Seahawks Still Struggling With Tackle Depth

Seahawks Still Struggling With Tackle Depth

Seahawks head coach Jim Mora and team president Tim Ruskell (pictured) could be down to their fourth-string offensive tackle when Seattle takes on Arizona at home in an important NFC West division battle this Sunday.

With tackle Walter Jones (knee) and Sean Locklear (ankle) unavailable until after the team's bye week for the Nov. 1 game at Dallas, Mora said the status of third-string tackle Brandon Frye is uncertain for Sunday. Frye suffered a left shoulder injury against Jacksonville in the opening quarter, and the team is still in the process of evaluating his status.

Kyle Williams, who was promoted to the practice squad and added to the active roster on Saturday just before the game, played for Frye when he went down in the first half. Williams also had to play with some pain, after spraining his knee during an Olindo Mare field goal in the opening quarter.

"I didn't have a choice," Williams said about his injury. "We didn't have any more bodies."

With offensive guard Mansfield Wrotto spraining his ankle against Jacksonville, the Seahawks had only five active offensive linemen available, and probably would have used tight end John Owens at tackle if Williams could not play.

Williams has been with the Seahawks since 2008 and knows the team's zone blocking scheme. He started two games at left tackle in 2008, so Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck felt comfortable with Williams protecting his blindside. "Kyle has been in our program a long time. He really knows what he's doing," said Hasselbeck, who finished with 241 yards passing, four touchdowns and was sacked once. "I think guys have a lot of confidence in him."

NOTES, QUOTES

--Seattle starting cornerback Ken Lucas played with a heavy heart on Sunday. His father, Clyde, passed away unexpectedly Friday evening, but he still chose to play. "I can't even imagine what that was like, and I don't want to," coach Jim Mora said about Lucas playing on Sunday.

Clyde Lucas had been diagnosed with and overcame lung cancer early in Ken Lucas' NFL career. Since then, the younger Lucas had been working to create more awareness about the disease.

--FB Owen Schmitt didn't want to wait for the contact of the game, so he delivered for himself a little bit during pregame introductions. As the Seahawks fullback's name was announced, he ran through the smoke and onto the field while repeatedly hitting himself in the forehead and face with his own helmet, opening up a gash on his face. "Did you see the blood?" head coach Jim Mora asked. "The thing is, he was our only active fullback. So, he's running out on the field banging his head, and I said, 'Hey pal, if you get hurt, we don't have anyone else.' That's just his enthusiasm."

Schmitt later apologized to Mora, but the message was delivered to his teammates. "Gruesome but beautiful at the same time," linebacker Lofa Tatupu said. "I don't know if that's possible, but it still got us going. Myself, D.D. Lewis, we were sitting there and we said, 'That's a bad man right there.' I guess that's a guy you want on your side. A man willing to bloody his own face, you know he's willing to put it all on the line."

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
PLAYER NOTES

--Offensive tackle Brandon Frye, who suffered a left shoulder injury against Jacksonville, is still being evaluated and Mora is uncertain about his availability against Arizona.
--Defensive end Patrick Kerney, who suffered a groin strain and missed the Jacksonville game, should be available this week.
--Safety C.J. Wallace suffered a hamstring strain and might miss some time.
--Offensive guard Mansfield Wrotto sprained an ankle but should be available this week.

REPORT CARD VS. JAGUARS

PASSING OFFENSE: A-minus -- It certainly helped Seattle to have starting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck back. Out since Sept. 20 after suffering a rib injury, Hasselbeck finished 18-of-30 passing for 241 yards and four touchdowns in his return to the field. Nate Burleson was the team's leading receiver, finishing with six catches for 98 yards and two touchdowns. T.J. Houshmandzadeh totaled five catches for 77 yards and his first two touchdowns as a Seahawk.

RUSHING OFFENSE: B -- Julius Jones struggled for a second straight game, finishing with 34 yards on 12 carries. Edgerrin James rushed a season-high 16 times for 46 yards, as Seattle used the veteran runner to ice the game late. The Seahawks totaled 143 yards on the ground.

PASS DEFENSE: A-minus -- The Seahawks held David Garrard to 188 passing yards and harassed him consistently all day, finishing with five sacks and two forced fumbles, including a 79-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Nick Reed.

RUSH DEFENSE: B-plus -- Seattle held Maurice Jones-Drew to 38 yards rushing on 12 attempts, with a long of 18 yards. By bottling up Jones-Drew, the Seahawks forced the Jags to beat them through the air.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B -- Kicker Olindo More made both of his field goals, from 47 and 27 yards. Seattle's punt return tame did not fare well, as Nate Burleson and Justin Forsett combined for seven total yards on six returns.

COACHING: A-minus -- Seahawks head coach Jim Mora said Sunday's game was critical to keeping his team's playoff chances alive, and his team responded. Mora said defensively Seattle went back to basics, simplifying the scheme so some of the young players on defense, including linebacker Aaron Curry, weren't thinking so much.

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