Tom Cable, Seahawks still optimistic about O-line after Week 1 disaster

From ESPN - September 13, 2017

RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable was about as blunt as he will ever be Wednesday in assessing the way his group struggled in the team's season-opening loss to the Green Bay Packers.

"Not good enough," Cable said. "Too inconsistent and not good enough. At the end of the day, we have to play better, in a couple situations particularly. Some good things, [Germain Ifedi] was pretty solid, but as a group, too many inconsistencies."

Cable twice mentioned he was pleased with the way Ifedi played in his first career start at right tackle after playing right guard as a rookie, but there was not much to write home about from Seattle's offensive line on Sunday. Russell Wilson was pressured on 44 percent of his dropbacks, according to ESPN Stats & Information, well above the NFL average of 27 percent from 2016. The issues went beyond pass protection as Seattle's running backs managed only 53 yards on 15 carries, with 30 of those yards coming on one play.

Cable said the issues that Seattle's offensive line had were more mental than physical. And he hinted that there was more than meets the eye to one play in particular: the third snap of the game, when left tackle Rees Odhiambo was run over for the first of three sacks of Wilson. Replays showed tight end Jimmy Graham, lined up next to Odhiambo, failing to get much of a chip block on linebacker Nick Perry.

That was also the first career start for Odhiambo, a 2016 third-round pick who took over at left tackle when George Fant tore his ACL in the preseason.

Even with those qualifiers, it was an ugly performance from Seattle's offensive line.

And to the Seahawks, it was unexpected.


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