Cyber surfing: Thursday

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Oct. 20:

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times has the latest update on the QB situation. Offers O’Neil: “Tarvaris Jackson was on the practice field Wednesday, but Charlie Whitehurst was under center with Seattle’s first-unit offense. That serves as a pretty accurate summary of Seattle’s plans for this week. The Seahawks are preparing as if Whitehurst will start, but Jackson isn’t out of the picture entirely because of the strained pectoral muscle he suffered Oct. 9 in New York.”

Also at the Times, Jerry Brewer looks at the man who is running this week’s opponent – Mike Holmgren, the former Seahawks coach and now president of the Cleveland Browns. Says Brewer: “Are the Seahawks better off without Holmgren? It’s a question that many are asking this week, but it’s a query that produces an unfair answer regardless of your opinion. The better question is this: Can the Seahawks justify making an unpopular decision to break ties completely with the best football mind the franchise has ever known? Yes, absolutely, they can.”

Eric Williams at the News Tribune looks at another reunion in this week’s game, the one between Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas and Browns QB Colt McCoy. Says Williams: “Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy and Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas had their fair share of battles on the practice field as teammates at the University of Texas. But for the first time in the NFL, the second-year pros will meet on the field this Sunday when Seattle travels to Cleveland to face the Browns. According to Thomas, he won more times than he lost to McCoy on the practice field back in Austin, Texas.”

John Boyle at the Everett Herald looks at Walter Thurmond, who has stepped in at left cornerback. Says Boyle: “When the Seahawks drafted Walter Thurmond in the fourth round last year, they thought they were getting a steal. Starting now, thanks to Marcus Trufant’s season ending injury, they’re going to find out in earnest if they were right about the cornerback from the University of Oregon. And with that injury, as well as the decision in August to trade Kelly Jennings, the Seahawks are also finding out if their young cornerbacks have what it takes to play big roles on an NFL defense.”  

Mike Sando at ESPN.com examines the short-yardage rushing defenses in the NFC West and, not surprisingly, the Seahawks stand tallest with a .333 percentage of first downs allowed. He also looks at the injury situations that matter and, unfortunately, the Seahawks appear to lead the division there, as well, starting with Tarvaris Jackson. Says Sando: “Charlie Whitehurst is preparing to start at quarterback while Tarvaris Jackson continues to recover from a pectoral injury. Coach Pete Carroll was vaguer than vague in describing the situation Wednesday, other than to say Whitehurst will get the meaningful practice reps. The drop-off from Jackson to Whitehurst is either small or does not exist, depending on your view. The Seahawks want to evaluate both quarterbacks this season. Why not give Jackson time to make a fuller recovery while taking a look at Whitehurst?”

Here at Seahawks.com, we look at the youth of the Seahawks’ secondary. Says Thomas: “I don’t think we play as young as we are. I think we play with a lot of fire out there. Everybody is hungry and we all get to the ball. And good things always happen when you’re around the ball.”

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


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