Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, October 23.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times takes a look back at Seahawks history and the records the team has held after seven games, “The results aren’t shocking. Those years that Seattle started 5-2, it almost always made the playoffs. When it started 4-3, it made the postseason half the time. The Seahawks have never reached the postseason when they’ve had a losing record after seven games.”
Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune notes the return of cornerback Walter Thurmond to yesterday’s practice for the first time since October 2011 after a long rehab process recovering from a broken fibula, “Seattle coach Pete Carroll said that Thurmond will remain on the PUP list for now, and that no timetable has been established on when the team will add him to the active roster. ‘He looked very quick,’ Carroll said. ‘He worked very hard to be in shape with the trainers, so he could start practicing and not have to ease him into practice and all of that. So he looked like he had really worked hard.’ Thurmond said he’s working this week to show the coaching staff he’s ready to go. ‘Just giving the coaches confidence – I think that’s the biggest thing,’ Thurmond said. ‘Just showing that I can still play like I was playing before I got injured, and so I’ve just got to prove that in practice, and earn my reps for the team.’ “
John Boyle of the Everett Herald also has the story on Thurmond’s return to practice, “Thurmond hoped to be ready for the start of this season, but he broke the leg for a second time in March, requiring another surgery. That setback meant opening the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list, which he was eligible to come off of last week. ‘It was the exact same rehab and getting in shape and everything, so I had to do it twice,’ he said. ‘That wasn’t fun at all. Sometimes I joked, I wish I had the ACL again, because that was a straight through injury, I came back at the start of the season. But things happen for a reason, so it’s just good to be back at the end of the day.’ Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he doesn’t yet know if Thurmond will play Sunday in Detroit. ‘It’s great to have him back,’ Carroll said. ‘It’s a real positive for him. It’s been a long haul him being out. Hopefully he can hang, we’ll see what that means. We’ll just take it one week at a time and see where it goes, I don’t have any idea what we would do with that at this point for this weekend.’ “
Boyle has an update on the status of guard John Moffitt, who saw his first practice action since tweaking his knee in late September, “Moffitt injured his knee in Seattle’s third game, and has been out ever sense, but was back in action Monday, though his status is also up in the air. ‘He got out there, he practiced with us,’ Carroll said. ‘That was great to see him out there. I don’t know how far along John will be until we get him through Wednesday’s practice, then we’ll have a better clue, but it’s great to just have him back.’ “
Brady Henderson of mynorthwest.com recaps an appearance by coach Carroll on 710 AM ESPN’s “Brock and Salk”, in which Carroll said the team’s problems in their Week 7 loss to the Niners can be fixed, “Four days later, Pete Carroll is still miffed. But the one positive, he said, is that what that doomed the Seahawks during their 13-6 loss to the 49ers on Thursday were one-time mistakes that aren’t indicative of longer-term trends. ‘I think we let an opportunity get away and we just had to do just normal things and we could have come out on top in that game – some things that normally we’re better at,’ Carroll told ‘Brock and Salk’ on Monday. ‘We didn’t adjust on the running game as well as we usually do on defense and we had some balls that got away from us – that hasn’t been a factor at all – showed up in that game, and the game was so close and was so easily turned in the other direction. That was hard to let that one get away.’ “
Curtis Crabtree of 950 KJR AM has his report from Monday’s practice, “WR Doug Baldwin was held out of Monday’s practice after suffering a sprained ankle against the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday night. Carroll wouldn’t give an update as to whether he is expected to play next Sunday against Detroit, but said overall they are looking pretty good health-wise.”
Mike Sando of ESPN.com has his “NFC West Stock Watch“, noting the struggles the Seahawks had with dropped passes in the Week 7 defeat at San Francisco, “Golden Tate, Robert Turbin, Evan Moore and Marshawn Lynch dropped passes during the Seahawks’ 13-6 defeat at San Francisco. It’s tough to win when completed passes (nine) roughly double the total for drops.”
ESPN.com has their Week 8 NFL power rankings, and the Seahawks have dropped two spots to No. 11 on their list since a week ago.
At NFL.com, they take a look at the playoff picture if the season were to end today. The Seahawks would find themselves on the outside looking in – conceding the No. 6 playoff spot to the Green Bay Packers, who are also 4-3, but would get in based on a better conference record.
Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth highlights the return of Thurmond and has his “Monday in Hawkville“, with a focus on the players’ assigned homework for last night’s Monday Night Football matchup between the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions, “Not that the players wouldn’t watch anyway. But tonight’s game features the team the Seahawks will play on Sunday – the Lions, in Detroit; as well as another down-the-road, on-the-road opponent – the Chicago Bears. ‘With the Monday night game coming up, these guys have an assignment – to watch the ballgame,’ Carroll said. ‘So we’ll be getting ready for Detroit from this point forward.’ TV coverage isn’t exactly the game video the players will be studying later in the week, but there is a benefit to seeing the Lions play the same week the Seahawks will play them. ‘It’s a good introduction,’ Carroll said. ‘They’ll hear all the talk about their season, about the team and how it’s gone and the players. They’ll see the style of play. I think it’s just a really good night for our guys to kind of zero in. It will start the week on Wednesday with a good familiarity.’ ” The Bears topped the Lions, 13-7.
Tony Ventrella has his “Seahawks Daily” with a recap of the team’s “Bonus Monday” practice session.
Finally, we bring you coach Carroll’s full video press conference from Monday here.