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Wednesday in Hawkville: Limit Lynch’s carries? Now that’s laughable

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Nov. 21:

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Marshawn Lynch

Marshawn Lynch

Marshawn Lynch. When it comes to the Seahawks’ workhorse running back, just how much work is too much work?

One of the reasons the team selected Robert Turbin in the fourth round of April’s NFL Draft was to provide a back to spell Lynch. But as the Seahawks prepare for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins in Miami, only the Texans’ Arian Foster has more carries (249) than Lynch (212).

Asked about limiting Lynch’s carries during his midday Q&A session with the media, coach Pete Carroll said, “I just stopped him and asked him how old he was today. I said, ‘What are you, 27?’ He said, ‘I’m 26, I won’t be 27 until next April.’

“We’ve got to load him up. We’re taking it too easy on this guy. He’s a young man. So I think it’s the other way around – we need to give him some more carries.”

Asked after practice about Carroll joking that he might want to give the ball to Lynch even more, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell smiled and offered, “He was joking?”

When the laughter subsided, Bevell added, “We do (have to watch his number of carries). But Marshawn is just going to keep going. He’s not going to turn it down. He’ll take it every time. We have to be able to mix Robert in there. But when it comes time, when it’s crunch time during a game, we want 24 out there. We want to hand him the ball. We want to give it to him and see what he can do.”

And that’s almost always something positive, and often jaw-dropping. Lynch not only has the second-most carries in the league, he has the second-most rushing yards (1,005).

“He’s going to scratch and claw for every inch that he gets,” Bevell said. “He’s going to break tackles. He’s going to make 2-yard runs into 10-yard runs. I’m asking, ‘Where’s he down?’ They’re like, ‘He’s still running.’ ”

And running. And running. And running some more. The only time Lynch isn’t forcing the issue is when he is being forced to take a play or two off. Then he trudges to the sideline.

“That’s his slow-poke walk,” fullback Michael Robinson said. “That boy can run the ball, and I just like to do everything I can to make sure he gets to the second level. Once he gets to the second level, that’s where he makes the big money.”

POSITION WATCH

Left guard. James Carpenter returned to practice today for the first time since getting a concussion that forced him to sit out the pre-bye games against the Vikings and Jets. But John Moffitt continued to work at left guard with the No. 1 line in practice.

Carpenter got his limited reps with the No. 2 line that also included Frank Omiyale at left tackle, Lemuel Jeanpierre at center and guard J.R. Sweezy and tackle Mike Person on the right side.

“We’ll see how Carp handles it,” Carroll said. “We’re anxious to see him get back out there.”

As to whether Carpenter will step back in as the starter this week, Carroll said, “We’ll see. We’ll see how the week goes. We’ll see what happens. I just want to take it one day at a time.”

OPPONENT WATCH

Cameron Wake

Cameron Wake (AP Photo/Kevin Terrell)

Cameron Wake. “Who?” says the look that washed across Robinson’s face. He and Wake played together at Penn State. But that’s also when Wake went by Derek, his first name.

“Derek. Derek. His name is Derek,” Robinson said when asked about Cameron Wake. “I don’t know Cam. You all laugh, but I’m so serious. I don’t know who that is. His name is Derek.”

By any name, Wake has the ability to get to the quarterback. The Dolphins’ defensive end has 9.5 sacks this season and 37.5 since making the jump from the CFL to the NFL in 2009.

“He’s really good,” Carroll said. “He’s powerful. He’s a natural athlete. He’s got great length. And he has a good motor, too; he’s bringing it all the time. He’s really a classic, big-time rusher. He’s a problem. He’s just as natural as you can be at bringing the heat.”

Wake said during a conference-call interview today that he’s looking forward to being able to finally hit Robinson on Sunday, because he wasn’t allowed to do it while Robinson was playing quarterback at Penn State.

Told that, Robinson offered a look that screamed, “Please.”

“He had his chances, OK, to hit me in college and he just couldn’t do it,” Robinson said. “It wasn’t my fault. I ran the ball and he had to get his feet together to get me. But he couldn’t do that.”

Robinson then shifted into a more serious gear before continuing. “It will definitely be fun to play against him,” he said. “Derek’s a great kid. He’s worked hard to get to where he is. I’m glad to see that he’s had success. He’s always been physically a man-child.”

MARTIN UP, LOUKS IN

Wide receiver Charly Martin rejoined the 53-man roster today, filling the spot that opened when rookie safety Winston Guy was given a four-game suspension by the league on Tuesday.

To fill Martin’s spot on the practice squad, wide receiver Corbin Louks was signed to the practice squad. Louks ran the 40-yard dash in 4.39 seconds during his Pro Day workout at Nevada, where he also played running back – a role he stepped into immediately on the scout team that works against the Seahawks’ defense.

INJURY REPORT

The official practice participation report, as issued by the team:

Limited participation

OG James Carpenter (concussion)

Full participation

RB Marshawn Lynch (back)

DE Greg Scruggs (oblique)

CB Byron Maxwell (hamstring)

DT Clinton McDonald (groin)

LB K.J. Wright (concussion)

For the Dolphins:

Did not practice

LB Austin Spitler (ankle)

Full participation

LB Karlos Dansby (biceps)

P Brandon Fields (left knee)

C Mike Pouncey (ankle)

S Jimmy Wilson (ribs)

STAT DU JOUR

We’ve used this before, but it doesn’t lessen the impact of just what Lynch has done since Week 9 of last season – which is run for 305 more yards than any other back in the NFL. It’s a tribute to not only his productivity, but his durability. Here’s a look at Lynch’s 19-game totals, and those backs who continue to chase him:

Player, team                                 Att.     Yards    Avg.    TD

Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks     423     1,946     4.6      14

Arian Foster, Texans                   392     1,641     4.2      16

Chris Johnson, Titans                  325     1,607     4.9        7

Ray Rice, Ravens                          340     1,572     4.6     14

UP NEXT

Thanksgiving Day, of course, but also “Turnover Thursday.” Practice will start earlier and there are no post-practice meetings so the players can celebrate the holiday with family and friends.

The players also will practice Friday before the team flies to Florida for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins.

YOU DON’T SAY

“Joyous, humble and committed to his community – that’s Marshawn Lynch off the field. On it? You better strap in or get out of the way. With four straight 100-yard games, he’s averaged even better stats in the second half of games than in the first.” – Sports Illustrated in a “Back to Backs” feature in this week’s issue


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Martin returns to 53-man roster

Charly Martin

Charly Martin

Wide receiver Charly Martin has been elevated from the practice squad to the Seahawks’ 53-man roster to fill the spot that opened on Tuesday when rookie safety Winston Guy was suspended by the league for four games.

To fill Martin’s spot on the eight-man practice squad, wide receiver Corbin Louks was signed.

Martin was on the roster for the first nine games of the season, playing in three games and catching four passes for 42 yards. He was released Nov. 6 and then signed to the practice squad the next day.


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Wednesday in Hawkville: Leon longing for return to end zone

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Nov. 7:

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Leon Washington

Leon Washington

Leon Washington. Yes, it was the Jets who traded the returner/running back to the Seahawks in a draft day deal in 2010.  Yes, it’s the Jets who are coming to CenturyLink Field on Sunday. And yes, Washington would like to do you-know-what against his former team.

“Would I like to return a touchdown against the Jets? Yes,” Washington said today, punctuating the obvious statement with a huge smile before adding, “Would I like to return a touchdown against the Rams? Yes. Would I like to return a touchdown against the 49ers? Yes.”

Washington has returned seven kickoffs for touchdowns in his NFL career that began in 2006, when the Jets selected him in the fourth round of the NFL Draft. Only one player in the 92½-year history of the league has returned more – the Browns’ Josh Cribbs with eight.

But it’s been a while since Washington has found the end zone with a kickoff or punt return – Week 14 of his first season with the Seahawks, and against the 49ers. That’s too long, as he views the situation. So why not end the drought against the team he used to play for, and represented in the Pro Bowl as the AFC returner after the 2007 season.

“We’re right on target,” Washington said. “We feel like we execute very well in practice. We just have to take advantage of opportunities during the game. Second half of the season, I remember last year we got really good. So I feel like we’re going to do the same thing this year.”

During the Seahawks’ 5-4 start, Washington has averaged 29.1 yards on 15 kickoff returns, which ranks sixth in the league. His punt return average, once as high as 14.5 yards, has dipped to 8.5, which ties him for 13th in the league.

And yes, playing in Seattle is different than playing in New York.

“Our fans here are passionate about their team, but it seems like the fans there, they feel like they own the team,” Washington said with a chuckle.

PLAYER WATCH

Marshawn Lynch. But this time, it’s through the eyes of Jets coach Rex Ryan, who also faced Lynch when he was running for the Bills and even sat in on a pre-draft visit with Lynch in 2007 when he was coming out of Cal and Ryan was defensive coordinator for the Ravens.

“He’s a tough dude, let’s just put it that way,” Ryan said today during a conference-call interview. “He’s one tough, tough rascal.

“Having to go against him – I’ve gone against him several times – he’s a guy that really is a physical back. … He’s a very powerful, physical runner and you never assume that this kid’s down.”

As for Lynch’s visit with the Ravens, Ryan said, “As he left, we were going back and forth. I said, ‘You come here, you’re going to get your butt kicked in practice.’ He’s like, ‘Man, I’ll show you.’ But I really liked him. As soon as he left, I’m like, ‘Oh, I hope we get that kid.’ ”

MARTIN RETURNS; THURMOND ACTIVATED

Wide receiver Charly Martin rejoined the team midway through practice, and cornerback Walter Thurmond was activated to the 53-man roster.

Martin was released from the 53-man roster on Tuesday and re-signed to the practice squad today after he had cleared waivers. Thurmond, who began the season on the physically-unable-to-perform list, takes the roster spot that opened when Martin was released. The club had until Monday to add Thurmond to the roster.

Martin fills the practice squad spot that opened Tuesday when rookie wide receiver Lavasier Tuinei was released.

MORE MIDSEASON HONORS

Eight Seahawks landed on the All-NFC West midseason team selected by NFC blogger Mike Sando at ESPN.com: defensive end Chris Clemons, nose tackle Brandon Mebane, cornerback Richard Sherman and free safety Earl Thomas on defense; center Max Unger and Lynch on offense; and returner Leon Washington and coverage man Heath Farwell on special teams.

In what Sando labeled his “tough call,” the 49ers’ Alex Smith was the choice over the Seahawks’ Russell Wilson at quarterback: “Alex Smith edges Russell Wilson at quarterback based on a stronger start to the season and his nearly perfect game against Arizona in Week 8. Wilson is gaining ground and looks like he could become the best quarterback in the NFC West quickly. He already has a better feel for the pocket. I’ll be surprised, at this rate, if Wilson isn’t the choice for the season-ending all-division team. There is still time for Sam Bradford to factor in as well.”

INJURY REPORT

The official report, as issued by the team:

Did not practice

DE Red Bryant (foot)

OG James Carpenter (concussion)

SS Kam Chancellor (quadriceps)

WR Braylon Edwards (knee)

RB Marshawn Lynch (back/wrist)

DT Clinton McDonald (groin)

LB K.J. Wright (concussion)

Limited in practice

DT Jason Jones (ankle)

Full participation

WR Doug Baldwin (ankle)

OG John Moffitt (knee)

C Max Unger (finger)

Wright and Carpenter were scheduled for more tests today, which they must pass before being cleared to return to practice. Mike Morgan and John Moffitt continued to replace them at strongside linebacker and left guard, as they did in Sunday’s game against the Vikings. Robert Turbin worked for Lynch, Greg Scruggs took over for Bryant and Jeron Johnson stepped in for Chancellor in practice.

Jones returned to practice after missing the past two games with an ankle injury.

For the Jets:

Did not practice

DT Kenrick Ellis (knee)

RB Joe McKnight (ankle)

Limited in practice

TE Jeff Cumberland (wrist)

C Nick Mangold (ankle)

OG Brandon Moore (hip)

DT Sione Pouha (back)

RB Bilal Powell (shoulder)

LB Bart Scott (toe)

S Eric Smith (knee)

Full participation

DT Mike DeVito (finger)

WR Clyde Gates (shoulder)

S LaRon Landry (heel)

LB Calvin Pace (shin)

QB Mark Sanchez (back)

OG Matt Slauson (knee)

STAT DU JOUR

No back in the NFL has more 100-yard rushing games than Lynch, who is second in the NFL in rushing (881 yards) to the Vikings’ Adrian Peterson (957). Here’s a look at Lynch’s five triple-digit efforts, when he also has scored his four rushing touchdowns:

Opponent (week)                    No.   Yards   Avg.   TD

Vikings (Week 9)                      26      124      4.8       1

Cowboys (Week 2)                  26       122      4.7       1

Rams (Week 4)                         20      118      5.9       1

Lions (Week 8)                         12       105      8.8       1

49ers (Week 7)                         19      103      5.4       0

Who’s chasing Lynch? Peterson, the Texans’ Arian Foster and Patriots’ Stefan Ridley each have four 100-yard games.

UP NEXT

“Competition Wednesday” gives way to “Turnover Thursday” as the players continue to prepare for Sunday’s game.

The Seahawks are even in turnover differential, with 13 takeaways and 13 giveaways; while the Jets are minus-1. Only 11 teams have turned the ball over more than the Jets (14).

YOU DON’T SAY

“We have to fix ourselves before we really worry about who we’re playing. Now with that being said, this week is probably about as difficult of a challenge as a team can face. Here’s a team that’s 4-0 at home, with wins over Dallas, Minnesota, Green Bay and New England. It starts with the running game, of course. But, oh by the way, the quarterback has a 120 rating at home, which would be the best in the National Football League. So that’s certainly going to be a challenge. And on defense, they’re the fourth-rated defense in the National Football League. They’re a big, physical group with some guys that can really rush the passer. So it’s definitely a huge challenge for us.” – Ryan

YOU DON’T SAY, PART II

“Oh he definitely likes it. I like them, too. Every pass he’s thrown I’ve called.” – offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell on wide receiver Sidney Rice throwing the ball, which he did for a 25-yard completion – and a 118.8 passer rating – to tight end Zach Miller against the Vikings


Wednesday cyber surfing: Wilson’s rapid rise; A Trufant family reunion

Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, November 7.

There was a couple of roster moves that came late Tuesday afternoon, when the team announced the release of wide receiver Charly Martin from the active roster, and the release of wide receiver Lavasier Tuinei from the practice squad. As of this morning, no move had been made to fill either spot.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times has a look at how much better Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson has become since the start of the season, “No one is calling for Matt Flynn to start for Seattle anymore. At least not loud enough to hear, and certainly not like it was in September when the Seahawks’ offense was about as potent as the Mariners’. But over the first nine games, the most important trend for Wilson has been the way he eliminates flaws in his performance. Halfway through his first season, the most important thing is to judge not how good he is, but how much better he has become. And only by looking at that process step by step, following three critical improvements, can you see how he’s reached this point of leading Seattle’s offense to 54 points in the past two games and holding the league’s 11th-best quarterback rating.”

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune catches up with the Trufant family, as brothers Marcus and Isaiah are set to square off against each other when the New York Jets comes to town on Sunday at CenturyLink Field, and younger brother Desmond – a senior cornerback at the University of Washington – will play against Utah on Saturday night, also at CenturyLink Field, “Lloyd Trufant said he had a jersey specifically made for the game, with a Marcus Trufant Seahawks jersey on the front and an Isaiah Trufant Jets jersey on the back. ‘We’re pretty pumped up about it,’ Lloyd Trufant said. ‘It should be pretty cool to see both of them on opposing teams. … I have all three of my boys at the same stadium on the same weekend, so that should be cool.’ “

John Boyle of the Everett Herald notes where the Seahawks’ recent run defense struggles may be coming from, “More than anything, Carroll thinks the team’s struggles are the result of young players trying to do too much. In addition to a stout defensive line, one of the most important elements of run defense is the ability of linebackers and safeties to stay disciplined and focus on their responsibilities, not everyone else’s. With a rookie starting at middle linebacker (Bobby Wagner), a second-year strongside linebacker (K.J. Wright) and safeties who are in their third year (Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor), youthful mistakes can happen. It also didn’t help the Seahawks that Wright missed all but three plays of Sunday’s win over the Vikings because of a concussion. ‘I do think we’re over-trying a little bit,’ Carroll said. ‘I think in general guys are trying to live up to the expectations and we’re trying really hard, and at times that takes you out of your game. That’s something we’re really concerned about. We just want to play the way that we’re capable of playing. Sometimes, guys try to go beyond their responsibility to make a play and they get in a bad situation. That’s just because they want to do really well and they’re trying really hard and all of that. It’s a young bunch of guys getting together, so you can fluctuate a little bit there.’ “

Dave Grosby and Dave Wyman of 710Sports.com say the Seahawks defense is going to be OK, and they attempt to ease the fears of fans in this short video.

Doug Farrar of YahooSports.com brings us his Midseason All-Underrated offensive team, and Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson tops the list, “San Francisco’s Alex Smith almost made this spot, but after looking at a few key numbers for both quarterbacks — efficiency in third-down, red-zone, and fourth-quarter situations — the third-round rookie from Wisconsin gets the nod. Wilson, who wasn’t expected to start this season and got all kinds of pre-draft scouting dings as a result of his 5-foot-10 5/8 stature, has become the epicenter of the Seahawks’ offense in the last few weeks. It’s an impressive feat for a team that’s been run-based and centered around Marshawn Lynch. But as head coach Pete Carroll and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell have taken the training wheels off of late, Wilson has responded with great production. His three-touchdown performance against the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday was the sixth-best of the week among quarterbacks per Football Outsiders’ efficiency rankings, and we have a feeling that the best is yet to come. Wilson has more passing touchdowns than any other rookie quarterback (yes, more than Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III), and only Griffin has a higher passer rating. Near-Misses: Alex Smith, San Francisco 49ers/Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers”

Mike Sando of ESPN.com has his All-NFC West midseason team and defensive end Chris Clemons, defensive tackle Brandon Mebane, cornerback Richard Sherman, and free safety Earl Thomas make the cut for the defense, while center Max Unger and running back Marshawn Lynch represent the offense. Linebacker Heath Farwell tops all division specialists and running back Leon Washington is named the top return man.

Sam Farmer of the LA Times highlights Seahawks team statistician Todd Nielson, “Nielson gathers and crunches numbers, studies probabilities, looks for any sliver of data concerning the Seahawks or opposing teams that could give Seattle an edge. That includes drawing up statistical reports for Coach Pete Carrolland his assistants, documenting plays and coverages during games, and even analyzing officiating crews for their specific tendencies. ‘You look at it, and eventually it’s going to pop off the paper at you,’ said Nielson, who spends much of his day at his modest cubicle, sleuthing tendencies. ‘My interaction with Coach Carroll is very limited,’ he said. ‘I go in his office when he’s not there, and I drop a piece of paper on his desk with what he calls ‘the orange stuff’ on it, which is the highlighted stuff.’ Throughout the week, Nielson fields requests from coaches — for instance, compile all the New York Jets’ runs in goal-to-go situations — then creates a written report, complete with corresponding video. ‘The stats tell you the when and the where,’ he said. ‘The video tells you the how and the why.’ “

Farmer also offers a behind-the-scenes look into the life of Carroll and his coaching staff at Virginia Mason Athletic Center, “In a sense, the 5-4 Seahawks mirror their coach. They are energetic, competitive, and have concentration issues resulting in a string of close losses on the road. The team that is 4-0 at CenturyLink Field is 1-4 away from home. Seattle has the NFL’s third-youngest roster — including rookie Russell Wilson starting at quarterback — and the second-oldest head coach, which seems like a mismatch. But few coaches are as youthful as the 61-year-old Carroll, who seldom stops moving around the sprawling facility and always looks as if he’s about to break into a jog. There’s no hint in his stride of his recent knee replacement. ‘It’s constantly surprising to see somebody who’s older than my dad have that kind of energy,’ said Carroll’s right-hand man, Ben Malcolmson, 27, who won acclaim at USC when he went from student journalist to walk-on receiver. ‘Everyone has their ups and downs, times they just want to chill and relax. With him, it’s never, ‘Hey, I’m going to take a nap for 15 minutes.’ It’s nonstop.’ “

The AP Pro32 has some comments about the Seahawks, who they rank from No. 11 to 12. You can view several of their comments here.

Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth touches base with the Trufant family, who as we mentioned above will have a busy weekend at CenturyLink Field.

Farnsworth has his “Tuesday in Hawkville“, with a focus on Pro Football Weekly’s Midseason All-Pro list, which features free safety Earl Thomas, running back Marshawn Lynch, and cornerback Richard Sherman.

Lastly, Farnsworth has his first look at the New York Jets, who are up next on Sunday at CenturyLink Field.


Martin, Tuinei released

Charly Martin

Charly Martin

Wide receiver Charly Martin was released by the Seahawks today, after being active for four of the team’s nine games and catching four passes for 42 yards.

Martin, who was signed to a future contract in January, had two catches for 17 yards against the Lions in Week 8 and had one each in the season opener against the Cardinals and the Week 3 game against the Packers.

The club also released rookie wide receiver Lavasier Tuinei from the practice squad. He had been signed last Wednesday after being with the team during training camp.


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Thursday cyber surfing: Kearse impressing everybody; Baldwin a limited participant in practice

Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, November 1.

Danny O’Neil has his story on wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, who was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster earlier this week, “He’s going to be playing some special teams at the very least after being promoted to the active roster to replace Obomanu, who became the first Seahawk placed on injured reserve since the regular season began. Obomanu suffered a wrist injury that will require him to be in a cast for at least six weeks, and more likely eight. That creates an opportunity for Kearse, who was undrafted out of Washington, but signed with Seattle and worked himself from training camp to the practice squad to the 53-man roster. ‘Jermaine has done a very good job,’ Carroll said. ‘He has impressed everybody in everything he has done. He is going to be involved in special teams this week, extensively. He has made great impressions so we’re fortunate to have him available to pop up.’ “

O’Neil also has the Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings’ injury reports from Wednesday. Seattle’s Doug Baldwin returned to practice in limited fashion for the first time since suffering a high ankle sprain in Week 7 against the San Francisco 49ers.

Larry Stone of the Seattle Times highlights the Vikings’ Jared Allen, the outgoing defensive end who showed up to Minnesota’s practice facility yesterday in full Halloween gear, “Allen, now 30 and fully established as one the greatest pass-rushing defensive ends in NFL history — his 22 sacks last year were just a half-sack behind Michael Strahan’s 2001 season record — is still a wild and crazy guy. The only difference is now he limits his fun to such socially acceptable activities as knocking the stuffing out of opposing quarterbacks, and thrill-seeking activities like running with the bulls in Spain, boar (and bear) hunting, sky diving and zip-lining. He’ll be attempting to partake of the former Sunday when the Vikings meet the Seahawks, who know that slowing down Allen’s pass rush is a prime focus. ‘He’s long, lanky with a knack for getting sacks,’ Seahawks center Max Unger said. ‘You have to know where he is and what he’s doing all the time out there.’ “

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune has his report from Wednesday, noting Baldwin is coming along better than expected from his high ankle sprain, “The Seahawks could use Baldwin because they lack depth. Ben Obomanu was placed on the season-ending injured reserve list with a wrist injury and Braylon Edwards may not be available because of a swollen knee. That leaves four healthy receivers on the active roster. ‘He looks better than we expected coming into the week,’ Carroll said of Baldwin. ‘I don’t know if that’s going to happen, but we’ll see.’ “

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune has praises from Kearse’s fellow receivers on his recent promotion, “Receiver Golden Tate, specifically, approached Carroll with his support for Kearse. ‘He’s a young guy who is going to be really good,’ Tate said. ‘From Day One he showed what he could do and hasn’t made many of those rookie mistakes. He has some wiggle, and is a strong guy with great hands.’ Kearse was set back early in the offseason with a foot injury, which made it more impressive that he landed on the practice squad. ‘I told him back then that I thought at some point this season he was going to be activated,’ Tate said. ‘He’s got a positive attitude, he works hard every day.’ “

Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune also calls attention to the Vikings’ Allen, “Sure, he isn’t the pure speed-rushing spitfire he was back in 2004, fresh out of Idaho State University and a fourth-round draft pick of the Kansas City Chiefs. But it doesn’t mean he isn’t effective. He might be a little slower, but he’s a lot smarter player. ‘I think I’m a different player from week to week or year to year, just trying to build and correct mistakes,’ Allen said. ‘Mentally, you learn to rush smarter. When you are younger, you are guessing. But I’ve always been a leverage, technique guy. I’m never going to get away from the base of what I do. I believe (in using) hips, hands and feet and out-leveraging and out-working the guy in front of me.’ Allen won’t be outworked in practice, a trait that has earned the respect of coach Leslie Frazier. ‘He’s a terrific player,’ Frazier said. ‘He’s on the pace again to have another double-digit sack year. So close a year ago to breaking an NFL record with sacks, and he’s just a joy to be around in practice because he works hard every single day.’ “

John Boyle of the Everett Herald has a feature on Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung, who Boyle says is living up to his high expectations, “For much of his first two seasons in Seattle, the talk about Okung, the No. 6 pick in the 2010 draft and the man handed the unenviable task of filling Walter Jones’ sizable shoes, was about his inability to stay healthy. And when this season started, Okung found himself in the spotlight for one of the worst reasons possible for a lineman—a plethora of penalties.  But lately, you probably haven’t heard much about Okung, and when you’re not hearing discussions about an offensive lineman, it’s usually because he’s doing his job. And when you do actually focus on Okung, you realize that now more than ever, he is living up to the lofty expectations that were placed on him when he was picked in the first round, then immediately named the starter at one of football’s most important positions.”

Bill Swartz of 710Sports.com has his report from Wednesday, pointing to the similarities between the Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch and the Vikings’ Adrian Peterson, ” ‘Angry runners’ is the term Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell uses to describe Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch and Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson. Two of the top backs in the NFL will be featured front and center at CenturyLink Field Sunday. Bevell has drawn up plays for both elite backs and says their teammates must assume both Peterson and Lynch will keep a play alive after the initial tackle attempt. ‘They have many similarities in their running styles,’ said Bevell, who came to Seattle from Minnesota. ‘If you’re blocking for them downfield, you have to assume they will break free from the first contact.’ “

Tim Booth of the Associated Press writes that the Seahawks could potentially be down to just four receivers on Sunday against the Vikings, “Rice is one of the few certainties the Seattle Seahawks have at wide receiver going into this week’s key home game against the Vikings, which could have long-term effects on the NFC playoff race later in the season. With Ben Obomanu on injured reserve and questions about the health of Doug Baldwin and Braylon Edwards, the Seahawks could head into Sunday’s game with just four healthy wide receivers. Rice, Golden Tate, Charly Martin and practice squad call-up Jermaine Kearse are the only receivers expected to be fully healthy for the Vikings. ‘It’s going to be pretty tough. We have a couple of guys that are down,’ Rice said. ‘… It’s definitely going to have to be on those guys. That’s a talented smart group on that side of the ball, a lot of vets that move around very well and some of our guys that haven’t played so much it’s going to be tough for them to process all the information.’ “

Curtis Crabtree of 950 KJR AM has a look at the Seahawks’ defensive struggles on third down, “Overall, Seattle is allowing teams to convert 43.9-percent on third down, which is 27th out of the 32 teams in the league. Only Pittsburgh (44-percent), Minnesota (44.2), the New York Jets (45), Tennessee (45.7) and Buffalo (47.3) are allowing teams to convert more frequently on third down. LB K.J. Wright said it’s not something they’re worried about because they know it’s something they can get corrected. ‘It don’t worry me at all,’ Wright said. ‘I know we’re a good defense and I know we can adjust to anything so I’m not worried.’ Wright said it’s partly an experience issue in getting used to see the various route combinations and being able to react faster to what they’re seeing. Between Wright in his second year, rookie LB Bobby Wagner and CB Marcus Trufant adjusting to a new position, the Seahawks have been just out of position at times. It’s a chemistry that is still developing between the group. ‘I recognized one (route combination) last week but it was a little too late and they got the first down so it just comes with experience. We’ll be able to get the job done. We’re still learning,’ Wright said.”

Art Thiel of SportsPressNW.com comments on the Seahawks’ recent struggles on defense, “Against the past three offenses, the Patriots, 49ers and Lions, the defense was learning the hard way. There is really no other way. ‘You watch film, but you can’t really get used to it until you get on the field,’ said Bobby Wagner, a rookie starting at middle linebacker — the quarterback of the defense. ‘A lot of rookies mess up on plays they’ve never seen. It’s just experience, seeing plays come so fast. We take false reads that (veterans) don’t, because of experience. A team like the Carolina Panthers (against whom the Seahawks have their only road win), which runs read options, we tend to have a good feel for it because that tends to be what we have seen (in college). You just have to have experience (with the more standard pro offenses), and I feel like we’re catching on pretty quick.’ “

Mike Sando of ESPN.com has a look at injury situations around the NFC West, “The Seahawks are light on receivers after losing Doug Baldwin to a high-ankle sprain and Ben Obomanu to a season-ending wrist injury. Braylon Edwards missed practice with knee trouble Wednesday. Baldwin was limited. The team still has good enough quality at the position with Sidney Rice playing well (except for a drop in Week 8 ) and Golden Tate bouncing back from a tough game against San Francisco. Depth is a concern, however, particularly without a strong No. 2 receiving tight end to pair with Zach Miller. Defensive tackle Jason Jones (ankle) missed practice. Seattle’s nickel defense missed him against Detroit. He could test the ankle later in the week. The nickel defense figures to play less this week based on Minnesota’s personnel tendencies. Seattle did not list fullback Michael Robinson on its injury report. He hurt a wrist against the Lions.”

Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth recaps “Wednesday in Hawkville” with a focus on the rookie Kearse, and gets Sidney Rice and Heath Farwell’s take on the running backs Lynch and Peterson.

Tony Ventrella has his “Seahawks Daily” as the team kicks off their first practice of the second half of the season.

We have coach Carroll and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell‘s full video press conferences from yesterday.

And finally, team photographer Rod Mar has a look at “Competition Wednesday” in photos.


Carroll: “[Kearse] is jacked up about this opportunity”

Head Coach Pete Carroll addressed the media this afternoon as part of his weekly Wednesday press conference ahead of this afternoon’s 1:30 p.m. practice and preparations for their Week 9 home matchup with the Minnesota Vikings.

When asked about the team’s wide receiver situation heading into this weekend’s game, Carroll said they will take a “wait and see” approach with Braylon Edwards, who had a knee swell up prior to their Week 8 game in Detroit, and that he is expected to get work in practice this week.

On Doug Baldwin, Carroll said he is coming along “better than we thought” from a high ankle sprain and he is challenging the trainers and coaches every day to get back on the field.

Carroll said Ben Obomanu, who was placed on season-ending injured reserve yesterday, is expected to be in a cast for six to eight weeks with a wrist injury, and that the injury would have hampered him too much if he were to try and play through it.

Of Jermaine Kearse, the former University of Washington Husky wideout who was called up from the team’s practice squad to replace the injured Obomanu yesterday, Carroll said he has impressed everybody in everything he’s done and will contribute on special teams as well.

“He’s been solid the whole time and right in the middle of it,” Carroll said. “He’s jacked up about this opportunity.”

Also of note, Carroll said that it is possible that they go into this weekend’s game with just four active wide receivers, which would presumably be Sidney Rice, Golden Tate, Charly Martin, and the recently-activated Kearse.

Carroll said he is not sure if defensive tackle Jason Jones will be available this week. Jones missed last week’s game against the Lions with an ankle injury.

No decision has been made on whether or not to activate cornerback Walter Thurmond to the active roster. Thurmond is still within the three-week practice window on the team’s PUP list and the Seahawks will have until Nov. 5 to make a decision on whether or not to activate the third-year corner. Carroll did say that Thurmond will get featured work in practice this week so that he and the coaching staff can obtain a better idea of where he is at.

Our Insiders Clare Farnsworth and Tony Ventrella will be back with more following today’s player availability and practice session. And in case you missed it, stay tuned to Seahawks.com for Carroll’s full video press conference.


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Friday cyber surfing: Wilson, offense look to get game right on the road

Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, October 26.

Larry Stone of the Seattle Times writes that rookie quarterback Russell Wilson is looking to take the success he’s had at home to the road, “Wilson has completed 60 percent of his passes at home, averaging 191.3 yards, with six touchdowns, no interceptions, and five sacks. On the road, he’s completing 59 percent, averaging 164 yards with just two touchdowns, seven interceptions and nine sacks. Even in his one road victory, against Carolina, Wilson’s QB rating of 82.3 was lower than in any of the home games. Asked Thursday about the disparity, Wilson pointed out how close the Seahawks were to winning all three games that turned into road defeats. ‘I think the biggest difference is that we have to play a little bit better,’ he said. ‘We’ve lost some very, very close games on the road, and so we just need to finish those games. That’s what it really comes down to. Just focusing on executing and finishing, especially in the second half, third quarters and fourth quarters. We just have to make the plays when we need them.’ “

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times has the Seahawks and Lions injury reports from Thursday, noting Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson participated in limited fashion with knee soreness.

John McGrath of the Tacoma News Tribune comments on the NFL trade deadline, and on the Seahawks’ lack of interest in making a move to add to their receiving corps, “The NFL extended its trade deadline by two weeks this year, from the Tuesday following Week 6 until the Tuesday following Week 8. So there’s time for the Seahawks to swing a deal – 11 days – but I doubt they’ll be active. Acquiring somebody like [Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne] Bowe would require them to surrender future draft picks, and future draft picks are a more coveted commodity in the NFL than actual players, even those who are proven.”

Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune highlights Detroit pass-rusher Ndamukong Suh, “The Seattle Seahawks are more than aware of the havoc that Suh and his defensive linemates can cause Sunday in Detroit. ‘He’s a real good defensive lineman,’ said Seahawks center Max Unger, who will have to block Suh on more than a few occasions. ‘He’s a talented player and you definitely need to know where he’s at on the field.’ Just ask Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler about the Suh experience. On Monday Night Football, Suh needed all of one arm and a little momentum to body-slam the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Cutler into the Soldier Field turf like he was feather pillow. It was a gruesome, nasty but legal hit that left Cutler with a sprained left shoulder. The seemingly 2 million replays in the days following didn’t make the hit look any less painful. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has seen it more than enough times. ‘I’m not worried about that at all,’ he said. ‘I focus on what I can control, getting the ball out on time, with rhythm and an accurate football. And I just play the game.’ “

Michael Rushton of The Sports Network previews Sunday’s matchup in the Motor City, “It has been bizarro world for the Lions, who have struggled scoring while watching their defense continue to exceed expectations. Detroit would be one of the league’s more dangerous teams if it can get the offense on the same level as the other side of the game. A matchup with Seattle’s hard-nosed defense with extra rest isn’t the best remedy, nor is the loss of Burleson. The Seahawks’ offense doesn’t set the world on fire and that is the reason that the Lions may have the edge this weekend since they luck out by not having to travel to Seattle. Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Lions 17, Seahawks 16″

John Boyle of the Everett Herald also touches on Wilson’s struggles away from CenturyLink Field this season, “Wilson is convinced that improvement isn’t too far away, and that no drastic changes are needed. If a few more passes had been caught last week, or if Wilson hadn’t forced a ball into triple coverage, the passing-game numbers would look drastically different. ‘We just have to make a few more plays here and there,’ he said. ‘That’s really what it comes down to. In all the games we’ve lost, we’ve had an opportunity to win the game at the very end and we just fell short for whatever reason. We’ve also won one as well on the road, and we’ve made those plays when we needed to. I think that’s the only difference. There’s no need to go searching for an exact answer, that is the answer: just making the plays when we need to make them.’ “

Bill Swartz of mynorthwest.com notes that despite the Lions recent struggles on offense, the Seahawks defense knows what they are capable of, “While the 2-4 Lions have struggled to find the end zone this season, they are still a potent offense. [Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus] Bradley pointed out that quarterback Matthew Stafford and Detroit’s offense is still averaging over 400 yards per game. Part of Detroit’s struggles, Bradley said, has been fumbles in the red zone. Turnovers killed two scoring chances Monday in a loss at Chicago. Bradley said he has been stressing the importance of his defense causing more interceptions and fumbles, especially in road games. Bradley said the Seahawks defense had its pride hurt by several big running plays against San Francisco. Detroit runs similar quick-hitting trap run plays up the middle.”

Swartz also says the Seahawks have great respect for Suh and the Lions’ pass rush, “Preparing for his first confrontation with Suh, Seahawks center Max Unger sees a very good lineman who plays the game hard. ‘He’s made a lot of great plays in the first couple years, and you just have to know where he is and not do anything crazy,’ Unger said. ‘You can’t freak out against a player that good. You have to have a game plan and stay with it.’ Suh has mutual respect for the Seahawks, most notably running back Marshawn Lynch. The two have spent time together on television and photo commercial shoots.”

Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby of 710 AM ESPN Seattle’s “Bob and Groz” discuss whether or not getting tight end Zach Miller more involved in the passing game would help the rookie quarterback Wilson in this short video.

Brock Huard and Mike Salk of 710 AM ESPN Seattle’s “Brock and Salk” offer their opinions on the Seahawks’ Week 8 road matchup with the Lions in this short video.

Curtis Crabtree of 950 KJR AM has his report from Thursday’s practice, including a couple interesting nuggets of knowledge on the Lions, “The Lions’ offense has the potential to break out at any time but they have a challenge in facing the Seattle defense. Detroit is 3-43 over their last 46 games dating back to November 2007 when scoring 21 points or fewer. Seattle is allowing just 15.1 points per game and has only allowed 21 points once this season in their 24-23 win over the New England Patriots. If Seattle can keep the Lions offense under 21 points, history shows Seattle should have a very good chance to win the game.”

Tim Booth of the Associated Press points to historical evidence that NFL teams can succeed when they limit their throws on offense while acclimating a rookie quarterback to the League, “Seattle is averaging 25 pass attempts per game and is on pace for 400 pass attempts this year. In the last 12 seasons, only five teams have attempted less than 400 passes in a season: Atlanta in 2004, Pittsburgh in 2004 and 2005, San Francisco in 2005 and the 2009 New York Jets. Not surprisingly, in three of those circumstances the teams were starting rookie quarterbacks – Ben Roethlisberger, Alex Smith and Mark Sanchez. Perhaps surprisingly, the combined record of those five teams was 50-30 with three of those teams winning at least 11 games. In no way is that an indication of how the Seahawks’ season will go. But it’s recent historical proof that playing with such a limited passing game can still be successful.”

Our friends at NFL Films preview Sunday’s game in Detroit in this short video.

Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth looks at the maturation of Wilson through seven NFL starts and has a recap of yesterday’s activities in his “Thursday in Hawkville,” as he catches up with third-year wideout Charly Martin, who is expected to garner more snaps this week in place of the injured Doug Baldwin (high ankle sprain).

Tony Ventrella has his “Seahawks Daily” with a focus on finishing the first half of the season.

We have Wilson and coach Bradley‘s full video press conferences from yesterday.

And finally, team photographer Rod Mar has a look at the week of practice in photos.


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Thursday in Hawkville: Martin preparing to make most of his opportunity

A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Oct. 25:

FOCUS ON

Charly Martin

Charly Martin. Opportunity is knocking for the third-year wide receiver who signed a future contract with the Seahawks in January, and Martin is planning on being there to answer.

Doug Baldwin, last year’s leading receiver, is sidelined after getting a high ankle sprain in last week’s loss to the 49ers in San Francisco. So Martin will be active for the third time this season and see some time as the slot receiver in Sunday’s game against the Lions in Detroit.

“You’ve always got to be ready,” Martin said today. “In this business, you never know. I prepare like I’m going to play every week, so I’m going to continue doing the same things I’ve been doing.”

Except that Martin knows he’s going to play this week. His source on the situation: Coach Pete Carroll, who announced Monday that Martin will be in because Baldwin is out.

“Yeah. Yeah,” Martin said. “But I take it day-to-day, because you never know what’s going to happen on game day. But I’m looking forward to it, for sure.”

Martin also was active in the season opener against the Cardinals in Arizona when starting split end Golden Tate was out with a sore knee, and also the Week 3 game against the Packers on Monday night when Baldwin was sidelined with a shoulder injury. Martin has two catches for 25 yards.

“Charly brings an understanding to the game,” rookie QB Russell Wilson said. “He’s very quick; catches the ball consistently. He’s a great player.”

As for the chemistry between pitcher and catcher, you can cross that concern off the list. Martin was one of Wilson’s constant companions when he would throw during the offseason.

“We’ve had that chemistry throughout the whole entire (training) camp and through the beginning of the season,” Wilson said. “I’ve thrown a lot of footballs to him, so he’ll do a great job.”

PLAYER WATCH

Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman. We covered the challenge that awaits the Seahawks’ cornerbacks against the Lions yesterday. But here’s a look at them, as well as safeties Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas, through the eyes of Lions coach Jim Schwartz.

“They have giants in the secondary,” he said during a conference-call interview on Wednesday. “They have 6-4 and 6-3 cornerbacks. I think Kam Chancellor is 6-3. With all those guys it’s like a junior college basketball team out there with their great length.

“There are a lot of big receivers in the league, and we have one (6-5 Calvin Johnson). But Seattle has come a long way to matching up with those guys. They’re out there on an island quite a bit, and they have survived out there. They have an overlap player in Earl Thomas. He can make a lot of plays back there and he’s very instinctive.”

OPPONENT WATCH

Matthew Stafford. The Lions are averaging 46 passes a game, and the launch point is Stafford’s right arm. Last season, he passed for 41 touchdowns and 5,038 yards. He’s off that pace this season (1,754 yards, five TDs), but it’s not for a lack of trying.

Stafford has thrown 40-plus passes in five of the Lions’ six games, with a high of 51 against the Vikings in Week 4. But it’s not like the Seahawks haven’t seen this before. Tom Brady threw 58 passes against them two weeks ago.

“He’s got a loose arm, so you know he’s always going to look downfield for the deep shot,” Chancellor said. “We’ve got to stay disciplined and stay back.”

And even tight coverage might not be enough, especially when Stafford’s target is Johnson.

“Where he’s most dangerous is when they throw it up and he goes up and makes his plays, especially when you’re defending him and he still wins. He’s already famous for all of that in the early part of his career,” Carroll said of Johnson. “The problem is that Matthew Stafford knows that, so he keeps chucking it to him.”

INJURY REPORT

The official report, as issued by the team:

Out

WR Doug Baldwin (ankle)

Did not practice

DT Jason Jones (ankle)

CB Byron Maxwell (hamstring)

Limited participation

OG John Moffitt (knee)

Full participation

RB Marshawn Lynch (back)

With Jones still sidelined, Alan Branch and Greg Scruggs got some work on the nickel line.

For the Lions:

Did not practice

DE Cliff Avril (back)

DE Jacob Lacey (concussion)

LB DeAndre Lacey (hamstring)

S Amari Spievey (concussion)

Limited participation

CB Dwight Bentley (shoulder)

S Louis Delmas (knee)

TE Brandon Pettigrew (knee)

LB Stephen Tulloch (knee)

DT Corey Williams (knee)

WR Titus Young (knee)

WR Calvin Johnson (knee)

STAT DU JOUR

More sacks. Yesterday, we looked at the Seahawks’ improved production and how the tandem of Chris Clemons and Bruce Irvin has been vital to the team’s increased sack total. Today, it’s where Clemons’ 29 sacks since joining the Seahawks in 2010 rank among the league leaders during this stretch:

Player, team                                         Sacks

LB DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys             41.5

DE Jared Allen, Vikings                         39

DE Jason Babin, Titans and Eagles      33

LB Tamba Hali, Chiefs                           30.5

DE Chris Clemons, Seahawks               29

DE Cameron Wake, Dolphins               29

DE John Abraham, Falcons                   28.5

LB Clay Mathews, Packers                    28.5

LB Terrell Suggs, Ravens                       26

DE Jason Pierre-Paul, Giants                25.5

Ware, Allen, Babin, Hali, Matthews, Suggs and Pierre-Paul were voted to the Pro Bowl last season.

UP NEXT

Get-away day, as the players will hold a midday practice before the team flies to Detroit for Sunday’s game. The players also will hold a walkthrough in Detroit on Saturday.

Also Friday, Wilson and Thomas will be featured on “The Whistle,” NBC Sports Network’s weekly series that centers on kids and airs at 1 p.m. PDT. Wilson discusses memorizing playbooks and Thomas talks about the toughest receiver to cover.

YOU DON’T SAY

“They can be so explosive. They’re still averaging over 400 yards a game. I just watched the Green Bay game from last year. Probably shouldn’t have done that before I came out there.” – defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, after practice, on the Lions rolling up 575 yards of offense, Johnson catching 11 passes for 244 yards and Stafford passing for 520 yards and five TDs in the Lions’ 2011 regular-season finale against the Packers


Wednesday in Hawkville: Baldwin out with high ankle sprain

A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Oct. 24:

FOCUS ON

Doug Baldwin

Doug Baldwin. Remember that old B.B. King tune? The one that goes, “If it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have any luck at all”?

The Seahawks’ second-year slot receiver doesn’t because he’s too young, but it could be the theme song for Baldwin’s injury-filled season. Coach Pete Carroll said today that Baldwin will miss Sunday’s game against the Lions in Detroit because of the high ankle sprain he got in last week’s game against the 49ers in San Francisco.

This just after last year’s leading receiver was working his way back into the passing game after missing time with a shoulder injury. And that after his missed most of training camp and all of the preseason with a hamstring injury.

Baldwin has only 11 receptions – compared to 25 after seven games last season – because he can’t catch a break.

“Unfortunately, he’s going to be a couple of weeks away,” Carroll said. “And that’s going to be a change for us because we were just getting him going and it felt like he was coming around.”

Baldwin had two catches for 15 yards against the 49ers, but was injured while blocking on a special teams play when another player fell into his leg.

“I’m just trying to stay positive and be as patient as I can,” Baldwin said.

With Baldwin out, Charly Martin will be active for only the third time this season against the Lions and see time in the slot – as will split end Golden Tate, with Braylon Edwards taking over at split end in those alignments.

PLAYER WATCH

Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson. The Seahawks’ rookie quarterback doesn’t hold his weekly Q&A session with the Seattle media until Thursday. But he did a conference call today with reporters who cover the Lions.

And Wilson admitted he will be pulling for one Detroit team this weekend.

“I’m actually family friends with Justin Verlander,” Wilson said. “I grew up right near him (in Virginia). I’m rooting for the Detroit Tigers there.

“My (older) brother played with him all throughout middle school, high school, Little League, all that stuff.”

OPPONENT WATCH

The Lions’ defensive line. From Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, last year’s NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. To defensive end and sack leader Kyle Vanden Bosch. To defensive end Cliff Avril, who had 11 sacks in 2001. To defensive tackles Corey Williams, a 320-pounder, and even Nick Fairley, the Lions’ first-round draft choice in 2011.

“Yeah, probably as a whole,” Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said after practice when asked if this is the best defensive front his unit has faced. “All the way across. All four of them. They all have great skill. They have some nastiness to them. They’re very tenacious. They keep coming. It’s a big group; a good group.

“If you don’t take care of the front four, it can screw up the whole game.”

Asked how you handle Suh, Bevell offered, “Block him.”

When the laughter subsided, Bevell added, “You have to make sure you account for him. I mean, really their whole front four. That’s the strong part of their defense. They can wreak some havoc.”

INJURY REPORT

The official report, as issued by the team:

Did not practice

WR Doug Baldwin (ankle)

DT Jason Jones (ankle)

CB Byron Maxwell (hamstring)

Limited participation

OG John Moffitt (knee)

Full participation

RB Marshawn Lynch (back)

For the Lions, who held a walkthrough today so the report is an estimation:

Did not practice

DE Cliff Avril (back)

WR Calvin Johnson (knee)

DE Jacob Lacey (concussion)

LB DeAndre Lacey (hamstring)

DE Ronnell Lewis (not injury related)

S Amari Spievey (concussion)

Limited participation

CB Dwight Bentley (shoulder)

S Louis Delmas (knee)

TE Brandon Pettigrew (knee)

LB Stephen Tulloch (knee)

DT Corey Williams (knee)

WR Titus Young (knee)

Also, the Lions placed for Seahawks wide receiver Nate Burleson on injured reserve because of the broken leg he got in Monday night’s loss to the Bears and signed wide receiver Brian Robiskie.

STAT DU JOUR

Today, it’s all about the joy of sacks. The Seahawks produced 33 last season, but already have 19 in their first seven games – a pace that will produce 43. A big reason for the increase is the addition of rookie rush-end Bruce Irvin (4.5 sacks) to complement Chris Clemons (7), who had 11 of the team’s 33 sacks last season. Here’s a look at the top sack teams in the league, as well as the top sack tandems among defensive ends:

Team sacks

Team                    No.

Packers                24

Bengals                23

Cardinals             22

Vikings                 22

Texans                 21

Bears                    21

Rams                    21

Seahawks            19

DE sack tandems

Players, team                                                           No.

J.J. Watt and Antonio Smith, Texans                  13.5

Chris Clemons and Bruce Irvin, Seahawks         11.5

Robert Quinn and Chris Long, Rams                   11.0

Jared Allen and Brain Robinson, Vikings            10.0

Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon, Dolphins     9.0

Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich, Patriots       9.0

TOO MANY COOKS?

JBLM Chefs

Never. Especially when the extra cooks who helped prepare lunch for the players and coaches today were soldiers from Joint Base Lewis McChord and members of 1st Special Services Support.

Helping head chef Mac McNabb and his staff were Master Sgt. Scottie Ingram, Sgt. Erik Melendez, SPC Darrell Riley, SPC Julius Williams-Cox, SPC Samuel Balicanta and SFC Daniel Sotoamaya.

UP NEXT

“Competition Wednesday” gives way to “Turnover Thursday” as the players continue to prepare for Sunday’s game against the Lions in Detroit.

After Sunday, the Seahawks’ fourth road game in a five-week span, they will play back-to-back home games against the Vikings (Nov. 4) and Jets (Nov. 11) before getting their bye week.

YOU DON’T SAY

“I look at this week like we’re playing for first place. We can be in first place after this game, so it’s another championship opportunity and we have to be able to match the opportunity with our intensity, focus and all that.” – Carroll, with an eye toward the Monday night matchup between the 5-2 49ers and 4-3 Cardinals in Arizona


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