Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Oct. 19:
Eric Williams at the News Tribune looks at Walter Thurmond, whose time has come as the second-year cornerback takes over for Marcus Trufant. Says coach Pete Carroll: “Walter will jump in right now and assume that starting role and we’ll expect him to play right through and live up to it. And Walter expects nothing less than that.”
Mike Sando at ESPN.com offers his thoughts on why the Seahawks should not have gotten involved in the trade discussions for Carson Palmer, who the Bengals was sent to the Raiders on Tuesday. Says Sando: “The Seahawks have put together one of the youngest rosters in the league. They have bucked conventional wisdom by drafting no quarterbacks since Pete Carroll took over the team in early 2010. Clearly, the Seahawks need to draft a bright quarterback prospect at some point, the sooner the better.”
Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times examines the same situation, offering: “If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a whole franchise to commit to a quarterback, and it appears that’s going to be the last piece Seattle cements in place on its offense. That player won’t be Palmer as the Raiders were the ones who put together “The Godfather” offer, the one the Bengals couldn’t refuse.”
John Boyle at the Everett Herald also says the Seahawks were wise to pass on Palmer. Says Boyle: “This is a team still building, and though improved, it’s roster still has holes. Giving up two firsts, or even a first and a second, for Palmer would not have been the smart move for the Seahawks. Neither was spending big money on a quarterback who won’t be the answer in the long term.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we also take a look at the special relationship between Thurmond, Trufant and defensive backs coach Kris Richard. Richard on Trufant’s efforts to help prepare Thurmond to step in: “When you can no longer play, or you’re out, wouldn’t you want the next man behind you to come right on in and not miss a beat? Again, that’s a testament to Marcus’ character, and Walter’s.”
We’ve also got a look at the progress being made by QB Tarvaris Jackson, as well as a look at the Seahawks’ upcoming opponent. Tony Ventrella also has a video feature on linebackers coach Ken Norton and three of his players visiting a local boxing club.
Former Seahawks linebacker Dave Wyman, writing for 710 ESPN, offers his take on 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and the handshake that shook the NFL. Says Wyman: “Love him or hate him, there’s no denying that Jim Harbaugh is one heck of a coach and the rest of the NFL should be more concerned about his coaching ability than his lack of social grace. Just as Harbaugh did at Stanford, he has his 49ers team playing and playing well.”