Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Aug. 31:
Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times offers his thoughts on the story of the day – John Carlson needing shoulder surgery, which will sideline the tight end for the season. Says O’Neil: “John Carlson caught more passes in his first two years as a Seahawk than any other tight end in franchise history. Now he can’t catch a break. Carlson is out for the year because of a shoulder injury, coach Pete Carroll said after Seattle’s practice Tuesday. He must undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum and is likely headed to injured reserve.”
Steve Kelley of the Times checks in with line coach Tom Cable, who calls this “ultimatum week” as his unit prepares for Friday night’s preseason finale against the Raiders at CenturyLink Field. Says Kelley: “Seahawks practice has a sense of urgency this week, a feeling that the offensive line is leaking, the pass protection is broken and the problem has to be fixed quickly. Friday night’s game against the Oakland Raiders feels more important than just a final audition before opening day. This game is a call for help.”
Eric Williams of the News Tribune has the same double coverage, with a notebook lead on Carlson and a story on the line problems. Says Williams, and Cable: “ ‘Excuse’ is not a part of Tom Cable’s vocabulary. So when the offensive line’s inexperience was cited as a reason for his group’s struggles in the Seattle Seahawks first three exhibition games, Cable wasn’t buying it. ‘We can all see where they’re at – they’re not there yet,’ Cable said about the offensive line’s youth, including two rookies in John Moffitt and James Carpenter starting on the right side of the line. ‘So how you handle the time crunch, we talked about it from day one. We didn’t have OTAs (organized team activities), minicamp – all those sorts of things. It can’t be an excuse. If you notice, we try to give them as many reps as we can. We’re probably playing that group more than you normally would. But we need to. And I think Saturday was a perfect example of how much they need to continue to play, and continue to grow.’ ”
Mike Sando at ESPN.com has a few things to consider on Golden Tate, prompted by a reader’s question about what has been obvious: rookie free agent Doug Baldwin has outplayed last year’s second-round draft choice in the preseason games. What would Sando do? “Keep Tate and put him on notice. It’s early to give up on a second-round pick who has flashed potential (52-yard catch at Denver last season). Tate has barely had one month in a new offense. Situations at quarterback and along the offensive line haven’t been ideal, either. A year ago, the Arizona Cardinals weren’t sure what to make of third-round rookie receiver Andre Roberts. Now, Roberts starts opposite Larry Fitzgerald.”
The Seahawks will face the four teams from the NFC North this season, and Don Banks at SI.com previews the division. Says Banks: “In the eight-division NFL alignment, no one matches the AFC North’s record of featuring two heavyweight teams that have remained dominant for the division’s entire existence. In the nine seasons since the AFC North started play in 2002, it has been the big bruisers from Pittsburgh and Baltimore staying far ahead of the struggling Ohio contingent (otherwise known as the Bengals and Browns).” The Seahawks play at Pittsburgh in Week 2, then host the Ravens on Nov. 13.
Here at Seahawks.com, we’ve also got coverage of Carlson’s season-ending injury and a recap of Tuesday’s practice that focuses on Breno Giacomini splitting time at right tackle with first-round draft choice James Carpenter. There’s also Tony Ventrella’s video recap from practice and Ben Malcolmson’s “From the Sidelines” report from the Denver game.