The focus of my story today is Seattle's inexperienced offensive line. For the fourth straight year the Seahawks likely will start an offensive line that is different than the one penciled in at the beginning of training camp.
With Seattle Seahawks offensive guard Robert Gallery doubtful to play on Sunday because of a sprained right knee, always-positive head coach Pete Carroll talked up the projected offensive line of Russell Okung at left tackle, James Carpenter at left guard, Max Unger at center, John Moffitt at right guard and Bren Giacomini at right tackle – with all of 26 starts between them.
“It is what it is,” he said. “There’s no reason to spend any time on it. Even though Max has been around a long time, he hasn’t played a lot of football. We’re just young. That’s what it is. I’m thrilled about that.
“In one way to look at it, if these guys can go out there and play NFL football this early and if we can hold up and start growing, we’re going to get way better. So it’s exciting and we’re hoping right now they’re going to go out there and play a good football game and give us a chance to win. I won’t be surprised if they do.”
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Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com offers this report from Friday’s practice.
Tim Booth of the Associated Press writes about Kam Chancellor taking over for Lawyer Milloy in his first career start this Sunday.
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch reviews his “BeastQuake” run for NFL Films in this video link.
Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald continues his look back at former Seahawks greatest games with a profile on Kenny Easley.
Mike Tanier of Football Outsiders takes a look at the Week 1 matchups for the New York Times Fifth Down blog. He likes the Niners over Seattle.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayarea.com offers some matchups to watch for Sunday’s game.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee writes that receiver Michael Crabtree has a history of playing well after a limited week of practice. Crabtree is trying to come back from a foot injury.
Kevin Lynch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Jim Harbaugh’s dad, Jack Harbaugh is in town to watch his son’s first game as an NFL head coach.
More Lynch: San Francisco safety Dante Whitner says the secondary has to play well in order for the team to be successful.