Tuesday in Hawkville: Eying the opener

Head Coach Pete Carroll holds a record of 1-1 in season openers in two years at the helm with the Seahawks.

A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Sept. 4:


Season openers. The Seahawks are 13-23 in their previous season openers, for a winning percentage of .361 that ranks ahead of only the Saints (16-29, .356) and Panthers (6-11, .353). But since 2003, the Seahawks are 6-3 in their openers – including 1-1 under coach Pete Carroll.

During the month of September, the Seahawks are 20-12 the past 10 seasons, for a .625 winning percentage that ties for fifth-best in the league. During that span, only the Colts (24-8), Patriots (22-9), Broncos (23-11) and Cowboys (21-11) have had better Septembers to remember than the Seahawks – who play the Cowboys next week in their home opener.

And the Seahawks have won eight of their past nine home openers, including three in a row. The eight victories have been by a combined score of 195-60 and include two shutouts – 28-0 over the Rams in 2009 and 34-0 over the 49ers in 2004. The lone loss during this run came in 2008 to the 49ers, 33-30 in overtime.


The Seahawks reduced their roster to 53 players on Friday, but where are the 17 players who were waived?

Seven were signed to the practice squad: linebackers Allen Bradford and Korey Toomer, guard Rishaw Johnson, wide receivers Jermaine Kearse and Ricardo Lockette, quarterback Josh Portis and safety DeShawn Shead. Lineman Edawn Coughman, the eighth member, had been released on the roster cut to 75 players.

Cornerback Phillip Adams was claimed off waivers by the Raiders, while wide receiver Kris Durham was signed to the Lions’ practice squad. Cornerback Ron Parker, who was waived on the cut to 75, has been signed to the Panthers’ practice squad; while guard Deuce Lutui (Titans), also among the cuts to 75, and tight end Kellen Winslow (Patriots), who was waived Saturday, have drawn interest from other teams.

That leaves eight players from those waived on the cut to 53 who remain free agents: defensive ends Pierre Allen and Cordarro Law, wide receivers Deon Butler and Lavasier Tuinei, guard Paul Fanaika, linebacker Kyle Knox, tight end Sean McGrath and center Kris O’Dowd.


The Seahawks will practice this week in seasonably warm temperatures, but nothing like what awaits them in Arizona. The forecast for Sunday’s game is 102 degrees, with a low of 85.

Thankfully, the Cardinals now play their home games in a dome – University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale – rather than at Sun Devil Stadium on the Arizona State campus in Tempe.


Shaun Alexander, the Seahawks’ all-time leading rusher, will unveil the team’s 2012 season flag as part of the NFL Kickoff Show at Rockefeller Center in New York City on Wednesday.

The event starts at 4:30 p.m. PDT leads into the season opener between the Giants and Cowboys, which will be televised on NBC.

Joining Alexander will be a fan who submitted a design for the Seahawks’ flag that includes elements representing Seattle. One fan and alumni will unveil the flag for each of the 32 teams.


The players return from their “off” day to continue preparing for Sunday’s opener against the Cardinals. The players and coaches also move into their regular-season schedule, with practices on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.


“It’s a matter of getting him back in the playbook and back into drills. And getting his confidence to where we know he’s ready to play football again. That’s really what the plan is right now.” – offensive line coach Tom Cable on James Carpenter, last year’s first-round draft choice who practiced Monday for the first time since sustaining a season-ending knee injury last November

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