A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Oct. 31, when the players held a Halloween practice to prepare for Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at CenturyLink Field:
WORD OF THE DAY: COHESION
That’s the word defensive coordinator Dan Quinn used after Thursday’s practice when asked about the Seahawks’ still-evolving pass rush.
It was coach Pete Carroll who had said that it would take a while to figure out who should rush from where, and with whom, as the team was getting
“Clem wasn’t here. Bruce wasn’t here. Cliff missed time. So now with those guys all being available they’ve had more practice ops together. So I think that cohesion is better.”
It certainly was against the Cardinals during the Week 7 game in Arizona, when eight different players combined for a season-high seven sacks. The Seahawks added three more sacks in Monday night’s game against the Rams in St. Louis. That pushed the season total to 26, after the defense produced 37, 33 and 36 in Carroll’s first three seasons.
The individual tally board now looks like this: Bennett 4.5; Avril 4; Clemons 3.5; McDonald 3.5; Irvin 2; and McDaniel 2. Six others also have gotten in on this improved rush: linebacker
The object of their attention Sunday will be Mike Glennon, the Buccaneers’ 6-foot-6 rookie quarterback. He has been sacked 10 times despite putting the ball up an average of 45 times in the past four games.
INJURY REPORT: MARSHAWN LYNCH SITS OUT TO REST KNEE
The official report, as issued by the team:
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The goal-line stand to preserve Monday night’s 14-9 victory over the Rams might have been the defense’s most memorable effort in the red zone during the Seahawks’ 7-1 start. But the Seahawks have allowed their opponents seven touchdowns in 20 possessions inside their 20-yard line for one of the best percentages in the NFL. Here are the leaders in that category:
DL Michael Bennett (illness)
Bennett and Sweezy were back after sitting out Wednesday’s practice, while Mebane was given the day off. Lynch did not practice for the second consecutive day, but he is expected to play in Sunday’s game.
Carroll also told Sirus XM Radio what has been apparent: wide receiver
For the Buccaneers:
RB Jeff Demps (groin)
OG Carl Nicks (foot)
Did not practice
RB Doug Martin (shoulder)
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“He’s a lot taller than me. It’s like a giraffe compared to – what am I? – a zebra.”
Limited in practice
S Mark Barron (hip)
LB Mason Foster (hamstring)
S Dashon Goldson (knee)
DT Derek Landri (back)
OG Davin Joseph (knee)
WR Chris Owusu (foot)
DT Akeem Spence (wrist)
S Keith Tandy (ankle)
LB Dekoda Watson (shoulder)
UP NEXT: HELP TACKLE HUNGER DRIVE
“Turnover Thursday” gives way to “No Repeat Friday,” as the players will hold their final full practice before Sunday’s game.
But turnovers always are a theme for any team coached by Carroll. The Seahawks lead the league with 21 takeaways and are tied for the NFL lead with 13 interceptions, and they’re also 22-3 under Carroll when they win the turnover battle – including 5-0 this season.
Sunday also is the Seahawks’ Help Tackle Hunger drive, so fans are asked to donation nonperishable food items and/or money to benefit Northwest Harvest, which provides assistance to 360 hunger relief programs across the state.