Last season, the Seahawks played the final month without two of their top three cornerbacks, and the replacements were better than OK.
The Seahawks find themselves in a similar situation this year, only a bit earlier and without the benefit of the replacements knowing the defense as well.
Pete Carroll reiterated on Wednesday that Marcus Burley, acquired Aug. 30 from Indianapolis, will take over the nickel cornerback position that opened up with injuries to Jeremy Lane and Tharold Simon, and newly signed Josh Thomas will be the No. 4 cornerback.
“We’re hoping that Marcus will take over that (nickel) spot,” the coach said. “It’s a spot that he’s familiar with. He did a nice job coming in the game (against Green Bay) in short time. … We’re looking for Marcus to do a real nice job and take that spot over.”
One of the few weaknesses in Seattle’s season opener was the play of Earl Thomas on punt returns. He didn’t show the right instincts for catching the ball in traffic, and he ended up fumbling one of his chances.
Coach Pete Carroll initially said they would work through those issues and keep Thomas at punt returner, but after further reflection the coach decided to remove that distraction so Thomas can concentrate on playing the position he is paid to excel at: free safety.
Bryan Walters will take over as the main punt returner, Carroll said Wednesday.
The first week of the NFL season was riddled with key injuries for many teams, and the attrition affected many of Seattle’s opponents.
We detailed before the season all of the injuries and suspensions that already will affect many of the Seahawks’ 13 foes this season, and the hits just keep on coming.
For the second straight week, the Hawks will go against a backup center as San Diego lost longtime pivot Nick Hardwick for the season due to a nerve issue in his neck. His backup is Rich Ohrnberger, who stepped in against Arizona in San Diego’s 18-17 loss on Monday.
In the Seahawks’ opener, Green Bay started rookie center Corey Linsley in place of injured starter JC Tretter.
An even bigger loss Wednesday came in St. Louis, where the Rams learned they could be without star defensive end Chris Long for 8-10 weeks due to ankle surgery. The Seahawks play at St. Louis in Week 7 and Week 17.
Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times takes a first look at the Chargers and compares the stats of Seattle and San Diego. The Hawks have not played a real game in San Diego since 2002, the first year they moved from the AFC West to the NFC West.
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers joked to Richard Sherman about not throwing his way during the game last Thursday.
“I think I said, ‘I hope you get some work this year,'” Rodgers said on his radio show. “By that point, I knew that we hadn’t really looked to his side or thrown to his side, and I just said that to him, and I think we kind of laughed about it and went on the way.”
A lot was made about whether Sherman should be moved around rather than play exclusively on the left side, but the weekend’s games showed other top cornerbacks, such as Arizona’s Patrick Peterson and New England’s Darrelle Revis, playing one side of the field as well.
Sherman has been criticized — by Peterson and Revis, among others — for playing the left side only and not shadowing the opponent’s top receiver, so he had a response to seeing them playing it straight, too.