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Seahawks look to simplify running game - Sept. 11, 2013

Seahawks look to simplify running game - Sept. 11, 2013

Center Max Unger #60 of the Seattle Seahawks gets ready to snap the ball during the first quarter of the game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field on December 23, 2012 in Seattle,Wa. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

by Curtis Crabtree
KJR reporter
Twitter: @Curtis_Crabtree

RENTON - The Seattle Seahawks offense in 2012 was built around the running game and getting RB Marshawn Lynch going on the ground.

When the Seattle offense was truly clicking, Lynch was pounding away in the run game and the Seahawks were utlilizing play-action to find chunks in the passing game.

In Sunday's season opening victory over the Carolina Panthers, the running game struggled to find its footing. Lunch ran for just 43 yards on 17 carries as the offensive line struggled to open running lanes against a strong Panthers' defensive front.

"We needed to help them a little bit scheme-wise and some things that we need to fix in the run game that against that opponent didn’t work out for us," head coach Pete Carroll said. "I don’t think it’s anything. We just need to get back to business and get us going in the right direction."

Finding the running game this week will be a challenge against another strong defensive front with the San Francisco 49ers. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said the team may have tried to do too many things against the Panthers and needs to get back to their strengths.

"We threw a lot out there and probably didn’t just hone in on what we like to do," Bevell said. "So I think it’d be just something that we will just be able to get back to our stuff."

Injury Updates:

CB Brandon Browner is expected to practice with the team on Thursday after suffering a strained hamstring last week. Carroll said Browner has been running all week and Carroll believes he has a good chance to play this week against the 49ers.

DE Cliff Avril and DE Chris Clemons were both limited in practice Wednesday. Avril is closer to being able to return than Clemons and Carroll seemed optimistic Monday that Avril would be able to play this week.

Roster Moves:

The Seahawks signed TE Kellen Davis and released LB Allen Bradford. The team had been carrying just two tight ends on their roster and TE Luke Willson suffered an oblique strain in the opener against the Carolina Panthers.

With some depth concerns at the position, the team felt the need to add an extra tight end to the roster.

"He’s somebody that we definitely needed through our depth of our position," offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said. "We only had two and something could happen real fast at that position. So we needed to start training somebody and start to get them ready."

The question is why they didn't just elect to keep TE Sean McGrath around during their cutdowns instead of going with just two tight ends from the start. Now McGrath is in Kansas City and the Seahawks had to find another option as a third tight end.

Seattle also re-signed LB Ty Powell and G Ryan Seymour to the practice squad and released C Jared Smith and DT Michael Brooks.

Seahawks Announce New Security Protocol:

The Seahawks announced Wednesday they would be implementing undercover law enforcement officers at games that will wear the jerseys of opposing teams. The officers will be looking for unruly behavior in the stands from fans with the intent of detecting "fans exhibiting unruly and inconsiderate behavior."

Injury Report:

San Francisco 49ers

Did Not Participate

RB LaMichael James (knee)

Seattle Seahawks

Did Not Participate

CB Brandon Browner (hamstring)
DT Jordan Hill (biceps)
S Jeron Johnson (hamstring)
DT Brandon Mebane (groin)

Limited Participation

DE Cliff Avril (hamstring)
T Michael Bowie (shoulder)
DE Chris Clemons (knee)
WR Sidney Rice (knee)

Full Participation

TE Luke Willson (oblique)

 

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