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Jackson limited a second straight day

Post by Eric Williams on Oct. 27, 2011 at 4:38 pm with 15 Comments »
October 27, 2011 4:38 pm

Not much changed for Seattle quarterback Tarvaris Jackson on Thursda. Seattle’s starting quarterback was a limited participant in practice for a second straight day.

Backup Charlie Whitehurst handled the majority of the reps during this afternoon’s workout, and Jackson looks no closer to playing on Sunday.

Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said earlier this week that he wants to give Jackson as much healing time as possible to recover from a strained pectoral muscle before letting him throw with authority to see if he can play against Cincinnati on Sunday.

Brandon Browner returned to practice today after missing Wednesday’s practice for a non-injury related issue.

Safety Atari Bigby (hamstring) and Jeron Johnson (ankle) did not practice.

Center Max Unger (foot), running back Marshawn Lynch (back), safety Kam Chancellor (knee) and tight end Zach Miller (head/neck) were full participants.

After practice, Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley talked about the reasons for how well his defense has been playing against the run so far this season.

Along with creating a big, physical front led by guys like Red Bryant, Brandon Mebane and Alan Branch, Bradley said having safeties like Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas to fill in the gaps has been important.

Bradley said Seattle mostly used veteran safety Lawyer Milloy as a run support guy last season. But now Seattle has been alternating Chancellor and Thomas this year so team’s can’t predict which safety will be the fill player in the running game.

“We have to be careful,” Bradley said. “We can’t have him (Thomas) down 50 plays where he’s defending the run. But it just gives us enough where teams can’t just look at us and determine which safety is coming down.”

Bradley went on to say because they didn’t have OTA’s and minicamp, it forced them to shrink things down and focus on what they do best defensively.

“We’ve gotten to the point where maybe last year we’d go with maybe 14 or 15 defenses by personnel group. And this year we’ve made more of a commitment to say, “Hey, this is who we are. Let’s get really good at this. And let’s knock it out and really rep it.’

One Seattle player that is real familiar with Andy Dalton is linebacker David Hawthorne. The two players are TCU products. Hawthorne’s senior season was Dalton’s first as a starter. And Hawthorne regularly goes back to Texas to train at TCU during the offseason.

“I know him pretty well,” Hawthorne said. “I know what kind of quarterback he is. And just watching their offense, they’re a real efficient kind of offense. They don’t do a lot of things to get themselves beat. They pretty much stick to what they do, stick to what they believe in and try and win the game.”

But like any young quarterback, Hawthorne says you have to pressure Dalton into making some mistakes.

“You definitely have to do what you do to young quarterbacks,” Hawthorne said. “You can’t let him get comfortable. You’ve got to disguise. You can’t make anything routine for them. You’ve got to keep them on their toes.”

Also, Seahawks team doctors Ed Khalfayan and Mike McAdam performed successful ankle surgery on cornerback Walter Thurmond today.

For Cincinnati, linebacker Rey Maualuga (ankle) did not practice. Cornerback Nate Clements (knee), linebacker Thomas Howard (hamstring) and linebacker Dan Skuta (groin) were limited participants.

Cornerback Kelly Jennings (hamstring) and Adam Jones (neck) are full participants.

Notes from practice
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  1. Dukeshire says:

    Kam, Miller and Lynch full go… That’s great news.

    Even though they primarily run an over front now, the back end (safeties) are essentially in the same scheme Carroll used at USC. Cover 1 with the FS rotating down far more often than one would think. But Bradley’s right: Thomas is a willing hitter. But with his size if they run him down there too often he risks becoming a Sanders / Reed (lately) type. World of ball-hawking talent that can single handedly dictate to an offense but far too often injured. He and Kam are a wonderful complement.

  2. TJack may not play on Sunday? In that case, I hope Charlie has a great game and proves all of us wrong. If so, we’ll be jumping on the Charlie bandwagon once again.

    Before the season started, this game agains the Bengals seemed like a gimme, but now we need Charlie to play his best just to have a chance. How quickly things change.

  3. Dukeshire says:

    That, and the fact they are getting players back again.

  4. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    even a blind squirrel finds the occasional acorn. i don’t care how good charlie does this week. after last week he proven that he can’t handle adversity.

  5. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Our offense is such a work in progress that I hope our defense doesn’t get discouraged or start questioning the offense like the Ravens defense is doing.

  6. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Spot on Dukeshire! Last thing I want to see is Thomas end up like Sanders!
    I still sit on pins and needles when I watch Red or Okung!
    Is it just me or have we been hit the past few years with more injuries than any other teams?

  7. CW against the #2 d in the NFL?? 28-3 Bungles.

  8. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Moo- I think we can score at least 10 points on the Bengals.

  9. SandpointHawk says:

    Well we knew this was coming…Bradley, Carroll & even Mora made Arron (Box of Rocks) Curry a bust in Seattle. Seems Seattle was asking him to think…

    Curry told reporters this week that he’s able to rely more on his football instincts with the Raiders than when he was operating in Seattle’s more structured defense.

    “Now that I’m, in a role where there’s not too much thinking, it’s not hard,” he said

  10. @SandpointHawk, seems we’ve heard Curry say that before. According to him, he was always ready to stop thinking too much and just start playing. What a tired old line. I wanted to believe him until his fourth or fifth bonehead play this season. Good riddance.

  11. I think its great they’re alternating safeties playing down in the box. But did you guys see him getting run over and dragged around in the Cleveland game? I worry about the guy getting run over for first downs, or getting hurt. Oh well, he’s a great one while his body lasts.

  12. Curry is a legitimate starter in the NFL, but because he was a No. 4 pick, he was expected to be (and was being paid to be) a playmaker. He’ll be fine on the Raiders because they don’t have the expectations and they’ll keep his role fairly simple. If Curry had played like David Hawthorne or Leroy Hill, he’d still be in Seattle.

    I noticed that Peter King picked the Bengals to win. Haven’t checked other pundits, but won’t be surprised if many of them picked the Bengals too. That Cleveland debacle sure erased all the positives that came out of the Falcons/Giants games, at least in the pundits’ eyes. I don’t think they care that the Lynchpins to the offense were missing and the team didn’t have any (h)Unger.

  13. hawkfan777 says:

    Curry was not as bad as people thought. He was just in the wrong defense. In Oakland he will be able to play more like he did in College. The Seahawks brass figured his athleticism would allow him to do more things but he has a specific skill set. He never should have been a #4 pick. It is funny how many experts thought he was a surefire pick.

    I am concerned about Whitehurst starting. He is probably the worst quarterback to ever wear a Seahawks uniform and we have had some bad ones (Gelbaugh, Stouffer, Mirer, McGuire to name a few).

  14. HawkyHann says:

    hawkfan777- your being a bit extreme. Worst QB ever to wear a Seahawk uniform? You do realize he has better numbers after 3 NFL starts than Hasselbeck had after his first 3 games?

    The resurrection will be happening this Sunday.

  15. Where’s ACIB on this one. 3 tackles his first game and then 4 tackles in the next. Not to mention he probably missed some as usual and was hopelessly out of position on many others. A career revival?? LOL. What a homer/delusional article. Right up their with the BS on Don’t reward his site with any traffic. A COMPLETE waste of time unless you want a good chuckle.

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