Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Andre Gurode vs. Seattle youth movement
By Mike Sando
Andre Gurode's scheduled visit to the Seattle Seahawks, reported by ESPN's John Clayton, reflects post-lockout realities.
Teams going young on their offensive lines -- Dallas and Seattle among them -- could have a tougher time coming out of a lockout-shortened offseason. Offensive lines need time on the field together to jell. Experience can become more valuable in the absence of that time together.
Gurode has ties to Seahawks assistant head coach/offensive line Tom Cable. Both were at the University of Colorado before coming to the NFL.
Gurode, 33, is a five-time Pro Bowl selection at center. The Dallas Cowboys released him this week as part of a youth movement on their line.
The Seahawks have been struggling along their line during preseason games. They want to go young and will continue to do so in the bigger picture, but they also must decide how young is too young. Their starting center, Max Unger, has largely escaped public scrutiny to this point because problems at offensive tackle are so much easier to spot.
Gurode also has experience at guard, but the Cowboys decided center was his best position.
The Seahawks aren't the only NFC West teams with issues on their offensive line. The San Francisco 49ers remain unsettled at center while Jonathan Goodwin and Adam Snyder compete for the job. Gurode could make sense as an option for the 49ers as well, although it's not yet clear whether San Francisco has serious interest.