Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Sept. 8:
Jerry Brewer at the Seattle Times explains that coach Pete Carroll is looking for a role player at the quarterback position. Says Brewer: “In general, there are two accepted ways to build a football team. 1. Find a stud quarterback, make him the heart of your team, and give him complementary weapons. 2. The wrong way. Good quarterback = good team. Bad quarterback = bad team. For sure, it’s not that simple, but it’s not calculus, either. If you know what you’re doing, you can always build a solid team if you have the right QB. So, um, why is Seahawks coach Pete Carroll proclaiming that he’d like to do it another way? And why is he so convinced that it won’t be a misguided attempt to buck convention?”
Also at the Times, Danny O’Neil looks at the very real possibility of rookie James Carpenter, the intended starter at right tackle, starting at left guard in Sunday’s opener against the 49ers. Offers O’Neil” “… Monday, coach Pete Carroll characterized that as more an exercise to develop flexibility rather than something Seattle was considering as an auxiliary plan should (Robert) Gallery be unable to play. Wednesday was different. From all appearances, Seattle is preparing Carpenter to play left guard if Gallery is unavailable.”
And still more from the Times. A lot more, as their special section – “New Faces” – was published this morning.
And even more good stuff at the Everett Herald, where Scott Johnson continues his “The Game of My Life” series with a look at Matt Hasselbeck’s 2002 game against the Chargers, while John Boyle continues his four-part series on the 2011 Seahawks with a look at the defense.
Eric Williams at the News Tribune also looks at the shuffling of the O-line. Says Williams: “What seemed like dabbling on Monday became more solidified on Wednesday, when rookie James Carpenter took most of his repetitions with the first unit at left guard for a second day in place of an injured Robert Gallery.”
Also at the News Tribune, Dave Boling, the resident sideline O-line observation guru, offers his take on Breno Giacomini taking over at right tackle for Carpenter. Says Boling: “Breno’s footwork seems to have improved a great deal, and that allows him to be more efficient in using that natural strength. And, yes, he’s got some nasty to him. This is not a guy who will allow Darnell Dockett to dig his elbow into his quarterback’s throat.”
Mike Sando of ESPN.com was at VMAC on Wednesday and reads between the lines of what Carroll had to say in his noon presser. Offers Sando: “Asked what he learned about Jackson during preseason, Carroll said Jackson demonstrated poise, an ability to communicate calmly and clearly during games and very good throwing accuracy, particularly on the move. Jackson’s detractors will question that last part, for sure, as well as the Seahawks’ overall approach to the position. Carroll does not seem to care, at all.”
The QB position also is a hot topic in the Bay Area, and Gwen Knapp of the San Francisco 49ers takes a look at the highlights from QB Alex Smith’s career with the 49ers and several have come against the Seahawks. Says Knapp: “The 49ers should start their 2011 season with a win over the Seahawks. Prospects for the rest of the season range from murky to dismal, but they have a few hidden advantages in Sunday’s opener. Quarterback Alex Smith has played some of his best games against the Seahawks, as has running back Frank Gore (the only 200-yard rushing games of his career). Smith’s highest passer rating (130.9) and passing yardage for a game (310 in 2009) came at Seattle’s expense.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we examine the heightened level of urgency on Wednesday as the players and coaches started prepare for a game that counts. Said middle linebacker David Hawthorne: “The preseason? It was a good tune-up. But this is for real.” We also have Wednesday’s practice covered in words and video.