A big toe injury will sideline Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung for this Sunday’s home game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Veteran Paul McQuistan will slide over to tackle and James Carpenter will start at left guard. Two years ago McQuistan played left tackle during another Okung injury.
What is the big difference from guard to tackle?
“Mostly the pass set. Everything is quicker. You’re setting a spot on the helmet and not setting on the actual guy,” McQuistan told me prior to the Hawks Wednesday practice. “It’s just timing and your stance is a little different.”
Coach Pete Carroll plans to have rookies Alvin Bailey and Michael Bowie get plenty of work at the left tackle spot this week in case they are pressed into duty. Hopefully Seattle’s offense does well enough to give Bailey and Bowie some work in game conditions against the Jaguars.
Jacksonville’s roster is littered with former Seahawks Justin Forsett, Will Blackmon, Kyle Knox, Winston Guy, and defensive end Jason Babin. The reason is quite obvious. Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley was Seattle’s defensive coordinator. Facing the Hawks at CenturyLink Field will be more than unique.
“You know what? It is weird. I’ve watched the offense and defense, and then I was with the Jacksonville offensive staff and I said, ‘what is Duece doing there!? You can’t do that!” Bradley told Seattle media during a conference call. “Dan Quinn and the whole defensive staff has got them flying around and they’re impressive to watch.”
The Jaguars are off to a Oh-and-2 start, and have been outscored 47 to 11. Chad Henne is quarterback while starter Blaine Gabbert recovers from a lacerated hand. Tight end Marcedes Lewis has not played yet due to injury. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew is dealing with a foot sprain, but is expected to play Sunday.
Seattle might have two starters back on the defense soon. Pete Carroll says pass rusher Chris Clemons will continue to participate in all the team drills as he recovers from acl surgery. Trainers will evaluate Clemons at the end of the week. It seems more likely he might be ready for game action in week 4 against the Colts.
Cornerback Brandon Browner is still coming back from a hamstring injury. Carroll says the team is taking the same cautious approach with his return.
Seattle’s other starting corner Richard Sherman is NFC defensive player of the week. He had an interception against the 49ers and shut down San Francisco’s primary receiver Anquan Boldin.
Bill Swartz, 1090TheFan
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