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Tom Cable: Seahawks Offensive Line 'Too Inconsistent’ Week 1 vs Packers
Seahawks offensive line and assistant head coach Tom Cable was disappointed with how Seattle’s offensive line as a whole performed Week 1 against the Green Bay Packers.
“Not good enough, too inconsistent and not good enough,” Cable said Wednesday when asked about the group’s performance. “At the end of the day, we have to play better in a couple of situations particularly.”
Cable noted that there were some good things he saw from the line but still felt they had too many inconsistences against the Packers’ defensive front.
The Packers got a lot of pressure on Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, sacking him three times and recording seven quarterback hits. Packers defensive lineman Mike Daniels and linebacker Nick Perry split the sacks at 1.5 each and Daniels hit Wilson a team-high four times.
“I give it to [Mike] Daniels, he played a heck of a football game,” Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Monday. “He gave us some problems and we didn’t deal with him as well as we thought we would.”
Although it was a down performance for the Seahawks offensive line, Carroll believes the group got better as the game wore on. Cable agreed with that assessment Wednesday and said the line had more mental errors than physical ones.
“I think it was more psychological, just being settled and handling the situation and just being consistent because a lot of good things were out there but we couldn’t keep them together,” Cable said.
The rhythm and flow the Seahawks hoped to start the season with on offense was absent Sunday partially because of the inconsistences up front. Seattle managed just 90 total yards rushing on the ground against the Packers, with 40 of them coming from Wilson. Only 15 carries were given to running backs against the Packers. Carroll and Cable each want to re-establish the run game since it has been a staple of the Seahawks’ identity over the last few years.
“We just stay committed to it, that’s all,” Carroll said when asked about getting the run game going. “We just stay committed to it and keep making it work, make it happen.”
At the end of the first half, however, the Seahawks did have some success operating out of their up-tempo, two-minute offense. The offensive change resulted in the Seahawks moving 74 yards in eight plays and putting up a field goal that gave them a 3-0 lead before halftime. Cable said going up-tempo isn’t really much of a challenge for linemen in the Seahawks’ system and it just comes down to communication and executing it.
“We were able to do some things there at the end of the first half in terms of tempo and rhythm and runs … two-minute wise and all that, (it was) pretty good stuff,” Cable explained.
It’s only the midway point of the week, but Cable said Wednesday he believes he’ll stick with the same offensive line group of Rees Odhiambo, Luke Joeckel, Justin Britt, Mark Glowinski and Germain Ifedi for Week 2 against the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers have a tall and very young defensive front that includes Arik Armstead, DeForest Buckner and 2017 No. 2 overall pick Solomon Thomas, giving Cable’s offensive line unit another good test early in the season.
Added Cable: “We’re just working and competing every day, but there’s no sense to panic or anything crazy like that.”Read