DENVER – Pete Carroll planned to celebrate his 61st birthday a little early today by throwing his age.
The Seahawks’ third-year coach just did it – and then some – by firing a special football from the 50-yard line out of the end zone at Sports Authority Filed at Mile High. Carroll won’t turn 61 until Sept. 15, but he used this opportunity in the mile-high air to achieve his yearly goal.
Carroll’s heave actually landed 2 or 3 yards beyond the back edge of the 10-yard end zone, so he made it with room to spare.
A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Aug. 17:
Nickel back. Roy Lewis was the third cornerback in passing situations with the No. 1 defense in the preseason opener against the Titans last week, a spot he has played the past two seasons. Saturday night, Marcus Trufant steps into that role – a new one for the former first-round draft choice and Pro Bowl left cornerback.
Of the switch, coach Pete Carroll said, “Roy is ahead of everybody else in the learning and the understanding. … We know what he can do and we want to see what other guys can do. Tru has grown, made a couple of nice plays in the game.”
Of his new role, Trufant said, “I’m a little more comfortable there. But I’m still growing. I’m still learning the position. I just want to help the team out in any way I can and just do the best job I can. It comes down to making plays and making things happen. So that’s what I’m looking forward to doing.”
IN ’N OUT
Defensive lineman Jason Jones returned for today’s walkthrough/practice, but 14 players did not participate: wide receiver Ben Obomanu, tight ends Zach Miller and Cameron Morrah, offensive linemen John Moffitt, James Carpenter and Lemuel Jeanpierre, defensive linemen Cordarro Law and Pep Levingston, linebackers Matt McCoy, Barrett Ruud, Malcolm Smith and Mike Morgan and defensive backs Walter Thurmond and Ron Parker.
THE NEXT VOICE YOU’LL HEAR
Steve Raible will be back in the booth to handle the radio play-by-play on 710 ESPN and 97.3 FM after missing the opener. He’ll be joined by Paul Moyer, the only person in franchise history to play and coach for the Seahawks as well as serve as the radio analyst.
Moyer will be with Raible on the radio because Warren Moon is working the telecast on KCPQ/13 with Curt Menefee.
The Seahawks play their second preseason game on Saturday night against the Broncos in Denver. The players will have Sunday off.
YOU DON’T SAY
“Fortunately, again we’re playing in Denver in the preseason right around my birthday – it does fall with the time frame. So we’ll take that shot again.” – Carroll, who “throws” his age each year, on attempting to uncork a 61-yarder before Saturday night’s game (he’ll turn 61 on Sept. 15)
Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, August 17.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times calls Russell Okung one of the most important players to the Seahawks season, and also one that has gone largely unmentioned through training camp, “Left tackle Russell Okung is fine with that. After the way his past two seasons started, he would actually prefer it. He was injured during Seattle’s first exhibition game each of his first two seasons, so when he made it through the opener Saturday unscathed, it seemed like a good time to ask the big man how he was feeling. He wasn’t interested in answering that question. At least not on the record. It’s a pinch of the old-school approach Okung has taken, choosing to be seen as opposed to heard when it comes to the media. But take it from someone who knows, Okung is a reason to smile so far this year. ‘He has done a fine job,’ offensive line coach Tom Cable said. ‘I’m looking for him to just keep building on it now that he’s kind of accepted the responsibility of playing left tackle and what comes with it.’ “
Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune relays information from head coach Pete Carroll that wide receiver Terrell Owens will play this weekend at Denver, “Carroll chose to keep Owens out of last week’s exhibition opener against Tennessee because he felt the veteran receiver was not in game condition after only a few practices. However, Owens is in much better shape this week, putting together several highlight plays over the past two days and showing his trademark running ability after the catch. Owens will play on an NFL field for the first time since the 2010 season, and little more than a year after having ACL knee surgery.”
Scott Garbarini of The Sports Network has a preseason preview of Saturday night’s matchup with the Denver Broncos.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald catches up with defensive back Roy Lewis, who he says wants to take on a bigger role with the defense, “In preparation for the 2012 season, however, Lewis has been a regular on defense as the team’s No. 1 nickel back, and is playing ahead of veteran Marcus Trufant, who was released in the offseason then re-signed specifically to play nickel. ‘Roy has been playing that position for some time,’ Carroll said. ‘He is ahead of everybody else in the learning and the understanding. If you notice, Roy won’t play very much this week in preparation. We know what he can do and we want to see what other guys can do. … That was a one of the major focuses (this week) — to give guys a chance in the competition to show what they can do.’ “
Tim Booth of the Associated Press has his story on Terrell Owens’ debut in Denver, “Owens arrived in camp in excellent shape and has looked impressive at times during practice. But if he’s to make the Seahawks’ final roster, Owens will need to show in a game that he’s fully recovered from a knee injury that kept him out of the NFL for the entire 2011 season. Saturday against the Broncos will be his first NFL game action since Week 15 of the 2010 season with Cincinnati. Owens went without a catch in that final game against Cleveland. ‘He’s ready to go,’ Carroll said. ‘He had two good weeks of work, and he came in in great shape so he’s ready to go.’ “
Bill Swartz of mynorthwest.com has his notes from the final day of Bing Training Camp yesterday, “Matt Flynn took snaps with the number one offense as he prepares to start the first half at Denver in Saturday night’s second pre-season game. Flynn and that unit had one tough series during 11 on 11 drills. Matt’s first pass intended for Kellen Winslow was swatted away by Richard Sherman. Marshawn Lynch was stuffed on a running play by Leroy Hill. Flynn was sacked on the third down pass play. And Steven Haushka missed a 40 yard field goal try.”
Curtis Crabtree of 950 KJR AM has his practice notes from yesterday’s camp finale, including a thought on the receiving corps, “Owens, WR Braylon Edwards, WR Ricardo Lockette and WR Deon Butler appear to be in the thick of competition for the remaining spots with WR Kris Durham, WR Charly Martin, WR Phil Bates, WR Lavasier Tuniei and WR Jermaine Kearse appearing to be longer shots at this point. If the team elects to keep both Edwards and Owens, they could short themselves on special teams as neither will likely play on that unit. It creates an interesting situation from a roster perspective. The remaining three preseason games should help make the position somewhat clearer.”
The staff at SportsPressNW.com has their report from the final day of camp and says the Seahawks have a lot of questions to answer at the wide receiver position, “The Seahawks have considerable sorting to do at the receiving spots, with only Doug Baldwin, last year’s catch leader with 51, a healthy starter available so far for the season opener. Naturally, Carroll saw the glass half full. ‘We’re still in the midst of this thing,’ he said. ‘I like our group a lot. We’ve become even more competitive and more experienced with the guys that have come in. We don’t have to do anything right now, just keep giving these guys opportunities in practice and games and add it all up at the end. It’s a really good position group for us right now. To have a guy like Doug Baldwin is just a blessing.’ “
Doug Farrar of YahooSports.com details young quarterbacks who are starting to emerge in QB battles around the League, including Russell Wilson, “Wilson’s improvement has been graphic through minicamps and into training camp, but as Seahawks quarterbacks coach Carl Smith recently told Shutdown Corner, it wasn’t always so. ‘Really, he’s working through a lot of things,’ Smith said. ‘Rookie minicamp, he threw eight picks, okay? But he’s whittling away at a huge mountain of little things, and he’s doing it at a terrific pace. Working in the classroom, working on the field, and he keeps chopping [the problems] off. I’m really happy with his work ethic.’ “
Mike Sando of ESPN.com says there is much at stake for wide receiver Terrell Owens in his Seahawks debut at Denver, “Forget about 10 receptions for 220 yards. We should instead watch to see how aggressively Owens plays, whether he’s a willing blocker, whether he catches the ball well, and how much he plays. Owens has always been a competitor. He has responded well in practice after watching Braylon Edwards, his primary competition for a roster spot, score a touchdown and generally play well against Tennessee last week. Owens was not active for that game, but he knows the stakes. He was fortunate to get an opportunity from Seattle, and must capitalize on the chance.”
Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth has his Camp Carroll wrap-up, ” ‘The camp work that we set out to do, the things that we hoped to accomplish, I think we’ve really knocked it all in,’ Carroll said. ‘We’ve seen a bunch of guys; we’ve gotten a lot of information on our young guys. These next few weeks of games will be very important. But as far as the camp process – understanding how these guys learn, do they fit, kind of starting the process of developing roles for them because you know what they can do – all of that is moving.’ “
Farnsworth also passes out his camp honors, naming the best rookie of Bing Training Camp as Robert Turbin, “First-round draft choice Bruce Irvin, second-rounder Bobby Wagner and Wilson got – and deserve – mention. But Turbin, the fourth-round pick out of Utah State, was drafted to fill the need for a physical back to spell Lynch. Turbin looks, and runs, the part.”
Lastly from Farnsworth, he has his final ‘Hawkville‘ post of training camp.
Greg Scruggs sits down with Seahawks.com and recaps his camp experience, life in Seattle, and passion for playing the drums, “I didn’t want anything to do with football [in high school]. Drumming was my thing. I had been doing it since I was 10 years old, and I was good at it. I was more popular than the football players because of my drumming.”
Finally, Tony Ventrella wraps up camp in his Seahawks Daily as he catches up with safety Earl Thomas, wide receiver Golden Tate, and cornerback Richard Sherman.
A recap of the activities on the final day of Bing training camp for Aug. 16:
Camp breaks. The Seahawks’ third training camp under coach Pete Carroll officially broke after this morning’s practice. It’s just that’s hard to tell, because things won’t change much even with camp over.
The players will continue to practice only once a day, under the new guidelines in the CBA that ended last year’s 136-day lockout. They will do it at Virginia Mason Athletic Center. And many of the players will continue to live in the hotel all the players called home during camp.
The grind of two-a-day practices in draining heat, living in a dorm room at Eastern Washington University and then beating a hasty retreat from Cheney on this day are just a memory – and then only for the players who have been around long enough to remember it.
“Camp is camp,” cornerback Marcus Trufant said as he was leaving the field at the conclusion of his 10th training camp. “It’s always going to be hard work. It’s been work, but this year’s camp is a little bit different.
“I don’t think the young guys are really able to appreciate it. But a guy like me, who’s seen a few training camps, it’s been a good deal for us. It really works out in the players’ favor, so I think it’s pretty big time for the young players.”
Like J.R. Sweezy, the rookie who was making the transition from college defensive tackle to NFL guard in his first NFL camp.
“I never got to be a part of the old stuff,” Sweezy said. “But this was good. We got our rest at night, came ready to go the next day and we got everything out of the day. So it was a good schedule.”
One the players basically will continue to follow even though camp has officially ended.
Terrell Owens. Despite having practiced with the team only six times, the 38-year-old wide receiver is scheduled to play in Saturday night’s preseason game against the Broncos in Denver.
“He’s going to play some. He’s ready to go,” Carroll said. “He had two good weeks of work and he came in great shape, so he’s going to play some. I’m not going to say how many plays that will be; we’ll see how it goes. But he’s going to play early in the game.”
Owens caught a half dozen passes today, including one where he got behind Pro Bowl cornerback Brandon Browner and another where he fought his way through being jammed by rookie cornerback Jeremy Lane.
Owens is playing flanker, although Carroll has said he’d also like to look at the 6-foot-3, 224-pound Owens as a possible replacement Mike Williams at split end.
PLAYS OF THE DAYS
Offense: Rookie wide receiver Phil Bates making a falling, fingertip grab of a Tarvaris Jackson pass along the sideline despite tight coverage from cornerback Byron Maxwell.
Defense: Trufant, who was lined up as the nickel back, tipping a Josh Portis pass that was intended for wide receiver Ricardo Lockette. Pro Bowl free safety Earl Thomas then intercepted the deflection.
Special teams: After an uncharacteristically rough day Wednesday, Steven Hauschka hit each of his four field goals attempts in the special teams portion of practice – including a 43-yarder.
Pre-practice: While the players are stretching, several of the assistant coaches use to time to see if they can put a pass into a trash can that is roughly 25 yards away. Today, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell “canned” one. Bevell was a four-starter starter at quarterback for the University of Wisconsin.
Former USC center Kris O’Dowd was signed after being given a tryout yesterday and was on the field for today’s practice. The club needs another center because right guard John Moffitt, who has been working as the backup center, and incumbent backup Lemuel Jeanpierre are sidelined with elbow and groin injuries.
Rookie Rishaw Johnson will backup starter Max Unger against the Broncos on Saturday night.
“Kris is a good, smart, tough football player,” Carroll said. “When you work a guy out, there’s a lot of stuff you don’t know. But about this guy in particular, he played as a freshman for us, so I know everything there is to know about the kid. So we’ll see if he fits.
“Right now, he’s an emergency guy for us.”
O’Dowd signed with the Cardinals last year but was released in September. He spent time with the Jets this spring before being released in May.
To clear a spot on the 90-man roster for O’Dowd, rookie kicker Carson Wiggs was released for the second time this camp.
IN ’N OUT
Wide receiver Golden Tate, tight end Anthony McCoy and defensive end Pierre Allen returned to practice today, but defensive linemen Jason Jones and Pep Levingston and wide receiver Ben Obomanu did not practice.
Still sidelined: Tight end Zach Miller, who got a concussion in the preseason opener; tight end Cameron Morrah, defensive end Cordarro Law, linebackers Matt McCoy, Malcolm Smith and Mike Morgan, cornerbacks Ron Parker and Walter Thurmond, and offensive lineman James Carpenter, as well as Moffitt and Jeanpierre.
ANYBODY KNOW THE DOMINGUEZ HIGH FIGHT SONG?
The second-year duo of cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Jeron Johnson also were teammates at Dominguez High School in Compton, Calif. It’s just that Johnson wasn’t playing the same position he is now.
“He played middle linebacker for us,” Sherman said.
The 5-10, now 212-pound Johnson playing middle linebacker? No he didn’t.
“Yes he did,” Sherman said. “Our whole back seven was the same size. We were all about 6-1, 6-2; 175. We were just fast and played nothing but man coverage.”
The players will practice tomorrow morning before the team flies to Denver for Saturday night’s preseason game. The players will be off on Sunday.
YOU DON’T SAY
“I think I like ‘Legion of Boom.’ Because they play that ‘Here Comes the Boom’ song in the stadium, and we always act like they’re talking to us.” – Sherman, when asked which of the nicknames that have been hung on the secondary he likes best
Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, August 15.
The big news coming out of camp yesterday was that Seahawks free agent acquisition Matt Flynn will be given the start at quarterback in Saturday’s second preseason game against the Denver Broncos. Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson will see playing time as well, as coach Pete Carroll announced a quarterback plan similar to the team’s preseason opener against Tennessee. Incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson may not play this weekend, but still remains in the quarterback competition according to Carroll.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times has his story on the quarterback situation, including comments from Carroll on the differences between Flynn and Wilson, “Carroll said he considered starting Wilson at Denver to give the rookie the same kind of opportunity Flynn got a week ago against Tennessee. Flynn getting another start shows how the coaches have evaluated the pair so far. ‘Matt has done a really good job of commanding all of this stuff,’ Carroll said. ‘He understands the game in great depth, he gives us a veteran presence, even though he hasn’t had a lot of starting time. He recognizes the defense … It’s still a challenge for Russell to catch up with that stuff. He’s battling to get that done, and there’s a difference right now.’ “
O’Neil also has a look at wide receiver Sidney Rice, who was no longer wearing a red practice jersey Tuesday, but instead a white one – a sign that he is ready for some contact, “The green grass stain on the front of his uniform was an even more obvious sign he’s ready for some contact. ‘I had to try to simulate some gamelike situations,’ Rice said. Rice won’t play in Saturday’s exhibition game at Denver, but his practice regimen is a sign of progress and that he may be ready when the regular season begins. ‘This is his first week back getting banged around, so we’ll give him some time,’ coach Pete Carroll said.”
Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune, who asks if Seattle’s latest QB-plan means Tarvaris Jackson is on his way out of Seattle, “In what some people might consider a cruel twist, Jackson worked with the starters Tuesday, just as he did the previous Tuesday. Carroll said his team will not begin game preparation for the Broncos until today’s practice. So is Jackson’s time in Seattle coming to a close? Carroll says no – for now. ‘He’s still in the competition,’ Carroll said. ‘He absolutely is. This is the way I’ve just chosen to do it, that I’m banking on the 18 games I’ve seen him. He knows the offense. He knows what’s going on. And I watched him play last year, practicing one day a week for five weeks, and he could function. So I’m using all that information to allow us the opportunity to see these other guys.’ “
John Boyle of the Everett Herald discusses where Tarvaris Jackson fits in the Seahawks’ latest plans at quarterback.
Tim Booth of the Associated Press has his story on the ‘Hawks quarterback situation, “Apparently left out of the rotation is incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson, who took all the reps with the No. 1 offense as Seattle (No. 22 in the AP Pro32) returned to practice on Tuesday, but will be shuffled to the end of the line and may see extremely limited action, if any, against the Broncos. Carroll again repeated that the Seahawks need to learn more about Flynn and Wilson, having seen Jackson for all of last season. But when asked why not start the rookie third-round pick out of Wisconsin against the Broncos, Carroll made clear that Flynn has the lead. “I think this is the right way to do it. I think this is where they sit right now,” Carroll said.”
The staff at SportsPressNW.com have their report from Tuesday’s practice.
Bill Swartz of mynorthwest.com has his notes from Tuesday’s practice, including a thought on the wide receiver corps, “Carroll was pleased to see a full receiving core on the field today. Doug Baldwin and Ricardo Lockette were both in contact drills after missing Saturday night’s game. Sidney Rice was not wearing the red jersey, which means he is cleared for full practice. Rice will not play in this weekend’s Denver game. The coach says there’s a chance Terrell Owens will play against the Broncos. T.O. displayed his work ethic today when he ran pass routes on the sideline even when he wasn’t supposed to be on the field.”
Michael Simeona of mynorthwest.com recaps a segment of “Bob and Groz” in which quarterback Matt Flynn joined the show and found out he had just been named the starting quarterback Saturday against Denver, ” ‘I think all three of us are doing a very good job of not letting [the competition] effect the way we play on the field and the way we prepare,’ Flynn said Tuesday. ‘It’s been a good competition so far and I think all three of us are getting a lot out of it.’ “
Mike Sando of ESPN.com says it’s still Matt Flynn’s job to lose at quarterback, “The early signs on Flynn and Wilson have been encouraging. Flynn was generally efficient working with the first-team offense against the Titans. He got rid of the ball quickly most of the time and appeared comfortable. Wilson played with greater flair, dazzling with a 32-yard touchdown run. He moved with purpose, threw with velocity and also appeared comfortable.”
NFL.com released an updated power rankings Tuesday afternoon, and the Seahawks have climbed two spots to No. 17 on the list, “The secondary looked good against Tennessee in Week 1 of the preseason. Former Titan Jason Jones helps shape a solid front four for Seattle. Ah, but the linebackers are the question mark, especially in a division with the run-focused 49ers and Rams. Second-round pick Bobby Wagner could start alongside Leroy Hill and K.J. Wright. Those guys are going to have to play ball for the Seahawks to have any hope in the NFC West.
Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth details Matt Flynn earning the starting role for the second straight week, and offers his thoughts on Tarvaris Jackson, “Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and quarterbacks coach Carl Smith already have a read on Jackson. He started 14 games last season, after being signed in free agency, and played much of the season with a damaged pectoral in his throwing shoulder. Flynn and Russell joined the team in March and April, respectively. ‘Tarvaris has played a lot of football for us,’ Carroll said. ‘We have to give somewhere here, so we’re giving that. We understand what kind of player Tarvaris is. He’s in great shape. He’s studied hard. He’s ready to go. We’re just banking that he’ll be able to hold on to his level of play without two weeks of playing time and playing in the game. The emphasis right now is to get Matt and Russell their playtime again so we can really get another big body of knowledge and information from them.’ “
The focus of Tuesday’s ‘Hawkville’ is cornerback Phillip Adams, the third-year cornerback from South Carolina State, “Hard work pays off…All he did in today’s two-hour, 15-minute practice was intercept not just one but two passes. On the first, rookie linebacker Korey Toomer tipped a Russell Wilson pass near the goal line and Adams controlled the carom as he was falling to the turf. On the second, Adams locked in on a pass shortly after it left Matt Flynn’s hand and was able to get to the ball before wide receiver Kris Durham. ‘We go out here and we practice hard every day,’ Adams said. ‘We just continue to work at it every day. You have to be confident as a player, and this whole defense is confident.’ “
Rookie linebacker Bobby Wagner tells us all about his first NFL game day experience.
Lastly, Tony Ventrella has a recap of Tuesday’s Bing Training Camp activities in his Seahawks Daily video feature.
A recap of the activities at the Seahawks’ Bing training camp for Aug. 14:
Phillip Adams. Hard work pays off. Just look at Adams, the third-year cornerback from South Carolina State.
All he did in today’s two-hour, 15-minute practice was intercept not just one but two passes. On the first, rookie linebacker Korey Toomer tipped a Russell Wilson pass near the goal line and Adams controlled the carom as he was falling to the turf. On the second, Adams locked in on a pass shortly after it left Matt Flynn’s hand and was able to get to the ball before wide receiver Kris Durham.
“We go out here and we practice hard every day,” Adams said. “We just continue to work at it every day.”
Last week, Adams got a chance to work with in the starting secondary, as Pro Bowl cornerback Brandon Browner was given a day off. Did that help Adam’s confidence?
“You have to be confident as a player, and this whole defense is confident,” Adams said.
Now that is an understatement. Practice can take on a feeding-frenzy feel as one defender tries to outdo the play that was just made by another defender. Today, that included a long-armed reach by cornerback Richard Sherman to swat away a deep pass by Flynn that was intended for Sidney Rice. And a near interception of a screen pass by defensive tackle Jason Jones. And another near interception by Sherman. And an end-zone interception by Pro Bowl strong safety Kam Chancellor. And rookie safety DeShawn Shead shielding Terrell Owens from an underthrown pass in the end zone.
“It’s like a domino effect,” Adams said. “We feed off each other. One person makes a play; it makes the other person want to make a play. So it becomes a feeding frenzy after awhile.”
Bobby Wagner. After progressing even faster than the coaches had expected during the spring OTA practices and the first two weeks of training camp, the next question regarding the second-round draft from Utah State was: How would Wagner handle the duties that go with playing middle linebacker in Saturday night’s preseason opener against the Titans?
The simple answer: Better than expected. Again.
“He was very comfortable in the game; was easy to talk to during the game. He wasn’t overhyped or anything,” coach Pete Carroll said. “He handled it very well. Did a great job at the line of scrimmage making his calls and will continue to grow as he just recognizes his plays more quickly.
“He’s on track, and we all feel he has a chance to be the starter. We went in with that hope. Now we see that it’s possible and we clearly are supporting the fact that that might happen.”
Center. John Moffitt, the right guard who has been getting work as the backup center, is out because of a sore left elbow. Lemuel Jeanpierre, the incumbent back to starter Max Unger, strained a groin during practice.
So how did the coaches handle the snapping chores? Unger got some double duty, while left guard Paul McQuistan and rookie guard Rishaw Johnson also filled the center spot – without snapping the ball. When either McQuistan or Johnson was at center, he would turn and hand the ball to the quarterback before the snap would have been made.
PLAYS OF THE DAY
Offense: Braylon Edwards making a falling grab of a Flynn pass in the back corner of the end zone behind Browner.
Defense: Despite all the above mentioned plays by the defense, the one that really stood out was 330-pound end Red Bryant breaking free on a pass play. But rather than rush the QB, Bryant mirrored Tarvaris Jackson’s movement and then went up to deflect the pass. Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley saluted the effort by yelling, “Hey Red, helluva play.”
IN ’N OUT
Today’s practice was typical for the first one after a preseason game, as some players who sat out against the Titans returned and other were sidelined with injuries they got in the game.
“We had a number of guys come back,” Carroll said. “It felt good to have those guys back out and kind of give us a boost in the numbers and all.”
Back were wide receivers Doug Baldwin and Ricardo Lockette, defensive lineman Alan Branch and linebackers Barrett Ruud and Allen Bradford. Also, wide receiver Sidney Rice practiced without a red no-contact jersey for the first time.
Sitting out were Pro Bowl fullback Michael Robinson, defensive backs Jeron Johnson and Ron Parker, defensive linemen Pierre Allen and Cordarro Law, linebacker Malcolm Smith and tight end Zach Miller. Carroll said that Robinson and Johnson should return by the end of the week, but that Law has a high ankle sprain and will be sidelined longer.
Miller got a concussion against the Titans.
“(Miller) responded immediately the next day, and the day after he looked clear,” Carroll said. “But it’s the process we have to go through, and we’re going to take great care in doing that properly.”
Still sidelined: Moffitt and James Carpenter, linebacker Matt McCoy and cornerback Walter Thurmond.
SURGERY FOR MOFFITT
As expected, Moffitt had surgery today to remove particles from his left elbow that were causing him pain. He is expected to miss two to three weeks, so veteran Deuce Lutui and rookie J.R. Sweezy will continue to work at Moffitt’s spot with the No. 1 line.
“This should be a real positive thing for John,” Carroll said. “It was something that needed to be done, so we did it as fast as possible.”
The last practice of camp open to the public takes place Wednesday starting at 10 a.m. You can register here to attend. A crowd of 1,421 fans attended today’s practice.
Camp breaks after a morning practice on Thursday, and the team will fly to Denver on Friday for Saturday night’s preseason game against the Broncos.
YOU DON’T SAY
“I’m always impressed when I see a rookie have poise and look like he’s in control. It’s almost like he’s back in college. I don’t know what’s going through his mind, so maybe there were some things out there that kind of threw him off, but it certainly didn’t look like it. Bobby Wagner looked like he fit right in with that defense. Really fast, he had a really nice tackle, took on some blocks really well, made some little mistakes that you see rookies do, but other than that, I thought he showed really well.” – Dave Wyman, former Seahawks linebacker and now an analyst for 710 ESPN, on the team’s rookie middle linebacker
One good start apparently deserves another, as Matt Flynn will get his second start of the preseason when the Seahawks plays the Broncos in Denver on Saturday night.
That was the word from coach Pete Carroll after today’s practice, although incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson worked as the No. 1 QB in practice and Carroll admitted he thought about going with rookie Russell Wilson as the starter this week.
“This is what the plan was all along, if it worked out and it has,” Carroll said. “The fact that both guys played well just keeps us in that mode that we’ve got to see a little more and learn a little bit more – see if they can carry it over to a really good defense at Denver, and see how it goes.”
Flynn completed 11 of 13 passes for 71 yards in the first half of the preseason opener against the Titans on Saturday night, while Wilson passed for one touchdown and ran for another in a second-half performance that saw him complete 12 of 16 passes for 124 yards.
The coaches used today’s session as an extra practice and will begin preparing for the Broncos – with Flynn as the starter – tomorrow.
Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, August 14.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times takes a look at 2012 seventh round draft pick J.R. Sweezy as he relates to Seattle’s recent success under general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll when it comes to late round draft picks, “There is more upside with a pick simply because there is greater room for improvement. It’s the same philosophy that led the Boston Red Sox to draft Shaq Thompson, the California safety now at Washington. Yes, everyone had a laugh about his uncomfortably brutal batting record in minor-league baseball last season. But the Red Sox knew that possibility when they picked him given his skill level. Their belief was that the upside of an athlete his caliber — if he developed in baseball — was worth the risk of a late-round pick and some money. Seattle has taken a similar approach with players who have made or will make a position switch. The possibility that guy might really take off in a new spot or make a breakthrough is worth the possibility that he won’t. Look at Sherman a year ago. Here’s a 6-foot-3 player who’s still learning cornerback, which makes it possible that he’ll experience a breakthrough or make a quantum leap. That’s unlikely to happen with someone who has spent eight years at a specific position. For better or worse, you know what you’re getting.”
Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune has his story on Sweezy, and catches up with Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach Tom Cable on the converted D-lineman’s transition to the offensive side of the football, ” ‘I’m shocked, really,’ Cable said about Sweezy’s quick development. ‘I think he’s doing a fine job in terms of his learning. Every day it’s new for him, in terms of whatever he’s experiencing he’s never experienced before. He’s not the typical defensive lineman who played offensive and defensive line in high school. He was a linebacker and fullback kid in high school. So he’s never been an offensive lineman and never put his hand on the ground that way. So this has been his first time, and his transition so far, I would say he’s ahead of schedule. Now let’s see how far we can take it.’ “
Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune comments on the quality performances of quarterbacks Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson in Saturday night’s preseason opener, “That Carroll kept from painting rainbows all over the place Saturday night was a good approach. It was only the first exhibition game, and Wilson, specifically, was playing against backups. But this game created more interest and sense of upward trajectory relating to the quarterback position than the Seahawks have seen in years. If this 60 minutes of quarterbacking in August is not an aberration, then it appears that either Flynn or Wilson will be an upgrade over Jackson. And on a team with a defense and rushing attack already in place, that factor should mean divisional contention.”
Brady Henderson of mynorthwest.com recaps a segment of “Brock and Salk” from Monday in which head coach Pete Carroll joined the show, “Pete Carroll thought Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson each had strong performances in Saturday’s preseason opener save some obvious mistakes, but the Seahawks’ coach didn’t see enough to make any decisions about the three-way quarterback competition – at least not yet. ‘Like I said right after the game, they did everything they could have done to help themselves,’ Carroll told “Brock and Salk” on Monday. ‘I think they both played really well. We’re not calling it right yet. We don’t have to.’ “
Also at mynorthwest.com, Bob Stelton and Dave Wyman give their impressions of what they saw from 2012 first round draft pick Bruce Irvin and 2012 second round draft pick Bobby Wagner in Saturday night’s preseason opener in this short video.
Kevin Dowd of the SeattlePI.com writes that after Saturday night’s preseason opener, Flynn and Wilson appear to be pulling ahead in the team’s three-man quarterback competition, “Quarterbacks Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson shined in their Seattle debuts Saturday night, combining to complete 23 of their 29 passes for 186 yards, with Wilson adding another 59 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Now, rather than not having one viable starting quarterback in their three-man race for the job, the Seahawks just might have two.”
Mike Sando of ESPN.com has his update on the Seahawks quarterback battle, as he revisits his opinion on the race from back in July, “Flynn and Wilson are getting the meaningful reps as the team works to determine which one, if either, represents an upgrade over Jackson. Both players helped their cause with their performances against Tennessee in the exhibition opener Saturday night. Flynn was efficient working against the Titans’ starting defense. Wilson was dynamic working with — and against — backups. The Seahawks will presumably want to see Wilson work with the starters in a game situation before making their decision. I have a hard time envisioning Seattle going into a season with a rookie third-round choice behind center. But if any coach would embrace such an opportunity, the unconventional Pete Carroll might be the one to do it — especially since Wilson demonstrates more poise than many veterans. If the competition remains close, going with Flynn as the starter heading into the season would be the easiest move.”
Jim Trotter of SI.com has his Seahawks-related “Postcard from camp“, including an observation about the Seahawks defense, “The defense is going to be fun to watch. It’s not only big and strong, but fast and athletic. The unit was working on its blitz drill the day I was there, and more times than not the period resembled a jail break. Defenders consistently came free in the offensive backfield, forcing quarterbacks to look for safety valves instead of a receiver. Ideally, Seattle wants to generate pressure with its front four, and the addition of first-round draft pick Bruce Irvin should help it do that. He’s long and incredibly quick, which will be even more noticeable at home, where the crowd noise will give him an advantage over offensive tackles at the snap of the ball. Irvin still needs to develop a second rush move to maximize his potential, but that will come in time. For now his quickness and length, combined with the Seahawks’ other talent up front, will give offensive lines headaches.”
Writing for the Marin Independent Journal, I caught up with Cooper Helfet, the Seahawks rookie tight end out of Duke University and Redwood High School who got his first taste of NFL action Saturday night.
Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth recaps Saturday’s preseason opener and calls quarterback Russell Wilson starting against the Denver Broncos this Saturday night as the next logical step for the rookie out of Wisconsin, “While he did complete 12 of 16 passes for 124 yards, including a 39-yard TD pass to Braylon Edwards; and run for another 59 yards, with 32 coming on his scoring play; it was against the Titans’ second- and third-defensive units. So why not see how the rookie from Wisconsin fares against the Denver defense that features the pass-rush tandem of Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil and a secondary that features 11-time Pro Bowl selection Champ Bailey? The pressure of the start? That will be totally internal, because of the Mile High-presence of Manning, who signed with the Broncos in March after being released by the Indianapolis Colts and wooed by other teams, including the Seahawks. So the visiting Seahawks and whoever starts at QB will be an all-but-undetectable blip in this situation.”
Farnsworth also has a look at the (limited) activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center yesterday in his ‘Monday in Hawkville’, “Teaching points. The players had meetings and a short walkthrough today, with the focal point of each being the things they did well – and not as well – in Saturday night’s preseason opener against the Titans at CenturyLink Field. But the most important aspect of the preseason is correcting mistakes and learning from them, as the Seahawks start preparing for Saturday night’s game against the Broncos in Denver. ‘I thought the tackling was terrible,’ coach Pete Carroll said after the game. ‘We didn’t tackle anybody. Particularly in the second half, we were just falling off the guys and that’s a first-game situation. We just have to get a lot better. That was really the area that jumped out at me. We could have had a ton of plays in the backfield for losses that we didn’t make. We just have to improve a lot there.’ “
Lastly, second-year linebacker K.J. Wright shows us what it’s like to run out of the tunnel at CenturyLink Field on game day in this short video.
A recap of the limited activities at the Seahawks’ Bing training camp for Aug. 13:
Teaching points. The players had meetings and a short walkthrough today, with the focal point of each being the things they did well – and not as well – in Saturday night’s preseason opener against the Titans at CenturyLink Field.
The Seahawks won 27-17, as cornerback Brandon Browner returned the first pass of the game for a touchdown, rookie quarterback Russell Wilson threw for one TD and ran for another and Steven Hauschka kicked two field goals.
But the most important aspect of the preseason is correcting mistakes and learning from them, as the Seahawks start preparing for Saturday night’s game against the Broncos in Denver.
“I thought the tackling was terrible,” coach Pete Carroll said after the game. “We didn’t tackle anybody. Particularly in the second half, we were just falling off the guys and that’s a first-game situation. We just have to get a lot better.
“That was really the area that jumped out at me. We could have had a ton of plays in the backfield for losses that we didn’t make. We just have to improve a lot there.”
And that’s what review walkthroughs are all about.
STATS ’N STUFF
Hauschka is tied for the league lead in scoring during the preseason with nine points.
Wilson not only leads the Seahawks in rushing after gaining 59 yards on three carries, he ranks eighth in the league and sixth in the NFC. He’s also eighth in the NFC in passer rating (91.7).
Rookie cornerback Jeremy Lane had six tackles against the Titans to lead the team. Cornerback Phillip Adams is next with five.
As a team, the Seahawks are tied for 13th in total average yards gained (seventh rushing, 12th passing) and 16th in total average yards allowed (10th rushing, 23rd passing). The Broncos, meanwhile, lead the league is total defense and rushing defense.
The last three practices of training camp will be held this week, starting Tuesday morning. Camp breaks after a morning practice on Thursday, and the team will fly to Denver after practice on Friday.
JOIN THE CROWD
The last two practices open to the public are Tuesday and Wednesday. Each starts at 10 a.m. The first 11 open practices have attracted 18,095 fans. You can register here to attend practice on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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“It was great. It’s definitely an advantage for us. Even in a preseason game, they’re extremely loud – especially in the first half – and it made it tough on the Titans’ offense. It’s good to be at a new home.” – quarterback Matt Flynn, who played the past four seasons with the Green Bay Packers, on his first game as a Seahawk before the team’s 12th Man fans
A review of the Seahawks’ 27-17 victory over the Titans in their preseason opener at CenturyLink Field on Saturday night:
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Russell Wilson. There has been a lot of hype attached to the rookie quarterback since the Seahawks selected him in the third round of April’s NFL Draft. Against the Titans, his performance lived up to it.
After taking over for Matt Flynn in the second half, Wilson threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Braylon Edwards in the third quarter and ran 32 yards for another score late in the fourth quarter. He completed 12 of 16 passes for 124 yards and also led the team with 59 rushing yards.
“I am interested to see what he’s going to do next,” coach Pete Carroll said. “It was really fun watching him. He did some marvelous things.”
After flipping through a list of all the good things Wilson did in his NFL debut, Carroll added, “None of that surprised.”
PLAYS OF THE GAME
Offense: As good as Wilson’s scoring run was, his TD pass to Edwards was when better. When Wilson saw the 6-foot-3 Edwards in man-to-man coverage, he lofted a pass near the goal line to give Edwards a chance to make a play. Edwards did just that, going up and over Titans cornerback Tommie Campbell to make the catch and then tumble into the end zone.
Defense: The most obvious – Brandon Browner’s interception and scoring return of 23 yards on the first play of the game. Pro Bowl free safety Earl Thomas also had a hand in the play – literally – as he tipped the pass after it had gone off receiver Nate Washington to prevent the ball from hitting the ground.
Special teams: Steven Hauschka’s 40-yard field goal in the fourth quarter gave the Seahawks the lead for good, 20-17.
Tight end Zach Miller got a concussion, while linebacker Malcolm Smith (hamstring) and tight end Cooper Helfet (groin) also were injured.
“It wasn’t real severe,” Carroll said of Miller, who took a shot while catching a 14-yard pass from Flynn in the second quarter. “But it’s definitely concussed, so we have to go through the whole process to get (him) back.”
The Seahawks also played without 11 players who are recovering from injuries: cornerback Walter Thurmond; linebackers Allen Bradford, Jameson Konz, Matt McCoy and Barrett Ruud; offensive linemen John Moffitt and James Carpenter; wide receivers Sidney Rice, Ricardo Lockette and Doug Baldwin; and defensive tackle Alan Branch.
Running back Marshawn Lynch also did not play.
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“The fans are unbelievable, for a preseason game. How loud they were, how much energy there was in the atmosphere. It was unbelievable.” – Wilson, on playing his first game before the Seahawks’ 12th MAN crowd