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Bryant, Hill miss second day of practice

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 29, 2012 at 4:21 pm with 37 Comments »
November 29, 2012 4:21 pm

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Red Bryant (foot) and linebacker Leroy Hill (ankle) did not practice for a second straight day today, as the team worked out inside today.

Seattle head coach Pete Carroll told us on Wednesday that if Bryant can’t play, Alan Branch would move outside to defensive end, and rookie Greg Scruggs would take Branch’s place at defensive tackle.

“Alan’s played some of the same techniques that Red did last week,” Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said. “And he’s practiced it through the week, and all the way up through the season, because we’ve had to have a backup ready in case that happens.”

Second-year pro Malcolm Smith is slated to play outside linebacker if Hill can’t play on Sunday.

Running back Marshawn Lynch (back) and defensive lineman Greg Scruggs (oblique) were full participants in practice today.

For Chicago, talented return man Devin Hester has been ruled out with a concussion. And former Seahawk Chris Spencer also has been ruled out because he suffered a torn meniscus against Minnesota last week.

Receiver Alshon Jeffery (knee) and linebacker Brian Urlacher (non injury related) did not practice today.

Running back Matt Forte (ankle), linebacker Lance Briggs (ankle), tight end Kellen Davis (ankle) and cornerback Charles Tillman (ankle) were limited.

And defensive tackle Stephen Paea (shoulder) and offensive guard Edwin Williams (shoulder) were full participants.

Notes from practice
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  1. Can’t the whole bears 1st stringers get a raging case of herpes so we can win this weekend. After the Dolphins debacle I think it may be the only way we can get a “W”

  2. The Bears are not an elite NFC team, but they are a good one. Since the Dolphins are a slightly below average AFC team, my optimism is guarded (since the Dolphins, on average, suck compared to the Bears).

    However, it’s the NFL and the Hawks almost won in SF and the Bears got hammered there… Any Given Sunday!!!

    Mr. Happy and the Duke Boy are great GMs.

    Now, we need a great/disciplined coach (which Mr. Happy clearly isn’t based on about a HUNDRED NFL games with THREE different organizations!!!)… but Mike Holmgren ***IS*** based on years and years of having teams that were among the least penalized in the NFL***… I want to see Mike Holmgren walk up to one of our penalized losers with the “I’ll kill you look.” I’m pretty sure he’d be taken more seriously than a little person who can barely speak comPlETE sentences…

  3. Chris Spencer is hurt (or sucks when playing)? Weird.

  4. Dukeshire says:

    Hopefully Smith is fully healthy, I’ve always been intrigued by him. Look forward to seeing how he plays.

  5. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Winning the turnover battle and keeping Cutler from getting hot for to long are the two biggest keys, imo that will get us a win.

  6. GeorgiaHawk says:

    To bad Holmgrens “I’ll kill you look.” never had an effect on the defense. There is a reason he is called The Big Show.

  7. sluggo42 says:

    If they let RW throw, call an aud or two, they should win.
    I really do wonder if bev was playing rope a dope with his big proclamation of us being a running team, and is going to throw out of the information to start the game…

  8. GeorgiaHawk says:


  9. sluggo42 says:

    I- formation

  10. You’re right Georgia. He sucked and never won a Super Bowl.

  11. GeorgiaHawk says:

    BobbyK- The GreenBay SuperBowl win when Holmgren was there wasn’t all about Holmgren.
    Yes, he was one of the best Offensive minded coaches to coach the game, and if he would have stuck with that instead of trying to be eveything else he may have been involved with several more SuperBowl wins by now, ( see Belichick ).

    So yes he sucked as a GM, and he sucked at putting a good Defense together.

    Nice spin try though. Lol.

  12. bbnate420 says:

    Not sure if I’d rather face Carimi or Spencer at G? ;-)

    I am also intrigued to see Smith get some playing time. Especially in passing situations, although they probably will have Wagner and Wcright out there in nickel.

  13. madpunter88 says:

    Really, the Mike Holmgren sucked thread has started? This can’t be serious.

  14. Ewalters7354 says:

    Holmgren only sucked as a Gm.Drafting guys in the first round that couldn’t stay in the league 3yrs? That sucks to me.Matt Millen eh?

  15. Dukeshire says:

    Seattle is a running team whether Bevell says it out loud or not. All the Bears need to know about the Seahawks is their last 4 games. And that’s what nearly every team in the league game plans off of when preparing for an opponent. There’s no gamesmanship on Bevell’s part here.

    And before we get too revisionist here, the ’05 defense led the league in sacks, 5th in rushing defense, and 7th in points allowed. In short the defense wasn’t some liability that the offense had to pick up the slack for, as is being suggested by a few the past several days.

  16. Ewalters7354 says:

    He showed he couldn’t evaluate talent aside from Matt Hasselbeck.I was livid after he drafted Alex Bannister and Jeremy Stevens in the first round.Though Stevens had a productive season during the super bowl run.

  17. Ewalters7354 says:

    Duke, not to mention being the number one red zone defense.

  18. freedom_X says:

    Alex Bannister was a 5th round pick. I personally don’t get worked up in anger over a 5th rounder. And Bannister actually made the Pro Bowl (albeit as a special teams player.)

    The ’05 defense was a good one, but it was helped by the fact the offense almost always staked the team to a sizable lead. That boosted the sack numbers and run totals since opponents were coming from behind. It hurt the passing totals.

    That defense, I felt was more of a takeaway/big play defense vs. a shutdown defense,and I still feel it was helped much more by the productive offense than it was hindered. My opinion is that if it were paired with an average offense, it would have been only a slightly above average defense at best.

  19. Ewalters7354 says:

    thanks for the correction freedom

  20. Dukeshire says:

    Freedom – That speaks to my point yesterday: the ’05 defense absolutely benefited from a very productive offense. Among other things, the ability to play an aggressive scheme, and not passively simply trying to get the opposing offense to burn time, nearly always is more productive. This current defense would look so much better if the offense was able to close games out more consistently and, as Wilson continues to improve and they continue to add talent around him, they ought to. But right now, there are such razor thin margins for error on both sides of the ball, they have to play so conservatively.

  21. princeaden says:

    My gut tells me that the Seahawks will make Cutler look like the second coming of Montana in the 4th Qtr.. How many pro athlete’s have had a career day against Seattle teams ? Countless.

  22. Screensmoke says:

    Seahawks history week? Who cares about Holgrem-live in the now!dukeshire your a regular Howard Costello

  23. Ewalters7354 says:

    prince, I’m with you.The Bears have an awful, injury prone line and those are the type of lines the hawks make look great.See AZ and STL.So it wouldn’t surprise me if Cutler burns us on yet another game winning drive.

  24. DanielleMND says:

    Dukeshire, this current defense would look so much better if it could consistently stop the run, rush the passer, and stop the other team’s passing game in crunch time. If offense and special teams gets you two leads in the fourth quarter, defense has to hold. Giving up 17 points in 12 minutes shouldn’t happen.

  25. bbnate420 says:

    I’m not sure why the offense-defense discussion has become such a dichotomy. They BOTH help each other. That’s nothing revolutionary. There have been a number of games where the defense was the prime reason for winning, and there have been a number of games where the offense played well, either in a win or loss. The offense has let the defense down, and the defense has let the offense down. More of the former than the latter IMO, but neither is anywhere above reproach. The offense was pretty anemic in the beginning of the season. Now, they are showing signs of significant improvement if nothing else IMO. There’s a saying. You need to play well in all 3 phases. I’m not sure that has really happened this season. I would really like us to sneak into the playoffs, for some experience if nothing else, but I really have my hopes set on 2013.

  26. bbnate420 says:

    BTW, Free Browner and Sherm 2012.

  27. montanamike2 says:

    And Pussy Riot. lol.

  28. bbnate420 says:

    A free pussy is a good pussy, right montanamike2? ;-)

  29. Well that escalated quickly.

  30. sluggo42 says:

    Face it, until the coaching staff wakes up, every game is easy to lose. They are clueless on defense in the last 5 minutes, as shown again and again. They really can’t watch tape of teams that shut things down and maybe learn something?
    I call the current frame of coaching as “stubborn stupid”. All of us uneducated armchair coaches can see that the current game ending strategy doesn’t work. Try something else, the worst thing to happen cannot be any worse than what is happening now!

  31. Dukeshire says:

    DanielleMND – In a vacuum, I agree. But the offense simply has to do more so this D isn’t “always” doing the bulk of the heavy lifting, so to speak. Moreover, when this defense was jamming opposing teams’ running games, they still showed weaknesses that are now beginning to cost them games, as they’ve worn down over the course of the season (and as Bradley continues to try and hide their vulnerability with passive schemes). 14 offensive points in the NFL isn’t going to win many games, no matter how badly people want to exclusively blame the defense, here.

  32. Dukeshire says:

    Well sluggo, considering this team is still above .500, primarily thanks to the defense (if looking at the season as a whole), I think it could be worse than what is happening right now. I know it’s easy to blame the coaches, which I too have had my share in, but the fact is that this defense isn’t as talented as we’d like to believe it is. They’re thin in the secondary and don’t play particularly well in zone, the d-line needs a big time talent upgrades, and LB is thin.

  33. bbnate420 says:

    I agree that if you look at the season as a whole, that the defense has been more productive than the offense this year. But the offense has been fairly more productive than it had been in the first few weeks or so, and the defense hasn’t backed them up enough to win some games they should’ve had. Ultimately, I don;t CARE which side loses it. The Hawks either win or lose.

  34. bbnate420 says:

    I also think that the defense has a lot of talent. They need some young players to mature, for sure. They could use a starting WLB, or at least a good backup WLB for Smith if he realizes his potential the last 5 games. Another talented DT and DE, while releasing Branch would be nice as well!

  35. Damn I’d love to see Holmgren and Gruden here in Seattle. With John S as the GM. Pete Carol isn’t the answer here just as Mora wasn’t. I can only hopoe that change is in the wind after this season.

  36. CDHawkFan says:

    Holmgren teams were just as undisciplined both on and off the field as PC.

    Also, I don’t think I could take one more 3rd and long draw that HM always ran. Every…frickin’…time.

    While it hasn’t shown up much in the W/L column, I think PC has the guys playing better on the road and East Coast/10 am PCT games. We’ve been in all the games and just need to finish. In MH time, there were plently of road games pretty much over in the middle of the 3rd quarter.

    As far as the D goes, I just don’t see the LB making many plays near the line of scrimmage. With 5 OL and a FB, its 6 on our 4, the LB have to get more done.

  37. bbnate–Yes, I agree.

    But the problem is the 2005 Hawks were a complete TEAM, with great coaching and all the pieces. What we have now is not a complete team, it isnt even a team at all; its a loose conglomeration of talented players led by a coaching staff that has no clue.

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