TNT’s Dave Boling profiles new offensive line coach Pat Ruel, who had to catch an early flight from Nebraska to make it out here on Monday.
Ruel participated in practice and should fit right in with his experience with the zone blocking scheme. Ruel coached the same scheme for at Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll during his five seasons coaching offensive line at for the Trojans.
The Seahawks also have another Golden on the team. Ruel’s full name is Golden Pat Ruel.
His reputation is solid. Way back when he was an assistant at Washington State (late ’70s, early ’80s), coach Jim Walden called him one of the most innovative and creative coaches around.
His special skill? Communicating with his players. Asked to describe himself as a coach in a few words, Ruel responded: “Are you kidding? I’m awesome!”
OK, seriously. “I’m a players’ coach,” he said. “I see myself as a teacher. I love the game, I love working with players, that’s about it in a nutshell. And I love my wife, too … put that down.”
My story today wraps up all the happening from over the weekend, including some tidbits from Monday’s practice.
Greg Johns of Seattlepi.com has more details on running back Julius Jones remaining in Seattle.
Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports wonders if the Seahawks still have enough talent on the roster to compete for an NFC West division title.
More Farrar: Running back Justin Forsett offers his recipe for homemade peach cobbler.
Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network offers his 53 storylines for this year’s season, and Pete Carroll makes the list.
Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times says that the Seahawks latest moves proves they are in full rebuilding mode.
Former Seahawks Josh Wilson did not like the way the Seahawks handled his trade to the Ravens, not telling him until shortly after practice was over.
Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun says the Ravens have upgraded their receiving corps by adding T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
Cleveland claims former Seahawks offensive lineman Steve Vallos, which makes sense with Mike Holmgren familiar with play.
San Francisco 49ers
Matt Maiocco of Comcast Sports Bay Area.com says linebacker Niners LB Ahmad Brooks will not be ready for Sunday’s game against Seattle. Travi LaBoy likely will start in his place.
Scott Barrows of the Sacramento Bee offers this scouting report of San Francisco’s position groups heading into the first game of the season.
David White of the San Francisco Chronicle says the Niners are getting ready for the crowd noise at Qwest Field.
Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic says that defensive end Darnell Dockett is ready to live up to high expectations after signing a $48 million contract extension.
Arizona Republic columnist Paola Boivin says former Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart, now in Houston, couldn’t win over his teammates.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com writes that new starting quarterback Derek Anderson said he thought he had a chance to earn the starting job when he signed with the team in March.
St. Louis Rams
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes the Rams have given a fresh Start to veteran receiver Mark Clayton and upgraded the position by trading for the former first-round pick.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bryan Burwell says the Rams deal for receiver Mark Clayton with Baltimore shows the team is headed in the right direction.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz says the addition of franchise quarterback Sam Bradford has given Rams fans new hope.