A recap of the day’s activities:
Lawrence Jackson. Look at last year’s first-round draft choice now. After a so-so rookie season, the new defensive coaching staff began challenging Jackson during the spring minicamps and OTA sessions to become a more physical and consistent player.
So far, better than good.
Jackson leads the team – and is tied for fourth in the NFC – with three sacks, despite working in a rotation at defensive end. In Sunday’s game against the Colts, Jackson got the start at left end because Cory Redding was going to be needed extensively at tackle in the nickel line due to the fact that the Colts throw the ball so much. Jackson responded with three solo tackles.
“Lawrence Jackson (is) quietly becoming a pretty darn good football player,” was coach Jim Mora’s assessment.
The needed step in Jackson’s development also is timely, because Mora considers Patrick Kerney doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Qwest Field after the veteran defensive end strained a groin in the Colts game. Kerney has been starting at right end, but also getting some snaps on the left side in the nickel.
A LITTLE Q&A
Q: Rick in Omaha asks, “The team rolled out the alternative green uniforms vs. the Bears in Week 3. Does the team have any plans to go retro – ala Jim Zorn era – with some throwbacks during one of its home games this year?”
A: The love-’em or loath-‘em green jerseys – matched with darker blue pants – were the Seahawks’ choice as a third uniform, rather than going with a retro throwback version. So there won’t be a throwback uniform later this season. While some traditionalists did not care for the lime-green look, sales of the alternative jerseys have been strong.
The players return Wednesday from their off day to begin preparing for the Jaguars, and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is scheduled to practice for the first time since having a rib fractured in the Week 2 loss to the 49ers in San Francisco.
“I think that it’s healed to the point where he can attempt to play through the pain,” Mora said. “Without giving you a purely medical answer, because I don’t know, that’s what I would say. It’s a factor of him being able to run and take deep breaths. He’s moved along in that direction.”
YOU DON’T SAY
“It’s killing Matt not to play, just like it’s killing Walter (Jones) not to play, and it’s killing Tru (Marcus Trufant) not to play, and it’s killing Leroy (Hill) and Sean (Locklear). I mean, it’s killing those guys. They’re not guys that like to stand on the sidelines while their teammates are out there busting their tails to win, and not having success.” – Mora