WORDS OF THE DAY: ROAD WARRIORS
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.
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“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.
INJURY REPORT: BOBBY WAGNER BACK ON LIMITED BASIS
The official report, as issued by the team:
|STAT DU JOUR: SACKS R US|
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
Limited in practice
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.”
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.”
UP NEXT: “TURNOVER THURSDAY”
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