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Archives: Sep. 2011

Sep.
30th

Kam Chancellor doubtful for Sunday

Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said second-year safety Kam Chancellor is doubtful for Sunday, after watching practice for a third straight day on Friday.

Veteran Atari Bigby will get the start in place of Chancellor, who’s been nursing a deep thigh bruise all week.

“We’re looking for a speedy recovery here at the very finish,” Carroll said. “And it’s not an injury that he can’t come back from, it’s just he has to have to have enough flexibility to run, and right now he doesn’t have it.”

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Sep.
30th

Morning links: Carpenter making the grade

Seattle Seahawks rookie James Carpenter works against Denver's Von Miller. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

My story today profiles James Carpenter. Throughout exhibition play, Seattle’s first-round draft choice looked wide-eyed and appeared to be playing in quick sand, as he struggled to protect quarterback Tarvaris Jackson from the league’s talented edge rushers, giving up three sacks alone against Denver a month ago.

Carpenter, 22, was out of shape and lost, so much so that Seattle head coach Pete Carroll opened up the right tackle position to backup Breno Giacomini, and tinkered with moving the Alabama product to left guard with Robert Gallery unavailable for the team’s regular-season opener because of a sprained knee. Carpenter ended up starting at left guard next to Okung against San Francisco.

But those trying times seem like a distant memory now for Carpenter, who played well for a second straight week at right tackle, according to head coach Pete Carroll.

“I feel like I’ve learned a lot,” Carpenter said. “I feel like I’ve had a lot of weeks to learn and prepare, so things have kind of clicked and I feel like I’ve got it now.”

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Sep.
29th

Bradley: Defense has tackling plan for Turner

Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley praised cornerback Walter Thurmond and linebacker Aaron Curry for their efforts during practice today.

Curry had a couple interceptions working with the scout team defense, and Thurmond made several plays this afternoon, including two interceptions and a couple pass breakups while working with the first unit.

“We’re trying to get them to act like vets off the field and play like rookies, where they’re flying around and having fun,” Bradley said. “They’re just having a lot of fun. There’s a lot of guys … Aaron Curry, he had a couple interceptions today and he was flying around. So it’s good. We keeping talking to them every day about having some good juice, good energy out there, and it showed up today.”

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Sep.
29th

Jackson on no-huddle: “Whatever works”

Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson said Seattle’s offense finally got into a rhythm in the second half last week against Arizona, something he’s hoping will continue this week.

“That drive showed that when we don’t hurt ourselves and when we execute, we can hard to stop and put points on the board,” Jackson said. “I just want to look forward to this weekend and just try and put on a better show.

“We had some good times last game, but we only scored 13 points. So we’re going to make sure we get more points on the board.”

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Sep.
29th

Morning links: Revisiting Curry’s draft evaluation

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Aaron Curry attempts to make a tackle on Pittsburgh running back Isaac Redman. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

So where did he go wrong?

Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com asks himself that question in going back and looking at how he evaluated linebacker Aaron Curry three years ago heading into the 2009 draft.

Like most everyone else, Rang had Curry pegged as a future Pro Bowl linebacker at the next level. But Rang said he simply missed on Curry. What he perceived as an instinctive linebacker (Curry finished with six interceptions, including three returned for touchdowns), he mistook for a player who’s athleticism masked the mistakes he made on the field.

Rang: “there were warning signs. Curry displayed a troubling tendency to over-run plays even in college. This has been a problem in Seattle, as well. Too often, he’s been in position to make the play, but has over-pursued and allowed a cutback lane or bitten hard on play-action and been beaten. This fact led to some (including long-time NFLDraftScout.com draft biographer Dave Te Thomas) to question how well Curry would handle NFL speed playing outside linebacker in a 4-3.”

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Sep.
28th

OC Bevell says expect more no huddle

Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said he liked what he saw from his offense during the second half of last week’s game against Arizona, particularly when the Seattle went no-huddle for most of the first drive of the second half, the only drive where the Seahawks scored a touchdown.

“I think there’s a chance to see more of it,” Bevell said. “But it’s something we’ll determine by game plan, by game, by the opponent and seeing if it’s something that will help us.

“Then there’s also times that you may just jump into it because you’re not doing much, and you want to change the tempo. There’s a lot of different scenarios when you go to it.”

And what are the advantages?

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Sep.
28th

Curry on demotion “I’m at peace.”

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Aaron Curry talked to reporters this afternoon about his recent demotion to second-team, outside linebacker. After being frustrated with the team’s decision last week, Curry said he’s accepted his fate, but still will continue to work hard to get back out on the field.

“I’m at peace,” he said. “I have a complete piece of mind right now. I’m feeling blessed. I’m taking this trial that I have and just capitalizing on it.

“Frustration was last week. I was a little caught off guard, so of course naturally my response was just to be frustrated. But I’m so at peace right now. I don’t know how to explain it to you.”

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Sep.
28th

Re-Pete

Quick notes from Carroll’s press conference … in order he addressed them:

–Line coach Tom Cable will miss most of the week after having back surgery Monday. It was an issue he’s had for some time that had flared up recently.

–Carroll cited the Falcons’ talent across the roster, their balance and discipline. They had the fewest penalties in the league, he said. They also excel in the kicking game and ball protection.

–On the injury front, Mike Robinson is set to practice full-go today, but Byron Maxwell is not expected to practice. Sidney Rice came out of the game

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