As he alluded to last week, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said that last year’s first round draft pick James Carpenter will play this week at left guard, which means that there could be some juggling around again on the offensive line this week.
Carpenter started at left guard the first game of the 2011 season against San Francisco, and then moved to right tackle when Robert Gallery was available in Week 2. So offensive line coach Tom Cable has seen Carpenter at both positions, and prefers him inside. And at left guard playing next to Russell Okung, the Seahawks have a chance to create a powerful, run-blocking combination they have not had since Walter Jones and Steve Hutchinson.
“We really thing the best place for him is to be inside and be a monster in there,” Carroll said. “We saw that last year, and we did both with him if you remember. And he feels most comfortable on the left side, just in his background.
“So you look at Russell and James together, that’s a great side for us if we can put this thing together. And it could happen this week, too.”
With Carpenter available at left guard, Paul McQuistan would move over to right guard. Carroll said that it makes sense to move McQuistan because of his ability to play four positions along the offensive line.
On the injury front, Carroll said that offensive tackle Breno Giacomini has a chest strain, and will have to be managed this week. Receiver Doug Baldwin is expected to play this week after sitting out of the Green Bay game with a shoulder injury.
Defensive lineman Greg Scruggs sprained his wrist and will be monitored this week, and the team also will see if cornerback Byron Maxwell can make it back on the field, after missing the last two weeks with a hamstring injury.
Carroll said that one of the things his team has to focus on this week is putting the Green Bay game in the rear view mirror.
“I think the point now is for us to understand that we have to find the discipline it takes to be turned into the next preparation,” Carroll said. “And that’s where we are right now. I know both sides, both teams have to do the same thing, regardless of what the outcome is.
“And it does take tremendous discipline to get that done. And so we have our weekly process that we go through that does get us back on track.”
Golden Tate, who’s been the center of attention nationally because of hi last-second touchdown catch, said he’s received a lot of message through social networks like Facebook and Twitter. And as you can imagine, a lot of the comments have not been positive.
“My feelings have been hurt a little bit on twitter, but it’s whatever,” Tate said.
And what have some of the comments been, Golden?
“If I mentioned those words, it’d be bleeps, bleeps bleeps,” Tate said with a smile. “Some nasty stuff – it’s mean. I’ve been called a cheater. I don’t have any dignity. I’m not a Christian – a lot of hurtful things. But I just pray on it and continue to live my life.”
Tate did say he felt vindicated by the league supporting the official ruling on the field.
“It’s refreshing to know that the NFL thinks they made the right call,” Tate said. “At the end of the day, that should clear up a lot of things because they’re the one who make the rules. So for them to go over it again and say it was a catch, it’s good to have that support.”
After the monster hit on Dallas linebacker Sean Lee and now the game-winning touchdown against Green Bay, one thing that Tate says is a positive that came out of all this is more Twitter followers.
“The best part is I think I moved up in followers like five or six thousand, so I’m kind of becoming a big deal here,” joked Tate.