know moving forward.

  24. Audible says:

    According to an inside “source, Miller is close to signing with the Seahawks:

  25. SandpointHawk says:

    Pete wants to win, personally I’ve got no problem with that. I’ve met him when he first got to USC.

    He does have a successful formula, but I’m not happy with our lack of on field leadership at this point. Someone needs to step up big time…IMHO…

    The successful people from California are no different than those from NYC, they just talk a different line of bull crap….sunshine and lollipops forever….

  26. Dukeshire says:

    It would be interesting to see what they would do with Carlson if Miller signs. Miller, Morrah and Carlson is redundant. Hard to imagine they’d keep all three.

    Bobby – That’s cool. It might not be Rice, but he could rock this bad-boy.

  27. GeorgiaHawk says:

    That would be good news Audible! Miller is an upgrade over Carlson (imo).

  28. SandpointHawk says:

    BobbyK got a little guy? Congratulations from Sandpoint….

  29. Soggybuc says:

    Wow talk about cold hearted PC signed Matts brother just so he could dump 2 Hasselbecks in one off season.

  30. Dukeshire says:

    BTW, has anyone caught wind of this yet…?

    There are some other familiar faces toward the end as well (if you can make it that far. lol)

  31. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Carlson is the Kelly jennings of our offense! He does almost everything right except catch the ball, where as Jennings does almost everything right except defend the ball!

  32. SandpointHawk says:

    New Post…not showing up again…log on fresh….

  33. Audible says:

    Does anyone know if they have autograph signings at training camp this year? I signed up to take my boys this coming Saturday.

  34. Chris Clemons and TJOKE have a history check it out

  35. Dukeshire says:

    Soggybuc – What’s this about Tim Hasselbeck?

  36. Dukeshire says:

    That’s so funny. I’ve seem that clip a hundred times and never realized it was Clem. An in another irony about that play, he was throwing it to Rice.

  37. pabuwal says:

    If the Seahawks sign Miller, it would spell the end of yet another Ruskell 2nd round pick who never progressed from what seemed like a successful rookie year.

    Ruskell’s strategy of valuing polish over potential in draft picks proved to be an awful way of building a team. The players came in as good as they were going to get but never improved as time went on.

  38. Dukeshire says:

    In Ruskell’s defense (something you’ll rarely hear from me) he wasn’t hired to build a team, simply add pieces. Ultimately, that’s one of the many things that made him an awful GM.

    Of course the one exception to the “second round” theory is Josh Wilson.

  39. Soggybuc says:

    Duke in that Wyche link he wrote that the Hawks released veteren QB Tim Hasselbeck. Poor Matt he almost like the Rodney Dangerfield of the NFL.

  40. Cornutt says:

    Duke: Thanks for the Forsett video link. Made me want to curl up with a (THE) good book, hug my wife, and have a nice family picnic.

    OR, slam 6 beers and try to pretend I hadnt seen it.

    xcman: That was hilarious, thanks for the link.

  41. freedom_X says:

    However, 2009 was a fine year from Carlson. I’d take 2009 numbers every year, it’s better than any other Seattle TE has ever generated. 2008 was a solid year too.

    It’s not like Carlson never had any good years. For some reason, his effectiveness dropped off a ton in 2010. Some say it was due to the poor O-line, but I also think it had something to do with the offensive scheme. Carlson is one player that I think should be able to produce, if not in Seattle, then somewhere else.

  42. Dukeshire says:

    Corn – Lol.

    Soggy – Got it. Yep, always second fiddle.

  43. Audible says:

    Remember when our FO would just sit on their hands during free agency or sign over the hill players for way too much money:

    “Still just 25 years old, Miller fits Seattle’s game plan of signing young players with ties to their coaching staff. Seahawks owner Paul Allen has deep pockets, and coach Pete Carroll has shown an impressive ability to recruit over the past two years. The Raiders have a dogfight on their hands for Miller.”

    I love that. You never know what these guys are going to do next….the just won’t let opportunity pass them by.

  44. freedom_X says:

    I’m guessing the Raiders had to free up salary cap space (which they just did by getting Kamerion Wimbley signed to a long-term deal) before they could sign Miller.

    So I’d expect this situation to resolve quickly – either Seattle takes advantage of Oakland being paralyzed by salary problems and gets Miller signed fast, or he may go back to Oakland now that they have the money.

  45. Dukeshire says:

    I wonder how much Russell is still counting against their cap. He signed a 6 year deal. Lol.

  46. badcat63 says:

    Cable Nasty Theme

    TE – Zach Miller would be a good addition. Catches and blocks very well, knows the Cable run game blocking etc. What to with John Carlson only is an issue if we get Zach. A trade for LB, CB or 2012 pick would be good

    I would also like to see Samson Satele – c – Oak. be signed. He is 26, started 15 games each of the last 2 years and KNOWS the Cable ZBS. As an on field coach or back-up if Unger makes it he would be gold, I tell .ya. With Gallery teaching the left and Satele making calls and teaching the rookie right side that would be good for us. Yessir.

    I would also like to see us get depth at LB – OLB or MLB as see fit. Manny Lawson 6’5 240 with 16 starts the last 2 years could be a nice depth/starter potential. Rocky McIntosh 6’2 238 15 GS and 110 tackles in 2010 and 16 GS and 94 tackles in 2009 is available as fill/start/rotate.

    Lastly I would like to see DT Aubryo Franklin in for a test drive. He could provide depth if injuries don’t heal or hit the D line again.

    We aren’t done shopping yet.


  47. How crazy is it to think that we’d be loaded with offensive talent if we could add Miller? He’s great. Rice is great. Okung is going to be the best LT in the NFC this year. The entire line will be improved. We could have a great offensive machine, as I love our 3-headed RB situation, it’s just too bad I don’t have much faith in the driver. But if the machine is going to be that potentially good, it can help cover up some of the deficiencies of the driver, too. Man, what I wouldn’t give for a good QB.

  48. badcat63 says:

    Next year BobbyK, next year.


  49. Soggybuc says:

    What to do with JC? Giants could use a tight end.

  50. badcat63 says:

    JC and a 5th next year for Osi?


  51. I love to hear Gallery talk about teaching the young linemen, and I love seeing those pictures of him standing next to Tom Cable coaching the young linemen. Just put a #76 on him, the ghost of Hutch is now gone.

    Truth is, Gallery is a more vocal leader for the young players than Hutch ever was. Very glad to have him.

  52. SeahawkFan12 says:

    Yeah, I’m stoked Gallery is a Seahawk. This should be fun watching the O-Line mash defenses for a change. Love the attitude, the confidence and the focus. Bring it on.

  53. Gallery sorta feels like a Mike Wahl addition, except this is (hopefully) an addition that’s going to work out.

    tough gritty dude (his name is robert gallery, and every time i think of him i think of the album “gallery of suicides” by cannibal corpse) so i guess he has that going for him.

    time to watch the grapes turn into wine; the coal turn into diamonds!

  54. seahawk44 says:

    Badcat63…….. I think Rocky McIntosh would be a great addition. I am surprised he is not garnering much attention.

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