A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Nov. 22:
Leroy Hill. The veteran linebacker played in all of one game in 2010 before going out with a season-ending calf injury. So second-year coach Pete Carroll wasn’t exactly sure what he was getting when the team decided to re-sign Hill in late July.
Carroll relied on scouting reports supplied by defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and Dan Quinn, the defensive line coach the past two seasons before leaving to become defensive coordinator at the University of Florida.
“They talked about him with high praise, about his toughness and his love for the game and that kind of stuff,” Carroll said.
Also in the coaches’ scouting report? “They said he’s one of the toughest guys on the team and if you’re going to pick one guy to go fight for you, a lot of guys would pick him,” Carroll said. “It was attractive when you talk about linebackers.”
Hill has gone out and walked their talk. Entering Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins at CenturyLink Field, Hill is third on the team in tackles (61), second in sacks (two) and also among the leaders in passion and determination.
“He’s totally all of that,” Carroll said, referring to what Bradley and Quinn had told him about Hill. “He’s a really committed football player and loves the game.”
That was never more obvious than during the video review of Sunday’s 24-7 victory over the Rams in St. Louis. While showing the “great effort” plays, Hill was featured three times.
“Three plays that he had extraordinary effort running across the field to make a play,” Carroll said. “The first two times, he didn’t get there. The third time, he runs 30-40 yards and makes the play that he could have given up on because he didn’t get there the first two times.
“He’s got great nature about him and great competitiveness and toughness. Fortunately, he’s playing really well and doing a great job for us and we were able to get him back.”
ONE IN, ONE OUT
The club signed wide receiver Isaiah Williams to its practice squad today, and released wide receiver Patrick Williams to clear a spot.
Isaiah Williams (6-3, 200) signed with the Ravens as a rookie free agent in 2009. He also was with the Steelers in the offseason and training camp last year. He had been on the Cardinals’ practice squad this season. At his Pro Day workout at Maryland in 2009, Williams ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds and had a 41-inch vertical jump.
STATS ’N STUFF
The Seahawks rank 11th in the league in total defense, allowing an average of 333.0 yards; and eighth in rushing defense, allowing 100.0 yards.
Punter Jon Ryan is fifth in the league in average (48.7) and 11th in net average (39.8) – despite having two punts returned 55 and 56 yards for touchdowns and a 30-yarder that was partially blocked. He’s also tied for third in punts inside the 20-yard line (19).
Leon Washington is sixth in the league in punt return average (12.0). Chris Clemons is ninth in sacks (eight), and sixth among defensive ends.
Middle linebacker David Hawthorne and free safety Earl Thomas continue to share the lead in tackles (65), while Doug Baldwin and Sidney Rice continue to share the lead in receptions (32). Baldwin is tied for 10th in the league in third-down receptions (15).
Heath Farwell has taken the lead in special teams tackles (eight).
STAT DU JOUR
The Seahawks’ and Redskins’ defenses are among the stingiest in the NFL when it comes to allowing touchdowns. The Seahawks have given up 18, the Redskins 19. Here’s how they stack up in the league:
Team TDs allowed
The players return from their “off” day on Wednesday to begin preparing for Sunday’s game. The team also will practice earlier on Thursday to allow the players to celebrate Thanksgiving.
Sunday’s game is the first of three in a row at home for the Seahawks. Tickets are available for each game and can be purchased here.
YOU DON’T SAY
“When it’s over, and you’re sitting there winning championships. It doesn’t matter if you’ve won every game right now. You haven’t done anything yet. It ain’t over. You haven’t made it to the playoffs. You haven’t won a division. You haven’t done any of that stuff yet. All of that, you postpone that until they put an asterisk by your name and you’ve accomplished something.” – Carroll, asked when victories start to mean something