How much will a 136-day lockout affect the play on the field, beginning with Green Bay hosting New Orleans today?
Dave Boling of The News Tribune delves into that topic this morning, wondering how the missed time affected rookies in particular, and could lead to sloppy play in this weekend’s slate of games.
Teams missed roughly 20 practices in minicamps and organized training activities. The effect is critical for teams such as the Seahawks, who have young players in key positions.
It was speculated that James Carpenter and John Moffitt, two rookies expected to start on the offensive line, missed out on 1,000 snaps they would have taken before training camp started. That’s 1,000 more times hearing snap counts, 1,000 more chances to read defenses, 1,000 more opportunities to coordinate your efforts with teammates.
In addition to that, they missed 42 days of scheduled workouts at the team headquarters. The absence of organized conditioning had to be most damaging to the big guys.
Carroll said that Carpenter has lost 15 pounds since the start of training camp. In the normal course of an offseason, he would have dropped that long before camp even started, leaving him freer to focus on the scheme and mechanics and less on simply catching his breath.
My story today focuses on the Seahawks changes up front on the offensive line, with rookie James Carpenter moving to left guard. The Seahawks already have dealt with two of their five starting offensive linemen getting injured, and they haven’t even played a regular season game yet. The Seahawks cycled through 10 different starting offensive line combinations last year, Seattle’s O-line appears headed down a similar path this season.
John McGrath of The News Tribune writes that the Pete Carroll-Jim Harbaugh rivalry would be good for the game, if they would just let it happen.
Jim Moore of ESPN 710 Seattle provides a position-by-position grade for the Seahawks, and predicts a 3-13 record for Seattle.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com provides this run down of Wednesday’s practice, focusing on right tackle Breno Giacomini.
Tim Booth of the Associated Press writes that Tarvaris Jackson finally gets a chance to prove his critics wrong starting with San Francisco on Sunday.
Christian Caple of Seattlepi.com writes that the Seahawks have no interest in former Jacksonville quarterback David Garrard.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times wonders who will step up and take on the leadership responsibilities on defense with Lawyer Milloy and Lofa Tatupu gone.
Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times takes a closer look at Carroll’s philosophy of developing a game manager at quarterback.
Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald continues his look back at former Seattle players recalling their most memorable games with a profile on Matt Hasselbeck.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald says linebacker Leroy Hill is a changed man.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that running back Frank Gore believes some creative schemes by his team could help extend the 28-year-old’s career.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee expects San Francisco to bring the heat defensively, with defensive coordinator Vic Fangio similar in style to Dom Capers’ 3-4 defense.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayarea.com reports that receiver Michael Crabtree took part in his first padded practice on Wednesday, a sign that he will play on Sunday.