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Category: Notes from practice


Miami Heat’s Spoelstra shares championship vision

 Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra shakes hands with Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman after the Seahawks practice on August, 27, 2013 at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, WA. Spoelstra spoke to a team meeting and then attended practice. (Rod Mar/Seattle Seahawks)
Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra shakes hands with Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman after the Seahawks practice on August, 27, 2013 at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, WA. Spoelstra spoke to a team meeting and then attended practice. (Rod Mar/Seattle Seahawks)

Russell Wilson wants what Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra has – championship rings.

A native of Portland, Ore., Spoelstra spent today at the Seattle Seahawks team headquarters, including a talk with the full team this morning.

Spoelstra also hung out for practice, talking with defensive passing game coordinator Rocky Seto along the sideline.

Wilson spent time with Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen at the ESPYS, so he understands the hard work that went into the Heat winning back-to-back titles.

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Wilson on preseason performance: ‘I think I’ve done a good job.’

Here’s Russell Wilson’s numbers through three weeks of preseason games this season: 21 of 35 (60 percent) for 276 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He’s been sacked four times, and has an 80.2 passer rating.

And here are Wilson’s numbers from exhibition play his rookie season, when he overtook Matt Flynn for the starting quarterback job: 40 for 63 (63.5 percent) for 536 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. Wilson was sacked three times, and finished with a 110.3 passer rating.

See a difference? Some team observers wonder if Wilson is experiencing a dip play, but Wilson doesn’t see it that way.

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Avril uncertain for season opener; Mebane suffers groin injury

The news on the injury front concerning the Seattle Seahawks’ defensive line was not good, as head coach Pete Carroll talked to reporters after practice today.

Carroll said the team’s projected starter at “Leo” defensive end, Cliff Avril, re-aggravated a hamstring injury that kept him out of last week’s game at Green Bay.

“That was a whole week ago,” Carroll said. “That was way back when. It seems like old news to me. But that’s why he didn’t practice much last week.”

Carroll said he doesn’t know if Avril will be ready for the team’s season opener at Carolina.

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Wilson looking forward to first trip to Green Bay

Russell Wilson, a University of Wisconsin product, will make his first trip to Lambeau Field when the Seattle Seahawks travel to Green Bay this Friday to face the Packers.

Wilson only played one season for the Badgers, and actually was scheduled to attend a Green Bay game during the time his team practiced in anticipation of the Rose Bowl.

However, Wilson said the Badgers had a bad practice on Saturday, and then head coach Bret Bielema made the team practice again on Sunday, so he couldn’t attend the game.

“I’m excited to go,” Wilson said. “It’s a great stadium, obviously. We’re playing a great football team. Obviously, I have a lot respect for them. I have a lot of respect for their fans, too. And it’s going to be a good game.

“For us, it’s a business trip. We have to be able to play our best football game come Friday.”

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Author of “Fail Mary” ready for trip to Lambeau Field

Seattle Seahawks receiver Golden Tate has seen an increase in the back and forth on his Twitter timeline with Green Bay his team’s next opponent this week.

Tate said he’s been getting a lot of responses from Packers’ fans looking for revenge after his game-winning catch against Green Bay on Monday Night Football last year, which has become known as “Fail Mary.”

“I’m not letting it bother me,” Tate said. “I’m still showing up to practice, and practicing hard. What they say on Twitter or in Wisconsin doesn’t affect me. So I’m just going about it day by day.

“I think it’s funny that almost a year later people are still talking about it. But it is what it is. I guess I’m in the record books for that play.”

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Zach Miller passes physical, comes off PUP list

Some good news on the injury front for the Seattle Seahawks after this afternoon’s walk-through practice – starting tight end Zach Miller has been taken off the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, and will begin practicing this week.

Miller has not practiced at all during training camp because of a foot issue, causing concern for Seattle’s depth at the position. Rookie Luke Willson will handle starting duties for a second straight game. Miller will not play against Denver on Saturday.

“Next week will be much more involved,” Carroll said about Miller. “Again, we’ll continue to be very measured at how we bring him back in. But it’s great to have him back. And he’s ready to go.”

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OC Bevell looking for consistency vs. Broncos

Expect the first-unit offense for the Seattle Seahawks to play at least a quarter when the face the Denver Broncos in the team’s second exhibition game.

Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said he’d like to see is offense do something the Seahawks did not accomplish when Russell Wilson was on the field – get into the end zone.

“I’d like to see us be consistent,” Bevell said. “I obviously want to see us go down the field and score points, put points on the board. Obviously, I’d like it to be a touchdown. But I want to see us consistently move the ball.”

Bevell’s comments are interesting, because Seattle has really emphasized red-zone offense this week. Bevell also mentioned that he was pleased to have no turnovers and no sacks in the team’s first preseason game against San Diego.

Bevell also praised the development of rookie tight end Luke Willson.

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Irvin doesn’t practice after all; Avril likely out this weekend

Pete Carroll gave us a run down on injured players this after practice today.

Defensive end Cliff Avril (hamstring) practiced for the first time today since the second day of training camp, but only participated in individual drills. Carroll said he did not see enough from Avril to say if he would play in Saturday’s game against Denver.

“Let’s wait until after tomorrow and see what happens, and see how he goes,” Carroll said. “That’s not very likely.”

Avril expressed disappointment to begin training camp hobbled and on the sideline.

“It wasn’t how I wanted to start out here,” Avril said about his hamstring injury. “But it’s part of football. Things happen. For me it’s just getting better every day, and progressing with the injuries, and getting ready for the season.”

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