A recap of the day’s activities:
Coordinator vs. coordinator. During one of the drills in this morning’s practice, the matchup was not only offense vs. defense; it was offensive coordinator Greg Knapp vs. defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.
Knapp not only got behind Bradley, he got into the end zone after taking a pass from QB Matt Hasselbeck.
The offensive players erupted in celebration and then ran to the end zone, where they mobbed Knapp.
“It was tight coverage,” said Knapp, a quarterback during his playing career. “It was a great throw. I got lucky to make the catch. I had (assistant defensive backs coach) Larry Marmie in my sights on the other end of the drill. I thought he was going to blow me up.”
The pressure was on, and Knapp was able to handle it.
“He was nervous,” Hasselbeck said. “He took off his wedding ring. He emptied out all the pens in his pockets.”
While he was happy for Knapp, Hasselbeck also could feel for Bradley.
“I like them both,” Hasselbeck said. “I gave (the pass) a little air. If Gus wanted to make a play on it, he had a chance. But it was great execution, because we never even practiced it.”
What was the route? “I can’t give away the trade secrets,” Knapp said. “There was a sight adjustment during the route because of the coverage he was playing on me that you might see on tape someday – youtube, I hope.
“He played heavy leverage, so we adjusted the route and went deep.”
That’s when superior athletic ability took over.
“You saw that by the lift of my feet, going about two inches off the ground,” Knapp cracked. “I don’t know if it was superior athletic ability, but it was a perfect throw. Let’s put it that way.”
How did Knapp grade out on the play?
“I’m going to give him an eight out of 10,” wide receiver Nate Burleson said. “He caught the ball, he scored. I should give him 10 out of 10. But he aborted his mission on the route – he put his hand up; he did the Randy Moss.
“He told me that I can’t do the Randy Moss – no putting your hand up, run the route that’s called. Then he does it. So I’m going to give him an eight out of 10.”
Marcus Trufant did more – and looked better doing it – in his second practice of the season. The Pro Bowl cornerback got some reps with the No. 1 defense and even intercepted a pass.
“He looked really good – just like I remember him, holding receivers and getting away with it,” Hasselbeck joked.
When the laughter subsided, Hasselbeck added, “He was just mugging Nate (during his route). But it’s a veteran move; a veteran move. And he’s really good at it. So on one hand, it’s very frustrating. But at the same time, it’s good to see him out there.”
Trufant practiced for the first time Wednesday. He has been on the physically unable to perform list since training camp opened July 31 because of a lower back situation. Trufant has a three-week window to practice with the team and can be activated at any point during that time.
There was no change from Wednesday, as seven players sat out practice: tackles Walter Jones (knee) and Sean Locklear (ankle), guard Rob Sims (ankle), defensive end Patrick Kerney (groin), linebacker Lofa Tatupu (pectoral) and defensive backs Kelly Jennings (rib, hip) and C.J. Wallace (hamstring).
While many of the players are heading for home on their extended bye weekend, the injured players will continue their rehab. As Kerney said to Tatupu as they crossed paths in the locker room, “See you in the morning.”
Kyle Williams, who started at left tackle in Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals, was released Tuesday, and replaced with guard Mike Gibson, who was signed to the active roster this morning. Gibson (6-3, 305) was a sixth-round draft choice by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2008.
Also yesterday, guard Mark Lewis was released from the practice squad.
Burleson broke into a three-act celebration as he was running toward the end zone after fielding a kick during the special teams portion of practice. The first was the arm-cocked-behind-helmet, high-striding return made famous by Deion Sanders. The second was the neck-bobbing gesture that became the trademark of Merton Hanks.
But what was that third offering? “That was just a little reggae dance,” Burleson said. “A little sexy reggae dance.”
Yes, that really was Hasselbeck fielding your questions during his live chat at seattletimes.com this afternoon. No ghost chatter for him. Not even a ghost typist.
“They tried to have someone type it for me,” he said. “But typing was one of my better classes in high school. I’m right around 44 words a minute, and I’ll be doing my own typing.”
YOU DON’T SAY
“I think people have definitely counted us out. There’s a lot of negativity around our team. I’ve heard people say that the season’s over and we’ve got not chance. That’s ridiculous. That’s absolutely ridiculous. For us, as a team, this is an opportunity for us to pull together and prove people wrong.” – Hasselbeck