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He should turn into a mauler, but will it be right away?
The Seahawks have gotten massive on the offensive line, but the big guys have to fit the new mentality under Tom Cable.
Robert Gallery noted earlier in the preseason it takes toughness to play on Cable's line; a strong motor and willingness to be nasty is a must. Yesterday, Gallery gave additional insight into what it takes to play under the new o-line coach:
"He pushes guys. He wants you to push your body past where you thought you could go. I think that's the biggest thing, just the mentality he wants you to bring to the game, and the style we run for us to be successful, we've got to come off and strike people and do that play after play after play. Some people are not built for that. So if that's not your deal or you can't learn to relish in that, it's going to be a long, long game."
To get guys prepared for the menality, the Seahawks implemented a "cause a penalty, take a lap" policy in practice; one must be focused and bring it on every play.
Going into game one, Cable is putting an emphasis on studying how players get off the ball and how they are targeting opponents. As this is a fast-paced system, there will likely be a learning curve; especially considering Max Unger is still learning as an NFL center.
One player I'm watching is John Moffitt; he admitted heading into the San Diego game he's "71 percent" comfortable and clearly still learning the ropes.
Earlier in the week, he spoke about the importance of Robert Gallery helping him in meetings with the nuances of the offense. Cable also spoke about veteran, versatile guard Pat McQuistan as a player who he likes because of prior experience in the system.
I'm not expecting Moffitt to lose his spot, per se; but he must be wary of players such as Paul Fanaika, McQuistan, Tyler Polumbus and Mike Gibson—who ended 2010 as the starting right guard.
Gibson and Polumbus should provide depth across the line—Gibson is currently the second unit center.
If a veteran shows during camp and preseason they can be a more consistent blocker to start the season, does Cable decide to insert a veteran for the time being?
This unit has been widely presumed to be complete with the addition of Gallery, but the younger lineman—sans Russell Okung—will have to fully earn their spots. The offensive line needs to be tough early and establish the mentality as the preseason begins.