Teams don't usually gameplan for preseason football games and the Seattle Seahawks are no different…
Training Camp: Holmgren quotes 8/14
"The biggest thing that bothered me was our procedural penalties, which we had a couple holding penalties, but all in all most of the penalties were procedural penalties. Those are things that I don't expect to happen all that much and they happened too many times in the first game."
The offensive line, arguably the deepest in the entire league, will get to test that depth this week and over the next three weeks as several players will be counted on to fill in at different positions. With Floyd Womack out nursing a pulled hamstring, second-year center Chris Spencer moved to left guard as a fill-in and Holmgren noted that his young lineman did an "OK job".
Now an injury to starting center Robbie Tobeck means that Spencer will be back at his original position.
"Robbie is having surgery on his elbow," Holmgren said. "He has some bone chips in his left elbow that have been really bothering him for about a week. I guess they are an occupational hazard for a lineman. The theory was to get it fixed, get it cleaned up, it's kind of a clean out thing with the chips, and we're hoping for seven to ten days. Maybe a little bit longer, but he should be ready for the first game.
"Spencer goes back to center now, so Spencer will play center. We will look at the young guys at guard."
One of those young guys is Rob Sims, a rookie from Ohio State, who Holmgren was rather pleased with following his performance against the Cowboys.
"He had a good game," Holmgren noted. "I would say his thing is that he has to play lower. He showed good speed, good toughness, he just has to play the game a little bit lower. He's a strong man. I think in college every once in a while you can get up high and kind of maul people. It's harder to do here."
Another possibility is veteran T Tom Ashworth who the Seahawks signed in free agency from New England.
"He's most comfortable at left tackle, but he can play guard and he can play right tackle," Holmgren said. "He's going to have to learn them all."
Holmgren also noted the return to practice of S Michael Boulware who has been missing from the lineup while recovering from offseason surgery along with some other players he is looking forward to getting back on the field this week.
"I don't know if he's going to play this week, but it's nice to have him back on the field," Holmgren said. "We have a few guys coming back Wednesday to practice and there's quite a few of them targeted to play in the third preseason game against San Diego.
"For the young guys, this is a great opportunity for them to practice and play and show in the game. That's how guys make football teams; when the starter gets hurt and then I get my chance and I go in and play. Of course you want your starters there, for continuity and practice, but it is what it is."
The Seahawks next face the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football this weekend.
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