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Seahawks expect Max Unger back this week

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The Seattle Seahawks have been missing three starters along their offensive line for their last two games against the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts. At least one missing piece is expected to get back in the lineup this week.

Head coach Pete Carroll said the Seahawks are counting on Unger being able to play this Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. Unger fully participated in practice for Seattle on Wednesday for the first time since suffering a triceps strain against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 3.

“It’s really good to have him back,” Carroll said. “Lemuel Jeanpierre doing a really fine job for us in filling in but Max Unger is really the guy that has the greatest command of what we’re doing up front and he’ll help other guys play well and make the right choices and decisions.”

Unger and right tackle Breno Giacomini have both missed the last two games for Seattle while left tackle Russell Okung has missed the last three games while on the short-term injured reserve list. It’s forced the Seahawks to move Paul McQuistan – a natural guard – to left tackle and insert backups into the lineup at left guard, center and right tackle. J.R. Sweezy at right guard is the only constant for Seattle from the line they opened the season with against Carolina in September.

The lack of continuity has been an issue for Seattle as Russell Wilson has frequently had to run for his life before being able to find open targets in the passing game.

“The combination of the new guys has made it challenging to be right all the time and that’s just to get the scheme right and calls right,” Carroll said. “Then physically, you’ve got to come through and get your blocks as well and your combinations and things have to be carried out well. Which, within experience, there’s some slippage in there.”

Unger’s return would help stabilize the group in the interim as Seattle hopes to weather the storm until Giacomini and Okung can return in the coming weeks.

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13 Responses to “Seahawks expect Max Unger back this week”
  1. msclemons67 says: Oct 9, 2013 11:29 PM

    They may want to stick with Jeanpierre. He’s two inches shorter than Unger which makes it easier for Wilson to see where he’s throwing.

  2. braceyourselffor12 says: Oct 9, 2013 11:33 PM

    PEDs.

  3. pacificnw7722 says: Oct 9, 2013 11:39 PM

    Welcome back “Mad Max.”

    We need ya brother. GO HAWKS!

  4. fumblenuts says: Oct 9, 2013 11:57 PM

    Offensive line has to be the top priority going into the next draft.

  5. trollhammer20 says: Oct 10, 2013 12:52 AM

    One step in the right direction. LJP hasn’t looked bad in the middle…the problems containing outside pressure have been far more noticeable when watching the last two games…but the center plays such an important leadership role it will be a relief to have Unger back.

    The run blocking has actually been pretty decent, but the pass protection….one of the nerdier stat sites says Seattle is the second-worst when it comes to getting their QB time to throw, and I really pity whichever team is doing it worse. Having a mobile QB sure is nice, but needing a mobile QB in order to even survive is not.

  6. rw14prez says: Oct 10, 2013 1:33 AM

    4 starters out *

  7. stepheninportland says: Oct 10, 2013 2:04 AM

    This should help stabilize the O-line and help give Wilson some extra time in the pocket. They definitely need to do something to give him more protection. He’s a pretty stout kid, and slippery as a greased seal, but the team can’t afford for him to keep getting hammered a dozen times a game.

  8. damayan5 says: Oct 10, 2013 5:28 AM

    I remember Gruden raving about him (more then usual) at the draft. Guess he was right on that one, great player.

  9. realitycheckbaby says: Oct 10, 2013 8:57 AM

    This is what I said. Unger is just one guy but he’s the QB of the Oline. The center normally makes all the calls for blitz pick ups and schemes.

    Hope this helps.

    Also hope Carroll & Co gets a bit better depth in the draft. Drafting a great RB when you already have two great ones is fine unless your depth on the line is light.

  10. bpeterson464 says: Oct 10, 2013 12:53 PM

    To all the people saying that we need more depth on the O-line: It’s really hard to find teams that can function with three starters not playing, and of the two starters who did play, one was playing out of position! They did as well as could be expected, better in the case of Michael Bowie, and we came out of this stretch with some wins. Now Unger’s back and we can focus on Tennessee.

  11. realitycheckbaby says: Oct 10, 2013 4:00 PM

    Great WSJ article today about Seattle football.

    Says basically that the fans don’t care enough to have a perennial contender.

    Seattle fans want to win, but only if they can do it while “maintaining dignity” whatever that means.

  12. realitycheckbaby says: Oct 10, 2013 4:02 PM

    bpeterson464 says: Oct 10, 2013 12:53 PM

    To all the people saying that we need more depth on the O-line: It’s really hard to find teams that can function with three starters not playing, and of the two starters who did play, one was playing out of position! They did as well as could be expected, better in the case of Michael Bowie, and we came out of this stretch with some wins. Now Unger’s back and we can focus on Tennessee.
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    That’s kind of the point. You should expect this could happen and to not have the depth to replace some of these guys with non-rookies who actually play the position is not smart.

  13. bpeterson464 says: Oct 10, 2013 4:13 PM

    realitycheckbaby says:
    october 10, 2013 4:02 PM

    That’s kind of the point. You should expect this could happen and to not have the depth to replace some of these guys with non-rookies who actually play the position is not smart.
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    Yeah that’d be great, but do you realize that they’re only starting one rookie right now? And that one rookie is performing really well. There’s no way to do what you’re saying. This is 60% of the O-line, most teams can’t lose 40% without suffering a severe drop off, and we’re still winning games.

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