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News, notes and quotes Monday: Irvin coming back, Bennett may play

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Sep. 30, 2013 at 3:53 pm with 20 Comments »
September 30, 2013 3:53 pm

Just finished up with Pete Carroll.

The quick hits:

> In a surprise, Carroll said DE/DT Michael Bennett is feeling pretty good, will practice this week and could play Sunday. “He went from where he was, to feeling pretty good today. He was really scared,” Carroll said.

> Carroll repeated what he said earlier in the day about RT Breno Giacomini, saying they’re unsure of a timeline for his return. Hope it’s a couple weeks after he had loose bodies cleared out from his knee. “He had surgery this morning. The surgery went really well. The doctors were really pleased that there wasn’t a lot of problems with his knee structurally and that he can get back quickly from this. Whatever that means, I don’t know,” Carroll said.

> C Max Unger will practice later in the week. Carroll said they are going to be cautious with with Unger. “Max is going to get some work this week. We’ll see how it goes. I’m sure we’ll be very protective of him early in the week and hope by the end of the wee he’ll be able to go.”

> Bruce Irvin will be part of a roster exemption this week. That means the Seahawks don’t have to cut anyone until Saturday, if he is added to the active roster for this weekend. He was back in the building Monday and had been working out at West Virginia.

> Carroll on Russell Wilson’s play in Houston: “Extraordinary how he did it.”

> Carroll said “we’re going to be stronger because of that” when referring to the comeback in Houston.

> Carroll said they rushed the passer much better in the second half, but didn’t change anything schematically to do so.

> The offensive line was a consistent topic. On Michael Bowie, Carroll said, “He survived the game.” On Paul McQuistan, Carroll said, “He’s surviving.” So, those are the upbeat Pete Carroll’s thoughts on the starting tackles. They are not dead.

“It’s going to be easier for Mike the second time out at right tackle, starting the game and gets the whole week’s preparation,” Carroll said. “I thought he and Sweez did better as the game went on working together on the right side. Struggled earlier, then got better in terms of just working together. That will hopefully continue to improve.

“Lem played a good football game for us. Filled in really well for Max. We had a couple exchange issues. Timing at the line of scrimmage, we got messed up a couple times and we got a couple penalties because of it, hopefully we can clean that up and improve there.”

> K.J. Wright came off against the Texans with a shoulder problem. Carroll said, “there’s some history there” but that Wright is OK.

> Carroll said he talked to the team today about being 4-0. “It doesn’t mean anything other than that’s a good start. We’re a long ways from home right now.”

> Jeremy Lane has a hamstring issue, Carroll said.

> CB Byron Maxwell was rotated in for Richard Sherman at times Sunday to give Sherman a bit of a rest.

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  1. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Great news on Bennett!

  2. seahawkfan97 says:

    Bennett is amazing…What a scary play/bend in the neck that was and a pulled muscle and he might play wow!!!!

  3. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Carroll said.
    “I thought Bowie and Sweez did better as the game went on working together on the right side. Struggled earlier, then got better in terms of just working together. That will hopefully continue to improve.”

    Hopefully is the key word.

  4. HeatherHawk says:

    “Loose Bodies” would a great name for a band.

  5. HeatherHawk says:

    I picture microscopic Giacominis floating around his knee cartilage.

    “They found teeth and a backbone. It was…..MY TWIN.”

  6. Dukeshire says:

    That is great news about Bennett.

    “So, those are the upbeat Pete Carroll’s thoughts on the starting tackles. They are not dead.” Now that’s funny.

    Carroll has forgotten more football than I’ll even know, but after watching the All 22 from the game yesterday, Seattle’s DL were clearly doing things in the second half they were not in the first. Namely, the DTs were not dropping out to the underneath as they did several times in the first half. Perhaps it was simply situational and they didn’t find themselves in positions to play that way, but I’m calling coach-speak on his claim they did nothing different.

  7. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    Great news on Bennett!! I thought he was done for good and impossible to replace, because not many guys can do what he does…Anyway I think it may be time to try somebody else at LT, McQ has been a swinging gate. I would move McQ to RG and play Bailey at LT, put Sweezy on the bench. I dont understand the love affair with that guy. They made a mistake because Moffit was much better I believe. Maybe Sweezy would make a better tackle because he seems to get overpowered by large guys on passing downs.

  8. Todd Dybas says:

    Thanks for the link, Georgia.

  9. Awesome to hear about Bennett.

    Tend to agree w/MikefromNJ about McQ – he was the guy I noticed the most just getting immediately beaten on the pass rush nearly every time. Maybe we don’t have any better options – I know our coaches watch the game film more than we do . . .

    One note from the game that I haven’t seen mentioned – was Marshawn’s 40+ yard first quarter run the 2nd best of his Seahawk career?

  10. We have plenty of loose bodies here in Vegas.

  11. edstang45 says:

    It doesn’t mean anything other than a good start” That is a key for this team..stay hungry stay focused stay in touch with the need to improve every day. This team has what it takes to surprise the NFL and go all the way to slamming Mr. Manning into retirement in THIS years Superbowl baby. Although we don’t have a smug, mouthy and whiney Coach we do have a special coach who knows how to make a team into a dynasty!! there you go you heard it DYNASTY here we come….Go Hawks

  12. Georgia: I liked that article, too:

    “’I hit people for a living,’ [Watts] said.” Guess someone hit back for a change….

  13. freedom_X says:

    The O-line faced the most difficult challenge it’s going to face until they go to San Francisco. The competition was a big factor in how bad the line looked. I don’t think anyone disputes that the current O-line is not a Super Bowl line in play (to say the least.)

    But I’d expect Bowie to get better if he sees consistent playing time. If he doesn’t, then Seattle made a mistake keeping him. More important, even, than getting this individual back or that individual, is for the same 5 players to get several weeks together as a unit (especially the inexperienced players.)

    If Seattle keeps having to yank people in and out due to injury, the line isn’t going to get any better. O-line play is far more than the sum of the individual talent. For that same reason, shuffling positions around trying to get better individual talent fits rarely works. If they have to do that, it means there was a major mistake in understanding their personnel in the 1st place. O-line has far more teamwork required than any other unit.

  14. edstang45 says:

    If we win in Indy next week we will have 3 more tough tough games, in my opinion….In Atlanta ( we can win this) Saints at home (you know we can win this one) and in SF ( wow what if we win this one????), we could be the new Dolphins baby… I know it’s very early but this team could pull it off. Go Hawks

  15. That was yesterday. Time to move forward and get ready for Indy!

  16. So at halftime on MNF Gruden just took credit for “Legion of Boom”

  17. Georgia–we agree; hopefully Sweeze and Bowie keep improving, and work together. Still, I too hope Bailey takes over at LT and McQ at rg; Sweezy needs benching.

    There’s always a new excuse each week, but bottom line is McQ stinks at LT, and Sweezy is just bad. Lem will be fine subbing for Ungrr, thank God! Hopefully Carp bounces back too…but our line is awful.

  18. Denver has lost two centers and their LT, yet have far superior line play from their backups. They play well vs good teams while we make excuses for our line. Cable and his talent eval are now suspect, IMO.

  19. The great news on Bennett is every bit as surprising and good as the OT win from 17 down!

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