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December 18, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Seahawks Thursday links and notes: Can offensive line hold up against Cardinals?

What is maybe the most obvious challenge for the Seahawks in Sunday’s NFC West showdown is how they will protect Russell Wilson.

That was the focus of one of my stories for the Thursday paper, which you can read here.

I didn’t get much of what offensive line coach Tom Cable or some of the players said into the story, so here’s some of what they had to say.

When Cable was asked the key to dealing with all of Arizona’s blitzes and pressures, he said simply “handle their numbers. Got to be able to handle zero pressure (meaning no safety), got to be able to handle zone pressure. Be able to check it (the quarterback making the protection call at the line) when they have too many.”

Cable didn’t go into real detail about how the line will look up front, with some of the injury stuff still being in question.

But he said that if Alvin Bailey has to play left tackle this week in place of Russell Okung that he’s confident he’ll get the job done, especially considering that he should get all the work this week in practice.

“What he has been is a really good one-on-one pass protector, and in the run games he’s had a few chances and been pretty decent at it,” Cable said. “So if that’s the opportunity and ow we go, it’ll be okay. He’ll get all the work this week. He looked really good today, so it’s just getting that work in.”

Coach Pete Carroll said that Bailey “got through” Sunday’s game, noting that he hadn’t gotten much work at left tackle in practice last week.

Bailey spoke similarly, saying “Sunday was a little rough for me but I was able to make some good plays and I had some bad ones, too. But luckily I get a week of practice going into this game so I will be able to fix some things.”

Cable, recall, challenged the offensive line pretty sternly at halftime last week when the Seahawks had just 39 yards rushing. The OL responded  to lead the Seahawks to 152 for the game.

“I don’t know if I really went off on them,” Cable said Wednesday. “I just talked to them about what I didn’t see and their response was perfect. We didn’t change anything — they just played harder. And that’s really the difference. We have a certain standard of how we play and we weren’t really doing that the first half.”

The task this week will be doing it the entire game against one of the most aggressive defenses in the NFL.

In other news this morning. …

  • Times columnist Larry Stone writes about Seattle’s success in big games under Carroll.
  • Arizona is now as much as a 9.5-point underdog and Oddsshark.com says that is the biggest spread ever against an 11-3 team.
  • Seahawks.com recaps Wednesday in Hawkville and also reviews the history of Ryan Lindley.
  • Cardinals.com says the game can’t get any bigger.
  • Rolling Stone on Russell Wilson’s preparation.
  • The AP on the Seahawks thriving with the same weekly approach.
  • The Sporting News picks the Seahawks 20-13.
  • ESPN wonders if the Cardinals are forcing the Seahawks to prepare differently by saying backup QB Logan Thomas will play some.
  • ESPN on Lindley.
  • Recapping Arizona’s injury situation.
  • ESPN on Wilson’s durability.
  • ESPN with more on Wilson changing agents.
  • FoxSports with a preview.
  • NFL.com wonders if the Cardinals can win with Lindley.

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