Friday in Hawkville: James Carpenter to start at left guard against 49ers

Posted Dec 6, 2013

After starting eight games when Russell Okung was sidelined and then rotating with Paul McQuistan the past two games, former first-round draft choice James Carpenter is back in the starting unit at left guard.

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Dec. 6, when the Seahawks held their final full practice before Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park:


That’s where you’ll find James Carpenter in Sunday’s big game against the defending NFC Champion 49ers in San Francisco, as the former first-round draft choice is moving back into the starting lineup.

Carpenter has worked there all week in practice, and coach Pete Carroll made the obvious official after the team’s final full practice before Sunday’s game at Candlestick Park – where the Seahawks can win the division title and wrap up a first-round bye in the playoffs with a victory.

“Carp is going to start this week,” Carroll said. “He’s earned that shot to do that.”

Carpenter started eight games while Pro Bowl left tackle Russell Okung was out with a toe injury, when Paul McQuistan slid over from guard to replace him and Carpenter was at left guard. McQuistan and Carpenter have rotated at left guard the past two games, and will continue – but in reverse order.

“The rotation has been really good, it’s been really positive,” Carroll said. “Whenever you can keep more guys playing actively, they’re just ready when called on. … We told them a couple weeks ago we’d be in this kind of a rotation to give these guys a chance to really battle. And I love the fact here we are this late in the season and we’re still competing.”


The official end-of-the-week status report, as issued by the team:


The Seahawks lead the league with 44 rushing plays of 12 or more yards and are third overall in what coach Pete Carroll and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell call explosive plays, and QB Russell Wilson refers to as G.A.P. plays (game-altering plays)  – those 12-plus runs as well as pass plays of 16 or more yards. Here’s a look at the NFL’s most-explosive offenses:

Team Pass Rush Total
Lions 90 31 121
Eagles 77 33 110
Seahawks 65 44 109
Redskins 63 41 104
Broncos 77 25 102

CB Brandon Browner (groin)
WR Percy Harvin (hip)

QB Tarvaris Jackson (illness)

SS Kam Chancellor (hip)
TE Kellen Davis (neck)
LB Bruce Irvin (thigh)
RB Marshawn Lynch (not injury related)
WR Golden Tate (hip)

After saying that neither Harvin nor Browner would play Sunday, Carroll offered updates on each. On Harvin: “We’re looking forward to next week being a really important week. We think we’ve got a shot at it.” On Browner: “He came out on the field and worked with us on Thursday and we didn’t make much progress there.”

Jackson missed practice again, but Irvin was a full participate after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday and Carroll said he was ready to go.

For the 49ers:


“I think of him as a leading MVP candidate. If he’s not up there with Peyton (Manning) and Tom Brady and all those guys, I don’t know what you have to do to be there.”

All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman on QB Russell Wilson

WR Josh Baldwin (calf)
CB Tarell Brown (ribs)
OG Mike Iupati (knee)
WR Mario Manningham (knee)
TE Vance McDonald (ankle)
LB Dan Skuta (foot)
OT Joe Staley (knee)

LB NaVorro Bowman (wrist)
TE Garrett Celek (hamstring)
RB Frank Gore (ankle)
DT Ray McDonald (ankle)
LB Aldon Smith (shoulder)
DT Justin Smith (shoulder)


The team will fly to San Francisco on Saturday after a walkthrough. The Seahawks already have won five road games, which ties the franchise record that was set in 1984 and matched by the 2005 team. A win at either San Francisco on Sunday or next week against New York Giants in the Meadowlands will establish a new mark.

Here’s a look at the best record records in franchise history:

Season W-L
2013 5-1
1984 5-3
2005 5-3
1978 4-4
1979 4-4
1980 4-4
1983 4-4
1988 4-4
1989 4-4
1990 4-4
1997 4-4
1999 4-4
2002 4-4
2004 4-4
2006 4-4

And, still more Richard Sherman on tap. The Seahawks’ All-Pro cornerback will discuss the art of the jam during a segment on ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown.”