WORD OF THE DAY: EXPECTATIONS
They have been building for this year’s team since the end of last season. So much so that coach Pete Carroll addressed the subject during the first team meeting of the offseason in April.
He explained to his players that this is what you want – the heightened expectations that come with being a good team that is capable of becoming an even better team. He also told them that the key to the situation was how the players handled it.
And how’s that going?
“That’s about our guys being turned into things that are important, which is how we play and how we operate come game day. The factors that outside that come from the media and come from just the normal buildup and all of that, needs to be left where it is and dealt with appropriately. And that is to realize that it shouldn’t affect the way we perform. That’s the discipline of our mindset and hopefully we’ll continue to do that as we get through the season. Now it really starts and we’ll see what the factor is.”
And the players’ reaction to Carroll’s reaction?
“That’s cool that the coach would say that, because I think we (handled it well),” said cornerback
“We’ve still got to go out and get these W’s. That’s what’s most important. I think if we get the W’s that will overshadow a lot of the other stuff. It’s still just Week 1. We haven’t won a football game. We get this win this week and start piling the wins up, that’s what will really matter.”
INJURY REPORT: CHRIS CLEMONS RETURNS, ON VERY LIMITED BASIS
The first official injury report of the season, as issued by the team:
Clemons took part in an early individual drill that involved no contact, but it was his first practice-field action since before tearing a ligament and meniscus in his left knee during the wild-card playoff victory over the Washington Redskins in January. Carroll already has said that Clemons won’t play against the Panthers, but today was a needed first step in his return. Rice, who also did not play during the preseason, got his most extensive work in practice all summer. Avril, McDaniel, Williams and Mebane also were back after sitting out the “Bonus Monday” practice.
For the Panthers:
|YOU DON'T SAY |
“They’re a tough team to score on. We saw that last year. They’re very tough to score on.”
Panthers coach Ron Rivera on the Seahawks.
Did not practice
RB Kenjon Barner (foot)
LB Jon Beason (knee)
Limited in practice
CB James Dockery (thumb)
TE Ben Hartsock (foot)
WR Domenik Hixon (hamstring)
S Michael Mitchell (calf)
OG Amini Silatolu (hamstring)
RB Mike Tolbert (hamstring)
OPPONENT WATCH: CAM NEWTON
You could say the Seahawks caught the Panthers’ multi-threat quarterback on an off day in Week 5 last season. You could say the Seahawks’ defense had more than just a little to do with Newton completing only 12 of 29 passes for 141 yards and running seven times for 42 yards.
“He really taxes you as much as a quarterback could do it,” Carroll said. “He’s a terrific quarterback in the pocket. His presence there is good. He can make all the throws. He can do all of that stuff. He’s dangerous as you can get when he takes off and runs out of that stuff (zone-read), and just out the basic stuff.”
STAT DU JOUR: ONLY FOUR STILL STARTING
It was startling enough to realize that defensive linemen Brandon Mebane and
|PRACTICE SQUAD SHUFFLE: TY POWELL OUT, TYRONE WALKER IN|
Walker, a rookie free agent, was released over the weekend by the Green Bay Packers.
|Pos.||2010 Starter||2013 Starter|
|C||Chris Spencer||Max Unger|
|WR||Deion Branch||Sidney Rice|
|Pos.||2010 Starter||2013 Starter|
|DE||Red Bryant||Red Bryant|
|NT||Colin Cole||Brandon Mebane|
|DT||Brandon Mebane||Tony McDaniel|
|FS||Earl Thomas||Earl Thomas|
But wait, there’s more. Or less. Only seven other players from that 2010 opening-day roster are still on the roster: punter
UP NEXT: “TURNOVER THURSDAY”
The players will practice on what Carroll dubs “Turnover Thursday,” but this week the alliterative designation takes on added meaning. The Seahawks and Panthers were plus-8 in turnover differential in the preseason to share the league lead with the Arizona Cardinals. But they went about it in opposite ways. The Seahawks turned the ball over a league-low two times, while the Panthers ranked second by creating 13 turnovers.