Sticking with success
Pocic returned to active duty after missing two games, however, Carroll and the offensive coaching staff felt it was better to stay with Sweezy at left guard since they had won those two contests and ran the ball well in Pocic’s absence.
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Against the Dallas Cowboys, Seattle ran the ball for 113 yards on 39 carries. Then in Arizona, the Seahawks ran for 171 yards on 34 carriers.
Pocic could have returned to the starting lineup in game five, the Seahawks decided to stay with Sweezy at left guard. Seattle lost to the Los Angeles Rams that week, 33-30, they rushed 190 yards on 32 attempts.
Coach Pete Carroll has said Fluker has fired up the offensive line which certainly shows. Two weeks ago in London, the Seahawks dominated the Oakland Raiders winning 27-3 again running over 100 yards for four straight weeks winning three out of four weeks. Against the Raiders they ran for 155 yards on 37 carriers. Additionally, Fluker has steadied Seattle’s erratic right tackle Germain Ifedi.
Keep it up
After last week’s bye, the Seahawks take on the 3-3 Lions at Ford Field in Detroit this Sunday. The Lions score an average 26.2 points per game this season. To keep the ball away from the high powered offense, Seattle must again control the clock with their ground game. The Lions have averaged giving up 139.3 yards rushing per game to their opponents.
Usually, the offensive linemen we hear about are tackles, whether positive or negative In the case of the Seahawks this season it’s these two guards who helped the Seattle Seahawks become a running team once again, the way Pete Carroll envisioned during the off-season. How long this will last no one knows for sure, but for the meantime, it is working.