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News, notes and quotes: Reinforcements hit the field

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Nov. 13, 2013 at 1:59 pm with 22 Comments »
November 13, 2013 2:14 pm

A long list of players are back at practice today for the Seahawks: Max Unger, Breno Giacomini, Russell Okung, Red Bryant, Jeron Johnson, Derrick Coleman, Jordan Hill and some guy named Percy Harvin.

Not back is Brandon Browner. Head coach Pete Carroll said there was nothing new to update with Browner, who is out with a groin injury. Carroll said they will take “all week” to figure out the next steps.

Quick hits:

> Harvin will practice today, then remains the proverbial day-to-day. Carroll said there is no guarantee that Harvin plays this weekend. Carroll also said Harvin won’t return kicks until after he plays a game. But, that he will “absolutely” be back there when he is ready to go. “We’re not going to play him unless he’s full speed,” Carroll said. Carroll did say

> Carroll heard back from the league on the personal foul on Michael Bennett. Based on the language in the rule, Carroll said he could “kind of see how they called it.” Bennett said this morning he was fined for the hit.

> Carroll said they will continue to situationally rotate offensive linemen, the way they did Sunday against Atlanta. He said he hasn’t seen done it before in the pro league, but would “really like to keep it going.”

> Carroll also said he thinks the offensive line is “used to the chaos” not since they haven’t had continuity for so long.

> Naturally, a lot of talk about Adrian Peterson today. Carroll was asked to compare him to Marshawn Lynch and said they have definitive, but different styles.

> Defensive lineman Jesse Williams has been sent home (to clarify, he’s still on injured reserve and is rehabbing at home). Tharold Simon will be back at practice next week.

> Greg Scruggs is a “couple weeks away,” according to Carroll.

> Because the “target zone” is so reduced now, Carroll said he has sensed a “change in aggressiveness” from defensive players, which leads to hesitancy and poor tackling.

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  1. What does this mean –

    “Defensive lineman Jesse Williams has been sent home.”

  2. Todd Dybas says:

    Hey, Pabuwal. I updated the post for some clarity.


    — Todd

  3. chuck_easton says:

    Means he is no longer rehabing at VMAC. His services and attendance are no longer required until the beginning of the 2014 calendar season which starts in March.

  4. Thanks for the clarification.

  5. Southendzone says:

    Carroll says Harvin is in Phase 3 now. Can someone please ask him how many phases exist in the recovery process? Is 4 where you actually play, or is that phase 9 or something in Carroll’s book?

  6. RDPoulsbo says:

    SEZ, Pete said he doesn’t know how many phases there are last week. So in other words, he’s blowing smoke everytime he talks about Harvin until he’s on he active list on game day.

    I’m still skeptical about the situational o-line rotation, but they’ll be able to get away with it this week. Hopefully the reinforcements can get back into game shape quickly so they don’t have to tip off the defense to what they want to do pre-snap.

  7. Antideluvian says:

    It’s great to read that the team has 8 players practicing that weren’t able to do so last week. Looks just about right for a killer stretch run.

  8. chuck_easton says:

    Harvin will play, unless he doesn’t. He won’t return kicks until he does return kicks. He needs to be 100% before he can do any of the above and we won’t tell you where he is in that progression right now.

    OK, got it. Harvin will play when we see #11 lining up on game day. Until then, stay tuned for further non update updates as we choose not to tell you them.

  9. Lets hope phase 5 is Harvin arms raised after scoring his first seahawk td.

  10. Then lets hope there are a lot of phases.

  11. Bennett got fined for that wrapping up the ankles hit??? Come on . . .

  12. doubledink says:

    Sounds like Kaep is having trouble ignoring the noise. lol

  13. Southendzone says:

    Ok got it, Carroll is just messing with us. He should make up more stuff, “right now, Percy’s in Phase 3, stage 2, sector alpha”

  14. seatowntp says:

    You may have already seen this vid over at, but you have to appreciate a student of the game.

  15. Oops, sorry seatowntp. I didn’t see your post right there!

  16. TallyHawk says:

    In regards to Michael Bennett’s fine they said on the radio at some point today that if you get flagged for a low hit on the QB it comes with an automatic fine.

  17. raymaines says:

    One of the radio guys today offered this: (total paraphrase)

    “If it’s 3rd and 8, and if you have an empty backfield and five wide receivers, it’s fairly obvious you’re going to pass. So why not put in a lineman who’s good at pass blocking? That wouldn’t be giving the strong side linebacker any sort of clue he didn’t already have.”

    Makes sense to me.

  18. Dukeshire says:

    If that Sherman Turning Point was a chick, I’d be buying it drinks all night long. That was as refreshingly candid as anything I’ve seen in a very long time. That you fellas for posting that. Xs and Os porn…

  19. Dukeshire says:

    thank you fellas…

  20. Dukeshire says:

    raymaines – That does make sense. But what if it’s 3rd and 8 with a single-set back, 3 wide, and a TE, and you bring in that better pass blocker(s)? Even if you put that TE in motion, the D can ignore play-action or any consideration for the run that otherwise they’d have to at least consider. (Just playing devil’s advocate…)

  21. princeaden says:

    What if at that point it’s 3rd and 8 and we bring in pass pro personnel and hand off for a draw pay. My thought is that I have a hard time believing that Bailey is a much less accomplished run blocker than Carp or McQ for that matter. I think it’s a way for Carroll to keep Bowie and Bailey getting meaningful reps with an eye to the future.

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