From Michael Jackson in 1979, to Darrell Jackson in 2000, to Brandon Mebane in 2007, the Seahawks have discovered players with first-round talent in the third round of the NFL Draft.
Just look at the contributions of these three:
Michael Jackson, a linebacker from the University of Washington, led the team in tackles three consecutive seasons (1980-82).
Darrell Jackson, a wide receiver from Florida, was the team’s leading receiver in 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2006 – including a then-franchise record 87 receptions in ’04.
Mebane, a defensive tackle from Cal, has started 69 games over the past five seasons, and last season led all NFC interior linemen in tackles.
But the honor for best fourth-round pick in franchise history goes to Fredd Young – a linebacker from New Mexico with the second “d” in his first name that he explained stood for defense.
Young was selected in 1984 and made the Pro Bowl in each of his four seasons with the team – the first two as a special teams player, the last two as a linebacker. He led the team in tackles three consecutive seasons (1985-87), before being traded to the Colts for a pair of first-round draft choices.
So Young also was the draft choice that kept on giving, as the team used the first-round selections acquired for him to draft offensive lineman Andy Heck in 1989 and as part of the package to trade into the third spot in 1990 to take Hall of Fame defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy.
Honorable mention among the team’s third-round picks goes to running back Lamar Smith (1994), who rushed for 680 yards and eight touchdowns in 1996; tackle Sean Locklear (2004), the right-side starter on the best line in franchise history in 2005, as well as 2006-08; and linebacker Leroy Hill (2005), who has started 77 games the past seven seasons.
Tags: Brandon Mebane, Darrell Jackson, Fredd Young, Lamar Smith, Leroy Hill, Michael Jackson, Sean Locklear
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Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, April 12:
Pete Prisco at CBSSports.com offers his draft needs for the Seahawks, in the website’s on-going examination of all 32 teams: “When league scouts talk about the Seahawks, they all say the same thing: Loads of young talent, but what about the quarterback? Under coach Pete Carroll, the Seahawks have tried Charlie Whitehurst (failed) and Tarvaris Jackson (grade incomplete) as quarterbacks they acquired to fill a glaring need. Now comes Matt Flynn. The Seahawks signed Flynn as a free agent from the Green Bay Packers. Flynn started two games in four years with the Packers, so his signing is risky. Carroll said that Flynn and Jackson will compete for the job, but it’s probably Flynn’s to lose. If Flynn can prove to be more than just a manage-the-game passer, Seattle will push for the NFC West title. If not, they might be looking again next spring.”
Todd McShay goes deep in his fifth mock draft at ESPN.com, offering multiple options for teams. It’s an Insider feature, so requires registration and a fee. But here’s what he has to say about the Seahawks: “Scenario 1: Take (Luke) Kuechly and bring some stability to a linebacker corps that has seen the likes of Julian Peterson, Aaron Curry, David Hawthorne and others come and go in recent years. Scenario 2: With Kuechly gone, (Quinton) Coples becomes a value pick at this point and will add a versatile presence who can both pressure the quarterback and hold up against the run when his motor is running high. Scenario 3: Look to need areas elsewhere on offense with (David) DeCastro or (Michael) Floyd.”
Also at ESPN.com, former Colts GM Bill Polian, now an NFL Insider for the website, examines some possible trades in the draft: “In the weeks leading up to the draft, general managers and personnel directors around the NFL will turn their attention to a process called draft management – NFL insider speak for predicting how the draft will unfold. It’s through this process that a team anticipates where its draft targets may come off the board and ensures the selection of one of its top choices. While teams are never 100 percent accurate with these predictions, they have been able to project the first round with a high degree of certainty in recent years. That said, every draft has certain pivot points, spots where the draft veers from its anticipated path and proceeds in a new, unexpected direction. Sometimes the impetus for these moments is an off-the-radar selection, but more often it’s a trade. There are several reasons to believe the first big pivot point of the 2012 draft could come with a potential trade of the No. 3 overall pick from the Vikings to the Dolphins.”
Don Banks at SI.com has his fifth mock draft, but his selection for the Seahawks sounds familiar: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina. “There’s a lot to love about the young defense the Seahawks are assembling, but they’ve got to create more pressure on opposing passers. Coples could drop well into the teens, but he’s got double-digit sack talent if Pete Carroll and Co. can figure out how to keep his intensity and effort level high at all times.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we begin our series of articles previewing the NFL Draft with a look at the team’s situation, through the eyes of general manager John Schneider: “ ‘There are tons of mock drafts, and I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t look at them,’ Schneider said. ‘But it’s not that easy. We build our (draft) board based on our team and what we have currently. So we compare these players to our current roster, and that’s how we build our board. We don’t build our board for the league, per say.’ And definitely not to appease those who compile mock drafts. ‘So while people in a mock draft might feel like we need a certain position or a specific player, it’s just really who has the highest grade – and if it fills a specific need, that’s great,’ Schneider said. ‘But it’s a grade comparable to what our team is and how we see our own players at each position. That’s why it’s so important to know your team and evaluate your team first and foremost.’ ”
The do-over draft series at NFL.com has reached 2009, when the Seahawks made Aaron Curry the fourth pick overall. In the do-over, Jason Smith gives them Clay Matthews: “All you need to know here is that after just two seasons the Seahawks shipped Curry to the Raiders for a seventh-round pick and a conditional selection. (And this guy was actually in the mix to be No. 1 overall for a little while!) How much more teeth would there be in that Seahawks defense with Matthews? A Pro Bowler all three years in the league and he was first-team All Pro in 2010. And that hair, my gosh, I would’ve re-done the pick if I was just getting that part of him. I know, why not Foster? Well, Seattle thought they had their RB situation under control after having just added Julius Jones and T.J. Duckett. And now they have the Skittles Beast, so they’re all set there.”
Also at NFL.com, Chad Reuter looks at the players in this year’s draft class that could spark interest from teams looking to trade up in the first round to get them: “Due to the lack of suspense surrounding the landing points of (Andrew) Luck and (Robert) Griffin, a lot of attention has been placed on the new home of the draft’s third-rated passer, Texas A&M’s Ryan Tannehill. The Dolphins are the odds-on favorites to select the athletic and strong-armed, if inexperienced (19 collegiate starts at QB after playing receiver his first two-plus seasons on campus), passer because of their extreme need at the position. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that Miami’s new offensive coordinator, Mike Sherman, was Tannehill’s head coach at A&M.”
Former Seahawks right tackle Sean Locklear has signed with the Giants, and Aaron Wilson at Scout.com has the report: “The 6-foot-4, 310-pounder played last season for the Washington Redskins and played in eight games with four starts after spending the previous seven years with the Seattle Seahawks. Locklear has played in 105 regular-season games with 82 starts.”
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Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, July 22:
The big news, of course, is that the owners approved a new CBA proposal on Thursday night. But the players still need to ratify it. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen talked with representatives of the players’ group, and he offers: “A vote among its 32 player representatives appears likely Friday after the group received the ‘finishing points’ of the agreement NFL owners approved Thursday. The NFLPA did not receive those details until after a two-hour conference call with player reps came to a conclusion without a vote Thursday night. ‘All in all, despite the games that were played by the NFL, things look much more optimistic,’ a players’ leadership source said.”
Eric Williams of the New Tribune takes a look at Thursday’s actions – and non-actions – from the Seahawks’ viewpoint. He talked to soon-to-be free-agent defensive tackle Brandon Mebane, who said: “I have mixed feelings about it. I’m anxious to get it resolved, but you also have to get it right. It’s like when you buy a car, you have to read over the papers so if you get into a lease agreement, you know what you’re signing. But as far as my personal situation, it’s a blessing. I really would like to know where I stand as a free agent and what’s going to happen.”
Williams also has a comprehensive look at the Seahawks who will become free agents once the lockout ends. On his “staying” list: CB Kelly Jennings, K Olindo Mare and Mebane. On his “go” or “likely to go” list: QB Matt Hasselbeck, OT Sean Locklear, C Chris Spencer, SS Lawyer Milloy and DB Jordan Babineaux.
The Seahawks are scheduled to play the NFC West rival Arizona Cardinals twice in 2011 – Sept. 25 at CenturyLink Field and in their Jan. 1 regular-season finale in the desert. Sporting News Today has this look at the Cardinals from beat writer and correspondent Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic. Says Somers: “The Cardinals are coming off their worst season since 2006, and it’s hard to imagine many other teams with as many weaknesses to address. The most glaring is at quarterback. They need more than competence at that spot; Arizona must have someone who can make plays. (Coach Ken) Whisenhunt, however, has proven his ability as a coach, and playing in a weak division gives the Cardinals some hope.”
Bucky Brooks of NFL.com takes a look at the “ideal” and “bad” fits for some of the players who will become unrestricted free agents. Brooks, a former NFL scout (including a stint with the Seahawks), includes Hasselbeck in his roundup. His “ideal” fit: The Titans. Says Brooks: “Hasselbeck wants to remain a starter, and the situation in Tennessee provides him with the perfect opportunity to be a first-stringer for another year or so. He would step into a lineup with a strong runner in place (Chris Johnson) and an intriguing No. 1 receiver in Kenny Britt. With the support of a front office that is aware of Hasselbeck’s strengths, weaknesses and character (Titans vice president Mike Reinfeldt was a part of the Seahawks’ front office prior to coming to Tennessee), he would have the opportunity to extend his career as a mentor to Jake Locker.”
His “bad” fit: The Seahawks. Says Brooks: “Hasselbeck has repeatedly stated his desire to return to Seattle, but the team is poised to transition at the position. The Seahawks paid a hefty sum to acquire Charlie Whitehurst a season ago, and they need to see if he has the goods to become a franchise quarterback. Also, the team’s reluctance to get a deal done prior to the lockout suggests the front office isn’t completely sold on Hasselbeck as their starter in 2011. Without a strong commitment from the team to remain on board, Hasselbeck would be better served to look for greener pastures.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we continue our series of articles on the team’s first 35 seasons with a look at 1979 – when the Seahawks went 9-7 for the second consecutive season by winning five of their final six games and Steve Largent averaged a career-best 18.7 yards on 66 catches.
Tags: Brandon Mebane, Chris Spencer, Jordan Babineaux, Kelly Jennings, Lawyer Milloy, Matt Hasselbeck, Olindo Mare, Sean Locklear, Steve Largent
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Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, June 28:
Eric Williams at the News Tribune begins a series on the Seahawks draft choices with a look at Malcolm Smith, the linebacker from USC and last of the team’s picks in April’s draft. Says Williams: “Smith, who turns 22 on July 5, is a ridiculous athlete. He ran a 4.46 40-yard dash at USC’s pro day, posted a vertical jump of 39 inches, leaped 10.5 feet in the broad jump and bench pressed 225 pounds 28 times. And oh, by the way – he can play, too.”
Sammy Batten of the American Chronicle (via Mike Sando’s blog at ESPN.com) checks in with Sean Locklear, the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent who has started at tackle for the Seahawks since the 2005 season. Locklear on his uncertain future: “Anywhere I go, whether that’s Seattle or somewhere else, I hope to go to a team that wants to win. I love Seattle. I’ve been there my whole career. It’s the only team I know. I want to be there. But that decision is not up to me now. It’s up to the guys in the front office, or another team. Where ever I go, I’m hoping to help them win.”
Pete Prisco at CBSSports.com provides his Top 50 unrestricted free agents – once free agency finally begins. Only one Seahawk makes the list: defensive tackle Brandon Mebane, at No. 8. Says Prisco: “At 26, he has been a good starter for the Seahawks the past four seasons. He is a perfect 4-3 defensive tackle. Seattle would love to have him back.”
For the give-us-this-day-our-daily-labor-update item, we offer an ESPN.com chat with the National Football Post’s Andrew Brandt, ESPN’s business analyst who has worked both sides of the fence – in management and as a player representative. The most-obvious Q: When will the lockout end? Brandt’s A: “In terms of an agreed upon CBA, I’ve tried to not speculate on a date. In terms of how quickly things can move after that, my sense is that there would be a term sheet that would define the deal points. There would not be a full blown CBA drafted for months. However, assuming that the lawsuit Brady v. NFL is dismissed or settled and Judge Nelson signs off on that settlement and allows any discontented players to voice their concern, things could move expediently after that.”
Also, NFL.com’s Albert Breer looks at where the negotiations are after last week’s talks and those scheduled for this week, with an eye on the Rams and Bears scheduled to open training camps three weeks from Friday to prepare for the Hall of Fame game that is the preseason opener. Says Breer: “Some internal deadlines have July 15 as the date a deal needs to be done to save the preseason in its natural form. At any rate, the sides are working against time now.”
NFL.com also debates which receiver is the best of Y2K era. They offer Randy Moss and Andre Johnson. But for a Seahawks fan, it’s hard to not throw in the Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald into the discussion. Maybe because the Seahawks face him twice each season, but more so because the big receiver often comes up huge against the Seahawks.
Here at Seahawks.com, we continue our series of articles recapping the first 35 seasons in franchise history with a look at 1995. It was Dennis Erickson’s first as coach of his hometown NFL team, not to mention the first in a Seahawks uniform for rookie wide receiver/punt returner Joey Galloway.
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The only problem with Bryan Millard being voted into the right guard spot on the Seahawks’ 35th Anniversary team is that it left Chris Gray on the outside looking in.
The left guard, of course, is Steve Hutchinson, who generated almost as many votes (1,411) for the reader-selected team as Millard (758) and Gray (656) combined. But when it came to the other guard spot, the readers remembered a player who performed at a high – and at times dominating – level. Even if Millard did it from 1984-91.
As Millard put it in the 18th profile in a series of stories on the players selected to the team, “Think about it. I wasn’t just an offensive lineman; I was an offensive lineman from 20 years ago. So to have the fans remember me is very, very humbling.”
Still, it’s difficult to overlook Gray, who started a club-record 121 consecutive games from 1999-2006 – and 145 overall, at three different positions.
“There’s a guy who doesn’t get enough respect,” said Lofa Tatupu, the middle linebacker on the 35th Anniversary team. “Chris Gray was one of the best O-linemen I ever played against. That was one of the toughest dudes I ever met. And what a nice guy.
“Looking at him, he’s always got that same expression – just kind of stares at you. But get him on the field, man, and he was just unbelievably tough.”
Robbie Tobeck, the center on the 35th Anniversary team, played next to Gray from 2000-06. Tobeck also casts a vote for Gray, by casting a blanket vote for the entire unit that was so dominant during the team’s run to the Super Bowl in 2005.
Left tackle Walter Jones, Hutchinson and Tobeck made the reader-selected team. Gray and right tackle Sean Locklear did not – as Howard Ballard was voted the right tackle, with Locklear finishing third in the balloting at tackle behind Jones and Ballard.
“I would vote for that line,” Tobeck said of the ’05 unit. “I always take that unit as a whole.
“You’ve got a Hall of Famer in Walt and possibly in Steve. But each guy on that line had their place. If you had taken one cog out of there, it’s not the same line.”
That became apparent as Hutchinson left after the ’05 season in free agency, Tobeck retired after the 2006 season, an injury forced Gray to retire during training camp in 2008 and Jones retired last year after spending the 2009 season on injured reserve following microfracture surgery on his left knee.
Together, this foursome played 35 seasons for the Seahawks (13 by Jones, 10 by Gray); started 481 games (180 by Jones, 145 by Gray); and was voted to 13 Pro Bowls (nine by Jones).
Here’s the line on that line, from the player who anchored it:
Tobeck on Jones: “Walt was your shutdown left tackle who had his way of doing things that you kind of followed as an example.”
Tobeck on Hutchinson: “Steve was a heckuva athlete; very strong.”
Tobeck on himself: “I had my role, which was to kind of coordinate it and quarterback it and be the ornery little pisser – the guy who’s always stirring it up.”
Tobeck on Gray: “Chris was our conscience. We wouldn’t have been as good a line without Chris. And what I mean by conscience, he was the guy that was always thinking of the scenario we might get in a game; and reviewing the plays with us; and pulling the notes out that we’d taken during the week and going over them on Saturday or going over them before the game in the locker room. We was constantly talking about what-if scenarios that you don’t have time to cover in your meeting room. About twice a season, he would come up with something and we’d walk out on the field and say, ‘Thank God Chris covered this.’ ”
Tobeck on Locklear: “ ‘Cornbread’ was the young guy we’d mess with. He was just trying to fit in and keep up.”
Tobeck on the entire group: “Everyone was equal in their own way, if that makes sense. It wasn’t like Michael Jordan and the Bulls. It wasn’t Walter Jones and the line. That’s what it’s all about. It’s that family within a family. If your team is a family, if you come together as a family – and you do on those good teams – then the offensive line is a family within that family. And that’s a special thing.”
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During the Seahawks’ run to the Super Bowl in 2005, Sean Locklear was the team’s “other” tackle. That’s not a dig at Locklear. It was just a fact of life, because nine-time Pro Bowl tackle Walter Jones was on the left side – and paired with guard Steve Hutchinson, also an All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection that season.
Sunday, Locklear will start his 10th playoff game when the Seahawks meet the Bears in a divisional-round matchup at Soldier Field. So he has been there for several of the greatest moments in franchise playoff history – and is one of only seven players on the current 53-man roster who was on that ’05 team.
To help celebrate the Seahawks’ return to the postseason after a two-season absence, Seahawks.com asked Locklear for his favorite playoff memory. His choice might surprise you, until you stop and think about it:
“For me, it was against the Redskins the year we went to the Super Bowl. We were known for running left all the time, of course. We called on off-tackle play to (fullback) Mack Strong – to the right side – and he got a first down to seal the game.”
That was in the fourth quarter of the divisional-round game at Qwest Field. The Seahawks had a 17-10 lead, with roughly five minutes to play. On third-and-6 from the Seahawks’ 48-yard line, the ball went to Strong – not Shaun Alexander, who was on the sideline after getting a concussion in the first quarter; or Maurice Morris, Alexander’s backup. And, Strong went right – not left. He ran for 32 yards to the Redskins’ 20. Four plays later, Josh Brown kicked a 31-yard field goal, and the Seahawks were on their way to the NFC Championship game.
“For me, that was a defining moment – just because we were running to the right side for once, and we got a big first down to win the game,” Locklear said.
That game also marked the Seahawks’ first playoff victory in 21 years.
“That whole game was huge,” Locklear said. “Just because of what it did for the city of Seattle.”
Not to mention the Seahawks’ “other” tackle.
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A recap of the activities on Day Five of wild-card playoff week:
Blue Friday. It got off to a flapping-good start, as Seattle mayor Mike McGinn and “Deadliest Catch” captain Keith Colburn raised a huge 12th Man flag atop the Space Needle this morning.
The weather “cooperated,” as a stiff breeze allowed the flag to fly in its full glory as soon as it was unfurled. The moment was captured by local TV stations, as well as Seahawks.com.
It was the kickoff for a day-long series of events around the Sound to celebrate the Seahawks’ wild-card playoff game against the New Orleans Saints at Qwest Field on Saturday.
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A recap of the activities on Day Four of wild-card playoff week:
Matt Hasselbeck. Not the Matt Hasselbeck who will start Saturday’s wild-card playoff game against the New Orleans Saints at Qwest Field; the Matt Hasselbeck who was not able to start Sunday night’s division-clinching game against the St. Louis Rams.
Before the Seahawks took the field at Qwest last week – with Charlie Whitehurst at quarterback – Hasselbeck “addressed” the team in the locker room. The team’s injured starting QB was animated, invigorated and demonstrative.
“How do you guys know about that? Was that on TV?” Hasselbeck asked today when asked about why he felt the need to deliver the fiery pep talk.
Told that the moment had been captured in a photograph (above), he shrugged and offered, “Oh. OK. I don’t know. I wasn’t playing, definitely wasn’t playing. Probably – looking back – because I felt like I wanted to help the team.
“It was a big win for us. Owning our division is very important to me. It took a long time to really own our division – not just win it, but just own it every year; year after year.”
Tags: Hawkville, Matt Hasselbeck, Sean Locklear, Stacy Andrews
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A recap of the activities on Day Three of wild-play playoff week:
Jon Ryan. Seven punts. One downed at the 3-yard line. Two others fair caught at the 10 and another at the 9. Only one return, for 9 yards. A net average of 33.4 yards.
Connect the dots between those impressive numbers and it creates a picture of the NFC special teams player of the week. Ryan won the honor today for his efforts in Sunday night’s win over the St. Louis Rams that lifted the Seahawks to the NFC West title and into Saturday’s wild-card playoff game against the New Orleans Saints at Qwest Field.
“The best part of Jon’s game is that – punts going in,” said kicker Olindo Mare, pointing out that Ryan had one touchback in 78 punts this season compared to 27 downed inside the 20. “It is what it is. You can say that right now there aren’t many people that are better.”
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A recap of the day’s activities:
Ben Obomanu. In the past two games, the Seahawks’ passing game has produced five plays of 20-plus yards. Four of them have gone to Obomanu, with an emphasis on the plus. He caught an 87-yard touchdown pass last week, as well as a 52-yard reception. He had receptions of 42 and 23 yards the week before.
So even if leading receiver Mike Williams is somehow able to play in Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers at Qwest Field, Obomanu will remain a big part of the offense.
“Everyone has an opportunity in life, and it’s kind of neat to watch Ben,” offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates said today after practice. “Sometimes it takes a year, two years; some people it takes 10 years. But when a person has that opportunity, they can go one of two ways. And Ben took it and just ran with it.”
Literally. His runs after taking passes from Matt Hasselbeck were the most productive aspect of the offense against the New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs – when Obomanu combined to catch 10 passes for 246 yards. That after catching 15 for 214 in his first four seasons with the team.
“Ben has been waiting, he’s been positive. And when it happened, he hit it full speed ahead and he hasn’t looked back,” Bates said. “It’s exciting to see those kinds of guys have those kinds of stories. I think it’s a great story, and he’s going to keep continuing to play the way he’s playing.”
Hasselbeck agrees, with all of it.
“Ben has done a nice job of going up and getting the ball when given opportunities,” he said. “You see sometimes around the league receivers going up and making a play on a smaller DB. Ben has done a great job with it.
“I think there are a handful of routes that he does really, really well – that he does better than anybody on our team. The route that he keeps catching, that’s been a big one for him. So hopefully we can get that dialed up again.”
Offensive line. It’s looking like the Seahawks will start the same combination in back-to-back games for only the third time this season. The unit that should start against the Panthers includes – from left tackle to right – Russell Okung, Mike Gibson, Chris Spencer, Stacy Andrews and Sean Locklear.
The only other times they had the same unit in consecutive games were Weeks 3-4 (when they went 1-1) and Weeks 6-7 (when they went 2-0). Since then, they’ve used three starters each at left tackle and left guard.
“They’re coming together,” Bates said. “It’s tough. It’s tough when you move guys in and out every week. But they’re fighting and they’re competing their tails off. The pass protection has been really good; we’ve just got to keep improving in the run blocking.
“The guys are working hard. Not one day, not one second can you say they’re not giving everything they have. So they’re giving everything and we’ve just got to keep working together and get in that flow. It’s five guys that have to be coordinated on the same page – exact. One wrong step and you’re going to have the three-technique (defensive tackle) go in between a combination block. So it’s a challenge. And they’re looking at it and taking it on.”
While the pass protection has allowed four sacks in the past four games, the running game has averaged 59.3 yards over that same span and 3.2 yards per carry – with averages of 39 and 2.7 the past two games.
“Our goal is just to be good at both,” Bates said. “We’ve just got to keep working and it’s going to take hopefully not much time.”
ON THE FIELD
Another gorgeous December afternoon, another practice outside. Today, the players worked for 80 minutes on “Turnover Thursday.” Among the highlights were several nice catches by wide receiver Brandon Stokley.
The official report, as released by the team:
Did not practice
TE John Carlson (hip)
DT Colin Cole (ankle)
OG Chester Pitts (ankle)
WR Mike Williams (foot)
MLB Lofa Tatupu (knee)
CB Marcus Trufant (lower leg)
QB Matt Hasselbeck (wrist)
DE Chris Clemons (ankle)
Carlson did not practice because of a sore hip. But Clemons, who leads the team with 7½ sacks, was back after sitting out on Wednesday to rest a sore knee.
Cole continued to do agility work with assistant trainer Donald Rich during practice, a positive sign that he might be able to return next week – if not this week. He has missed the past four games with a high ankle sprain. Williams again was catching passes on the side from coach Pete Carroll during individual drills, and not wearing a boot to protect his strained left foot.
For the Panthers:
Did not practice
CB Chris Gamble (hamstring)
RB Mike Goodson (not injury related)
OG Geoff Schwartz (back)
OT Travelle Wharton (toe)
Limited in practice
S Marcus Hudson (ankle)
CB Robert McClain (hip)
QB Tony Pike (shoulder)
S Jordan Pugh (hamstring)
QB Brian St. Pierre (shoulder)
RB Tyrell Sutton (ankle)
LB James Anderson (concussion)
CB Captain Munnerlyn (shoulder)
Anderson, the team’s leading tackler, was able to participate on a limited basis after sitting out Wednesday, as was Munnerlyn. But Gamble sat out after getting limited work Wednesday.
STAT DU JOUR
The Panthers have scored a league-low 22 first-quarter points, while the Seahawks have scored the third-fewest points in the first quarter (27).
YOU DON’T SAY
“That is exactly what I told the team. That’s exactly what I told them – that’s what they’re going to hear; that people are going to look at the record and what’s happened in weeks past and all that. We’re not playing weeks past. We’re playing them this week. This is all that we can focus on. But we do have to realize – and I have to realize as a coach – that they’re going to hear that kind of stuff.” – Carroll, when asked how he overlooks the Panthers’ 1-10 record while preparing the players for Sunday’s game
Tags: Ben Obomanu, Chris Spencer, Hawkville, Mike Gibson, Russell Okung, Sean Locklear, Stacy Andrews
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