Monday in Hawkville

A recap of the day’s activities:

FOCUS ON

The second half. The Seahawks kickoff the second half of Pete Carroll’s first season as coach by traveling to Arizona this week to take on the Cardinals.

Despite losing their past two games, the Seahawks at 4-4 and tied for the NFC West lead with the St. Louis Rams. The Cardinals, the two-time defending division champions, are a game back at 5-3. But rather than looking back, Carroll focused on the future when he met with his players today.

“The second half coming is what this conversation is about,” he said. “We talked about it today in meetings, about where we stand and what the league looks like and where everybody else is. There’s a lot of teams right in the middle.”

The mudded middle, if you will. The Seahawks are one of eight teams in the 16-team NFC that is either .500 or a game above or below the break-even mark. It grows to at least 17 teams when you included the AFC, pending the outcome of tonight’s game between the Steelers and Bengals.

But the Seahawks and Rams are the only ones in that NFC group to lead their division.

“It’s what you do with it now is what counts,” Carroll said. “So that’s what we’re setting out sights on and we’ll see how far we can go.”

INJURY REPORT

After playing without eight injured starters in Sunday’s 41-7 loss to the New York Giants at Qwest Field, the Seahawks could get quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (concussion), defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (strained calf) and left tackle Russell Okung (sprained ankle) back for this week’s game against the Cardinals.

That was the good news from Carroll.

“I’m looking forward to a few guys coming back,” Carroll said. “It looks like we’ll get some guys back out on the (practice) field. That will give us a little bit of a boost.

“That hasn’t happened yet. But in my wishful, hopeful mind, you’ll see the quarterback come back, you’ll see Mebane come back and there’s a chance Russell can come back.”

The bad news? Nose tackle Colin Cole and rookie wide receiver Golden Tate could miss another week or two because of the sprained ankles that forced them to miss the game against the Giants.

STAT DU JOUR

Eleven players had season-high tackle totals in Sunday’s game: Linebacker David Hawthorne (12), middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu (9), cornerback Marcus Trufant (9), defensive end Kentwan Balmer (8), strong safety Kam Chancellor (6), linebacker Aaron Curry (6), nose tackle Junior Siavii (4), defensive end Dexter Davis (3), defensive end Jay Richardson (2), defensive tackle Craig Terrill (2) and defensive end E.J. Wilson (1).

UP NEXT

The players have their off day on Tuesday, but return Wednesday to begin preparing for this week’s game against the Cardinals.

Tight end John Carlson will sign autographs from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Qwest Stadium Pro Shop.

YOU DON’T SAY

“I thought the guys hung in there. They battled hard in this game. Whether you can see it or not, we felt our guys’ efforts and willingness to fight the fight was there. We got whipped at times, because they’re really good and we weren’t able to take advantage of much of anything they were giving us. But, we had a chance to get it going. We have to get stronger, we’ve got to get it right, we’ve got to play together more. We’ve got to get all those things going for us to get the game together so we can play a team that is as well-equipped as the Giants.” – Carroll


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