Originally published Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 5:37 PM

Seahawks' offense, line coach Tom Cable both recovering nicely

Tom Cable, the Seahawks' offensive line coach and assistant head coach, has recovered from recent back surgery. The Seahawks' offense has also made a recovery, scoring 55 points the past two games.

Seattle Times staff reporter

Oct. 23

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RENTON — When September ended, Tom Cable was at a hospital, recovering from back surgery, while Seattle's offense appeared in danger of flatlining altogether.

Hard to tell whose recovery has been more impressive the past two weeks — Cable didn't miss a game after surgery and the offense he's in charge of has become suddenly productive.

It took four rods, a cage and bone grafts to repair Cable's back. The offense, however, just needed to stop huddling so darned much. Accelerating the pace has produced dramatic results. The Seahawks' offense has scored 55 points the past two games, after scoring a total of 30 in the first three games.

"We're onto something that everybody, every player, gets to put their hands on and gets to be excited about their role," Cable said. "It involves everybody, which is really cool."

Cable, a graduate of Snohomish High School, is in charge of more than just Seattle's offensive line. As the assistant head coach, he's in charge of the offense. Coordinator Darrell Bevell calls the plays, but Cable's the foreman who oversees everything.

And what Cable has seen the past two weeks has been encouraging as the offense heads into the bye with momentum, a foreign concept through the first three games.

The offensive line that was such a question mark in September has improved, particularly on the right side, where Seattle starts two rookies, John Moffitt at guard and James Carpenter at tackle.

"The talent that we drafted is now showing up," Cable said. "You had to get it prepared and trained and all that. And there was a process to go through, but like I told you before, I wasn't too worried about that. It was just a matter of when, and it's finally happening, so it's pretty cool."

Left guard Robert Gallery missed the past three games after undergoing surgery to repair a groin injury, but he has been working out and is expected to be able to begin practicing next week. Paul McQuistan has started the past three games at left guard.

Center Max Unger watched Tuesday's practice while wearing a plastic protective boot. He suffered an injury to his foot during Sunday's game against the Giants, which did not manifest itself until Monday morning. Cable said he wasn't certain of the specifics of the injury.

"It doesn't look to be anything too bad," Cable said. "Right now, they're saying we should plan like we're going to have him next week."

A number of Seahawks players sat out practice Tuesday, from running back Marshawn Lynch (sore ankle) to receiver Mike Williams, who missed Sunday's game because of a concussion. As expected, quarterback Tarvaris Jackson did not practice because of his injured pectoral muscle, nor did tight end Zach Miller. He sustained a neck injury in Sunday's game.

Cable joked he did not need to be included on this week's injury report, which speaks to a seriously amazing recovery from extensive back surgery. Cable experienced numbness in his left leg, and doctors informed him that surgery was necessary immediately.

"It's an old injury that all of a sudden just got really bad," Cable said. "So your choices, either you lose the use of your left leg or go get this done and now you can move forward.

"I feel great. It obviously worked."

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