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Bevell plans to keep O-line shuffling to a minimum

Post by Eric Williams on Dec. 5, 2012 at 5:01 pm with 28 Comments »
December 5, 2012 5:01 pm

Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said ideally he and offensive line coach Tom Cable would not like to move guys around on the offensive line. But with James Carpenter done for the season, Seattle will work to get the best five guys at their best positions for Sunday.

So that means you likely will see some shuffling along the interior of the offensive line this week, with Paul McQuistan, John Moffitt and J.R. Sweezy all getting reps at both guard spots.

“We try not to move guys around,” Bevell said. “I mean you’d like to be able to plug the next guy in, (because) then when you start moving pieces, now you’re affecting two and three spots. So we’ll do as minimal movement as we can, but there may be times where you have to do that.”

Bevell said he planned to run some read option against Chicago last week, but mostly stayed with in the overtime because it proved so effective in getting to the edges of the Bears’ defense.

“I told coach that was our overtime plan,” Bevell said. “We did it six times in the overtime. No, it was definitely something we wanted to use going in.

“We started with it going into the overtime. Then I put a different a formation on it, and then when we did it, I kind of liked the matchup a little better. On the first time I think we got it on (Israel) Idonije rather than (Julius) Peppers. And a couple times early it was on Peppers, and he’s a pretty good athlete and can change directions.

“So then I saw that the first time, so we ran that three straight times to start the overtime (against Idonije), and it ended up being pretty good for us.”

The Seahawks added a unique player to the practice squad in running back Derrick Coleman. The UCLA product is deaf and uses hearing aids, so Seattle will have to make some adjustments in how to relay the team’s audible system as he learns the offense.

Coleman traveled to Seattle for a pre-draft visit in April.

“He wasn’t even in the meeting this morning that we were doing,” Bevell said. “He got here a little late. So we’ll have to adjust and see how all of that goes.”

Bevell, who played quarterback at the University of Wisconsin, said he has not heard from his alma mater about the school’s vacant job opening, with current head coach Bret Bielema resigning to take the head football job at Arkansas.

Also, Steve Mariucci of the NFL Network was at practice today, working on a feature on Russell Wilson.

On the injury front for Seattle, defensive end Red Bryant (foot) and cornerback Marcus Trufant (hamstring) did not practice today

Running back Marshawn Lynch (back), receiver Sidney Rice (head) and linebacker Leroy Hill (ankle) were limited.

For Arizona, receiver Andre Roberts (ankle) and defensive end Ronald Talley did not practice.

Defensive end Calais Campbell (calf), quarterback Kevin Kolb (ribs), safety Kerry Rhodes (quad), linebacker Reggie Walker (knee) and running back Beanie Wells (knee) were limited.

Defensive back Justin Bethel (shoulder), receiver Early Doucet (ribs), long snapper Mike Leach (back) and linebacker Paris Lenon (shoulder) were full participants.

Notes from practice
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  1. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Eric, Has J.R. Sweezy progressed,(in your opinion) to the point where he could be a full time starter soon at guard?

    I remember you were very high on him during training camp and that you thought he was the most impressive rookie in camp.

  2. Ewalters7354 says:

    I really hope Andre Roberts misses this game.That guy is a player.

  3. So, I wonder what defense Sherm is planning on using? I’d really hate to lose him for any games. If he’s innocent he needs to fight it, but with the way the league runs things, it doens’t really matter whether or not he used any PEDs what matters is explaining the positive test results.

  4. Dukeshire says:

    Mucci with Wilson, that will be fun to watch Sunday.

    I posted this earlier today, but with Bevell’s quotes above about the read-option, this is a good place to re-post.

  5. mocarob says:

    Maybe Sherm has a degreee in CSI. He can pull a ‘Gil’ and get off.

  6. Sekolah says:

    All Sherm needs is a little more time to get his doctor’s notes together. Clearly, there must be a medical reason for which he was taking Adderall. Perhaps Sherman even has or at one time *had* a certain condition which he was prescribed Adderall for.

    The Cardinals are fighting amongst themselves again. Isn’t that nice. This bodes well for an ass whipping. We owe them that much. Just need to jump on them early.

    But seriously, someone on the Seahawks OL better find a way to block Daryl Washington and Paris Lenon this game. Those two always seem to be the key reason for f***ing up anything the Seahawks offense has planned.

  7. GeorgiaHawk: Sweezy is getting better, but I think Moffitt trumps him in terms of technique right now because he’s played the position longer. They need Sweezy to push Moffitt because his conditioning isn’t great. Also, you might see McQuistan move back to left guard.

  8. sluggo42 says:

    Also, Steve Mariucci of the NFL Network was at practice today, working on a feature on Russell Wilson.

    Steve only interviews top of the pile guys, period. Sweet.

    Sherman needs only to proclaim innocence for two games. Then it’s only two games without both of them. I’m not too worried, I think wt3 is up to the task, and I look forward to the other kids too.

    As has a very tough pass defense, so I see a continuance of the option read, but I see a wrinkle of some quick passes, as I think AZ tries to anticipate this play with some quick corner blitzing that RW will have to be ready for with some quick hitters and slants. Should be interesting game of option reads, if we can get the one guy to mirror RW, the beast can have a fun day. As usual, I can’t wait.

  9. AKhawkFan says:

    Hey all! Long time no post. Been lurking around and reading most all of your guys’ posts and comments. Man, I love me some Russell Wilson. Anyway, my 7 month pregnant wife an I are flying down from AK to catch the AZ game. Any of you guys going? Would be cool to meet with some of you guys. Also, any of you local Seattlites know the best place to pick up a new jersey downtown?

  10. CDHawkFan says:

    Guys, it doesn’t matter if your doctor gave you a precription or not, you have to file paperwork with the NFL beforehand or else you get suspended (that is what happend to the suspended NY Giants Safety).

    Also, you either get 4 games or nothing, nothing in between for PED. Second offence is 1 year.

  11. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Thanks again Eric.

    That’s my #1 concern with Moffitt and Carpenter for almost two years now, ( since they came in as rookies) having struggled with weight issues in the past I know how difficult it is to move around carrying a couple of 15 lb turkeys around my waste, and thats just doing the things that regular folks do.

    I believe that poor conditioning can contribute not only to poor performace, but also contribute to injuries. And it certainly doesn’t help the process of recovering from injuries imo.

  12. About the O-Line:

    I don’t really care, there’s suitable people in position to make the blocks needed. After the Chicago game, I KNOW RW can do enough to slow down a pass rush. As soon as he gets out of the pocket and gets a clear view down the field, it’s game over. A strong, increasingly accurate arm is starting to pair with a developing NFL QB mind, and he’s even learning when to run and when to ground it, or run out of bounds. I couldn’t imagine his success if they were to install a receiver like Fitzgerald into this system. I’d be 100 percent for Flynn+1st rounder for him, if he wants a trade.

  13. montanamike2 says:

    RADEoN i’d settle for a brandon Marshall type as well. We’ll have more room for options this draft, with PC/JS scouting maybe a guy like that can be taken in the draft. One can only wish.

  14. montanamike2 says:

    I’d be leery of giving up our backup qb to anyone unless we were compensated with a boatload of picks/ players (good ones, not garbage).

  15. Ewalters7354 says:

    The hawks actually worked out Josh Johnson. Who I believe is a decent backup.So if they were to trade Flynn they have an insurance type player who’s skill set fit this offense. I wouldn’t mind shipping Flynn for another good receiver or pass rusher.

  16. GeorgiaHawk says:

    RADEoN- I hope you are on to something. It would be a dream come true to get Fitzgerald. Heck, I would throw in Browner too.

  17. montanamike2 says:

    No way AZ trades him = pipedream.

  18. seahawk44 says:

    I believe Audible asked this in a previous post but U did not see it answered.
    Are the suspended players allowed to practice with the team?

  19. mojjonation says:

    Trading within the division is just plain stupid.

    With the offense getting 460yards last week, on the road, in Chicago, at an early kickoff, I’d be worried about filling in for Browner and Sherman (in the future). Didn’t those two get used and abused by Marshall?

  20. GeorgiaHawk says:

    mojjonation- Every corner gets used and abused by Marshall, especially when the defense is foolish enough to single cover him.

  21. HawkfaninMT says:

    Just to cool everyone’s jets a little bit. These are the stats from the last time Thurmond lined up across from Larry Fitz in Seattle. Fitz went 3 for 30

  22. SandpointHawk says:

    Are the suspended players allowed to practice with the team?

    No and no pro bowl either…

  23. AKhawkfan, we tailgate before every home game West of Stadium accross street from Event Center in lot between Silver Cloud Hotel (corner Royal Brougham, Occidental Ave and First Ave) and Hawks Nest Bar(First Ave. In Black Dodge PU with Shadow Criuser Camper flying 12 Flag, good group of tailgaters here, we get there night before.
    Your more than welcome to join.
    more details Facebook Yakima Seahawk Fans Group

    I havnt posted in a while either, simply got tired of BS ACIB and friends rants

  24. AKhawkFan says:


    Sounds like a decent plan. I have to pass it by preggers but if she is down you will see me there. As long as we are winning with Russ we won’t be hearing from ACIB. This is my third game and we were blown away in the first two. Here is hoping I’m not bad luck. GO HAWKS!

  25. mojjonation says:

    Georgia…the Hawks managed to shut down pretty much every other big name receiver since the beginning of the year using not a whole lot more than single coverage. I think I read 14 targets, 10 receptions, for 160 yards. The irony of it all was that it came the game after it was announced that both Sherman and Browner had failed a drug test back in Spetember. Maybe it was the stress of knowing that they were going to be suspended. Maybe it was the fact that Cutler doesn’t care who or what is covering Marshall and he will throw him the ball anyway. I see it as that oen catch at the end of the game pushed Cutler over 200 yards (he had 230 for the game so he was pretty pedestian up until that one throw), pushed Marshall north of 150 yards (he had 8 catches for about 100 up until that point), and made Chicago’s total offense about 360 (so they had 300 yards up until that point). All of it adds up to that one pass that Marshall caught at a clutch moment during the game skews the numbers a bit.

    I guess me saying that our CB’s got abused was a bit overzealous.

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