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News, notes and quotes: Carroll wants to give Kearse more opportunity

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Oct. 9, 2013 at 2:06 pm with 19 Comments »
October 9, 2013 3:44 pm

Pete Carroll said center Max Unger will be limited in practice today, but is expected to practice full Thursday and Friday. Carroll also said he doesn’t foresee any other personnel changes on the offensive line.

> Carroll said the secondary remains irritated with what occurred Sunday in Indianapolis, especially allowing the big plays. “We have been out of that mode for a long time,” Carroll said. “The lessons were really strong because they were really basic, fundamental things. It’s not characteristic of us at all. I don’t think it’s going to continue. Might have been a little wake up shot there.”

> TE Zach Miller (hamstring) and LB Bobby Wagner (high ankle sprain) will be game-time decisions. If Wagner can’t go, K.J. Wright will likely slide into the middle and Malcolm Smith would fill his post.

> Carroll said he’s hoping the protection calls will be secured with the return of Unger. “The biggest issue is inconsistency on indentification,” Carroll said.

> Carroll said the wide receivers are hard to evaluate because Russell Wilson has been on the run so much. He did say several positive things about Jermaine Kearse, however, and that the Seahawks need to get Kearse more opportunity. “He has done a great job for us. We need more opportunities for him because he’s done everything well. He’s been a fantastic addition and spirit on special teams. He’s a very good route runner. He’s a terrific guy on the deep ball. He’s one of our fastest guys. We’re going to continue to expect he’ll be more of a factor. He’s earned that.”

> Carroll said he would also like to get Sidney Rice more involved. Carroll said Rice still does some maintenance work with his knee, but is fine.

> Carroll heard back from the league about the Jeron Johnson end-zone recovery of a blocked kick. He said the league reiterated what officials at the game ruled, that they couldn’t clearly determine possession, which didn’t allow them to overturn the call.

> Carroll said rookie TE Luke Willson did well starting in place of Miller. Willson said he had friends and family in the stands at Indianapolis, which is about 4 1/2 hours from his hometown of LaSalle, Ontario. Willson said so many things are happening at once he has no time to be in awe. “It’s one of those things where you just prepare yourself in case the situation ever comes up,” Willson said. “When I was first drafted, I wasn’t sitting there thinking I would be starting right away, but I still approached it like that’s the nature of the game these days, you never know what could happen to guys.”

> Carroll said rookie right tackle Michael Bowie is getting better. “He did better again. He was more consistent with his helmet placement in the running game. He just looks like he is gaining confidence. There’s fewer situations where he’s uncomfortable or he has no clue what was happening. Physically, he’s capable. Now, it’s consistency and that will come from his confidence and growing with us.”

> Breno Giacomini was back in the lockerroom. He got back to Seattle on Saturday after surgery in New York last week. He was predictably coy about his knee and said they are taking it “day-by-day.” As far as not playing, he’s not happy. “It’s terrible. I want to play. This is part of the game I’m not really used to. But, I’ll be fine.” Giacomini said he hyper-extended his knee after being hit in the Jacksonville game and went for a second opinion, which confirmed what the Seahawks thought. He had to have surgery to clean loose bodies in his knee up.

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  1. Very glad to hear my guy Kearse has made a believer out of Carrol. We need to get the ball to all our guys more–especially Tate, even if he did drop a couple last week, which is unlike him. Im proud to be the guy who championed Kearse all along as our starting FL to be. He’s even better than I thought he’d be!

    Im looking forward to Kearse starting next year, and Rice’s salary going to re-up Tate and help pay other guys, we’ve got a laundry list.

  2. davidste says:

    I think this loss will end up having a silver lining. While 5-0 would be nice, winning doesn’t provide as much motivation for change as losing. I would rather have the wake-up call happen now, and the team learn what it will take to overcome astonishingly bad officiating, rather than in the middle of the super bowl. I have also hated every minute of being number one in the power rankings and having idiotic hosts on sports tv fawn all over the Seahawks. I want us to be doubted, disrespected and devalued and then win it all!

  3. yankinta says:

    I completely agree. Kearse deserves more chances so that JS can decide whom to go after in the off season (Kenny Britt??).

  4. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    Bad news about Wagner, he could miss a month with that injury.

  5. GeorgiaHawk says:

    MikeFromNewJersey- where did you hear that about Wagner?

  6. Southendzone says:

    I think it’s just the expected recovery time for a high ankle sprain. That’s exactly what I thought when I read it.

    That injury is pretty bad news, Wagner has looked great this season I thought.

  7. Pretty cool that 2 of our receivers were not drafted

  8. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    This article… High ankle sprains usually take time, and we know how comPete is with injuries. Max went from a game tim decision to missing 2 weeks.. Also Ware has been out with his ankle for a few weeks.

  9. yankinta says:

    Ummm if it was that bad of an injury, he wouldn’t be day to day. Pete said he’s day to day, so I’m not worried. :)

  10. Yankinta–I loved the way Britt played pre-injury, but he’s a total prick and a pain in the butt, both on and off-field. We dont need that here, especially not once Harvin is back. Harvin, Tate, Baldwin, Kearse, and Rice leave no room for Britt. There wont be room for Britt next year even with Rice likely (hopefully) gone.

    And I wanted us to draft the guy. (I had no idea he was such a maroon.)

    On Wags: I sure hope he can play, and at his usual high level. Wright is decent as MLB, and I dont mind having Malcolm Smith onfield opposite Irvin–thats a lot of speed!–but Wagner is a guy you never want to come off the field, let alone miss time.

  11. Im also glad to hear they feel Bowie improved. Keep it up, dude! Kinda bummed to hear there were missed reads/calls by Jean-Pierre, but its to be expected. I still think it sucks he isnt subbing in for Fat Carp and Sweezy, as neither of those guys seems to be playing worth a damn.

  12. GeorgiaHawk says:

    It’s official now. Who would have thought the Falcons and Giants could be two of our easier road games this year.

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9798787/julio-jones-atlanta-falcons-season

  13. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I wish they would have held on to Allen Bradford a little longer.

  14. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    Im also going to be at the Giants game in december, with my giants friends and also my fiance who is a giants fan with the Hawks being here number 2.

  15. MoSeahawk12 says:

    The report on Aldon looks bad, but according to league rules, he will not be suspended by the league this season. They will have to go through legal channels first.

    But man, not smart. Dude has crazy talent and is on the wrong path early. I would have to guess he’s not going to be mentally ready to play much anyway.

  16. ChrisHolmes says:

    Suppose Kearse continues to grow into the role as a very explosive weapon. Would anyone be unhappy with this WR lineup next year?

    Havin
    Tate
    Baldwin
    Kearse
    Draft_Choice

    I love Rice and his effort level, but given his salary I can see PC and JS letting him go if they feel Kearse has taken his game to the next level… And that might be a wise financial decision next year.

  17. ChrisHolmes–I agree, thats the most likely–and attractive scenario. By next year, we wont need Rice anymore. Right now, he’s our most polished, if least tough, WR. After this year–when we win the SB–we wont be having to overpay for ANYONE like we did for Rice and Miller–guys will BEG to come play in Seattle.

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