Seahawks offensive coordinator Greg Knapp told reporters this afternoon after practice that he learned some things in the first game against San Francisco schematically that should help Seattle move the ball this week.
Knapp said he went through a similar learning curve between the first game and the second game against Arizona that allowed the Seahawks offense to move the ball better the second time around against the Cardinals.
“Part of this is on me,” Knapp said. “As a coordinator new to the division, just like I went through some growing pains with Arizona week one versus the second time we faced them, I learned some things about what’s good against that scheme and personnel that we did not use,” he said.
“So from a game-plan standpoint you’ll see some different stuff this week because we feel like as we grow as coaches, what can we do differently that can help us? So there’s some schemes that you’ll see differently, and I can’t get into great detail obviously about that.”
Knapp also said the growth and maturity of the offensive line should help in the team’s game plan this week, with players like rookie Max Unger being a much different player this week from earlier in the season, and having a healthy Sean Locklear on the field again this week. Locklear suffered the high-ankle sprain in the second quarter of the first game against San Francisco.
Like Mora, Knapp said when running back Julius Jones is fully healthy the veteran runner will return to the starting lineup.
You can listen to that conversation here.
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Jones, who’s been out for two weeks with a bruised lung, was a full participant in practice on Wednesday, as well as center Chris Spencer (thumb).
DT Cory Redding (concussion), LB D.D. Lewis (knee) and DE Lawrence Jackson (groin) did not participate in practice.
I’ll post San Francisco’s injury report as soon as I get it.
UPDATE: Here’s the 49ers injury report.
CB Nate Clements (shoulder) is out.
DT Kentwan Balmer (shoulder), WR Isaac Bruce (ankle), S Michael Lewis (quad), S Mark roman (not injury related), DT Justin Smith (not injury related), LB Takeo Spikes (hamstring) and T Joe Staley (knee) did not participate in practice.
CB Marcus Hudson (back) and RB Michael Robinson (shoulder) were limited in practice.
WR Arnaz Battle (ankle), WR Brandon Jones (thumb), DT Ray McDonald (shoulder) and T Adam Synder (shoulder) were full participants in practice.