The Seahawks host the Rams on Thursday night, meaning a quick turnaround for both teams ahead of an NFC West showdown at Lumen Field. But short week or not, we're still taking time to answer questions from you, the fans. As always, thanks to everyone who asked a question this week, and apologies if I was unable to get to yours this time around.
@michaelpherman asks, "What are the logistics of short weeks like this? What is skipped vs. condensed? How do players manage/cope?
A: These short weeks are a good test of Seahawks coach Pete Carroll's "control what you can control" philosophy. Nobody is going to try to convince you that playing on three days rest is ideal, but that's what the schedule has in store for Seattle and L.A. this week, so both teams will try their best to manage the quick turnaround.
As for what gets skipped, the biggest thing that goes away is time off for the players. Usually players would get Monday to recovery physically while also taking part in meetings, and Tuesday would be a day off before practice starts Wednesday. And in that typical week, the Seahawks would practice Wednesday through Friday, while also having walkthroughs each day, as well as a Saturday walkthrough. For a Thursday game, players aren't ready to practice on Monday, but they do have a walkthrough, then they have practice and walkthroughs on Tuesday and Wednesday. For coaches, the short week means longer days and a quicker transition from going over the previous game to turning their attention to the upcoming one.
So overall there's less time to prepare, less time to recover from the previous game, fewer practices and longer days, but the important thing to remember is that both teams face the same challenge, so the real question then becomes that of which team handles the short week better. And fortunately for Seahawks fans, their team has been very good and handling that quick turnaround, winning nine straight Thursday night games dating back to 2013, and 10 of 11 under Carroll.
@DanCohen17 asks, "When will the best jersey in the rotation, i.e. Action Green, make its way back on the mighty Hawks. While @ChrisWarren42 asks, "What will the jersey combo be this Thursday for my first ever game? Please don't say highlighter green."
A: Dan, I've got great news for you. And Chris, well, sorry, you're not going to be as happy, but the Seahawks are indeed wearing Action Green for Thursday night's game.
And regardless of your opinion on Seattle's brightest uniforms, fans should at least be happy about it because the Seahawks have enjoyed a lot of success in green. Since 2016 when NFL teams began using color rush uniforms, including Seattle's Action Green, the Seahawks are 7-0 in the green jerseys and 4-0 in all green, including two home wins over the Rams:
2016: W 24-3 vs. Los Angeles Rams
2017: W 22-16 at Arizona Cardinals
2018: W 21-7 vs. Minnesota Vikings
2019: W 30-29 vs. Los Angeles Rams, W 37-30 vs. Minnesota Vikings
2020: W 27-26 vs. Minnesota Vikings, W 28-21 vs. Arizona Cardinals
@EthanHu79396681 asks, "Has Russell Wilson ever lost on Thursday Night Football?"
A: Wilson has lost on Thursday, but it's been a long time since that's happened. Wilson and the Seahawks lost at San Francisco on Thursday night in 2012, Wilson's rookie year, but since then he and Seattle are 9-0 on Thursday night.
And Wilson has played very well on Thursday nights, posting a 111.7 passer rating while completing 68 percent of his passes with 20 touchdowns and four interceptions.
@hawksninja asks, "What's happening with the Seahawks offense on third downs?"
A: The Seahawks have been very good on offense overall this season, but they have indeed had their struggles on third down, including going just 2 for 10 against the 49ers. The Seahawks are converting at a 33.3 percent rate this season, tied for 27th place in the league. Russell Wilson was asked about that on Tuesday, and he noted that offense has been pretty efficient on third-and-manageable situations, but has had too many third-and-longs, caused either by not executing on early downs or by penalties. So a big part of getting better on third down would be improving the results on first and second down.
When Carroll was asked about third down, he said, "They are not good enough. We need more conversions to keep moving it and need more consistency. We aren't making the first downs, we have to get them. There are so many factors that go into that, so it isn't that easy. I haven't found the consistency of going back to the same guys in similar situations that sometimes happens, you get going to DK (Metcalf), you get going to Tyler (Lockett), and Gerald (Everett) is a factor for us when he's there too. There's a rhythm for it that we haven't found yet, but we are working for it."
@HolliWinters asks, "Do you think Alex Collins has won the role of RB2 behind Chris Carson for the rest of the season?"
A: Collins opened the season behind Rashaad Penny on the depth chart, hence his being inactive in Week 1, but given how good he has looked when given his chances, be it in the preseason or in limited touches this year, and especially in a bigger role last weekend, it's going to be hard for Penny or anyone else to take playing time away from Collins going forward. That's not to say Collins is cemented in that No. 2 role all year, but when Penny, who was placed on injured reserve last week, does make it back, he's going to have to earn his touches and playing time.
Against the 49ers Sunday in particular, Collins provided a real spark of the bench, and it's hard to see him not having a role going forward given how well he played and how highly Carroll has spoken of his play.
"It was really obvious," Carroll said of Collins' impact on the offense. "He had the big catch and run which was easy for him but a nice play, it changed field position and got us moving a bit. His running was really effectively and consistent, then he had the really nice touchdown run where he was dancing through the mess, it looked great. Alex has really been a come through guy for us, he has really done a nice job when we've called on him. He practices really hard, he's tuned in everyday, so he prepares to do well, and it happened. It was great."
Charles from Seattle asks, "Where is this year's season-ticket holder gift?"
A: I took this question to our customer service department, and was told that the annual season ticket holder gift is indeed coming, it is just taking longer than usual due to nationwide shipping delays. Season ticket holders will get an email with tracking information as soon as your gift is on the way, and thank you for your patience.
Go behind the scenes with team photographer Rod Mar as he shares moments from the Seattle Seahawks' 28-21 win over the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on October 3, 2021. Eye On The Hawks is presented by Western Washington Toyota Dealers.