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#HawksMailbag - September 17

Posted Sep 17, 2013

Answering your on the field and off the field questions about the club on a weekly basis.

Welcome to another week of #HawksMailbag here on Seahawks.com, our weekly question and answer session with you - the fans - about your club - the Seattle Seahawks.

We fielded several of your questions on Twitter following the Seahawks 29-3 Sunday Night Football victory over the defending NFC champion San Francisco 49ers, and we take some time out on this Tuesday afternoon to provide some answers.

We should learn more about the severity of left tackle Russell Okung's toe injury when we hear more from head coach Pete Carroll later this week, but Carroll has said the injury is significant enough that Okung could miss the team's Week 3 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

"I don't think that's possible, we'll see though," Carroll told reporters on Monday when asked if Okung will be ready for Sunday's game. "I don't think he can make that."

Carroll did not know if the injury would be season-ending, saying there is a "bit of a spectrum" of options the club will deal with in regards to the injury.

You're on it. Sunday night's 60-minute delay for lightning strikes in the Seattle-area marked the first time play had been suspended at CenturyLink Field during the run of game action. The start of a 2006 game at CenturyLink Field between the Seahawks and 49ers was delayed due to heavy rain, but play was not suspended during the game itself.

Thanks to a note in Clare Farnsworth's Seahawks-49ers game recap, the last time a Seahawks game was suspended during play due to weather was against the Kansas City Chiefs in a 1998 matchup at Arrowhead Stadium.

I assume you're talking about this guy:

Photo by Shawn Kinney

Our current mascot Blitz doesn't appear to be in danger of losing his job anytime soon, but it could be fun to see the two compete in a mascot combine next spring. Something tells me we wouldn't like it when Sea-Hulk gets angry.

Recurring is right. The Seahawks opened the season with nine flags for 99 yards against the Panthers in Week 1 and followed that up by surrendering 84 yards on 10 penalties against the 49ers in Week 2. Those 19 flags for 183 yards rank fifth-most in the NFL behind the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (23 for 220), San Francisco 49ers (23 for 206), Denver Broncos (21 for 193), and Detroit Lions (19 for 189).

Some of those mistakes will be easy to fix. Others will take time, said head coach Pete Carroll.

"We’re really hurting ourselves," Carroll told reporters on Monday. "We have addressed it consistently and we are not seeing the results that we want. We’ve got some new ideas that we're working out to see if we can get some cleaner execution and just get out of our own way right now. It’ll help us."

Carroll didn't go into any of those "new ideas" they plan to work out, so we'll have to wait and see if the club can clean up its dirty laundry when they take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 3.

Wide receiver Stephen Williams and Jermaine Kearse were on the field against the San Francisco 49ers, but obviously did not get involved much in the offense. The pair impressed in preseason and Kearse did catch the game-winning touchdown from quarterback Russell Wilson in Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers, but the passing game struggled as a whole in the win over the Niners with Wilson completing just 8-of-19 for 142 yards. That stat line not only meant limited opportunities for Williams and Kearse, but for Sidney Rice, Golden Tate, and Doug Baldwin as well.

"We are not as clean as we want to be and there’s a lot of potential there that we know that is still ready to be shown," said Carroll. "I don’t think it’s just the passing. I think it’s just in general we can be cleaner."

Even though the Seahawks ran the ball for 172 yards and two touchdowns against the Niners - the second-most ever given up with Jim Harbaugh at the helm - Carroll believes the team can be better, and more consistent.

"The production was good, but I think our efficiency is not where it wants to be," Carroll added. "Too many negative plays (on Sunday) and it hasn’t been as clean as I think it’s going to get. I am a little disappointed in that at this time because we thought that we came out of camp a little bit better off."

Despite the Jacksonville Jaguars' early season struggles, the club does rank second in the League against the pass, allowing just 142.5 passing yards per game, and should provide a good litmus test for any Seahawks offensive improvement.

There's no doubt that number 25 was born with the gift of gab and that he'd welcome every opportunity to have his voice be heard. This season Sherman will address the media on a weekly basis here at Virginia Mason Athletic Center in the same fashion as head coach Pete Carroll and quarterback Russell Wilson.

On a normal game week, look for Sherman's press conference to be streamed live at http://shwks.com/live every Thursday around 12 p.m. PT. We'll also have it posted in its entirety shortly thereafter on Seahawks.com.

If you're looking for more media from Sherman, check out his column for Sports Illustrated's TheMMQB.com and his personal blog on his website at http://www.richardsherman25.com/.

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