RENTON The daily shuffling and watch of who is starting on the offensive line is down to one spot and one final, preseason game.
Coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday Mark Glowinski will start at right guard Thursday night at Oakland. That’s the last starting spot on the offense still to be determined.
The coach said Glowinski has had “a terrific camp.”
He also said veteran Oday Aboushi “had an excellent camp” at right guard, “and really the whole entrance to our program he’s done a fantastic job.” He is the former New York Jets and Houston Texans part-time starter Seattle signed to a one-year contract this spring to add experience.
Aboushi will start at left guard in Oakland because Luke Joeckel has been away getting the suddenly Seattle-chic regenokine treatment on his surgically repaired knee. The Seahawks expect Joeckel to start the opener at Green Bay.
Who will be at right guard that day?
Carroll wouldn’t say. But the fact Glowinski is starting there in Oakland when the Seahawks could have had him move back to left guard, where he started last season, for one week while Joeckel’s been gone suggests Glowinski will be the right guard to begin the season. If it was going to be Aboushi, he likely wouldn’t -- and shouldn’t -- have spent this week and the Raiders game detouring to left guard.
Line coach Tom Cable said last week he wanted to “get a signature” on the decision from last week’s game against Kansas City.
Aboushi started at right guard the first and third preseason games, including last week against the Chiefs. Glowinski started the second one there, against Minnesota.
“I’m really fired up about the flexibility,” Carroll said, mentioning again how rookie second-round pick Ethan Pocic can play center plus guard and tackle on both sides.
“That’s a big deal. He can play on both sides for us. For us to be able to do that is a big deal. But also, Matt Tobin (who arrived last week in a trade from Philadelphia) has come in here and shown us that he can do that, as well. Not center, (but) he can play guard and tackle.
“It’s just a real positive force as we figure this thing out and put the roster together.”
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So the offensive line finally seems set. Germain Ifedi is the right tackle. Glowinski appears to be the right guard. Justin Britt, who just signed a $27 million contract extension, is back at center after a Pro Bowl-alternate first season starting there. The left guard will be Joeckel, playing the position the Seahawks think he was better at than left tackle from 2013 through last season at Jacksonville. And Rees Odhiambo’s study debut as the starting left tackle last week earned him that job.
Odhiambo, the 2016 third-round pick and former Boise State left tackle, is replacing injured George Fant. Fant is out for the season following reconstructive knee surgery in Florida on Monday.
“The reports were good,” Carroll said. “It was a serious injury but the doctor felt really good about coming out of it that things went well. It’s going to be a normal, long recovery (well into 2018).
“George’s attitude is really right. George has made the statement that he is going to do this exactly like he approached this offseason and try to figure out how he can get at his best. He knows he had a highly successful offseason, and he’s going to go about it with the same mentality and attitude.
“Knowing that he’s going to do that, he’ll get back.”