RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Pete Carroll wants the Seattle Seahawks to be able to run the football, knowing that an effective ground game is what makes play-action passing successful.
But through four games, Seattle has the fewest rushing attempts of any team in the league and fewer yards gained on the ground than everyone expect the Tennessee Titans. Leading rusher Marshawn Lynch has only 141 yards rushing and one touchdown on the year.
The Seahawks’ coach expected some growing pains.
Seattle is starting a second-year left tackle in Russell Okung, a third-year center in Max Unger that missed 15 games last year on injured reserve and two rookies on the right side.
Carroll has seen improvement from his young offensive line, but recognizes it’s a work in progress.