Thursday, October 06, 2022

Austin Blythe’s leadership has “really been obvious” and he’s “blocked really well”


More Playing Time For Ryan Neal & Other Takeaways From Pete Carroll’s Wednesday Press Conference

Oct 05, 2022 at 06:12 PM


John Boyle Senior Reporter

News and notes from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll's Wednesday press conference.


The Seahawks were back on the practice field to begin getting ready for their Week 5 game in New Orleans. Before his team took the field, Pete Carroll met with the media to provide some updates on his team, discuss his excitement for Mariners playoff baseball and more.


Here are five takeaways from Wednesday's press conference:


3. Austin Blythe's leadership has "really been obvious."

When it comes to the improvements made to Seattle's offensive line, which on Sunday did not allow a sack while also paving the way for 235 rushing yards, a lot of the attention, understandably, has been on the play of rookie tackles Abraham Lucas and Charles Cross. But while those two rookies have been great, people also shouldn't overlook what center Austin Blythe, a free-agent addition, has brought to the line after reuniting with offensive coordinator Shane Waldron and offensive line coach Andy Dickerson, with whom he worked in Los Angeles.


"It's really been obvious," Carroll said of Blythe's leadership. "Both Andy and Shane, who knew Austin from their travels, said it was going to be able to take command of it and be in control and help guys around him and help the quarterback. They were exactly on point and to me, he's as big of a surprise as anything that has happened. He's not only done that, but he has blocked really well, and he has been effective and has made some terrific efforts downfield. Remember the fumble he recovered that (Rashaad) Penny dropped on the ground. He's led in many ways."


Blythe missed Wednesday's practice, but for a very good reason.


"He's a really proud dad today too by the way," Carroll said.


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