After being “under siege” in Week One according to head coach Pete Carroll, it appears disorder once again could become the order of the day for the Seahawks’ offensive line.
After starting 17 different O-line combinations the past two seasons, assistant head coach/offensive line Tom Cable wasted no time shaking his unit up after a shaky opening-game performance from “everybody on the line except for C Max Unger,” according to one daily team observer.
It took one game for Cable to replace seventh-round rookie surprise J.R. Sweezy at right guard with 2011 third-rounder John Moffitt, the starting right guard in nine games last season before suffering a season-ending MCL injury. Making matters potentially much worse is the bruised left knee that forced former first-round OLT Russell Okung to limp out of the Seahawks’ Week One loss to the Cardinals — the latest injury threatening to set back Okung just when it was looking like he could be settling into a potential All-Pro groove.
After holding him out of practices much of this week, the Seahawks hope Okung will be able to suit up Sunday. But the odds are strong that, if he does play, Okung will be at less than full strength, a condition that has become commonplace in his pro career.
It is worth noting that Okung was far from stellar before getting hurt in Week One, getting called for three false-start penalties. But team insiders tell us Okung and Unger are definitely considered the two main cogs on an otherwise relatively unsettled line, although ex-Packer Breno Giacomini seems to have found a comfortable home at right tackle.
Don’t be surprised if James Carpenter, the starting right tackle in nine games in 2011 as a rookie before suffering a season-ending knee injury in a pass-protection practice drill, keeps the Seahawks' O-line carousel rolling once he fully returns to action at left guard. We hear it’s quite possible he eventually could give Paul McQuistan, the current starter, a strong run for his money.