Archives: Oct. 2009
TNT columnist Dave Boling takes a closer look at Tacoma native cornerback Marcus Trufant’s return to the field, and says he looks ready to play against Dallas on Sunday.
“He hasn’t played football in a long, long time,” coach Jim Mora said. “He hasn’t been in a game since our last game last year. He didn’t do much in the offseason in terms of being able to condition for football. So we need to see where he is endurance-wise. Obviously, he’s got to knock some of the rust off in terms of his technique, but he’s doing that, and he’s worked hard.”
Technique? No problem there. Covering receivers in practice Monday, Trufant showed the fluid moves that made him such a high draft pick, retreating at speed, swiveling the hips on the turn, and closing the gap at the receiver’s break.
Mora was cautious in his evaluation, saying the Seahawks were going to wait until Saturday or Sunday to decide how much Trufant will play. But Trufant sure looked up to speed in practice.
The Seahawks practiced this morning, and there were still no signs of when offensive tackles Walter Jones or Sean Locklear will return to the field.
Seahawks head coach Jim Mora said Jones (knee) is still iffy on whether he will return this week or thereafter.
“We’ll see where he is Wednesday,” Mora said about Jones. “There’s always the hope, but we’ll see. I don’t know for sure yet.”
Mora said the same about Locklear (ankle). Both came out to watch the end of practice after finishing rehab for their injuries.
Asked how long it would take for Jones to get ready for a game, Mora said he was not certain.
Good morning. First off I want to say thanks to Ryan Divish for doing an excellent job of taking over the blog last week. The break was good, and I’m refreshed and ready to get after it this week.
I thought we would start this morning off by taking a look at a couple statistics that both the offense and defense consider important indicators in the evaluation of the offensive and defensive units.
When I asked offensive coordinator Greg Knapp what he considered the most important statistics in evaluating his offense he pointed to three – third down conversions, red zone percentage and big plays.
I asked Gus Bradley the same question and his gave me three categories they use to evaluate the defense – turnovers, points allowed and third down conversions.
“Our deal is to keep them down in points and third down conversions and takeaways,” Bradley said. “If we’re doing well in all of those areas, we’re going to have a chance to win a lot of games.”
Good morning. We’ll get started about 9 a.m.
Yes, the Vikings lost. Yes, I’m already sick of hearing about Brett Favre going back to Lambeau Field next week, considering this week isn’t even over.
But this play was awesome …
I wouldn’t want to tackle the guy
It’s kind of weird not having the Hawks this weekend. I’ll be headed up to the UW-Oregon game. But my Sunday hangover won’t be the same without the live Seahawks game chat. Perhaps like the Seahawks, I need to heal up, I don’t want to be placed on the PUP list with a damaged liver.
Let’s get to a few links (I’m working on two other blog posts – one Hawks, one Ms).
Not much going on in Hawks news.
Earlier in the week, I was on the phone with Eric discussing (arguing) the Seahawks and their chances for the rest of the season, along with some stuff about covering for him while he’s on furlough.
While I didn’t think 2-4 was the end of the world, I didn’t think it would be possible for the Seahawks to make the postseason.
The offensive line is being held together with duct tape, super glue and a guy named Damion McIntosh. And as Greg Knapp admitted the other day, it’s limited them in what the they can do offensively, particularly in the run game.
Remember when Knapp said that the zone-blocking scheme would really start clicking about week six or seven. Well we are at week six, and Knapp admitted that prediction has now been pushed back.
“That was if the same starting five linemen were in control,” Knapp said. “There’s no way it’s going to be like that now. It’s going to take longer. Two starting centers, three left guards, four left tackles, maybe on our fifth in seven games? You can’t develop the running game and/or the protection game consistently if you change the parts.”
It also limits how much they can do offensively as well as using all of the playbook and game planning.
“As a game plan, you don’t game plan as much in the run game. You get more specific, alright here’s the core runs we’re going to do and we’re going to make those work. And not try to have too much because you have the parts changing. And from the protection standpoint, you gotta be sensitive to finding different ways to help the tackle or guard out. Either chip help, keep the tight end in, or moving the quarterback. ”
That’s not exactly inspiring.
Along those lines on the offensive line, some of you have asked about big Walt. My answer: No, I don’t believe Walter Jones will play in a game this season.
Some may say: “What the hell do you know?”
Well, I know enough to not trust a quick recovery from microfracture surgery. And this whole talk of a “non-weight bearing bone” is ridiculous (as Hass would say). Absolutely ridiculous. As I said on the podcast a few weeks ago, the man weighs 350 pounds, name a bone in his legs that is not weight-bearing.
Eric was a little more pragmatic and logical – not surprising. Obviously, he believes the line has issues and that is major reason this team is in trouble, but then he also pointed to the remaining 10 games on the schedule. Realistically to have a chance the Hawks would need to go 9-7 to even have a slight chance. And with Hawks at 2-4, Eric said he didn’t know if there were seven wins out there in the remaining 10 games to make it interesting, because six of those games are on the road, a place where the Seahawks have been just 5-13 since the 20o7 season.
He does have a point.
And so I told Eric that I would throw out a post about it, taking a look at the remaining 10 games and assessing their chances. Remember I’m doing this with an unbiased opinion. I’m not a Hawks fan. Sure it’s better if they win, but I’m not a fan.
Somewhat frequent poster “Hellomouthbreathers” had a similar comment – breaking down the schedule - in one of the posts earlier in the week.
Feel free to breakdown the remaining 10 games with your thoughts on which ones they will win, and which ones they won’t.
A few things … I’m looking at this breakdown under the assumption that Hass stays healthy all season, Sims and Locklear come back (though I figure Locklear will get hurt again) and Lofa not being a factor since we haven’t heard anything on his situation.
Nov. 1 — at Dallas: The Cowboys are not good. They should have lost to the Chiefs, but Miles Austin bailed them out. Romo might have to get back together with Jessica Simpson to start playing better. DeMarcus Ware has a stress fracture in his foot, but even at 80 percent he still could cause problems for the line. It sounds as though Felix Jones will be healthy by then. Having Trufant back in some capacity should help, but I’m going Dallas 28-14.