It’s bye-week Wednesday and we can expect a quick practice this morning with players sprinting to the showers (or using Justin Forsett’s “Shower Pill”) so they can disperse for the next four days away from work. These guys come off that field looking like kids on the last day of junior high. I would imagine that most of the 10 players watching from the sidelines will again get rest today.
Here’s my story from the TNT this morning, focusing on coach Tom Cable and quarterback Charlie Whitehurst. Cable was expected to instill some toughness in the offense, particularly the line. If they’re looking for an example, Cable’s resilience after a serious back surgery should supply an example for them. This was just a daily notebook, so I didn’t get any subjective commentary in it, but I’m finding Whitehurst an increasingly intriguing character. As posters have pointed out, the guy is cool. I mean that in a reference to his unruffled demeanor. As that applies to his leadership qualities, the guy has had some disappointment here, but has responded well and appropriately. Teammates see and appreciate that.
I always like to check out Rod Mar’s photos at Seahawks.com because there certainly are times they capture a player’s effort better than we can describe it. I particularly like the one of Kris Durham making a catch. The rookie seems to have really good speed and agility for someone his size. Especially if Mike Williams continues to battle health issues, Durham could get more exposure.
Also at Seahawks.com, Clare Farnsworth’s story focusing on Cable (yes, he conducted a group interview after practice) also includes a good picture of Cable watching action from a stool during practice. The six-hour flight to New York last weekend had to be tough for Cable, aside from merely getting in and out of the press box. He’s walking around tentatively at practice, but I would worry about somebody accidentally running into him. Although he’s stout enough I don’t think he would go down easily.
When I read the headline on Mike Sando’s ESPN.com blog about possible MVP candidates from the NFC West, I guess I should have expected there to be no Seahawks included. His point was that at this stage of the season, the Niners are the only team getting any notice in the division. Might be a springboard to this discussion: Is there a player on the current Seahawks roster who has a chance of developing into a league MVP?