Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Oct. 11:
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes on the topic of the day, pointing out that while there is a question about when Tarvaris Jackson will be able to play again because of a strained pectoral there is no question that he remains the starting QB. Offers O’Neil, and coach Pete Carroll: “The uncertainty surrounds Tarvaris Jackson’s health, not his status as coach Pete Carroll’s starting quarterback. ‘There’s no controversy here in this building,’ Carroll said. ‘You guys can have all the (controversy) you want.’ ”
Dave Boling of the News Tribune highlights a one-time missing ingredient from the team’s previous trips to the East Coast that was apparent in Sunday’s upset of the Giants: Attitude. Says Boling, and Carroll: “They started quickly, finished strong and acted as if they belonged there. ‘The single most important thing was the energy and attitude to play that aggressively throughout the whole game, just like when we play at home,’ coach Pete Carroll said Monday. ‘That’s really an accomplishment in itself that we need to hang onto.’ ”
Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald continues his “The Game of my Life” series with a look at Josh Brown. Brown on his field goal to beat the Cowboys in 2005: “It was one of those kicks where, after 15 yards, you knew it was good. And I lost my helmet again – this time because I threw it in the air in celebration. The helmet goes flying off, game’s over, and there’s this overwhelming energy in the stands. This side of the field is going wild, and the other side just goes deflated. It was just a major triumph for this team because we had made it through such a battle.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we’ve got another look at the “who are these guys?” that helped the Seahawks pull off the upset over the Giants: “With the exception of (Ben) Obomanu, the “stars” of the Seahawks’ upset victory have been added since Carroll and general manager John Schneider were hired in January 2010. Their maneuverings have been a dizzying display of free-agent additions, draft choices, trades, waiver claims and look-what-we-found looks under any and every available football rock on either side of the US/Canadian border.”
There’s also Tony Ventrella’s review of Sunday’s game and a recap of Monday’s activities; as well as the daily Hawkville report and another take on the non-QB controversy: “Yes, Jackson has a strain in his throwing (right) shoulder and won’t practice this week when the team is scheduled to work Tuesday and Wednesday because the Seahawks have their bye this Sunday. Yes, backup Charlie Whitehurst will step in during Jackson’s absence, just as he did in the second half of Sunday’s 36-25 victory over the New York Giants at the Meadowlands. But, no, there is nothing controversial about the situation of having the backup take over because the starter isn’t available. ‘I think it’s controversial to have two really good quarterbacks,’ Carroll cracked when asked the inevitable question. ‘There’s no controversy here in this building.’ ”
Doug Baldwin has been nominated for the Pepsi Rookie of the Week honor and you can vote for the Seahawks’ leading receiver here. Whitehurst, meanwhile, has been nominated for the “never say never” moment of the week, and you can vote for him here.
At FoxSports.com, Mike Pereira, the former head of officiating for the NFL, gives his take on two calls from the Seahawks-Giants game on Sunday that were reviewed: Charlie Whitehurst’s TD pass to Doug Baldwin and the safety by Anthony Hargrove. On the offside call against the Giants’ Osi Umenyiora on the TD play: “On this play, Umenyiora was not close to being parallel to the offensive lineman when the ball was snapped. Therefore, this is strictly a live-ball foul for being offside.” On the safety: “In order for this not to be a safety, the entire ball must get out into the field of play. If any part of the ball is still over the goal line, then it would be a safety. It was very hard to tell in replay whether that happened. There was clearly not enough evidence to overturn the call of a safety.”