A recap of the day’s activities:
False starts. It’s a timely topic with the New York Giants coming to Qwest Field on Sunday to play the Seahawks.
No one who was there can forget the 11 false-start penalties against the Giants in their 2005 game at Qwest – including the Giants. They followed that with three more in their game at Qwest the next season. That’s 14 of the league-high 99 false-start penalties against visiting teams at Qwest in the past 5½ seasons (Mall of America Field in Minneapolis is second with 89).
“We’re 0-2 since I’ve been here out there,” Giants right guard Chris Snee told reporters who cover the team on Monday. “The last time, 13 penalties, something insane like that.”
Actually, it was 16 penalties for 114 yards in 2005, including the 11 false starts; and eight for 63 yards in 2006, including the three false starts.
“It’s loud, man,” Snee said. “It’s been a few years since I’ve been out there. I remember the first time I went out in ’05, I had never seen anything like it. That’s why it has the reputation it does. We’ll have to do our best to try to quiet it.”
You have to like opposing players talking about the Seahawks’ home stadium as if it’s a living entity. But on game day, it really does come to life – and can make life miserable for the visiting team.
This week, the Giants will be stepping into that challenge with Adam Koets stepping in for veteran center Shaun O’Hara, who is out with a sprained ligament in his right foot. But that’s not the only chance from those previous two games at Qwest. Gone is left tackle Luke Petitgout, who had five of the false-start penalties in ’05 and another one in ’06.
He has been replaced by David Diehl, who had three false starts in ’05 and another in ’06 while playing left guard. The right side of the line remains unchanged from ’05 and ’06, with Snee at guard and Kareem McKenzie at tackle. McKenzie had one false start in ’06.
If it’s Tuesday, there must be roster moves to report. And two of them are significant, because defensive end Red Bryant and left guard Ben Hamilton were placed on injured reserve today because of injuries they got in Sunday’s loss to the Raiders in Oakland.
Bryant damaged his knee, while Hamilton received what coach Pete Carroll called a “pretty significant” concussion.
Kentwan Balmer will replace Bryant, starting with Sunday’s game against the Giants; while Chester Pitts is expected to step in for Hamilton – as he did against the Raiders.
The club also signed 6-foot-5, 350-pound defensive tackle Frank Okam to the 53-man roster, while defensive end James Wyche was re-signed to the practice squad. Okam had been with the Houston Texans, who selected him in the fifth round of the 2008 draft.
Running back Quinton Ganther and cornerback Nate Ness were released from the 53-man roster. They started against the Raiders because of injuries to cornerbacks Kelly Jennings and Walter Thurmond and fullback Michael Robinson. But all three are expected to play against the Giants. Also, linebacker Slade Norris was released from the practice squad.
STAT DU JOUR
The Giants are 5-2 for the sixth time in seven seasons under coach Tom Coughlin. But after those previous 5-2 starts, they have finished a combined 18-27 in their final nine games.
The players return from their “off” day on Wednesday to begin preparing for the Giants.
There also could be more moves in the works, since the Seahawks’ roster stands at 50 players after today’s transactions – which bring the total to 234 since Carroll and GM John Schneider were hired in January.
YOU DON’T SAY
“He’s been such a good guy and all that. So we’re really going to miss him – miss him badly.” – Carroll, on Bryant