Four different players getting starting reps at left guard for Seahawks

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There’s an old saying that if you have two starting quarterbacks, you don’t have one.

The Seattle Seahawks are testing if that philosophy applies to left guards as well. Through nine days of practice in training camp, the Seahawks have had four different players work with the first-team offense at left guard.

“I just think we’re kind of creating as much competition as we can with it,” offensive line coach Tom Cable said Monday.

Alvin Bailey seemed to be the favorite to replace James Carpenter, who signed with the New York Jets this offseason. He lost 30 pounds and was the front-runner for the job after OTAs.

However, the Seahawks have had rookies Kristjan Sokoli and Mark Glowinski, and third-year veteran Keavon Milton all get turns with the first-team offense in the last two weeks. Milton got his first chance with the unit on Monday.

“Keavon has really come on the last three days,” Cable said. “You want to find your best five (linemen) and I think he’s starting to work towards that so we’re going to give him an opportunity.”

Head coach Pete Carroll said Bailey would still be the first man up if they were playing games today, which means he’s the likely starter for the team’s preseason opener on Friday against the Denver Broncos.

But as long as the Seahawks have four left guards, they don’t have one. Finding out who the one will be will likely occupy a large portion of the preseason.

10 responses to “Four different players getting starting reps at left guard for Seahawks

  1. The OLine has constantly been smoke and mirrors. Alot of below average to average players that look decent due to Shawn. It’s never been a position of strength.

  2. What a coincidence; the cowboys have 2 starting LG’s in Ronald Leary and La’el Collins, I don’t think they’d be willing to trade because they love the depth but Leary is in a contract year and Cowboys might discuss terms to send one Christine Michael for one Ronald Leary.

    Something to keep an eye on depending on the heath of the cowboys RB’s who seem to be getting banged up.

  3. Trying to compare the qb position and an oline position is ridiculous. The saying just can’t be applied to oline. Nice try to stir up some controversy but the fact is the rookies look so good they are getting reps. That is how Pete does it and it’s why Russell Wilson got his chance to start as a rookie.

  4. With the way the Hawks’ O-line has gone down the last few years, I can’t blame them for repping as many guys as they can early. So when it becomes “next man up” they might actually be ready to go…

  5. This is a situation where people who haven’t watched the Seahawks closely in the last four years start to freak out. This is what they do. It’s not that they don’t have a left guard it that they want 2 or 3 left guards. They crash course their back ups and when they are needed,which most teams will need their back ups at some point, they’re ready. We heard it all when Wilson and Flynn were splitting reps. All we heard was “how’s your number 1 guy gonna be as ready as he needs to be when he’s not getting all the first team reps. Well, that year they were a Matt Ryan drive in 30 seconds for a game winning field goal away from the NFC championship game. And Wilson, the guy who didn’t get enough reps in training camp threw for 300yrds ran for another hundred and had a masterful final drive that was blown in the last 35 secs by the defense. Don’t believe me?? All this info is out there. It’s called the Seahawks way. Not yet, but once everyone catches up to their genius they’ll realize that “the Seahawks way” works and builds fast mean teams that go far in January and February.

  6. Cable was raving about his rookies on the radio Saturday on the JC show. Britt and Sweezy….now the three new guys.

    Cable is the genius at ol…nobody here knows enough to question him about it. Check the results.

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