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Morning links: O-line stuck in neutral

Bucky Brooks of NFL..com offers some thoughts on Seattle’s struggles offensively in the first two preseason game, blaming the offensive line and not quarterback Tarvaris Jackson for that unit’s struggles.

Brooks:

“Seattle’s first-team offense struggled moving the ball for the second week in a row, largely because of the ineptitude of its frontline. Yes, the Seahawks are without left tackle Russell Okung, but the failure to create a push at the point of attack is a significant problem. The Seahawks’ top runners -- Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett -- amassed only 10 yards on 10 attempts. The running game was so bad that it failed to score on four consecutive runs from inside the 2-yard line against the Vikings' second-team defense.

“The offensive line’s inability work in concert in pass protection remains a problem as well. The unit has been overwhelmed physically and tactically by opponents, and its inability to protect Tarvaris Jackson in the pocket has resulted in little production in the passing game. While Jackson can shoulder some of blame for a few errant tosses, he has been harassed and forced to flee the pocket, which has killed any and all rhythm.”

Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated offers a similar assessment.

My story today offers a fuller report on Aaron Curry restructuring his contract and some notes on Red Bryant’s return to action against Minnesota.

I went on the radio in Vancouver, BC on Sports Radio 1040 AM to talk Seahawks with Scotty and Ray, which you can check out in this audio link.

Former Seahawks head coach Jim Mora joins KJR’s Mitch Levy and Hugh Millen to discuss his former team’s performance over the weekend in this audio link.

ESPN’s Mike Sando reports that according to an ESPN SportsNation poll, 2/3 of the 4,440 people who responded prefer Charlie Whitehurst over Tarvaris Jackson to start as Seattle’s quarterback.

Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com offers some notes from Saturday’s game, including strong performances from the young defensive backs.

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times says to pump the brakes on making any strong conclusions from preseason play.

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