Wednesday, September 7, 2011

All I Want For Christmas is an Offensive Line

Like the Ghost of Christmas Past, the loss of Steve Hutchinson reminds us why things took a major turn for the worse. The Seahawks have used 16 different starting combinations over the last two seasons. That is 16 different lines in 32 games! Not exactly the stability you need to win in this league.

This year, like the last five, I hoped for continuity on the o-line--so the bigguns could gel as a unit. I knew they were young, so reps would be more important than ever.

Instead Big Russ makes it through a whopping three plays before his preseason is over. Robert Gallery didn't show much in the first couple games, and then gets hurt in the last one--putting his regular season debut in jeopardy. Unger, Carpenter and Moffitt remain healthy but their blocking needs a lot of work, based on what we have seen so far. Carpenter is now backing up Left Guard and may start there on Sunday. Let's hope he is better there then at Right Tackle and that his nickname, "the turnstile" doesn't stick. It can't get worse, can it?

If these guys can't play together, then let's watch these five play together.

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