Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, September 18.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times calls Sunday’s victory over the Cowboys “the most complete demonstration of how coach Pete Carroll wants his team to play,” but questions whether or not that style can hold up against the high scoring Green Bay Packers, who visit CenturyLink Field Monday night, “The Packers could test Seattle’s makeup, though. If the Seahawks can’t dictate their style of play, they’ll find it difficult to match Green Bay point for point. ‘We’ll see what happens,’ Carroll said. ‘We’ll see how it goes. That was a pretty high-flying (Dallas) offense this last week, and fortunately we could find a way.’ “
O’Neil also notes that the play of backup tight end Anthony McCoy stood out in Sunday’s win against Dallas, and O’Neil admits he may have been too quick to judge the release of tight end Kellen Winslow the way he did a week ago, “McCoy’s performance Sunday followed up on an impressive August in which he had 106 yards receiving, most on the team. That emergence may have played a factor in Seattle’s decision to release Winslow before it was obligated to pay him $3.3 million for the season.”
Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says that tackle Russell Okung should be able to play Monday against the Packers, according to coach Carroll, “Carroll said that Okung was well enough Sunday that he should be able to play against Green Bay on Sept. 24. ‘He should be able to make it – particularly with the next couple days … we can rest him,’ Carroll said. ‘So he won’t have to practice until Thursday. So that will give him a good break.’ “
John Boyle of the Everett Herald writes that the play of backup tackle Frank Omiyale against the Cowboys was “solid” in place of the injured Okung, and says that other than an injury to cornerback Byron Maxwell, the Seahawks came out of Sunday’s game relatively injury-free, “With Okung sidelined, backup Frank Omiyale was solid in relief, helping limit the impact of Cowboys Pro Bowl linebacker DeMarcus Ware. ‘He got knocked around a couple of times — he was playing against a great player — but he held his own and had a good credible game and we’re thankful he was able to get that done,’ Carroll said of Omiyale. Okung’s potential return was just one piece of good news on the injury front for Seattle. Other than a hamstring injury to backup cornerback Byron Maxwell, which Carroll described as a “first-degree hamstring kind of thing,” the Seahawks came out of the game healthy.”
Tim Booth of the Associated Press comments on the Seahawks’ style of play in Sunday’s win over the Cowboys, “The Seahawks were aggressive, physical, controlled possession and wore down the Cowboys Sunday. Seattle had played that way at times during Carroll’s previous two seasons as head coach, but the Seahawks were arguably never more complete than in taking Dallas apart. ‘We’ve had some fun wins and great games and stuff, but because we’ve been so specific, laid it out there, we told you for what we’re shooting for and how we want it to go. We’ve seen it in preseason and the first time we really got a chance to see it come to life, that is satisfying,’ Carroll said Monday. ‘We know now what we are really working toward and what we want to achieve with our effort with the style of play.’ “
Brady Henderson of mynorthwest.com has a look at McCoy’s career day, “McCoy’s 22-yard touchdown grab came in the third quarter with the Seahawks leading 13-7. Seattle lined up with three tight ends bunched to the right, a formation that screams run. Instead, Russell Wilson dropped back to pass and hit McCoy as he crossed the goal line. ‘Kind of a relief,’ said McCoy, a sixth-round pick in 2010, when asked how it felt to score his first career touchdown. ‘Now it’s like, now you’ve got your first touchdown, you got a couple catches in the game, now you can just relax and just go out and have fun now.’ “
Curtis Crabtree of 950 KJR AM has his report from Carroll’s Monday press conference, including a note on guard James Carpenter, “Carroll said G James Carpenter will fully participate in practice this week after being held to 80-percent last week. Carpenter is ahead of schedule in returning from a devastating knee injury last Novemeber. Carroll said it will still likely be a while before he sees the field, however. ‘It’s still probably down the road a little bit from that, but he practice about 80 percent last week and that’s an enormous accomplishment for him,’ Carroll said. ‘So we’re going to see if we can get him a full week here and see what that tells us about him and how he handles it. He’s way ahead of schedule, and we’re thrilled with what he’s doing and the fact that he’s out competing and taking pass rushes and everything.”
The staff at SportsPressNW.com recaps Carroll’s Monday press conference.
Mike Sando of ESPN.com believes that quarterback Russell Wilson’s stock is on the rise after Sunday’s win, “Wilson followed up a so-so debut at Arizona with a far more efficient performance in the absence of the constant pressure the Cardinals generated. Wilson completed 15 of 20 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown. He set a franchise rookie record for completion percentage in a single game (min. 20 attempts). Wilson, backed by Marshawn Lynch’s 122-yard rushing performance, completed 8 of 10 passes for 71 yards and five first downs on play-action attempts.”
Wilson is a nominee for rookie of the week on NFL.com, and you can vote for him here.
Also at NFL.com, the Seahawks move up seven spots to No. 16 on their Week 3 power poll.
Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com moves the Seahawks up 11 spots – to No. 11 – on his weekly power rankings, “I was impressed by what they did on defense against the Cowboys. The special teams came up big, too.”
Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth has a look at the Seahawks satisfying win from Sunday, and recaps the activities surrounding Monday in Hawkville, noting that coach Carroll sees the NFC West as a division on the rise, as they have a combined record of 6-2 through Week 2 – the best of the NFL’s eight divisions.
From the video side, we bring you Carroll’s Monday press conference in full here, Tony Ventrella brings you his Seahawks Daily with a look at Sunday’s “blueprint” win, and Ventrella and Farnsworth review the 27-7 victory over the Cowboys here.