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Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 7, 2011 at 7:56 am with 14 Comments »
August 7, 2011 7:56 am
Seattle Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable. (Joe Barrentine/TNT)

My story today focuses on the Seattle Seahawks running game, which has looked encouraging so far just a week into camp.

Running backs Marshawn Lynch, Justin Forsett and Leon Washington have squirted through big holes for impressive gains several times during training camp. A big reason for the better line play is talent. Seattle now has three first round picks in Russell Okung, Robert Gallery and James Carpenter, a second round pick (Max Unger) and a third round pick (John Moffitt) in the starting five. And they are bigger up front, averaging 6-5, 316 pounds across the line.

“They’re huge,” Forsett said. “And that helps us out a lot for us to be able to hide behind those big linemen, and being able to shoot out into those creases. It’s going to be good for us.

“I’m happily surprised that we’re able to get this thing started early. And I think that’s a credit to Coach Cable coming in with his coaching, and getting his guys up front right, and Coach Sherm (running backs coach Sherman Smith) working on us in getting our steps right. We’ve meshed early.”

Also, I confirmed an earlier report by ESPN’s Mike Sando through a league source that the Seahawks have placed wide receiver Deon Butler (leg), tight end Cameron Morrah (toe), defensive tackle Colin Cole (ankle) and defensive back Roy Lewis (knee) on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. That designation means those players are unable to play in exhibition games until they pass a physical with the team

And Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll talked about NBA player and UW product Nate Robinson seeking a tryout with the Seahawks.

Robinson recently stated via Twitter his interest in trying out for the Seahawks, with the NBA in the middle of a lockout. And Seahawks coach Pete Carroll responded to Robinson’s request via Twitter by jokingly inviting him for a workout.

Well, Robinson was serious and took Carroll up on his offer, showing up for practice Saturday morning. But the Slam Dunk champion was just a spectator, watching the defensive backs from the sideline and talking with fellow former Husky Roy Lewis.
Robinson originally attended UW on a football scholarship and played cornerback for the Huskies for a year before concentrating on basketball.

“We got to talking and having some fun, and all of sudden he got serious about it,” Carroll said. “He would have come out and worked out in a second. He was ready to go – brought his cleats and all.

“But I had to pull him back a little bit. I didn’t want to be the one that stood in the way of the great career he could have in hoops and making all of that money and doing all that stuff by him getting banged up.”

Carroll said that he recruited Robinson coming out of high school and he was almost a Trojan.

“Oh yeah, we had him coming to SC,” he said. “But then he asked me, ‘Is it OK if I play basketball after my first year?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, as long as you play football.’ And he said, ‘No, I mean just play basketball.’ And I said, ‘No, that isn’t going to work.’ ”

Dave Boling of The News Tribune profiles Seahawks’ renaissance man and romantic Justin Forsett, talking to him about his new music video, which you can check out here.

Check out photos from Saturday’s practice by Rod Mar of Seahawks.com here.

Ben Malcolmson of Seahawks.com also has this detailed report from Saturday’s practice.

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times writes that Seahawks receiver Chris Carter is trying to distinguish himself from the likely Hall of Famer with the same name but spelled differently, Cris Carter.

Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times delves into the wild two weeks of free agency, getting some perspective from agent Ben Dogra and Robert Gallery.

ESPN’s Mike Sando provides some notes from Saturday’s practice.

According to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean, Matt Hasselbeck will earn $9 million in guaranteed money in the first year of his deal, which includes $6 million in guaranteed money and a $3 million in base salary. That $2 million more than the Seahawks reportedly, one-year $7 million offer. Hasselbeck will earn $5 million in 2012 and $5.5 million in 2013 if he plays out the life of the contract.

Dan Pompei of the National Football Post writes that the Seahawks did not get rid of Lofa Tatupu because he can’t play, but the team plans on running more three and four-man fronts, and the USC product did not have the versatility to play different linebacker positions in multiple sets. That’s an interesting concept and something I have not heard before. Pompei also said that Seattle has the most underrated free agent class.

The Associated Press takes a closer look at Seattle’s revamped defensive backfield.

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  1. SteelBlueLime says:

    I really like Coach Cable – I thought he was doing a good job rebuilding an improved reputation in Oakland – before he was fired. Their loss – Our gain. It will be nice to be able to lean on the running game with such a short preparation period to the season!!
    Go Hawks!

  2. Dukeshire says:

    Nate brought his cleats… Lol. That’s awesome.

    Eric, is Moffitt now working with the ones or is Fanika still getting some time there on occasion?

  3. The Seahawks being able to run the ball? That’s a foreign concept but a welcomed addition after this last half decade of worthlessness in the run game.

  4. seatowntp says:

    Good Morning! Recently, there was a link to an audio interview with JS (where he discusses that there are still a lotof good players available and much more work to be done). I cannot recall where I saw that link. If anyone can direct me to it I’d be very appreciative. Thank you.

  5. Wasn,t Moffitt a second round pick?If I remember correctly we didn’t have a third round pick again.

  6. devisscher says:

    It’d better

  7. HawkfaninMT says:

    Hawks traded out of the 2nd into 3rd and took Moffitt

  8. SandpointHawk says:

    Moffitt was picked in the 3rd round (75th). John Schneider traded down from the team’s pick in the second round, and an extra selection in the fourth round.

  9. SandpointHawk says:

    I got to remember refresh. Thanks HawkfanMT.

  10. Dave Boling says:

    Moffitt running with 1s, yes. He was a third-rounder but the second Seahawk pick. I think he’s another young lineman who would have very much benefitted from having the OTAs and minicamps. So many plays in camp have been disrupted by false starts and exchange problems — all the kind of things that get ironed out in OTAs. While Carpenter seems more up to the task initially, he, too, could have used that time to get in better condition. He’s showed some impressive potential. Very impressive at times, in fact. But it looks like he tires, and fatigue leads to mistakes … like false starts. It’s easy to project these guys as really solid down the road … but it’s going to take more time for them to mesh because of the lockout.

  11. Dukeshire says:

    Thanks Dave. Not surprisingly, conditioning is an issue which is leading to many o these mental mistakes. A fair amount of that is to be expected I suppose. The bigger concern is that it can also lead to injuries. If there was ever a year to have the luxury of more bodies in camp, this is it. Will be very interesting to see how Carroll delegates the snaps they all get up front Thursday.

  12. raymaines says:

    This year the training camp is short and chaotic, but last years was long and chaotic, and I like this one better. False starts can be worked out in a week or two, but it took all of last season to replace a line coach that quit in a huff.

    It seems like everybody is on the same page and happily going in the same direction this year. Better athletes and better coaching will result in a better team, but a more difficult schedule might not allow for a better record. Fortunately everybody in the division has to play more or less the same schedule and I think the ‘Hawks could get another AFC West title this year.

  13. TAXEXPERT says:

    What is wrong with Colin Cole? That would be a hole to fill if he can’t go this year.

  14. Dukeshire says:

    TAXEXPERT – He had surgery on his left ankle about a month or so ago. It was “clean up” from a procedure he had at the end of last season.

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