October 22, 2014 at 2:58 PM
Here are a few of the key personnel updates from Pete Carroll's meeting with the media today:
--- Carroll said TE Luke Willson and CB Tharold Simon were each expected to practice on Wednesday. Willson missed the St. Louis game with a groin injury and Simon sprained an ankle in the first half. "That's a good little boost for us we,'' Carroll said. "We were concerned about those guys. Now we have to take them from day to day. But it's good to have those guys back out there.''
--- Carroll said CB Byron Maxwell won't practice Wednesday but that he will do some conditioning stuff "just to check him out, see how he is tomorrow.'' So sounds like maybe there's a chance he plays this week but obviously far from certain.
--- Carroll said C Max Unger is further behind Maxwell in returning saying "he's really on the track to getting back out there but we don't know when yet.''
--- DT Jordan Hill, Carroll said, is "still hobbling around a little bit'' and unlikely to play.
--- TE Zach Miller is out again this week and Carroll admitted that "it's been a little slower than we had hoped.'' Carroll said Miller will make the trip with the team this week, apparently to see Dr. Robert Anderson, a noted foot specialist (the same guy Russell Okung saw last year) and that "hopefully he will make a good turn here. I think they talked about there is a good turn coming up here in the next week or so, so we should really see him get better quickly.'' Still, Miller is now going to be out at least four weeks, and probably more, a bit more than some of the original reports.
--- And asked about the signing Tuesday of TE Brett Brackett, Carroll said: "From what Ive seen on film he's an all-around tight end. Good catcher, good route-runner. Seen him block. Saw him actively against guys at Jacksonville so I had a pretty good gauge guys that we knew that he was blocking. So we'll see what happens.''
Here is video of Carroll's opening statement and first few questions today, including some thoughts on the pass rush:
October 22, 2014 at 2:07 PM
Seattle coach Pete Carroll was predictably vague Wednesday when asked if the Seahawks might be adding a body at the fullback spot to replace the injured Derrick Coleman.
"You'll have to wait and see,'' he said.
While there were reports that the Seahawks brought in three fullbacks for tryouts on Tuesday, the team did not sign any, and at the moment does not have a healthy fullback on its roster after Coleman broke a bone in his foot prior to Sunday's game at St. Louis.
With Coleman out, backup tailback Robert Turbin played fullback, getting a season-high 30 snaps.
Turbin said today he's prepared to be the fullback again Sunday at Carolina.
"Absolutely,'' he said. "I just want to win. I want to help the team as much as I can. I'm a team guy and stuff like that, and so if they need me to take on the role for the next few weeks, whatever the case may be, then sure.''
Turbin indicated he's in the game plan as a fullback this week.
He had to learn the spot on the fly last week saying he found out "no more than 10 minutes'' before the game that he would have to fill in at fullback.
Turbin said he had never before played fullback.
Carroll said today that Turbin did well enough to continue to be an option at that spot.
"He did admirably and he’s welcomed the challenge of taking care of business there for us, so that’s a positive move for us,'' Carroll said.
An even bigger compliment came from the man who has the locker next to his --- tailback Marshawn Lynch.
"He mentioned that I did a helluva job Sunday,'' Turbin said. "That meant a lot. So that was cool.''
October 22, 2014 at 1:39 PM
During their media availability today prior to practice, the Seahawks mostly stuck with a theme of wanting to move on from discussion of the Percy Harvin trade.
But receiver Doug Baldwin said he was happy to try clear up one thing --- a report that Marshawn Lynch was so unhappy about the trade that he didn't want to board the bus to the airport to fly to St. Louis.
"Marshawn, he was in shock,'' Baldwin said. "He went to go ask them about it and then he hopped back on the bus. I know there was a report that he almost didn't get on the bus. That's stupid. There was no hesitation about getting on the bus. He was gonna come to St. Louis.''
Baldwin also said reports of any locker room discord are overblown.
"I think the biggest problem we have in media is that when you lose, everything is magnified,'' he said. "And when you win, everything is covered up. So that's just the nature of this business.
For us in this locker room, we know what needs too be corrected. We know what positives come out of everything and we are just going to move forward with that.''
Baldwin has confirmed he had a fight with Harvin the last week of August prior to a preseason game at Oakland, a game for which Harvin did not make the trip.
Baldwin said he sent a text message to Harvin after the trade wishing him good luck.
Baldwin said of the trade that "it was unexpected. However, I had to focus on the game, so my mental state was moreso preparing for the game.''
October 22, 2014 at 9:07 AM
The Seahawks will be back at it at the VMAC today, and Wednesday also means the weekly press conference of coach Pete Carroll. We'll have full coverage of that later.
For now, some morning links.
--- Jerry Brewer writes that the failed Percy Harvin experiment won't compel Carroll to change his ways.
--- I wrote about Doug Baldwin's increased role in the offense with Harvin gone.
--- Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report writes that despite any denials, one reason for the trade of Harvin was his rift with quarterback Russell Wilson, which was threatening to divide the locker room.
--- The Wall Street Journal examines Seattle's lack of depth on the defensive line, something those of us in Seattle have been talking about since the beginning of mini-camp. We'll have more on that in our paper this week, as well.
--- USA Today's Tom Pelissero says the cost of what Seattle gave up for Harvin may be being overstated now.
--- Former NFL player Matt Bowen, now writing for Bleacher Report, says it's hardly time for the Seahawks to panic.
--- Seahawks now No. 11 in ESPN's power ratings.
--- ESPN's stats and info blog looks at how Seattle' schedule and defense has contributed to the team's 3-3 record.
--- Seahawks.com looks at the Panthers.
--- Stedman Bailey won Special Teams Player of the Week honors for his 90-yard punt trickeration against the Seahawks.
--- Carolina still searching for the answers to its defensive problems.
--- The NFL has admitted a mistake in ejecting Carolina's Luke Kuechly last week, so he won't miss any time against the Seahawks Sunday.
October 21, 2014 at 8:46 PM
In the wake of the Percy Harvin trade came one report that Marshawn Lynch didn't want to get on the bus for Seattle's game to St. Louis. Lynch had taken to Twitter after the trade to express surprise that "they got'' Harving.
Lynch's agent, Doug Hendrickson, similarly took to Twitter tonight to say those reports are untrue, and in fact used the word "bogus'' --- the same word the Seahawks themselves used to defend Lynch against what turned out to be a false report of an assault in August. As for Lynch, he has remained silent on it so far, declining to speak to media after the game in St. Louis.
October 21, 2014 at 6:44 PM
Dean Blandino, the vice president of officiating for the NFL, gave his most detailed explanation yet of the ruling on the fumble at the end of the Seattle-St. Louis game during an appearance tonight on the NFL Network.
You can watch it here.
To set it up, St. Louis' Tre Mason fumbled on a play that began with 1:14 left. Seattle's Richard Sherman appeared to recover it initially. But officials ruled that St. Louis' Cory Harkey got it, instead. Seattle coach Pete Carroll was upset that officials did not do a formal review. Blandino later Tweeted that the play was given a quick review by the NFL's centralized replay system in New York but that it was decided there was not enough evidence to call for a review on the field.
Here's what Blandino said today when asked about the fumble: “The first thing I want to clear up is the ruling on the field. This was ruled a fumble and you can clearly see that this is a fumble. There were some people that thought we ruled down by contact – that’s not the case. Now we have a loose ball and there are a couple things to think about. How do officials determine a fumble recovery on the field versus in replay? On the field, they’re going to look for possession before it goes into the pile, and when you look at this football, the ball is actually between [Richard] Sherman’s legs and then it is going to go into the pile. Now the officials have to go in and dig and find who has the ball. They went in, they found the St. Louis player with the football and that’s why they ruled St. Louis’ ball. Now when you look at it in replay, you have to have clear evidence of a clear recovery. That means the player actually possessing the ball before it goes into the pile. This was looked at; the replay official looked at it and we looked at it in New York and could not determine whether Sherman actually had it. You’re going to see the ball go underneath his body but he has to have it with his hands. Here’s his green glove, here’s the football and if you let it go, you never see him actually possess the ball. Now it goes into a pile of players. Once it’s in the pile up, you can’t review that; that’s survival of the fittest. That’s why St. Louis got the ball and that’s why it would have stayed had the referee come over and looked at it.”
Blandino also said he wishes they had called for a review saying it wouldn't have changed anything but would have provided more clarity.
“In hindsight, I would have told the replay official to stop the game just to reset,'' he said. "It wouldn’t have changed the call on the field – it would have been St. Louis’ ball – but I think it would have given more clarity at that time. I think that would have been the right thing to do.”
October 21, 2014 at 5:47 PM
Here's the NFL's capsule preview of the Seattle-Carolina game with lots of facts and figures:
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (3-3) AT CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-3-1)
|COACHES VS. OPP.||Carroll: 3-0||Rivera: 0-2|
|LAST WEEK||L 28-26 at Rams||L 38-17 at Packers|
|LAST GAME||9/8/13: Seahawks 12 at Panthers 7. Seattle WR Jermaine Kearse catches 43-yard TD pass from QB Russell Wilson. Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin adds 7 catches for 91 yards.|
|LAST GAME AT SITE||9/8/13|
|BROADCAST||CBS (1:00 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Jenny Dell (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 139 (Sea.) 126 (Car.). XM: 232 (Car.).|
|PASSING||Wilson: 115-175-1291-10-2-101.9 (3C)||Newton: 125-206-1472-8-3-89.3|
|RUSHING||Lynch: 97-420-4.3-3 (T3C)||Newton (QB): 38-190-5.0-1|
|RECEIVING||Baldwin: 23-310-13.5-1||Olsen (TE): 41-493-12.0-5|
|SACKS||Bennett: 3||Addison: 4|
|INTs||Chancellor, Maxwell: 1||Harper: 3 (T1C)|
|PUNTING||Ryan: 45.2||Nortman: 48.8 (2L)|
|KICKING||Hauschka: 49 (16/16 PAT; 11/12 FG)||Gano: 54 (15/15 PAT; 13/15 FG)|
SEAHAWKS: QB RUSSELL WILSON has won both career starts vs. Car. In last meeting, had 320 pass yards & 115.7 rating. Last week, passed for 313 yards (110.1 rating) & rushed for 106 yards, 1st QB in NFL history with 300+ pass & 100+ rush yards in game. Aims for 4th in row with rush TD & has 100+ rush yards in 2 of past 3 games…In 12/5/10 meeting, RB MARSHAWN LYNCH rushed for 3 TDs, tied for his most in game. Has TD in 8 of past 10 (incl. playoffs) & has 11 TDs in those 10 (8 rush, 3 rec.)…WR DOUG BALDWIN had 7 catches for 91 yards in last meeting. Had 7 catches for 123 yards & TD last week. WR JERMAINE KEARSE had 43-yard TD in last meeting. TE COOPER HELFET had 1st career TD last week…Since entering league in 2011, CB RICHARD SHERMAN leads NFL with 20 INTs. LB BOBBY WAGNER had sack in 10/7/12 game vs. Car. Leads team with 50 tackles. S KAM CHANCELLOR & LB K.J. WRIGHT tie for 2nd on club with 44 tackles. DE MICHAEL BENNETT has sack in 3 of past 4 meetings. LB BRUCE IRVIN had 2 sacks & FF in last game vs. Car. In last meeting, S EARL THOMAS & CB BYRON MAXWELL each had FF. LB MALCOLM SMITH had 10 tackles & FF last week…PANTHERS: QB CAM NEWTON has won 9 of past 10 starts at home. In those 10, has 98.3 rating, 16 pass TDs & 3 rush TDs…RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS had 100 scrimmage yards (86 rush, 14 rec.) in last meeting. RB JONATHAN STEWART rushed for 92 yards & TD in 12/5/10 meeting…In 1/16/11 Div. Playoff vs. Sea. (with Chi.), TE GREG OLSEN had 3 catches for 113 yards (37.7 avg.) & TD (58 yards). Had 8 catches for 105 yards last week. Leads team with 5 rec. TDs, his 7th consecutive season with 5+ TDs. WR KELVIN BENJAMIN leads NFL rookies with 477 rec. yards & 5 rec. TDs. WR JERRICHO COTCHERY had 6 catches for 81 yards in his last game vs. Sea. (12/21/08 with NYJ). LB LUKE KUECHLY has 20 tackles in 2 meetings & had INT in 10/7/12 game vs. Sea. Since entering NFL in 2012, leads league with 402 tackles. LB THOMAS DAVIS had sack last week. DE CHARLES JOHNSON had sack, FF & FR in last game vs. Sea. Had sack last week. S ROMAN HARPER has 2 sacks, FF & FR in 3 meetings. Ties for NFC lead with 3 INTs. DT DWAN EDWARDS ties for 4th in NFC by DT with 3 sacks.
October 21, 2014 at 4:13 PM
The Seahawks made a couple of roster moves today, claiming tight end Brett Brackett off waivers after waiving tight end RaShaun Allen to create room on the 53-man roster.
Seattle also signed middle linebacker L.J. Fort to the practice squad, as had earlier been reported. Seattle had two openings on the practice roster, so it did not need to make a move to add fort.
Brackett, a 6-5, 246-pounder, is a Penn State grad who played in two games for Tennessee before being waived. He's previously been on the rosters, but without playing, of Miami, Jacksonville, Philadelphia and Arizona.
He's more of an "athletic'' tight end who for a time was a receiver at Penn State.
Allen was called up from the practice squad and played Sunday against the Rams due to an injury to Luke Willson.
Willson is expected back this week, and the assumption would be Allen might return to the practice squad unless he's signed to another team's 53.
It was reported earlier today that the Seahawks tried out three fullbacks without signing any as they look for a replacement for the injured Derrick Coleman.
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