Around the NFC West: Sounds of silence

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune settles for an imaginary interview with Seahawks offensive line coach Alex Gibbs. Gibbs generally declines interviews and he encourages his linemen to do the same, apparently out of some notion that individual anonymity promotes the team concept. League rules require cooperation, however, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has enforced those rules by levying fines of $10,000 in other cases, including once against Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald. If the rest of the team has to honor its obligations, what makes the offensive linemen so special? Are they above the team? Not in general and certainly not in Seattle, where the offensive line has been a huge problem, the team just drafted a left tackle sixth overall and Gibbs' hiring stands as a key storyline to the season.

Doug Pacey of the Tacoma News Tribune checks in with Ricky Foley, a former CFL pass-rusher hoping to stick in Seattle. Pacey: "Foley is one of seven defensive ends on the roster and the Seahawks will probably keep only four or five. Seven-year veteran Chris Clemons has the inside track on a starting role, while Nick Reed and Lawrence Jackson appear to be in line to make the team, too. That leaves one or two available spots up for grabs. Foley doesn’t have the pedigree that the other defensive ends possess."

Greg Johns of seattlepi.com checks in with Seahawks defensive end Red Bryant, who has become a key figure on defense for the team. Coach Pete Carroll: "Red has come out smoking," head coach Pete Carroll said of Bryant's first three days of full camp. "I am so fired up about that change. He's just in the right position now for him. He's so long-levered and he can run well for a big man. He's really taken to it. He's an outgoing kid with a lot of juice that he brings to the practice field. Every defensive coach loves to see that. This is a big moment for him, to step into a starting position and see if he can hold onto it through camp. I'm really pleased with everything that has happened there." I've heard only good things about Bryant's transition from tackle to end.

Also from Johns: Carroll offers positive reviews on the Seahawks' running backs. Carroll: "I'm real happy with the running backs. We've seen really good work from Julius (Jones) and Justin (Forsett) and Quinton Ganther, who has done a really good job and also played some fullback. That group seems very solid right now. And all the while we know Leon (Washington) is waiting to come out."

More from Johns: The Seahawks waived/injured seventh-round choice Jameson Konz, then claimed Gregg Peat off waivers. Konz will revert to injured reserve once he clears waivers.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson provided the most explosive play from a Seahawks defender.

More from O'Neil: Aaron Curry's affinity for JuJuBes.

John Morgan of Field Gulls says pass-rusher Chris Clemons exceeds modest expectations. The man Seattle traded for Clemons, Darryl Tapp, enjoyed strong training camps almost annually, but it didn't always translate to the regular season.