A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on Jan. 18:
2011: Tom Cable (assistant head coach/offensive line), Darrell Bevell (offensive coordinator) and Todd Wash (defensive line) are added to Pete Carroll’s staff, while Kris Richard (defensive backs) and Rocky Seto (assistant defensive backs) are promoted to new posts. Also, offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates is relieved of his duties after one season with the team.
Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Dec. 30:
Eric Williams at the News Tribune looks at Tarvaris Jackson, who has done enough this season to be the incumbent QB for next season: “Asked this week who will start at quarterback for the 2012 Seahawks, coach Pete Carroll said he plans to stick with Tarvaris Jackson. ‘Yeah, that’s where we are,’ Carroll said. ‘… Now, that doesn’t mean that we’re not going to look at the draft really hard and all the opportunities. We’ll always do that at every position.’ The sixth-year pro will be in the second year of a two-year, $8 million contract. He’s 7-6 as a starter, passing for 2,869 yards and 13 touchdowns with 12 interceptions – all career bests. He thinks he’ll be even better with a full offseason of work.”
Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times offers his take on the same topic – Jackson as the QB in 2012: “Tarvaris Jackson will end this season Sunday in Arizona the same way he began it: as Seattle’s undisputed starting quarterback. Jackson outlasted the chants for backup Charlie Whitehurst early in the season. He came back from a strained pectoral muscle. He survived Seattle’s 2-6 start, more than 40 sacks at the hands of opponents, and he has started more games this season than any of his previous five. And after all that, coach Pete Carroll says he’s comfortable with Jackson as Seattle’s starter going forward. ‘That’s where we are,’ Carroll said. “That doesn’t mean that we’re not going to look at the draft really hard and all of the opportunities. We’ll always do that at every position. But (for) T-Jack, understanding what this season has been like for him is really important.’ ”
Alex Marvez at FoxSports.com has this to say about Golden Tate after interviewing the Seahawks’ receiver on a radio show: “His heart wishes the Seattle Seahawks had two extra weeks to vie for the postseason. The rest of Golden Tate’s body knows better. If the NFL had its way, the regular season would grow from 16 to 18 games. Under such a scenario, the 2011 Seahawks (7-8) would still be in contention for a wild-card berth with three contests left to play. Instead, the playoffs are now a pipe dream after last Sunday’s 19-17 loss to San Francisco. Tate is saddened that his season will come to an end Sunday. But the second-year wide receiver also believes the ancillary effects inherent in a two-game expansion aren’t worth it. ‘You’re adding two more games, you’re adding two more weeks of practice also,’ Tate said. ‘For guys getting hit constantly, that will do nothing but shorten careers. I like the schedule the way it is right now – 16 games and you’ve got the playoffs. I don’t see any problem with it.’ ”
Here at Seahawks.com, we look at Brandon Mebane, who has more tackles than any interior lineman in the NFC but whose tackles also are sometimes difficult to see: “The best way to put it is that Mebane makes a habit of making piles, with the ball carrier on the bottom and Mebane on top of him. There also are a couple of teammates, as well as a would-be blocker or two, in this mass of oversized humanity – protruding at various angles and attached from various directions. (Defensive line coach Todd) Wash smiles when that picture is painted and then offers, “It usually is in big glob of bodies. So it’s hard to see.”
We’ve also got a look at how Tom Cable handles his offensive linemen in “Thursday in Hawkville,” as well as Tony Ventrella’s video recap and his “Seahawks Insider” that this week features Ricardo Lockette.
And speaking of Lockette, Mike Sando at ESPN.com has “Five Observations” from last week’s loss to the 49ers, including: “No idea how that deep ball succeeded. The 49ers had to like their chances on the Seahawks’ second offensive play. Their Pro Bowl defensive end, Justin Smith, beat left guard Robert Gallery to the inside and was bearing down on quarterback Tarvaris Jackson right away. The 49ers had two about-to-be-minted Pro Bowlers, cornerback Carlos Rogers and free safety Dashon Goldson, shadowing an undrafted rookie receiver making his regular-season NFL debut. There is simply no way Jackson-to-Lockette should beat three Pro Bowlers for a 44-yard gain. Jackson gets credit for hanging tough and delivering the ball just as Smith was about to blast him. Lockette gets credit for catching a ball Rogers contested well. This was exactly the type of play Seattle needed early against a tough defense.”
Also at ESPN.com, Duff McKagan touches on his beloved Seahawks while answering readers’ questions: “It just seems that rock ‘n’ roll and sports go hand in hand for whatever reason. The Seahawks have made great improvement throughout this second half of the season, but alas, 10-6 was not our lot. Here is hoping for a .500 season anyways!”
The Seahawks returned home to CenturyLink Field for the first time in nearly a month to face the resurgent Cincinnati Bengals.
A recap of the morning practice at Seahawks’ training camp on Monday:
Jameson Konz. When the Seahawks selected him in the seventh-round of the NFL Draft last year, general manager John Schneider gushed about Konz’s versatility.
This morning, Konz flaunted it by switching from tight end to rush-end because the defense was running low on linemen.
“I had no idea (I’d be playing over there),” Konz said, wearing his No. 46 on a white defensive jersey rather than a blue offensive jersey. “They didn’t necessarily move me (fulltime), but I know we have a few guys banged up. So I was happy to help out.”
Konz got by with a little help from a friend – “Leo” end Chris Clemons, who was tutoring Konz right up to the ball being snapped.
“Clemons was doing a great job telling me where to lineup and what to do,” Konz said. “It wasn’t too bad; I just kind of jumped in and went with the flow.”
Konz got pressure on the passer on one snap, slammed into tight end Dominique Byrd on another to force the running back to cut back inside and was all over a pitch to Leon Washington on yet another.
“Hopefully we can take another look at him,” new D-line coach Todd Wash said. “If you can rush, you’ve got some ability. Let’s see what he’s got. Maybe he can rush the passer. I know it will help me out if he can.”
For the record, Konz did play some rush-end on passing downs at Kent State – where he also lined up tight end, H-back, wide receiver and outside linebacker.
Ryan Sims. Another day, another new player, as the team signed the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive linemen. Sims played for the Bucs the past four seasons after spending his first five seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, who made him the sixth pick overall in the 2002 draft.
The 6-foot-4, 315-pound Sims played for Wash, who was the Bucs’ D-line coach the past three seasons. Sims was released after six games last season because he was injured.
“Ryan has lost a lot of weight and made a real commitment to get back in the game,” Wash said. “So we’re excited about having Ryan and getting him in here to compete.”
That won’t happen until Thursday, however, when Sims will practice for the first time – along with the other free agents the team has signed the past week.
Like many of the Seahawks’ D-linemen, Sims has the size to play tackle, but the versatility to slide outside to the five-technique end spot.
PLAYS OF THE DAY
Offense: The “oooh” play for the 301 fans who attended practice was wide receiver Dominique Edison getting behind cornerback Kennard Cox to make a falling grab in the end zone. But the more-significant effort was running back Marshawn Lynch taking a short pass from Charlie Whitehurst and then juking around rookie linebacker Malcolm Smith with a move as smooth as it was powerful to turn the play into a longer gain.
Defense: Sunday, David Hawthorne stepped into the role of starting middle linebacker after Lofa Tatupu was released. This morning, the player they call “Heater” stepped into the hole to thump Lynch on the first play of the first full-team period.
Special teams: This one came early, as the kickoff returners were getting ready to field kicks before the full practice started. Coach Pete Carroll not only took the first one, he one-handed it to show “how easy” it is. Then, Leon Washington let the very next one slip through his hands, allowing Carroll to give him some good-natured ribbing.
THIS ’N THAT
Defensive linemen Dexter Davis, Kentwan Balmer and Jarrett Crittenton sat out practice with unspecified injuries. … Still sidelined: cornerbacks Walter Thurmond (ankle) and Roy Lewis (knee), wide receivers Mike Williams (muscle strain) and Deon Butler (leg), tight end Cameron Morrah (toe) and defensive tackle Colin Cole (ankle). … Defensive tackle Ladi Ajiboye has switched from No. 97 to No. 65.
The players will have a walk-thru in the indoor practice facility at Virginia Mason Athletic this afternoon. Tomorrow, there is a morning walk-thru and a 1:30 practice, which is open to the public. You can register to attend here.
YOU DON’T SAY
“There is no question. No question about that. There were other guys out there, but if you could just draw it and say, ‘I want a guy,’ it would be that guy. And it happened, we got him.” – offensive line coach Tom Cable on landing left guard Robert Gallery in free agent to add to a young starting unit that also includes Russell Okung at left tackle, Max Unger at center and the rookie tandem of guard John Moffitt and tackle James Carpenter on the right side.