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Post by Dave Boling / The News Tribune on Sep. 19, 2013 at 5:13 am with 28 Comments »
September 19, 2013 6:20 am

When a Pro Bowl left tackle is ruled out for a game, it generates a lot of attention. Here’s Todd Dybas’ story on the Seahawks’ situation at left tackle with Russell Okung missing Sunday’s game against Jacksonville with a toe injury.

This week’s Wednesday teleconference with the opposing coach was a lot more genial than last week’s as we got a chance to chat with former Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley. The Jaguars are struggling, but the team likes Bradley’s approach, and his positive attitude hasn’t changed. Here’s my column on Gus.

Other health issues on the offensive line were a topic of concern, too. Right guard J.R. Sweezy didn’t practice because of a back issue and tackle Breno Giacomini was limited by a knee problem. Lemuel Jeanpierre, a swing center-guard worked at right guard and rookie Michael Bowie shared time with the first unit with Giacomini. Clare Farnsworth at put the focus on Paul McQuistan, who will be called upon to take over the left tackle position while Russell Okung heals his injured toe.

New York Daily News power ratings have Denver at No. 1 and Seattle No. 2.  Vegas likes the Seahawks, though, as they moved to Super Bowl favorites, with speculation that the injury to left tackle Ryan Clady hurts Denver’s chances. The Hawks are now 9-to-2 to Denver’s 5-to-1 odds.

USAToday offers some questions about the validity of the sound tests taken at CenturyLink during the 49ers game.

At, Gil Brandt rates the league’s deepest rosters, and considers the Niners 1 and Seahawks 2. He particularly likes the depth in the lines on both sides of the ball.


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  1. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Thanks Dave for the early morning links.

  2. Southendzone says:

    Oops, 1st link is not to Dybas story, but is to the same Boling story described in the 2nd link.

  3. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Breno sore knee, Sweezy back problem. Carpenter still getting in the groove. Okung out.
    I can’t help but think that at least keeping Moffitt for depth would have helped this team now.

  4. I think Sweezy being out would actually help….. prefer Lemuel Jeanpierre, he has played oline for more than 1.5 years.

  5. Dave Boling says:

    Okay, thanks Southendzone, I fixed that link. Looks like Todd is going to have some morning links, too a little later. Inadvertently double-teaming you today.

    Georgiahawk, I thought about Moffitt, too. I think that was kind of a statement move.

    Given the way this team has succeeded with the Next Man Up philosophy, I am a little eager to see what Bailey and Bowie can offer if they get a little time. Pete hinted a bit yesterday that Bailey might get tossed in a little to spell McQuistan.

    This could be the perfect week to try some guys (perhaps seeing Christine Michael active given the injury to Spencer Ware). Although, Jacksonville’s defense has not been their limiting factor. They’ve played pretty well, in fact.

  6. NYHawkFan says:

    I’m not necessarily a TJack fan, but it would be nice to see him get some playing time as well. After Wilson gets his reps in and we have a nice lead, why not lit Jackson play, say, the last couple of series?

  7. montanamike2 says:

    I was thinking the same thing. Do we hang 28 on them in the first half and then hand the reigns to Tjack in the second half?

  8. RDPoulsbo says:

    Why is it only those who have never been to a Seahawk game doubt the noise? As for that teacher that studied acoustics, well I took a class in acoustics as well. While he might be correct about the decible level of the voice, anyone with a minor account of knowledge knows that formula only work with zero external influences, a real world impossibility. Maybe he was the guy behind me asleep when we learned how to factor in reverberations off objects like a roof, metal, or concrete.

    I’m sure as long as Seattle’s D is on the field, this game will not be close. I fully expect them to score more than the Jax offense. The Hawks do need to work on getting their offense in sync, but after a few scores, it’ll probably bee wise to bring in the backups to protect from injury. This is looking like that home game a few years back against Houston when they were the worst team in the league all over again.

  9. They shouldn’t play Tjack until at least into the 4th quarter. RW and the receivers need to work on timing etc right now. IMO. With that said, I would love to see, Michael get a series or 2 here and there. Bailey to rotate in at Tackle for a series maybe.

    It sounded to me like that Bailey would be next in live after McQ. That may not be true but just listening to Carroll talk I thought it would be Bailey before Bowie.

    Should be interesting! and how about the Richardson trade?

  10. yankinta says:

    lol, wow…. look at all of you counting this win already…. :)

  11. I agree with getting TJack some work – I wanted him to come into the 49ers game to put an exclamation point on how bad we kicked their butt.

  12. But lets win the game first…..

  13. yankinta says:

    agreed with blocis,, That teams have Pros that are getting paid millions too. So let’s try to win this game first. Hopefully our Offense can get going and Micheal Bowie or Alvin Bailey can get some experience at LT to get ready for the Texans…

  14. Nope…NO, no, no T-JACK until Russell Wilson finds his groove. He needs the reps himself because:

    1. He has two new receivers, a new TE, and a new FB. Those guys need to get in synch because the defense will not hold all of our opponents to five points.

    2. It really appears that the coaches are trying to change Wilson’s style of play and keep him in the pocket longer. I think this his smothering his game right now.

    At some point, I Wilson and the coaches need to accept that he’s at his best when allowed to improvise and making things happen. He’s a scrambling quarterback, for better or worse, so they need plan around his strengths and not try to turn him into something he’s not.

    Wilson brings things you can’t plan for or coach..and they just need to trust him to play in the moment and make things happen, even if it’s not textbook quarterbacking. That’s his game. But, right now it looks to me like he’s over-thinking his plays, which shows up in the stats as sacks, incompletions, and interceptions.

    Two of those sacks last week were brutal…he can get injured take those hits in the pocket just as easily as he can on the run..but, at least when he’s moving, the defense has to tackle a moving target.

  15. Trent Richardson doesn’t fit what the new coaches in Cleveland want to do. He’s not thriving there. The Colts need more talent at RB. Smart for both teams.

    If Carroll had inherited Shawn Alexander in his 2nd year, they probably would have done the same thing with him.

  16. RDPoulsbo says:

    Yep, I’m counting this one as a win. It’s as close as to being automatic as any NFL game has been over the past couple years.

    Though I guess you could put down some money on a straight up Jacksonville win if you so wish. With those odds that’s some serious cash if it happens. Reminds me of a joke I heard a long time ago: How do you know an Irishman is at a cock fight? He enters a duck. How do you know a Pollock is at the cock fight? He bets on the duck. How do you know an Italian is at the the cock fight? The duck wins.

  17. yankinta says:

    Audible, not smart for Colts at all,,, RB’s are not worth first round picks trade value anymore, would have been a good trade if it was a 2nd round pick…. Browns got the better of the deal.

    p.s, Andrew Luck is running out of excuses now that he’s got a legitimate RB.

  18. Carlsonkid says:

    Completely off-subject & please forgive me for sounding insensitive ; any chance the Mariners get sold to someone who actually gives a crap about the team now that our Japanese owner has passed ? You know , the guy couldn’t even go see his own team play when they were playing in Japan . The Husky football team went from 0-12 to nationally ranked in half the time the Mariners have been wallowing in the basement ! Sigh …

    OK , meanwhile … GO HAWKS !!

  19. chuck_easton says:

    Ok, I sincerely hope the team isn’t thinking and talking like people on here.

    A sure win? Already putting this one in the win column? Our backups will be in the game by 1/2 time?

    Any given Sunday any team can beat any other. It’s not a win until the final whistle and the scoreboard shows the Seahawks have scored more points than the Jags.

    I know Seattle is the better team. But people are definitely getting a little cocky around here.

    What’s going to happen the first time the team looses? It’s been 41 years since a team went undefeated. The odds are there will be a few games this year that put a L in the record.

    I hope to heaven that the players don’t think they can just ‘mail it in’ this weekend or they might be caught with their pants down.

    Yes, all things considered, I expect the team to win. But let’s wait to see what type of a fight the other guys put up before we start treating this like the Hawks are playing Sister Mary’s School for Wayward Girls.

    There are going to be 45 guys wearing a different uniform that are also professional football players and they aren’t going to just walk to midfield and surrender.

    Confidence is one thing. Cockiness is quite another and it’s cockiness that can lead to an upset.

  20. doubledink says:

    Yank, I don’t see Luck making any excuses.

    Chuck, the wayward girls I have known would be a fine backup in a bar fight.

    The Browns fans will look at this trade the way Seahawks fans view letting Hutch walk. Unless this coach and GM turn it around in a major way within 2 years the fans will be calling for their heads. Some already are but that is the typical knee-jerk.

  21. yankinta says:

    doubledink, you are right,, it’s those Luck Defenders that are making excuses for him. We have a few of those here on this blog. :)

  22. Dukeshire says:

    If the Brown’s had a capable front office, they might have gotten the better of the deal. A first is a high price, to be sure, but overall it’s a great move for the Colts.

  23. NYHawkFan says:

    No one said this is a sure win. As was stated, confidence can be misunderstood to be cockiness. That’s why a lot of people don’t like Sherman, his confidence comes across as cockiness. Those who said that Jackson and other 2nd team players should get in some reps were speaking on the condition that it should happen if we have the lead late in the game. That implies that if we don’t have the lead, they wouldn’t get in the game. It’s that simple.

    We’re hoping, yes confident even, that we’ll win. That doesn’t guarantee anything, however, and I think most realize that.

  24. Tweeted by Jason La Canfora:

    Seattle LT Russell Okung will visit Dr. James Andrews this week to get further information on his injured toe

    11:30 AM – 19 Sep 2013

  25. freedom_X says:

    If the “Japanese owner” hadn’t bought the team, the Mariners would have been in Florida for the past 20 years.

    If the Seahawks play to their talent level, they’ll be able to put backups in during the middle of the 3rd quarter. If not, a lot of money is going to change hands in Las Vegas this Sunday.

    No one here makes excuses for Andrew Luck. Facts are enough to make his case.

  26. yankinta says:

    lol,, ummm ok.

  27. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Another week and yet another Luck discussion. You are the only one bringing up Luck. Nobody here makes as much a deal about him than you. Just like Wilson, he is headed into week three of his second season as a starting QB. There isn’t one player at any position that gets into the Hall of Fame or is a bust their first two years in the league. Maybe give it a rest already.

  28. Audible–totally agree on RW being smothered by overcoaching and thinking too much! Excellent point–he’s getting hit worse trying to sit in the pocket and/or hold the ball too long than last year running the read option!

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