For years the Seahawks have stuck to their same five offensive linemen almost no matter what (barring injuries). They seemed to do this even several years ago, when the line seemed like it need an infusion of new talent in a couple spots. The line played great last season, ending talk about the need for changes. Injuries have forced some shuffling this season.
Mike Holmgren has also altered his philosophy a little bit. As Holmgren implied yesterday, he envisions Rob Sims as a starter in the not-too-distant future. The team has already experienced lots of turnover at left guard, so Holmgren has decided it wouldn't hurt to work Sims in there. By his thinking, the team will be better prepared if something happens to Floyd Womack, who has a long history of injuries. And if Sims outplays Womack in the short term, they'll be in position to make the change outright.
Holmgren: "We like Rob Sims. We think he has a bright future. While 'Chop' is doing a good job in there, if you don't plan for it and you just say 'Listen, as the game kind of evolves, we'll stick this player in,' you forget. Or the emotions of the game kind of get you and you say, 'No, we better not do that.' So I said I don't want to do that. I want him to play a little bit. You never know. With the injuries we've had in the offensive line, the experience of playing a guy can help him down the road. I hope we don't have any more, but it just prepares him for the eventuality that he might play. So we did it. We might do it again, I don't know that. We'll have to decide that."
Asked if the move represents a change in philosophy, Holmgren said: "We're not doing that with a guy who is a five-year veteran or a six-year veteran. We're doing it at a position where we've had three guys play there this year. So I think that has allowed me to do what we're doing. If we had a veteran in there, we wouldn't do it, if he had experience there. Because when I say that, I believe it. The continuity in the offensive line is very, very important. I don't even know if we are going to do it again this week. I can't tell you that."