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Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said he studied New York Giants game tape to glean insight into the Rams' game plan before the opener. Spagnuolo led the Giants to a Super Bowl upset over the Patriots two years ago as defensive coordinator and is putting his stamp on that side of the ball.
"Look at the success the Giants have had over the years," Hasselbeck said. "For us, that's where we start."
Bulk on the line is a concern after defensive tackle Adam Carriker, a first-rounder in 2007, was placed on injured reserve last week with a shoulder injury. That injury no doubt helped 340-pound Hollis Thomas, a 13-year veteran released by the Saints in April, make the team to help clog up the middle in spot duty.
Second-round pick James Laurinaitis will start at middle linebacker, allowing mobile Will Witherspoon to move to the outside. Cornerback Jonathan Wade, a third-rounder in 2007, has two career starts as he takes over at cornerback for Hill.
How good will the Rams be?
"I probably can answer that question better for you at the end of the season," Wade said.
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