Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner was in the locker room and will practice today. But Browner won’t talk until tomorrow, wanting to get a practice under his belt first before he addresses the media.
But Seattle head coach Pete Carroll and Browner’s teammates were more than willing to talk about the impact the Oregon State product will have returning to the lineup.
“Getting Brandon Browner back is a big deal to us,” Carroll said. “He’s been a big part of what we’ve done here. And he’s been a significant factor in the style that we play. So he comes back, and we’ll how he does.”
One of the most eager in anticipating Browner’s return was fellow cornerback Richard Sherman.
“It feels fantastic,” Sherman said. “Getting him back is a big boost for us. I think it will be big for our defense. His presence, his physicality will be a huge factor in this game I’m sure.
Added safety Earl Thomas: “I don’t want to take any credit away from the young guys that have been playing great for us, but he’s a Pro Bowl player, and it’s hard to replace that kind of player. He’s a physical guy, and he can also force fumble and strips, and also interceptions. We’re just glad to have him back.”
Carroll said that cornerback Marcus Trufant (hamstring) came through the game okay, and linebacker Leroy Hill is expected to practice today, after sitting out last week with a hamstring injury.
Sidney Rice (knee) went through walk-through this morning and is expected to practice. Offensive tackle Breno Giacomini (elbow) is okay
“We are very fortunate right now,” Carroll said. “We’ll have most everybody back on the field today.”
Carroll wouldn’t say if Hill will start if he’s fully healthy.
Asked if quarterback Russell Wilson changed the team’s offensive approach, Carroll said that the Seahawks have more freedom in what they can run because of the University of Wisconsin product’s ability to quickly process information and make it happen on the field.
“He’s allowed us to do really everything that we can think of,” Carroll said. “We trust him in everything that we’re calling. It doesn’t matter what play it is, what concept it is. We trust him to be able to handle it. If it gets off the practice field and onto the game plan on game day, then we trust that he can do anything. So that’s a wonderful feeling for a coach.
That said, Carroll understands that he also has to guard against piling on too much stuff schematically with Wilson, resulting in him playing slow.
“One of the biggest challenges for coaches is how much is too much – and you overload guys,” Carroll said. “And I’ve always fought with that because we have a lot of ideas here. And so that’s always the case. I don’t think that’s happened. You haven’t seen him falter in a game plan, and be lost and not know what’s going on, and throw a bunch of bad balls and stuff.”