A recap of the day’s activities:
John Carlson. He might be listed as a tight end, but Carlson also has lined up at H-back, in the slot, flanked as a receiver and even at fullback this season.
Which job description does he prefer?
“All of the above,” Carlson said. “In this offense, the tight end is asked to do different things. So in the same game, I’ll be in the backfield, and on the line of scrimmage, and be out wide. They ask me to do all kinds of different things.”
Including lining up at fullback, because Michael Robinson has been sidelined the past three games with a strained hamstring. How different is that for a tight end?
“A lot of this stuff is different,” Carlson said. “Because on the run plays they want you to read it like a runner, like the running back would. And I read it like a tight end, because I’m a tight end.
“But it’s one of those things where I just need to learn the position and get better at it every week.”
Carlson also is third on the team with 22 receptions, although it’s off the pace that produced 55- and 51-reception seasons in his first years.
“Every week’s a new week,” he said. “I don’t know exactly how the catches are going to turn out and the numbers and the stats and all that. But that’s always kind of been secondary in my opinion. Ultimately we’re here to win games, and this year we’re doing that a lot more so than in the last two years.”
Good point. The Seahawks are 5-4 entering Sunday’s game against the Saints in New Orleans. The five victories match the season total from last year and are one more than the Seahawks won during his rookie season.
“So I’m all for it,” he said. “Whatever I can do to help the team win is what I’m going to be doing.”
Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck got a subtle reminder today about just how new his group of wide receivers is, and also just how long Ben Obomanu has been with the team.
“We ran a play and we were talking about how he did his motion on the play, and I said, ‘I was thinking maybe you should do it this way,’ ” Hasselbeck offered.
“And he said, ‘Oh yeah, like Darrell used to do it.’ And I was like, ‘Were you here with Darrell Jackson? You’ve been here that long.’ ”
Yes, and yes. This is Obomanu’s fifth year with the club, so he was a rookie in 2006 – Jackson’s final season with the Seahawks. Obomanu’s five seasons as a Seahawks also are one shy of the combined total of other five wide receivers on the roster – as Deon Butler is in his second season with the team, while Mike Williams, Golden Tate, Brandon Stokley and Ruvell Martin are in their first.
“You know, you forget sometimes just because he’s so steady,” Hasselbeck said of Obomanu, who got his first career start at flanker last week and will double that total in Sunday’s game against the Saints.
ON THE FIELD
The players worked for 100 minutes in their indoor practice facility on “Turnover Thursday,” and rookie free safety Earl Thomas turned in the play of the day with a lunging deflection of a pass.
The official report, as released by the team:
Did not practice
MLB Lofa Tatupu (knee)
DT Colin Cole (ankle)
WR Golden Tate (ankle)
OL Mike Gibson (ankle)
TE Anthony McCoy (knee)
WR Brandon Stokley (calf)
RB Michael Robinson (hamstring)
QB Matt Hasselbeck (wrist)
OT Russell Okung (ankle)
No changes from Wednesday’s report for the Seahawks. Okung split time at left tackle with Tyler Polumbus. The team’s top draft choice has not played in the past three games because of a sprained left ankle. With Tatupu sitting out, David Hawthorne filled in at middle linebacker and was replaced at weak-side ‘backer by Will Herring.
For the Saints:
Did not practice
S Darren Sharper (hamstring)
TE Jeremy Shockey (rib)
RB Pierre Thomas (ankle)
Limited in practice
RB Reggie Bush (fibula)
RB Chris Ivory (shoulder)
S Malcolm Jenkins (neck)
OT Jon Stinchcomb (knee)
CB Patrick Robinson (ankle)
The only change was Robinson being limited after sitting out on Wednesday.
STAT DU JOUR
Hasselbeck had his first 300-yard passing performance of the season in last week’s big win over the Cardinals, but the Saints have not allowed a 300-yard passer this season and their past three opponents have averaged 108 passing yards.
Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez? The players will practice Friday morning before the team flies to New Orleans, the “Let the good times roll” capital of the United States. Except that this is a business trip. But if the Seahawks can pull off the upset, it would indeed be “Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez.”
YOU DON’T SAY
“We don’t look at them as the Super Bowl champs. We look at them as the next team on the schedule. It happens to be a very talented team that we need to really prepare for.” – Carlson, on the Saints