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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.



October 31, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Seahawks to honor Marysville-Pilchuck High School Sunday

The Seattle Seahawks have just announced they will honor Marysville-Pilchuck High School during Sunday's game against the Raiders. Here are the details in a press release from the team:

The Seattle Seahawks will honor Marysville-Pilchuck High School during their game vs. the Oakland Raiders at CenturyLink Field on Sunday, November 2. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:25 p.m. Touchdown City and all gates open at 10 a.m.

In honor of Marysville-Pilchuck High School, the Seahawks will wear "MP" decals on their helmets and inactive players, staff and coaches will wear a "MP" lapel pin.

Fans are invited to sign oversize cards, staged in Touchdown City and at the north end of the West Plaza, to lend their support. The cards will be delivered to Marysville-Pilchuck High School next week.

A moment of silence will take place before the national anthem.

A picture of the helmet with sticker is below:

 

October 31, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Friday quotes from Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll on injuries, the Raiders and more

Here's the official transcript of what Seattle coach Pete Carroll said to the media Friday:

(On game preparation for the week) We’re ready to go—we’re ready to be home. It’s been a while and we know how much fun it is to play here at CenturyLink for the 12s so we got a chance to do that—we’re grateful for it. The guys had a very good week of work and we’re ready to roll so I’m excited to get this thing started.

(On the team carrying over from last week’s game) Well I don’t know—we’re trying to get better. We’re trying to improve—we did a really good job on third down last week; we’d love to see that continue. The pressure was there last week—we’d love to see that continue. So we’re trying to build some momentum and consistency certainly.

(On Max Unger) Max is going to dress—he made it through the week and so that’s a real good sign. We’ll see how much he can play, but happy to have him back out there.

(On Steve Schilling) Steve Schilling will dress for the game also and we’ll see how he does. We took good care of him during the week but he’ll be ready to go out there.

(On Byron Maxwell) Maxi won’t be able to make it.

(On Brock Coyle starting) Yes—he had a terrific week and really KPL [Kevin Pierre-Louis] did as well. Those guys are ready to play for us and when you go back—Brock played a lot of football for us. He started games for us in the preseason—got a lot of comfort with being on the field, making the calls, and adjustments; we had no problem with him doing that. Really—we raved about his ability to do that so early. So he’s ready to go and we feel very comfortable with him playing.

(On Jordan Hill injury status) He’s still suffering from an ankle—he hasn’t come back yet. He has not been able to get back out; still working it.

(On Jeron Johnson) He will not make it—he did not make it through the protocol; couldn’t get it done.

(On team carrying over from last week) Yes—we’re trying to get moving in all phases. When we do something well—we want to see if we can continue to do it. So we’d like to keep playing good football. We’d like the mix that we’re trying to get here—we want to run the football every week—we’d like to get that going again and protecting Russell [Wilson] so that he can make good throws. A couple weeks ago, we were really good on third down—we’re not quite this past week. We want to see if we can stay on the upside of that one. What’s really important to us is that we control the ball and play the style that we want to play.

(On what he’s been missing with Max Unger out) Well you miss his leadership and his connection with Tom Cable. His ability to communicate, adjust, and do the things in the middle of a game that experienced pros can do. It’s hard—there’s no other way to get that but through the years of work together. So with Max—you miss that part of it. We’re very fortunate that Steve Schilling did a very solid job for us, kept it together out there and did some good stuff. So having Max back is important—just to have him all through the week, communicating with everyone else, and helping everyone but of course you miss his play—he’s a very good football player.

(On Kam Chancellor) He’s banged up a little bit—we’ll see what happens. He’ll be worked out on game day and we’ll see if he can go. He’s questionable with a groin.

(On Malcolm Smith & Russell Okung) Malcolm is not going to make it. He’s going to have to take a couple weeks before he gets back. Russell was a little sore today, so we’re going to bring him back tomorrow and see how he does and we’ll just go day to day. I’m thinking that game day we’ll make a decision if he’s ok to play.

(On Will Tukuafu) Will was really impressive—he has way more experience playing the position than we thought. We went back a couple years to make sure that we accumulate a lot of plays to see him play fullback and what he could do there. He can out here and showed understanding of the game, ability to pick stuff up really quick, catches the ball really well. When he’s laying into somebody, at 280, there’s a difference. He’s a difference at that spot in that style, that was exciting to see. So Will is going to be playing in the game and we’re excited to see what he could do.

October 31, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Unger hopeful of playing Sunday, Chancellor, Okung now questionable for Seahawks Sunday; more injury updates

While one position for the Seahawks appeared to clear up a bit Friday --- center --- the strong safety spot got a little murkier.

Center Max Unger made it through Friday's practice and said afterward he is healthy and that he is hopeful of playing Sunday against the Raiders. He was listed as questionable on the team's official injury report.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said of Unger that "he is going to dress. He made it  through the week and that's a real good sign. We'll see how much he can play but we are happy to have him back out there.''

Carroll wouldn't answer if Unger will start, but he may have to as backup center Steve Schilling is questionable with a knee injury. If Schilling can't go, then Patrick Lewis will be the backup center, or the alternate to Unger if for some reason his foot were to flare up again --- he has not played since the Washington game.

However, Carroll also announced that strong safety Kam Chancellor will be a gametime decision with a groin injury, officially listed as questionable on the team's injury report. Chancellor did not practice on Friday after having worked on Wednesday and Thursday. Chancellor is already dealing with ankle and hip issues, having missed practices with each of those ailments in the last few weeks. DeShawn Shead is likely the backup there with Jeron Johnson also still out with a concussion. With Johnson out and Chancellor again ailing --- he had insisted earlier in the week  he was fine --- Seattle has just three healthy safeties in Earl Thomas, Steven Terrell and Shead. However, if needed the Seahawks could also call Terrance Parks up from the practice squad, though that would mean waiving someone off the 53-man roster.

And while the Seahawks may get healthier on the line if Unger is back, left tackle Russell Okung is also battling another injury with Carroll saying he now has a calf issue. Okung is officially listed as questionable. If Okung can't play, then Alvin Bailey likely steps in at left tackle.

In all, six Seahawks were listed as out for Sunday's game: TE Zach Miller, LB Bobby Wagner, LB Malcolm Smith, DT Jordan Hill, CB Byron Maxwell and S Jeron Johnson.

Four other Seahawks were listed as questionable: Chancellor, Okung, Unger and Schilling.

Everybody else is listed as probable or better.

The six listed as probable, a designation they have to have since they either missed at least one practice this week or had missed last week's game, are: WR Bryan Walters, RB Marshawn Lynch., CB Richard Sherman, OL James Carpenter, CB Tharold Simon and DL Michael Bennett.

Here's some video below of Carroll:

October 31, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Video: Walter Jones talks about being inducted into Seahawks Ring of Honor

One of the highlights of Sunday's game comes at halftime when former Seahawk Walter Jones will be inducted into the team's Ring of Honor.

Jones has already had his jersey retired and been elected into the NFL Hall of Fame.

But Jones said Friday this award carries a special significance of assuring that his name will be visible to all in the stadium for as long as it exists. It also means he will  now have his picture on one of the large banners in a hallway at the VMAC that honors each of the Ring of Honor members.

"To get my name officially in the stadium, to be here forever is amazing,'' Jones said.

Current players and coaches walk through the hallway regularly and Jones noted they'll now look up and see his name and picture along with each of the others.

"For the couple years I walked through here to now these guys are going to walk through and any new guy coming in is always going to want to know who those guys are,'' Jones said. "So now to look up and see my name up there and my picture up there, you're going to know 'hey that's Walter Jones' and you are maybe going to have to go Google him or something, some of the younger guys,'' he said. "But for me it's amazing that I have put some great stats out there for them to have to go back and see the things I did on the football field.''

October 31, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Carroll on KIRO 710 "We're going to go in banged up''

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said during his weekly Friday radio show on KIRO 710 in Seattle that "we're going to in banged up.  That's part of this time of year.''

Specifically, Carroll said the Seahawks will be without linebacker Malcolm Smith, which is no surprise as he has not practiced all week after injuring his groin at Carolina Sunday.

Seattle has been preparing for Smith's absence all week by moving K.J.  Wright back to weakside linebacker --- where Smith had been starting --- and inserting rookie Brock Coyle at middle linebacker to take the place of Wright, who had been playing in the middle for the injured Bobby Wagner.

But also expect Kevin Pierre-Louis to play significantly, likely in passing downs, when he would likely team with Wright.

Bruce Irvin will still start at strongside linebacker.

Carroll also said the status of center Max Unger remains a question, saying that while he has practiced this week (officially listed as limited each day) the big thing is seeing how he responds the following day. Carroll said of Unger that "he's getting closer but we have to wait for the next day each day to see how he survives the day of work.''

Those were the only two players Carroll specifically mentioned.

However, as noted Thursday, Stephen Schilling missed practice on Thursday with a knee injury which left third-teamer Patrick Lewis getting most of the reps at center in practice.

Carroll will meet with the media at large after practice this afternoon.

October 31, 2014 at 8:31 AM

Seahawks Friday morning notes and links: Are Seahawks missing the fun?

Among the many questions posed about the Seahawks this season is this --- are they having fun anymore?

Times columnist Jerry Brewer asked that question today noting that:

At their best, the Seahawks are dominant and silly. They compound the beating they deliver by having more fun than should be allowed. From the defense’s sack dances to coach Pete Carroll’s sideline animation to Marshawn Lynch’s casual touchdown celebrations, they’ve often been a comedy show on Sundays.

This season, they’ve been more burdened. They’ve trailed quite a bit over their first seven games, which tempers emotion. Their sacks are down, and they’re not forcing turnovers like they usually do. Sometimes, when they make a play, they seem more relieved than fired up.

That’s not the way the Seahawks play football. The emotion has to be high. Fun is a necessity.

Interesting thought that I know leads some to wonder if it's a chicken-and-egg question --- does fun lead to winning or winning lead to fun? Regardless, Seattle would like to again have both, as they so often did last season.

Here are some more Friday morning links. ...

--- Jayson Jenks wrote about the maturation of Kevin Pierre-Louis the last few weeks.

--- And here's our notebook leading off with some injury news.

--- Seahawks.com wraps up Thursday in Hawkville.

--- Here's the NFL Films video preview of Sunday's game.

--- ESPN's preview.

--- The Sports Network picks the Seahawks 31-12.

--- Kevin Patra of NFL.com picks the Seahawks to miss the playoffs.

--- SportsonEarth lists Darrell Bevell as one of the assistants most likely to be a head coach next season.

--- Charles Woodson still getting it done for the Raiders.

--- A breakdown of the Seaahawks from the San Jose Mercury News.

--- Rookie LB Khalil Mack will be a handful for Seattle Sunday.

--- This Wall Street Journal power ranking still thinks the Seahawks are a pretty good team:

https://twitter.com/WSJSports/status/528018714579718144

Finally, here is some video of safety Kam Chancellor talking to the media Thursday:

October 31, 2014 at 8:01 AM

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson quotes and video

Here is some video and the quotes of what Seattle QB Russell Wilson had to say to the media Thursday:

(On the Oakland Raiders defense) Well their defense is making a lot of plays and they’re a very physical defense. Their front seven tremendous and their back end is very experienced as well. They’re making a lot of plays so that’s one of the things you notice about their defense. A lot of their games are really close so their record doesn’t show how good they really are and so we’re going to have to play great football, play physical, and be strong.

(On Khalil Mack) He’s playing like one of the rookies of the year. He’s a special football player—he doesn’t look like a rookie at all. He looks like a guy that’s been there for ten years. It’s going to be exciting to go against him, he’s playing great football, he’s very physical, and can run around, he’s a very aggressive football player so I have a lot of respect for his game.

(On him trusting his new targets this year) Well to be able to go to Cooper Helfet, Luke Willson, [Kevin] Norwood, Paul Richardson—so many different guys when the game is on the line like last week, and then to capitalize—I have complete trust in those guys. They work so hard during the week and they do a tremendous job of just continuing to make plays throughout practice, throughout the week, and obviously on game day. So I have all the confidence in the world in those guys—that’s the great thing about our team I believe; when somebody has to step up they step up every time and that’s what we needed—they continue to show up and continue to do a great job so you got to love having those guys out there on the field with you.

(On is there room to build trust or getting a feel for his new throwing targets) I don’t think there’s any room as far as building trust—I think we completely trust each other in what we’re doing. I think there is always room for all of us to improve—definitely me. That’s something you look forward too, but other than that, in terms of the trust factor, I completely trust those guys: I knew Kevin [Norwood] was going to make that catch, I knew Paul Richardson was going to make a big catch, I knew Cooper Helfet was going to show up, I knew Luke Willson was going to make that catch down the seam—It’s just that I have confidence in those guys.

(On how they matured during the two minute offense) Really—ever sense I’ve been here, I feel like we’ve been pretty good at two minute. It’s something that we thrive on, it’s something that I look forward to at least—I know the rest of our offense does as well. So we keep getting in those situations; Coach Carroll puts us in those situations throughout the week. I remember my rookie year; we had to have at least 1500 snaps of two minute situations from training camp all the way until the end of the season in terms of practicing. So we get in those situations and we feel comfortable in those situations. I look forward to those situations because it puts pressure on the defense but it also puts the ball in our court and hopefully we can make a play.

(On does he feel the offense is better when they speed up the tempo) I think our offense is better when we’re on schedule. When we speed up the tempo—it’s a great thing because it makes it tough on a defense for sure and I definitely like doing that but also, there’s a certain pace to the game that you want to be in rhythm with. When we can run the ball, be physical, and obviously hand the ball off to Marshawn Lynch, it makes a difference too. Especially when you have a great defense that can make a lot of plays for you—you want to make it harder on the other team to get the ball back. So I’m glad we’re versatile—we can do a lot of things. We have to keep getting better that’s for sure but that’s a thing that we pride ourselves on is being able to hop into the two minute and make plays.

(On how much he ran two minute at NC State) Yes—at NC State I did it all the time. We were a wide open offense—west coast style of offense where the games were high scoring all the time. So we always had to kind of either come from behind or just try to separate by being in two minute situations. I liked being in those situations also at Wisconsin—Wisconsin was similar to kind of what we do here. We’re a physical running game, we attack you with play action down the field—one of the things I always remembered at the University of Wisconsin was that we would always capitalized right before the half or right at the end of the game in those two minute situations because we practice it so much. So it’s something that you pride yourself on here—Coach Carroll, like I said, does a great job of putting us in those situations.

(On Will Tukuafu) Yeah—to have a 285 pound fullback line up behind me that definitely helps. I think Marshawn’s [Lynch] excited about that to have a guy step up for him at fullback. Robert Turbin did a great job in the meantime, but Robert’s a star running back—you want him to have the football in his hands too as well. That’s an exciting thing to have—he definitely hit a few people yesterday.

(On how he’s able to trust his new receiving targets) I just try to facilitate the ball to the right guy at the right time and I just believe they’re just going to make the play. In terms of the trust, I think I try to work with all the guys in terms of communicating in the meetings, in terms of getting out there early and after practice, or just in the locker room trying to talk about what I’m seeing and what they’re see and just be on the same page—there’s no fear in those situations. There’s no fear when the game is on the line—if anything, I look forward to those situations and I think the rest of my teammates do as well.

(On what lesson did the team learn last year against Tampa Bay) In terms of last year, the lesson that we learned from the Tampa Bay game last year is that it’s the National Football League—everybody is good. We know that the Raiders are good—we played them in preseason and we’ve played them the past few years in preseason. We know the talent that they have—they have some great leadership too as well, some guys that they have acquired over the past year and some of the players that they have are great football players and play for a long time. You think about Charles Woodson, this is his seventeenth year. You think about others guys, some of their D-lineman and the way that Khalil Mack’s playing as a rookie. Their quarterback is playing well too—[Derek] Carr. It’s just one of those things that you have to get ready to go. We know that it’s going to be a battle. They’ve lost some close games and they played the Chargers really well, they played so many other teams really well, they played the Patriots well—it’s going to be a good game.

(On how Pete Carroll said that he is almost like a point guard in the hurry up situations and if he feels like that more in those situations then when he’s huddling) Do I feel like a point guard more in those situations? Hopefully I feel like a point guard all the time—that’s my goal. Like I’ve told you guys, I want to be like Tony Parker—dishing the ball to the right guy at the right time. In those situations, I think it’s playing smart but playing aggressive. There’s a certain tempo that you want to have. There’s a certain understanding of the situations mentally and Coach Carl Smith, my quarterback coach, he does a great job—we watch tons of live tape and we watch tons of situational football from this year, to years in the past that we’ve played and then all the way back to other teams as well. So I thrive off of those situations and I think our team does for sure too as well because we are in them all the time. My job is to get the ball to the right guy and hopefully capitalize when we need to.

(On in the hurry up offense how much of the play calling does he do) In the hurry up, I usually call all the plays. Coach Bevell and I are on the same page though. We know what we want to call and what we want to do. So it’s definitely something that’s effective for us because of that relationship that Coach Bevell and I have is the same. We talk about it all the time, what we want to run and how we want to do it so it’s a good thing.

(On if there’s a point when the team can become too relaxed in those two minute situations) I mean I hope not—I hope I’m never too relaxed in those situations. I do want to be as poised as possible. There’s a sense of urgency that you want to have. I think it’s John Wooden that used to say, ’move quick but don’t hurry,’ something like that. It’s something that you want to have that sense of urgency, you want to be able to push the ball down the field, but you also don’t want to rush and make bad decisions as well. You want to give guys a chance but also live for another down—some of those times too, it’s four down territory and so you know that it’s not there then just throw it away or get something positive by running it—that’s the way I look at it.

(On benefits of keeping defenses on the field) From the quarterback’s perceptive, it slows down the defensive line a lot because when you’re on the field so long, those guys are rushing trying to get past our o-lineman and trying to get to me. So it kind of slows down the pressure a little bit—it also allows the offense their rhythm. So it’s a certain pace, sometimes you want to slow it down a little bit sometimes you want to speed it up—just like playing basketball. When you get a break away, sometimes you want to go full speed but sometimes you have to slow it down and pull it back out and make sure you get a good play on it. So those are the things that you want to do.

October 30, 2014 at 10:09 PM

Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn talks about Raiders, Bruce Irvin and more

Here is some of what Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn had to say when he met the media today:

(On how big of a plus it was to have the pass rush find some success last week) We were fired up and as you know, for us affecting the quarterback can be with pressure, with four man rush. It’s an area that we’ve been emphasizing hard and the guys, for them, to have the plan and to feel the four man rush working together, I thought it was important for us to come together and do that. I really did.

(On if part of the reason why they haven’t been able to get after it and send everybody in the pass rush this year is because they haven’t had the lead in games that they had much of the time last season) I don’t know if that’s necessarily the case because sometimes I feel like in the third-down, those are some of the numbers, when we really pin our ears back and go, so for us, creating some of the longer third-downs that will certainly help too. But for us to play better on third-down was certainly a reflection of not just the coverage, not just the pressure but also the four man rush and I think for third-down, in our opinion, to be effective it has to be all three of those elements working together and that’s what we saw in that game.

(On what Bruce Irvin brought on that last possession) The finishing part to me was the thing that stood out the most. In a two minute drive, when you get the chance to go compete with your guys, for him to go finish like that was one of the things that stood out to me. We always take great pride in the way that we want to finish games so for us to finish it in that fashion, to get four shots at it at the end to go win the game. It’s really as a defensive coach and as a player; it’s really the moments that you cherish, to say, ‘Okay, here’s an opportunity for us to go finish and then to show the grit and the battle to go through it.’ It was a great opportunity for him and he totally came through for us.

(On even though it was a preseason game, if Derek Carr has his attention given the way he played in that game) Yeah, we’ve been through all the games. I think coming out, you knew this guy had good talent to play quarterback in this league and he certainly proved that through the first half of the season. He’s certainly somebody that we hold in high regard. For us, the preparation and back into the week from competition Wednesday to turnover Thursday and all the alerts that go in for us, we try to make each week as much about us as we can. He’s definitely somebody that we hold in high regard.

(On if Derek Carr is unique these days because of how much he throws the ball down field especially being a young quarterback) I think you’re on to it there. There are more shot plays. He has confidence to throw the ball deep to some of the guys in all situations, not just on a first or second down, on a shot play but we’ve seen that in all downs and distances. He’s definitely one that’s aggressive and trusts himself to go make plays.

(On what they did better vs. Carolina to defend tight ends and limit Greg Olsen) I don’t know if it was anything different that we did in our approach. It was really, we tried to make that game as much about us and our technique and the style that we wanted to play. So when we get right back down to it, how hard we play, the connecting that we do so there wasn’t a special plan in for a certain player regarding a tight end or the receiver in that game. It was really a function of how well the guys played. I thought that, and third-down as well, there wasn’t a wholesale change in how we did things but we did things better.

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