Tuesday cyber surfing: Back from the bye

Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, November 20.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times has his story as the Seahawks returned from their bye week yesterday afternoon, “The Seahawks were one of the last four teams in the NFL to get a week off, their bye coming later than it had in any season since 2000. Players reported back to the team’s headquarters at noon Monday and took the field to practice at 2 p.m., followed by a team meeting. ‘They came back with a lot of energy,’ Carroll said. ‘They feel really like you’d expected. You could tell. You could tell just by the way they ran around today that they had a lot of spring in their step.’ ”

O’Neil says offensive guard James Carpenter has yet to be cleared to return to practice from a concussion he suffered over two weeks ago, “He was the only player absent from Monday’s workout as linebacker K.J. Wright and defensive linemen Clinton McDonald and Greg Scruggs were back after missing Seattle’s last game. Carroll was asked if he was optimistic Carpenter would be cleared to resume playing. ‘Let’s wait and find out,’ Carroll said. ‘I hope so. He’s had a lot of time to break. We just want to make sure we had everything squared away. We’ll see what happens.’ ”

O’Neil also does his best to rank the seasons of the five rookie quarterbacks starting in the NFL this season.

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune comments on the good health of the Seahawks as they return from the bye, “Carroll said that he and general manager John Schneider finally got a chance to put together a more comprehensive approach to preparing players mentally and physically for the season, with director of health and player performance Sam Ramsden leading the charge. ‘We’ve done a lot of things this year that are different to what we’ve done in the past,’ Carroll said. ‘We’ve taken a more holistic look at the athletes in general – everything from their rest, to their eating habits, to the way we bring them back – in every phase of it. … I don’t know if that has anything to do with it at all, but we’ve tried to take care of these guys from the time they came back to us in OTAs (organized team activities) throughout in a little different manner.’ ”

Williams also has his notes following Monday’s practice session, “Carroll said the team used this extra day of practice to look at a couple ideas they had to on both offense and defense and experiment with those schemes. The coaching staff also used the extra reps to get some of the younger players more turns working with the first and second units during team drills. Carroll also said he and the coaching staff took a close look at what the issues are on third down, both on offense and defense, during the break. ‘I think both sides of the football can benefit from better execution and successes on third down,’ Carroll said. ‘We’re not right on our numbers. For as good as we can play on defense at times, to be at 40 percent, that’s not good enough for us. We need to knock that thing down. And we’re still at low 30s on offense, and we’ve got to get that taken care of.’ ”

John Boyle of the Everett Herald details the Seahawks’ return from the bye, “…so often the difference between a mediocre season and a very good one can be as simple as health. Were the 49ers a very talented team last year? Absolutely, but part of their amazing turnaround was the fact that they placed four players on injured reserve all of last year. ‘It’s a tremendous difference,’ Carroll said. ‘It’s who you’re playing with when you finish the season. The teams you’re playing against, you’re not always playing against the same guys that you might’ve played earlier in the year. The teams that have good health usually have the best chance of being consistent.’ ”

Brady Henderson of 710Sports.com takes a look at how coach Carroll spent his bye week, as he recaps the latest conversation between coach and 710 AM ESPN Seattle’s “Brock and Salk”, “Carroll and his coaching staff took a step back to do some self-scouting, something he said is difficult to do during a normal week. The Seahawks’ own tendencies were a focus. Improving on third down – on both sides of the ball – was a priority. ‘You don’t get that clear thought to step back in that sense until you get to the bye week,’ Carroll said. Same goes for watching games on television. Carroll, a defensive-minded coach, was impressed by how Stanford held Oregon’s prolific offense to 14 points in an upset win over the top-ranked Ducks. ‘I thought that was one of my favorite games that I probably will see all year,’ he said. ‘I can’t wait to get the film. I want to watch the Stanford-Oregon game. I want to see how they did it and what they did to get it done.’ ”

The staff at SportsPressNW.com highlights the Seahawks’ return from their week off, “The Seahawks, who won their last two, defeating Minnesota (30-20) and the New York Jets (28-7), will play the next two on the road. After meeting Miami, which has lost three in a row, Seattle plays in Chicago against the Bears, who were crushed 32-7 by San Francisco on Monday Night Football. ‘It’s fun to be back,’ Carroll said. ‘These guys really appreciated the break, they’re fired up about our prospects of being able to do something good here, and they came back with a lot of energy.’ ”

Curtis Crabtree of 950 KJR AM has his report from Monday, “Carroll said that he believes CB Walter Thurmond will be ready to go for them this week. Thurmond has practice the last three weeks and was activated to the 53-man roster from the physically unable to perform list prior to the Jets game, though he was inactive for the game. ‘I think he is ready to go. I would hope that Walter would be involved this week,’ Carroll said. ‘He’s been battling Marcus Trufant at the nickel spot, but he’s been battling to play outside so we’ll see. He’s a special football player so we’d like to get him involved some. It might be in some dime situations as well so we’re looking for a spot for him.’ ”

Mike Sando of ESPN.com shares the how the ESPN staff voted in their latest NFL Power Rankings, and the Seattle Seahawks sit at No. 12 on their list.

The staff at NFL.com debates who will take hold of the final wild-card playoff spot in the NFC, and several analysts like the Seahawks’ chances. From NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal: “I picked the Seattle Seahawks to win the NFC West before the season started, and I have not given up on that possibility. Seattle (6-4) remains undefeated at home, where it will get one more shot at the division-leading San Francisco 49ers (6-2-1). San Francisco, meanwhile, has games against the Saints, Chicago Bears and New England Patriots. Seattle has the toughest defense to prepare for in football and a rapidly improving rookie quarterback. In short, I like the Seahawks to stay ahead of all of the wild-card contenders. But don’t be surprised if the Niners, and not the Seahawks, wind up taking that last wild-card spot.”

Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth has a look at the Seahawks’ remaining schedule, and recaps the activities surrounding “Monday in Hawkville.”

Tony Ventrella has his “Seahawks Daily“, recapping the club’s “Bonus Monday” practice session.

We have coach Carroll’s full video press conference from yesterday available here.

Finally, our team photographer Rod Mar has a look at Monday’s practice in photos.

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Monday in Hawkville: Seahawks return rested and energized

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Nov. 19:


Russell Wilson

The day after having the bye week off. The Seahawks held their first full practice since Nov. 9, a “Bonus Monday” session where they began focusing on Sunday’s game against the Dolphins in Miami.

They were refreshed, rested and energized. And it showed.

“It was fun to be back,” coach Pete Carroll said. “These guys, I think, really appreciated the break. They’re fired up about our prospects of doing something good here. They came back with a lot of energy and they feel really good, like you would expect.

“You could tell. You could tell just by the way they ran around today that they had a lot of spring in their step.”

The Seahawks now need to use the rest from the bye week, coupled with the momentum gained from winning their past two games, as a springboard toward “doing something good here,” as Carroll put it.

And that was the emphasis in his message to the players as they gathered for a team meeting at noon.

“We need to take advantage of the beak by coming back and practicing really well this week and getting all the little things done,” Carroll said. “One of the things that can get lost is that you have all your discipline and you have all of the timing down, just because you might feel like you do.

“I don’t want to take that for granted. So the discipline that we execute this week, starting on Wednesday – it started today – is crucial. We’ve got to go out and play really good football and we want to continue to do that. Which means the timing. That means the line of scrimmage. That means penalties. That means taking care of the football. All of those things are really what’s at hand right now.”

There was that thought in the locker room after the pre-bye win over the Jets that the Seahawks were on a roll and the week off might interrupt the momentum. But to a player, they agreed today that the break and the rest that came with it were needed and beneficial.

“It can throw you off. You can get thrown out of whack because you’re in those routines, and though they’re routines hopefully they’re good routines and habits,” Carroll said. “So I’m not taking it for granted that we’ve just got it nailed and we’re back in full steam again.

“I want to make sure that this is a very strict week and very disciplined week to make sure that we recapture the timing and the things we’ve been doing.”


Left guard James Carpenter was the only player who did not participate in today’s practice, which was held in the indoor practice facility for obvious reasons. Carpenter still has more tests to take, Carroll said, before he can he cleared to return to practice.

“We’ll find out Wednesday if he’s cleared to go,” Carroll said.

Strongside linebacker K.J. Wright was back after missing the pre-bye game against the Jets as well as most of the game against the Vikings the week before because of a concussion.

“We’re very fortunate right now,” Carroll said. “We’re very fortunate to be this healthy at this point. Hopefully we’ll make the most of it.”


The Seahawks didn’t play over the weekend, but some things didn’t change.

Marshawn Lynch remains No. 2 in the league in rushing with 1,005 yards – 123 behind Adrian Peterson of the Vikings, who also had their bye. Buccaneers’ rookie Doug Martin did close the gap and now is just 5 yards behind Lynch. Peterson (1,283) and Lynch (1,142) slipped to second and third in total yards behind Martin (1,319).

Russell Wilson also remained No. 12 in the league is passer rating (90.5), and is No. 6 in fourth-quarter passer rating (96.2).

Jon Ryan is No. 4 in punting average (49.0) and third in net average (42.5), while Leon Washington is tied for seventh in kickoff return average (28.3).

Richard Sherman is tied for fourth in interceptions (four), while Bruce Irvin continues to lead all rookies in sacks (seven).

The Seahawks actually improved one spot in total defense to No. 3, allowing an average of 296.8 yards. They are No. 2 against the pass and No. 12 against the run. They also are No. 6 in rushing offense, but No. 26 overall because they’re last in passing offense.


This one comes from NFC West blogger Mike Sando at ESPN.com and it’s even a day old, but it also definitely is worth repeating: Wilson is the only non-offensive lineman in the NFC West to play every offensive snap for his team this season.


The players will have their usual off day on Tuesday before returning on Wednesday to continue preparing for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins.

Looking even farther down the week, the Sunday forecast in Miami is calling for a high of 76 degrees with zero percent chance of precipitation.


“In a copy-cat league where personnel decisions and play-calling never gets very far out of the box, (GM John) Schneider and Carroll buck traditional, safe decision-making and do what they believe in. If you have no other reason to root for the Seahawks, there’s a good place to start.” – former Seahawks linebacker and now 710 ESPN analyst Dave Wyman in this piece posted
at mynorthwest.com

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Thursday cyber surfing: Kiper revisits Seahawks draft; Sherman on NFL Network

Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, November 15.

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune passes along an interview Seahawks beat writer Eric Williams had with ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr., who gave the Seahawks an overall grade of C- after their April 2012 draft. Now that the Seahawks stand at 6-4 and have received notable production from their top three draft choices, Williams asked Kiper to re-evaluate the Seahawks’ draft, “Overall: ‘They’ve got some production out of this draft, there’s no question about it. Now, ultimately down the road, it’s going to be Russell Wilson. Is he a quarterback that keeps progressing and ultimately becomes a top-10, top-12 quarterback? If he does, then it’s a phenomenal draft to get him in the third round. That’s ultimately going to determine it. And Certainly Irvin, to see how he continues to play. Right now he’s one dimensional. He’s on the field only in pass-rush situations. So we’ll how he develops. So I think the jury is still out to see how they’ve done, but they’ve gotten a lot of numbers. They’ve gotten a lot of guys who have made the team, a lot of guys who have competed and given them some production. So right now, it’s a little better than I thought it would be.’ ”

710 AM ESPN Seattle’s Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby of “Bob and Groz” take a moment during the bye week to discuss who the Seahawks’ defensive MVP is in this short video.

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, fresh off of being named the NFC’s Defensive Player of Week 10, joined NFL Network’s “NFL AM” in studio with former NFL cornerback Eric Davis to break down his big plays on the field.

Sherman also sat down with the crew of “NFL AM” to talk about the Seahawks’ season, the play of the secondary, and quarterback Russell Wilson.

Mike Sando of ESPN.com breaks down injury situations around the NFC West and offers a few notes on the Seahawks during their bye week, “The bye week gives guard James Carpenter and linebacker K.J. Wright additional time to recover from their concussions. Center Max Unger, safety Kam Chancellor, receiver Doug Baldwin, defensive tackle Jason Jones, running back Marshawn Lynch, defensive end Red Bryant and defensive tackle Clinton McDonald all appeared on injury reports recently. They’ll benefit from the down time as well. One question is whether or not cornerback Walter Thurmond will emerge from the bye as a contributor in the secondary. Veteran Marcus Trufant has been the nickel corner to this point. Thurmond was activated from the PUP list before the bye. He has not yet played, however.”

Sando has a look at where NFC West players stand in the NFL’s Pro Bowl voting, “Players ranking second at their positions include tight end Vernon Davis, tackle Joe Staley and defensive tackle Justin Smith of the 49ers, running back Marshawn Lynch and punter Jon Ryan of the Seahawks and inside linebacker Daryl Washington of the Cardinals. … third [at their position] from the NFC West: tackle Anthony Davis, running back Frank Gore and center Jonathan Goodwin of the 49ers and strong safety Kam Chancellor of the Seahawks. … The NFC West has eight players ranked fourth: fullback Bruce Miller, guard Alex Boone, outside linebacker Aldon Smith, kick returner Ted Ginn Jr. and punter Andy Lee of the 49ers, defensive end Chris Clemons and free safety Earl Thomas of the Seahawks and cornerback Patrick Peterson of the Cardinals. … Center Max Unger and kick returner Leon Washington of the Seahawks are ranked fifth at their positions. … Seven members of the NFC West blog’s all-division team do not rank among the top five at their positions in voting: defensive tackle Brandon Mebane, cornerback Richard Sherman and special-teamer Heath Farwell of the Seahawks.”

Lastly from Sando, he has a few notes on Sherman’s big game that earned him player of the week honors.

Here at Seahawks.com, Clare Farnsworth highlights Sherman’s rise in the secondary, “Sherman now leads the team with four interceptions – to go with the four he had while starting the final 10 games last season. That’s eight picks in 20 games. Sherman also leads the team with 14 passes defensed – to go with the 17 he had last season. That’s 31 PDs in the past 20 games. Sherman is seventh on the team with 38 tackles – to go with the 53 he had last season. That’s 91 in the past 20 games. To say that Sherman has become an impact player on a defense capable of impacting any game doesn’t do justice to the impression this guy is making. And remember, Sherman only found his way into the lineup at left cornerback last year after season-ending injuries to Trufant and Walter Thurmond. Sherman’s response to the biggest day of his still-young NFL career was typical – rapid-fire words, sprinkled with smiles and punctuated by laughs. ‘That’s a testament to the entire defense,’ he said when asked about the unit pitching a shutout (the Jets’ touchdown came on a fumble return). ‘The front seven played great. We tried to tackle well in the backend. I think everybody played a great game. Kam (Chancellor, strong safety) and Earl (Thomas, free safety) were tackling their behinds off. B.B. (cornerback Brandon Browner) was batting the balls down whenever they came his way. And the line, there wasn’t a lot of tackles to be had because of (Brandon) Mebane and (Alan) Branch and Big Red (Bryant) and Clem (Chris Clemons). They were getting on everything.’ ”

Finally, Tony Ventrella recaps the 9th annual Trufant Bowling Classic, a bowling fundraiser put on by Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant and the Trufant Family Foundation to raise funds for the American Diabetes Association.

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Monday in Hawkville: Seahawks say goodbye, for now

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Nov. 12:


Pete Carroll

Rest and rehabilitation. That’s the focus for the week, not just the day, as coach Pete Carroll has given his players the rest of the week off during their bye.

There were other options, although limited, but none as appealing – and appropriate – as allowing the players some downtime before they return next Monday to begin preparing for the Nov. 25 game against the Dolphins in Miami.

“Taking everything into account, and the fact we’ve got to give them four days off (under the new CBA), it really doesn’t give you many options,” said Carroll, who was loose and relaxed as he looked toward his bye week as well.

“I didn’t feel like it was going to worth enough for what we could gain (in practicing).”

So he opted for rest and rehabilitation – although the players did leave today after a series of meetings with workout plans for Wednesday and Friday.

“Wherever they are,” Carroll said. “But I really don’t want them to try and do very much in terms of conditioning or strength work. We talked to them about, ‘Don’t go back to your guru workout guy and start carrying sandbags up hills.’ We’ve given them pretty strict guidelines.”

But Carroll also feels that the players have earned this break.

“I do feel good about where we’re going,” said Carroll, and he wasn’t talking about the trip to Miami. “We have worked really hard and the guys have performed very consistently. They’ve done everything we’ve asked them to do in terms of the prep and the focus and bringing it week in and week out.”

With Carroll’s trust comes the need for reciprocal trust from the players.

“Now we do have to see how we respond to the break,” he said. “But the motivation for me is that I believe these guys get it and they understand what we’re trying to get done. Now we have to prove that by how we perform next week.”


After controlling the ball for 12 minutes, 10 seconds of the fourth quarter in their victory over the Vikings last week, the Seahawks held it for 12:05 against the Jets in final quarter.

“The highlight to me is that we again finished really well,” Carroll said. “We had the ball for over 12 minutes in the fourth quarter and ran the ball like crazy, and owned it, and scored a couple touchdowns, and finished really well – the way that we like to.

“So that’s a couple weeks in a row of really good, solid ball; playing in kind of the formula that we would like to play in. It was great to do it here at home.”

Against the Vikings, Russell Wilson completed 4 of 6 passes for 58 yards, while Marshawn Lynch carried for 23 of the team’s 43 rushing yards in the fourth quarter. Sunday, Lynch averaged 10 yards on six carries, while Wilson was 3 of 3 for 55 yards as the Seahawks scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns – one on Wilson’s beautifully thrown 31-yard pass to Sidney Rice; the other, again to Rice, on a 23-yard pass by wide receiver Golden Tate.


The Seahawks have played the past two games without left guard James Carpenter, and all of Sunday’s game against the Jets and most of last week’s game against the Vikings without strongside linebacker K.J. Wright. But Carroll expects both concussed players to be back for practice next Monday.

In fact, he is anticipating just about all players to practice next week, after as many as eight sat out last week.

“When we get back to work, we’ll have almost everybody,” Carroll said. “That’s a really good note this late in the season. We’ll have a bunch of guys who should feel rested, but then also to get the guys back from the head knocks they’ve had and the bumps and the bruises, we’re going to be pretty solid as we go into the Miami game.”

Carroll also said that Carpenter and John Moffitt, who has replaced him the past two games, would compete for the left guard spot in practice. But he then added, “Carp, if he feels good and he’s right, we’d like to get him back in there.”


Lynch is second in the NFL in rushing yards (1,005) – 123 behind the Vikings’ Adrian Peterson and 133 yards ahead of the Texans’ Arian Foster. Lynch also is third in the league in total yards (1,142) and tied for sixth in first downs (49).

Wilson has jumped to 12th in the league in passer rating (90.5), but he’s No. 6 in fourth-quarter passer rating (96.2). Wilson also has become the first rookie QB to win his first five home games since the NFL/AFL merger in 1970.

Jon Ryan is third in the league in punting average (49.0) and fourth in net average (42.5), while Leon Washington is eighth in kickoff return average (28.3).

Cornerback Richard Sherman is tied for third in interceptions (four), while ends Chris Clemons and Bruce Irvin are tied for 10th in sacks (seven). Irvin, who had two sacks against the Jets, leads all NFL rookies.

Rookie middle linebacker Bobby Wagner continues to lead the team in tackles (81), while Heath Farwell has 10 coverage tackles to lead the special teams.


With 1,005 rushing yards after 10 games, Lynch is on pace for the third-best season total in franchise history (1,608). The only back with more yards in a single season is all-time leading rusher Shaun Alexander, who had a club-record 1,880 in 2005 and 1,696 in 2004. Here’s how Lynch’s 10-game totals compare to those of Alexander in ’04 and ’05:

Player (year)                             Att.    Yards     Avg.  100  TD

Marshawn Lynch (2012)        212     1,005     4.7      6       5

Shaun Alexander (2005)         232    1,229     5.3      7     19

Shaun Alexander (2004)         224    1,151     5.1      5      10


With the players off until next Monday, Hawkville also will go on hiatus for the rest of the week.

While the focus needs to remain on the Dolphins, Carroll stressed, he is aware of what awaits the team after its post-bye trips to Miami and Chicago – not only three of four at home to close the regular season, but three games at CenturyLink Field against the NFC West rivals who beat the Seahawks on the road in the first seven weeks of the season.

“It’s going to be a great finish in terms of the division,” Carroll said. “Because of our failures early, each one of those games is going to mean a ton to us as we finish the season.”


“Marshawn Lynch, 27 carries for 124 yards. And we hardly noticed. We take his greatness for granted too much.” – Peter King in the “What I Liked” section of his Monday Morning Quarterback at SI.com

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Friday in Hawkville: Wright, Carpenter out for Sunday; but five others return to practice

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Nov. 9:


Marshawn Lynch

Injuries. The good, as running back Marshawn Lynch, defensive linemen Red Bryant and Clinton McDonald, cornerback Richard Sherman and strong Kam Chancellor returned to practice today. But also the not so good, as linebacker K.J. Wright and left guard James Carpenter were ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Jets at CenturyLink Field.

Wright and Carpenter will miss the game because of concussions they got last week. But the others are expected to play after missing time this week with an assortment of injuries and ailments.

“This is the biggest challenge we’ve had,” coach Pete Carroll said after practice. “We’ve had some guys in and out, not sure whether they could go. Missing a front-line player like K.J., that’s a big deal to us.

“But it’s not about who’s stepping down, it’s who’s stepping up.”

That would be second-year linebacker Mike Morgan for Wright, as he did after the Seahawks’ leading tackler was injured on the first play of last week’s game against the Vikings; and John Moffitt for Carpenter, as he did last week as well because Carpenter also was ruled out last Friday because of a concussion he got earlier in the week.

“We’ll focus on expecting all the good stuff to happen and keep our level of play up,” Carroll said. “But this is a natural challenge for a football season. These things happen.”


Cornerback Marcus Trufant is holding his annual Bowling and Billiards Classic at ACME Bowl and Events in Tukwila on Monday from 5:30-10 p.m. The event, sponsored by the Trufant Family Foundation, raises money for youth programs in the area.

But why bowling and billiards? “It was actually put on before I got here, Shawn Springs used to do it,” Trufant said of the former Seahawks cornerback. “I kind of just took it over.”

This will be the ninth event sponsored by Trufant, and he likes the format because it allows his teammates and fans to participate for the good cause.

“It’s a good deal,” he said. “The fans get to come out and see the guys in a different element.”

The bowling spots are all but filled, but fans still can register to be spectators at www.trufantfamilyfoundation.com.


The official end-of-the-week status report, as issued by the team:


OG James Carpenter (concussion)

LB K.J. Wright (concussion)


DE Greg Scruggs (oblique)


DT Clinton McDonald (groin)


WR Doug Baldwin (ankle)

DE Red Bryant (foot)

SS Kam Chancellor (quadriceps)

WR Braylon Edwards (knee)

DE Jason Jones (ankle)

RB Marshawn Lynch (back/wrist)

OG John Moffitt (knee)

CB Richard Sherman (illness)

C Max Unger (finger)

For the Jets:


DT Kendrick Ellis (knee)

RB Joe McKnight (ankle)


C Nick Mangold (ankle)

OG Brandon Moore (hip)

DT Sione Pouha (back)

RB Bilal Powell (shoulder)

LB Bart Scott (toe)

S Eric Smith (knee)


TE Jeff Cumberland (wrist)

DT Mike DeVito (finger)

WR Clyde Gates (shoulder)

DT Damon Harrison (thumb)

WR Jeremy Kerley (heel)

S LaRon Landry (heel)

LB Calvin Pace (shin)

QB Mark Sanchez (back)

OG Matt Slauson (knee)


A month ago, the Seahawks were among the least productive teams in the league when it came to red-zone possessions – especially scoring touchdowns inside the 20-yard line. But in their past four games, they have scored on 12 of 13 red-zone possessions, including eight touchdowns. Here’s how they’ve done it:

New England: 3 of 3

Steven Hauschka 34-yard field goal

Russell Wilson 24-yard TD pass to Doug Baldwin

Russell Wilson 10-yard TD pass to Braylon Edwards

San Francisco: 1 of 1

Steven Hauschka 35-yard field goal

Detroit: 3 of 3

Steven Hauschka 23-yard field goal

Russell Wilson 9-yard TD pass to Sidney Rice

Russell Wilson 16-yard TD pass to Zach Miller

Minnesota: 5 of 6

Russell Wilson 6-yard TD pass to Golden Tate

Russell Wilson 11-yard TD pass to Sidney Rice

Russell Wilson 11-yard TD pass to Golden Tate

Marshawn Lynch 3-yard TD run

Steve Hauschka 40-yard field goal

End of game


The players will hold a walkthrough on Saturday morning, their final on-field session before Sunday’s game.

The Seahawks will recognize Veterans Day and honor the military on Sunday with a “Salute to Service.” Joe Moser, a World War II fighter pilot and native of Ferndale, will raise the 12th Man Flag above the south end zone prior to kickoff.

“We’ve always tried to do everything we can to recognize the service men and women,” Carroll said. “It’s really cool when we can do that. We think the world of the work and the time that they put in and the freedom they give us. Hopefully it will be a big day for everybody.”


“We knew about him and liked him. He’s proving he’s a complete quarterback. He just happens to be not as tall as your prototype (quarterback). He was a proven winner in college and he’s showing it in the NFL. You can tell he’s very savvy. He knows where to go with the football. He can make plays in and out of the pocket. He’s very dangerous when he gets out and he can make guys miss. They’re starting to run some zone-read stuff with him, which is another element that is dangerous. We’re fortunate that we’ve seen a lot of that in camps with what we’ve done with Tim (Tebow). That’s always something that you have to be prepared for.” – Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, to the Newark Star-Ledger, on Seahawks QB Russell Wilson; adding the senior personnel executive Terry Bradway was so high on Wilson before the NFL Draft that it earned the QB the nickname “Russell Bradway” around the organization

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Wright, Carpenter out for Jets game

Linebacker K.J. Wright and left guard James Carpenter will not play in Sunday’s game against the Jets at CenturyLink Field because of concussions they got last week.

That was the word from coach Pete Carroll after today’s practice, so Mike Morgan will start on the strong side for Wright and John Moffitt will replace Carpenter.

“We’re not going to get Carp back, we’re not going to get K.J. back,” Carroll said. “Both those guys need a little bit more time. So with the (bye) week coming up, we’ll take great care of them and get them in after the bye.”

Wright got his concussion on the first play of last week’s game against the Vikings, while Carpenter missed that game as well because of a concussion he got earlier in the week.

“It’s not about who’s stepping down, it’s who’s stepping up,” Carroll said.

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Thursday cyber surfing: Max Unger playing at All-Pro level

Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, November 8.

Late Wednesday the Seahawks filled the empty spots on the 53-man roster and practice squad, announcing the activation of cornerback Walter Thurmond from the physically unable to perform list to the active roster and the signing of wide receiver Charly Martin to the practice squad, who had been released just a day earlier from the 53-man roster and had cleared waivers.

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune highlights the play of Seahawks center Max Unger, “In his fourth season out of Oregon, Unger has performed so well that he was the lone Seahawks player listed on Peter King’s mid-season All-Pro team for sportsillustrated.com. Unger didn’t seem to know about that recognition, either, and responded with laughter. “No way … really?” None of this, however, is a surprise to the Seahawks staff and front office. General manager John Schneider arranged a four-year, $25 million contract extension for Unger this summer, which made him among the highest-paid centers in the league. Since then, Unger seems to have brought even more passion to his leadership role. It’s to the point that coach Pete Carroll often calls the offensive line ‘Max’s Guys.’ ‘He’s a really bright football player, he’s got a great competitiveness to him that makes him want to know everything that’s going on for everybody,’ Carroll said Wednesday. ‘He’s really the captain of that line. (With) all the calls and the complexities that are there, you’re looking for a guy who will take care of that accountability, and he’s done a great job of that.’ ”

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune catches up with running back and return specialist Leon Washington, who is itching for a return trip to the end zone on his kickoff and punt returns, “The 30-year-old Washington is sixth in the league in kickoff returns, averaging 29.1 yards a return, and is tied for 13th in the league in punt returns, averaging 8.5 yards a return. However, the season is more than half over and Washington has had only 35 chances to make something happen. Last season, Washington finished with 84 returns combined in 16 games. Washington has kick returns for 83 and 69 yards this season, and a punt return for 52 yards, and those explosive plays have helped set up scoring chances for Seattle’s offense. But Washington hasn’t returned a kick or punt for a touchdown since Dec. 12, 2010, a 92-yard kickoff return in a 40-21 loss to San Francisco. Washington said he’s looking forward to playing against his former team, the New York Jets, on Sunday.”

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times touches on the Pete Carroll-Mark Sanchez connection heading into Sunday’s game against the New York Jets, “Sanchez had spent one full season as USC’s starting quarterback and had a year of eligibility remaining when he decided to enter the draft. Carroll was very direct in his advice to Sanchez before the decision was made. ‘I just told him what I knew was the truth,’ Carroll said. ‘He could have been better prepared if we’d have had him for another year. And I think it would have served him even better.’ Sanchez was chosen No. 5 overall by the Jets, who traded up to acquire the pick from the Browns. Sanchez became the starter immediately, reaching the AFC Championship Game in Sanchez’s first season, and Carroll did nothing but applaud. ‘There was nobody in the world that was more thrilled than me when he did well, in his first year,’ Carroll said. ‘I thought they did a great job. … Mark and I get along great. I love what he’s doing, and follow him every week, and it will be really fun playing against him this week.’ ”

O’Neil also recaps a live chat with Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, and has his practice report from Wednesday, noting that three defensive starters (defensive end Red Bryant, strong safety Kam Chancellor, and linebacker K.J. Wright) sat out with injuries.

Bill Swartz of 710Sports.com says option-style quarterbacks are here to stay in the NFL, and that the Seahawks’ Wilson displays some ability to run it effectively, “Last Sunday against Minnesota, the Seahawks used Russell Wilson’s unique talents with read-option plays to pick up relatively easy running yards. Coach Pete Carroll and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell saw the effectiveness of the option package in the Redskins offense with Griffin at the controls. ‘We borrowed some of the Redskins’ ideas with RG3. While you’re studying defenses you get to watch the opponents who played them,’ Bevell said earlier this season. ‘Some ideas are great, some you can’t use because of your personnel.’ According to Bevell, it takes the right quarterback’s skill set to mesh with a team’s offensive philosophy. ‘RG3 and Russell are two different style quarterbacks. There are some things he can do we wouldn’t ask Russell to do,” he said. “We have to determine, is that a viable play, is it good for Russell and does it fit in with the scheme for us?’ ”

Liz Matthews of 710Sports.com has her practice report from Wednesday.

Brady Henderson of 710Sports.com notes that Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor and offensive guard John Moffitt will be guests tonight on “Seahawks Weekly” from Munchbar Bellevue. 710 AM ESPN Seattle’s Mike Salk will host the show along with former Seahawks Dave Wyman and Mack Strong. Chancellor is scheduled to appear live in person and Moffitt will be a guest over the phone.

Mike Sando of ESPN.com compares and contrasts Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson with the Jets’ Sanchez.

Sando has an NFC West injury update with several notes on the Seahawks, “Guard James Carpenter (concussion), receiver Braylon Edwards (knee), running back Marshawn Lynch (back/wrist), defensive end Red Bryant (foot), linebacker K.J. Wright (concussion), defensive lineman Clinton McDonald (groin) and safety Kam Chancellor (quadriceps) did not practice Wednesday. Defensive tackle Jason Jones (ankle) was limited. Receiver Doug Baldwin (ankle), guard John Moffitt (knee) and center Max Unger (finger) were full participants. Seattle is a little more beat-up than it has been to this point in the season. Having a bye in Week 11 should help the team recharge for a stretch run. Jones hasn’t played since Week 7. Seattle’s nickel pass rush has missed him. The fact that he is practicing, even on a limited basis, should be encouraging for the Seahawks. Having Baldwin back allowed Seattle to release receiver Charly Martin and re-sign him to its practice squad. The Seahawks have activated cornerback Walter Thurmond from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. He helps with depth and gives the team another option in the nickel role, possibly affecting Marcus Trufant.

Sando also has his updated MVP Watch, and Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch cracks his Top 10, “Lynch leads the NFL with five 100-yard rushing games this season. He now faces a New York Jets defense that has allowed 485 yards rushing after contact, the second-highest figure in the NFL. Lynch has 359 yards after contact this season, the second-highest figure in the NFL behind Peterson’s amazing 515. The Jets have also allowed nine rushing TDs, tied for fourth in the league. Lynch is on pace for a career-high 1,566 yards. Shaun Alexander and Chris Warren are the only players to reach 1,500 yards in a season while playing for the Seahawks.”

John Clayton of ESPN.com has his Midseason All-Pro team and shows the Seahawks defensive backfield some love, naming cornerback Richard Sherman and free safety Earl Thomas to his list.

Jason Cole of YahooSports.com has his All-Midseason Team and Seahawks defensive tackle Brandon Mebane gets a mention, “On a very active, explosive defense, Mebane stirs the drinks. Mebane has surpassed Vince Wilfork as the toughest defensive tackle in the league to move. The 6-foot-1, 311-pound Mebane simply creates havoc inside with his low-to-the-ground ability to play with great leverage and power. Mebane has pretty good pass-rush skills (three sacks) for an inside player, but his real strength is being able to clear the way for his teammates.”

Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com has his Midseason NFL All-Pro list and cornerback Richard Sherman makes the cut, “He backs up his brash talk with a great ability to cover people.”

Don Banks of SI.com has NFL power rankings following Week 9, and ranks the Seahawks at No. 12, a bump up of two spots since a week ago, “If the Seahawks can run the table at home this season, where they’re 4-0 so far, they’ll make the playoffs as a wild card. I like their chances, with only one home game remaining against a team that currently has a winning record (Week 16 versus San Francisco). And that late-season showdown with the 49ers might wind up being more important to Seattle in the standings than it is to San Francisco.”

NFL Films’ “NFL Turning Point” has an in-depth video feature on the relationship between running back Marshawn Lynch and fullback Michael Robinson and the Seahawks’ power run game.

Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth profiles rookie cornerback Jeremy Lane’s punt-downing prowess, and the effect it has on punter Jon Ryan and the battle for field position. Farnsworth also recaps “Wednesday in Hawkville” with a focus on return specialist Leon Washington.

Tony Ventrella has his “Seahawks Daily” with a look at several Seahawks’ connections to “The Big Apple.”

Our team photographer Rod Mar has a look at “Competition Wednesday” in photos.

And finally, we have Carroll and Bevell‘s full video press conferences from yesterday.

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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:


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.


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.’ ”


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.


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.”


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)


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.


“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).


“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


“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

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Carroll: “Wait and see” on status of Wright, Carpenter

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 10 home matchup with the New York Jets.

With yesterday’s roster moves leaving an open spot on the team’s active roster, one of the first questions Carroll fielded was on the status of cornerback Walter Thurmond, who remains on the team’s Physically Unable to Perform list, but who has been practicing with the club the past few weeks.

“We’ll let you know later,” Carroll said on whether or not they would activate Thurmond.

The team must activate Thurmond by Monday, November 12, which is 21 days after he first began practicing again. While on the PUP list, Thurmond does not count against the team’s 53-man roster limit.

The focus quickly turned toward the Seahawks’ Week 10 opponent – the Jets, who Carroll said have a “very complex style of play across the board.”

“They’re very difficult scheme-wise on defense for our offensive guys,” Carroll continued. “We’re challenged by their scheme.”

Carroll also provided an injury update heading into today’s “Competition Wednesday” practice, saying they will take a “wait and see” approach with linebacker K.J. Wright and offensive guard James Carpenter, and that the pair will not practice today as they go through concussion evaluation. Wright suffered a concussion on the first defensive series in last Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings and Carpenter showed up as a late addition to the injury report last week, citing a concussion it is believed he suffered over the week of practice.

If Wright and Carpenter cannot go this weekend against the Jets, it is expected that linebacker Mike Morgan would fill in for Wright, and offensive guard John Moffitt would fill in for Carpenter. Both Morgan and Moffitt stepped in for Wright and Carpenter in the team’s Week 9 win over the Vikings.

“We’re ready to play with him,” Carroll said of Moffitt starting at left guard should Carpenter be unable to return by Sunday. “He did an admirable job with one day of preparation [against the Vikings] and he’ll do a better job this week.”

Carroll mentioned that wide receiver Braylon Edwards and defensive tackle Jason Jones would be slowed today, but should return to Thursday’s practice to see where they are at. Edwards has been battling a knee that swelled up prior to the team’s Week 8 game against the Detroit Lions and Jones has been hampered by an ankle and missed the last two games.

Carroll said the focus for his defense this week in practice will be on getting back to the fundamentals. The unit has slipped in recent weeks after an impressive showing in the early part of the season, allowing Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, and San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore to rack up big yardage totals. Carroll pointed to defensive footwork, maintaining pad level, and remaining aggressive as areas of emphasis during the week.

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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Tuesday cyber surfing: Defense Looking to Make Corrections

Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, November 6.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that the Seahawks defense has shown signs of decline over the last few weeks, “It wasn’t just that Seattle allowed 17 points in the first half, matching the most it has given up before halftime this season. It was more than just the fact that Adrian Peterson rushed for 182 yards, the most by a Seahawks opponent since Pete Carroll became coach. The biggest problem is that it was a continuation of a decline that began in the second half of Seattle’s Week 6 loss at San Francisco, ran through a 28-24 defeat in Detroit and continued Sunday. ‘We’re seeing a lot of complexities in the last month,’ Carroll said. ‘And some of the stuff has been harder for us. We haven’t executed as well, and that calls for us to make sure we’re really on our stuff.’ ”

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune also calls out the inconsistency of the Seahawks defense, “The Seahawks had been holding teams to an average of 70 rushing yards entering the Week 7 game in San Francisco, good for No. 2 in the league. Peterson’s total of 182 rushing yards on Sunday was the most a Pete Carroll defense had allowed an individual runner during his 3-year tenure in Seattle. The Seahawks have allowed just four players to run for over 100 yards in the past two years – Peterson and Gore (131 yards) this year, and Dallas’ DeMarco Murray (139) and Washington’s Roy Helu (108) last season. Carroll said his defense is playing inconsistently up front. ‘It wasn’t similar style of runs,’ Carroll said about his defense’s struggles against San Francisco and Minnesota. ‘But it was similar in that we made errors. So the good part for us is that they’re really easily corrected.’ ”

John Boyle of the Everett Herald has an update on the concussed LB K.J. Wright and G James Carpenter, “A day after his team beat the Vikings 30-20, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll did not know if either player will return this week. That’s the nature of things in the more safety-conscious NFL, which requires players to go through a league-mandated protocol and be cleared by doctors before they can return to action. ‘We’ll know later,’ Carroll said when asked about Wright. ‘We’ve got to give him a couple of days to figure it out. The process is already underway, the testing and the stuff that’s going on, and we’ll know more on Wednesday.’ The answer was pretty much the same on Carpenter, who was ruled out Saturday after being listed as questionable on Friday’s practice report because of an illness. Carroll explained Sunday that they weren’t sure how or when Carpenter’s concussion occurred, but that it could have happened in Seattle’s previous game in Detroit, or in practice Wednesday.”

Brady Henderson of 710Sports.com recaps a Monday segment of “Brock and Salk” in which head coach Pete Carroll joined the show to discuss the progress of Russell Wilson and the offense, “It was the Seahawks’ best offensive performance of the season, one they needed after a brutal first half from their defense. And it further validated coach Pete Carroll’s decision to go with Wilson – not high-priced free-agent addition Matt Flynn – as the starter. The Seahawks are 5-4, and their latest win showed how far their rookie quarterback has come after some predictable struggles earlier in the season. ‘He looks poised and comfortable,’ Carroll told ‘Brock and Salk’ on Monday, ‘and I think we’re just gonna see this guy keep getting better.’ Wilson’s three touchdown passes Sunday gave him 13 on the season, 10th-most in the NFL and the most among rookie quarterbacks. It also established a new franchise rookie record. His 87.2 QB rating ranks 11th in the NFL, second only to Washington’s Robert Griffin III among rookies.”

Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby of 710 AM ESPN Seattle’s “Bob and Groz” discuss what to expect from the Seahawks offense moving forward in this short video.

Tim Booth of the Associated Press writes that Sunday’s win over Minnesota was a good definition of “finishing” that coach Carroll would like to see from his team, “After carrying the Seahawks through the early part of the season, Seattle’s defense has now given up at least 20 points in three of the past four games. And if Christian Ponder had been at all effective throwing the ball, the Vikings would have become the fourth straight team to top 300 total yards against the Seahawks. ‘That’s why finishing is so important,’ Carroll said. ‘We did all of the right stuff to get out of that game with a big win for us at the end.’ ”

Curtis Crabtree of 950 KJR AM has his report from Monday’s Carroll press conference, noting the Seahawks expect to have wide receiver Braylon Edwards back at practice this week, and hope the same is true for defensive tackle Jason Jones. Edwards has missed the team’s last two games with a knee injury and Jones has been absent for the same duration with an ankle.

Mike Sando of ESPN.com has his “NFC West Stock Watch“, pointing to the rise of Russell Wilson, the Seahawks’ receivers, and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, “1. Russell Wilson, Seahawks QB. Wilson turned in another solid performance as the Seahawks’ starter, tossing three first-half touchdown passes to keep Seattle in the lead against Minnesota even though the Vikings were racking up rushing yardage. Only Peyton Manning (91.6) and Aaron Rodgers (89.0) have higher Total QBR scores than Wilson (83.1) over the past three weeks. 2. Seattle wide receivers. Golden Tate and Sidney Rice accounted for three Seattle touchdowns against the Vikings. Rice also completed a 25-yard pass to tight end Zach Miller, setting up a touchdown. Wilson has completed 21 of 25 passes for 201 yards and four touchdowns when targeting Tate and Rice over the past two weeks. Those plays have produced 13 first downs. 3. Darrell Bevell, Seahawks offensive coordinator. Bevell called an excellent game against his former team. He is playing to the strengths of the offense and his quarterback specifically. Seattle has mixed deep passes with short throws with zone runs with quarterback options to keep defenses guessing. This was a diverse offense on display against the Vikings.”

Sando also takes a look at how Wilson fared in QBR in the Seahawks’ Week 9 win, “Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (82.8 QBR, 127.3 NFL rating): Wilson completed 16 of 24 passes for 173 yards with three touchdowns, no interceptions and one sack. He rushed nine times for 27 yards and three first downs. He was cited for a fumble on a backward pass that went out of bounds. Seattle suffered from three dropped passes, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Wilson, with an 83.1 QBR score over the past three weeks, trails only Peyton Manning (91.6) and Aaron Rodgers (89.0) over that span. Tom Brady (81.8), Matt Ryan (77.9), Drew Brees (75.1) and Andrew Luck (74.5) are next.”

The staff at ESPN.com has their updated NFL power rankings, and Seattle comes in at No. 12 on their list.

NFL.com names Golden Tate’s game-winning touchdown over the Green Bay Packers in Week 3 as the No. 1 play of the entire first half of the NFL season. You can view their list of the Top 10 plays of the season’s first half here.

Peter King of SI.com has his midseason All-Pro team and Seahawks center Max Unger makes his cut. King also names Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner his midseason defensive rookie of the year, “Rangy second-round pick is No. 2 on Seattle with 72 tackles. Plugged a huge hole.”

NFL’s “Around the League” chats with wide receiver Golden Tate in this short video.

Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth has his “Monday Metatarsal Musings” with a look at the play of offensive lineman Lemuel Jeanpierre and linebacker Mike Morgan, who stepped in for an injured Max Unger and K.J. Wright in Sunday’s win over the Vikings.

Farnsworth also recaps the activities surrounding “Monday in Hawkville“, with notes on the concussed Wright and Carpenter.

Tony Ventrella has his “Seahawks Daily” looking at the Seahawks impressive performance in the second half of Sunday’s win over the Vikings.

And finally, we have coach Carroll’s full video press conference from Monday available here.

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