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Cable on run game: "We're close"

“We’re close.”

That’s the feeling of Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, along with offensive line/assistant head coach Tom Cable.

Both emphasized the need for their players to continue to push, as the Seahawks try to improve on one of the worst offense in the league statistically after two games.

“A breakthrough is really just around the corner for us so I expect it sometime soon,” Cable said.

And so how do you get that breakthrough? Does it take one explosive play?

“I think getting a couple in a row,” Cable said. “You know, ‘Boom’ there’s a seven yarder. ‘Boom’, there’s another seven yarder, and it’s like okay, the light comes on.”

Cable said that he’s seeing more guys finishing, with twice the cut blocks on the back side runs last week against Pittsburgh than two weeks ago at San Francisco.

Cable said that Paul McQuistan started in place of Gallery for some games in Oakland when he got injured, and also started some games at right guard and right tackle while with Oakland. He described McQuistan as a utility guy who could move around and fill in a lot of different roles on the offensive line.

“Losing Robert (Gallery) is a big deal,” Cable said. “So rather than shift it around like we did before, we’re kind of settled now on the right side. Both those kids (James Carpenter and John Moffitt) played extremely well, the two rookies. So rather than make two changes, make one and use the most experienced guy.”

Receiver Sidney Rice (shoulder) practiced fully today and without a red jersey, so he had some contact during today’s practice and appeared to get through okay.

“It’s good to have Sidney out there running around,” Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said. “Again, it will be a day-to-day thing with him, and we’ll see how he progresses.

“One player can have an affect on your offense. He brings juice, and he brings some excitement. He brings the deep threat that you’re looking for just to back people off. When he’s in there you always have that threat, so he definitely can help.”

Along with Rice, linebacker Malcolm Smith (hamstring) return to practice and was a full participant.

Offensive tackle Jarriel King (ankle), fullback Michael Robinson (ankle), cornerback Byron Maxwell (ankle) and defensive end Raheem Brock (non-injury related) did not practice.