Dave Boling of The News Tribune spent some time talking to Seattle Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable over the weekend, the results of which you can read about in Boling’s column this morning.
Cable said it’s night and day in terms of his unit’s overall depth, pointing to how guys like Breno Giacomini and Lemuel Jeanpierre gained confidence by filling in for starters John Moffitt and James Carpenter during the second half of the season.
Boling: Tackle James Carpenter, a first-round pick, and fellow rookie guard John Moffitt both went down with knee injuries in mid-November, and tackle Russell Okung, a first-round pick in 2010, was lost with a torn pectoral in early December.
But Cable said he saw enough in those guys before the injuries “… that all of a sudden you start saying, ‘Wow, that’s why we got them.’ ”
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Breno Giacomini jumped in at right tackle, and Paul McQuistan and Lemuel Jeanpierre plugged in just about everywhere else as the running game continued to build to critical mass.
“There was a ton of pride in those guys being able to do (what they did),” Cable said of the fill-ins. “But I’d rather not go through that again.”
The benefit, though, is that “we know we have a group, top to bottom, where your eighth or ninth guy can go in and win for you,” Cable said. “So our depth got taken to a new level.”
Here’s my story from today, focusing on Utah State teammates Robert Turbin and Bobby Wagner.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times takes a look at the one question dominating discussion of quarterback Russell Wilson – is he tall enough to be effective in the NFL.
Tim Booth of the Associated Press gives us more on veteran offensive tackle Alex Barron.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com has a nice run down on what players have been working with the first-unit offense and defense during the rookie minicamp.
More Farnsworth: He talks to defensive coordinator Gus Bradley about the speed and length Bruce Irvin and Bobby Wagner add to the defense.
Tony Ventrella of Seahawks.com provides some highlights and player interviews in this video link.
Dan Pompei of the National Football Post writes that Cleveland passed on Matt Flynn in free agency because the Browns didn’t feel he was a better option than what they already had on the roster in Colt McCoy. Pompei also says there’s a chance that James Carpenter does not play for the Seahawks in 2012 because of a slow recovery from ACL knee surgery. I thought Carpenter has looked ahead of schedule in the limited amount of times I’ve seen him on the field.
Steve Kelly of the Seattle Times writes that Robert Turbin is inspired by memories of his late brother, Lonnie, who fell victim to drugs in the streets of Oakland, and was shot and killed in February.
Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com has Seattle selecting California receiver Keenan Allen at No. 12 in his first 2013 mock draft.
More Rang: He takes a look at the top prospects for 2013.