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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.

January 26, 2011 at 2:23 PM

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O-line in for 'rude awakening' as far as tempo of practice

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Jeremy Newberry was an offensive lineman for 11 seasons in the NFL, playing many of them for Bob McKittrick, the 49ers' line coach who is considered in reverential terms around the league.

Newberry also played for Tom Cable, Seattle's new offensive line coach, and as I was interviewing Newberry for a different story I'm working on, he offered an unambiguous endorsement of Cable that I found quite compelling.

"Tom Cable, as an offensive line coach, ranks up there with any of the best ones I've ever been under," Newberry said. "His passion for the game, I think. He truly, truly loves line play. He wants to be a line coach. These guys are in for a rude awakening as far as the tempo of practice and how they're going to work under him. The guy is intense as hell. He cares about what he does. He loves his players, but it's going to be a rude awakening because the tempo, you can't wait to go to team drills and 9-on-7 just to get a break from individual with that guy. They're going to work their (hindparts) off for him."

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