Thursday in Hawkville: Seahawks discovering how to win on the road

Posted Oct 24, 2013

After going 6-16 on the road in their first 2½ seasons under Pete Carroll, the Seahawks are 5-1 in their past six regular-season road games entering Monday night’s game against the Rams in St Louis.

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Oct. 24, when the Seahawks continued to prepare for Monday night’s game against the Rams in St. Louis:


As in, that’s what the Seahawks have become. Their franchise-best 6-1 start includes victories at Carolina, Houston and Arizona, and Monday night’s game against the Rams in St. Louis will conclude a first half of the season where they Seahawks played five road games.

Going back to the middle of last season, the Seahawks are 5-1 in their past six regular-season road games, 6-2 including the playoffs. This from a franchise that posted winning road records twice in its first 37 seasons – 5-3 in 1984 and 2005. It’s no coincidence that those also are the seasons where the Seahawks have had their best overall records – 12-4 in ’84 and 13-3 in ’05.


“You can’t say enough about the secondary play, and it’s very impressive to watch.”

Rams coach Jeff Fisher on the Seahawks’ “Legion of Boom”

“Really, it’s getting your football in order,” coach Pete Carroll said on Thursday when asked about this abrupt U-turn in the team’s success away from CenturyLink Field. “It’s where you don’t make the mistakes that get magnified on the road when a team gets crazy and wild and all of that.

“But certainly, it takes time to get to the understandings that we’re talking about, and it takes time to have the discipline. It wouldn’t be called discipline if you could just all of a sudden have it. It takes time to get your structure right, to get your language in order, to get then mentally right. So that guys can see it happening. And then they can build on that and they can believe, and the resolve becomes strong enough where now we really see consistency with a firm mentality.

“We’re getting there. I’m really proud of the way, the last three weeks going on the road, we were just on it right from the start of the game. It didn’t matter where it was, we were right.”

The best part of all this? The Seahawks will play five of their eight games in the second half of the season at CenturyLink, where they’ve won 11 consecutive games.


The official report, as issued by the team:


After generating 37, 33 and 36 sacks in their first three seasons under coach Pete Carroll, the Seahawks have 23 in seven games this season – which is tied for fourth-most in the NFL and a pace that will produce 53. Three big reasons are players who weren’t with the team last season, as offseason acquisitions Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril and Tony McDonald have 9.5 of those sacks. Three more reasons are players who weren’t on the opening-day roster, as Chris Clemons, Clinton McDonald and Bruce Irvin have combined eight sacks. Here’s a look at who has the Seahawks’ sacks, and how many games they’ve played in:

Player Games Sacks
Michael Bennett 7 4.5
Chris Clemons 5 3.5
Clinton McDonald 6 3.5
Cliff Avril 6 3
Tony McDaniel 7 2
K.J. Wright 7 1.5
Bruce Irvin 3 1
O'Brien Schofield 7 1
Malcolm Smith 6 1
Group 7 1
Red Bryant 7 .5
Jordan Hill 2 .5

Did not practice
FB Derrick Coleman (hamstring)
OT Breno Giacomini (knee)
SS Jeron Johnson (hamstring)

Limited in practice
MLB Bobby Wagner (ankle)

Full participation
WR Golden Tate (shoulder)

Wagner, the team’s leading tackler before missing the past two games with a sprained ankle, continued his way-ahead-of-schedule recovery from what Carroll has called a high ankle sprain by taking part in some individual drills. “We’re just going to take it one day at a time and find out how much he’s coming back,” Carroll said before practice. “We’re already way ahead of schedule for the injury. So we really don’t know how to handle that other than to just wait and see what happens to him.”

WR Percy Harvin doesn’t have to be included on the injury report because he’s not on the 53-man roster yet. But after practice offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said, “I’m not sure what is role is going to be yet. I know what we’d like him to do. I know what he brings. He brings explosiveness. He brings quickness. He brings toughness. He runs the ball outstanding. He’s going to be huge for us in the kicking game. So you want to have the ball in his hands. So that’s about all I can say to it until we find out how much he’s going be out there. What we can do with him. All the different places we can put him. How much retention he’s going to have. All that is just going to continue to build on itself once we know when he’s going, how much he can go and that kind of thing.”

For the Rams:

Did not practice
RB Benny Cunningham (ankle)

Limited in practice
CB Cortland Finnegan (thigh)

The injury news in St. Louis continues to be the loss of QB Sam Bradford for the rest of the season after he tore a knee ligament in Sunday’s game against the Panthers. “We addressed it Monday with the players, and then went through the process as it was documented and we reported,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said on Thursday. “We brought Austin Davis back and signed Brady Quinn. With the Monday night game, having the extra day yesterday helped us a little bit. We got an early start with the quarterbacks and got them on the field. Kellen Clemens is a smart guy and a great teammate and we’re going to cut him loose.”


Remember, each day this week is not as it seems, but a day later in Hawkville because of the Monday night game. So Friday’s practice will actually be “Turnover Thursday.” All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas got a jump on the theme of the day with two interceptions and cornerback Brandon Browner also had one in Thursday’s practice, which was actually “Competition Wednesday.”