A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 13:
1977: The defense posts the first shutout in franchise history by intercepting three passes to limit the Jets to 25 passing yards – and 124 total yards – and Jim Zorn throws two touchdown passes in a 17-0 victory at Shea Stadium.
1983: Steve Largent catches eight passes for 155 yards and three touchdowns, but the Cardinals scored five points in the final seven minutes to pull out a 33-28 victory in St. Louis.
1988: Dave Krieg returns after missing seven games with a shoulder separation and directs a 10-play drive to setup Norm Johnson’s game-winning 46-yard field goal with one second remaining in a 27-24 victory over the Oilers at the Kingdome. John L. Williams also runs for 102 yards and a touchdown.
2005: The Seahawks pick up win No. 5 in what will become a club-record 11-game winning streak as Shaun Alexander runs for 165 yards and three touchdowns a 31-16 victory over the Rams in Seattle.
2011: The Seahawks snap a three-game losing streak in emphatic fashion with a 22-17 upset of the 6-2 Ravens at CenturyLink Field. Aided by a series of punishing lead blocks from fullback Michael Robinson on Pro Bowl middle linebacker Ray Lewis, Marshawn Lynch runs for 109 yards and a touchdown, while Steven Hauschka kicks a franchise-tying five field goals. Ravens QB Joe Flacco throws 52 passes, as Ray Rice gets only five carries.
A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Nov. 9:
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.”
BOWLING AND BILLIARDS
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)
STAT DU JOUR
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.”
YOU DON’T SAY
“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
A recap of the Seahawks’ 30-20 victory over the Vikings at CenturyLink Field on Sunday:
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Russell Wilson. With all due to respect to Adrian Peterson, who ran for 182 yards, Wilson wins this one 3-2 – as in touchdown passes to rushing touchdowns.
Every time Peterson scored – on 1- and 4-yard runs in the first half – Wilson answered. The Seahawks’ rookie quarterback threw TD passes of 6 yards to Golden Tate and 11 yards to Sidney Rice in the first quarter, after Peterson scored his 1-yarder. After Peterson’s 4-yarder pulled the Vikings even in the second quarter, Wilson gave the Seahawks the lead for good with his 11-yard TD pass to Tate with 44 seconds left in the first half.
“We talked about that during the week, being able to try and contain him,” Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said of Wilson. “That’s what happens when he scrambles, he is able to make some plays. He made some plays today when he scrambled out of the pocket.”
That Wilson did. He scrambled for 4 yards and also picked up a yard on keeper on a fourth-and-1 play in the 12-play, 80-yard drive to his third TD pass. In the third quarter, Wilson had back-to-back plays where he ran for 8 and 2 yards on the nine-play, 72-yard drive to a 3-yard TD run by Marshawn Lynch. As the Seahawks were running out the clock in the fourth quarter, Wilson scrambled for 13 yards.
But his bottom-line contributions were the three TD passes, giving him nine in four home games – with no interceptions.
“Russell played really well, did a great job of handling all the situations and the different players and the thing that we did,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “He fit us together nicely.”
And that makes it fitting for Wilson to get this honor, even on a day when Peterson ran wild in the first half.
PLAYS OF THE GAME
Offense: There was Peterson’s 74-yard run on the second play of the game, but cornerback Brandon Browner pulled him down a yard short of the goal line. So let’s go with the second TD pass from Wilson to Tate, as style points put it over the top. And speaking of over the top, that’s how Tate got the ball across the goal line – by going up and over Vikings cornerback Josh Robinson and then extending an arm.
“He made a spectacular play,” Wilson said. “He has a great desire to get into the end zone, which is pretty awesome. Luckily, the ball was across the line there before it got knocked out.”
Luckily, indeed. “I’m just glad we got the ball,” Tate said. “On the way back (to the sideline it was), ‘Congratulations.’ ‘Good job.’ ‘Make sure you’re on the ball.’ That’s one of the things we really stress in this organization – protect the ball. It’s all about the ball. Defense. Offense. Special teams. We always want to get the ball, or maintain possession of the ball. So that was very important. And I’m going to practice on a pad.”
Defense: While Browner had an interception with 5½ minutes to play to seal the deal, nickel back Marcus Trufant turned in a two-fer play when the Seahawks really needed it in the first quarter. The Vikings already had scored on the opening possession of the game, and then forced the Seahawks to punt. But on third-and-10, Trufant forced Percy Harvin to fumble and then recovered the ball. Three plays later, Wilson passed 6-yards to Tate for a game-tying TD.
“He made a nice cut, I was coming across the middle and just trying to make a tackle,” Trufant said. “I ended up getting my shoulder, hand or something on the ball. I saw it pop up and I was just trying to get on the ball before anybody else got to it.”
It was the kind of play that dominated the conversation during the week in the meetings rooms at Virginia Mason Athletic Center.
“All week, it’s been about getting the ball out,” Trufant said. “So you’ve got to take the practice plays and bring them to the field.”
Special teams: Steven Hauschka’s 40-yard field goal with 6½ minutes to play. Yes, Vikings’ rookie Blair Walsh kicked a 55-yarder. And yes, the Vikings’ Kevin Williams blocked Hauschka’s PAT after Wilson’s third TD pass. But Hauschka’s late kick gave the Seahawks a 10-point lead.
Linebacker and leading tackler K.J. Wright went out in the first quarter with a concussion and did not return. He was replaced by second-year ’backer Malcolm Smith in the base defense and veteran ’backer Leroy Hill in the nickel defense.
Center Max Unger went out with a hand injury in the third quarter, but returned on the Seahawks’ next possession. Lemuel Jeanpierre stepped in for Unger on the final five plays of the drive that ended with Lynch’s TD run.
John Moffitt, who had missed the past five games with a knee injury, started at left guard because James Carpenter was ruled out for Sunday’s game on Saturday. Carroll said that Carpenter had not been feeling well all week, and they didn’t know if it was caused by him getting a flu shot on Monday or a concussion he got in last week’s game or Wednesday’s practice.
“It’s usual the way it came about,” Carroll said. “I’m glad we held him out. We’ll figure out what it is by next week and see where we stand.”
The Seahawks held Harvin to 73 combined yards – 24 on four carries, 10 on two receptions and a 39-yard kickoff return. He had been averaging 159.3 in his triple-threat role.
The Seahawks have scored 24 and 30 points in back-to-back games, and 24, 24 and 30 in three of their past four games. The 30 points against the Vikings were a season high.
The Seahawks held the Vikings to 3 of 10 on third-down situations, after allowing their first eight opponents to convert 43.9 percent.
The Seahawks scored touchdowns on their first four red-zone possessions, and added a field goal on their fifth. In last week’s loss to the Lions in Detroit, they had two touchdowns and a field goal in three red-zone possessions.
Rookie middle linebacker Bobby Wagner had a team-high 10 tackles to take over the club lead from Wright. Wagner also had his second sack of the season.
Safety Jeron Johnson and rookie lineman Greg Scruggs also had sacks, while Hill and rookie rush-end Bruce Irvin each had half a sack.
Because they held the ball for more than 12 minutes in the fourth quarter and nine minutes in the third quarter, the Seahawks had a hefty advantage in time of possession – 36 minutes to 24 minutes. The Seahawks also ran 18 more plays than the Vikings with a season-high 71.
YOU DON’T SAY
“There were a couple of times I said to myself, ‘Nice move, nice cut or whatever.’ He does a great job of being physical, and that’s what I’m all about. So he has my utmost respect.” – Peterson on Lynch
How successful was the Seahawks’ just-completed preseason?
Well, they went 4-0 for only the second time in franchise history. And there are other numbers that indicate they earned the rare distinction.
The Seahawks didn’t just lead the preseason in most points scored (122) and fewest points allowed (44), they tallied 14 more than the second-highest scoring team (the Ravens) and allowed nine fewer than the team that yielded the next-lowest total (the 49ers).
The offense averaged 178.3 rushing yards to lead the NFL, while the defense ranked No. 3 overall (allowing an average of 248 yards), second against the run (78.8) and fifth against the pass (169.3).
The Seahawks tied for the league lead in the all-important take-away/give-away category at plus-7. Only one team (the Steelers) committed fewer turnovers than the Seahawks (three); only two teams (the Titans and Chargers) forced more turnovers than the Seahawks (10).
Kicker Steven Hauschka was the leading scorer in the preseason (42 points) and also had more touchbacks on his kickoffs (13). Russell Wilson’s passer rating (110.3) ranked seventh in the league, and was tops among the rookie quarterbacks. Robert Turbin rushed for 165 yards to rank eighth in the league, third among the rookie running backs. Kregg Lumpkin produced 11 first downs, which tied for fifth in the league. Golden Tate (20.5) and Leon Washington (16.0) ranked 4-6 among the punt returners.
A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Aug. 27:
Earl Thomas. All the attention was on rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, and rightfully so. Coach Pete Carroll’s announcement on Sunday night that Wilson will start the regular-season opener against the Cardinals on Sept. 9 will make the third-round draft choice only the third rookie to start an opener for the Seahawks – joining Jim Zorn in 1976 and Rick Mirer in 1993.
But Thomas, the team’s Pro Bowl free safety, offered a couple not-so-subtle reminders during today’s practice that the Seahawks also have a pretty decent defense.
Thomas intercepted a Josh Portis pass that went off wide receiver Ricardo Lockette, added a second pick on a Wilson pass and then made a leaping deflection of a Wilson pass that was intended for wide receiver Ben Obomanu.
Thomas’ lead-by-example efforts were infectious, as cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Phillip Adams also had interceptions; and safeties Jeron Johnson and Winston Guy, cornerback Byron Maxwell, linebacker Mike Morgan and Browner broke up passes.
“We’re just trying to get better every day,” said Thomas, who returned an interception 75 yards for a touchdown in Friday night’s preseason victory over the Chiefs in Kansas City. “It’s paying off. We’re having fun out there. And we’re going to be something to be reckoned with.”
Robert Turbin. The Seahawks selected the running back from Utah State in the fourth round of the draft to spell leading rusher Marshawn Lynch, but also for those occasions when Lynch can’t play. Like in Friday night’s game, today’s practice and Thursday night’s preseason finale against the Raiders at CenturyLink Field.
Lynch was absent from practice to get treatment on the back problem that prevented him from playing against the Chiefs. So Turbin picked up where he left off in rushing for 93 yards and a touchdown against the Chiefs.
“Running backs have to get game tested. You can’t tell until they’re faced with the speed of the game and tackles they have to break and all of that stuff,” coach Pete Carroll said of Turbin. “Robert has done a fantastic job. We have no hesitation playing Robert.
“He played great last week. It was his best game, clearly. In terms of his pass protection, I think he was 100 percent and there were some difficult things he had to deal with. That’s a remarkable plus for a first-year guy. He’s really studied hard. There’s nothing he can’t do. And he looked great on the practice field today.”
IN ’N OUT
Matt Flynn threw early in practice to test the sore right elbow that prevented him from playing against the Chiefs. Carroll said Flynn might be able to play against Raiders.
John Moffitt returned to practice after missing more than two weeks following surgery to remove particles from his left elbow. Rookie J.R. Sweezy continued to work at right guard with the No. 1 line, while Moffitt got his snaps with the second unit.
Also sidelined, in addition to Lynch: wide receiver Doug Baldwin (hamstring), defensive linemen Jason Jones (knee) and Greg Scruggs (hamstring), linebacker Matt McCoy (knee), defensive backs Chris Maragos (shoulder) and Walter Thurmond (leg) and guard James Carpenter (knee).
The club reached the mandatory 75-man roster limit by trading quarterback Tarvaris Jackson to the Bills and releasing cornerback Coye Francies.
BY THE NUMBERS
Don’t look now, but Wilson leads the NFL in preseason passer rating at 119.4. The rookie QB has completed 35 of 52 passes (67.3 percent) for 464 yards with five touchdowns and one interception. He’s also sixth in the league with 150 rushing yards – one less than Turbin.
Wilson also ranks ninth in third-down passer rating (111.3) and 11th in fourth-quarter passer rating (112.8).
Steven Hauschka leads the league with 35 points (eight field goals, 11 PATs) and is second with 10 touchbacks on his kickoffs. Leon Washington is tied for fifth in punt return average (16.0). Scruggs is tied for eighth with 2.5 sacks.
As a team, the Seahawks rank first in rushing offense, and seventh overall; and eighth in rushing defense, 13th overall. They’re also tied for second in turnover ratio (plus-5).
The players will practice tomorrow, which will be “Turnover Thursday” in this short week to prepare for the preseason finale. They’ll also have a walkthrough on Wednesday morning.
The roster must be trimmed to 53 players by Friday.
YOU DON’T SAY
“This competition thing is not just speak. It’s real.” – Carroll, while discussing the decision to go with Wilson as the starter over Flynn
It hasn’t just appeared that Russell Wilson is putting up big numbers during the preseason; the Seahawks’ rookie quarterback has indeed compiled some statistics that rank among the best in the NFL.
He is tied for the league lead in TD passes (three); tied for 10th in rushing yards (92), third-best among QBs behind the Ravens’ Tyrod Taylor (111) and 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick (104); ninth in passer rating (110.5); and 11th in fourth-quarter passer rating (112.8) and third-down passer rating (121.8).
Steven Hauschka has scored 21 points, which ties him for second in the league; and has six touchbacks on his kickoffs, which ties him for third. Leon Washington is averaging 21 yards on two punt returns, which ranks second in the league and leads the NFC.
As a team, the Seahawks lead the NFL in rushing defense after two games and are third in rushing offense, after running for 228 yards against the Broncos on Saturday night.
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
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.
YOU DON’T SAY
“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.
YOU DON’T SAY
“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
A recap of the activities at the Seahawks’ Bing training camp for Aug. 5:
Carson Wiggs. The rookie kicker was gone last Tuesday, but back today. And just in time.
The strong-legged Wiggs kicked field goals of 45, 37 and 19 yards and added a pair of PATs during the mock-game portion of today’s two-hour, 15-minute practice. Not bad for a guy who had not kicked since being released last week to clear a roster spot for tight end Cooper Helfet.
“Good day today,” a smiling Wiggs said. “I didn’t kick while I was gone. It was kind of a vacation, maybe a blessing from the sky. So I came back with a fresh leg.”
Rather than kick, Wiggs returned to Purdue, where he needs to finish two classes to complete his degree.
“So I was making sure I’m all set up for that,” he said. “I was hoping to get a call, but I would never have thought it would be right back here in about three days.”
The Seahawks called Wiggs at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and asked if he could catch a 7 o’clock flight back to Seattle.
“I was rushing, but I made the flight, got here and had a great day today,” he said. “I was hitting them really well today.”
Coach Pete Carroll said the club was planning to bring Wiggs back, and the decision was hastened because incumbent kicker Steve Hauschka is being rested.
“I thought that was by far the decision of the day,” Carroll cracked. “John (Schneider, the GM) had this middle-of-the-night (thought), ‘If we can get Carson he might hit the game-winner.’ ”
A more serious Carroll then added, “We’re still resting Steven, so it worked out just right. Carson had a fantastic day for us and hit a big game-winner, and hit it well. So that’s cool.”
He’ll get no argument from Wiggs, whose 45-yarder came on the final play of practice.
“I love it here,” Wiggs said. “I can’t ask for a better place. The people are great, the staff is great, the players are very welcoming – even to the rookies. I couldn’t ask for a better place.”
And the coaches couldn’t have asked for a better just-got-here performance.
The entire draft class. Top to bottom – from first-round draft choice Bruce Irvin to seventh-rounder J.R. Sweezy.
“This draft class has answered the call as far as fitting into the spots we hoped they would fit into,” Carroll said. “We’re really up on those guys right now and positive about where they fit in. Now they have to show it in the games when they’ll be competing for real.”
Let’s start at the bottom, because Sweezy worked at right guard with No. 1 line – again – and the defensive tackle from North Carolina State continues to be impressive.
“He’s been doing some really exciting stuff,” Carroll said. “This is a remarkable accomplishment to get to this point. We’re all kind of blown away that he’s handling it as well as he is.”
What does Carroll like? Sweezy’s toughness. Sweezy’s quickness. Sweezy’s speed. Sweezy’s strength.
“He’s by far the quickest lineman we have,” Carroll said. “And he ran 4.8 (seconds for 40 yards) coming out, and it shows up. Now it’s just a matter of how far he can go with it and how much we can count on him.”
Carroll also warns not to read too much into the situation. Sweezy worked at right guard because incumbent starter John Moffitt was working at center with the No. 2 line.
As for Irvin, he’s doing exactly what the coaches expected when they selected him with the 15th overall pick. On back-to-back plays today, Irvin used a nice burst to pressure and then “sack” Tarvaris Jackson and followed that by tipping a third-down pass incomplete.
But Carroll liked the play where Irvin ran down Marshawn Lynch after a 70-yard run.
“That’s not a surprise. He can fly,” Carroll said.
IN ’N OUT
Defensive linemen Red Bryant and Jason Jones sat out the mock game to rest sore knees. Carroll said each player is fine and the move was both precautionary and aimed at giving them two consecutive days off. Rookie middle linebacker Bobby Wagner did not practice for the second day because of a thigh bruise. Barrett Ruud replaced Wagner and rookie Greg Scruggs worked for Bryant at end in the No. 1 defense.
Also sidelined: wide receivers Doug Baldwin, tight end Anthony McCoy, linebackers Allen Bradford and Matt McCoy, defensive end Jameson Konz and the two players who remain on the physically unable to perform list – offensive lineman James Carpenter and cornerback Walter Thurmond.
The players will get their second off day of camp Monday, before returning on Tuesday to begin preparing for Saturday night’s preseason opener against the Titans at CenturyLink Field.
JOIN THE CROWD
Today’s sun-drenched practice attracted a crowd of 2,385 fans, and another 250 VIP and ADA fans also were on hand. Only five more practices are open to the public, including Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week as well as Aug. 14 and 15. You can register here to attend.
State routes 520 and 167 will be closed this weekend, limiting fans’ options to reach CenturyLink Field for the 7 p.m. game against the Titans on Saturday. The club is urging those attending the game to plan accordingly.
YOU DON’T SAY
“It’s a game situation. Everything is pretty much scripted during practice, everything is already planned out. But during a game it’s totally different. We just went over today random situations and tried to see how we handle it.” – Jackson, on the mock-game aspect of practice