A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for August 2, when the Seahawks held the eighth practice in their Training Camp presented by Bing:
WORD OF THE DAY: DEFENSE
The Seahawks defense that stunned the Denver Broncos' top-ranked offense with a 43-8 victory in Super Bowl XLVIII looks to have picked up right where they left off.
To cap their eighth practice of camp, the Seahawks held a "Mock Game" in front of 2,555 fans on the shores of Lake Washington on a day that also saw the Navy's Blue Angels show group soaring overhead.
Of the 12 possessions played over three 15-minute quarters, the offense turned in three field goals, one turnover, and was forced to punt eight times.
"The guys are very, very prideful about their work," Carroll said of his team's defense. "We're working really hard and being disciplined about everything we're doing. It'll be great to see them tackling.
"They're ready. They're ready to go hit somebody."
"To be honest with you I think that we just hurt ourselves offensively," said Wilson. "I don’t think it was really defense stopping us. It was really more of the offense stopping ourselves today - a couple penalties, some holding penalties, some offsides penalties, some little stuff that you have to fix."
In the end, the scrimmage provided what Carroll had hoped for - plenty of work with in-game situations in advance of their first preseason game against the Broncos.
"They're looking forward to this game, I know, in that regard because they want to play some football finally," Carroll said of their exhibition opener in Denver on Thursday, Aug. 7. "Again, they're prideful. They care. It matters a lot to them that they don't take any steps backwards at all and they've practiced like that the whole time."
PLAYS OF THE DAY
"He's competing," a reluctant Carroll said of his quarterback's gamble. "We'll talk about it later."
Offense: Wilson connected with Harvin up the left sideline and the speedy wideout cut back toward the middle of the field for what would be a 40-yard catch and run.
MICHAEL BOWIE WAIVED/INJURED
The announcement comes as a bit of a surprise, but the team had made recent moves to bolster their depth at the position, selecting
With Bowie sidelined and Britt resting a sore shoulder during today's scrimmage, it was the NFL Players Association president Winston who worked at right tackle with the No. 1 offense.
"He's really done exactly what we would have hoped," Carroll said of the 6-foot-7, 302-pound eighth-year pro Winston, who has played in 112 consecutive games. "Stabilize a little bit, a guy that's played. Of course he's really bright and he gets the game. He really helps us a lot and he jumped right in there. He did a good job."
Rounding out the first-team offensive line with the right tackle Winston was left tackle
After spending Friday spectating from the practice field Seahawks running back
"It's good to have him back out here," Carroll said of Lynch, who returned to team headquarters Thursday after missing the first seven days of camp. "It's going to take a while to get him going. He's missed a lot of time in the offseason and all that. We're going to take our time getting him in shape and all, but it's nice to have him back."
The following players sat out Saturday's "Mock Game":
Justin Britt (shoulder)
Russell Okung (toe)
- Carroll noted rookies Richardson and Marsh will return to work on Monday and the team is "a week away" from seeing the Super Bowl XLVIII MVP Smith back in action. Carroll also called Chancellor "on the verge" of coming back.
UP NEXT: A DAY OFF
After five straight days on the field, the Seahawks receive Sunday off before beginning preparation for their first preseason game of the year against the Broncos in Denver - an early rematch of Super Bowl XLVIII.
The team will return to work on Monday, Aug. 4 with a "Competition Wednesday" practice at 11:00 a.m. That'll be followed by a "Turnover Thursday" practice on Tuesday, Aug. 5 and a "No Repeat Friday" session on Wednesday, Aug. 6.
Confused yet? Don't worry, the daily labels have applied to Carroll's game-week schedule since he arrived as head coach of the 'Hawks in 2010. When the club resumes a normal work week in the regular season (i.e. a game on Sunday), this whole thing will start to make a lot more sense.