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Jackson limited in practice today

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 9, 2011 at 4:17 pm with 8 Comments »
November 9, 2011 6:12 pm

Seattle Seahwks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson (pectoral) was limited today in practice.

Receiver Sidney Rice (foot), tight end Cameron Morrah (toe/knee) and linebacker David Vobora (concussion) did not practice today

And Mike Williams was not on the injury report today.

I mentioned yesterday that Seattle still had an extra roster spot. The filled it today by adding defensive end Pierre Allen, who was with the team during training camp. It’s an interesting move because I thought they needed an extra pass rusher with their struggles to develop a consistent pass rush, so we’ll see if Allen can work his way onto the active roster.

We talked to Seattle offensive line coach Tom Cable about the team’s success running the ball against Dallas last Sunday, and how that could be a jumping off point for improvement in the running game.

“I’m excited because we took a step in the right direction,” Cable said. “There’s been some signs of it, but no consistency like we had in Dallas. So I think that’s probably the most exciting thing, is a little consistency. But when you look at it, there’s a lot of yards that we left on the field. So it’s got to get a lot better.”

Cable said part of the reason for Seattle’s success is they committed to the running game from start to finish.

“We ran the ball 30 times in a game, which is the most we’ve done all season,” Cable said. “And so part of it is if you’re a runner or a blocker is getting enough looks at an alignment or a slant or a stunt or whatever it is. So it’s a lot of just kind of bringing it together I think as coaches, and then the players executing it and taking a step forward with it.”

And generating that balance is important if Seattle wants to be a playoff team.

“I think it builds a mentality that you want your team to have,” Cable said. “Because when you get late into the season if you can get yourself into the position to become a playoff team or go after your division, you have to be able to do some of those things to win late in the year.”

For Baltimore, center Matt Birk (neck) did not participate in practice.

RB Anthony Allen (thigh), LB Brandon Ayanbadejo (head), LB Dannell Ellerbee (thigh), WR Lee Evans (ankle) and TE Kris Wilson (calf) were limited. And CB Chykie Brown (knee) was a full participant in practice

Notes from practice
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  1. Dukeshire says:

    I’m happy to hear about Allen. Thought he showed flashes in preseason and as Eric notes, they are in desperate need for a bookend to Clem.

  2. I am hoping to see more consistency from the OL. Not sold on Cable right now – especially if he was high on Gallery who, IMO, has not been much better than Gibson last year – who I am still surprised is not on the roster (baffling)

    I do remember hearing some complaints about Cable earlier in the year but don’t remember if they were on here or elsewhere.

  3. Gallery’s play has been disappointing, but he’s been struggling with injuries. That said, I suppose we knew he wouldn’t be healthy for 16 games.

    But I think Robert Gallery’s value to the team this year is something that may be hard to see. Cable brought him in here to be a leader and to help him teach the young guys his system. Back during our abbreviated training camp, I was watching Gallery talking with Moffitt, Carp, and Okung throughout practice, and remember those rookies were just experiencing their first NFL training camp sessions as of mid-August.

    So I think Cable probably values Gallery’s input this year more than we can know. Anyone would be disappointed with how his health and play have declined. But I’m guessing that the young players would not have learned so quickly without him here.

    That said, I wouldn’t mind see McQuistan get a start at LG.

  4. I’m not usually one to criticize Pete Carroll too much. I think the team rebuild is proceeding very quickly and that he deserves high marks for it.

    But I think his handling of Tarvaris Jackson after the injury is the worst mistake I’ve seen Carroll make. Rushing Jackson back into practice and activating him for the Bengals game was the wrong thing to do. TJack should have been locked down with no practice for a couple of weeks after that injury to get a chance to heal. Whitehurst should have finished that Bengals game.

    TJack got no chance to heal up. Now he is struggling with a repeated stress injury that affects his throwing motion and he won’t be right the rest of the season. What’s the sense in that.

  5. Hindsight is 20/20. Pete was trying to win the last couple of games — that’s why he played TJ. Now that they lost the games, we can look back and say that it would have been better for Charlie to have played and TJ to have healed.

    The chances of beating the Ravens are slim to none, so perhaps Pete will decide to play Charlie on Sunday.

  6. No Charlie, please and respectfully. Any chance Josh Portis can move into the #2 spot? Probably not this week, so clipboard boy might be the guy again if Tjack is shelved again (ugh, sigh).

    Stevos, great points. I wanted Tjack back asap as well, but in hindsight it may have been unreasonable to rush him. The pectoral injury is not all that common (I can’t recall another QB in recent times with the injury, just def lineman), don’t think there was a lot of history to go off of.

    Cable has been a tough sell, but so is grooming a young offensive line with a limited preseason. Give them a full off season and I think we’ll all feel a lot better.

    Speaking of which…imagine living in a Seahawk blogosphere, where the present is the ‘current season’ and where the ‘off season’ can be reserved for draft chat and free agent hopes and wishes…after our actual draft slot has been determined?

    Imagine…ahhh, who am I to kid?



  7. After all, it’s not as if we ever really stop obsessing about the Hawks. This thing is a year around project.

  8. HawkfaninMT says:

    I have no complaints about Cable. I do feel like T-Jack was brought in under similar circumastances to Gallery, and thus far seems to be a much more effective pick up.

    Both were brought in due to their familiarity with the coaches system. Both were brought to succedd with an abbreviated off season. Both were expected to lead their perpective units… Thus far it is impossible to say where each unit would be without the FA pick up, but I feel like T-Jack has been much more successful. I think a full offseason of work outs and camps will do wonders for this offense though.

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