The Seahawks are back to work this week following a Week 11 bye, and they’ll resume practice Wednesday to prepare for their upcoming game at Philadelphia. Before we turn our attention to that game, it’s time once again to answer questions from you, the fans. As always, thanks to everyone who asked a question this week, and apologies if I couldn’t get to yours this time around. And remember, you can now submit mailbag questions both via twitter (@johnpboyle) and online at Seahawks.com/SeahawksMailbag.
@PJMATT221 asks, “What’s Tyler Lockett’s status for the week? How is he progressing with the leg injury?”
A: First off, that’s a solid twitter avatar, so good work on that, Matt. Secondly, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Lockett is getting better and that they’re hoping he is available for Sunday’s game in Philadelphia, but they won’t know that for sure until Lockett goes through the week of practice.
“He’s doing better,” Carroll said Monday. “We’ll know later in the week his status. We’re hoping and planning on him being able to play, but yeah, he’s got to show it to us. So, we’ll see.”
Lockett’s leg contusion required him to stay behind for two nights at Stanford hospital, but Carroll said, “he’s just on the road back. We’re optimistic about it, but he’s still going to have to do it. The extra days absolutely are helping us here, so we’ll take full advantage of that.”
Mike Dainty from Seattle asks, “If the Seahawks put Ed Dickson on the active roster, would the best option be to place Luke Willson on injured reserve?”
A: Unless Willson’s hamstring injury is something really severe that will cost him most or all of the rest of the season, I don’t think the Seahawks would go that route if Dickson is indeed activated from injured reserve by Wednesday’s deadline, as Seahawks coach Pete Carroll implied was likely to happen. The Seahawks have only had two tight ends on their roster since Will Dissly went on injured reserve, a lower-than-usual number, so carrying an injured Willson for a couple of weeks or however long he might be out is probably worth it in order to have him down the stretch.
@Gabriiielsm asks, “Before Quandre Diggs’ arrival, Marquise Blair was playing very well. Do you see any chance Blair, Diggs and Bradley McDougald can get on the field at the same time?”
A: You’re right that Blair had done enough to impress his coaches, but Diggs' return to health did push Blair out of the starting lineup, and it seems pretty unlikely things change soon seeing as Carroll said “the safety play was the best we’ve seen it this year” after seeing Diggs and McDougald start together against the 49ers.
So where does that leave Blair? Well for starters, depth is always important, so he’s a heck of an option as a backup to either Diggs or McDougald. But there may also be ways to get all three on the field at times, especially considering the versatility of all three players. Diggs was a nickel corner before he switched to safety with the Lions, McDougald has started a lot of games at both safety spots, and despite limited experience, Blair too has started at both safety spots. And seeing as the Seahawks found ways to use McDougald as a third safety along with Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas in 2017, a similar “big nickel” package could be an option down the road if they feel like that gives them the best matchups. Carroll did point out that Blair was part of the Seahawks’ dime package in preparation for the 49ers game, but the Seahawks didn’t appear to ever employ that six-defensive back look in the game. That could, however, be another way to get Blair on the field in the near future.
Steve Scordino from Anchorage, Alaska asks, “How did Shaquem Griffin do as a defensive end?” @NibblesDBun also asks about Griffin’s role as a pass-rusher.
A: Griffin saw his first defensive playing time of the season in Seattle’s Week 10 win over the 49ers, playing 13 snaps as a pass-rusher. And while he didn’t record any stats, he showed enough, both in the game and in practice, that the Seahawks want to continue to pursue the role to see if the second-year linebacker can utilize his speed to help the pass rush.
“He’s active,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “We’re going to find ways to utilize him. It’s really clear, more than it has been, that we might be able to build a role that could be a factor We have to work at that more so just to use his speed. He’s instinctively a good rusher. He’s just not very big. You have to do special things with him. We’ll put that together and see if we can make that a good complement to what we’re doing.”
Craig McIntosh from White Rock, British Columbia asks, “Have the Seahawks ever been 5-0 on the road before?”
A: No, this is a first for the Seahawks, who previously went 4-0 on the road to open a season only once, doing so in 1980. And not only are the Seahawks 5-0 on the road for the first time, they need only one more road win to match their most in a season, having gone 6-2 on the road in 2013.
Bob Shepard from Hazelton, Idaho asks, “I thought I understood the overtime rules, but after last week’s overtime win, I realized I don’t. Please explain the rule as it pertains to each team getting a possession?”
A: The league made a change to the overtime rules in 2012 in order to prevent teams from winning the game with a field goal on the first possession of overtime. A few changes have happened since, including shortening the period to 10 minutes, but that 2012 change was the big one because now, with the exception of a touchdown or a safety scored on the opening possession, a team can’t win without the opponent getting a chance at having the ball. For example, in Seattle’s overtime win over Tampa Bay, the Seahawks won on the opening possession because they drove down the field for a touchdown. Had that drive stalled out and they settled for a field goal, however, Tampa Bay would have gotten the ball with a chance to tie the game or win it. Once both teams have possessed the ball, however, a field goal can win the game, so the 49ers could have won the game with the field goal attempt that missed, because that came after the Seattle possession to open overtime that ended with an interception.
Go behind the scenes with team photographer Rod Mar as he shares moments from the Seattle Seahawks' Week 10 game against the San Francisco 49ers. Eye on the Hawks is presented by Western Washington Toyota Dealers.