Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Aug. 27:
The Seahawks’ No. 1 offense has yet to score entering tonight’s third preseason game against the Broncos in Denver, so that’s the hot topic as the unit will get it longest stint of the preseason.
Says Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times: “Is there enough time? That’s the biggest question facing this offense, an uncertainty that describes both the concern about the pass protection and the possibility that this unprecedented offseason is going to leave the Seahawks short-sheeted when the games start counting.”
O’Neil also checks in with offensive line coach Tom Cable.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald also examines the offense through the eyes of Cable, who played at Snohomish High School. Says Boyle, and Cable: “I’m happy with where we’re going because every day we’re improving, but if I had to grade us right now, I think we’re around a C-plus,” Cable said. “We’re not any better than that yet. The goal is to get it to an A-game, so we have a lot of work to do.” So tonight in Denver, when the starters see their most significant playing time of the preseason in game No. 3 — otherwise known as the most important of the games that don’t actually mean anything — Cable and his youthful offensive line hope to take a big step forward.”
Eric Williams of the News Tribune looks at Summer 2 for Mike Williams, who was a big surprise last season when he led the team in receiving. Says Williams, Eric that is: “Did Williams, who had a breakout 2010 season in Seattle after a two-year absence from the NFL, fall back to his old ways during the offseason? Well, the first sight of the wide receiver revealed that wasn’t the case. He chuckled and rubbed his hands over a svelte midsection when asked what he did during the offseason. Williams remains trim at 6-foot-5, 235 pounds and appears ready to build on the 65-catch, two-touchdown performance of last season. That was 21 more receptions than he had during the first three years of his career, which included stops in Detroit, Oakland and Tennessee before landing in Seattle with Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, his former coach at USC.”
Mike Sando at ESPN.com examines just how young and new the Seahawks’ starters are this season. Says Sando: “Four projected Seattle starters missed at least half the 2010 season to injuries (Hill, Unger, Rice, Bryant). Three others missed at least one-fourth the season to injuries (Okung, Gallery, Mebane). Four others were backups (Jackson, Thurmond, Branch, Chancellor). Two more were in college (Moffitt, Carpenter).”
Don Banks at SI.com looks at the QB situations around the league entering Week 3, including Tarvaris Jackson vs. Charlie Whitehurst. Says Banks: “Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll named Jackson his starter even before a snap was taken in training camp, but Whitehurst has actually looked more familiar this preseason with new coordinator Darrell Bevell’s West Coast offense — despite Jackson’s history with Bevell in Minnesota. “Charlie’s functioning beautifully,” Carroll said this week. “He’s farther along that I thought he would be this early. He’s very comfortable with what’s going on and it just makes us again stronger at the QB spot.” Whitehurst has led three Seattle scoring drives in the first two preseason games, and he’s 28 of 39 for 212 yards passing, with a touchdown and a 93.1 rating. He’s not getting yardage in big chunks ( 5.4 per attempt), but he looks confident in the West Coast system, and his 72 percent completion rate is a far cry better than Jackson’s (14 of 26, or 58 percent). Should Jackson struggle mightily at Denver, and Whitehurst shine, look for Seattle’s QB situation to remain a front-burner issue into next week.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we take a look at rookie K.J. Wright, who starts at middle linebacker against the Broncos because David Hawthorne is out with a sore knee. Says linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr.: “He’s the type of player that listens and then knows how to transfer it to the field very quickly. When you think of all the great players, he has those intangibles. Now let’s just see if it shows up on game day.”