Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks breaks the tackle of Trumaine Johnson #22 of the St. Louis Rams in the fourth quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on October 28, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Michael Thomas/Getty Images)
by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - While the Seattle Seahawks managed a 14-9 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Monday night, the performance of their offense didn't come close to living up their standards.
Seattle gained just 135 yards of offense against the Rams and QB Russell Wilson was sacked seven times as T Paul McQuistan and T Michael Bowie were repeatedly abused in pass protection. DE Robert Quinn and DE Chris Long each picked up three sacks against Seattle. RB Marshawn Lynch carried the ball just eight times in the game.
It's left the offense incredibly frustrated with their performance.
"Very frustrating," WR Doug Baldwin said. "It's kind of hard to talk about it without saying too much but offensively we were very disappointed. We felt a lot of plays out on the field. We didn't execute some of the things that we are known for executing and it just wasn't us. Honestly, we were embarrassed by it, especially on Monday night."
The protection issues are at the root of the problem with Seattle's offense. The Seahawks couldn't run block or pass protect against the Rams. Seattle is effectively missing three starters along the line. T Russell Okung is missing at left tackle. T Breno Giacomini is missing at right tackle and McQuistan is missing at left guard because he's having to play a position he isn't suited for just to get by.
Head coach Pete Carroll said they will not make any changes along the line and will continue to hope for improvement from the group they have.
It's not like they have proven options to turn to anyway. G/C Lemuel Jeanpierre could potentially fill-in at guard if necessary but T Alvin Bailey is an undrafted free agent rookie and G Caylin Hauptman has only been here a few weeks since Seattle signed him off the Cleveland Browns' practice squad.
The coaching staff is in a position to best know the abilities of their players and, despite the issues up front, continue to stick with the group they've got because they feel it provides the best option going forward.
Okung is eligible to return to practice on Friday. He was placed on injured reserve on Sept. 20 and is ineligible to practice for six weeks. That period ends with Thursday's practice. He still will not be able to play for an additional two weeks. He can return for the game against the Minnesota Vikings on Nov. 17.
Carroll says Giacomini is getting closer to returning to practice and believes that he has a chance to get back to practice next week.
The return of Ricardo Lockette:
The offense took an additional hit Tuesday as the team announced WR Sidney Rice had suffered a torn ACL and would miss the remainder of the season.
The Seahawks placed Rice on the injured reserve list on Wednesday and signed WR Ricardo Lockette off the practice squad.
Rice suffered a torn ACL in the second quarter of Monday night's victory. Carroll said Wednesday that WR Jermaine Kearse and WR Doug Baldwin will fill the void in the lineup created by Rice's injury.
Lockette could also be a factor for Seattle. He now becomes the tallest receiver on the Seahawks' roster at 6-foot-2. Lockette is extremely excited to be back with the Seahawks and feels better prepared to handle the call-up this time around.
"My first time here, I came in and I wanted to be the superstar. I wanted to be the big receiver that everyone knew," Lockette said. "I wanted to make the big plays but obviously I wasn't ready yet."
After stops in San Francisco and Chicago, Lockette was re-signed to the team's practice squad last week. Rice's injury cleared the way for Lockette to get brought back to the 53-man roster.
"It means the world to me," Lockette said. "...I don't think one person can replace Sidney. It's going to take the entire receiving corps. It's going to take the running backs. It's going to take the running backs. It's going to take the (offensive) line. Everybody. This is my opportunity to step up and I look forward to making big plays."
Harvin Still On Hold:
Head coach Pete Carroll said that WR Percy Harvin would not participate in practice with the team on Wednesday. Harvin was on the field with the Seahawks last week for the first time since June but Carroll said they needed to rest him towards the end of the week.
Carroll said Harvin would be working with the rehab staff and they continue to take a long-term approach to his recovery.
"We want to make sure we don't go too hard, too fast," Carroll said.
With the addition of Lockette to the 53-man roster and Harvin not being able to practice Wednesday, it seems unlikely he'll be able to play this weekend against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
A Little Less Gold For Golden:
WR Golden Tate said he had been fined by the league for the taunting penalty on his 80-yard touchdown catch against the Rams. The fine for a first time taunting offense is $7,875.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
RB Jeff Demps (groin)
G Carl Nicks (foot)
Did Not Participate
RB Doug Martin (shoulder)
S Mark Barron (hip)
LB Mason Foster (hamstring)
S Dashon Goldson (knee)
DT Derek Liandri (back)
LB Dekoda Watson (shoulder)
G Davin Joseph (knee)
WR Chris Owusu (foot)
DT Akeem Spence (wrist)
S Keith Tandy (ankle)
Did Not Participate
FB Derrick Coleman (hamstring)
T Breno Giacomini (knee)
RB Marshawn Lynch (knee)
G J.R. Sweezy (elbow)
S Jeron Johnson (hamstring)
DE Michael Bennett (illness)