A recap of the day’s activities at the Seahawks’ OTA practice:
Red. As in zone, but also Bryant.
First the red zone, which was one of the more entertaining drills during today’s 105-minute practice.
On the first snap, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck completed a pass to wide receiver Mike Williams in the end zone for a touchdown. But things got progressively more difficult for the offense after that.
On the next series, with QB Charlie Whitehurst running the No. 2 unit, the defense forced the offense to settle for a 22-yard field goal by Olindo Mare. Hasselbeck returned and the offense got into the end zone again, on a pass to running back Justin Forsett on a third-and-7 play. Next up was QB J.P. Losman and the No. 3 offense, but they failed to score as rookie linebacker Dexter Davis stopped running back Quinton Ganther for no. Losman’s fourth-down pass to wide receiver Isaiah Stanback was incomplete against tight coverage in the end zone from cornerback Kennard Cox.
“The defense has been competing hard with us, and pushing us, and making us better,” Hasselbeck said.
Now, onto to the other Red …
LIKE FATHER-IN-LAW LIKE SON-IN-LAW?
After he was selected in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL draft, Bryant was issued No. 79. It was significant because that’s the number Ring of Honor defensive end Jacob Green wore for 12 highly productive seasons with the Seahawks.
That was before Bryant married one of Green’s three daughters, Janelle. Now, Bryant has been moved from defensive tackle to left end – the spot where Green lined up while collecting his club-record 116 sacks.
While Bryant points out that the 252-pound Green would be more suited to playing the “Leo” position that lines up opposite him in the current Seahawks defense, Green started 176 games on the left side.
“Mr. Green is excited,” Bryant said after practice – and, yes, he still refers to his father-in-law as Mister. “In fact, he called me last night just to see how my practice is going. With me playing D-end now, he’s got so many suggestions – from how to use my hands, to getting off the ball, to losing weight.
“He’s really proud, and I’m proud that I’m making him proud. He’s just excited to see finally see me get an opportunity, and I’m excited and grateful.”
Kam Chancellor. The 232-pound rookie strong safety came up with a couple of plays to end practice that were as big as he is.
On the first, the fifth-round draft choice from Virginia Tech intercepted a Losman pass in the end zone that was intended for tight end Cameron Morrah. On the next, Chancellor tipped a pass incomplete.
His double-dip of impressive plays set up a helmet-raising, fist-pumping celebration by the entire defense as coach Pete Carroll called his players to the middle of the field in the indoor practice facility.
Chancellor is working with the No. 3 defense, with fellow rookie James Brindley at free safety. Veteran Lawyer Milloy (strong) and rookie Earl Thomas (free) continue to fill the safety spots in the No. 1 defense, while Jordan Babineaux and Jamar Adams are in the No. 2 unit. But if he continues to make plays like he today, Chancellor will push for more time.
QUESTION DU JOUR
Q: Has Pete Carroll considered the possibility of using Aaron Curry as a pass rusher? And if so, how has it been working out? – Rich, Moses Lake
A: Carroll hasn’t just considered it, Rich, he is going to do it. In fact, in their first conversation after Carroll was hired in January the team’s new coach let Curry know that he was expecting more from him as a pass-rusher.
In the minicamp and OTA practices, Curry has been spending some of his time working with the defensive linemen to hone his pass-rush skills. So in addition to blitzing from his strong-side linebacker spot, Curry also will come after the opposing quarterback as an end in the nickel defense.
As Curry told ESPN.com’s John Clayton this week, “Everything I did in the past has been from a two-point stance. Coach Carroll wanted to challenge me and he did that by trying me in some three-point stances. I found out I can rush better from a three-point stance than a two-point stance. It’s like that rattlesnake. In the three-point stance, the snake is curled up and, if you blink, you’re bit.”
YOU DON’T SAY
“We talked today about potential, and how there is a big difference potential and then realizing your potential. (Defensive coordinator) Gus Bradley actually gave a presentation on bringing your potential to the surface. It was really good. So everyday there’s a focus, there’s a teaching point, there’s a point of emphasis.” – Hasselbeck