Seattle offensive coordinator Bevell said one of the things that should benefit rookie Russell Wilson is the Seahawks are actually putting in a game plan for the Cardinals this week, which means the playbook will be streamlined to plays that they believe will work against Arizona’s defense.
Bevell said that the coaching staff tried to show Wilson as many looks as possible defensively over the entire training camp so few things surprise him on Sunday, with Arizona defensive coordinator Ray Horton known for dialing up the pressure.
“Obviously he doesn’t have the whole playbook at his disposal,” Bevell said. “There’s specific things that we’re trying to do this week. So in how we handle them in kind of dialed down a little bit. There’s some little more specific things for him.
“I definitely think it helps. He can’t get just any call out of the playbook. Now these are the selected ones that we’ve said we’ve liked to go with. And they’re all plays that he can execute, and all plays that we’ve done at some point somehow during the preseason, because we need to put him in a position to be successful.”
Bevell said his offense also benefits from the fact that the Seahawks played against Arizona in the final game of 2011, so the personnel and tendencies are fresh in their minds.
“It just means we have a little bit more games broken down on them,” Bevell said. “Probably this is the most fresh game plan in our mind of what we’ve done. So, it’s still that game of cat and mouse. Did we show that? Do we want to show this? All of those things.”
Bevell addressed the fact that seventh-round pick J.R. Sweezy will be his starting right guard to open the season.
“If you would have said it at the start of training camp, I would have thought there might have been a chance,” Bevell said. “If you would have said it at the beginning of OTAs, I would have said there wasn’t a chance.
“But that’s a credit to Coach (Tom) Cable, and then our personnel staff being able to find him, and Coach Cable being able to coach him up and get him right.”
Here’s the injury report for today
RB Marshawn Lynch (back), DE Greg Scruggs (hamstring) and WR Golden Tate (knee) did not practice.
OG James Carpenter (knee) was a limited participant in practice
WR Early Doucet (non-injury related) did not practice.
S Rashad Johnson (abdomen), LB O’Brien Schofield (knee), OG Adam Snyder (elbow), RB LaRod Stephens-Howling (groin) and CB Greg Toler (hip) were limited participants in practice.
TE Rob Housler (hamstring) was a full participant in practice.