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.