Happy Halloween, everyone. In addition to being everyone's favorite scary holiday, it's also the Seahawks' off day, which means it's time once again to answer questions from you, the fans. As always, thanks to everyone who took the time to ask a question this week, and apologies if I wasn't able to get to your question this time around.
@VanessaRagan3 asks, "How long will Earl Thomas be out? The LOB wasn't the same without him last year." @Bill_Schwener also asks about Thomas' hamstring injury
A:Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Thomas has a strained hamstring, and that the team won't know until later in the week if he can play. If Thomas does have to miss time, that's obviously not ideal for the defense—he's one of the very best in the game at his position. But the Seahawks do feel like they're better equipped to handle a short absence by either safety this year than they were in the past because of the signing of Bradley McDougald, who was a starter in Tampa Bay the past two seasons, and who has played well this year when the Seahawks use a third safety in a "big nickel" package.
"We're really, really fortunate," Carroll said. "Bradley is a front-line guy who has played a lot of football for us in and out and has done a ton of stuff. He's smart, he's a leader, he's tough, and all of that. Him coming off the bench to fill that spot, we're very fortunate."
@bRoundy asks, "What is the scariest moment you've had covering the team?"
A:The NFC Championship game against the Packers was scary in that I—and pretty much everyone else—was pretty far into a story about the Seahawks' season coming to an end, only to have to rewrite that insane finish on a deadline. But that game was also really fun, so not sure that really counts as scary.
For legitimate scary (sort of) I'll go back to my days covering the University of Washington in the old version of Husky Stadium where, when you the stadium shook, it seemed like there was a real possibility that the press box would fall from the roof.
@TruthisTold2U asks, "How does Seattle fix the run game?"
A:While there are always a lot of factors in play when it comes to running the ball, Carroll indicated Monday that the issues in that particular game had more to do with blocking that they did the play of the backs.
"We just got beat to the punch at the line-of-scrimmage," Carroll said. "… The first thing that we have to do is we have to clean up the leaky activity of the line of scrimmage. We were getting knocked in the backfield Sunday. You have no running game if that kind of leakage is happening. So that is being right technically, it's also being right assignment wise and that is identifying things. It is very much the same as it is in the passing game for whatever reason, we are ahead in pass protection than we were in the running game and then we got to turn that into being physical too, turn it into being physical at the line of scrimmage. We need to do better. We got knocked around (Sunday)."
While the Seahawks have shown they can throw the ball well enough to win without a lot of rushing yards, they won't give up on their goal to have a balanced offense, so the goal will be to fix those issues Carroll outlined going forward.
@ TigerComet26 asks, "What's the best costume a player has worn?"
A:Funny you should ask…
In addition to those costumes of players in their younger days, Russell Wilson rocked a pretty solid Pete Carroll costume today during his visit to Seattle Children's Hospital:
@TMoneymakeer asks, "Who wins, Michael Myers or Mike Myers?"
A: If we're talking horror movie villain vs. actor, I'm going with Michael Myers. I mean, that's a pretty big knife. If, however, characters played by Mike Myers are involved, then we might have a better fight. Austin Powers has weapons and cool spy stuff, and Shrek is pretty strong, right? Also, Wayne Campbell could use his guitar as a weapon against that knife. And if Dieter from Sprockets started dancing, surely that would confuse a would-be assailant.
Team photographer Rod Mar shares exclusive behind-the-scenes images from the Seahawks' 41-38 win over the Houston Texans during Week 8 at CenturyLink Field.