Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said both linebacker Lofa Tatupu and receiver Ben Obomanu should practice this week.
Tatupu suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter, and Obomanu suffered a dislocated shoulder in the first half but came back and played.
“Lofa got hit in the head, but he responded very well today,” Carroll said. “I was very encouraged by his turnaround from yesterday today. And Ben Obomanu really was on the field with a dislocated shoulder, and by the next series was back in there and catching passes.
“So that was a phenomenal recovery, and we’re hoping he’s going to make a good recovery in practice this week. We think both those guys will practice before the end of the week.”
Carroll also talked about the recent success his team has had running the ball. Seattle ran for 141 yards against St. Louis two weeks ago, and 149 yards last week against New Orleans, so the offensive line is finally starting to play like the Seattle head coach expected earlier this year.
“It’s taken us seemingly forever to see some continuity and growth in a positive direction in the running game,” Carroll said. “It’s been spotty at best, but for the last two weeks when we’ve need it most, it’s been there. So we’ll try to take that with us to Chicago.”
Matt Hasselbeck was asked about Marshawn Lynch’s pose as he dove into the end zone on the 67-yard run.
“I saw the picture; I heard he might have tweaked his groin on that play,” Hasselbeck said. “But I think he’s going to be okay. He’s probable.”
Tight end John Carlson said after making his initial block to seal off the linebacker on Lynch’s memorable run, he got down field in the end zone to help Lynch celebrate afterward.
“I was kind of the hype man in the end zone, hyping Marshawn up a little bit,” Carlson said. “I got all the way down there. I didn’t help on the way, but I got down there and I was in the end zone.”
Carroll said that Hasselbeck played his best game of the season last week against New Orleans. He said Hasselbeck could have checked down on the touchdown to Brandon Stokley, and also had that option again on the touchdown to Mike Williams, but made perfect throws on both plays.
“I didn’t make that call; the Saints made that call by how they decided to play it,” Hasselbeck said. “Mike Williams was my second read, Brandon Stokley was my third read. And again, I pull the trigger but it’s not my decision. That’s their decision. They chose how they wanted to cover it, and I threw the ball accordingly.”
Hasselbeck also talked the about how he got rid of the ball early and anticipated where tight end Cameron Morrah was going to be on that throw, putting a lot of air under the ball on a stop and go on the sideline with pressure in his face.
“Just being honest, I think the cool part about that play was that it was a nationally televised game, so you had all the different camera angles in high def,” Hasselbeck said. “So it gave everybody else a glimpse of what it really looks like from the quarterback position.
“So I thought that was pretty game-like, pretty realistic. When I got hurt in ’08 I watched a bunch of games from the stands, and I get now. When you’re up there your like, ‘Oh, come on, right there. See it.’ So that was the first ‘aha’ moment I had.”
Defensive end Raheem Brock was asked if he felt Carroll’s Rah Rah, college approach to motivating the players was corny, and answered honestly.
“Yeah it was,” Brock said. “I was like, ‘Oh, we’re breaking down again?’ We break it down like a hundred times. He says a whole bunch of stuff and it was just like I was back in college again, and I was just like frustrated.
“But it’s good for the younger guys who have never had that experience. And I’ve learned to understand that everybody hasn’t been in my situation, where I’ve been going to the playoffs so many time, and playing with Payton (Manning) and those guys. So the younger guy who have never been in this situation, they need to hear things like that.”
Hasselbeck said Carroll has been successful in getting players to buy into his approach, and it’s been successful for Seattle this season.
“It just becomes who you are,” Hasselbeck said. “I think if you just get everybody caring about at the same amount – or really if you get the players to care about it more than the coaches do, that’s when you have something special.”
One thing that will be different for the Seahawks when they face Chicago for a second time is linebacker Lance Briggs will play. The all-pro linebacker was a late scratch because of a left ankle injury in the first game.
“He’s huge,” Hasselbeck said. “I think he’s arguably one of the best defensive players in the game. I think he’s a great player. Going into the game we fully expected him to play. He didn’t play, and that was a big deal.
“So for us to sit back and say, ‘Hey, we beat them at their place, we can do it again.’ That would be a dangerous way to feel because Lance Briggs did not play in that game. He is big, big-time difference maker and a great football player. So as hard as this game is going to be, the fact that he’s back up takes it to another level.”