A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Nov. 23:
Ready, willing and able. That was the state of the Seahawks after they went through their final full practice today before Sunday’s game against the Dolphins in Miami.
Every member of the 53-man roster practiced and, for the first time this season, all will be available to play against the Dolphins.
“We’re really pleased that we have everybody available,” coach Pete Carroll said. “Sometimes you’re just kind of scrambling to figure out who you’re going to put up, but that’s not the case right now. Our hope is that it keeps us competitive at practice, it keeps everybody busting it and we’re able to practice hard because we have all of our numbers.
“Hopefully all of that adds together and allows us to elevate our play going into this final stage of the season.”
James Carpenter continued to work at left guard with the No. 1 line today after missing the past two games because of a concussion. Carroll said whether Carpenter or John Moffitt starts will be a game-day decision.
Defensive end Red Bryant returned to practice after sitting out on Thursday to rest a sore foot, and Carroll said it looks like Bryant will be able to play.
Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor. Adam Schefter at ESPN.com looks at the “10 best bargains” in the league in his weekly “10 Spot,” and he includes the Seahawks’ left cornerback and strong safety. Here’s his take on each:
Sherman: “ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski said last week that Sherman has developed into “the best shutdown corner in the NFL right now.”
Chancellor: “If Sherman is the game’s best shutdown corner, Chancellor might be the best shutdown safety, one of the hardest-hitting players in the league.”
This time, it’s from an opponent – although a familiar one to Carroll. Reggie Bush, the Dolphins’ leading rusher, played for Carroll at USC. Here’s what Bush had to say when asked what about the Seahawks has Carroll’s stamp on it:
“Yeah, I think it’s a little bit of everything – speed, they play well together, play well within the scheme and obviously, from the defense’s standpoint, they’re bringing a lot of different pressure, exotic front, creating turnovers and just making plays when they have to. And winning games when they have to. That’s kind of coach Carroll’s signature.”
The official end-of-the-week status report, as issued by the team:
DE Red Bryant (foot)
OG James Carpenter (concussion)
RB Marshawn Lynch (back)
DE Greg Scruggs (oblique)
CB Byron Maxwell (hamstring)
DT Clinton McDonald (groin)
LB K.J. Wright (concussion)
For the Dolphins:
LB Austin Spitler (ankle)
LB Karlos Dansby (biceps)
P Brandon Fields (left knee)
C Mike Pouncey (ankle)
S Jimmy Wilson (ribs)
TE Anthony Fasano (hip)
STAT DU JOUR
Sunday’s game features two of the quarterbacks selected in April’s NFL Draft – and two of the seven who could or have started this week – in the Seahawks’ Russell Wilson (third round, 75th overall) and the Dolphins’ Ryan Tannehill (first round, eighth pick overall). The disparity in their statistics entering this game is even greater when dealing only with their fourth-quarter efforts. Here’s a look at the numbers for each player:
Player Att. Comp. Pct. Yards TD Int. Rating (NFL rank)
Russell Wilson 253 157 64.2 1,827 15 8 90.5 (12th)
Ryan Tannehill 308 179 58.1 2,120 6 11 70.3 (30th)
Player Att. Comp. Pct. Yards TD Int. Rating
Russell Wilson 77 44 57.1 559 5 1 96.2 (6th)
Ryan Tannehill 94 50 53.2 644 3 3 72.3 (29th)
The team flew to Fort Lauderdale following a mid-day practice and will hold a walkthrough there on Saturday.
YOU DON’T SAY
“I’m looking forward to getting the win. That’s what I’m looking forward to. I’m not so worried about who’s on the other side of the field. This game is really going to come down to our ability to execute and just finding a way to win this game, getting better as a team, running the ball better, passing the ball better, just executing in all phases of the game.” – Bush when asked if he was looking forward to playing against his college coach