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Okung expected back for Green Bay game

Post by Eric Williams on Sep. 17, 2012 at 4:09 pm with 34 Comments »
September 17, 2012 4:09 pm

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said that offensive tackle Russell Okung was not at full speed when trainers worked him out before the Dallas game, so the team decided to sit him.

“He tried really hard to get back the last couple days,” Carroll said. “He did the work on the field, and was at practice and practicing. But we needed to see if he could take it another step on that day, and get a little better. But he wasn’t good enough to be able to protect himself and play at a high level.”

Carroll went on to say that Okung was close enough on Sunday that he should play against Green Bay on Monday night.

“He should be able to make it – particularly with the next couple days the we can rest him,” Carroll said. “So he won’t have to practice until Thursday. So that will give him a good break.”

The team will take today and Tuesday off, and won’t have their first regular practice until Thursday.

Carroll said that cornerback Byron Maxwell has a first degree hamstring strain that needs further evaluation.

And tight end Zach Miller did not play much in the second half because of a sore foot that kept him out of practice most of last week. Carroll said Miller will get more time to rest the foot this week, and the team will see where he’s at on Thursday.

Carroll said that offensive lineman John Moffitt got banged up in the game, which is why J.R. Sweezy got some time at right guard. Moving forward, the two will continue to compete for snaps with the starters.

“The competition is definitely on there,” Carroll said. “John did all right. And J.R. did pretty well, too. Neither one of them had any glaring mistakes that hurt their cause. Both could play better, but they did a nice job.”

Carroll said offensive guard James Carpenter will get a full workload for the first time this week, but probably still is a few weeks away from playing in a game. Carpenter continues to work at left guard.

“He’s way ahead of schedule,” Carroll said about Carpenter, who had ACL knee surgery in December. “We’re thrilled with what he’s doing – and the fact he’s out competing and taking pass rushes and all of that stuff full-go in practice.”

Carroll also said after taking another look at Golden Tate’s hit on Dallas linebacker Sean Lee that he still believes it’s a legal it.

“I don’t think he could’ve done it any cleaner,” Carroll said. “He was very, very physical. But he didn’t hit the guy in the head. And he didn’t hit him with his helmet, and he tried to not do that. So that’s the idea. And I love that the guy jumped up and everything was okay.”

However, Carroll also understands folks from Dallas want the league to take a closer look at the play.

“I understand there are some people that are kind of staging a case on this,” Carroll said. “And if it leads to the league’s observation on this, we’ll be anxious to see how that goes.”

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  1. Interesting comments on Moffitt, one of my big takeaways from the game was the OUTSTANDING block Moffitt made during Marshawn’s TD run. Moffitt pulled and completely sealed off the left side. He got over there fast, turned his body, made a solid block and basically prevented any other defenders from shooting through. At the time I thought to myself “That’s the difference between someone doing it many years and someone still learning the position”.

    This is not to say that I don;t like Sweezy but I do think Moffitt is by far the better guard at this point.

  2. Yes. As much as all of us like the potential of Sweezy, there’s no question Moffitt is the better play today (and this season).

  3. Sweezy doesnt belong on an NFL field yet. Moffit does, but he needs to be more consistent.

    If Tate was on the Ravens or Stealers, no one would be questioning the legality of his block. Its legal. Period.

    I hope Miller gets healthy soon…he made 440k or so for one catch for 7 yards…

    I think Tate got the hit of the year. Move over Chancellor…ha!

    So much better than last week. And my favorite part is the steep decline in penalties coupled with disciplined performance from all three phases…now THATS how you play football!

    I still cant stand Bevell and loathe his system, but as long as Carrol keeps him employed I will root for him. He did a pretty nice job managing Wilson and the game. Perhaps scoring a TD in the first half happens next week though?

    Carrol stepped up, the line stepped up, Defense laid only one egg and played well, ST were great, and even Bevell made adjustments and did well. A very good day!

  4. chrisj122 says:

    Penalties declined sharply this week because Okung did not play.
    Think how awesome Okung could be if he wasn’t always hurt or being penalized for moving early or holding.
    Okung I really want to like you but you frustrate me!

  5. Let’s not forget, Sweezy is a converted defensive tackle… so I’m anxious to see how this experiment plays out. Leaves a lot to be desired as of week 2.

    A little off topic here, and hopefully I’m not jinxing anything, but the durability of Earl Thomas over Okung is tremendous. To see a small body hitting as hard as he does, and playing as hard as he does, yet I don’t think he’s missed a game in his pro career yet. Of course, the only thing these two have in common is a close age and 1st round of the 2010 draft, but I’m just throwing it out there. I really like ET.

  6. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    great read over on fieldgulls about the 3 tightend sets the hawks were running sunday.

  7. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Agree RADEoN! ET is the heart and soul of the secondary, imo. So glad we have him.

  8. montanamike2 says:

    Is this coach Carroll’s way of saying that Moffit isn’t 100% healthy?
    Obviously Okung hasn’t been healthy either, i think that’s where a lot of the penalties come from.

  9. sluggo42 says:

    Well Radeyore, you have something remotely positive to say eh?
    I agree with it. ET hurls his little body at 100 mph into the fray, but okung is in the pit with the big bodies.

    I’m beginning to thing Sweez must be a powerhouse dirtbag to keep getting playtime. Some super strength kinda thing, good project material, but moff is a better “player”.

  10. Dukeshire says:

    Skavage – I know the exact block you’re talking about. Text book. If healthy, there is no competition between Moffitt and Sweezy: Moffitt is the better guard. I would love to see a breakdown of how they ran it when Moffitt was in vs Sweezy. Moffitt needs to be playing, period. Presuming he’s healthy.

  11. Remember when TO joined the club (albeit briefly) in the preseason?

    Remember when the Hawks got into trouble for not allowing a grace period for TO to get acclimated (or something along those lines)?

    Remember it was the Cowboys who snitched us out and asked the league to look into it?

    I wonder if it served as any additional motivation for this weekend’s game.

    Either way, I’m glad we were able to kick the snot out of the Cowboys! Granted, they did have a lot of drops including some INT’s early on, but whatever, we won and I’m thrilled about it.

    Lucky? Yeah, maybe a little. Ultimately though, we put a pretty good ass whoopin’ on them in the 2nd half.

    Let’s hope this mo mo mentum carries over to MNF against the Pack!


  12. Why is this official thing going on so long? These games are getting painful to watch.It just ruins the flow of the game.

  13. We know have depth at o line, running back, qb, db,safety and d line. A very strong draft indeed. suc it Kiper

  14. hawkdawg says:

    Not sure how somebody can say Moffit is the better guard until AFTER we see a breakdown of how the Hawks ran with each of them in the line-up, right? Otherwise, you are announcing the winner before looking sufficiently carefully at the evidence. I am sure Sweezey has had some blocks equally as impressive as Moffit’s on Lynch’s touchdown run.

    I think it is likely that Moffit IS better at this point. But I’m not sure I would be willing to reach that conclusion without film study of a game in which both played against the same scheme and same players.

  15. Nothing against Sweezy b/c I really like him, but I don’t need stats to tell me who is better between those two right NOW. Stats can also tell me Mark Rypien was a better QB b/c his team won more Super Bowls than that of a Dan Marino.

  16. hawkdawg says:

    It’s not about stats. It’s about breaking down film. You can be sure that the coaching staff does not evaluate offensive lineman by looking at the stat sheet. They get to the film room.

  17. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Carroll said that offensive lineman John Moffitt got banged up in the game, which is why J.R. Sweezy got some time at right guard.

    Not surprising to hear. Perhaps Moffitt, Carpenter and Okung could get in the weight room more, toughen up and be a little more in shape like Sweezy.

    O-linemen in general used to be better athletes then they are today, and now days it’s just ridiculous how much better athletes D-linemen are.

    I would like to see more late round D-lineman convert to O-line in the future. It’s fun to watch a guy like Sweezy chomping at the Lard of a high round pick and sending a message that I am here to take your job if you don’t perform well or stay in shape.
    And it’s great that Carroll is sending a message that no position is just going to be handed to anymore just because you were a high round pick.

  18. montanamike2 says:

    I’m still flying high after Sunday afternoon.
    All the pressure is on GB, they’re expected to beat us, I hope we treat them like we treated Dallas. I’m convinced that if RW could get descent time in the pocket that he’ll tear apart most any team. I hope Carp comes back soon because he’s beastly, i could get used to an Okung/Carpenter left side.

  19. jzulaski says:

    Pats picked up Winslow to replace injured TE.

  20. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Aside from Matthews, overall I think GreenBays defense isn’t as good as Arizona and Dallas.
    With Wilson getting more into a groove and the team getting their first win behind them, I can see the Seahawks scoring more against the Packers. And they probably will need to.

  21. bird_spit says:

    Another case of being out negotiated I would guess. Winslow gets a legit shot at a ring.

  22. GeorgiaHawk says:

    The Seahawks are 1-15 under Carroll when the opponent scores more than 20.

    Ouch! That’s got to change, ( epecially with teams like the packers, Pats and the Lions coming up ) If we are going to make the playoffs this year,imo.

  23. montanamike2 says:

    I still have my cocerns about Winslow making it through the rest of the season healthy.

  24. montanamike2 says:


  25. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Winslow also gets a shot at redemption soon in Seattle. Maybe by then he will have worn out his welcome by helping Brady lower his passing rating like he did with Freeman ( 46 rating on passes thrown to him ) last year.

  26. montanamike2 says:

    The Bears benched Chris Spencer at guard after the embarrasing loss, and replaced him with Chilo Rachal who played for the niners last season, he sucks. I hope he’s playing when we see them.

  27. Dukeshire says:

    IMO, Green Bay has one of the more underrated defenses in the league. Seattle’s offense will have their hands full. A real positive I can point to is this will be the third 3-4 Wilson will see in a row. That has to help him. The negative is that all three are very different. Of the three, Green Bay’s has more 4-3 tendencies, with how they use Matthews. And Dom Capers is a master at disguising coverages. It would not surprise me to see Wilson bated into a couple picks, Monday night.

    I’m not being all gloom and doom here. Seattle ought to be able to have success running the ball. And Carroll has a real familiarity with how Matthews is being used and the coverages Capers likes. But Green Bay’s defense thrives when opponents are in a situation where they are down by multiple scores and forced to throw it. Perhaps better than any D in the league.

  28. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    can’t wait for monday. if the hawks can beat greenbay that will show who they really are. let’s face it the cowboys are good greenbay is elite.

    can’t wait for Cam to introduce himself to winslow like he did to whitten.

  29. Dukeshire says:

    It sounds a bit like I’m contradicting myself. What I’m saying is that Carroll ought to be able to help Wilson with recognition during the week. Wilson however, may struggle to recognize what he sees, playing a capers defense for the first time, during the actual game.

    Another positive that just occured to me, is that Flynn ought to be able to give Seattle’s defense a great look at the Packer’s offensive tendancies. Not just in the film room, but running the scout team.

  30. chrisj122 says:

    Come Mondaynight I’m gonna be really “jacked-up” for this game but regardless of what happens I’m going to try to stay somewhat cool.
    If we win, I’m not going to get all crazy and declare ourselfs the next Superbowl champs and if we lose I’m not going to go all crazy demanding everybody associated with the team, from the head coach to the ball boy, be fired.

    I SO don’t wanna be like that cowboy fan melting down yesterday!
    I probably watched that video like 10 times yesterday and it never got old! it never failed, it made laugh out of my chair everytime.
    It just never got old!

  31. psoundpowerhouse says:

    I think this weeks “billboard” material has already been posted, when after the game on Sunday Irving and Faulk said the cowboys “played down to the Seahawks level”!
    Jeez.. really?
    Absolutely no respect.

  32. HawkfaninMT says:

    Gotta think who the comment is coming from…

    Irvin a former Cowboy
    Faulk a former Ram

  33. PugetHawk says:

    Omiyale did a great job in my opinion at LT Sunday. And he left the game walking upright. Impressive. Mr. Okung… you should try it now.

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