Tuesday in Hawkville

A recap of the day’s activities:

FOCUS ON

Marcus Trufant. The Seahawks’ veteran cornerback has been here before. At midseason, that is.

A first-round draft choice in 2003, the product of Washington State University and Tacoma’s Wilson High School has experienced the good (6-2 in 2003 and 2005; 5-3 in 2004 and 2006), the not-so-good (2-6 in 2008; 3-5 last season) and the half good/half bad (4-4 this season and in 2007).

“You have to learn from the past, of course, and get better from the past,” Trufant said when asked how he approached the switch from first half of the season to second half of the season.

“But you also have to look ahead and focus on the next task at hand.”

For the 2010 Seahawks, that would be Sunday’s game against the Cardinals in Arizona.  That’s the two-time defending NFC West champion Cardinals, who have beaten the Seahawks the past four seasons in Arizona.

 

“It’s a big game for us,” Trufant said. “We’ve kind of got to lick our wounds and we’ve just got to go back to the drawing board.”

Those wounds, of course, have been inflected by the Raiders and Giants the past two weeks – to the tune of a combined 74-10 score. The back-to-back losses evened the Seahawks’ record at 4-4.

“Nah, I don’t think so,” Trufant said when asked if he was worried about how the team would respond. “We’ve got a lot of pros on this team and we’ve got a great group of guys. I think we know what to do, and everybody knows we’ve got work to do.

“So that’s going to be our attitude – to get it fixed.”

PLAYER WATCH

Chester Pitts. The Seahawks finally got the veteran lineman into the starting lineup last week. This week, they might get to see Pitts at his intended position – left guard.

Pitts started at left tackle against the New York Giants because first-round draft choice Russell Okung (sprained ankle) and backup Tyler Polumbus (sprained knee) were out. But the hope is that Okung will be able to practice on Wednesday and play on Sunday.

“Chester did all right,” was coach Pete Carroll’s assessment of Pitts’ first start for the Seahawks – and first since last September, before a severe knee injury ended his season while playing with the Houston Texans.

“The first time out there against this group was a big challenge for him. He did better in pass protection than he did in the running game, but it was a very good step for him.”

Osi Umenyiora came into the game with eight sacks, and the Giants’ defensive end left Qwest Field with the same total.

“Chester is ready to play football – he’s clear now that he can play and do what he has to do,” Carroll said. “So we have a chance to start getting it going. Hopefully in this second half we’ll see that.”

STAT DU JOUR

The Seahawks’ Leon Washington leads the NFL in kickoff return average (31.4), but the Cardinals’ LaRod Stephens-Howling leads the league in returns (38) and return yards (1,060). His average (27.9) ranks sixth.

UP NEXT

The players return Wednesday from their off day to begin preparing for Sunday’s game.

Wednesday is one of the busiest days of the week at Virginia Mason Athletic Center, as Carroll holds his midweek news conference, there are conference-call interviews with the coach and a player from the opposing team, access to player interviews during open locker room and, of course, practice.

YOU DON’T SAY

“It’s something that we’re trying to stay clear about, stay steady about it and make sure we keep performing like we’re capable of. Because you get messed up as soon as you’re over-trying. You make things up and you’re in all kinds of problems.” – Carroll, on the team’s defensive problems the past two games


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