Cyber surfing: Thursday

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Sept. 22:

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times looks at Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb, who also drew interest from the Seahawks the past two offseasons. Offers O’Neil: “Someone in the NFC West will end up kicking themselves over this one because if Kolb is not the answer then Arizona not only overpaid him with a five-year, $63 million contract, but the Cardinals gave up a ransom to do so. If Kolb turns out to be the top-shelf quarterback Arizona is expecting, then Seattle passed up the chance to secure Matt Hasselbeck’s heir.”

Dave Boling at the News Tribune examines the same topic: To Kolb, or not to Kolb. Says Boling, and Kolb: “So, no, he’s not offended that the Seahawks didn’t make a stronger push for his services, and he will carry no extra motivation into Sunday’s game. ‘(If) you get all caught up in that stuff, then you’re thinking about the wrong things,’ he said. ‘I’m thinking about (Seahawks safety) Earl Thomas getting down there in the box and things like that. I have plenty to digest and think about throughout the week.’ ”

John Boyle of the Everett Herald also writes on Kolb, asking: Is he worth the price? Says Boyle: “Obviously the Seahawks want Tarvaris Jackson to succeed, and they believe he can, otherwise they wouldn’t have signed him when the lockout ended. Should Jackson not pan out, however, his signing won’t cripple the franchise. The Cardinals, however, can’t afford to be wrong about Kevin Kolb. Not after what they gave up to get him and how much they’re paying him.”

Christian Caple of PI.com joins the Kolb chorus, offering this comment from Carroll: “Just compensation and amount and all the stuff. It was a big consideration. He’s a very good player. We thought that from the start and we’re always in the thought that he would be a guy that we would be interested in for the future, but it just didn’t work out right.”

Mike Sando at ESPN.com looks at the injury situation around the NFC West. The Seahawks’ list is lengthy, starting with Sidney Rice: “Rice returned to practice and will try to play despite a torn labrum. Having him available and anywhere near full strength would significantly improve the Seahawks’ prospects in the passing game, particularly against an Arizona secondary that has struggled. But it’s too early in the week to know whether Rice’s shoulder will hold up. The offensive line will shuffle again with Robert Gallery requiring groin surgery. The drop-off from a diminished Gallery to a healthier Paul McQuistan might not be significant, but it’s been four seasons since McQuistan started. If necessary, the team could always shift right tackle James Carpenter back to left guard, with Breno Giacomini going back into the lineup at right tackle. But McQuistan gets first crack at starting. Fullback Michael Robinson continues to miss practice with an ankle injury. The team feels his loss on special teams. The same is true with cornerback Byron Maxwell, who also missed practice with an ankle injury. Losing Robinson and Maxwell during the opener at San Francisco played a role in the Seahawks’ late special-teams collapse. Coaches have had time to prepare contingencies, but getting Robinson back in particular will help.”

Sando also looks at personnel moves within the division, including the Seahawks signing former Cardinals defensive lineman Alan Branch. Says Sando: “Branch has so far been a welcome addition to the Seahawks’ run defense as a starting tackle. He says he’s a better fit for the Seahawks’ scheme and it’s tough to argue at this point, although consistency will be the key for Branch. He played well at times for Arizona as well. Can he play well for Seattle all season? I’m thinking he’ll be ready to go Sunday.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we check in with Matt McCoy, who played a total of one snap at linebacker last season but is making plays this season as the middle linebacker in the nickel and goal-line packages. Says McCoy: “It’s a blast. It’s the chance I’ve been waiting for. I’ve been playing special teams for a long time, but I haven’t played linebacker for a while. So it’s just fun to be out there again.”

We’ve also got recaps of Wednesday’s practice in words, pictures and video.


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