Seahawks Making Adjustments on Offense

The Seahawks offense hasn't exactly been firing on all cylinders so far this season. Seattle ranks 22nd in total offense, averaging just 310 yards per contest. The Seahawks finished 0-for-11 on third-down conversions against Arizona last week, and six of the team's nine drives were three-and-outs.

The running game, which has been a staple of Seahawks offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, has been nonexistent. Seattle rushed for a franchise-worst 14 yards against the Cardinals last week. Currently the Seahawks rank 26th overall in rushing offense, averaging just over 90 yards per contest.

Knapp-led offenses have finished in the top 10 in rushing everywhere he's worked as an offensive coordinator, including stops in San Francisco, Atlanta and Oakland.

So what's Seattle's problem offensively? Well, it starts up front. Seattle has used five different starting lineups on the offensive line this season. Against Arizona last week, the Seahawks went into the game missing starting tackles Sean Locklear and Walter Jones, and starting guard Rob Sims.

With those guys unavailable, Seattle started fourth-string tackle Kyle Williams at left tackle and third-string guard Steve Vallos at left guard, and the results weren't pretty.

"As you guys have probably chronicled, two starting centers, three left guards, four left tackles, and we may be on our fifth, in seven games," Knapp said. "You can't develop the running game and or the protection game consistently if you're changing the parts."

Knapp said he'll do more to focus the run game on specific things he believes the offense can do well, and in the passing game he'll look to move the pocket more in order to do a better job of protecting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.

"From the protection standpoint, you've got to be sensitive to finding different ways to help the tackle or the guard out with chip help, or keeping the tight end in, or moving the quarterback," Knapp said. "You've got to be creative with your protection schemes so you don't give the defense the traditional, five- or seven-step drop game."

PLAYER/PERSONNEL NOTES

--Seattle may start its fifth different offensive tackle in seven games against Dallas in just over a week. Recent addition Damion McIntosh is working with the first unit during the team's bye week, and he is slated to start if Sean Locklear can't return from a high ankle sprain suffered Sept. 20 against San Francisco.

--RB Edgerrin James is just 15 yards away from passing Marcus Allen (12,243) and vaulting into the top 10 on the all-time rushing list.

--WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh is ranked 13th overall in the league in receptions with 31 catches for 359 yards and two touchdowns.

--DE Lawrence Jackson and Patrick Kerney are tied for 12th overall in the league with four sacks each, leading a Seahawks defense that is tied for fourth with 16 sacks.

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