Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll interviewed this morning with 710 ESPN Seattle radio. Topics ranged from the NFL calling the Seahawks to admit Tharold Simon‘s illegal contact penalty should not have been called to fans worrying about Earl Thomas returning punts. “It’s another football play,” said Carroll, “You can worry all you want. I don’t live in the world of worrying what could go wrong.”
But the discussion that intrigued me most was about the offensive line. Carroll gave insight to how the line’s injuries are coming along. He announced Seattle’s center Max Unger and left tackle Russell Okung should be on the field during Friday’s matchup against the Chicago Bears. This is great news for the Seahawks. Injuries caused Unger, Okung, and right tackle Breno Giacomini, now with the New York Jets, to miss a combined 18 games last season. Unger suffered a groin injury and Okung missed eight games last season thanks to a torn ligament in his toe. This offseason Okung underwent surgery and appears to be making a great comeback.
Russell okung participated in team drills for the first time. Looked good.
— Brian Nemhauser (@hawkblogger) August 12, 2014
After practice last week Seattle’s offensive line coach Tom Cable said, “It’s nice we are getting guys back in the lineup, which will help.” He is right. The Seahawks offensive line was non-existent in the first preseason game against the Denver Broncos. The return of left guard James Carpenter and improvement from rookie right tackle Justin Britt allowed the Seahawks to move the chains in the San Diego matchup. The Chargers defense is not the best in the league, but the Seahawks still dominated the game without starting players.
Time will tell how great the Seahawks offensive line really is, but one thing is certain: we have already seen the worst of it. Additionally they appear to be getting along as they have spent quality time with each other.
Finished my first round of hot yoga with a couple of guys on the offensive line. Such a great time!
— Russell Okung (@russell_okung) July 18, 2014
Facts about the Seahawks number one offensive line:
Justin Britt, RT
Undefeated state wrestler in his high school senior year.
Started all games as Missouri’s right tackle during 2011 and 2013 seasons.
James Carpenter, LG
Started every game at left tackle during his two-year career at Alabama.
In 2010 helped Alabama win the National Championship by blocking for 16 100-yard rushers.
Russell Okung, LT
As the sixth overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, Okung became the highest drafted tackle in Seahawks history.
Voted to the 2012 Pro Bowl.
J.R. Sweezy, RG
Played linebacker in high school and recorded 195 tackles in 12 games his senior year.
Won North Carolina’s 3A heavyweight wrestling championship.
Max Unger, C
In 2009 Unger became the first rookie lineman to start all 16 games since Ray Roberts in 1992.
Last season, the six-year veteran was voted as the NFC’s starting center in the Pro Bowl.