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Morning links: Healthy Hawks more than eating an apple a day

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 20, 2012 at 8:04 am with 16 Comments »
November 20, 2012 8:06 am
Seattle Seahawks' Zach Miller (86) runs after a catch as Carolina Panthers' Sherrod Martin (23) defends during the first quarter of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

In my story today, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said his team’s better health this late in the season could have something to do with a program he and general manager John Schneider implemented during the offseason, led by director of health and player performance Sam Ramsden.

Ramsden took diagnostic tests of each player when they reported to team headquarters in March, and then created a profile of each player that’s been maintained through the year. So each player’s maintenance regimen and nutritional diet has been put together for their unique characteristics.

“We’ve done a lot of things this year that are different to what we’ve done in the past,” Carroll said. “We’ve taken a more holistic look at the athletes in general – everything from their rest, to their eating habits, to the way we bring them back – in every phase of it. … I don’t know if that has anything to do with it at all, but we’ve tried to take care of these guys from the time they came back to us in OTAs (organized team activities) throughout in a little different manner.”

Seattle finished last season with 15 players on the injured reserve list. In 2010, a dozen Seattle players finished the season on the injured reserve list.

Through 10 games this season, Seattle has three players on IR – defensive end Dexter Davis, tight end Cameron Morrah and receiver Ben Obomanu.

Tight end Zach Miller said the team’s new training regimen and cutting down on offseason workouts helped curb injuries stemming from fatigue.

“I think it’s a combination of Coach taking care of us with the practice schedule, in addition to having a young team, with a little bit of luck splashed in there,” Miller said. “The way the new schedule works with the offseason being a little shorter, and not being able to do two-a-days in training camps, I think that helps people stay healthier longer and avoid some of the overuse injuries.”

Seattle defensive tackle Brandon Mebane was more succinct.

“I think it’s the grace of God,” he said. “That’s the only thing I can think of.”

Clare Farnsworth of writes that Seattle players returned rested and energized in his Monday practice report.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times notes that last three times the Seahawks have finished with a 6-4 record, they’ve went to the playoffs.’s experts debate what team will earn the wild card berth in the NFC. The Seahawks appear to be the most popular choice.

Matt Maiocco of writes that second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick played flawlessly in leading the 49ers to a 32-7 win over a good Bears defense at Candlestick Park. It appears that San Francisco has a full-blown quarterback controversy, with head coach Jim Harbaugh saying after the game he’ll ride the hot quarterback. Alex Smith did not play in the game because he’s still recovering from a concussion.

Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel takes a closer look at Miami’s defense, which has struggled of late. The Dolphins have one of the best run defenses in the league, but have giving up some big plays in the passing game.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald examines Miami’s struggles on offense. The Dolphins are 26th in the league in scoring, and 29th in yards.

Brian Biggane of the Palm Beach Post writes that Miami’s running game has been struggling lately. The Dolphins rank 21st in the league in rushing.

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  1. I had convinced myself that Carroll was going to take Kapernick in the 2nd round last year. After SF picked him, I was hoping he would flame out. I am hoping that’s still the case, but that’s the fan in me talking. I hope everyone in the NFC West flames out.

    That chart by Danny O’ Neil is interesting. I took away a few things from it:

    1). The win percentage after the first 10 games is generally the win percentage over the final 6 games – rarely do they have a dramatic improvement.

    2). 3 of the worst 15 starts occurred in the last 4 years. 5 of the others occurred in the franchise’s first 7 years. 5 of the remaining occurred from 1989-1995. Those are also the 3 worst eras of Seahawks football.

    3). This chart is also the very definition of the mediocrity of the Seattle Seahawks and a statistical Bell Curve.

  2. SandpointHawk says:

    I think (hope) pabuwal meant to say..” I hope everyone in the NFC West flames out, except the Seahawks”

  3. So what is Harbaugh going to do next week when Smith is ready to play?

    Do you really bench the starting QB after an injury (esp one who has 25 completions out of 27 throws in his last two games) for a guy with one career start, when you have a championship caliber team??

    On the other hand – – as a Seahawks fan, I hope they stay with Smith, which probably means Kaepernick will get the job. Very interesting development for a team already as good as SF.

  4. Sure, Jinx the team with all this healthy talk..

  5. Did coach tell the players to start moving their clocks forward during the bye week so they can be ready for Miami & Chicago? Or did he have them not observe the daylight savings ‘fall back’ altogether?

    They always look sluggish at 10am..

  6. NYHawkFan says:

    The new SF quarterback controversy harkens back to Seattle’s situation three months ago regarding Flynn and Wilson. True, there is a difference, though, because Smith is SF’s designated starter. But the fact that they even consider replacing Smith after his backup had just one good game is interesting. It was similar with Flynn; one great game and people were ready to appoint him the new Seattle starter. At any rate, it doesn’t speak highly of SF’s confidence in Smith, which is no surprise because SF vigorously pursued Manning earlier this year.

  7. HawkfaninMT says:

    I dont think that number of players on IR is a good metric of health. There were several players that went on IR as the season winded down that could have gutted it out if the Niners lead wasnt so big. there was also players that were put on IR for minor things just because they did not want to drop them. I am thinking of Kris Durham. Depth being better now, it makes it less of need.

  8. chrisj122 says:

    All this talk about how healthy the Hawks are really makes me nervous.
    So please media people stop talking about it!

    Like my dad would say “Don’t count your chicks before they hatch”.

  9. I know you guys will have fun with this one –

    “Raiders release Aaron Curry”

  10. Aaron Curry is a busted Raider.

  11. Maybe we can pick him up off the waiver wire for cheap!
    Chew on that one for a while.

  12. chrisj122 says:

    I hope Harbaugh goes with Kaepernick and it screws up the entire chemistry of the team. It couldn’t happen to a nicer coach!

    You can see several examples of a backup QB coming off the bench and doing well but not to many of them can sustain the success. I think this joker is no different, let teams get some film on him and game plan him, then we will see how he can handle some adversity.

    So please Harbaugh go with your one game wonder golden child, PLEASE!!!!

  13. Aaron Curry just tweeted he is no longer a raider

  14. You follow Curry on twitter?

  15. So how much $$$ did Curry make in the few yrs he’s been playing?

  16. Nope – Retweeted by a number of people

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