Tom Cable declares himself to be “most excited coach” on Seahawks staff

AP

The Seattle Seahawks have thrived in recent years despite not having a very good offensive line. If/when they ever do, they’ll presumably be even better as a team than they’ve been.

Offensive line coach Tom Cable believes that the offensive line is getting there.

“I’m the most excited coach on the staff right now,” Cable said Friday, via the team’s official website. “That’s what I’ve told coach [Pete Carroll] and [General Manager] John [Schneider] — I appreciate them putting this together in a year’s time and doing a fantastic job. Our personnel guys nailed this, so it’s just a matter of getting them in the right spots and going and playing ball.”

It’s more complicated than that, or maybe it isn’t. Maybe it’s just a matter of lining up an improved collection of blockers and letting them do their thing.

“I’m excited as camp approaches,” Cable said. “I think we’ve made some progress towards being ready to go to training camp. That means teaching the offense and getting the young kids involved. I think we’re right where we should be at this point. . .  Really all those kids . . . they all have matured a year. It’s kind of like a freshman in college. If you play them right away, it can be painful at times, but they make big strides, and they’ve done that. They’ve all matured and handled this thing really, really well.”

How it all fits together remains to be seen. Via comments prepared and distributed by the team, Cable said all of the linemen are learning two different spots. That gives Cable flexibility, and it instills versatility into the line.

Ability ultimately will be the key factor in determining whether the Seahawks have indeed improved along the offensive line. For all of the various strengths on the roster, it has continued to be the most glaring weakness.

14 responses to “Tom Cable declares himself to be “most excited coach” on Seahawks staff

  1. Cable is the most excited coach because he knows that no matter how much the line sucks, the Seahawks will keep bringing him back another year.

  2. The front office really let him down over the past few years, letting OL starters leave through free agency and not drafting good replacements. They rely on Cable to work miracles. Cable may be a good OL coach, but he cannot make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.

  3. I heard from a friend in the media that once tom cable rubbed pot roast all over his chest and bit an usherette’s leg at a theater.

    Definitely… the most excited coach on Seahawks staff.

  4. Based on the OTA interview George Fant gave I’m anxious to see how much he has improved. The line can’t be as bad as it was last year.

  5. Tom Cable would be the most excited coach on a lot of staffs, and his excitement is genuine. He’s also one of the best O-Line coaches in the league. I’d like to see Cable get another head coaching opportunity. Sometimes the second chance works out better than the first. It did for Belichick.

  6. “The Seattle Seahawks have thrived in recent years despite not having a very good offensive line.”

    That’s an understatement. Last season PFF ranked Seahawks’ O-line 32nd to start the year. After the team made some adjustments on the line during the season to make some improvements and better protect their injured QB, they finished the year ranked 32nd by PFF.

  7. Cable NEEDS to find the RIGHT combination very early to have success and continuity on the line. Once they “Jell” I think they will be very much improved.

  8. Of course he’s excited… They finally drafted him an offensive lineman in one of the first few rounds instead drafting defensive lineman and expecting him to turn them into offensive linemen. Or picking up free agents that played college basketball and expecting them to become your starting left tackle their rookie year.

    Cable catches a lot of heat at times, but considering what they’ve given him to work with up to this point, he’s worked miracles.

  9. “I’d like to see Cable get another head coaching opportunity. Sometimes the second chance works out better than the first. It did for Belichick.”

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    Could be, but probably won’t happen. Seattle cleverly included “Assistant Head Coach” in his job title to ensure he cannot be poached by other teams.

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