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Friday, August 14, 2009
Offensive line biggest concern for Seahawks

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Seahawks' potential issues on the offensive line jumped out from the first day of training camp. Former offensive coordinator Gil Haskell noticed when visiting practice recently, saying as much during an interview with Dave Mahler of KJR radio in Seattle.

Matt Hasselbeck called the situation -- Mike Wahle retiring, Chris Spencer missing time with an ankle injury and Walter Jones missing most of camp to this point -- less than ideal during the Seahawks Huddle on 710ESPN Seattle.

The Seahawks have good situations at receiver and tight end. They are just OK at running back. This season hinges largely on the line's ability to protect Hasselbeck and get the most from Julius Jones, T.J. Duckett and Justin Forsett in the backfield. That seems unlikely if injuries keep forcing the team to move players around constantly.

Spencer downplayed the instability during the early part of that Seahawks Huddle show. Also during the show, Hasselbeck explained how rookie hazing has flourished now that Mike Holmgren isn't around. The rookie draft choices must state their names, drafted rounds and signing bonuses before singing to the team. Aaron Curry apparently waffled, but Lofa Tatupu and Patrick Kerney weren't going to let him off the hook.