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October 9, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Tom Cable: Seahawks offensive line “playing at really a high level”

While the seven penalties called against the Seattle offensive line Monday night were no doubt frustrating to fans, offensive line coach Tom Cable prefers to look at the big picture when assessing the play of his position group.

And that big picture, Cable said Wednesday, looks pretty good, he said Wednesday.

“We’re playing at really a high level and need to clean up a couple issues but I think we are leading the league in rushing and our sacks are way down from a year ago, so I’d say pretty good,” Cable said.

Indeed, Seattle has given up nine sacks so far, on pace for 36 for the season which would be down from the 44 allowed a year ago.

And Seattle leads the NFL in rushing at 167 a game with a sterling 5.4-yard per carry average.

The penalties, of course, are an issue. But Cable said he wasn’t sure there was one theme in all of them that make them a huge concern.

One of the most controversial calls was a personal foul against guard James Carpenter for unnecessary roughness. Cable said that anytime a linemen is finishing a play “it’s a judgment call.  But we won’t change how we play. We have a style and that’s how we do it.”

Cable said he had not heard back yet from the NFL, which was expected to review some of the penalties in the game at Seattle’s request. But Cable said he can anticipate what they will say.

“It will come back as ‘was it necessary to play that hard’ probably something like that,” he said.

Here are a few other notes from what Cable said:

— I wrote some of what Cable had to say about Russell Okung here.

— Cable said the game was the best this season for rookie right tackle Justin Britt. “He was terrific,” Cable said. “The nice thing was it was a second go-round with 3-4 stuff (San Diego being the other) so the issues the first time he was able to fix. That’s what’s really cool about him.”

— Cable said Luke Willson “played a fantastic football game.” He said the Seahawks went in with a plan to give Willson more help blocking, but that he didn’t really need it.

Garry Gilliam got just one snap. But Cable said he “took step forward” during the week and that Gilliam could get more work as a third tight end going forward. “You feel like you have a chance to use that more and more if you need it,” he said.

— Cable said the Seahawks really liked Patrick Lewis when he was here for a few days late in training camp and that “he was a tough cut. So it’s like we are pretty lucky that he’s available.” Seattle signed Lewis Wednesday to add depth at center with Max Unger dealing with a strained foot.

 

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