No doubt the offensive line has been one of the more-analyzed position groups on the Seahawks the last few weeks due to the injuries resulting in constant personnel upheaval.
Offensive line coach Tom Cable, though, thought his group played better at Indianapolis than it had the previous week at Houston.
“Much better than the week before,” he said when he met with a few reporters after Wednesday’s practice. “We had five free runners on the quarterback — the week before we had 11. So that’s a big upgrade and hopefully we can keep cutting that down. Run-game wise (we were) okay, kind of do what we do. So much better than the week before. But you hope to just keep getting better as long as we keep playing with this group, and they are, so that’s the key.”
Here’s more of what Cable had to say:
On getting Max Unger back this week and if that will help the play of the tackles: “It won’t change, You still have a young guy at right (Michael Bowie) who has got to learn how to be consistent and then a guy at left (Paul McQuistan), you get everything he is capable of. So I don’t know that that really changes that. Lem (Lemuel Jeanpierre) did a terrific job in terms of targeting and adjusting and getting us re-directed and all that, so Max, probably more than anything it will make it a little more comfortable for guys in there, so some confidence will come with that.”
On if consistency remains the biggest challenge for Bowie: “I think it is for every young player. And yet he displayed that this last game and it was really good to see, so if he can just keep doing it. That’s the key, regardless of what happened last week, what do you do this week? And from Houston to Indianapolis much better — now can you do it again? That’s the consistency I’m talking about, so that’s what I hope for.”
On what has allowed Bowie to step in and play as a rookie: “He’s a tremendous competitor first and foremost, and he gets it. He likes the battle. He gets himself prepared to do it. His only downfall is he just hasn’t done it a lot yet. But he is really doing some cool things, so we are excited.”
On the guard play against the Colts: “I think J.R. (Sweezy) is playing better and better every time he goes out. What a great opportunity it was two weeks ago and then to come back this week and just shut a guy down, it was pretty apparent that he grew from the Houston effort. James (Carpenter), I thought we get a tremendous first half out of him and we want to see him finish and be more consistent in the second half. But he’s coming on as well.”
On if stamina is Carpenter’s issue in being consistent in the second half: “I think it can be part that. I think more of it is kind of a mental approach. It’s like what we just said with Mike, it doesn’t matter what you did in the first half, can you come out and be as good or better in the second half? That’s kind of our whole thing — finish better.”
On McQuistan’s play against the Colts: “He’s doing the best he’s capable of and what a nice nob last week. (Robert) Mathis is really good and he gave up the one sack fumble. Other than that he blocked him the rest of the game so it was okay.”