Center Max Unger has been a key to the Seahawks’ third-ranked rushing attack, as well as a steadying influence for rookie QB Russell Wilson and a revolving quartet of guards.
The Seattle Seahawks reached to draft James Carpenter 25th overall in 2011, and he has not been able to hold on to his right tackle job or stay healthy enough to even play consistently at left guard.
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch now has run for 1,946 yards in his last 19 games and is on pace for a career-high 1,608 yards this season — quite a switch from the 836 rushing yards he had in his first 18 games in Seattle.
Mebane, who has been a major force for Seattle’s second-ranked defense, missed practice Thursday with a calf injury, but he practiced Friday and is probable for the game vs. the Panthers.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says he is holding the offense back on purpose, playing a conservative game geared toward not turning the ball over. But Russell Wilson will still have to get something going, as the Seahawks will not always get lucky on close calls in close games.
A hamstring injury shut Baldwin down for most of the preseason, and he caught just three passes for 13 yards in the first two games. Now, a shoulder injury has him questionable for the Monday night game against Green Bay. Coach Pete Carroll told reporters Saturday that Baldwin banged the shoulder Thursday and will be a game-time decision.
The Seahawks have invested three high draft picks on guys they expected to spearhead the rebuilding of the offensive line, but those three have had very little to do with the development of the unit.
It’s only the second week, and player fragility seems poised to stall any offensive progress and possibly derail the Seattle Seahawks’ season.
In news that should come as no surprise to anyone, the Seahawks will be starting yet another combination up front when they face Dallas on Sunday. It will be the 18th starting line combination for the Seahawks in Carroll’s 34 games as coach
With Dallas and Green Bay coming to Seattle the next two weeks, plus four road games in a five-game stretch following that, the Seahawks are going to have to fix a few things if they are going to rebound from a bad loss and avoid a playoff-killing start.