A recap of the day’s activities:
Accountability. The day after a game is always “Tell the Truth Monday” at Virginia Mason Athletic Center in the Seahawks first season under coach Pete Carroll. But Carroll and his staff ratcheted up the intensity today in the wake of Sunday’s 42-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at Qwest Field.
“I would say it was very honest and very serious; very blunt,” quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said. “Our team meetings are always different. They’re never the same. Today was just basically, ‘Say it how it is.’
“It was good. But it was a tough day all around.”
To a certain extent, it was business as usual. The injured players got treatment. All the players worked out. There was the team meeting, followed by offensive and defensive meetings, followed by position meetings.
But the tone was different, as it should be for a team that has allowed 42 and 34 points in back-to-back losses and has dropped four of its past five games.
“We got graded on every single thing – from pregame, to the night before, to stuff that happened on Wednesday and Thursday in practice,” Hasselbeck said. “So it was a long day of work, in terms of just getting everything straightened out and just laying it on the table.”
Carroll stressed recreating momentum during his Q&A session with reporters, and that will be a week-long theme as the team prepares for Sunday’s game against the 1-10 Carolina Panthers at Qwest Field.
Mike Williams. The team’s leading receiver did not play against the Chiefs and his status for this week’s game is day-to-day because of a strained left foot. It was obvious Sunday that the offense missed his large presence.
Despite sitting out a game, the 6-foot-5 Williams still has almost twice as many receptions (52) as Deon Butler (27), who ranks second on the team.
“It was a tough deal not having Mike,” Hasselbeck said. “He’s been a great player for us. He’s come out of nowhere and done a great job.
“But we can’t use that as an excuse. We can’t use that as a crutch. … I don’t what else to say. We’re playing the game anyway, whether he’s ready or not. So we’ve got to figure out a way.”
Even with that said, Hasselbeck admitted that the offense still is trying to establish its identity and because of Williams’ presence at split end it definitely has impacted their style of play.
“Without him in there, it changes who we are a little bit,” Hasselbeck said. “Our personality and what we can do and what we’re good at. So it is different. It is definitely different.”
Center Chris Spencer has a bruised ankle after being leg-whipped in the closing seconds of Sunday’s loss. But it isn’t expected to keep him out of this week’s game.
Nose tackle Colin Cole is “not ready yet,” as Carroll put it. He has missed the past four games with a high ankle sprain.
STAT DU JOUR
For the first time since Week 2, Leon Washington does not lead the NFL in kickoff-return average. His average is now 28.1, which ties him for second with the Detroit Lions’ Stefan Logan. The New York Jets’ Brad Smith is the new league leader (29.2).
Washington had scoring returns of 101 and 99 yards in the Week 3 win over the San Diego Chargers and had the league’s top average for the next 10 weeks.
Carroll is changing the schedule this week, with the players practicing from 12:15 – 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. They previously had started practice at 1:30 on those days.
Cornerback Marcus Trufant will sign autographs at the Qwest Field Pro Shop from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday.
Tuesday also is cornerback Kelly Jennings’ 28th birthday.
YOU DON’T SAY
“It’s weird. But I don’t think right now this team is focused on the division. I think what we need to focus on is just getting better and improving and fixing our errors and finding out who we are and getting an identity in certain areas.” – Hasselbeck, on the Seahawks remaining tied for the NFC West lead despite being 5-6