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Williams says Whitehurst will get fair shot

Post by Eric Williams on July 28, 2011 at 7:19 pm with 13 Comments »
July 28, 2011 7:19 pm
Seattle Seahawks receiver Mike Williams (Joe Barrentine/TNT)

The Seattle Seahawks announced that they have signed seven of the team’s nine draft picks this evening, as we noted earlier today.

Along with the six we reported, fourth-round pick linebacker K.J. Wright signed this afternoon. So only first round pick James Carpenter and third round pick John Moffitt remain unsigned.

Wide receiver Mike Williams talked with reporters after this afternoon’s practice. He appears to be in good shape, and said that offensive line/assistant head coach Tom Cable set to tone for the offense during team meeting on Wednesday.

“Just from last night when Coach Cable got up and talked about the attitude he wanted from the offense, and I’m sure the same thing was said over in the other room. It was good to get out here today,” Williams said. “Guys were running around, and you could tell guys been working. You could tell Charlie’s (Whitehurst) been working.”

And even with Tarvaris Jackson coming in to compete for the starting quarterback job, Williams doesn’t expect Whitehurst to just hand over the job.

“I understand they brought Tarvaris in and he ahs a relationship with the coordinator (Darrell Bevell), but I still think Charlie has a fair shot,” Williams said. “You can tell that he’s put the work in withhis footwork. Some throws, at this time last year he would have thrown for interceptions, but he’s throwing the ball out of bounds instead now.”

“You can just see that he’s tuned in, that he’s a little more focused.”

One person that knows Jackson pretty well is Ben Obomanu. The two played grew up as rivals playing against each other in high school, with Obomanu attending Selma High in Selma, Ala., and Jackson attending Sidney Lanier High in nearby Montgomery, about a 30-minute drive from Selma.

“We share some of the same friends when he transferred to Alabama State,” Obomanu said. “A lot of my good friends played on his team and were classmates of his. So he’s a good friend of mine, so I’m looking forward to him coming in and seeing what he can do in this offense.”

Former NFL players, safety Tim McDonald, fullback Justin Griffith and safety Charles Mincy are interning as assistant coaching during training camp for the Seahawks as part of the Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship program. McDonald, 46, is a USC graduate and six-time Pro Bowler who played 12 years in the NFL with the Arizona and San Francisco. Griffith, 31, played seven seasons in the league, including a year as Seattle’s starting fullback in 2009. Mincy, 41, played eight years in the league, including stops in Kansas City, Minnesota, Tampa Bay and Oakland.

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    I have a sense if we judge off practice reports, Jackson will feel like the better of the two. By all reports, he’s the better athlete, far and away. But thankfully we’ll get to judge with out own eyes from watching pre-season games. It will be interesting to see how Carroll divvies up playing time between them and with whom each QB gets to play, and play against. Because that’s really from where real assessment will come. Can’t wait.

  2. Soggybuc says:

    Interesting words from BMW. Charlie has to know this is the best shot he will ever get to become a starter in the league, gut check time for the career.

  3. Soggybuc says:

    Have to think they will both get a fairly even split of 3 quarters as that is the only “battle” going on. the UD’s will split the 4th fighting for a PS spot. can’t see them keeping one on the 53 at all.

  4. What FA’s are still out there that would be good for Seattle to look at.

    1. Mebane
    2. Cullen Jenkins (GB)
    3. Mathias Kiwanuka (NYG)
    4. Aubrayo Franklin (SF)

    I think you get my ideas!

  5. Oh I also think Stephen Tulloch (TEN) LB would be a great option!

    Oh well – of course I am not sure if any of those guys have signed yet, which means of course I think some of them probably have

  6. It’s interesting that it was Coach Cable and not Coach Bevell who was telling the offense what attitude he wanted from them. It seems his assistant head coach title isn’t just a nameplate on his desk, but an indication that he has more clout than the typical offensive line coach. It’s going to be interesting to see how the relationship between him and Bevell plays out.

    T-Jack might have an edge with Bevell as OC, but is that really who’s going to make the decision?

  7. Eric…. Who else was throwing today other than CW? Lee or Portis?

  8. Sure hope this S.Rice acquisition doesn’t end up being lipstick onna pig.

  9. edstang45 says:

    Any news on the top two rookies, carpenter, and moffet…also do you hear any noise concerning DL FA’s…..want to hear some news tomorrow!!!!! Jenkins would be the best news

  10. edstang45 says:

    Actually Eric ..have you heard anything that might be encouraging to those of us who are wishing for Jenkins or somebody of his caliber?? or is this just wishful thinking on my part!!

  11. Dukeshire says:

    Yes, we know they’ll get close to equal time, that’s not really an issue. What I’ll find interesting is with what personnel they play with and against. Those things will tell us more about how prepared each is to start the season than a simple box score.

  12. SteelBlueLime says:

    Well Charlie should have a leg-up on Jackson as he will be number 1 in camp until next Thursday. I do not think TJack can practice until 8/4 when the league year opens. Charlie should get the bulk of the snaps in Game 1.

  13. freedom_X says:

    I think it will be even and fair. If Bevell favors Jackson, don’t forget the front office (Schneider and Carroll) paid a fortune to get Whitehurst. There will be a counterbalance between the sides.

    The real issue is, if Whitehurst remains as mediocre a practice player as he was last year – Jackson wins by default. (unless Whitehurst lights up the preseason games and Jackson is average.)

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