Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Aug. 12:
The Seahawks opened their preseason with a half-not-so-good, half-very-good effort against the Chargers in San Diego, pulling out a 24-17 victory. So that’s obviously the topic du jour.
Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times leads with the ankle injury that sent left tackle Russell Okung to the locker room on the first series of the game. Says O’Neil: “But stats don’t mean nearly as much as the potential absence of a player like Okung. He suffered an ankle injury last August, too. That was his right ankle, and a high ankle sprain forced him to miss the final two exhibition games and first three regular-season games. He hurt his left ankle on Oct. 24 against Arizona, causing him to miss three more games.”
Eric Williams at the News Tribune also went with the obvious, because it’s news and more meaningful than the “young pups,” as coach Pete Carroll called them, rallying for the win. But there were other angles. Offers Williams: “Playing against his former team for the first time since arriving in Seattle in a trade with San Diego (0-1) last year, reserve quarterback Charlie Whitehurst took the majority of the snaps, playing the second and third quarters. Whitehurst was efficient, completing 14 of 20 passes for 115 yards with no interceptions.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we made it three-for-three on the Okung angle. As for the other angles, Carroll dedicated this game to the younger players in the team meeting on Wednesday night: “But Carroll was just as obviously pleased with the effort of his younger players in the second half. In the team meeting on Wednesday night, Carroll dedicated the game to the them and they responded by scoring 24 second-half points after the Chargers had taken a 10-0 lead at the half. ‘It was really great to see them finish the game,’ Carroll said after they had done just that. ‘They won on defense and knocked the winning touchdown in with the third group in there and all those young pups in there. So it was really exciting to see that happen.’ ”
Mike Sando at ESPN.com offers his thoughts. Says Sando: “Rookie linebacker K.J. Wright recognized a screen play quickly and tracked down the receiver for a decisive tackle. Two other Seattle rookie draft choices, linebacker Malcolm Smith and safety Mark LeGree, provided bit hits. Smith chased on his play and finished strong. LeGree broke up a pass with his hit. LeGree also secured Seattle’s victory by breaking up a pass in the end zone on the Chargers’ final play.”