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Mass disappointment in Seahawks O-line

(TSX / STATS) -- RENTON, Wash. -- It may be a broken record at this point for the Seattle Seahawks, but trying to patchwork an offensive line together is again the biggest focus Seattle has to face moving forward.

And while the San Francisco 49ers are clearly in a rebuilding mode under new head coach Kyle Shanahan, their front seven is still plenty good enough to ruin Seattle's day if their offensive line doesn't make significant strides from Week 1 to Week 2.

"Not good enough. Too inconsistent and not good enough," offensive line coach Tom Cable said.

Russell Wilson was sacked three times and pressured frequently by the Packers as he was given little time to work the passing game. Additionally, running lanes were non-existent for Chris Carson, Eddie Lacy and C.J. Prosise. Of Seattle's 90 rushing yards, 59 of them came on a 29-yard scramble by Wilson and a 30-yard run from Carson. They averaged just 1.9 yards per carry on their remaining 16 attempts of the game.

Head coach Pete Carroll had expressed his disappointment in the way the unit had played against the Packers on Monday. Cable echoed those thoughts in saying the performance caught them by surprise.

"That's why we're all kind of disappointed," Cable said. "We hadn't really seen that at all in the preseason. Expectations are very high, which they should be for this group."

The Seahawks will face some young, but talented, defensive linemen for the 49ers this week. DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead have grown into formidable opponents. Second overall pick Solomon Thomas will be a part of the rotational depth. Former All-Pro defensive end Elvis Dumervil gives the 49ers a situational pass rusher to contend with and NaVorro Bowman is fully healthy again at middle linebacker.

Carroll and the Seahawks believe the dud in Green Bay was just a bad performance and not indicative of what the group is capable of accomplishing this season. In sticking with that thought, Seattle isn't making any changes with their starting group this week.

"We've only played one game. There's time," Carroll said. "We're going to do really well, we're going to have a really good season and I hope it shows sooner than later. I don't have any hesitation in telling you that, I love our club. It's just unfortunate that it didn't start better, that's it."

--After Jeremy Lane was ejected just minutes into the game against Green Bay last week, rookie Shaquill Griffin and trade acquisition Justin Coleman were called upon to pick up the slack against one of the highest-powered offenses in the league.

Both players held up well for Seattle and drew praise from head coach Pete Carroll afterward.

Griffin - one of four third-round picks by Seattle - was already involved as the third cornerback in Seattle's rotation. Against a pass-heavy attack like Green Bay, he was already going to be asked to play a significant number of snaps. However, Lane's ejection put Griffin into a pseudo starting role for the rest of the game.

"He had a very solid game for his first time and it wasn't that they didn't know he was there," Carroll said.

"He honestly played just like he has been playing. He had been playing very consistent throughout the preseason and took it right to game time which is really a marvelous thing to see for the coaches. He was able to maintain his mentality and his focus and stay disciplined and aggressive and he did all of that and he got challenged too."

Griffin played 77 out of a possible 82 defensive snaps and didn't allow a completion longer than 13 yards.

"I feel like I was always prepared and I was always ready for the situation," Griffin said. "Once that chance came, I just took full advantage of it. I wanted them to understand that they can totally count on me and I'm just as prepared as anyone else would be."

Coleman played 41 snaps after joining the team the previous weekend in a trade with the New England Patriots.

"We were kind of hoping to give him some time to catch up but he jumped in and had to go immediately in and showed really good coverage skills in the man-to-man stuff as well as his own stuff and understanding of what we wanted," Carroll said.

NOTES: CB Richard Sherman did not practice Wednesday with a hamstring injury. He played every defensive snap in Sunday's game against the Packers. ... LB Terence Garvin did not practice Wednesday with a shoulder injury. Garvin did not appear to be injured in Sunday's game and played 31 snaps. LB D.J. Alexander did get a snap at strong-side linebacker on the final possession, which could have been when Garvin was hurt. ... LB K.J. Wright did not practice Wednesday with an ankle injury. He played every defensive snap in Sunday's game against the Packers. ... CB Shaquill Griffin was limited in practice on Wednesday with a concussion. Griffin played 77 of 82 snaps against the Packers, including the final snap of the game. ... LB Michael Wilhoite was limited in practice with a calf injury on Wednesday. Wilhoite missed the final three games of the preseason and the regular-season opener with the injury. Head coach Pete Carroll said they hoped he would be available this week against the 49ers. ... RB Thomas Rawls was a full participant in practice Wednesday. Rawls did not play against the Packers, but is on track to be ready to make his season debut against the 49ers this week. ... S Delano Hill fully participated in practice on Wednesday despite a shoulder injury. He was inactive last week against the Packers.

Updated September 13, 2017

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