The Seahawks made some interesting moves Tuesday, waiving Christine Michael and Sealver Siliga, promoting fan favorite Troymaine Pope and signing an interesting D-tackle, John Jenkins.
Michael simply never earned the trust of the coaches (and still had that entitled attitude that goes counter to Pete Carroll’s mantra).
Thomas Rawls is finally ready to roll again (which explains the timing of Michael’s release).
Earl Thomas apparently punctured Rob Gronkowski’s lung on that big hit, but both players have a lot of respect for each other.
Lots of people going gaga over Kam Chancellor’s return.
The Seahawks are big underdogs in New England, where they will see how they stack up against their Super Bowl XLIX opponent.
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The Seahawks will see Malcolm Butler again, among other matchups.
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C.J. Prosise could start for a hobbled Christine Michael.
Kam Chancellor will return after missing four games.
Michael Bennett will not play, which is good news to Tom Brady, who considers Bennett to be the best defender in the NFL.
Jeremy Lane is ready for a healthy rematch vs. the Patriots.
As it turns out, Seattle’s offensive problems are not limited merely to their matchups with good defenses. Even the lowly Saints managed to keep the Seahawks to one measly touchdown in a game Seattle really should have won.
Once again, the Hawks put themselves in too many second-and-longs, killing drives. They completed one drive for a touchdown, needing a cool trick play to pull it off, but otherwise had issues with penalties, some bad decisions by Russell Wilson and poor run blocking.
If that all sounds familiar, it’s very similar to what the Seahawks have done the last three years. As usual, their offense is playing poorly at midseason. As usual, they are committing lots of penalties and their opponents are not being called for many. As usual, they are underachieving as we approach the second half.
It’s simply Pete Carroll’s oddball formula for success.
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Russell Wilson talks fatherhood and playing through yet another injury.
Wilson, limited in practice for the first time ever, said he plans to play in New Orleans.
Looks like Kam Chancellor and Kevin Pierre-Louis will be out again this week. Chancellor has missed the past two games.
Sherman Smith basically called out Christine Michael for running out of bounds and not bringing the physical attitude the Seahawks prefer.
Tom Cable said Germain Ifedi made a “big jump” last week and Garry Gilliam needs to be more physical.
K.J. Wright says playing Madden made him a smarter player and he played his best game of the season at Arizona.
Bobby Wagner says hot yoga is part of his recovery routine and he is taking better care of his body than he ever has.
Michael Bennett says he will play at Arizona on Sunday night. Frank Clark is expected back as well, but Kam Chancellor’s status is unknown.
Luke Willson had arthroscopic surgery Tuesday and expects to be back “in no time.” Expect him to miss 2-4 weeks.
The Seahawks also put Garrison Smith on IR and brought back Sealver Siliga.
Pete Carroll said Richard Sherman’s outburst sidetracked the defense for a bit but they recovered and “are stronger for that.”
The Arizona Cardinals look to be hitting their stride as they prepare to host the Hawks on Sunday night.
Russell Wilson was mic’d up for the Atlanta game and was every bit the positive force he always is.
“We needed this badly,” Pete Carroll said after his team beat the 49ers by double digits for the fifth straight time, 37-18.
Russell Wilson has a sprained knee, which could keep him out this week vs. the Jets. And Thomas Rawls is out for several weeks with an injured fibula.
Russell Wilson’s knee injury cast a cloud over the Seahawks’ romp of the 49ers.
Wilson “lucked out” that the injury wasn’t worse than the apparent sprained MCL.
Wilson and Jimmy Graham showed the chemistry they have worked hard to create.
Christine Michael continues to be “a really good story.”
The offensive linemen each picked one thing to focus on improving this week.
The Seahawks have the league’s No. 1 total defense and third-down defense and the No. 2 scoring defense, but they lamented the two late TDs they allowed the 49ers.
Some of the age-old bugaboos showed up in the home opener as the Seahawks committed penalties, gave up sacks and surrendered big chunks of yardage in the short passing game.
They committed 12 infractions, costing them 111 yards. It’s to be expected in preseason games, with lots of young guys shuttling in and out, so not a real big deal. And let’s remember: The Hawks led the league in flags in both Super Bowl seasons.
Sacks were a big problem early last year, with Wilson being taken down more than four times a game through the first eight. On Thursday, the Vikings got him four times — mostly due to him holding the ball too long or getting caught by blitzes.
Wilson took the blame for two of the sacks, and Pete Carroll said the offense did not react to Wilson’s blitz pickup call on another.
On defense, the Hawks ran into the same problem that has plagued them for most of Carroll’s tenure: short passes. Veteran QB Shaun Hill picked them apart with his running backs and tight ends in the first half, hitting 11 of 17 passes for 127 yards and leading the Vikings to a touchdown.
Here’s a look at what else we saw, by position:
Continue reading Old bugaboos return, plus positional observations
It was Running Back Day at Seahawks camp on Monday.
As Christine Michael continued to receive accolades for his performance in Kansas City, Thomas Rawls, C.J. Prosise and Zac Brooks all returned to practice — and the Hawks released Cameron Marshall and moved Kyle Coleman to fullback.
On top of that, Alex Collins — limited by an ankle issue in Kansas City — is ready for more of a load this week.
So, as they prepare for their preseason home opener vs. Minnesota, the Hawks finally have all of their backs back.
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Now that we’ve gotten our first look at the Seahawks in a game situation, let’s take an educated look at the position battles.
Trevone Boykin got most of the chances in Kansas City, and — while he struggled with accuracy and some first-game rookie jitters — he took some big steps in those four quarters. Largely because he is a Russell Wilson clone, he seems like the coaches’ favorite — and he did little to make fans think the coaches are wrong.
Christine Michael, a question mark after the Hawks drafted three backs, now seems to have secured a spot. With Thomas Rawls out, Michael is the No. 1 back — and he is running like it. Alex Collins has shown enough that he seems like a lock as well. C.J. Prosise has some proving to do to get off the bubble, but his third-round status means the Hawks are going to give him every chance — if he can get healthy.
Continue reading Roster status after first preseason game
No surprise: Rookies once again dominated the Seahawks’ preseason opener.
Last year it was draft picks Tyler Lockett and Frank Clark. This year it was undrafted rookies Trevone Boykin, Tanner McEvoy and Tyvis Powell.
After Boykin had left the game in the third quarter, he came back in the fourth and rallied the Seahawks to a 17-16 win in Kansas City with no time left. His 37-yard scoring pass to the 6-foot-6 McEvoy set up fellow UDFA Troymaine Pope’s winning two-point run.
It made Boykin and McEvoy the big standouts in Seattle’s first preseason game, along with Powell, pass rushers Cassius Marsh and Frank Clark, running back Christine Michael and the starting offensive line.
Continue reading Rookies Boykin, McEvoy, Powell star as Hawks beat KC on last play