A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Sept. 24, when the players were “off” and the coaches were compiling the game plan for Sunday’s matchup against the Texans in Houston:
WORD OF THE DAY: TURNOVERS
Actually, it’s the word every day – as the “It’s All About the Ball” sign that hangs in the defensive meeting room at VMAC reminds the players.
In looking for a reason to the Seahawks’ 3-0 start, turnovers also are a good place to start. They have won the turnover battle in each of their three victories, and now are 20-3 under coach Pete Carroll in games where they have generated more turnovers than their opponents.
“The Seahawks' pass defense leads the league with a minus-4 TD-Interception differential. Only 12 teams even have four interceptions this year. Good road challenges await in Houston and Indy.”
ESPN.com in listing the Seahawks at No. 1 in their weekly power rankings
This season, the Seahawks have 10 turnovers and are plus-6 in turnover differential, which ties them for second in the NFL in both categories.
“It’s how we want to play,” Carroll said. “We want to play taking care of the football and we want to play getting after it. To us, it’s the biggest factor that determines winning and losing. So that’s why it’s the No. 1 emphasis in our program, and always will be.”
And has been since Carroll first met with his new players after being hired in 2010.
“It’s the personality of our football team,” he said. “We have preached it from the very first thing I ever said to these guys the first day I walked in here. They hear it every week and, hopefully, with emphasis that makes the point that you’ve got to be great at taking care of it and you’ve got to go after it if you want to determine wins. It usually works out that way.”
It certainly has this season. In the 12-7 victory over the Carolina Panthers in the opener, All-Pro free safety
ROSTER MOVE: D’ANTHONY SMITH RELEASED
Defensive tackle D’Anthony Smith has been released. The club did not announce a move to replace him on the 53-man roster.
The 6-foot-2, 300-pound Smith was acquired in a trade with the Jaguars on Aug. 31. He played in the first two games and was credited with five tackles. But Smith was inactive against the Jaguars and became expendable because
STATS ’N STUFF: RUSSELL WILSON NFC’S TOP-RATED PASSER
All that talk about how “It’s all about the ball,” isn’t just talk. As we mention above, in three-plus seasons under Carroll the Seahawks are 20-3 when winning the turnover battle:
Chancellor has two interceptions, which ties him for second in the league.
As a team, the Seahawks’ defense leads the league is points allowed (27), average yards allowed (241.7) and average passing yards allowed (146.7). The offense rankseighth in average yards (379.7) and rushing yards (132.7).
UP NEXT: “COMPETITION WEDNESDAY”
The players return from their “off” day on Tuesday to begin practicing for this week’s game against the Texans on “Competition Wednesday.”
Also, Wilson will be featured in “Man to Man” on the NFL Network at 7 p.m. on Wednesday as Hall of Famers Marshall Faulk, Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin conduct one-on-one interviews with Wilson, Colts QB Andrew Luck and Eagles QB Michael Vick. During his interview with Irvin, Wilson discusses the lessons he learned from his late father; how he won over Carroll and his teammates after being selected in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft; and playing this season with heightened expectations.