John McGrath of The News Tribune writes this morning that there’s no replacing Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Russell Okung, who’s out indefinitely with a toe injury.
McGrath says backup Paul McQuistan should be fine against Jacksonville, but worries about the prospects of J.J. Watt when Seattle plays Houston in two weeks.
McGrath: “There’s a chance Okung could recover in time to prevent Watt from putting on a Sept. 29 chainsaw-massacre in Texas. It’s about the same chance Eminem has of pursuing a career in the TV booth as a college-football analyst alongside Brent and Herb.
A more reasonable timetable for Okung’s recovery is six weeks, which is what Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon needed after suffering a similar injury last year. (Upon returning, by the way, Garcon was not 100 percent.)”
My story today covers the play of defensive tackle Michael Bennett who has exceeded expectations.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com takes a first look at Jacksonville.
Jayson Jenks of The Seattle Times writes that Earl Thomas is stepping his game up.
Brock Huard of 710 ESPN Seattle breaks down Marshawn Lynch’s 14-yard touchdown run against San Francisco in this Chalk Talk video link.
Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com ranks Russell Wilson No. 9 on his quarterback index.
Jack Becta of the National Football Post expects the Seahawks to be good for a long time. Becta: “If you like how they performed against the Niners last Sunday night, keep in mind they had two defensive players in street clothes, which had a combined 19.5 sacks last year. In addition, Pete Carroll makes playing there fun and he also has an eye for talent. As one scout told me, “they pay their evaluators well, there are no egos about it and everyone feels secure about their job. That my friends is a formula for stability.”
Mike Tanier writing for Sports on Earth delves into the secrets of Seattle’s dominant defense. It all starts with man coverage.
Robert Mays of Grantland takes a closer look at how the Seahawks became the coolest team in the NFL.
Greg Bedard of The MMQB debates whether Johnny Manziel if a future NFL quarterback or the next failed Heisman trophy winner.