The Seahawks’ offensive linemen make a pledge during the week to improve on one thing, and it appears to pay off with a strong performance in Sunday’s win over the 49ers.
After a disastrous offensive showing in a 9-3 loss at Los Angeles last Sunday, the Seahawks’ offensive linemen got together — with some encouragement from position coach Tom Cable — and made a little pledge.
“We all decided early in the week we were going to pick one thing that we have not been doing well and we were going to just focus on that one thing this game and we were all going to do that one thing the best we could,’’ said left tackle Bradley Sowell. “And that’s just what we did today.’’
It resulted in an offensive onslaught and a 37-18 blowout of the 49ers that improved the Seahawks’ record to 2-1.
Sowell said his one thing to fix was focusing on continuing to run his feet on his blocks instead of reaching.
Guard Mark Glowinski said his one thing was to stay in tighter in pass protection and that if he was “getting a little jittery or something like that to just gear down.’’
Center Justin Britt said his one thing was “just footwork stuff.”
Sowell said the offensive line knew some things had to change after the game against the Rams, when the Seahawks were held without a touchdown for the first time since 2012.
“The first two weeks were frustrating, man,not really getting it going the way we were in the pre-season,’’ he said. “And we felt we were playing two really good defensive lines (in the Rams and Dolphins) and we wanted to build on getting to play against those guys and come out here today and show up wanting to get after San Francisco and I feel like we did that.’’
Coach Pete Carroll said the request for each linemen to find one thing to clean up and focus on during the week came in part at the behest of Cable.
“It’s just something that Tom has initiated with them,” Carroll said. “We’re just trying to get them to focus, because we’re really close. You’ve seen us improve in the three weeks. J’Marcus Webb (playing right guard in place of the injured Germain Ifedi) has done a nice job of getting better. He had to make the transition midweek week one (from right tackle). He’s just done a better job. Ifedi is going to come roaring back this week and try to get back in the lineup. We’ll see what happens.”
If there was anything to clean up this week, it’s penalties.
The Seahawks were called for four offensive holding penalties, two on Britt.
“Going into next week (his one thing) will be keeping my hands inside a little better,’’ Britt said. “I had a couple of penalties I’d like to take back.”
The second one, though, Britt said came with something of an asterisk.
Two plays after Russell Wilson hurt his knee — and on the play when he returned after missing one snap — Britt was called for holding.
“I was just trying to pancake somebody to reset the tone,’’ Britt said. “I was a little upset.’’