> Our Dave Boling writes that the Seahawks have a huge opportunity the next two weeks:
How well they handle consecutive road games against Houston and Indianapolis, each 2-1 thus far, could define this season.
As Carroll also likes to say, every challenge is an opportunity. (And I fear that nearly four years of Carroll press conferences have caused some of his favorite phrases to practically type themselves into columns on the Seahawks).
The opportunity at hand is obvious, a sweep or even a split of these two could slingshot them into the conference driver’s seat.
Talking to people who know the defensive end will invariably lead to a similar stream of comments. Huge feet. Huge hands. Even huge ankles. A rare sight who surprised those he came across.
Long arms. Good speed. Tall. Can run, jump and get off the ball. Watt, 6-foot-5 and 289 pounds, is the most potent blend of defensive positives in the league.
> ESPN.com suggests the Seahawks may start their two rookie tackles, Alvin Bailey and Michael Bowie, at Houston. From Terry Blount:
If Breno Giacomini doesn’t play, the Seahawks probably will start a rookie at right tackle — either Michael Bowie or Alvin Bailey. Bowie (6-foot-4, 330 and a seventh-round draft choice from Northeastern State in Oklahoma) likely would be the starter.
I’ll add in here that Russell Okung watched practice Wednesday with his left foot in a walking boot. So, he’s at least back at the VMAC.
> Seahawks.com is the latest on the Michael Bennett bandwagon. From Clare Farnsworth:
Intense? Relentless? Tenacious?
Those aren’t the words that come to mind when you see Bennett shuffling through the locker room or down a hallway at Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Laid back. Mellow. Just chillin’. Now those are tags that fit the 6-foot-4, 274-pound Bennett off the field.
> O’Brien Schofield’s versatility has been a key for the Seahawks. From the Everett Herald:
Schofield’s role could change as the team continues to get healthy and when Bruce Irvin returns from suspension. However, he came here fully expecting to have an impact no matter how deep the Seahawks were with pass rushers.
“Pete Carroll and (general manager) John Schneider told me exactly what I’d be doing when I got here, that I’d move around a little bit, and that they had some guys out, and when those guys get back, we’d have a really big rotation,” Schofield said.
> How good could Wisconsin have been with Russell Wilson and J.J. Watt? From the Houston Chronicle:
“After my year at the University of Wisconsin, when we were at the Pro Bowl … me and him were just joking about if he had stayed his senior year, we probably would have won a national championship,” Wilson said. “I missed playing with him, man. He’s a talented football player. It’s going to be an honor to play against him this week.”
> Watt says he’s sick of losing. The Texans are 2-1.
> Sound FX, Russell Wilson. This is some audio of Wilson from Week 3 versus the Jaguars. I can’t link directly to it, so here’s a link to Seahawks.com. It’s on the right.
> MMQB takes a look at the league’s new bag policy, which has some fans grumbling.
The fans in favor of the policy largely felt it couldn’t hurt. “I’ve been going to games since I was two, and I’m used to security saying, ‘You can’t, you can’t, you can’t,” said 28-year-old Jets fan Christian Imperato. “What’s one more rule?”
The fans opposed to it had much stronger opinions. “Ridiculous,” said University of Minnesota-Duluth student Lauren Munson, turned away at the Metrodome 45 minutes before kickoff. Her black cross-body bag was about a half inch too big.
> Just how good is Texans QB Matt Schaub? From SI:
Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub has done a lot of things in his 10-year NFL career. He’s made two Pro Bowls, thrown for over 4,000 yards in a season three times, and he’s been the signal-caller for a franchise that was won 25 regular-season games and lost just 11 in the past three years. By most statistical measures you’d care to mention, Schaub is one of the better quarterbacks in the league. But there is an increasing number of people in and around the Houston area who would like to see just about anybody else in charge of the team’s passing game.