Wednesday cyber surfing: A sudden end to OTA practices

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, June 6:

All the hubbub, of course, is over the Seahawks losing two OTA practices – the final two, scheduled for today and tomorrow – because the NFL Management Council and NFL Players Association deemed they had violated the rules regarding contact in one of their sessions.

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times offers his take: “Teams are allotted 10 days of OTAs in the offseason, but those workouts are restricted to less than two hours. And players can wear helmets, but not pads. There are to be no contact drills, according to the new collective-bargaining agreement the owners and players signed last year. The league’s rules also stipulate the workouts must be filmed. The league did not specify what the violation was or when it occurred, only that a workout included live contact.”

So did Eric Williams at the News Tribune, John Boyle at the Everett Herald, Marc Sessler at NFL.com, Bob and Groz at 710 ESPN and Curtis Crabtree at 950 KJR.

But Mike Sando at ESPN.com offers this observation: “I’ve attended a couple OTA practices in Seattle without noticing anything that seemed to qualify as unusually rough. Practices were spirited. There were a couple shoving matches. Players seemed to be competing hard. Those seemed like good things at the time.”

Sando also takes a look at the Seahawks’ back QB situation, which is difficult because they’re still trying to determine who the starter will be: “(Matt) Flynn passed for 731 yards with nine touchdowns and two interceptions in his two career starts, both with Green Bay. He’s the projected favorite to start for the Seahawks. It’s likely a bad thing in the big picture if Flynn fails to win the starting job this season, but the backup quarterback situation would improve under such a scenario. (Tarvaris) Jackson was 7-7 as the Seahawks’ starter last season despite playing through a torn pectoral muscle. He has a 17-17 career record as a starter. Those numbers should be comforting if Jackson is the backup. (Russell) Wilson has a strong arm, has shown instant command of the offense and possesses ample intangibles. He has never played even in an NFL exhibition setting, however, so it’s premature to say he’s ready for the backup role. Like the Cardinals, the Seahawks will take a potential starter into the regular season as a backup. They could do worse and did last season.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we’ve got Pete Carroll’s complete response to the OTA cancellations in words and video.

But we also take a look at Breno Giacomini’s late-starting road to becoming the Seahawks’ starting right tackle through the eyes of line coach Tom Cable: “Cable admits he didn’t exactly have the full book on Giacomini when he was hired last year. ‘I knew the name. I didn’t know a lot about him,’ Cable said. ‘But right away you could see that he had a skill set that was pretty cool; just had to refine it to fit our system. We did that, he took to it and every time you coached him he’d just get a little better and a little better. Then, opportunity knocked. He gets a chance to go in and play right tackle a bunch and he just took it and ran with it. And he did a fantastic job.’ ”


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