The Seahawks practiced outside in the rain for a little less than two hours this afternoon, working on the game plan for Oakland.
Players sitting out include Marcus Trufant (back), Walter Jones (knee), Chris Spencer (quad), C.J. Wallace (ribs), Travis Fisher (hamstring), T.J. Houshmandzadeh (soreness), Seneca Wallace (groin), Cory Withrow (unspecified) and Logan Payne (leg).
C.J. Wallace, Seneca Wallace, Fisher, Houshmandzadeh and Payne all were out on the practice field at the end of the team’s workout.
Head coach Jim Mora was not scheduled to talk with reporters today, so I’ve got nothing new to report on Walter Jones or Marcus Trufant.
Running back Edgerrin James continued to work more during team drills and seems like he’s picking up the zone running scheme quickly. James does a nice job of picking out the cutback lanes and bursting through the hole. I’m interested to see if he’ll play at all on Thursday.
I had an interesting conversation with defensive line/assistant head coach Dan Quinn about creating versatility across the defensive line. Quinn said it’s important both in terms of the players and the team to have guys plays as many positions across the line as possible.
That’s why you’ll see guys like Cory Redding and Michael Bennett play both inside and outside. Redding is a defensive end who can play some three-technique inside, and Bennett, who played defensive end at Texas A&M, is being groomed as a three-technique defensive tackle who can play some end.
Quinn pointed to Derek Walker and Craig Terrell as two other linemen who can play more than one position across the line.
“When you can create position flexibility for yourself you add more opportunities for yourself,” Quinn said. “So sometimes there’s three techniques who can move outside, or D-ends who can move inside.”
Quinn also said that Patrick Kerney, who the team moved over to right end with the addition of Cory Redding at left end, still will see some time at the left end spot.
“Absolutely, yeah,” Quinn said. “It might be by game. It might be against an individual player in a matchup, that kind of stuff. So even at that position there’s flexibility between left end and right end guys. And certainly Pat’s stout enough to play the run over on the left side, too.”
And Quinn said a point of emphasis during training camp has been for the defensive line to get off the ball quickly and get their hands on the offensive line in order to be a disruptive force.
“It’s kind of like a boxer beating a guy to the punch,” Quinn said. “If you can get your feet in the grass faster than the other guy and get your hands in the right spot, more times than not you’re going to play with better technique.”
I talked to kicker Olindo Mare for a story I’m working on about the kicking competition. The veteran kicker says he’s taking it all and stride, but if he had his druthers he would love to remain with the Seahawks for the rest of his NFL career. He’s moved his wife and three kids to the Seattle area and they’re enrolled in school, so he’s ready to be here for the long haul.
But Mare also understands this is a business and the organization will ultimately make the decision on which direction they will go.
Mare believes he has proven he can get the job done. Mare attributed the missed 27-yarder at Kansas City to the ball getting away from holder Jon Ryan, and said he had enough distance to make the 51-yarder, even though it was into the wind.
From talking to players after the game the balls were reportedly slick, which may have attributed to five of the six field goal attempts being missed last week.
“Every year is different,” Mare said. “And absolutely competition makes you better. By no means do I take anything for granted as far as any team, or playing or anything else. But I’m pretty confident in what I do, and I know preseason is preseason. And they have to make their decisions.
“But they’re going to make them regardless of what I think. It doesn’t matter. I’m not going to change how I feel or what I do as far as how I practice and prepare myself. They’re going to do what’s best for the team. And I’ve been around long enough to know that whatever decision they make, I’m not going to go in there and change their mind and tell them, ‘Remember what I did last year.’ So, I’m not really too concerned about it.”
Also, after much debate in the press room we figured out that wide receiver Mike Hass does have practice squad eligibility for this season.
That’s all for now.