Seahawks confident Unger can get job done at center

Posted July 13, 2011 @ 5:01 p.m.
Posted By Dan Arkush

There's no denying the leap of faith the Seahawks appear committed to on the right side of their offensive line with rookies James Carpenter and John Moffitt already being named the starters at right tackle and right guard, respectively. But it's also worth noting the confidence the team has in Max Unger's ability to fill the starting center role, despite his limited play at the position at the pro level.

"They have no qualms that center is his natural position," one team insider said of Unger, who started the final three games at center his rookie year in 2009 (after starting at right guard most of the campaign) and missing practically all of last season with a toe injury. "They think he has the same kind of intangibles as (former Seahawks C) Robbie Tobeck, with the ability to see the field well and make pre-snap calls. And like (former Seahawks OG) Steve Hutchinson, Unger rarely makes the same mistake twice."

Unger is expected to take over for free agent Chris Spencer, whom team insiders don't see returning to Seattle. With 2010 first-round draft pick Russell Okung manning the fort at left tackle, youth will emphatically be served on at least 80 percent of the Seahawks' O-line, with the starter at left guard yet to be determined.

"They know they have a very young line, but there is no panic," the insider said. "They like the idea of the line growing together and look forward to it being really good down the road."