Running game should benefit from bulked-up line

Published on August 10, 2011 by     sportingnews

It’s not hard to figure out what’s different about the Seahawks’ offensive line this season: size.

Seattle used its first two draft picks in April to choose RT James Carpenter, who weighs 321 pounds, and RG John Moffitt, who weighs 319. Then the Seahawks signed 325-pound LG Robert Gallery in free agency, and all of a sudden they became much larger across the front of the line.

Pete Carroll wants to run the ball more in Seattle, so the Seahawks drafted RT James Carpenter, who weighs 321 pounds, and RG John Moffitt, who weighs 319.

A year ago, Seattle was preparing for the season with Alex Gibbs, who emphasized quickness and didn’t want his linemen all that big, as the line coach. Seattle didn’t start a lineman heavier than 310 pounds last season.

New line coach Tom Cable likes his line on the larger side, so the Seahawks added some beef as they rebuilt from the ground up. Seattle ranked 31st in the league in rushing offense last season, and coach Pete Carroll is determined to change that.

He brought in Cable, who got good results with the Raiders’ rushing game, to resuscitate the Seahawks’ ground attack. The Raiders ranked No. 29 or worse in rushing offense the three seasons before Cable arrived as their line coach in 2007. In Cable’s four years with the team, the Raiders ranked in the top 10 in rushing offense three times and were No. 2 last season.

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