SEATTLE, Wash. — Last week was a quick turnaround for Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman Duane Brown. After the Seahawks acquired the Pro Bowl left tackle from the Houston Texans in exchange for draft picks, the veteran needed to quickly adjust to his new team in the Pacific Northwest days before making his debut.
But Brown has been in the league for 10 years, and playing in a similar offensive system at one point in his career made the adjustment pretty solid leading up to Sunday's 17-14 loss to the Washington Redskins at CenturyLink Field.
"I thought I did pretty good," Brown said after the game in the locker room Sunday. "It's a system I'm somewhat familiar with that I had early in my career. I just learned the terminology throughout the week. It was crucial for me and the offensive line, and the coaching staff did a great job getting me up to speed, so I thought I did all right."
Brown said he received a lot of reps during the short week of practice for him and that he worked on getting his conditioning back to where it needed to be after holding out for the start of the season with Houston looking for a new contract.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll didn't have an immediate assessment of Brown's play postgame Sunday because he prefers to digest game film before offering any sort of evaluation, but on his weekly interview with 710 ESPN Seattle this morning, Carroll thought Brown solidified the left side of Seattle's offensive line next to rookie Ethan Pocic and veteran Justin Britt.
"He played really well," Carroll said. "He was really good. He and Ethan (Pocic) and (Justin) Britt, the left side really played good. Solid as a rock, probably as good as we've seen. So that's a great first statement, we're in good shape there. I think you're going to see a lot from him as we move forward. We'll be able to utilize his strengths even more — this was one week. He's going to be a really good addition."
Brown, who took over for second-year offensive lineman Rees Odhiambo in the starting lineup at left tackle, played all 83 offensive snaps along the line with Pocic, Britt, Oday Aboushi and Germain Ifedi. Brown said going forward one of his goals is to continue to build his relationship with his teammates along the line.
"With offensive lineman, it's all about chemistry and being on the same page," Brown said. "I thought we did a decent job today. I just want to continue to build that chemistry and bond with them."
Although Brown played well for the most part in his debut, the Seahawks still struggled on offense against the Redskins. One of the main issues was that the Seahawks couldn't limit penalties Sunday, and ultimately got flagged 16 times for 138 yards. Even Brown himself took blame for getting flagged for a false start in the third quarter and knows how important it is for the Seahawks to fix those penalties if they want to win games.
"I've got some stuff to clean up, but I thought I played pretty good down the stretch," Brown said. "We had a lot of passing attempts trying to get back into the game and I thought I did a good job of keeping Russ (Russell Wilson) clean. But I had a false start penalty — that can't happen in crucial moments, so I've got to clean it up.
"You've got to be focused and that's something coach Carroll emphasizes — doing things right. We've got to continue to do that."
Despite it being shorten because of Thursday Night Football, another week of of preparation will be good for Brown as the Seahawks prepare to face the Arizona Cardinals on the road. It's a big divisional matchup as the Seahawks aim to keep pace with the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC West. The benefit of the short week is that it's a quick reset and should help Brown and the Seahawks forget Sunday's close loss to the Redskins.
"It's probably a good thing, man, I can get this bad taste out of my mouth," Brown joked Sunday. "We've got a tough team out there — divisional game — so we're going to try to clean up what we messed up on this week and go out and try to get another win."
Fan photos from the Seahawks' Week 9 game against the Washington Redskins at CenturyLink Field.