There’s now one more big name leaving Seattle with wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
According to the Twitter account of ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Seattle’s offensive line coach, Alex Gibbs, has retired. Seahawks.com reports that fatigue is the cause of the retirement.
“We wish Alex the best in his retirement,” said Seattle head coach Pete Carroll in a statement. “We’re grateful for the time we had with him and we’re all better for it.”
Gibbs was brought in during the offseason to revamp an offensive line that crumbled due to injury last year. With a patchwork line, Seattle quarterbacks were sacked 44 times in 2009.
Filling the hole created by Gibbs’ departure will be the tandem of assistant line coach Art Valero and quality control coach Luke Butkus.
Gibbs’ retirement is the latest in preseason offensive line news that’s dampened the optimism about the unit. Out for the final two preseason games and most likely the first game of the regular season is rookie left tackle Russell Okung with an ankle injury. Also limited by injury has been guard Ben Hamilton.
The Seahawks traded a 2011 seventh-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for offensive tackle Stacy Andrews. The news comes from the Twitter account of the NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora.
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