After three straight wins to improve their record to 3-1, the Seahawks are enjoying a bye week before they resume play next week with a trip to Cincinnati. But even if it's a quiet week for the team, the mailbag is always open, so it's time once again to answer some questions from you, the fans.
As always, thanks to everyone who asked questions this week, and apologies if I couldn't get to yours this time around. And remember, you can submit questions any time you'd like for future mailbags at Seahawks.com/mailbag.
@scots_seahawks asks, "Can we expect the Seahawks defense to be swarming all over quarterbacks from here on out or will it be week-to-week depending on the opposition?"
A: If your expectation is 11 sacks every week, then I'm afraid you'll probably be disappointed. That total, which the Seahawks posted on Monday night, tied the franchise record set in 1986, so it was indeed a very rare feat and not one that is reasonable to expect on a regular basis.
That being said, the Seahawks pass rush has shown steady improvement since halftime of its Week 2 win in Detroit, and given the talent on the field and the way coaches are scheming things up—Seattle was very successful blitzing on Monday night—it isn't unreasonable to expect the pass rush to continue to be a strength of the defense going forward. After all, the Seahawks had the same number of pressures, 36, in Week 3 against Carolina that they did against the Giants, according to Pro Football Focus, so it wasn't a one-game anomaly. The continued improvement of the secondary, as well as the return of Jamal Adams, will also be factors in the pass rush continuing to be a factor going forward.
"This was a great night for (Defensive Coordinator Clint Hurtt) and the guys on defense," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said after the game. "The mixes and the changeups, the variety of ways that we came after them, we used everybody on the field just about, hitting the calls at the right time so the guys could create some explosive plays out of it. You've got to give Clint a ton of credit. Pass rush isn't just the guys up front; everybody contributes to it. Coverage, and that's where the backers play a role as well, and it was a great illustration of that tonight.
Sandi from Colville asks, "How long will the Seahawks keep Geno Smith at quarterback when he doesn't seem to be able to accurately throw the ball more than 20 yards or so? His accuracy on the long throws is abysmal?"
A: OK, so one thing about doing a mailbag like this is you have ignore a lot of questions because they're just based on a totally faulty premise and don't really merit a response, but I'm sorry, I just can't let this one go.
Geno Smith inaccurate? Can't throw the deep ball?
That's just a wild (and very inaccurate) take.
Geno Smith does a lot of things well; it's why he led the NFL in completion percentage last year (69.8 percent), and why he was named a Pro-Bowler and the Associated Press Comeback Player of the Year last season, but if you had to pick out one trait that stands out most, it might be his accuracy throwing down field.
And if you don't want to look up the numbers, just watch this instead:
@g_to_the_j aks, "Can we start calling Devon Witherspoon "Spoon Man?" It would be awesome. At home games, every time he makes a play, they can play the Soundgarden song.
A: You'll have to take that up with Quandre Diggs, who earlier dubbed Witherspoon, Lil Teaspoon, then after the rookie was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week, joked that Witherspoon has upgraded to Soup Spoon.
But if you know anything about my music tastes, you know I'd have no issue with playing some Soundgarden at games.
Oh, and fun sidenote if you're a fan of the 90s Seattle music scene, did you know the song "Spoonman" was inspired by a fake demo tape that was a prop in the Cameron Crowe movie "Singles"? True story. You can find the details here, but the short version is that for a scene in the movie, they needed the main character, Cliff Poncier, to have a demo tape, and Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament designed the cassette tape cover, coming up with fake song names and everting. Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who had a cameo in the movie and is featured on the soundtrack, decided to write and record songs based off those titles Ament made up, and thus, a Soundgarden classic was born.
Anyway, back to football.
@enzo_sco asks, "Does Jamal Adams play after the bye, and the two tackles? Who else do you think is ready after the bye?"
A: Carroll said after the game Sunday, then again on his radio show Monday, that Adams should be ready to play after the bye, but he still has to get through the concussion protocol before he is officially cleared. Carroll also expressed optimism on left tackle Charles Cross, but he'll have to get back to practice and get through the week before that can happen, so we'll know more once practice resumes next week. Right tackle Abraham Lucas, however, isn't eligible to return from injured reserve until Seattle's Week 6 game against Arizona, so that would be the soonest he could play.
As for who else might get back, it's too early to start making predictions, but most of the injuries the Seahawks are dealing with aren't overly serious, so with a week off for players to heal up, I'd expect several players should make it back, and as Carroll said Saturday, that could also include Dareke Young, who is eligible to come off injured reserve.
@tompage asks, "There were concerns going into the season about the interior of the offensive line, but rookies Anthony Bradford and Olu Oluwatimi filled in last week, how did they do?"
A: As this question notes, Anthony Bradford took over for Phil Haynes at right guard during Monday's game, then when left guard Damien Lewis left with an injury, center Evan Brown moved to guard, with Olu Oluwatimi taking over at center. And while it wasn't a perfect performance for the two rookies, they and the and the rest of the line held up well, which was an especially big accomplishment for the interior linemen who were dealing with Giants defensive tackles Dexter Lawrence II and Leonard Williams.
"Bradford went against the two best guys that we'll face all year," Carroll said. "Those guys are phenomenal defensive tackles. I don't know what happened so much, but I do know the way he plays matched up well… He is very physical, he's 360 and he can handle it well and he moves his feet well and all that. He's a dynamic, young kid on the offensive line for us and it's great to see him get this play right, it's invaluable play time."
On a somewhat related note, @DrSoup26 asks, "Would Seattle consider trading for some O-line depth before the trade deadline?"
A: Consider? Sure, they are always willing to look into just about any potential move if it could possibly help the team. That being said, I don't really see adding offensive line depth as a priority. Yes, the Seahawks were banged up and thin on the line during Monday's game, but none of those injuries are believed to be serious, and at full strength, the Seahawks really like their line depth right now, with four players in addition to their Week 1 starters having either started games (Bradford, Jake Curhan and Stone Forsythe), or gotten significant playing time (Oluwatimi).
"In the long run it helps enormously," Carroll said of those backup linemen getting experience. "Not only do we know, but they know too that they can go out there and play and the guy next to him knows that they can go out there and contribute and play good, winning football. It's a big benefit. It's always a benefit to play the younger guys early in the season if you can and get them through with some success so that you can build on that. By mid-year and after that, you have regulars. Guys that are comfortable with what's asked of them and it just makes our depth that much better."
@shauk8675309 asks, "How has Jason Peters helped out the young O-line?
A: I'm glad you brought this up, because with Peters, a 41-year-old veteran who is one of the best tackles of his generation, currently on the practice squad, his impact isn't obvious to fans watching games on TV, but he has definitely made a difference.
Much like Adrian Peterson, who had a big impact on Seattle's running backs, Rashaad Penny in particular, while on the practice squad in 2021, Peters has come in and taken on a leadership role for a young position group. After a recent practice, for example, the last players off the field were Peters and four young tackles, Stone Forsythe, Jake Curhan, McClendon Curtis and Raiqwon O'Neal, with Peters having just give them pointers on some of the subtler arts of pass protection.
Carroll noted last week that Peters working with those tackles, "Gives a little bit more of a boost to them when they have questions, when they have issues, or he may see something or feel something coming for them so he can head it off for them. It's a real good support group that's giving these guys a chance and they're doing really well, they're really busting their tails to get it done."
@CelestialMosh asks, "Which one of the rookies appear to the be biggest steal of the draft relative to where they were picked?"
A: Can I answer this at the end of the season? So far the most obvious contributions have been from players drafted in the first couple of rounds, with Devon Witherspoon, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Derick Hall and Zach Charbonnet having the biggest roles so far. I'd say for now the answer to that would be Anthony Bradford, a fourth-round pick who has more than held his own filling in at guard, and the same can be said for fifth-round pick Olu Oluwatimi, though he has played a little less than Bradford. By the end of the season, however, things could change. One of those lineman could have a bigger role, or perhaps seventh-round pick Kenny McIntosh returns from injury to make an impact at running back.
So far there's not a real obvious answer to this question the way it would have been Riq Woolen last year, but the good news is the rookie class is once again making big contributions, giving the Seahawks back-to-back classes that could potentially be the foundation of a long run of winning season.
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