Wednesday, September 21, 2011
710ESPN audio: NFC West Week 3
By Mike Sando
My weekly conversation with Dave Grosby, Bob Stelton and Dave Wyman on 710ESPN Seattle touched on what's wrong with the Seahawks.
One observation: The team's primary offseason additions have failed to meet expectations for various reasons.
- Left guard Robert Gallery, signed in free agency from Oakland, did not suddenly become a below-average player. He was playing hurt to a degree that was not known publicly. We knew about the sprained knee, but a lingering groin injury had bothered him since camp, coach Pete Carroll said. Now, Gallery will require surgery that will sideline him for at least a month.
- Receiver Sidney Rice, signed in free agency from Minnesota, suffered a torn labrum and hasn't been able to play this season. Rice will try to play this week, but there are no guarantees.
- Tight end Zach Miller, signed in free agency from Oakland, has spent more time blocking than anticipated because the offensive line has had problems. Left tackle Russell Okung battled ankle injuries and has yet to hit stride. Gallery is out. The team will use its third starting line combination of the season Sunday and it's only Week 3. Injuries to fullback Michael Robinson and fellow tight end John Carlson have also required Miller to focus more on blocking.
- Tarvaris Jackson, signed in free agency from Minnesota, was never expected to carry the offense. But the team hasn't been able to support Jackson as well as anticipated given situations involving Okung, Gallery, Rice, Miller and Carlson, who is on injured reserve.
Throw these factors together and Seattle is worse than expected, even though its 0-2 record following two road games was not.