A recap of the day’s activities:
Justin Forsett. Like every other position, running backs have come and gone since coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider arrived in January. But Forsett has been a constant because of his consistency, versatility and durability.
“He’s been rock solid,” Carroll said. “Every single day he’s here he does everything you could expect a guy to do. In the games, he’s been tough as hell. He has not given an inch at any time in any situation.
“He blocks, he catches, he runs. He does everything really well.”
Forsett is the only running back left from last season’s team, and he has been an island in a sea of change.
Incoming: Quinton Ganther (twice), Ryan Powdrell, LenDale White, Leon Washington, Adrian Peterson, Chris Henry, Michael Robinson, Marshawn Lynch and Jarvarris Williams
Outgoing: Tyler Roehl, Xavier Omon, White, Powdrell, Peterson, Louis Rankin, Owen Schmitt, Ganther (twice), Julius Jones and Williams.
Even with the arrival of Lynch to fill Carroll’s longing for a bigger, more physical back and wanting to get Washington more involved in the offense, it’s Forsett’s role that continues to expand.
“This is the guy that we’re counting on, and he continues to do good stuff,” Carroll said.
Like on the final possession of Sunday’s game against the Saints in New Orleans. Forsett touched the ball on the final eight plays. Four runs for 13 yards. Four receptions for 24 yards.
Entering this week’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qwest Field, Forsett leads the team with 407 rushing yards and has more receptions (24) than any of the backs. He also has 14 of the team’s 25 runs that have gone for 10-plus yards.
“He’s just a very, very good football player,” Carroll said. “He’s taking snaps away from the other guys because he just comes through, and he makes big plays as well.”
Has Forsett surprised Carroll? He is, after all, not the biggest back (5 feet 8, 198 pounds) and was a seventh-round draft choice in 2008.
“No surprises there,” Carroll said. “I think we’ve just been thrilled that he’s been healthy and strong and been a big factor whenever we need him.”
The club made moves to bolster both lines today, signing offensive tackle Will Robinson and defensive tackle Amon Gordon.
To clear roster spots, guard Allen Barbre and defensive end E.J. Wilson were released. Wilson was a fourth-round draft choice this year, but had been inactive for eight of the 10 games. Barbre was signed in late September and active for the past three games, but played only on special teams.
Robinson went to training camp with the Seahawks last summer, but was released on the final cut. Gordon was in camp briefly this summer, but also released on the cut to 53 players.
Seattle also released end James Wyche and receiver Antonio Bryant from the practice squad, and re-signed receiver Patrick Williams.
The moves bring the total made by Carroll and Schneider to 258.
STATS ’N STUFF
Washington continues to lead the league is kickoff-return average (30.3 yards), and also is averaging 23.8 yards on punt returns but does not have enough (five) to qualify for the league lead.
The Seahawks also continue to lead the league in average starting position after kickoff returns (30.7) and covering kickoffs (22.7).
Free safety Earl Thomas has five interceptions, which ties him for third in the league and also equals the franchise record for a rookie.
Kicker Olindo Mare has scored 75 of the team’s 185 points and his 15 touchbacks on kickoffs tie for fifth most in the league.
Twenty of Mike Williams’ 52 receptions have come on third downs, which ties for fourth most in the league.
STAT DU JOUR
The Chiefs have turned the ball over a league-low seven times in 10 games.
YOU DON’T SAY
“Without question, I’m more optimistic about our ability to move the football and win on third down on offense and feel, really, the ability to function where we can move the football from wherever we’re starting and all of that. … It just makes you feel like you have a better sense of how you’re going to get the job done.” – Carroll