A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Oct. 21, when the players had an “off” day while the coaches were putting together the game plan for next Monday night’s game against the Rams in St. Louis:
WORD OF THE DAY: PERCY
As in Harvin. As in the Seahawks’ big acquisition this offseason. The versatile player who was acquired in a March 12 trade with the Minnesota Vikings had hip surgery during training camp and has been on the physically-unable-to-perform list since Aug. 27.
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“With (Chris) Clemons approaching peak form after offseason knee surgery it’s hard to figure out who offensive coordinators should game-plan to stop on that Seattle front. For individual talent, Seattle and Kansas City have the biggest-impact front sevens in the league.”
Peter King in the 'I think this is what I liked in Week 7' section of his Monday Morning Quarterback at SI.com
But that changed Monday, when Harvin rejoined the team and worked out with quarterback
Harvin now has a three-week window to practice with the team, and the team has a roster exemption for Harvin during that time.
Coach Pete Carroll offered this assessment of Harvin’s status following Thursday night’s game against the Cardinals in Arizona: “He’s a great football player. He’s a guy we cherish, when we went after him and all that. But our expectation is, like I said from the start, we’re going to fit him in. Fit him in to help this team in any way that he can, which is exactly what he wants to do. We’ll grow with him also. It won’t all come out the first time we get on the field. We’re not changing what we’re doing. We’re just going to try to fit him in and welcome him to be part of it when the time is right. I don’t know when that time is, honestly.”
But Monday was a needed next step for Harvin, who was a threat as a receiver, kickoff returner and runner for the Vikings.
“One of the best football players in the National Football League,” Wilson said when asked about Harvin after the game against the Cardinals. “Makes a lot of plays. Can do a lot of great things. When you have him on the field, he’s just so electric. And we haven’t even used him yet. So I just think about
“When he does come back, whenever that is, we’re looking forward to that moment.”
STATS ’N STUFF: MARSHAWN LYNCH RUNS TO NO. 2 AMONG NFL RUSHERS
|STAT DU JOUR: IT REALLY IS ALL ABOUT THE BALL|
As it says that on a large sign in the defensive meeting room at VMAC, “It’s all about the ball.” Carroll also says that a lot, as do his players. But it’s not just talk, as the 6-1 Seahawks are among the league leaders in takeaways, interceptions and turnover differential. Here’s where they rank in each of those talking-point categories:
Another 90-yard rushing performance and look who’s moved into the No. 2 spot in the NFL in rushing:
All-Pro free safety
Wilson has moved back into the Top 10 in passer rating. He’s No. 7 at 97.2. Wilson also leads all NFL quarterbacks with 323 rushing yards.
As a team, the Seahawks’ defense is No. 2 in average yards allowed (282.1) and average passing yards allowed (190.6); the offense is No. 2 in average rushing yards (154.4); and the Seahawks also are tied for second in turnover differential (plus-7) and No. 2 with 11 interceptions – but they have 19 takeaways to share the league lead with the Chiefs. The offense is No. 10 in average yards (368.6) and No. 25 in average passing yards (214.1). The defense is No. 6 in average rushing yards allowed (91.6). They were No. 11 last week.
UP NEXT: “BONUS DAY” PRACTICE
The players were “off” again on Monday, but return on Tuesday for a “Bonus Day” practice because of the Monday night game against the Rams in St. Louis. The players then will get their usual “off” day – but on Wednesday rather than Tuesday as everything is pushed back a day this week.