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Carroll: Hawks will get after Bradford

Post by Eric Williams on Sep. 29, 2010 at 1:45 pm with 11 Comments »
September 29, 2010 1:51 pm

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll talked to reporters for about a half hour this afternoon before practice.

He gave us a quick update on the injuries the team will be dealing with this week.

Carroll said Marcus Trufant (ankle), Mike Williams (shoulder), Brandon Mebane (calf) and Aaron Curry (hamstring) will not practice today, but as he stated on Monday, none have been ruled out for Sunday.

“We’re going to go like other guys are going to play for them until we can see them,” Carroll said. “But they’re talking like they’re going to make it. We’ll have to wait and see.”

Right now, Walter Thurmond would be the likely replacement for Trufant, while Will Herring would sub in for Curry and Junior Siavii or Kentwan Balmer would replace Mebane.

And as planned, both rookie offensive tackle Russell Okung and veteran Chester Pitts will practice today, so it will be interesting to see how both look this afternoon.

Carroll also had a lot of good things to say about St. Louis rookie quarterback Sam Bradford and the way he’s played so far this season, noting his ability to not only throw from the pocket but on the run as well

“He’s rolled right and left,” Carroll said. “He’s thrown the ball down the sideline. He’s thrown all the throwback stuff. He’s really done all of that already. So there’s nothing he can’t do. So they’ve got to be as pleased as the can be about that.”

After he finished gushing about Bradford, Carroll did say that his defense has to try and find a way to get pressure in the rookie quarterback’s face. That could be a tough task because like Denver’s Kyle Orton, Bradford and the Rams’ offense like to get the ball out quick.

“We certainly want to make it hard on the quarterback always,” Carroll said. “Of course he’s still new. But he doesn’t look it. He looks like he’s been around the block. But we’ll do our stuff. We’ll try to make it hard on him.”

On picking up veteran receiver Brandon Stokley, Carroll said that general manager John Schneider and the rest of the team’s personnel staff had their eye on the 34-year-old and were waiting for him to recover from a groin injury he suffered while with the Broncos.

Carroll said they do know what type of role Stokley will play for the team, but they will try to get him going early, and he could play on Sunday.

“He’s a gifted route runner,” Carroll said. “He’s a third-down specialist. And he knows the system. He can go out and play the system right now.”

Carroll also said that the addition of Stokley was not a reflection of Williams’ injury status. Williams took place in the team’s walk-through practice this morning and is on track to play on Sunday. However, Carroll said he will be held out of the contact portions of practice this week.

Notes from practice
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  1. I’m glad to hear that it didn’t have anything to do with Mike Williams. What that being said, what they say isn’t always true.

  2. Dukeshire says:

    I would like to see Balmer replace Mebane, if necessary with the 1s. He’s been really disruptive when he’s been in.

    Hopefully Curry will be healthy enough this week to play. He played so well while in last week. He and Clemmons applied ridiculous pressure and it would be nice to see that against a rookie (in addition to all the disguised blitzes Bradford is sure to see).

  3. bird_spit says:

    I hope we see more Obo this week, in place of MW, and reserve MW for 3rd downs. If he is dinged, they should go out of the way to get him healthy. Besides, I would like to see Obo more often. Obo is definitely taller then Branch, and Butler, and would be fun to see if he can develop into more than a ST guy.

    That said, all of the Branch haters, and I was a Branch-hater card holder, should take a step back and see just how good he is in this offense. Just think how many catches and ypc he will have if he stays healthy…

  4. The way this offense is playing, I sure hope that Curry, Mebane and Trufant all play. This doesn’t seem to be the same old Rams team.

  5. azhawkman says:

    If Pitts and Okung play the left side this week I think we will have a pretty good afternoon rushing the football. Forsett and co had 170 yards rushing in the game last year in STL and this line should be much better. Not sure that the Rams have improved their defense a ton or if their good defensive stats are just a result of playing AZ, OAK and Washington, which don’t have much offense. I am trying not to be overconfident coming into this but I just don’t see how we lose this game if we play a B game altogether. But I guess it is the Seahawks and they usually play a D or C- game on the road…bleh! The thought of losing to the Rams is making me nauseous!

  6. Dukeshre: “I would like to see Balmer replace Mebane, if necessary with the 1s”

    I’m assuming you mean IF Mebane is out due to injury. Yeah, I’ve liked watching Balmer play since the first day he got here. Balmer has really been a great backup to both Mebane at the 3 and Bryant at the 5, and a good special teams blocker. Its amazing that he is so athletic, strong and versatile, and yet the 49ers couldn’t figure out how to use him. He was routinely beaten for the starting job at DE while in San Francisco. Makes me think a lot less of the 49ers and their scheme if they couldn’t get an athlete like Balmer onto the field. In the 2008 draft when we picked Jackson, I wanted Balmer then. We were very lucky to get him this year.

    John Scheider has been great in finding players undervalued and cut loose by other teams – like Balmer, Raheem Brock, and Leon Washington. Unbelievable.

  7. SeanCarney says:

    It’s good that we are getting after Bradford, but if Trufant cant play it might be a long day for the secondary.

  8. You failed to mention the trade for Clemons who shined this week. Mike Williams may have had a TD on that first pass had Hass not thrown behind, looks to be a stud. And we’ve yet to determine the o’line upgrades but Andrews has looked good. Polumbus has been excellent as a backup.

    Should Tru set out Thurmond will get his chance to perform as a starter He does outstanding again and they may consider moving Tru back over to the right side.

    What is the story on Leroy Hill?

  9. Dukeshire says:

    Stevos – That’s correct.

  10. freedom_X says:

    I second the comments about the danger of underestimating the Rams. Judging them by last year’s standards may be a big mistake, Seattle’s not the same team as last year and neither is St. Louis.

    I would only feel this game is a gimme if Steven Jackson is out. That would help Seattle out a ton, in terms of not having to scheme as heavily just to stop him.

    Seattle hasn’t run against anyone this year, except with some moderate success against Denver who was guarding mainly against the pass anyway.

  11. CaliSeahawker says:

    Seattle just sucks on the road – enough said. Every road game is a tough game. It’s been that way for 6-8 years, except our 2005 dominance which resulted in the franchise’s only Superbowl Title (Leavy law)

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