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 going into the Seahawks' game Sunday at the New York Giants.
''I think we're just still learning,'' Carroll said. ''We're still working at it. We're not as consistent as we need to be.''
The Seahawks knew there would be 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 in John Moffitt and first-round pick James Carpenter.
Robert Gallery, the only veteran of the group, has only played in one game due to knee and groin injuries.