In my story today, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll was purposely vague in discussing who his starting quarterback will be against Cleveland on Sunday.
While acknowledging that Charlie Whitehurst took most of the snaps with the starters on Monday, Carroll still holds out hope that starter Tarvaris Jackson can get healthy enough to make it on the field.
Jackson suffered a high-grade pectoral strain in the second half of the New York Giants game two weeks ago, and has not participated in practice since the injury.
If Jackson can’t go, Carroll said he will not change to offense, and Whitehurst can effectively run the no-huddle or anything Seattle wants to do on Sunday.
“We’re not changing anything at all,” Carroll said. “We’re just continuing to grow. Charlie has grown up with us in this scheme during this camp and everything that we’ve done in our tempo and all of that stuff, Charlie has been a part of that.
“So we basically stay with the things that we feel we can execute in the game, and we’re counting on Charlie to do that.”
I talked with KJR’s Dick Fain this morning about the Seahawks injuries and their chances against Cleveland in this audio link.
Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald continues his series on former Seahawks greatest games of their lives with a profile on running back Sherman Smith.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com provides a report from Monday’s practice.
Liz Mathews of 710 ESPN Seattle provides audio of a conversation with defensive back Roy Lewis on his possible return this week in this audio link.
Jason Whitlock of Fox Sports calls Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz the T.O. and OchoCinco of coaching.
Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com said the NFL got it wrong by not fining Harbaugh and Schwartz for their incident on the field. I agree.
Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post says unlike other sports, the trade deadline in the NFL is usually a dud. I’d definitely agree with this take. Teams are more focused on building through the draft than trades or free agency, and most are not willing to roll the dice in a trade. The Seahawks were fortunate to find a trading partner for Aaron Curry in Oakland.
Chase Stuart, writing for the New York Times Fifth Down Blog, notes that the ridiculous passing numbers in the first five weeks of the season tailed off in week six, and wonders if that is just a blip or a continuing trend.
Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Browns are dinged up, with running back Peyton Hillis (hamstring), linebacker Scott Fujita (concussion) and Joe Haden (sprained knee) all uncertain for this week’s game against Seattle.