A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Aug. 19, when the Seahawks held their "Turnover Thursday" practice as they continued to prepare for Friday night's preseason game against the Chicago Bears at CenturyLink Field:
WORD OF THE DAY: LONGER
That's what the PATs in the first two weeks of the NFL preseason have been. A lot longer. As in 33-yards long.
Unless, that is, you happen to be
"It was great practice for us in the preseason because we got a lot of 33-yard field goals, which is good to just get comfortable out there," Hauschka said after Tuesday's practice, as the Seahawks continued to prepare for Friday night's game against the Chicago Bears at CenturyLink Field.
Still, Hauschka is not in favor of the league adopting the longer PAT.
"I think it's a bad idea," he said. "Obviously the percentage is going to go down, which is what the NFL wants to make it more of an exciting play. But I think enough games are already decided on field goals."
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"The cool part at the end of the long run was he was able to use his off arm and probably got about 12-15 more yards just with the stiff-arm."
Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell on running back
And this is from a guy who makes his living kicking field goals and PATs. Not to mention a kicker who rarely misses. Since joining the Seahawks in 2011, Hauschka is 82 of 92 on field goals (89 percent) and 124 of 126 on PATs (98 percent).
"I don't think it would affect a lot of games until the weather gets bad," Hauschka said. "And that usually happens in the playoffs. So it's going to be on a bad field, because that's right where the drives start and the field is usually chewed up. So on a bad field in a windy game – in Green Bay or Chicago or Pittsburgh – and both teams score three touchdowns and one of them walks away a winner because of an extra-point snafu, I just don't think it's a good idea.
"I don't think it's the right ahead."
Coach Pete Carroll also split the answer uprights when asked about the league's experiment with longer kicks following touchdowns.
"It's obviously a factor," Carroll said. "If that's where it goes that will change the game."
And already has. There were five missed PATs all of last season. There were eight in the first two weeks of this preseason.
"I can't even gauge how many misses that would amount to over the course of a season, or if somebody lost a game or had a chance to tie a game up and they missed it," Carroll said. "So I think the experiment was well done and we know what we got. Now whoever makes those decisions has to figure out if they want to do that or not."
IN 'N OUT: O'BRIEN SCHOFIELD RETURNS, MIKE MORGAN SITS OUT
Morgan has been starting at strong-side linebacker because
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Still sidelined: wide receivers
PRACTICE SQUAD: AND THEN THERE WERE 10
The NFL and NFL Players Association have agreed to expand the practice squads from eight to 10 players for the 2014 and 2015 seasons, it was announced Tuesday.
The criteria for practice-squad eligibility also have been tweaked in two areas:
First, a player must have a minimum of six games – up from the current three games – on a practice squad in order for that season to count as one of the player's three permissible seasons of practice squad service.
Also, each club will be permitted to sign a maximum of two practice squad players who have earned no more than two accrued seasons of free agency credit. Absent this exception, a player who has earned one or more accrued seasons would not be eligible for a practice squad unless the player spent fewer than nine games on a club's 46-player active list in each of his accrued seasons.
STATS 'N STUFF: STEVEN HAUSCHKA, DEFENSE PICKING UP WHERE THEY LEFT OFF
It might be only the preseason, and to a different season, but some things haven't changed much for the Seahawks.
As a team, the Seahawks rank second in average yards and passing yards allowed – after leading the league in both categories last season – and the offense ranks second in average rushing yards.
The team's leading rusher? It's quarterback
UP NEXT: "NO REPEAT FRIDAY"
Yes, tomorrow is Wednesday. But when you're playing a game on Friday night – as the Seahawks are, against the Chicago Bears at CenturyLink Field – the Carroll calendar is adjusted accordingly. So a "No Repeat Friday" practice it is on Wednesday.
Next week, the Seahawks must start trimming their 90-man roster. All teams must get to 75 players by Tuesday and then down to 53 by Saturday, Aug. 30.