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Bates: Tyler Polumbus will start at left tackle and just who is the O-Line coach

After being asked to leave practice for a fair amount of time, the media met with offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates following practice.

Obviously, the first thing he was asked about was the situation at left tackle.  Is Tyler Polumbus going to be the starter?

"Right now, it looks like Tyler," Bates said. "Chester (Pitts) has been practicing, but we're going in with the mindset Tyler is going to be starting."

Polumbus and Bates were together in Denver for a short time, so there is some familiarity.

"He's got great length," Bates said. "He's got good size. He's good for the zone offense. Good left tackle. He can play right tackle and likes the game of football."

Wow, that quote is just a Snydro joke just waiting to happen.

Obviously all of the changes, particularly having a left tackle, who will be starting with just a week of practice with a new team, is unusual. Or is it?

"You know it's the National Football League," Bates said. "You're going to have injuries. You're going to miss out on guys. You can't look in your rearview mirror. You've got to move on. Tyler has come in and done a great job this week. We're going to go play with the 11 we've got on the field, and that's the attitude we're going to take."

Bates was asked by EW about weighing Pete Carroll's demand for ball control and the idea of actually taking a few shots down field.

"We're going to be aggressive, but you've got to be smart with the football," Bates said. "The number one statistic with wins and losses is turnovers. Coach Carroll preaches it and so we're going to live and die with it. You can't play scared. If you feel like you got a shot, if you got a one on one situation, let's take it. But you just got to be smart."

One thing that I found interesting is the situation with the offensive line coach. We all know that Alex Gibbs took his whistle, his gigantic vocabulary of curse words and insults (he was my hero) and his gruff attitude and went home. Originally, it seemed as though Pat Ruel was hired to replace him.

Here's the press release:

Seahawks Hire Pat Ruel to Coach Offensive Line

Renton, Wash. - The Seattle Seahawks have named Pat Ruel, who was Head Coach Pete Carroll's offensive line coach the past five seasons at the University of Southern California, to fill the same position with the Seahawks, the club announced today.

Ruel, 59, has NFL experience. He was a guard for the Miami Dolphins (1971-72) and coached the offensive line with the Detroit Lions (2000), Green Bay Packers (2001-02), Buffalo Bills (2003) and New York Giants (2004). He also coached at Washington State (1978-81), spending two seasons as the offensive line coach before adding the duties of offensive coordinator his final two years.

He was not retained by Lane Kiffin at USC, and was preparing to coach for the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL in 2010.

Ruel, whose given first name is Golden, played at Coral Gables High School and the University of Miami. He and his wife, Marti, have a daughter, Sabra.

But earlier this week, Pete Carroll said that Art Valero will handle the day to day duties till Ruel got up to speed.

But if you go to the team website you'll see that Valero is listed as the Offensive line coach and Ruel as the assistant O-line coach.

Bates was asked, what, if anything changes with the departure of Gibbs?

"Yeah, Art Valero is now the offensive line coach, and he's going to have some different eyes, everyone has different ideas," Bates said. "You can't be someone else so we're going to go in without Alex and Art's got the job now."

Bates admitted that some things will change with Valero in and Gibbs gone besides use of profanity.

"Yeah, like I said. Art has been at Tampa, he has been at St. Louis. He has learned some football that has been different than Alex," Bates said. "You have to be comfortable with the style of the way you're coaching and your philosophy. I think the toughest position would be if we made him do exactly what Alex did. There's going to be a lot of carryover, but at the same time you've got to be yourself."

So what does it mean in the grand scheme of things?

As Alex Gibbs would say:  Not &*(&^ % much

But I found it interesting.

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