Seahawks O-line coach Tom Cable: 'We don't back down, we just go forward'
Posted by Danny O'Neil
That was the question posed to Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable as he talked after the team's top two choices from last April's draft suffered season-ending knee injuries four days apart.
The long-term implications of the injuries to rookie tackle James Carpenter and rookie guard John Moffitt are contrasted against the short-term reality that there's a game to play Sunday in St. Louis, and the Seahawks need to have two men prepared to take those spots. So yes, next man up.
"That's what you have to do," Cable said. "We're pretty lucky because we've got Breno (Giacomini) here and Paul McQuistan so we've got some veteran guys. Paul has had a number of starts in his career, and Breno has been around the league a little bit so we'll be fine."
The implications of the injuries is two-fold. First, there's the next seven games. How will the Seahawks cope?
"The good news is the training is kicking in," Cable said. "The system and all that."
Then there's the long-term perspective. Moffitt and Carpenter were two building blocks for the future, a pair of players the Seahawks hoped to plop down on the right side of a line and watch them grow into a strength.
"It's a negative thing in terms of having two young guys who are really starting to come into it, losing them," Cable said. "But at the same time, those other guys are ready to go so we should move forward and continue to get better."
What is the impact on Moffitt and Carpenter specifically?
"It's tough on them because every day they do something is part of their development," Cable said. "They didn't have the offseason. So the offseason would be valuable for them as would the second half of the season. So we're going to lose all that, but once we get them back next spring, we'll go back to work and kind of catch 'em up."
Cable has coached for 25 years, and Carpenter's injury on Wednesday, was is the first time he has ever had a lineman suffer a knee injury like this in a pass-protection drill.
The injury comes right as the Seahawks had appeared to turn the corner on the line. After seven games, Seattle had allowed the most sacks in the league and gained the second-fewest rushing yards. In the past two games, which were against Dallas and Baltimore, the Seahawks had given up a total of two sacks and had running back Marshawn Lynch rush for more than 100 yards in each game.
"I felt like we were on the right path," Cable said. "We were kind of headed in the right direction. We had talked prior to the Dallas game, the next two weeks, I thought would be a challenge for them. How we came through that, I thought, would really give us an indicator of where we were out. And obviously, we came through both games the right way, one sack in each game and run the ball better. Not for a lot of yards against Baltimore, but the consistency of getting three-or-more was there, and that's really what you want against a defense like that."
And now, what happens?
"We move forward," Cable said. "We don't change who we're trying to become or what we're trying to accomplish for our offense and for this football team. We don't back down, we just go forward."
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