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Carpenter (foot) and Irvin (groin) out vs. Chargers

Post by Dave Boling / The News Tribune on Aug. 7, 2013 at 1:38 pm with 16 Comments »
August 7, 2013 1:38 pm

The NFL preseason: Pete Carroll’s version of a football polygraph.

“We’ve evaluated them in practice and now it comes to game time,” the Seahawks coach said about the first game Thursday at 7 p.m. at San Diego. “Some things change and we have to get to the truth … who are these guys, what are they all about, how do they fit in?”

For someone seeking the truth, Carroll pleaded the Fifth Amendment fairly often after Wednesday’s walk-through, choosing not to elaborate on a number of the Seahawks injury and manpower issues.

“Not everybody’s going to play a whole lot,” Carroll said. “We’re going to mix our rotations up; we’re not going to be real specific with that.”

He did say that linebacker Bruce Irvin (groin) would not play. It’s also unlikely guard James Carpenter will see action, as he’s dealing with a foot injury unrelated to the knee problems that have sidelined him for parts of the past two seasons.

“At this time, we’ll take the stance that if we think guys need rest, we’re resting them,” Carroll said. “You’ll see some of the decisions when we get to the game.”

Center Max Unger also has a slight groin injury and Carroll said the decision on his status will be made at game time.

Carroll stressed that the game is mostly about evaluating the young talent and establishing a tone for the season.

“We expect to go out and play football our style,” Carroll said. “We’re going to try to play fast on offense and fly around on defense and special teams and start the process of trying to figure ourselves out … more than anything we want to see our young guys, they’ll get the bulk of the time.”

Carroll said he’s specifically interested to see rookie second-round pick Christine Michael, who will see action at running back and kick returner.

Carroll did not list middle linebacker Bobby Wagner as one who might not see action (shoulder), but talked considerably about his back-up, Allen Bradford, a converted running back from Southern California.

“It’s a really big opportunity for Allen,” Carroll said. “It’s been a long- term project with Allen; we transitioned him from running back, way back in the day … he was one of the best high-school players in the nation. He’s really fast, really strong and really tough.”

Carroll is sending a broad reminder to his team: “Because you did something last year doesn’t mean anything this year. Now, we’ve got to start all over again.”

He would not divulge his plans for his quarterback rotation, although he made it clear Tarvaris Jackson and Brady Quinn will see a lot of action, suggesting that Russell Wilson could be used sparingly.

The prime expectation is for high effort. “It better be hard-knockin’, runnin’ full speed and flyin’ … we don’t have other chances,” he said. “We’re expecting the message is clear what we’re trying to get done. We’re expecting to see our guys hit it. It’s not the kind of thing where we’re (easing) our way into the season, we’re going to go for it right from the get go.”

The Seahawks were 4-0 in the 2012 preseason and hinted at their defensive dominance by allowing opponents to an average of 11 points per game.

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  1. Carroll is sending a broad reminder to his team: “Because you did something last year doesn’t mean anything this year. Now, we’ve got to start all over again.

    The best quote there is!!! I hope they all understand this – I think they do, i HOPE they do.

    I am very interested to see how the LB’s play – the more I thought about it the more I wanted to see this group since coming into camp I thought this group was the biggest ? mark. (now I think it is TE) I am a little down that Irvin won’t be playing but there are other games!!

  2. RDPoulsbo says:

    Doucet was cut. Not really a suprise though.

  3. Looking forward to seeing Christine Michael. Carroll said he will be the first one returning kicks.

  4. “It’s a really big opportunity for Allen,” Carroll said. “It’s been a long- term project with Allen; we transitioned him from running back, way back in the day … he was one of the best high-school players in the nation. He’s really fast, really strong and really tough.”

    Way back in the day? The dude’s 24! And I thought I played high school football “way back in the day,” i.e. the ’70s.

    Can’t wait to see Michael!

  5. daveboling says:

    Yes, thanks, RDPoulsbo, just got on to add that. Goodbye to the late Early Doucet. Didn’t look like he could run very well anymore.

  6. RD – not surprised at all!

  7. Orr – PC is still used to the days where guys are there for 4 years or less and out the door ;) still kinda holding that tradition

  8. Released with the “Failure to Disclose Physical Condition” designation – interesting

  9. Too bad about Doucet. He’s likely done in the NFL, which sucks–the guy was better than a lot of people think.

    Not to worry, we still have more talent than roster spots.

  10. I was looking forward to watching Irvin at SAM. Bummer.

    PS Georgia et al, How you like me now?! (ie, short sentences..)

  11. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing what Allen can do. He’s younger then our 1st round pick (one trick pony) Irvin, so why not.
    I love how this FO looks for talent in every nook and cranny and if they quickly see that it isn’t working out their gone.

    Something that used to bother the hell out of me was every time Mike Williams caught a ball he did that silly celebration like he had won MVP or something. Lol.

    http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=9547001&categoryid=2378529

  12. GeorgiaHawk says:

    STTBM- Don’t take me too serious on that.
    If I wasn’t such a pecker (slow at typing) I would be posting pages of stuff.
    It doesn’t help that I always have a beer in my left hand during happy hour either.

  13. montanamike2 says:

    Doucet will probably get scooped up by another team in need, i hope not SF.

  14. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    i want to watch them play….that is all

  15. sluggo42 says:

    Early can be scooped up by SF, I hope they do. Seems he isn’t what he was so please go to sf and continue to be weak…

  16. Would love to watch Chris Michael and Turbo competing tonight, and the battle for backup QB between TJax and Quinn. Also wanna see what the DL can do for getting penetration, run-stopping and QB pressure.

    SEA’s OL players should practice and play with ankle braces and armoured shoe-tops on. Too many times OL players step-slide sideways and land their foot on their line-mates’ ankles or the top of the foot – spraining the ankle or breaking one of those little bones on top of the foot. They should play preseason games with them too, then only take them off for the season games. Ounce of prevention pound of cure…

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