A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Nov. 15:
Right guard. In addition to putting together the game plan for Sunday’s matchup with the Rams in St. Louis today, the coaches also had to decide who will replace rookie John Moffitt at right guard.
Moffitt is out for the rest of the season after damaging two ligaments in his right knee on the Seahawks’ fourth play in Sunday’s upset victory over the Baltimore Ravens at CenturyLink Field.
The replacement options are Lemuel Jeanpierre, who played well after stepping in for Moffitt against the Ravens; and Paul McQuistan, who started three games at left guard earlier this season while Robert Gallery was out with a groin injury.
While Jeanpierre is a little more athletic, McQuistan has the edge in experience and knowledge of the Seahawks’ blocking scheme because he also played under assistant head coach/offensive line coach Tom Cable when both were with the Oakland Raiders.
Asked about Jeanpierre’s performance after the game, quarterback Tarvaris Jackson offered, “Right when he came in I didn’t have a doubt that he was going to get the job done. He’s always tuned in. He practices hard every day. I watch all the linemen, just to see exactly what guys can do, and when he came in at guard I felt he could get the job done just as well.”
Jeanpierre has started one game in the NFL, at center in Week 7 when Max Unger was out with a foot injury. McQuistan has started 15 – three in Weeks 3-5 this season and 12 in 2006-07, while with the Raiders.
“One of those two guys will be playing at right guard,” coach Pete Carroll said on Monday.
Whoever it is needs to help the Seahawks continue to take positive steps against a Rams’ defense that ranks last in the league at stopping the run, allowing an average of 150.6 rushing yards. After rushing for more than 100 yards twice in their first seven games, the Seahawks have done it in each of their past two games. After allowing 28 sacks in the first seven games, the Seahawks have yielded two in the past two games.
“We’ve distinctly moved ahead in the last couple weeks and so hopefully we can keep building on that,” Carroll said. “I think we’re going in the right direction.”
And with a new right guard.
MOFFITT TO IR
Moffitt was placed on injured reserve today because he’ll need surgery to repair the MCL and PCL in his right knee that were damaged in Sunday’s game.
To fill his roster spot, Paul Fanaika was re-signed. The 6-foot-5, 327-pound Fanaika began the season on the practice squad, but was released last week when wide receiver Patrick Williams was re-signed. Fanaika was on the 53-man roster for the final three games last season, after being signed off the Cleveland Browns’ practice squad. He was inactive for all three games.
STAT DU JOUR
Nose tackle Brandon Mebane doesn’t just anchor a Seahawks run defense that ranks 12th in the league in average yards allowed (106.4) and is tied for third in average per-carry (3.6). He is tied for the lead in tackles among NFC defensive tackles. Here are the top four:
Player Tackles (solo/assists)
Brandon Mebane, Seahawks 27 (18/0)
Ndamukong Suh, Lions 27 (20/7)
Cullen Jenkins, Eagles 24 (17/7)
Jay Ratliff, Cowboys 23 (16/7)
The players return from their “off” day to begin preparing for Sunday’s game against the Rams in St. Louis – the Seahawks’ only road game in a current five-game stretch that saw them play the Ravens at home last week and also features home games against the Redskins (Nov. 27), Eagles (Dec. 1) and Rams (Dec. 12).
Tickets are available for the games against the Redskins, Eagles and Rams and can be purchased here.
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They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. So this video of Marshawn Lynch doing his thing against Ray Lewis in Sunday’s game is worth at least 10,000 words – and definitely another look.
Paul Fanaika is back with the Seahawks, but not on their practice squad.
The third-year guard was signed to the 53-man roster today, filling the spot that opened when rookie guard John Moffitt was placed on injured reserve after damaging two ligaments in his right knee in Sunday’s victory over the Ravens.
Fanaika began the season on the practice squad, but was released last week when wide receiver Patrick Williams was re-signed. Fanaika joined the Seahawks last December, when he was signed off the Browns’ practice squad, but was inactive for the final three games.
A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center:
Trivial pursuit. With the players off today, the coaches working on the game plan for Sunday’s regular-season opener against the 49ers in San Francisco and the 53-man roster set, for now, we figured it was a good time to examine those players.
Oldest player: Defensive end Raheem Brock, 33. He’s the only player who was born in the 70s (1978).
Youngest player: Linebacker K.J. Wright, turned 22 last month. Cornerback Richard Sherman, free safety Earl Thomas and offensive lineman James Carpenter also were born in 1989.
Tallest player: Offensive lineman Tyler Polumbus, 6 feet 8 (one inch taller than guard Robert Gallery and tackle Breno Giacomini).
Shortest player: Running backs Justin Forsett and Leon Washington, who are listed at 5-8.
Heaviest player: Defensive tackle Alan Branch and Gallery, who are listed at 325 pounds.
Lightest player: Wide receiver Doug Baldwin, 189 pounds.
Biggest feet: Tackle Russell Okung and defensive tackle Al Woods, size 17.
Fastest player: Practice-squad wide receiver Ricardo Lockette, the NCAA Division II 200-meter champion in 2008 (20.23 seconds) who also ran the 40-yard dash in 4.27 seconds at his Pro Day workout. Asked around, and we’ve put together this 4×100 relay team: Thomas, Washington, Lockette and, when healthy, wide receiver Deon Butler.
Players who have been voted to the most Pro Bowls: Cornerback Marcus Trufant, wide receiver Sidney Rice, tight end Zach Miller, running back Marshawn Lynch and Washington, one each. Trufant went for the Seahawks in 2007, while the others went for their previous teams – Rice (Vikings, 2009); Miller (Raiders, 2010); Lynch (Bills, 2008); and Washington (Jets, 2008).
The new guys. Or, newest guys, if you will. The Seahawks claimed four players off waivers on Sunday, and Carroll provides a rundown on each after practice on Monday.
Kicker Steven Hauschka (waived by the Broncos): “We had our eyes on Hauschka the whole time, all through the summer. We didn’t know if he would make it there or not, but he was a guy that we were watching. So when he became available, we jumped on it. … He’s a young, strong-legged guy. We’ve seen nothing but good stuff. So we’re excited to see what he adds.”
Woods (Buccaneers): “Al was with (defensive line coach) Todd Wash before and he’s a big, long guy (6-4, 307). He’s almost the same body type as Red (Bryant, the five-technique end). He’s been an inside defender that we know can play in there, but we want to get him prepared to backup Red and play that spot. He’s got all the same dimensions and the makeup. We’re hoping to see a similar type of transition for him.”
Defensive tackle Landon Cohen (Patriots): “Landon is a guy that is so active. He’s a young guy that shows a lot of juice. We want to see how he fits in with our guys and see if we can find a spot for him because he plays so darn hard.”
Offensive tackle Jarriel King (Giants), who did not practice Monday because of a sore ankle: “This is a young guy that was a free agent going into the Giants’ camp that just has tremendous potential. He’s long and tall (6-5, 317) and has got good feet. He’s a bright kid so we’re anxious to see how we can develop him. We’re excited about the future for him. This is a guy we can develop.”
PRACTICE SQUAD ROULETTE
The club made changes on its practice squad today, signing guard Paul Fanaika and defensive tackle Pep Levingston and releasing safety Josh Pinkard and defensive lineman Maurice Fountain.
Levingston, a seventh-round draft choice this year, was on the 53-man roster when the cuts were made Saturday, but then released Sunday. Fanaika was with the team in training camp and the preseason but released on the cut to 53 players.
STAT DU JOUR
Despite having a 13-22 record in their previous season openers, the Seahawks are tied for fourth in the league for the best September record over the past 10 seasons – 20-12. Only the Colts (26), Broncos (24) and Patriots (21) have won more games in September during the span. The Giants also have won 20 games in the opening month.
The first Wednesday of the regular season, which means Carroll’s news conference at noon, which will be carried live on Seahawks.com; conference-call interviews with 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and a player; and, of course, practice, as the players return from their off day.
The Seahawks are sponsoring a “Back to Football Friday,” with help from 710 ESPN and Top Pot Doughnuts. The Brock and Salk Show on 710 ESPN will broadcast live (9 a.m. until noon) from the Bellevue Top Pot location on Friday. There will be events at the Seattle (12:30-1:30 p.m.) and Renton (3-4 p.m.) locations, as well, also featuring the Sea Gals, Blitz and Blue Thunder (Bellevue and Seattle only). KIRO-FM will be the Seattle location.
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“Yeah, it seems like the room is really light. There’s not many guys in there right now. It is time for, one, to congratulate the guys that have made the team. We’re really fired up about the group that we have.” – Carroll, on the first day after the roster was cut from 80 to 53 players
A recap of the day’s activities:
Matt Hasselbeck. Coach Pete Carroll was asked about the status of his quarterback after Sunday’s loss to the 49ers in San Francisco, and again on Monday.
That will happen when the starting quarterback turns the ball over five times, which led to 20 points for the 49ers in their 19-point victory. But Carroll greeted each question with an incredulous look a what-do-you-expect-will-happen response: Hasselbeck remains the starter, because he gives the Seahawks their best chance to win – starting with this week’s game against the Atlanta Falcons at Qwest Field.
Carroll was asked if there is concern that Hasselbeck is struggling with the offense or if there were emotional issues involved – because he was playing without the injured duo of leading receiver Mike Williams and starting flanker Ben Obomanu.
“Well, I don’t know if it’s either one of those,” he said. “I didn’t see anything emotional, and it has nothing to do with the offense.”