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June
10th

Line coach Tom Cable expects spring parade of centers to yield new starter by early in preseason

Tom Cable, joking about Russell Okung interrupting a post-OTA-practice interview on Tuesday in the video above, isn’t more than the Seahawks’ offensive line coach this spring. He’s become the team’s chief mixologist.

Cable’s been using more centers than a hockey team does. That’s been since Seattle sent two-time Pro Bowl center Max Unger to New Orleans in March in the trade that added star tight end Jimmy Graham to the Seahawks’ recently meager passing game.

Lemuel Jeanpierre, Unger’s backup for most of the last five seasons, has been the first-string center for the majority

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May
11th

Tom Cable’s conversion of defensive tackles into offensive linemen continues

This weekend coach Pete Carroll remarked his offensive-line coach Tom Cable was “like a kid in a candy store” with all the projects he was leading through the Seahawks’ rookie minicamp.

Fourth-round pick Terry Poole, a plowing, 6-foot-5, 323-pound left offensive tackle at San Diego State, moving to left guard for Seattle. Sixth-round choice Kristjan Sokoli, a defensive tackle at the University of Buffalo, looking impressively athletic at center.

And now Kona Schwenke, a defensive tackle at Notre Dame, on the New York Jets practice squad and on the rosters of the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs, to guard.

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May
8th

Tom Cable on Seahawks OL as minicamp begins: “We like the guys we have”

The Seahawks are beginning their three-day rookie minicamp today at team headquarters in Renton.

Offensive line coach Tom Cable likes the blockers he will have there — and beyond.

Cable talked Saturday after the team drafted Terry Poole from San Diego State and Mark Glowinski to play guard. It was an hour or two before Seattle selected Kristjan Sokoli with the intent to convert the defensive tackle from the University of Buffalo into a center beginning this weekend.

That’s what Cable did a few years ago with seventh-round pick J.R. Sweezy. The college defensive end is now the Seahawks’ starting

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May
2nd

Seahawks draft 2 blockers within 4 picks of fourth round; can play T, G or C; take tall, quick CB Tye Smith in 5th round

The Seahawks have heard you! They took not one but two offensive linemen who could possibly replace departed free agent James Carpenter at left guard this coming season and beyond.

With the 130th-overall pick in the fourth round Seattle got San Diego State offensive lineman Terry Poole, 6 feet 5, 310 pounds. His athleticism is exemplified by the fact he was a basketball player first in high school and was recruited into junior college as both a football and basketball player.

Four picks later Seattle chose West Virginia guard Mark Glowinski, who played tackle for two seasons at a junior

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April
22nd

GM John Schneider on Russell Wilson, draft, Bruce Irvin, Michael Bennett, Jimmy Graham, more

General manager John Schneider talked this afternoon at team headquarters in Renton with media members who regularly cover the Seahawks. The main topics were general and philosophical ones about the draft.

Near the end of the half hour or so I asked Schneider how he would now characterize contract negotiations with quarterback Russell Wilson. The 26-year old is coming up on the final season of his four-year rookie

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April
14th

Seahawks have a decision to make by May 3 on Bruce Irvin’s future beyond 2015

The Seahawks raised eyebrows and curiosity by making Bruce Irvin the 15th-overall draft choice out of West Virginia in 2012. He was supposedly a one-dimensional pass-rush specialist for whom most of the league thought Seattle reached way high to get.

The Seahawks then raised Irvin’s profile and impact on the league’s No. 1-ranked defense when they benched Super Bowl 48 MVP Malcolm Smith last season and made Irvin an every-down player: a strong-side linebacker on running downs and a rush end off the edge of the defensive line in passing situations.

Now, will they give him the raise that speaks the

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April
7th

NFL draft preview: Possibilities for Seahawks at C & G, starting with Penn St.’s Donovan Smith

Start at the 3:24 mark of this interview I did with CBSSports.com and NFLDraftScout draft guru Rob Rang of Tacoma to hear what offensive linemen the Seahawks may be interested in selecting beginning May 1.

Remember, for now Seattle does not have a selection on April 30, the draft’s featured first day which has only the first round. The Seahawks sent their 31st-overall pick to New Orleans last month for tight end Jimmy Graham.

They also sent two-time Pro Bowl center Max Unger to the Saints to get Graham and an extra pick

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March
31st

Aloha: Russell Wilson’s offseason workouts apparently in Hawaii; OL coach Cable at FSU pro day

Russell Wilson is apparently taking his offseason workouts for the Seahawks’ passing game to Hawaii.

Tight end Luke Willson talked with his hometown newspaper in Ontario, Canada, the Windsor Star, about his offseason. In the interview Willson said he and other Seahawks receivers are going to Hawaii for a “team activity” in a few weeks (see the 6:18 mark on the linked video).

Each spring Seattle’s quarterback organizes 7-on-7 passing and pass-defense drills for his teammates in decidedly non-football venues before the team’s minicamps begin. In previous Aprils he’s brought them to Hermosa Beach, California, just south of Los Angeles, for work

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