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First look at O-Line

Post by Dave Boling / The News Tribune on July 28, 2012 at 2:15 pm with 13 Comments »
July 28, 2012 2:15 pm

The first look at the Seahawks offensive line at training camp is ominous. James Carpenter appears to be nowhere close to being ready to play. He has the bulky brace on his left knee and is doing a little bit of running, but he’s in no drills and doesn’t even stretch with the team. After practice, Pete Carroll said that Carpenter’s timetable for a return is hard to calculate. Just giving it the eye-ball test, I’d say it’s not looking good, because not only is he not healthy, he’s also not fit. Even when that knee recovers, it could take him a while to get back into playing shape.

Breno Giacomini, as expected, is at right tackle in his place, with Paul McQuistan working with the first group at left guard. Okung and Moffitt, both coming off injuries, look fine. And Unger, with his new contract in place, appears dedicated to strengthening a leadership role of that unit. He’s the first guy sprinting around between sessions, etc. Having a tough, smart center as a leader up front is huge (i.e. Robbie Tobeck).

The backups, from left to right, were Omiyale, Sweezey, Jeanpierre, Lutui and Fanaika. Quick assessments: Bruce Irvin gave Omiyale a hard time in one-on-one pass drills. Irvin, in fact, looked like a beast. I mean … a beast. Sweezey is getting the hang of staying low on drive blocks, and Lutui has an amazingly powerful punch … that initial double-armed thrust he makes at a defender. Sweezey and Giacomini had false starts during team sessions.


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  1. Eric,
    What about Barron?

  2. Dukeshire says:

    Dave, If Moffitt continues with the first unit, would you expect Lutui to get a shot to earn the LG spot?

    Love to read that about Irvin.

    No surprise regarding Carpenter.

    Thanks, Dave!

  3. bbnate420 says:

    I now move the chances of Carp going on the IR at some point this season at 75%.

  4. FleaFlicker says:

    Dave, awesome update. Appreciate you not pulling any punches with regard to Carpenter. Gotta call it like you see it.

    CANNOT WAIT to see these guys in action at C-Link!

  5. Soggybuc says:

    Sounds like the Hawks will just have to cut bait on Carp and move on.

  6. bbnate420 says:

    Even if he misses all of 2012, why would they have, “to cut bait and move on”? Someone else has said basically the same thing. I don’t get it. Don’t see what they have to lose by letting him compete for a job in 2013?

  7. Dukeshire says:

    I don’t fully understand that rational either.

  8. really?

    no way “we” cut bait…

    AFTER this year, “WE” still have 2 years of Carp at LG…

  9. No matter what we think of him it is still pretty clear that the coaching staff like Carpenter – if he doesn’t recover and play well that is one thing but PUP for now and IR later doesn’t seem to unreasonable to me

  10. I was there too, I thought the o-line looked just okay. It could be that the D-line looked REALLY good and the pass rush was present for a refeshing change. Irvin, Clem and Jones were all in on certain formations and were collapsing the pocket and disrupting the QB’s.
    Speaking of QB’s…as hard as it is to say, T-Jack looked the most like a NFL QB. Flynn did not appear very aggressive leading and Wilson got lost in the pocket a few times. All 3 had some very good plays and it was the first day of Camp, I’m going again next Sat so I’ll see if there is a difference with the players in full pads.
    The Defense looks ready to go right now…WOW
    Irvin did seem to hesitate momentarily on some snap counts, but he is very very fast once he goes.
    Overall, I was surprised how crisp and better both sides look, I’ve been to practices before and they were definitely better than they have looked in years.
    More later…

  11. SandpointHawk says:

    T-Jack has always been good in camp. It’s game time he has problems with…

  12. Macabrevity says:

    I honestly never counted Carp when I thought of how our O-line can/could look. For me the key will be Okung staying healthy. I like Carp’s replacement better than I ever liked Carp anyway. Never expected him to get back in this season, and don’t see next season’s line as hinging on him either way, so the ‘cut bait’ comment really isn’t a problem for me. By the time (IF) he gets healthy, and into playing shape, he’ll be so far behind the guys that Cable has coached up anyway, I personally doubt he’ll ever make an impact in a Hawk’s jersey. Just my two cents…

  13. iHateHarbaugh says:

    the only one on the o-line i wanna know about is Okung… #12thMan

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